1515 Restaurant
1515 Restaurant

1515 Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.1515restaurant.com/
  • Phone: 3035710011x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Wednesday-Friday 11:00am-2:00pm; Dinner: Monday-Saturday 5:00pm-10:00pm. Sundays for private functions, Easter, Mother's Day (special prixe fixe menu) and 2nd Sunday of each month for 1515 Test Kitchen Dinners. Visit 1515restaurant.com for details.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jonas Halstead
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Please call Gene for details at 303-571-0011.
    Banquet Facilities: Our three banquet rooms can entertain your group of 30, 60 and 90 for sit-down functions, or 200 guests for cocktail and hors d’oeuvres. Let us help plan your wedding, rehearsal, Holiday and corporate parties. View the Banquet section on our website for more details.
  • Entertainment: 1515 Lounge offers craft drinks, house infused liquors and soft music.
    Looking for a place to relax? Come check out our Lounge where you can get one of our specialty cocktails or your own favorite concoction made with the freshest ingredients.
    Planning a birthday party, office party, or just a gathering of friends, check out our lower level lounge where you have a private bar and your own bartender!
  • Special Events: Join us for an exquisitely prepared five and seven course dinner for less than $12 per course plus dessert prepared specially for you by chef Jonas Halstead or just order from our regular lunch and dinner menu. Our service staff will be more than happy to pair each course with a special glass of wine, beer or craft drinks at a reasonable price.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 16th Street Mall
  • Public Transit: Take Light Rail to 16th Street Mall and take Mall shuttle to Market Street Station. Within walking distance to all major downtown hotels, convention center and ball parks.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Complimentary garage parking for dinner guests at 16th Market Square. The indoor parking is located in the last building on your left on Market Street before 16th Street Mall. Valet available with our neighbor, P.F. Chang's Restaurant.
A word from 1515 Restaurant
1515 is sending out plates that knock people back in their seats and make the ladies swoon” -Jason Sheehan, Westword; “Award of Excellence” -Wine Spectator 2001 through 2014; ABC, Channel 7 A-List Winner American Cuisine. An independent fine dining establishment located in the heart of Denver, 1515 Restaurant offers a relaxing yet sophisticated environment in which to enjoy some of Colorado’s most distinctive flavors. The Modern American menu, combining molecular gastronomy with classic cooking, is splashed with European flair, creating a memorable, one-of-the-kind fusion known as the eatery’s “eclectic Colorado cuisine”. Some enticing menu creations include the critically acclaimed Foie Gras Duo, Lobster Newburg, Colorado Lamb, Elk Steak, Duck, Steak and 100% pure strain Wagyu Beef from 7X Cattle Company. The seasonal menus provide new tastes to tempt your palate. Craft drinks, 450+ bottle wine cellar and in-house sommelier to help with the perfect pairing at the perfect price.
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1515 Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
72 reviews since May 3, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
68% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (41)romantic (35)fit for foodies (32)notable wine list (28)good for groups (11)neighborhood gem (11)hot spot (4)vibrant bar scene (4)great for lunch (3)late-night find (3)great for brunch (2)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Best 5280
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    This is one of the best restaurant week menu we try so far, we try the NY steak and the Alaskan cod, everything was amazing, creme Brulle, one of the best in town and service just perfect timing with food and drinks, thank you 1515 for a great experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The crab cakes, cauliflower soup, New York strip and creme brulee were all amazing. The owner, Gene, circulates the rooms talking to each customer to ensure satisfaction.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • dining out
    DelightedDiner
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Innovative menu items, lovely presentation, Excellent, flavorful food. Comfortable ambience. Service was a little disappointing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food Poor Service
    Kiki
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Myself and two friends dined at 1515 on a Wednesday during restaurant week. While the food was delicious the service was abysmal. The amuse bouche didn't come out for 45 mins and it continued from there. We opted to do the wine pairing and were not told what the wines were when they were finally brought. We had to ask for them at every course. I understand a restaurant being busy but instead of just apologizing our waitress chose to point out the obvious that they were busy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fairly Decent Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    First of all, our service was amazing but the ambiance and food quality was lacking. I'm not sure if there was a sorority function at this restaurant but I, along with my two other male friends, sat in the backroom that contained 20 or so other identical looking college-aged girls that were less than pleasant to the same server that I loved. They were downright rude, at least the group of four girls sitting next to us, to everyone around them so their presence definitely dampened the evening. Though my friends seemed to enjoy their food, mine left much to be desired. We ordered out of the restaurant week menu. I had the soup which had a beautiful presentation but no taste. For mains, I had the pork and the cut I received was almost all fat.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed..
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Have been here multiple times before and it was always great. This time it was weak, at best. Our server was terrific and did all she could to make it an nice evening but the restaurant week menu was bland in general. Steak was tough, pork had no seasoning, soup was awful! Had to request salt and pepper. Crabcakes were okay and the dessserts were good. Bartender screwed up basic drinks 3 tiimes! YIKES! Don't know what happened. Never asked for a mgr before but did this time! Too bad. We used to love this restaurant. Maybe we'll check back in a year...
