219 Restaurant
219 Restaurant

219 Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.219restaurant.com/
  • Phone: 7035491141x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Mon-Thurs 5pm-10pm; Fri 5pm-11pm; Sat 11am-11pm; Sun 11am-10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Southern, Contemporary American, Creole
  • Executive Chef: Tom Crenshaw
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cigar Room, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (bar only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We do offer catering upon request.
  • Entertainment: Live blues music [including Grammy-winning acts] six nights a week upstairs in our massive, well-appointed cigar lounge, the Basin Street Lounge. Downstairs, in our casual bar the Bayou Room, we offer DJ format dance music complete with laser lights.
  • Special Events: Please inquire. We regularly host wedding parties, rehearsal dinners, showers, corporate functions and retreats, and hail and farewells. We host regular wine tastings, wine pairing dinners, cigar tastings and cigar pairing dinners, and scotch tastings.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fairfax Street
  • Public Transit: King St. Metro [<1 mile]; free trolley services King St. from metro
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: In addition to available street parking, we recommend the affordable, municipal parking garage underneath City Hall just around the corner on Fairfax Street.
A word from 219 Restaurant
Housed in a historic 19th century townhouse blocks from the waterfront, 219 offers modern Southern cuisine with creole influence. Executive Chef Scott Perry from Charleston, S.C. has taken the menu and added some southern influence on classic dishes sure to make for an exceptional dining experience.
We offer private dining rooms in addition to our elegant main floor, and offer tasting menus custom-tailored to your preferences. After your meal, you can unwind in our spacious second story lounge and be entertained by world class blues/jazz music seven nights a week.
Whether your looking for a casual night out or something a little more intimate, 219 has what your looking for seven days a week.
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219 Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
26 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.7
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (12)romantic (10)great for outdoor dining (9)neighborhood gem (8)great for brunch (7)good for groups (6)fit for foodies (5)late-night find (4)scenic view (4)great for lunch (4)notable wine list (4)hot spot (3)vibrant bar scene (3)Show More
  • Wonder...simply wonderful
    MszNewnew
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had a wonderful time. The staff was very professional, helpful, knowledgeable and very patience. My food was savory and that bread was calling my hips name. Kudos to the wonderful staff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Very good but not great Cajun/Southern themed food. Friendly, professional staff. Tables well spaced so it is possible to have a dinner time conversation - and pleasant, white table cloth ambiance.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT experience!
    Lorilovesfood
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I went with a group of friends and we ordered a variety of different food options so we could try as much as possible. The mac and cheese appetizer was divine as well as the fried green tomato stack. For dinner we enjoyed crab cakes, the rib-eye, and the scallop dish. My entree was the scallop dish and it cooked perfectly and well accented by the andouille sausage and corn foam. My friends really enjoyed their dishes as well. The crab cakes were made from jumbo lump crab and did not disappoint. Although I did not try the rib-eye it was cooked perfectly to order and none was left on the plate at the end of the meal. I would definitely recommend this restaurant and I will be back again! Alexandria is lucky to have this great southern chef!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing at best
    Bonjour
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Waitress was unfriendly. Ordered the She Crab soup. It was terrible. First time I ever sent food back. Waitress came back to inform me that I just didn't know what I was talking about. Ordered the crab cakes. They would have been good if they were served hot. All food was luke warm. Neither friendly or good service. Most disappointing meal I have ever had. Will not go back!
