AKA Bistro Lincoln
AKA Bistro Lincoln

AKA Bistro Lincoln

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.akabistrolincoln.com/
  • Phone: 7812599920x
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
AKA Bistro Lincoln reviews from OpenTable diners
88 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (50)fit for foodies (41)great for outdoor dining (40)great for lunch (27)special occasion (25)great for brunch (18)romantic (12)notable wine list (11)good for groups (9)vibrant bar scene (7)kid-friendly (7)scenic view (4)late-night find (2)hot spot (2)Show More
  • as always , lovely
    BSOgirlVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    AKA Bistro is my go-to place for small meetings. I was somewhat constrained in terms of time on my last visit. Our waitress did a great job of making sure we stayed on schedule. The food was delightful, fresh and flavorful, nicely presented. Every soup I've had here has been great!
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    neighborhood gem, scenic view
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  • Excellence
    ZoltVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Each time I return to Bergamot I'm reminded that great food and service can be delivered by people who care! It's actually not the physical ambiance; you only remember the quality of service and the lingering taste of good food while enjoying the conversation with friends.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Suburbandiner
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Wonderfully surprising little gem in the deep woods of Lincoln. Great local food. We will return soon.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • Wonderful food, excellent service
    FoodLoverVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Wonderful food, excellent service, al fresco serenity We had the 7-course tasting menu, which was interesting, original and flavorful. This restaurant is expensive, but you will be happy you came.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cuisine fusion meh
    Priscilla
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    White wine was served cold - as expected. Delicious. Appetizer of Kobe Dumplings was outstanding. Creme Brulee was very very good. However, I don't think the entree of Baby Octopus and Squid worked well. It tasted like a beef stew that happened to have squid and baby octopus in it instead of beef. Savory, sure, but if there were subtle nuances to the dish,well, I guess I totally missed them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Lunch Bunch
    liv2eatVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Lunch menu offers variety. Food was tasty. Garden view enhanced outdoor ambiance.
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    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable Time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I visited AKA with my girlfriend and another friend to celebrate my birthday. We asked about the dim sum specials, but we ended up having to wait to hear them because the chef had not arrived for the shift yet. We ordered quite a bit of food...four appetizers, two dim sum specials, a pastry basket, and two entrees. Most of the food was great..., except perhaps the har gow. It was $14 and quite frankly, didn't taste all that different from the har gow you get for $2 at a dim sum restaurant in Boston. The service was somewhere between leisurely and slow. The waitress could have checked in on us more often. We would have appreciated more coffee and she forgot the pastry basket.
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    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Not up to expectations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We've dined at AKA many times over past years - they have "shrunk" the menu and the offerings are not as interesting as in the past. Combinations are a bit odd; portions vary greatly in size and worst of all, the Japanese offerings have virtually disappeared along with escargot; foie gras, and there was no duck available the night we dined there. It used to have a dazzling array of both sushi and French bistrot menu items - as recently as Restaurant Week in August, I enjoyed a wonderful Asian flavored cevice of octopus and squid. It feels as though they have lost their "Mojo." The lobster spring rolls were oddly flavored but my companion's spring greens salad was perfect as was the chocolat mousse. Our entrees were odd.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Try Another Place!
    HdhejVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The menu is limiting and the food choices are a bit odd, but that isn't bad as just different. The service was horrible. 35 minutes to get a lunch (salad and seared trout). The food was okay, but needed a bit more seasoning. The portions were okay, but something was missing like a veggie. This places closed once and it will again. If you don't take care of your customers, someone else will!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Meh
    JapaneseAmerican
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The eggs on my Eggs Benedict were almost raw -- very runny whites and yolks. The ham was tasteless. My wife's celery soup (a "cream" soup made with soy) was terrible. The "Bakery Basket" was good.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Steamers in a jar!
    Foodheart
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    A welcome Saturday night out. Excellent steamed clams in a jar and moules frites. The service was a bit off from its usual quality but did not appear to be anything systemic.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Sorry. Love location, but noise level so high we had to scream to hear one another. Food was 'exotic' although not that tasty. Portions small. Staff is friendly and warm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Local Food done well in Metrowest
    chazmatz
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Local food, with an eclectic twist of French cuisine and Japanese sashimi. The combo is like being on a world tour where the tastes leave one appreciating the subtleties of your own bodies ability to experience so many different textures, flavors and scents. The beer list has hard-to-find French beers (Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc and the Corsican Pietra just to start). I had a burger (head-swimmingly tasty), and my wife had a sashimi plate that had a wide span of terroir. I don't want to overstate how much I enjoyed it, but it was such a nice experience, and the wait staff was so informed about local food, it was nice to find kindred philosophy in a staff of people who all understand that food is medicine, and medicine is food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Henry
    Dusty
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Chicken salad had precious little chicken and a whole lot of (good) lettuce. Salmon, in salmon salad was too soft and a bit soggy.
