272 Soluna Cafe & Lounge
272 Soluna Cafe & Lounge
  • Address:
    272 McAllister Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    Neighborhood:
    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
  • Cuisine:
    Californian
    Price: $30 and under

272 Soluna Cafe & Lounge

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.solunasf.com/
  • Phone: 4156212200
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am - 2:30pm

    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday 5:00pm - 10:00pm

    Bar Menu: Monday - Friday 2:30pm - 10:00pm

    Happy Hour: Monday - Friday 3:30pm - 7:30pm

    NOTE: Kitchen closes at 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food, Californian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please visit our website at www.solunasf.com and view our Events Menu for details.
  • Special Events: Special Events are welcome. Please contact Rene Denis or Dave Bullers for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Larkin
  • Public Transit: Public Transit Stops: Civic Center Bart & Muni Stations - 2 blocks MUNI 5 Fulton - .5 blocks 19 Polk - .5 blocks 47 Van Ness - 2 blocks 49 Mission/Van Ness - 2 blocks Golden Gate Transit - .5 blocks
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a public lot located beneath Civic Center Plaza and on Larkin between McAllister and Larkin. Street parking is also available and is free after 6pm.
A word from 272 Soluna Cafe & Lounge
Located on Civic Center Plaza across the street from the Asian Art Museum, 272 Soluna Cafe and Lounge offers a classic Californian-American Cuisine.
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272 Soluna Cafe & Lounge reviews from OpenTable diners
75 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (34)fit for foodies (22)vibrant bar scene (20)great for lunch (15)romantic (10)special occasion (10)hot spot (7)good for groups (7)notable wine list (6)late-night find (5)great for brunch (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Good for pre-theatre dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    This cafe is very near the Orpheum Theatre, so it's great for dining before attending a performance. They lots of small plates and lighter fare which I liked. My main complaint is that they do not offer a potato (or other non-grain type) vodka for all of us trying to limit our gluten intake.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Theatre ready
    Knrosesan
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food was spectacular. We had corn hatch chile chowder and fried chicken. The wine was wonderful. We had John Duval Plexus. You must have a reservation on event nights. We were going to the Orpheum and there was another event that night as well so the place was hopping. They are prepared for that and get you in and out with great food and service. We have tickets for a show in November and are already reserving our table. A new favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great pre-show dinner spot!
    Napadiner
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Always our favorite dining spot when going to the Orpheum. Great food and bar...wonderful energy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Forgetful service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We were here for a pre-show dinner. The place was not especially busy on a Thursday night, but the service was terrible. We waited 10 minutes after being seated before I finally asked the general manager slumped against the wait station if he could help us get a beer. When we finally saw our server we ordered a bottle of wine, which she forgot to put in and we had to remind her as we got our meals. The meals were fine, a little under seasoned, but seemingly fresh ingredients.
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  • Best hamburger ever
    MaryVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I rarely eat red meat but based on the reviews on Open Table I decided to have that at Soluna. It was the best hamburger I've ever had (they grind the meat there, sirloin, brie, brioche...). My friend and I were in a hurry to make a show at 7 pm and the waitress worked with us to make sure we had a nice experience and got out in time. I would definitely go to Soluna again if in the Civic Center area.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Slow and nervous place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Went to Soluna about an hour before a theatre show at the Orpheum. Big mistake. The staff was very slow - 15 minutes for a glass of wine to arrive. It was clear other patrons were having timing problems. One complained they had been waiting for an hour - others seem as upset as we were. As time went by we lost confidence we would get our food on time. The staff was not rude but not pleasant either - a nervous bunch unable to handle the pressure. We asked our order be cancelled. The waitress persuaded us our food would be out in two minutes and so we waited closer to ten minutes after that. When the food arrived it was ok but we had to eat in a big rush so it ended up being a not so pleasant dinner. Would not recommend.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • dinner before Motown
    runallan
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We enjoyed a wonderful dinner prior to attending that night's performance of Motown at the Orpheum. Easy parking across the street at the Civic Center garage. We were seated promptly and enjoyed great service all evening. The food was delicious. Our group had either the salmon or halibut, and both were outstanding. The only difficulty we experienced was with the drinks and wine service. They were extremely slow to be delivered to the table. Our server explained that the bar was extremely busy, but it appeared they were using two bartenders. One of our party never did get his martini delivered to the table. We were not, however, charged for the drink.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bryan
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Had a very enjoyable meal. Everyone at our table were very pleased with the food. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Burger
    MargaretVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Visited Soluna before a show at the Symphony with my friend. Service was above and beyond, our waitress had an excellent suggestion on wine, and we were really happy we listened to her recommendation. We ordered the heirloom tomato and watermelon salad, which was a nice little starter to share. Friend had the salmon which she said was really good. I had the burger w/ brie and it was outstanding! Perfectly cooked, yummy onions and a generous amount of brie. So delicious. The fries were a nice accompaniment but nothing special. A great spot for a pre-show dinner.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great clams and burgers!
    sharonbVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We chose the restaurant because it was close to the Asian Art Museum, where we were attending an event. The food was very good - steamed clams with an excellent chorizo broth, and wonderful hamburgers - including black garlic aioli and triple-cream brie. Service was good. If I have any complaint, it is the wine list. It is extremely expensive with regard to the corresponding food prices and the casual style of the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good, and could be even better
    RonlroVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I understand how there have been such mixed reviews... The food is good, the servers are very helpful and friendly, the atmosphere is quite pleasant, and the location is perfect event in the area. Yet, the timing of service has something to be desired. We were seated promptly, and immediately offered to order drinks. Why, when the bar is not packed, does it take 15 minutes for a cocktail and a glass of wine to appear, after appetizers are already on the table. Still, the meal was good, and the waitpeople were very helpful. We'll be back and try again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect for shows near City Center
    SparkleePark
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Needed a reservation before a talk at SF Jazz Center.. this restaurant didn't look like much on the outside, but the service was fabulous, the fish amazing, and the focus on our own tight schedule much appreciated. People at the Bar Tables seemed to be hip and happy, we weren't there long but it appeared that these were regulars, drinking an noshing.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Friendly Staff, Decent Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This was our first time eating here. I was concerned because of all the reviews mentioning slow service, as we had a concert to get to. But I made the reservation 2.5 hours before we estimated the band was going on. The employees were all very friendly! The space is decorated nicely. However, the service is indeed dreadfully slow. We needed the whole 2.5 hours. It took about 1/2 hour just to bring the first round of beers. Water was delayed because they were out of glasses. We finally got our water as the bill came (not kidding). The food was decent, definitely NOT worth what they were charging. If I was in the area, I'd go back for drinks, but not for dinner. Unless they pick up the pace and quality, or drop their prices about 30%.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food ok, service not so much
    NotpickyVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The four of us had dinner here before a concert and everything started well. Two of the dishes, pork and fish came out pink and undercooked. When this was shown to the servers, all we got was attitude and they reluctantly took the food back and brought it back with only a slight improvement. Overall, the other food was decent. The cheese plate appetizer was excellent. The server attitude was poor. If they hadn't added the tip to the bill, we would have left a much smaller one
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  • A Must Repeat
    Babe1
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I was introduced to Soluna's food treasures by a friend, before a ballet performance 6-7 years ago. Myself and daughter are symphony, ballet and opera lovers. We love Soluna and introduced many of our friends to the place where the food and smiles never disappoint. Thank you!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a noteworthy experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I had high hopes for this dining experience. I was going to the Opera with my partner and was looking to try a new restaurant to begin the evening. The place was not busy at all. We ordered cocktails and they arrived after our salad course. We finished our cocktails and salad and waited 15 minutes before we were approached again. Our dinner arrived before we were ever asked for our wine choices. The meal was fair--I had the halibut which was pretty good--my partner had the risotto which was seasoned very poorly. We were seated at a booth in the very back of the restaurant; which we did not mind except for the open curtains that revealed a very dirty/trash filled patio. I know its edges the Tenderloin, but please.
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  • MissPink
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    A vibrant spot with delicious, creative dishes and friendly service. Soluna is located near the symphony hall, which is why we dined there. They are slammed from 5:30-7:00 on symphony nights, but they accommodated our timing.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad time, after a few good ones
    theatergoer
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    This is our favorite spot for pre-theater/symphony/opera dining... good, but just far enough from the venues that it's not impossible to get an early dinner reservation on show nights. We've been there 3 or 4 times before and had good experiences. But this time, someone screwed up somewhere, and we ended up waiting ~75 minutes for our entrees, and just barely wolfed them down in time to get to the show on time. They did knock $50 off the bill for their screw-up ... but I'd rather have paid the full amount and had a good experience!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The wrong memorable experience
    NotAgain
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Party of three. 5:30 pm reservation, Wednesday night before symphony concert; 7:30 pm so not rushed Atmosphere terrible, borderline depressing. Service started OK but deteriorated a lot. Two appetizer arrived not as ordered and poor quality. Entrees, two salads & one pan seared Halibut Requested all arrive at same time. Salads arrived first, halibut later. Salads were good looking and flavorful. Halibut; very badly overcooked; burned, dry, tough, stringy texture. Love halibut; cook it a lot myself. Halibut is easy to cook right, difficult to get really wrong but they did. I regret a lot not sending halibut back, salad replacement and speaking to manager. I think that was unfair of me to the restaurant.
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  • Such a great find in the area
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We went back to Soluna yet again for a Board candidate interview, and again had the perfect lunch situation. The experience at the door is great, the menu is diverse enough for everyone and everything we've tasted is delicious, the service is unobtrusive but prompt, and the tables are far enough apart that it's possible to have a thoughtful conversation with a larger group and be able to hear each other well. They really do a great job - enough so that the 2 or 3 other places we used to go have totally dropped off our list.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Dined here prior to going to Showboat. Food was delious. Staff attentive, even gave us a wine tasting of their recommended wine when the one we wanted was unavailable
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dependably good
    MarketCynic
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    With its location near the SF Asian Art Museum, and a short walk to the Opera, the Symphony, and Nourse Auditorium, Soluna is one of our favorite go-to picks whenever we're in that part of SF. Not far from Civic Center BART. Try Mary's Fried Chicken or the Arctic Char. The whole menu's good, and the service is usually great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Pre-Symphony Dinner
    Mallen
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Everyone in our party of six thought the food was delicious. I had the halibut - it was perfectly cooked and the sauce and accompaniments were just delicious. Presentations and service were very nice. Our wait person got us off to the the symphony on time. One nice thing about this restaurant is that you can have a conversation which added to the overall enjoyment of the evening.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden gem with excellent food!
    JuliaP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    I don't understand why this restaurant is not busier! The food is extremely good, service was excellent and it's only a few blocks from the Symphony and SF Opera. Perfect for an early dinner before a performance. Their burger (made in house) and fries was pretty amazing as was my friends Ahi tuna salad.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Out of gin?!
    PaulVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    How could a place that calls itself a "Lounge" be out of Bombay Sapphire at 6pm on a Saturday? Walk to the nearest store and buy a couple bottles, bartender!! Food was very average. The only saving grace was our helpful, apologetic server.
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  • Great Dining Experience
    dine4funVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We come here often when we are in the area for an event, and each time it has been fabulous. The service is helpful and friendly, and the food is perfectly prepared with fresh ingredients. We usually order wine, and the server has always been very knowledgable and completely on target with a recommendation. It is one of our favorite restaurants for good reason.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A great burger
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    I eat here often and this last time was a real treat. The best burger I've had in a long time
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time there but not the last!
    Chris
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Mac & Cheese was out of this world, creamy and cheesy, get the porcetta on top! Don't usually eat Fried Chicken, but it looked so good being served to another table that I had to have it and it was a great choice. Crisp, very moist and favorful! The drink menu was was pretty good too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jack
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    The Soluna was good and the server and bartender friendly. I will probably go there again, but only if nothing else is available.