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  • Incredible "Haute" Southern Cuisine
    milfam13
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This charming, historic restaurant serves up what is, quite simply the best southern food I've ever had outside the lowcountry of South Carolina. Upon asking the owner, who was on-site and quite cordial, we were told that the new chef is from Charleston. The steak oscar which was tender and cooked perfectly to order. This dish was accented with creamed spinach and fried blue-point oysters that practically melted in my mouth. Dessert was homemade cheesecake that was light and fresh - the chef makes it fresh every morning - this is a "must try" dessert item! We ate out on the front terrace which was lovely. All in all, the best fine dining experience I've had so far in Alexandria.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lots of potential
    LikeGoodFood
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food was very good and served in a comfortable environment. The whole experience was relaxing and very enjoyable. Wait staff could use a little polish, but pretty good overall.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was boring
    EatOutRarely
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I thought after reading the reviews that 219's Cajun menu would offer a different type of brunch for myself, my son, and husband than the standard brunch food. Unfortunately, we were not impressed with the food and the service was kind of slow even though there were very few patrons in the restaurant. The food wasn't horrible, it was just flat, and not memorable. I wouldn't recommend for brunch. Maybe a different meal.
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  • So disappointing
    adrdoolittleVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Went for Restaurant Week. Terrible service, terrible food, dirty men's room. We attempted to speak with the lady at the front desk when we left to tell her about our negative experience, but she waved us away, stating "I'm on the phone, you will have to wait." We will most certainly NOT be back.
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  • 219, a reliable go-to destination
    BertVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    219 has an excellent menu lineup, dedicated and attentive staff, a choice of casual or refined seating, and overall reliability.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Attractive setting. Poor wine list (the first two selections I ordered were out of stock). Probably the best beet and goat cheese salad (albeit pricey) I've ever had but the crayfish and shrimp etouffe was mediocre at the very best. In contrast, RT's etouffe is almost as good as in New Orleans. This is not even a "mention," let alone an "honorable mention." I might give them another chance just because of the ambiance and the beet salad but I would not try any of the Cajun/Creole dishes.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice dinner on King Street
    12345
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Highly recommend the asiago mac n cheese appetizer (with shrimp and garlic) and the crab cake entrée. If you order the salmon ask the chef to blacken it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Average
    DMVFOODIE
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Food average, and service about the same. Very bland tasting cousins for southern / creole style resturant. No one in our party was truey satisfied with their meal choice after everything we ordered was referred to by our server as "one of the best options on the menu". Definitely a first and last time dinning experience at this resturant.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful dinner and great lounge
    Marmar
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    The dinner was delicious and in a very romantic setting. Try to sit in the front tables overlooking King Street. After dinner we went up to the Basin Street Lounge to listen to the band. The Crawstickers were awesome. It is a cigar lounge so it is smoky, but well worth it to hear this wonderful sax player and his band.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice Ambience - Food Fair
    luv2eat
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I dined with family and friends for a Anniversary celebration. The ambience was beautiful and the service was good. The food left a bit to be desired. The menu was Creole but there wasn't much flavor to the various dishes tried. I think the menu hits are the crab cakes and chicken and waffles which aren't true creole dishes. Not sure If I will visit again in the near future for dinner.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    CandiceN
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    I had a great time at 219. Brunch was delicious! I had the french toast and my friend had the crab and brie omelet. I will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner With Co-workers
    Jazzydee
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    My co-workers and I went to 219 for dinner. We were seated outside under the canopy. The staff was friendly and very professional and the service was always prompt. Everyone ordered something different, and the food not only looked great, it was excellent! It was our first time at 219 and it won't be the last.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible service
    DoctorFoodieVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    My wife and I went for brunch. When we arrived we were the only patrons in the restaurant. Our waiter took our drink order (a bottle of wine) and then food order promptly. We scarcely saw him again. The food took VERY LONG to be served and, when it arrived, was lukewarm). No one refilled our wine from the bottle. No one came to check if everything was okay or to give us an update about our food. No one offered to refill our coffee. I had to flag down a bus boy to ask for more coffee, because I hardly even saw our waiter in the dining room. By the time we left, there were other patrons (though the restaurant was, by no means, busy) and they were grumbling about the service as well.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 9 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.7
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 159 reviews are from the 219 Restaurant reviews archive.
