A Toute Heure
A Toute Heure

A Toute Heure

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.atouteheure.com/
  • Phone: 9082766600x
  • 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 WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
A Toute Heure reviews from OpenTable diners
94 reviews since May 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (80)neighborhood gem (61)special occasion (56)romantic (26)great for brunch (16)great for lunch (16)great for outdoor dining (10)hot spot (7)good for groups (6)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • 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
    • Food
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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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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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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  • 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!!!
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    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.
  • A Cranford favorite
    Brian0823
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Great food and great service - always something unique on the menu
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NJFoodie
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Great food and service. Kara's mussels were the best I have ever had. We can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in NJ!
    DCDineVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Always a treat. Best mussel pots ever! Doesn't get any better on this side of the Hudson River!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding service & great menu
    CranfordFoodFan
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    As a thank you, I invited two friends for dinner who had supported me when I needed them. The food was excellent. We each had something different (scallops, chicken, mussels) and each was very pleased with her meal. Desert was a fruit cake with ice cream that was very good. Service was exceptional. My one friend was having a gall bladder issue and wanted to be careful about what she ate and what was used to cook it. Our waitress, Jean, with the cooperation of the Chef, made sure that everything was prepared exactly right! A toute here is a very special place
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    ASperlVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    An outstanding meal, as usual. We always look forward to dining here. Everything on the menu is prepared with such creativity - and the ingredients are always fresh. An absolute treat for those who love farm-to-table dining!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lived up to its reputation
    bmccVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Everything was excellent from the mussels appetizer to the scallops and "chicken" entrees to the toffee cake dessert. We got extra dipping bread for the mussels sauce, which was quite useful as the scallops entree is not meant for a big eater. A couple of extra scallops would be appreciated. The wait staff are particularly well-trained and helpful. It's a small, cozy restaurant so the noise level can be a bit loud at times, depending on the clientele dining at the time. It's a tough reservation to get on a Saturday night, but it was well worth the effort.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Kris
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Creative locavore menu, never boring and always unique. Great service and lovely atmosphere. Small so call early for reservations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Supurb
    PleasedinPrinceton
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We love, love, love ATH! Great food, friendly and knowledgeable service, warm atmosphere - nada to complain about. This is a truly special restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always terrific
    Bill
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Our favorite place. Great menu that changes monthly and always has great new additions. Locally sourced, always fresh and seasonal. Super knowledgable staff. We love it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a wonderful meal
    DollarBillVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The food was delicious, with particular kudos for the mussels, pizza appetizer and cheese plate. Service is extremely attentive - you rarely need to ask for anything. The whole experience is really consistent each time we go.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, warm atmosphere
    LoveFood
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Excellent food focused on farm to table options. It is a small menu filled with inventive options that will get your mouth watering. Try the chickpea patty appetizer and the mussel pots. Yum. The owners are really nice as well. They make you want to come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • AmyEVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    2nd time here. First time I thought it was amazing. This time not so much. It took more than 2 hours to get our food and by the time it arrived I was no longer hungry. Everyone around us who came later than we did had their meals ahead of us. I mentioned that fact to the server and she just ignored me. For this level of restaurant and the prices, it was unacceptable. I thought the food was great but not fantastic like it was the first time we went. Disappointed.
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  • You're paying for cuteness NOT food
    ReelsurReal
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    This is unquestionably the cutest and perhaps the most romantic restaurant in all of Cranford, NJ. The atmosphere is exceptionally terrific, the staff is friendly and the clientele refined without being stuffy. The food is good with some dishes being better than average. However, I routinely have more satisfying meals for half if not a third of the price, albeit in places not nearly as pretty. That being said, you are definitely paying for the ambiance here folks and in that respect, you will get your money's worth. But, at about 100 bucks for two NOT including drinks OR desert... that is a pretty steep price to pay for a meal that will leave you wondering... I just paid 100 bucks for that?!?