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    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining
    fishman
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    All aspects of food served were top notch from the crisp rolls served before meal to perfectly cooked hamburger done as specified. clearly chef takes no short cuts in food preparation .
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch
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  • Delicious
    BooKat
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Ordered the foie gras with seared tuna, the charcuterie board and the frisee salad with poached egg for appetizers. All were very, very good; the house-cured duck on the charcuterie board was particularly tasty. Roasted chicken, steak frites and mussels for mains. Again, all were delicious. The frites, in particular, which accompanied the steak and the mussels, were outstandingly crispy and just so good. We did not order dessert. Service was very attentive and server explained in detail all the items placed on the charcuterie board. While our son decided to order from the regular menu, I have always been very impressed with the varying children's menu here; it offers interesting and flavorful options far from the usual dreck (nuggets, etc.)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great restaurant
    NettaVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Introduced friends to this great restaurant. Inventive dishes - the beef duo was fabulous. Definitely will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • keep trying
    1serialdinerVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    I had an pleasant meal out on the porch a month or so ago and went back hoping to support a suburban gem. It was a Thurs. and not busy...uhoh for them. I recalled the drink menu reading well, but not loving the house martini so I branched out and my guests did too. We were all content with our drinks, not begging for another, but fulfilled. It was the food that left us all empty. Somehow the flavor value on everything was turned down to silent. Again, things read well, but had no range of palette. The waitstaff tried to make good and the manager went out of his way to graciously tempt us back with a card, but I can't promise I will.
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  • Excellent Bistro in Lincoln
    BobS
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    AKA Bistro is consistent in offering excellent French bistro food with some notable Japanese additions. Warm relaxed atmosphere and Christian Touche the owner takes a personal interest in his customers to insure that the experience and food are up to expectations. Now has a full bar as well as nice choice of wines and beers. Reliable, recommended and worth supporting!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Spotty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Staff was great and the appetizers were fantastic...heirloom carrots were beautiful to look at, plentiful and tasty. The heirloom tomatoes were very good as well. The main dishes were mixed. The lamb curry was all rice, potatoes, carrots and pastry dough. There were two tiny pieces of chewy lamb. Frankly, it should have been sent back to the kitchen. The sushi donburi was good and a reasonable amount of food.
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  • Great experience
    Bbonn3
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Our first time here and it was great. Food, service and ambiance were terrific.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Good menu, old crowd
    SweetTVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Very nice service, interesting specials, but a very older crowd. We are late 30s and we felt as if we were in a retirement home (a very, very nice retirement home, but still). Better ambiance available for locals in the area that are younger.
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  • Beautiful terrace; excellent food
    Xxxxxx
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Fixed - price lunch menu was a great bargain: 3 courses for $22. Only possible complaint was that the portions were so large and the food so tasty that you kept eating. Terrace now screened providing better shade.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Our waitperson was extremely knowledgeable and extremely nice! The food was OUTstanding! The wine, from a local vineyard, was also excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • thursday night of restaurant week
    Ciobair
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The menu listing on-line was what hooked me - poke in Lincoln! We used to live on Oahu and poke was a frequent delight, available at the local grocery store. Chef Chung has captured the authentic flavor, in spite of the tiny bites, perhaps to woo adventurous New England diners. The lomi lomi salmon was a disappointment however - pineapple, really? The French part of the menu was the other attraction. I enjoyed the pan seared trout immensely but was not ravie at a taste of my companion's red-wine braised baby octopus and squid. Our waitress praised the peach tatin with homemade ice cream but I found it far too sweet and heavy for my taste, with very little peach. My companion's choice of the more quotidian mousse au chocolat was lovely.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious....
    Luv2dineout
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We have been there many times. The food is always delicious. They keep some old favorites on the menu which I like, but combine it with some new surprises. Staff was super nice. The patio is a very nice touch...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    FP6198
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Have been to Aka many times and love the addition of the screened porch. The food is wonderful, a fusion of asian and French, and the peach tart was phenomenal. My one complaint was that our table was next to a speaker and the music was louder than it should have been. Planning a return visit with friends in a few weeks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I want to love this restaurant, and this was my first time there. Lobster spring rolls were fabulous, but everything else just kind of average. Soup was surprisingly bland and disappointng. I will try it again before I make a decision. Great atmosphere, and kid friendly. Nice outdoor seating with screening to keep the bugs away. Service was very good, too.
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • Back better than before
    1serialdinerVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I think AKA is back with confidence. Really pleasant and friendly staff, a nice air of comfort in the kitchen, creative, house made drinks, we were out on the patio and it was perfect. I hope that locals will frequent this great little gem. I will definitely be back. I forgot to mention, the wine selection was perfect! Even for my companion who was back from a wine and dine tour of France!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Worth the trip
    seasoneddinerVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    It's just like dining in Boston or Cambridge, without all of the hassle of traffic, parking, etc. great food, great service, perfect atmosphere. worth the trip!
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    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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  • Welcome Back
    Dusty
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    It was a delightful lunch on the terrace and we are glad you are back. We will come for dinner soon
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    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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  • Great ambience, food dissapointing
    Lanegra
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I would go back because it is convenient place for my family to dine on our way back from work/school and the ambience, specifically the patio is very nice. I also liked the waitresses. However, the food was really disappointing. It comes accross as very high end, but was of much loer quality than comparable places in the area such as 80 Thoreau, or J's restaurant, or even Sprigs.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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  • Disappointed
    Fish
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We went to AKA Bistro to try out a new-to-us restaurant. Unfortunately the food didn't stack up to other restaurants in the area. We won't be back.
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  • Lucky are we . . .
    DrMonica
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Those of us foodies who live within driving range of Lincoln deeply missed Aka Bistro this winter. We are so fortunate to have delectable, creative cuisine using locally sourced veggies, and the warm welcome of Christian and all who make dining at Aka a relaxed gastronomical adventure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Great lunch spot
    pmary55
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We had the three course special, which was a soup/mussels with frites/dessert for $22. The soup was fresh cold pea and delicious, a full bowl. Huge bowl of mussels also, and large portion of either creme brule or chocolate mousse for dessert. Outstanding food, large enough quantities to split for lunch. We sat outside on the patio, next to the garden. Lovely.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely stunning 7 course meal!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We had the 7 course chef's menu and it was absolutely marvelous. The artful visual display, the perfect timing, the impeccable service -- it all made for an evening out that was enjoyable and exquisite on every level. The first course was a delicious raw oyster served on a shimmering bed of ice, the ice was in tiny morsels so that it looked like crystals. This was the level of the detail that was consistent throughout the meal. The oysters, and the subsequent clams, cerviche, sashimi, octopus, ribeye (with enoki mushrooms, broccoli and bokchoy) and cheesecake were exquisite. Wonderful blend of japanese and french cooking/presentation. We were awed and still talking about that incredible meal.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Lovely Bastille Day celebration
    Momcat
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    My companion and I both enjoyed the option of the $22 3-course lunch special. The pea and edamame soup was creamy, cold and delicious on a hot summer day. The mussels were tender and cooked in a flavorful broth. Our waitress was very friendly and attentive, even taking time to explain in depth the various nuances of the white wines we were considering. I plan to come back soon with my husband -- so that he can experience this lovely taste of France.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bruno
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The food was not up to prior standards--does not seem the same fine hand is at work in the kitchen, or perhaps just an off night. Server was sweet fellow but seemed new and clueless about how the food was prepared. Menu seems smaller to me, but perhaps memory fails. We all noted that more space was given over in it to drinks than to food.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AKA Bistro
    umami
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Delicious Provencal-Asian influenced fare featured in a charming, casual atmosphere. On a lovely summer evening we preferred the outdoor patio where we enjoyed the classic and wonderful Moules et Frites that reminded us of French seaside dinners. The sweet potato tempura topped with seared tuna appetizer was light and crunchy yet rich -- a perfect combination that we'd definitely order again. Attentive, timely service. A delightful meal.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice but.....
    LincolnFord
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Very good food using local ingredients with an attentive wait staff. The plus is the wait staff is attentive and the minuses is the host/(I think owner) needs to be more involved and the kitchen needs to be attentive. A dish came out of the kitchen with the staff holding it with care because it was hot, placed on the table with a warning it was hot. But wait after the first bite of this supposedly piping hot dish, it was ice cold - did I miss something. The dish was never cooked. The waitress apologized and the bill was adjusted accordingly. If the dish did not taste good, fine maybe there should be no visit but an unfinished dish there should have been a visit and more effort from management. Passed off as oops does not make it.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch
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