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    stevek
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The food, service and ambiance were all outstanding. The proprietor, Gene Tang, helped assure that the evening was memorable for my wife and me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As close to perfection as possible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Our evening at 1515 was beyond expectation. The imaginative chef delivers! From the imaginative appetizer to the amazing dessert, it was an extraordinary dining experience. I hope you will try this place, one of Denver's finest.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just fine for fine dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I went here for restaurant week and was satisfied with the overall experience, but not blown away. I probably won't revisit the restaurant. The ambiance was comfortable and I liked the location of the restaurant, and that the dining room was upstairs. The food was fine. I didn't find anything especially exceptional about it. The two highlights of my experience were the creme brûlée dessert (delicious!), and the service. The wait staff was very attentive, but not intrusive.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • RJean
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We came for Restaurant Week. It was our first visit, and it was just fabulous. The service was outstanding. All the items we chose for dinner were presented perfectly, and were just great. From the fresh bread, to the salad, crab cakes, New York Strip, Atlantic Cod and dessert (the Smore was to die for if you love dark chocolate), we really enjoyed it all. I would certainly return, especially to celebrate a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Dining Fantancy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Very chic contemporary ambience with décor perfect for a "loft" feel. Service was outstanding. Our server was extremely knowledgeable about the menu choices, both in preparation and presentation. I would highly recommend the wine pairing options as the pairings blend perfectly with the meal courses and enhance each course. The owner visited our table a couple of times to assure that we were completely satisfied and to offer tidbits of information about our menu selections. It is readily apparent he truly cares about his guests having a memorable dining experience. This is somewhat pricy dining, but in this case, you really get more than you pay for, considering the fact that dining here is an exceptionally pleasurable experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great, Innovative Food
    Marisa
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I went to 1515 for Restaurant Week which made the slightly expensive menu reasonable to try many things. The food was plated beautifully and tasted delicious. The cauliflower veloute was so delicious. I also ordered the braised pork, accompanied by the truffle polenta was great! The duo of creme brulees was disappointing, though. Both were served lukewarm and the coffee creme brulee was overly liquidy. Overall, I'd return to 1515 and thought the food was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Happy
    kimberly868
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Have tried many new restaurants (to us) with many dissapointments. This was not one of them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food Decent but Service Not so much
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We showed up and it took nearly 20 minutes before we were greeted by our server yet we were seating right in the middle of the main pathway AND other guests who came after us were welcomed and served promptly.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AMAZING
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    They call themselves a molecular gastronomy restaurant and they live up to that. Absolutely amazing food, incredible service, and an overall wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 1515 restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food was good, service was excellent! My husband said steak was good, salad was also very tasty!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Great food, amazing elk steak, wagyu beef and wine list with some uniques cocktails. A place to try in lodo.
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  • Amazing steak
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    From the moment we arrive until we left everything was top notch, great service, unique craft cocktail, campfire whiskey, ipad wine list, and special the food, wagyu beef appetizer, that was cooked on the table by our server, and also we try the pork three ways and the elk. We finished our dinner with the crema brûlée. We cant wait to try more dishes at 1515. Great experience in general, a great restaurant to try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Meal and Service
    FoodGeek
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had a great meal, everything even the bar service has "in season" items. The service was wonderful, very attentive. In short, we could not have asked for more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gastro wonderful
    bluebird
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    from the chef's tasting of a small bite of all things white (mushroom, coconut, potato, rice, chocolate), it was a taste experience. Definitely recommended, although the price range was a bit higher than advertised because they had just totally redone the menu
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious for Dinner
    slim
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    I booked my reservation on July 3 and there was no one at the restaurant. At first, I wondered how the food was going to be since no one was there but realized after the appetizer that most people were probably trying to watch the fireworks somewhere. The food was delicious and there were many unique and interesting choices to try. Very romantic seating upstairs for a special occasion or just for dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Foodbug
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    This is one of the best meals I have ever had. The quality of the food, especially the meat, was exceptional. The flavor combinations were unique and delicious. I was actually sad to finish each course because it was over! I can't wait to go back. The owner and staff were incredibly helpful and friendly as well. An over all great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Great Restaurant
    cagerVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    1515 over the years is in my judgement one of the best restaurants in Denver. This restaurant is located on the second floor above the 1515 Bar. The menus choices are extensive and change fom time to time. The food preparation is excellent. The wine list is extensive and priced very reasonably considering what other Denver restaurants charge. I highly recommend this restaurant. It's a 5 star restaurant at a very affordable price. We celebrated our 37th anniversary at 1515 and we could not have been happier about our choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fralphVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    An excellent dining experience away from the busy Larimer Street activity.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Too impressed with themselves
    DezandDes
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The good wasn't bad but certainly not worth the price they charge. I realize the menu is one person's I interpretation of good food but my husband and I certainly don't agree with their opinion.
