Acorn
Acorn

Acorn

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.denveracorn.com/
  • Phone: 7205423721x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Saturday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm

    Sunday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Steven Redzikowski
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: The Nest can entertain up to 40 guests. It is located on the second floor with a Birdseye view into the open kitchen along with views of the Rockies on the horizon. It is a perfect space for casual or formal events. Please inquire with our private events coordinator about specifics.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 33rd
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Acorn
Located within the Source, a reclaimed 1880’s refinery turned new epicurean marketplace in Denver’s River North District, Acorn boasts Chef/Owner Steven Redzikowski’s eclectic, contemporary American cooking in an approachable, family-friendly format, alongside Beverage Director/Owner Bryan Dayton’s ingredient-driven cocktails, and handpicked selection of artisan wines and beers.

Similar to its critically acclaimed sister restaurant in Boulder, OAK at fourteenth, Acorn’s culinary and inspirational foundation is its oak-fired oven and grill, which produce a seasonal, ever-changing menu of craveable, family-style small plates and entrées. Guests will also find a selection of favorite dishes from the menus at OAK.

Steven, Bryan and their team at Acorn are proud to be serving Denver, and look forward to welcoming you.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Acorn reviews from OpenTable diners
291 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (243)hot spot (163)neighborhood gem (134)great for outdoor dining (131)special occasion (109)good for groups (73)vibrant bar scene (59)great for lunch (44)romantic (35)notable wine list (33)late-night find (28)great for brunch (18)scenic view (18)kid-friendly (5)Show More
  • Food is the star
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Interesting menu. Fantastic food. Service mostly good - although our server over-used "balance" to describe the cuisine and cocktails. Would not go back to the drinks list. Could not find anything that made my palate sing. Back to plain gin martini. Fun scene. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was excellent
    BobM
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    And so was the service. Very similar to Oak in Boulder. Fun shops in the same building.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service - poor wine selection
    TBarnes
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I've been to Acorn twice and although I've enjoyed it, I probably won't be back. The service is excellent however even though the food is good, it's not great. I've had the salad with bacon and fried egg and enjoyed it but the portion size was very small for the price. On my second visit I had the pork and pasole. The broth was very good and the pasole was cooked perfectly but there were only three or four small pieces of pork and again the portion size was a bit small for the price. The biggest problem I have with Acorn is the wine pricing. Only one bottle on the lunch menu under $40. There are many other upscale Denver restaurants which offer a variety of wines for $25-$35. Also, the stools on the patio are extremely uncomfortable.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not as Good as First Time
    5280Foodie
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Our dinner started out with our waiter dumping a cocktail all over us. No apology and no compensation. There are a lot of great restaurants in Denver, so if you don't have it all together: food, service, ambience, you are going to be out soon. It was a lot better a few months ago when they were still trying.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What A Meal!
    Phage
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    This is a trendy spot in a repurposed building in an out-of-the way part of town. We ate outside to avoid the noise of the full dining room and bar area. Our server was knowledgeable of the menu and wine list. What we liked is that this is not normal restaurant fare, there were many options that would suit tastebuds of all varieties. Using a shared plate approach the food was delivered in courses and we were encouraged not to over-order. While we did not fill-up on quantity, the richness of the food and wonderful lingering tastes left us feeling completely satisfied. Our hardest choice of the evening was what woudl be the last bite to savor on our drive home. The staff - from host to busboy were very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Fun/interesting menu and atmosphere in the Source building. Fried pickles, mushroom risotto, meatballs/polenta should not be missed. Usually not a huge fan of kale salads but Acorn has done well here. The prep work with smaller pieces of kale and bit of acid from the apple and dressing was delicious. Cocktail menu is in depth but our waitress was knowledgeable. The drinks were excellent/different/fun. Service was well executed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of best in town!
    JtravelerVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Casual and relaxed but fine dining at its best. Love sharing from the assortment of small plates. Especially loved the shrimp and grits this time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Excellent Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Thank you for an enjoyable time accompanied by excellent food. I'm pretty much in chicken liver pate withdrawl :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Liked all except the food & wine...
    Imasnob
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Maître d was warm and welcoming. Our server was friendly and accommodating. The ambiance is industrial/hip. The cocktail list is fun. The wine list is inscrutable - haven't heard of anything and didn't like the two I tasted. Sommeliers that feel the need to be different for the sake of it are tiresome to me. Iberico ham was excellent, chicarones greasy. Meatball in grits were cheesy and divine. Mushroom Risotto was creamy but tasted 100% like the balsamic vinegar drizzled on - no other flavor. The octopus and chorizo was just kinda meh. The panda cotta was served with ice cream...huh? Glad it tried it. Probably won't bother going back.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Absolutely Denver's #1
    LovegreatfoodVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We love Acorn. Their food is fresh, tasty, and surprising!!!!! They make extraordinary happen every day. Love the people too. They are warm & friendly, making us feel welcome. When we are in town, we only want to eat @ Acorn. And yes, I can't drink alcohol, but they have this berry tea drink that is heavenly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative