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unexpected pleasure
    Dave
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Very nice surprise in a neighborhood---with hi quality and unique food, nice staff, good casual decor, but just a tad noisy.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • worth the wait
    fussyVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    we had a delicious meal at A Toute Heure the other night. We had tried many times to book a table here but finally got one at the last minute since we were willing to arrive at 5 o'clock on a Tuesday night. The food was really good and I mean really. The service was outstanding, attentive but not intrusive. The restaurant was about half full when we left and not at all noisy but I can imagine it getting noisy when completely full since it's a small space. That's my only caution and as of now it's unfounded. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Last Sunday brunch
    apriltwocats
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    As with all of our previous visits, we enjoyed this one immensely. ATH only does Sunday brunch on the last Sunday of the month, so I recommend reserving ahead, it's not that big of a space. The croque madame was huge and the fried egg on top perfectly cooked. ATH is a bring-your-own and they offer bellini mix, this time a strawberry bellini, as well as orange juice by the glass or carafe. Our favorite wait person, Jane, was attentive and fun. She was also happy to tell us about the sister-restaurant raw bar across Centennial, 100 Steps, its menu, "happy hour" and ambiance there versus ATH (sleek and modern at 100 Steps versus homey and casual). We prefer comfortable, as we were made to feel.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food and service, cozy
    grandeson
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Service very good, as well as the food. Cozy pottery barn esque decor. Little bit tight and loud but still ok. Not romantic nor special occasion type atmosphere but place still packed even with higher end prices which is a good sign of their reputation. Will go again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Sicily69
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    This is the type of restaurant we need more of. Small, friendly service and where the food is locally sourced. We came here to celebrate my wife's birthday and brought our two children. Thank goodness there are no chicken fingers & fries on the menu for the kids!!! Just as in Europe, children are not shunned and they are offered the same food as adults with accommodations for portion size, as it should be. We all enjoyed our food, the service was always with a smile and we left feeling satisfied. Deserts were fantastic. Truly a neighborhood gem. A gastronomic joy!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jerry123
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    It was a wonderful dining experience and I can't wait until I go again. The food was excellent and the service was incredible.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Wonderful As Usual
    HappyCustomer
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Food, service, ambiance all wonderful. Thank you ATH
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Fantastic service, local food
    JMoney
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Fantastic little bistro in the burgeoning "South Side" of Cranford, it's been a mainstay of the area for a while. The focus is on local food (NJ to PA, with a local garden a block away) and the preparation is fantastic. I had the ricotta and mozzarella pasta and two days later woke up reminiscing about it. Scallops, pork belly, hazelnut torte, and rhubarb-apple cake all come very highly recommended. Service was impeccable, on the order of Craft or Grammercy Tavern, with the owner coming by to talk us through the specials and the quality continuing along that level through the end of the meal
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mussels & more
    Mansterrock
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Do many variations on mussels. We tried Robyn and Nick mussels pots along with scallops. All very delicious. A great farm to table restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • trying out community hour
    NJhiker
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    We arrived at 5PM (place was almost empty), but had to request the special community hour menu as we were given the regular one. The waitress did have a somewhat odd, panicked reaction after returning with the new menus (which she seemed to be only vaguely aware of), and I recall her repeating the word "cheap" and "cheaper" 2 or 3 times. Funny, because we weren't so much looking to save money as we were simply excited to try the much anticipated ATH burger, which had been the subject of numerous emails from their mailing list. Anyway, that minor discomfort aside, we thoroughly enjoyed most everything (roast wild mushrooms were bland). Plus, despite our cheapness, we were still treated to an amazing little taste (swordfish this time).
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • underwhelmed
    FeedMeOnlyGoodThingsVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    this used to be one of my favorite restaurants -- in and outside the city. The pizza was heavy like a stone, and the potted lobster was incredibly bland -- I used lemon to make it somewhat worth the cals. Mussels were good. Really lovely service. Used to having special meals here. This wasn't bad, just not great.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 58 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1015 reviews are from the A Toute Heure reviews archive.
  • Fantastic meal, great staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Joined by foodies from NYC for a special occasion, we were very pleasantly surprised, even overwhelmed, by both the quite remarkable foor and the fantastic staff. Each of the staff was top-notch, there only when you needed them, plesant & helpful. Special attention was given to a peanut allergy of 1 of our party. Once the teriffic food was served, they didn't hover, just let us enjoy a great meal. Very creative menu with farm fresh ingredients, this place is as good as it gets in New Jersey....and anywhere else for that matter. Its 4 **** in our book.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing special occasion
    shamrockVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Our food tasted great. Spouse had the mussels in bacon and apple cream sauce. Excellent, good portion. I had the lobster pot, with the asparagus. Good, didn't realize it would be a served cold. I had the scallops with squid ink couscous. Tasted good but did not agree with me later that night or next day, unfortunately, ill. Spouse had smoked crispy poussin, excellent. For dessert, I had the hazelnut torte with the creamy chocolate mousse layer. Tasty. We were disappointed though. We were celebrating our wedding anniversary, (many years), listed that in the reservation and they mentioned it when they called to confirm reservation, but no mention was made that night, no special treat, no "happy anniversary" even said. No candle,nothing.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Barb
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Excellent food and service. The menu is unique and everything was delicious!
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • fabulous as always!
    dnorsk987
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    One of my favorites. Never dissapoints. Absolutely devine combinations and caters to my gluten allergy and my sister's dairy allergy.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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