AKA Bistro Lincoln
AKA Bistro Lincoln

AKA Bistro Lincoln

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.akabistrolincoln.com/
  • Phone: (781) 259-9920
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm;
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm,
    Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm;
    Closed Sunday for Dinner
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Christopher Chung
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Across from the MBTA commuter train Lincoln Station stop
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: There is ample free parking in the Lincoln Station parking lot.
A word from AKA Bistro Lincoln
AKA BISTRO brings a city dining experience to Lincoln with quality food and service, but without city prices. AKA BISTRO serves both authentic
Provençal fare and innovative Japanese sashimi, prepared by award winning Executive Chef Chris Chung. Whether choosing from the French bistro or the sashimi menu, everything will be fresh, seasonal and locally grown when
possible. Surrounded by gardens, the outdoor terrace seats 28. Located just 20 minutes west of Boston at the Lincoln Station Depot, the
surrounding farms of Lincoln will provide much of the produce. Open for lunch and dinner, the restaurant will also serve brunch on weekends and provide take-out. Reservations recommended.
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AKA Bistro Lincoln reviews from OpenTable diners
80 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (48)fit for foodies (40)great for outdoor dining (28)great for lunch (22)special occasion (18)great for brunch (12)romantic (10)notable wine list (9)good for groups (5)vibrant bar scene (5)kid-friendly (4)scenic view (4)late-night find (2)hot spot (2)Show More
  • A great spot outside of Boston
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/20/2013
    I took one of my colleagues there for a farewell dinner before he relocated out of state. The food was very flavorful and tasty as usual. The sashimi plate was well done, but a bit pricey in my opinion. The Kobe dumplings were fantastic. The duck confit was a bit too salty for me, but still very tasty.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gone Downhill
    JRo150VIP
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    We went back to AKA Bistro having been a few years ago and having had a good experience. Things unfortunately have declined significantly since that last visit. The frisee, lardon and poached egg salad was spoiled by lardons cooked long before they ever reached my plate, leaving them cold and hard - it was like biting into little bacon pebbles. My wife's attempt at the root vegetable soup was a disaster - the soup was so laden with cream that it almost congealed by the time it reached the table. It went back almost untouched. The entrees were a bit better but nothing worth a special trip. And the wine list is a joke - wildly over priced for incredibly average wines. All in all, a bad experience to be avoided.
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  • Fond Memories, good food
    ScottL
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    I have been to AKA Bistro three times. It's a smaller, intimate bistro with ample parking and a unique floor plan. The food has been good on all visits, but the menu can be challenging to understand, navigate and order. The first two visits, the food was very good, service good. On our last visit, we had a marinated tuna salad that was excellent. Additionally, we tried a roasted bone marrow special which piqued the interest of my girlfriend, but was a first for me. It was extremely good and well-prepared, but the fatty consistency was enough to make it a one-time experience for me. Our server was an excellent, seasoned waitress who made our visit memorable, and was perhaps the highlight of the visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never fails to delight
    elleng
    Dined on 11/5/2013
    I have reviewed AKA so many times that there's not much more to say. I've gotten people from inside Route 128 to come out to it. City-quality food and service with acres of hassle-free parking. The owners are lovely too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place for brunch
    Sullyluvs2dine
    Dined on 11/3/2013
    Enjoyed the variety and eclectic breakfast choices. The mix of Japanese and American selections was delightful!! Tucked away in suburban Lincoln makes it a surprising find!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Didn't add up
    DlivermoreVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2013
    The French and Japanese theme, combined with very high bistro prices in a location at the Lincoln station mall doesn't quite add up for me. I will give them another try but my second visit was once again underwhelming. For example, Sashimi without the traditional wasabi and soy (Rasberry glaze ?) and a price point much higher than a Sel de la Terre (Natick) or blue ginger (Wellesley) leave me wondering if this restaurant concept in Lincoln has found its niche.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing -- overpriced
    Bearflagger
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    In general, AKA Bistro was OK. The waitress mumbled the specials. The food took a long time to arrive. The steak frites was chewiy and the fries were fine. All in all a decent meal. The problem is, AKA is charging premium prices. Probably reflecting the lack of competition in the area. Not with the money
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  • Impressions
    Ziba
    Dined on 10/23/2013
    Decor tasteful. Atmosphere lovely. Tomato carrot soup delicious. Salads good but not great. Dressings need livening up. Presentation excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An off night
    Bruno
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    On three or four prior occasions, everything was top notch, as it should be for the price. Not so this time. It was early on Saturday evening, yet they were already out of items on both ethnic sides of the menu. The moules/frites dish, formerly excellent, was a disappointment, with a broth for the mussels that was really quite ordinary and fries that were limp. What there was of the sashimi-- barely visible on the plate--was very good, but came unaccompanied even by rice. The only course drawing yums was the dessert. Hope this was just an off night.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tuna Sashimi was great
    Rich
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    Rest of food was so so and on the pricey side. Quiche was dry.