    Milton
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Creative shared plates at this restaurant in old warehouse building makes thus a must.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Acorn
    COFoodie
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Visited Acorn for the first time. Liked the sharable plate menu so you could try many things. The octopus salad was surprising good. Chewy and fresh with creamy gnocchi and well dressed. The pork belly was another well executed dish. Perfectly cooked and good portion. The kale and apple salad with huge, even for two to share. Fresh, light, and toothsome. Takes a while to eat though. The shrimp and grits were our least favorite, in comparison to the rest. The drinks were all well done. Wines by the glass list not very extensive, but the Nebbiolo was complex and full bodied. Overall, great attention to detail. You get what you paid for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We'll Be Back!
    Bryon
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    This was our first visit to Acorn and we love it. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WOW!!
    allidoc
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    What a great evening!! We had been looking forward to a night here for some time...and even better than expected. Loved the atmosphere in an old industrial building. Lively! Excellent food - love the variety of smaller/shared plates - we had the fried pickles, mushroom risotto, bone marrow and meatballs - all VERY yummy!! For dessert: the caramelized brioche...all food shared between 2 which worked well. We were certainly FULL. Interesting and quite delicious drinks - I had the Monk's Garden. Knowledgeable and friendly staff. Top notch all the way around...cannot wait to go back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrific find
    smwt
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Love Acorn - exceptional food, fun atmosphere, unique setting at The Source, top-notch service. A real gem for Denver.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reminds me of Soho in New York
    PurpleHaze
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Eclectic edibles in a beautiful setting. The menu reflects local, fresh ingredients and combines tastes not usually seen on Denver menus. Sometimes the service is too casual, but, heck, that's OK. Acorn takes the time to make sure its diners experience the wonders of its offerings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Funky
    Chesco
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Its in Rino, an up & coming area. Its packed, most of the time. A great repurposed building. Too noisy inside though. Food was unique, fresh, but I felt , expensive, for the size of the plates. To share a $12. carrot ravioli & get 3 ? I`d send people there, with a caveat, about noise & price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Acorn Review
    maddieeats
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    This was my second time at Acorn, and the food did not disappoint! Everything we ordered was delicious. The drinks we ordered were just okay, but I don't think that's a reflection on the bartender at all. Will definitely come again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Experience
    Greatspot
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I booked the reservation via Open table and noted in that reservation an allergy to mushrooms and that it was my wife’s birthday. The staff was aware of this details and congratulated my wife and assured us there would be no mushrooms right when we sat down. There was excellent servicer throughout the night. I am a whiskey snob and I was so impressed with their list and cocktails. I was really blown away. The plates were delicious and good portions. We loved the pork as well as the kale salad. I would highly recommend this amazing restaurant and plan on going back ASAP.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • PamK
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Fabulous experience. Service beginning to end was incredible, not pretentious, just great, knowledgeable service. We had two favorite plates, one was the ahi tuna, buttery, and incredibly fresh taste. Second was the octopus, braised, tender, flavorful - nice surprise - I usually like octopus, but this was a delicious combination of flavors. Will definitely return!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Experience
    GarrettLS
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Everything was great here, from the food to the service. All of the servers and the other waitstaff were very willing to answer questions and helpful. The food was fun and delicious. My wife and I enjoy ordering lots of smaller plates, and we didn't have one dish that wasn't impressive.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic!
    Acorn
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The food here is amazing, the service was great, and the atmosphere is very cool without being pretentious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Food, Drinks & Service
    TailGator
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Worth a visit for sure. Amazing food, extensive and singular beverage selection (local wine, beer and spirits) and attentive/interactive staff. Definitely a "do not miss" if in the Denver area. What accentuated the experience was that the staff accommodated our changes in party number and held our table in spite of a significant traffic delay. They were extremely accommodating and paid particular interest to our OpenTable preferences. Lastly, and most importantly, the food was delicious. Amazing experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodlover
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Fantastic service. Small plates. All dishes were under seasoned. Except for the Tagliarini with Squid and Octopus, everything else was pretty disappointing.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cool place
    Donna
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Cool place. We had shrimp and grits which was excellent, the peppers weren't anything special and the apple/kale salad was very good. Not thrilled about having to leave the restaurant to go to the bathroom.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • YUM
    JackieVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Went here with my boyfriend, and had one of the best meals. Food is to die for. My fave was the carrot ravioli, so good. The restaurant is has a hip modern decor, and is located within an old warehouse. The service is okay at best, with a pretty pretentious air. It took twenty minutes to get our first round of cocktails that were pretty mediocre, and the server was absent most of the meal. Even with this negitive feedback, the food makes up for it all. Be ready to order many plates as they are small, meant to share, and aren't cheap.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food good service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Server was attentive without being intrusive. Food arrived quickly but not too fast. We never felt rushed. The location was very cool.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Martins
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    first time here - celebrating our 20 anniversary - fabulous experience - we will tell everyone and we will be back!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love Acorn
    Shanny
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    This is my current favorite Denver restaurant. There is so much to sample from the shared plates menu. We love to dine here with friends so we can taste a variety of things I definitely would not cook at home! A fun and lively atmosphere combined with great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great space, food and service
    ph2o2
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I wasn't sure what to expect when making a reservation. The neighborhood is still a bit gritty, but you forget about that as soon as you walk in from the parking lot. Lots of stainless steel makes the place bright and shiny and balances the brick and industrial materials used in the patio area. Beautifully designed space and the food didn't disappoint either. Lots of fresh ingredients and interesting combinations. My group of 3 was distracted and slow to order, but the servers were patient and friendly. I thought the prices were fairly reasonable as well. Great experience for my out of town guests and I'll certainly be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Restaurant
    Mongoose47
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Acorn is a real find and we have now gone twice within a two week period. The food is truly to die for and the service was consistently impeccable (attentive but never hovering)! I used to think that Frasca in Boulder was the best in the Denver area but no more. We have also eaten in 3 star Michelin restaurants in France and at several famous restaurants (some with Michelin stars) in the San Francisco bay area and Acorn is in the same league. I could go on and on but suffice it to say Acorn is a truly wonderful restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The best food in Denver. Period.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I've come to this restaurant twice, just to make sure the amazing experience I had the first time wasn't a fluke. It wasn't. I've got another reservation in three weeks. This visit we had ten different dishes, including dessert, and all were outstanding. We dine out a lot, in several cities, and I can say this is one of my top ten and the best Denver currently has to offer. Cocktails are also amazing. My only critique is that the fried pickles are WAY overpriced. Really, $1 per pickle slice? Great flavor, but that's just insulting, especially when you aren't offering bread.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a complete evening out.
    NIle26
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food was excellent with the market salad and the Squid Ink Tagliarini was the best. The service helpful, knowledgeable, and friendly. The options of cocktails was great. I do like that you have a list low boozes cocktails and a great selection of wines.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Truly a delightful meal
    Idonotcook
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Heard about restaurant via TV interview of the chef. And, well with seeking out. Small plates big enough to share but not too large that you were full before trying more. Wide range of fresh local ingredients were celebrated in each bite. Staff helped to guide us through selections of food and beverages. Will come back whenever in Denver.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Veggie heaven!
    DiningDiva
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Hip, urban setting with beautiful small plates using fresh, local ingredients in season. Great for vegetarians! Make sure you allow time to visit Acorn's neighbors-coffee shop, cheese store, bakery and gallery.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must for Denver resident or visitor
    CarolVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Very unique setting. Food and service were superb. Primarily small plates with only a couple of entree choices. The three of us chose six small plates then one dessert. Every choice was well prepared and unusual. It was a lovely meal to celebrate our daughter's birthday.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Eclectic, indeed
    LindaH
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I've eaten here several times now, and love the food, but don't recommend it for everyone. It would be a dining nightmare for my husband who like simple food, quantity over quality - so I find it best to go with friends! The combinations of flavors and sauces and ingredients are amazing. Unfortunately the selection of wines by the glass is very limited, there are only 2 reds and 2 whites, all from California. The selection of creative craft cocktails is very fun, though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    First time here, Dan? Dave?, our server, went through the menu with us and made some great recommendations. Left fat and happy! Thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • Great vibe, great food,
    JulesVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    My daughter and I dined here and loved the interesting menu of small plates to share. We had an outstanding gnocchi with green vegetables in a silky parmesan sauce, Hamachi, a lamb shawarma which came with a small naan, a squash dish that was light and delicious and an eggplant with feta plate that was our least favorite. Everything was delicious, beautiful and creative. My only gripe is that there was baby cilantro in almost everything we ordered and it wasn't listed on the ingredients. I loathe cilantro as do many others. I'd suggest adding that cilantro is in a dish on the menu. I rated this highly because after picking off the cilantro, everything else was awesome! Our server was helpful and attentive. It's pricey but worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WOW
    LoveFineFoodVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Four of us were there on Saturday night and shared 8 dishes plus 1 dessert. I don't think you really need 3 dishes person. Every single dish we ordered was perfect! This is a great way to dine where you can share so many dishes and tastes. Only down side was their drinks were the smallest portions I have EVER been served. I had gin and friend had vodka, both really small amounts. I would not bother paying for those again. It happened the last time we were there and I totally forgot about. (Cho Lon gives a great amount!) Enjoy the food though because you won't be disappointed.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.