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  • One of Denver's Finest
    FoodIsArt
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I chose 1515 with high expectations and was pleased with the outcome. The customer service was exceptional. I cannot remember our waiter's name, but he did an exceptional job at being knowledgeable and providing the highest level of customer service and professionalism. Also, the owner came to our table and greeted us, which showed his high level of dedication and commitment to his restaurant and to the quality of fine dinning at 1515. Furthermore, I was impressed with the wine list being on an iPad. Very modern and convenient. As for the food, the 8 course meal was enjoyable and the dishes were well prepared, thought provoking, and delicious. I'll definitely be recommending this place, and eating here frequently. Excellent job 1515!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best fine dining we had in Denver
    Papahawk
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    My wife & I had the tasting menu, I had the wine pairing. We found the dishes different(thats good) and very satisfying. I found the pairings very well done. We will return to this place if back in Denver
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect!
    terri
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We were celebrating my son's college graduation and 1515 was perfect! The food, atmosphere, service and overall presentation made the evening as wonderful and I had hoped. It actually exceeded my expectations.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Burger Heavan
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    The lunch burger special is awesome. $7 for a burger, fries and a beer is a great intro, especially since they grind their own from quality steak trimmings. I like the option to upgrade toppings and other microbeers. A great value and tasty. Fries were perfectly cooked and natural cut, house made.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day brunch
    LisaMarie
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The atmosphere was great. We were seated promptly, and given lots of space for our large party. The menu was okay, not a lot of choices. I ordered the King's Waffle and was disappointed with the presentation. My food tasted dry and old like it had been sitting out. Others in my party ordered the steak and eggs. Some enjoyed it others thought it was too rare for what they ordered their steaks cooked at. To me the restaurant seemed overly busy and stressed. Our waiter was too busy with other tables to cater to us accordingly. Other than that, the restaurant was beautiful. Although I'd recommend that the staff keep better tabs on the restrooms, they were lacking in hand towels and weren't clean.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Inventive and Creative Foods
    hungrylady
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    1515 has wonderfully different foods using common flavors in uncommon ways. They do experimentation with food until they come up with new and fun preparations and dishes. Their Test Kitchen is a great experience as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overwhelmed on Mother's Day?
    CopperTopperVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Had mother's day brunch at this restaurant. We were 10 people. The place was very nice and beautifully appointed. The manager even gave out long stemmed roses to all of the women at the table. The menu sounded great, but the service was very slow and the food came out cold and was just OK. Perhaps during a regular dinner service our experience would be different, but with so many great places in the area, I think it will be a while before I return.
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  • Nice place, bad food
    lwesty
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I booked a brunch for Mother's Day here. Reviews were good and they had a special menu that day. Loved the ambiance. Food was terrible. The idea of the food was solid but just tasted cheap. And it was not cheap. Some things were just bland and some things were so salty I could barely get it down. The steak was funky-couldn't finish it. Dessert was blah. Totally not worth the trip or expense.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Boring
    Josh
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    1515 was very pricey and the level of service, ambiance, and food/drink wasnt worth the price tag. With the quality of resturants in Denver 1515 needs to step up every aspect of their operation or decrease their prices.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food & ordinary wine pairings
    Sandy
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    My husband and I were anxious to try the special approach to food promised by this restaurant so we chose the 6 course tasting menu with wine pairings. The food was fresh, innovative and very interesting. The wine pairings, on the other hand, did not rise to that level. Although they complemented the food in general, by not clashing with it, the selections were very ordinary. This is a pity because the hard work of the kitchen was match by equal creativity in the cellar selections.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nasty nasty nasty
    Asdf
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    It wasn't quite up to standards that I would expect
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  • It was not what we expected
    Burnemup
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I read the reviews and was very excited to dine at 1515. We ordered martini's with no vermouth but we both got vermouth. The waiter said that our drinks didn't have vermouth but we insisted they did and he finally got new ones. My husband ordered the bison and was told they were out so we both ordered the beef tenderloin, purple potatoes and mushrooms. We were totally taken by surprise when our plates arrived. We didn't realize that the menu reflected a modernist cuisine. It would have been wonderful if the wait staff had explained the menu to us so we were prepared. The tenderloin and mushrooms were well prepared but the pool of liquid purple potatoes was off putting and too sweet. For us, 1515 was just ok and a little dissappointing.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • special
    fralphVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    An excelent place for private parties and quiet dining. Fine service and concern with guests satisfaction
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 34 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1125 reviews are from the 1515 Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Lovestodineout
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We had a good evening. It is a bit pricey for what you get and we asked to split a salad and they charged an extra $5.00 to split it. We would have just used one of our bread plates to do it on our own if we'd known that. But, the food was good.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining room, bad entry area
    ToughCriticVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    While the dining room is very quiet and elegant, the entry area on the first floor feels like an out-of-service bar. Service was great. Probably a good place for large groups.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet