A Toute Heure
A Toute Heure

A Toute Heure

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.atouteheure.com/
  • Phone: (908) 276-6600
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 12 noon - 2:00 pm (*Walk-In Seating, Reservations accepted for large parties only)

    For all other services, reservations are recommended:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    "Second Saturday" (2nd Saturday of each month): 12 noon - 10 pm
    "Last Sunday" Brunch (last Sunday of each month) 10:30 am - 1:30 pm

    *Please visit our website (www.atouteheure.com) for more information & full menus for all of our services.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Kara Decker
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: A Toute Heure offers catering in partnership with our sister property, 100 Steps Supper Club + Raw Bar. You can visit our main site, www.localrootscranford.com, for information on all of our catering offerings!
  • Private Party Facilities: Small, private parties are welcome in the bistro during hours in which we are closed to the public (private dinners, showers, small receptions, business lunches, etc..). For more information, please contact us.
  • Private Party Contact: Andrea Carbine 908-276-6600x
  • Special Events: Visit our website (www.localrootscranford.com) for links to all of our businesses and for information on upcoming special events, special dinners, farm-to-table events, cooking classes, and more!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Elm Street
  • Public Transit: Cranford train station (Raritan Valley Line of NJTransit)
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking is available on Centennial Avenue (free parking), as well as in two public lots at the corner of Centennial & Lincoln (metered parking). We do ask that you have consideration for our neighbors and do not park on residential streets.
A word from A Toute Heure
A Toute Heure, the local bistro located in the Centennial Village of Cranford, uses the freshest ingredients sourced from local farms + markets. Their new American menu is an exploration of the best ingredients the season has to offer. Enjoy lunch or dinner in the charming dining room. The food is incredibly wine friendly, so BYO.

Opened in May of 2007, this small bistro, run by Andrea & Jim Carbine is making an impression with their strong connection to local farmers and artisans. Jame's Beard nominee, Andrea Carbine tends to the bistro's own gardens, and works with farmers to select the best of the seasonal bounty for the menu. The kitchen is led by talented Executive Chef Kara Decker + her Chef de Cuisine Robyn Reiss. A Toute Heure received Edible Jersey magazine's 2008 "Local Hero" award for restaurants.

A Toute Heure's sister restaurant is 100 Steps Supper Club + Raw Bar!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
A Toute Heure reviews from OpenTable diners
94 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (82)neighborhood gem (70)special occasion (51)romantic (27)great for lunch (13)great for brunch (11)hot spot (11)good for groups (7)great for outdoor dining (6)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • wonderful quaint restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    This was my third time dining here, but the previous two times were on holidays so had a special menu. The ambiance is romantic enough without being pretentious. The staff is knowledgeable about every item on the menu and are all very friendly. When I mentioned to our waitress that I cannot have any dairy, she came right back with a menu that indicated which items I could order with some modifications. Fantastic!! The food was incredible. I dont think you can order anything bad here. Fresh, local ingredients. It's not cheap, but well worth it. We will be back for the next special occasion!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    lilchezy
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Given the difficulty of getting a reservation, i really expected more. The starters and small bites were good, shared among a table of six. Seafood balls were bland. The mussles were nice. My wife had the duckbrest which was a very meager portion and almost raw. We were warned that the chef preferred to send it medium rare, which is good for us, but this was rare. For almost $40 it should have been more special. i had the oxtail pot pie. It was really more like a wine flavored oxtail soup with almost raw turnips underneath a puff pastry. Apple cake was delicous. Then we had the major issue of the check arriving with the gratuity added (party of six) and no warning from the server. it almost got missed as we all signed the checks. Not a great experience overall.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I want to like this place, but I just can't.
    Mazzac
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    I've been here twice so far. First visit was about 2 years ago. During that visit, my pork was so over cooked it was like chewing on rubber. This most recent visit, I can't say the restaurant redeemed itself. As a matter of fact, I think it was worse. My wife had ordered their steak and frites. When it came out the steak wasn't even warm. Not even warm!! It was room temperature even in the center! We sent the steak back for them to heat it up some (which we never send back food or complain). When it came back, instead of a new steak, they pieced back the previously cut steak, which was now extremely well done at this point. I don't expect such simple mistakes to happen at a restaurant such as this. I've had better steaks at chilis. If this was a restaurant such as Boulevard 572, the chef would have came out and apologized. It was a $40 steak, which wasn't enjoyable. In fact, it ruined the whole dining experience. I'll give this place another shot in the future. If it's another strike, I'm done. I want to like this place so bad. The menu is good, the atmosphere is romantic, and I live around the corner. TL:DR Both times I went to this restaurant, they messed up the meet. Steak was room temperature, sent back, received, and over cooked.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another wonderful meal at ATH
    Kate
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Everything about ATH is outstanding. The atmosphere and service are wonderful and relaxing. The food is creative and delicious. We always have an excellent time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always delicious
    CANJGirl
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Our sixth visit to A Toute Heure and once again everyone loved their choices. The menu changes regularly so I won't devote time to reviewing individual dishes except the Parker. House. Rolls. It's worth going for these alone. Amazing. Jim, the co-owner, always does a nice job explaining dishes and highlighting unique aspects. Our server was friendly and attentive. It's become our go to place for a dinner that always hits the mark.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable restaurant
    Foodfanatic
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Food was good to very good! Staff and owner are very attentive. Enjoyable evening...Seats facing the kitchen are less desirable but restaurant is very nice. As for the food, the strip steak and frites were very good. Cooked slightly less than medium, the way I enjoy it most. My wife had the duck breast which was also vey tasty. Seafood meatballs and pork belly were good as well. Entrees should be slightly less priced for what was served. Still all in all good! Would recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    SpoiledbyNapaEateries
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    The restaurant came highly recommended by my daughter, "a foodie." It lived up to my expectations. Wonderful flavors. It was difficult to make an appetizer or entrée choice. Everything sounded so good. Excellent service staff. Attentive when they needed to be. I definitely will dine there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent service, excellent food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    the staff really attends to your needs!! the food is delicious and fresh!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • patc
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    menu selection creative and just yummy....I went for lunch ...loved loved loved the grilled cheese....been back for dinner....great service, friendly and warm..My new "go to" spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh, Tasty, Large portions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    We were thrilled to eat here for the first time. Everything is so fresh, you can taste the difference. The skirt steak was the biggest, juiciest piece of meat we ever had when ordering steak frites. Salads and soups are large portions and very tasty. Service is attentive but not rushed. Pricing is on the higher side, but this is clearly a case of you get what you pay for. BYOB ensures you are happy with your wine selection!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday brunch
    akay
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    I had heard so many good things about the brunch on Sundays (only once per month). Unfortunately, it didn't live up to my expectations. Maybe it was what I ordered (ATH Continental)...but was kind of underwhelmed. My egg souffle was dry, came with a few pieces of toast and some potatoes. Nothing really that good, especially for $18. The setting is nice, and its always fun to have some Champagne at brunch, but otherwise, I could have gone to the diner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Absolutely wonderful!
    KBNYC
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    So impressed by our Saturday evening at A Toute Heure. The service was attentive without being overbearing and the food was absolutely wonderful. From the homemade rolls to start to the warm chocolate chip cookie at the end and everything in between. We had a wonderful meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best!
    Mariamechi
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Always a winner. The food and menu always fresh, delicious. I go back for their mussels. BYOB!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Olga
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    The food is always so fresh & tasty!! Love this gem!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not impressed!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We just celebrated our wedding anniversary here and we were quite disappointed! We had been here before and had liked the food, but this time round, everything had taken a turn for the worse. My wife and I didn't like either our appetisers or our entres. My wife passed on the dessert, and my house made ice cream was almost tasteless! Huge disappointment.
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  • Fantastic as always
    Nancy
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    This restaurant is the best in union county. The food is local, fresh and creative. Our server was fantastic. Very friendly and engaging. You need to experience it. On the weekends it is very hard to get a reservation. We happened. to go on a Tuesday night with no problem
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Although the entrees weren't as good as everything else, this is still a great place. Feels like I was eating in NYC, not Cranford. And that is meant to be a compliment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not as good as it used to be
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I've eaten here several times, but last Saturday (10/11/14) was a real let down. The food was not especially good and the portions were very small at these prices. $34 got me 4 scallops. They were just ok and definitely not very filling. The scallops were served in a sauce in a cauliflower-leek puree and with seared onion agrodolce. Also, very sparse and not very flavorful. The October Mussels were highly recommended, but were bland and the mussels were tiny. A real let down for a place I used to look forward to going to.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food a bit Eccentric
    Ziggybunter1VIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    The menu entrees seemed stranger than usual, including goat for dinner. Goat is outside my comfort range.z
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  • Special Treat
    Pumukel
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    A Toute Heure is a real gem. The service is fabulous! The waitress really loves food and working there. She describes and explains everything with such enthusiasm that just listening to her is fun and makes your mouth water. The food (I had the goat dish) was amazing, the meat melted in my mouth and the flavor was wonderful. The chef is doing an amazing job. Thanks for a great dinner experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet Weeknight Dinner
    Cancob
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    3 of us enjoyed a lovely dinner. Great cauliflower soup, frites and fig/tomato salad to begin. Scrumptious scallops and steak. Loved the molasses cookie/sweet cream ice cream sandwich for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in area
    SummitcoupleVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We eat out often, and know of no other restaurant in the area that's any better - diverse menu, fresh ingredients, frat staff, fantastic ambiance - and, it's byob.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing!!
    FoodMavenVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    My friend and I returned here to celebrate a birthday. We had always liked this neighborhood gem and decided to splurge and go here. Unfortunately we were both disappointed. We expected a small menu but none of the choices were appealing to us. We probably should have left but felt funny to do that so we both settled. The appetizers were fine but both of us had to send our entrees back because they were too salty--my scallops were edible but my friend's skate was not. The second time around, both entrees were much better but not outstanding. Dessert was fine. Our server was lovely and very accommodating. I don't know that I'd return as the prices are high and this is the second time I've been disappointed here.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Farm to Table Restaurant
    njtxfoodie
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    A Toute Heure is a wonderful restauarant. The food is absolutely delicious. I like that the restaurant uses local farm foods and changes the menu with the seasons. The staff is also very friendly and not pushy. My only complaint is that the price of the food has increased dramatically over the past few years. I consider ATH a neighborhood restaurant, but the prices are "big city." The price increase has resulting in me having to frequent the restaurant less often and I no longer go there for dinner. The food is excellent, but there are other local restaurants with prices slightly lower with similar quality.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A true gem
    OutOnTheTown
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Not your typical neighborhood spot! Great food - plan on returning many times!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BARNEY
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I almost hate to give a good review because this place is so special, that we don't want to make it harder to get a reservation. We had dinner there on 9/12 and again on 9/24 for our anniversary. The food was amazing both times. If you are looking for farm to table quality, with innovative menu design, and superbly prepared food, then this is the place to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • luckytoliveincranford
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Excellent...not a regret. The food is awesome! Took out of town friends here and they raved about everything. they will return when in NJ.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always fabulous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    This restaurant never fails to impress me! I have been there several times a year since it opened and it is a go-to spot for girls' nights and anniversary dinners. I also recommend 100 Steps which is owned by the same couple.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • third visit
    NJhiker
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    A great meal, as usual. Started with a sausage appetizer, delicious. Pork shoulder and Nick's mussel pot were both excellent.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible dining experience
    Bjonks
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I made my res on open table and casually mentioned my wife has a gluten allergy. They had a gluten free menu ready for her when we sat down. The scallop tartar app was amazing; melted in my mouth. We shared 1/2 dozen oysters - no grit at all. For my entree I had the pork shoulder. It was cooked perfectly and served with pomme purée and a sauerkraut, which I don't usually like, but it all worked really well. We love this place and try to go as often as we can!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful !
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Our whole experience from getting their confirmation call to answering our call for help when we got lost and then calling back to make sure we were still on track...and then to be warmly welcomed by the wait staff was very comforting ...and the best part was yet to come.the catch of the day was delicious,the scallops equally good and topped by a wonderful dessert ...only sorry we had to rush to get to a concert,can't wait to return or try their sister restaurant ....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lv_quality_food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Menu provided an interesting selection of local food. Service was friendly, informative and enthusiastic. Parker rolls were very tasty. Shark was good and served with a delicious polenta. The steak was cooked to perfection and fritas were served hot as they should be. The chocolate mint chip ice cream was outstanding dessert.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome.
    MikeB
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Best meal we have had in a long, long time. First-time diners, for our wedding anniversary. Incredible menu with many fresh ingredients. Service and owners are friendly and humble. The tab was suprisingly reasonable given the experience and value. BYO. Will now be our go-to place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • just terrific
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Wonderful menu - adventurous but appeals to all which is not an easy balance. The maitre d was outstanding! Prideful in the kitchens creations but not at all pretentious! A a welcomed departure from the current restaurant scene. A gem in balancing a comfortable atmosphere with exceptional cuisine. On my short list of favorites
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    excellent food - all fresh, locally grown - top notch
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb!
    MarGee
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Our meal was amazing. Food was excellent, staff was friendly, informative and helpful. In particular the chickpea cake was so delicious and the fresh beans and tomatoes served with it were the best I've ever had. The entree of sea scallops was done to perfection. My husband had the crusted Mahi Mahi and he savored every bite. Surprisingly, the only disappointment was the dessert. We both had the berry toffe cake which we found dry and tasteless, although the homemade ice cream it came with was very nice. I would definitely recommend A Tout Heure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • From appetizers to desserts
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    A Toute Heure was outstanding. The table was set and available for a large party at the hour we selected. Our server was knowledgeable and friendly, offering valuable and delicious recommendations. We ordered a wide variety of appetizers, Cara's mussels were a table favorite. Our scallop, steak and duck entrees were all cooked perfectly, and the homemade ice cream is a must order!!!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • gormetlocusts
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Always booked, I was delighted to finally get a reservation. Well worth the wait. Delightful service and every dish was delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SMSDine
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I would very highly recommend this restaurant. Everything about it was top notch. The food was delicious and very unique, even down to the bread that was served and the service was very friendly and warm. The atmosphere is perfect for couples or a 4-party group.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • loved it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Thank you for the wonderful meal and friendly wait staff. Great experience and the food was like no other.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.