  • completely disappointing
    disappointed
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The waiter mixed up the chardonnay with the pinot grigio, then proceeded to argue that he hadn't. Our friend ordered a Stella, but the waiter returned to inform him that they were out. The waiter left to check what they did have, returning to inform us they did in fact have Stella. Our friend ordered one, only to again be informed they were out. They did not have mac & cheese as listed online, and were out of the chicken and waffles because "so many people had ordered them for mother's day brunch". The six kids in our party had been looking forward to these two dishes, and we would not have come had we known they wouldn't be available. We went across the street to the Warehouse Bar & Grill. Food & service there were excellent.
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  • Good Time.
    ilikegoodfood57
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I took my wife here for our 9th wedding anniversary and it was very nice. The staff was great, the food was awesome, the staff was friendly and the prices were excellent. I would strongly suggest going there if you're looking for a fine time and dinning experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth Many Visits
    JoeSimo
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The food is of large portions and very good. I had the fried chicken and waffle, and my wife ordered the braised short ribs--both delicious. We sat in the terrace near the entrance that overlooks the street and it was a serene setting. And this place is worth a couple more visits to investigate the live Jazz in the cigar loung upstairs or enjoy the DJ in the bayou room. We also would like to try out the main dining room which appears to be styled from the elegant ante bellum South. The whole place is an experiece.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for Sunday Brunch
    branstk
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We had a family of 7 with two small children for for Easter brunch and one person who arrived a little late. The restaurant was very accommodating and the food plus service did not suffer at all. We will definitely come back!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easter Brunch = disappointing
    pmg815
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Easter brunch was disappointing. We knew it was $30/pp, but entree selection was limited. We opted not to have the complimentary glass of champagne and our small-sized bloody mary's were $9.50 each. We had 3 adults and 2 kids, but kid's drink were not included in the $30 fee & we got charged for (2) Cokes and (2) chocolate milks as well. We could not get a second basket of bisquits which just seemed absurd when you are waiting for your food to arrive. The food we ordered was good, but the value just wasn't there, it seemed skimpy for $30/person fee. Additionally, we could smell the stale cigarette/cigar smoke from the night before. We like 219, but the whole experience was sub par this time around. We won't return next Easter.
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  • Service very poor. Had a business
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    Service very poor. Had a business group and they do not want to go back due to poor and slow service from staff.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Place for Friday
    jisaac
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We were seated by the window and had a great view of King street. The ambience and mood were great. I had the chicken and waffles. I loved the lightness of the batter on the chicken and thaw waffles were light. I would go back to this restaurant again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 219
    Bill
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    I reserved a table at the last minute for a group of visitors from Europe. Everything went marvelously, from explanations of Cajun food to the visitors to the wine list. I couldn't have asked for a better and more impressive event. Our wait staff was superb. Thank you 219.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food..side of attitude waiter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Good food, nice ambience...waiter was a bit quirky, almost rude...took a friend of mine and her daughter for brunch. Overall pleasant but the older waiter (late 30s or early 40s) needs an attitude adjustment.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Please hold the salt
    DiningConnoisseur
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    My family and friends dined here for a birthday celebration. The ambiance and space was perfect. We are were seated comfortably in a room that even though we shared it with another large party, it worked out well. Tui', our server, was very attentive, accommodating, and personable. The evening was going well....until the food was served. It may have been the chef for the evening but there was WAY TO MUCH salt in the food and our fried chicken for the chicken and waffles was under cooked. I am hoping that it was just a bad night and someone didn't taste the food because the restaurant is a very pleasant place to visit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food, Not So Good Service
    Ollie
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Reservation? What reservation? They had my name written down, correct number of people, but no tables. The host actually seemed annoyed that we showed up for our reservation. After waiting fifteen - twenty minutes with no apology, they finally seated us. Our waiter, was efficient, but also seemed inconvenienced that we were there. The food was good, but given that we felt uninvited, it sort of ruined the experience. I will say I was there once before and the food and service were great. I guess it was just an off night. Too bad.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was fine, service was horrible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Our server was rude and not accommodating. The restaurant was aware that we would be a group of about a dozen or so people. They boasted that they were good for groups. Service was slow, there was no one to help the waiter serve our table and he clearly could not handle a group at all. Service was slow, it took 40 minutes to get dessert (none of which had to be prepared--it was cheesecake).