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  • good place pre-opera/symphony
    sanfrandan
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    food imaginatively prepared: my risotto with mushrooms had a lot of wood mushrooms and was, therefore, very mushroomy. Stefan's halibut was nicely done with good accompaniments.
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  • Incompetent chef
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    One member of our party of three ordered a steak medium rare; it came back well done. Sent back, it was returned blood red. Returned a third time,it was a perfect medium rare. Unfortunately, the outside was so burned that, its perfect internal temperature notwithstanding, it was inedible. My friend had to subsist on the french fries. Other meals were unobjectionable. No less than three staffers (one of whom was in training) returned repeatedly and redundantly to proffer the same explanations and apologies but their timing was embarrassingly bad, with long periods in which it was exceedingly difficult to get their attention, either because of the repeated problems with the steak or the lack of water, etc. No one person was in charge.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    I chose this restaurant because we were going to the ballet and it was in walking distance of the Opera House. The service was sketchy. I do think that there were only two wait people for the entire room and it was a little too much; plus she had to take reservations and seat people. The dining room was full so it was a lot for one person. The food was fine. I had the fish was a little dry, but otherwise everything else was OK. My friends seemed to like their dishes. All in all the restaurant was adequate, but I doubt if I'll return.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice spot before ballet
    dnoal
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Very nice meal, good service, nice menu for all. Short 5 minute walk to the ballet.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Relaxed and Delicious
    Francis
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    This was the second time my partner and I have gone to Soluna prior to the symphony. The first time, the waiter was sensitive to our time limitations and sped things up. This time we came earlier and took our time. Service was great. Waitress (with vintage eye-glasses) was knowledgeable about the menu and offered detailed feedback on the drink list, chorizo and cheeses, and dinner options. She checked in on us frequently. The atmosphere was mildly noisy when the room filled with diners but nothing that would be annoying. You are now our pre-symphony dinner spot. (We go probably 3-4 nights a year).
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 41 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1165 reviews are from the 272 Soluna Cafe & Lounge reviews archive.
  • Horrible Experience
    Jaded
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    The men's bathroom was out of service, so men were using the women's restroom. When the man in our party went into the women's room, he locked the door because he believed that was the appropriate thing to do (as do I, as a woman). When he returned to our table, a female customer came to table and hostilely and loudly berated him for locking the door while he was using the toilet, saying that he was "sketchy" for doing that. She was so out of line, but the worst part was that the service staff just watched her do it and did nothing to intervene, which would have been appropriate. I strongly suspect that if my male guest said these things to the female diner, the staff would have intervened. The whole thing was so inappropriate.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ambience
    Nicki
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    A small but very well run restaurant with a lively bar scene. Great food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slightly disappointing
    jnb75
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    When the food was delivered to our table, one of the dishes was on the "cold" side. My friend asked if it could be heated up and the waiter said it wouldn't be a problem. The only problem was, it took forever to get her food back and we were waiting until it came to start our food. In the meantime, our meals cooled off.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Is close to good parking and
    Foodlover
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    Is close to good parking and the the Orpheum, Opera and Ballet. They are very amenable to splitting orders and food portions are good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Pleasant Surprise
    JudyVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We were looking for a restaurant within an easy walk of "Speakeasy", an experiential theater piece staged near city hall, so we selected Soluna for proximity, not for expected excellence. We were pleasantly surprised by the ambience, the quality of the food and service: our waitress was knowledgeable and helpful: for example, she gave our friend a taste of wine to try before ordering. The food was beautifully presented and delicious and the price was quite reasonable. I would go again and I recommend this restaurant. Particularly good: the chocolate mousse dessert and the tuna caesar salad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect every time!
    CAdamsVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    I'm a big fan of Soluna. I used to work in the area, and would regularly go there for lunch with colleagues. Last year, when planning our City Hall nuptials, we decided to host our wedding lunch there (ps- it went off without a hitch- best day ever). This last weekend we decided to return for our anniversary. We had reservations at seven- it was great timing because the crowd was mostly a pre-show group, and the restaurant cleared out around 8:00pm. We had such a nice, long relaxing dinner. The food was AMAZING and the service was perfect. We'll definitely return again soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.