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    great for lunch
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  • Aka First Impression
    Burber
    Dined on 10/10/2013
    Looking forward to trying additional menu items. Had the Steak Frites and was well pleased with the entree.. Wine was also excellent. The location is nestled in a Suburban commercial zone. One drives through wooded and narrow roads lined with stone walls.. very scenic.. Will definitely dine again...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Good Restaurant in Lincoln
    Kaplapd
    Dined on 10/9/2013
    We have been many times and have been pleased with each visit. This really is a neat little place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    BurbfoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2013
    Service was not good, there for lunch and was ignored most of the time - ordered Quiche and salad and food was inedible. I was very surprised and disappointed since I had read favorable reviews of this restaurant.
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  • Creative, fresh, deliciousness
    Kate
    Dined on 10/2/2013
    It was not busy as we went very early to make a flight. Still, the staff was right on point, very attentive, knowledgeable and friendly. We had escargot, shaved fresh vegetables (incredible presentation). I highly recommend the portobello frites - how do they make this so textured, light and delicious? The flank steak and coquille st. jacques - also fantastic updates to the traditional - with vegetables, herbs, and all the excellent shaping and features that make french food so amazing. Next time will try more of the japanese side.... I also want to sit at the bar and watch them prepare... fantastic find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent choice; we'll return.
    ShutterBug
    Dined on 10/1/2013
    Our only regret is that my wife enjoys cooking, so we seldom dine out when not traveling; she's already searching for an excuse to return. We'd known about AKA Bistro since it came to Lincoln but somehow failed to try it until we needed Someplace New for our 47th Anniversary. We're delighted that we made this choice. The staff was unusually friendly, and the food was excellent. The day's special appetizer was so tempting that we split one IN ADDITION to having a dozen escargot each! There were appropriate veggie quantities with our entrees, unlike many places today. Presentation of everything was above average. And after already eating far too much, we were then treated to a light flan - On The House, in honor of our occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A local gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/24/2013
    We live nearby and dine at AKA three or four times a year and are always impressed with the overall quality of this restaurant. Usually we start with a sushi appetizer and then move on to their Provence specialties. The contrast between the cuisines fits well on the palate. My only complaint is that we often set too much; the quality of the meals encourages good appetites.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's been better
    Edwords
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    Took friends here to celebrate their engagement. We've been several times before, and thought the food was outstanding. This time, I thought it was only OK -- good, but for $250, not as good as I'd expected. It was a busy Saturday night, and two in our party tried to order regular items off the menu that the waiter told us were sold out, which, in my opinion, is unacceptable -- it's OK if a special is sold out, but not a regular menu item. Also, the quality of the food wasn't that good, at least not as good as previous visits
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointment
    samziamVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    Second time at AKA. Not as enjoyable as the first. Entree appeared to be carelessly prepared/presented. Server competent, but seemed quite harried and forgot requests. Noise level more than energetic--shouldn't be so difficult to carry on a conversation. Hard to judge consistency after two visits, but won't rush back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • rehearsal dinner
    frenchy
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    8 of us enjoyed pleasant ambience, good wine, and fellowship. Most ordered the steak, one roasted chicken, one fish, one beef stew and all of us pleased with the dish. Only one dish not recommended by one of us, the baby octopus seemed fishy and was not served in the expected style.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • At Long Last
    Kaplapd
    Dined on 9/19/2013
    AKA is a very good restaurant and it is long past overdue in Lincoln that a good one should appear. It really is a good place with excellent food and wonderful service. We have always gone for the French side of the menu rather than the sushi but the French is quite good and well worth the visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Return visit a winner
    ChampagneThursdayVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2013
    Returning to AKA for lunch, after a less than stellar brunch experiencein May, was worth the risk, proving my hunch that our previous disappointing visit was an aberration. My friends and I enjoyed a lovely lunch out on the patio. Service was friendly and attentive. Our grilled shrimp, avocado and grapefruit salads were perfection on a plate. The house bergamot iced tea was perfect for the warmth of a late summer luncheon. Well done AKA. See you again soon!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Brunch
    colorbee
    Dined on 9/15/2013
    We had a very nice Sunday brunch on the outside terrace. Great food, nice ambience, friendly staff and a beautiful late summer day combined into a pleasant experience. I also like the rural setting around the restaurant. It is peaceful yet (by car) close to Concord, Walden Pond and the de Cordova museum.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Personal Attention
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    We had a superb visit to AKA Bistro in September 2013. We shared a salmon salad and then tried new interpretations of class dishes, sea bass and coquille st. Jacques, followed by a blueberry lemon tart. It was all good and accompanied by a surprising wine from the only winery in Lincoln. Service was attentive. Questions were answered. The owner told us a funny story about the wine. What more could we ask for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great new approach with specials
    eatinginCarmelVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2013
    Great new approach with specials and clearly more emphasis on service. Great to see food quality up again.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous Omakase!
    elvismorte
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    A French restaurant with a really good Japanese (by way of Hawaii) menu. We had the omakase and didn't have a bad course.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/29/2013
    Fabulous dinner, but have your wine at home before and after. Wine servings were skimpy.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1st Time
    Mike
    Dined on 8/29/2013
    We had a lovely evening. The Boston Restaurant Week menu was great. My girl had the pickled watermelon rind which was delicious. I had the suishi which also had great flavor, and my wine went great with it. I ordered the flank steak medium but it came out very medium rare so I asked to have it cooked a bit more. It was still medium rare but the flavor was excellent so I'm anxious to try it again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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  • Pretty tasty, friendly staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/27/2013
    We went for restaurant week and the food from that menu was pretty good, through the octopus a touch on the salty side and the cantaloupe consomme in the dessert *just* this side of tasting overripe. But the appetizers were good (wild suzuki ceviche and watermelon salad) as well as the other entree (selection of sashimi tasted fresh) and the other dessert (pineapple upside-down cake was moist and not too sweet). Their regular menu also looked very interesting and we definitely plan on coming back to try it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this food. The dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/27/2013
    Love this food. The dining experience is great each and every time. Brought my in-laws during restaurant week. They have eaten at fine restaurants all throughout the world and agreed that the food was spectacular and the wine list was very thoughtful. Can not rave enough about AKA Bistro to family and friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Disappointing
    PileatedVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    I have eaten here three times in the past year, but no more. I travel a good deal to Paris and living in the metro west suburbs of Bosyon look for an authentic French bistro experience. AKA used to get close. No more. The escargots were an embarrassment - without taste and substance. The mussels had little flavor. The frisée salad was gone by 8:30. And the chicken preparation included dumping a salt canister on the bird before cooking. The service was brisk but obtrusive. And the noise level is quite high. No point to pay Lincoln prices for this experience.