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • flavorful!
    NOLAlover
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    The food was amazing! However the staff was a little dry and not very helpful. Maybe it was because there was a snow storm the day before but I believe the staff makes the experience just as much as the food and they fell a little short in that department. But the fact that I'm still commenting about the food speaks volumes! Everything was delicious! I think I'll give it another try just to make sure it wasn't an off day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food alittle to pricey for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Food alittle to pricey for the quality . Overall good eperience
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My fav place in old town
    kp11
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Great shrimp & grits; étouffée great as always. My fav place
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot for Multiple Moods
    Thumper
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    If you have a unique group of friends this spot is great for satisfying several night out tastes. The restaurant satisfies the foodie, the bar takes care of the spot to hang socialize and meet new people, the live jazz lounge is great for the musician of all levels and the cigar lounge relaxing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 30 MINUTES BEFORE A SERVER CAME
    Jason
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    They took us earlier than our 8 pm reservation but ended up waiting 30 MINUTES before a server even noticed us and there were only 3 other tables with guests. The food was great and they gave us a free dessert for their error. I believe though we should have left after waiting 25 minutes, that has never happened to me at a nearly empty restaurant. Only two stars this time although I have been to 219 many times and it usually is better. Hope no one has to wait 30 minutes to be noticed ever again.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Save yourself the trouble.
    Sushilover
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Extremely quiet with very mediocre food. I hate to say it, but you'd be better off going to an Outback Steakhouse or some other chain.
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  • Excellent night out
    dnhlr
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Outstanding food with starters like the she-crab soup, oysters, blue crab with prices starting about $9. Main menu starts in low $20's and our duck, red snapper and a butternut like raveloi were all excellent. Children's menu was all homemade and large servings. Wine list starts about $40, but nice selection. Service was excellent with bringing children's plates quickly. It is an old house converted for dining and main dining room is charming. Outdoor seating available. $$$
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine date
    fridaylunchVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The prefix menu was too pricey for what was served it was a 3 course meal however overpriced. The restaurant shares space with a bar underneath and another dance venue overhead the cigarette/cigar smell ruined the ambiance and the noise and stomping overhead was ridiculous. The bathroom was very outdated and awful.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Great Valentine's Day Dinner
    acallVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I was nervous at first because the menu was fixed course for V-day. However, we were pleasantly surprised by the options once we arrived. It was difficult to choose because all of the plates sounded fantastic. I ended up with the chac. board, short braised ribs and truffles for dessert. My husband had a crab and goat cheese starter, steak and truffles as well. Perfect all-around. Most notable for me was the pate, in-house cured duck, and the braised ribs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall a wonderful experience!
    DiningConnoisseur
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I had the pleasure of dining here on Valentine's Day with my fiancée. The room had a chandelier as well as fireplace which made for a very pleasing ambience. Our server, Himash (spelling?), was absolutely wonderful. He was in no way intrusive and offered very good suggestions, as I am not well acquainted with the types of items on the menu and definitely needed assistance. My only regret was not being able to finish the cheesecake I had for dessert because I was so full. We will absolutely be returning!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unhappy camper
    adiahaudo
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Our food was late. Entrée was brought after a long wait but the appetizer was not served to us yet. Waiter was not aware of the mistake till we told him that we had not had our appetizer yet then he took our entrée back to the kitchen, brought the appetizer to us then waited for a long time before bringing our entrée back. The people at the next table were served deserts twice! They had to confess that they had already had their desert and were waiting for their bill!! This was our second visit to the restaurant. The first time was great and the guests that came with us were impressed but this time around, we were not too happy!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.