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  • Bad Pricing Policy on non alcholic
    BernieVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    I liked the food and experience. My one big gripe......Being charged $3.50 per a soda from the bar. Most places today do not charge for refills on soda especially after they have purchased multiple alcholic beverages such has we did. I found that to be a draw on the rest of the experience and it might have me thinking twice before I go back there again.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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  • It was good
    ZoltVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2013
    Went there with two friends recently; Service was excellent, Had some Sushi rolls, they were great. While I think recent experience has been hit or miss. It's really important that this neighborhood restaurant is successful. The customers are there, the service and quality of food makes to keep pace. This can be a very sophisticated customer base, but unlikely to give feedback Except by not returning.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Restaurant week menu lacked
    Jimmy
    Dined on 8/21/2013
    Restaurant week menu lacked imagination. Main courses had really nothing local, farm raised trout, octopus or steak. We live in an area of abundant farms, now is the tomato, corn, bluefish, scallop season. I asked for nothing hot, the waiter related that to the kitchen, they didn't put black pepper on the poke that had red pepper flakes. Not impressed.
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  • My go to place
    ItalianVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2013
    Try to get 7 together for lunch! Well AKA is my go to place now. Been there several times this summer and it is a consistently tasteful and exciting menu. I last had the fried sweet and sour calamari....never before, the taste was new and I really enjoyed them. The salads are always special and their desserts, well! Just try them. Service is always attentive and very personable and patient ( I can never make up my mind and their suggestions help.).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week or any week!
    April01803
    Dined on 8/20/2013
    Ate here with a friend during Restaurant Week. Food was absolutely fantastic! Fresh, original, delicious and beautiful! Service was spot on, we never had to wait for anything even though the dining area was 100% full. The recommended wines were perfect with our choices, the staff is incredibly friendly and well-informed about the food and wines. Great place!!
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Okay, but nothing more
    HdhejVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2013
    The food here was cooked good and it was okay. Nothing special about the flavor of the the food. I found no sauces or spices used on our dishes. I had the striped bass and it was good, but wish it had some added flavor from spices or a puree or something. It needed a bit of help even though it was very fresh and cooked well. The portions are a bit on the smaller size, but I liked the size myself. The price is a bit on the higher side and there are other places like A Travola's in Winchester. They are similiary prices, similiar menu, but the chefs do a better job with flavor. Getting back to AKA they just need some creative influence to make this a better place to go!
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  • Decent
    mookey
    Dined on 8/20/2013
    The food was not exceptional for the price, but nice ambiance and decent service.
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AKA Bistro Very pleasant restaurant
    Molly
    Dined on 8/20/2013
    Had a really nice lunch there, the grilled garlic shrimp were great as was the clams ceviche.. They have a nice place to eat al fresco too. The salmon sashimi was OK.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Ok dining
    Leafpeeper2dayVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2013
    AKA Bistro was good, but not excellent. It is a French/Japanese bistro so the menu is a bit strange. It is expensive for what it is. I have been to this restaurant a number of times. If you're looking for large servings, this is your place. The restaurant was deserted. There were a few occupied tables, but basically the place was empty. While the service was friendly, it was slow. My food was cold when it wasn't a "cold" plate. My two companions said their food was hot. I wasn't about to send my plate back because it would take too long. It was a pleasant meal, but lacking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great sunday brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/18/2013
    Had a lovely and quiet outdoor brunch on a Sunday....suspect many locals are away so the quiet outdoor setting was wonderful and attention we received from our waiter top notch. The bread basket (scones, croissants etc) way too good as we consumer it all before our main meal! Two in our party enjoyed the hangar steak, and the quiche, though not outstanding, was perfectly fine. We have already booked a reservation for dinner in a few weeks so we shall see how the evening food and service is; are hoping we can sit outdoors again in the evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.