Alta CA
Alta CA
  • Address:
    1420 Market Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    Neighborhood:
    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
  • Cuisine:
    American
    Price: $31 to $50

Alta CA

  • Dining Style: Home Style
  • Website: http://www.altaca.co/
  • Phone: 4155902585x
  • Hours of Operation:
    MON-FRI: 11AM-2AM
    SAT & SUN: 5PM-2AM
    Please note, we serve a limited menu from 3PM-5PM and from 10:30PM-1AM.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Yoni Levy
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Van Ness and Fell
  • Public Transit: Muni lines: F, J, K, L, M, N, 6, 71
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Star Park (lot) at 101 Hayes Street and Liberty Park (lot) at 116 Hayes Street (Both open 24 hrs)
A word from Alta CA
A neighborhood restaurant and gathering place.
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Alta CA reviews from OpenTable diners
159 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (108)neighborhood gem (67)hot spot (60)vibrant bar scene (57)notable wine list (40)late-night find (38)romantic (28)special occasion (25)good for groups (20)great for lunch (19)great for brunch (5)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Absolutely superb menu offerings with amazing alchemy of flavors and textures. A true delight for the palette. Service was super pleasant, knowledgable, helpful and spot on also. Loved the music that was at just the right volume for the space. They even picked up on the fact that it was my birthday and brought a candle in the dessert without being requested to do so. All in all, a really wonderful experience that I will be repeating soon and sharing with others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Bar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Fun bar scene. Good food. Great drinks. Love the giant bar wall.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    DanMan
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Hello folks, The food was great. I had the chilled avocado and cucumber soup. Was very creamy, refreshing and tasty. I also had the Chickpea and Oxtails fritters, the chickpea was very flavorful and the oxtail soft and umami. I also had the smoked trout. The dill and the dressing of that dish made it very smooth, elegant and frankly delicious. Hope this helps.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Horrible wine list !!!!!
    scluvsfoodwineVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    There was not one recognizable wine on the list. When I asked they said that they dislike wines from Cal. Come on, we are in San Francisco right near one of the best wine regions in the world!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious!
    oaklandLo
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    The food was unique and delicious, I'm still dreaming about the fresh corn pierogi. Attentive and knowledgeable service and welcoming restful atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    absmcVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Loved the deviled eggs and trout starters. Both pork dishes were delicious! The cocktails were fabulous - we asked the bartender to make his own creations. I'd highly encourage friends to try this restaurant. Staff was knowledgeable and very friendly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nycgirlVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    good night but not worth putting up with the dirt & slum of Market Street en route. The chairs are extremely uncomfortable.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for preshow or just any day
    miriVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    This is a great spot to go before the theatre. The food is perfect to share so you can sample a lot of different things. We haven't had a bad dish yet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    This restaurant has no real signage so it would be easy to walk or drive right past it. In fact, months ago my husband and I did drive past it and went around the block several times looking for it and we finally gave up! You have to have the exact address (which we didn't previously) to find it. What's up with that?! You know the old adage: "A business with no sign is a sign of no business." Although not actually the case with Alta but it would certainly help.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent menu!
    510foodie
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Dined here for the first time prior to going to a show at the nearby Orpheum Theater. We were there on the early side (show started at 7:30) and the place was quiet, but quickly became packed as we got closer to our departure time. The menu is fabulous. Anything they describe as "house made" is definitely worth trying. It's the kind of place where you feel inspired to try new things (beef tendon puffs? amazing!) and you won't be disappointed. The decadent dessert options were the perfect end to a stellar meal. I look forward to returning!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, but more of a bar scene
    NoelNoelVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The place was packed on a Friday night. It's a young, urban, loud, crowded scene. That said, the food is imaginative, flavorful and delicious. Although it seems tacky that they serve chips instead of fries with their burger. I might like Alta better for lunch, when it's hopefully quieter.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great drinks, good food,bad service
    SpicyBeef
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Great drinks, good food,but bad service. Even the manager was rude to my party and I. Too many better places around to come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Close to Theatre
    BzerkeleyVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Not only is this a fun place but it has the added bonus of being top of our list for pre theatre (Orpheum). Food is interesting and nicely done. Service could be smoother and pacing could have been better. If you like chichiarrones then you have to try the beef tendons.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Bland porridge. Everything else was overly acidic.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pleasantly surprised!
    alimaxVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We got dinner at Alta before a show at Orpheum theatre with group of friends and we all loved it. It was six of us and we ordered pretty much everything on the menu as it wasn't very long. Every dish was delicious! The service was great, plus our waiter looked like a model :-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alta Ca
    SharoncsVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Had a nice meal at Alta was thrilled that the sandwich of the day was a BLAT. I am getting pretty tired of the lunch menu - it could use a change. Of course don't take off the deviled eggs!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We'll be back........
    foodofthegods
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Arrived @ 5 for a 6 reservation on a Wednesday. No one dining yet but a few at the bar. Got a table after a bit of a wait since no one was working the door yet. Placed was full by the time we left for the theater. Small menu but enough to choose from for us both. Had the deviled eggs and cucumber/avocado soup. Both very good. Wife asked to have the salmon fully cooked instead of lightly steamed and it was done just right. I had the pork shoulder which was quite tasty also. Warm cookies for desert.......3 large ones. The drinks were strong but they were out of Mt Gay.... The service was attentive and polite. No problems and we definitely would return if we are in the neighborhood again. Definitely a bar scene going on for the younger crowd.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hipster Spot w/Amazing Food & Wine
    AnnabellaVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We made our reservation same day and we were so pleased with the food, wine and ambiance. The only drawback was the service. Our waiter was not as attentive as we would have liked. We noticed that the waiter was taking the order of a party of two sitting at a table that we chose not to sit at. This means we were seated first but were not waited on first. We will return since the food and wine were exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thanks,Adrienne!
    Tokyo
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    All staff did a good service. I want to revisit in the case of San Francisco next trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely setting, sublime food
    GMY68
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We booked dinner here on the spur of the moment, and had no trouble getting a reservation for the same day (it was a Saturday). We'd heard good things about this place and had eaten (once!) at Coi, when they still had an a la carte menu and you didn't have to spend a year's salary eating there! Alta was fantastic in pretty much every way. The design of the place is impressive, especially the huge wall of bottles and the lovely bar, and it's always fun having an open kitchen. The noise level was just perfect, i.e., quiet background music, excellent sound proofing, really easy to chat with your date or friends. And, best of all, the food was magical. Crisp salad, corn pierogi, oysters with grapes, braised beef, and peach cobbler. Wow!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Try the oxtail
    Xenos
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I enjoyed almost everything I ate, but the oxtail was a revelation. The first time I tried it I was shocked with how good it was. It was very different from anything I'd ever eaten before, and it was fantastic. The other dishes I tried were the pork trotter, the puffed beef tendon, the warm olives, and the bialys. All of those were fantastic except for the bialys. The bread part of the bialy was very tasty, but the stuffing was overly smoked. It tasted almost like liquid smoke, and it overpowered the bread part. that's a small complaint though, as everything else was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Buck the trend
    longtimelocal
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Quality food, wine, service, friendly staff and lively art work. With the mid-market area undergoing a massive transformation, this gem of a restaurant will hopefully outlive any trend that may be occurring in that area. Easy access from Muni and BART.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good service. Tasty but rich.
    NotFussy
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The service was great and we had a good time. The food was really tasty, but too rich for me. If you like really strong flavors, and plenty of salt and butter, then you'll love it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gorgeous and tasty food
    TonyT
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Really well composed plates - both visually and in terns of flavor. Curious that they harp on it being "American" as I found the food to have a very eastern euro or even Jewish soul food flavor - lots of dill, sour cream, smoked fish, pastrami and many other influences. The service is uneven - some outstanding team members and some well meaning amateurs. The wines by the glass are overpriced. They want $13 for a glass of the Unti Petite Frere and that's about what they paid for the bottle. Dessert is problematic as they base everything around soft seve ice cream - yuck! And I do like this restaurant and recommend the food highly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful - Highly recommend!
    foodismyfavorite
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The head chef is incredibly hospitable & talented, wait staff is knowledgeable & attentive, the food was fantastic! We had the bialys with pastrami, some of the best I have tried, obviously a chef's specialty. We had the avocado soup, so creamy I couldn't believe it is vegan. The trout & pickled vegetables with bialy chips, I think the pickled vegetables are another chef developed specialty. We had the steamed salmon, perfectly cooked with an everything-bagel seasoning & a delicious yogurt sauce, not to mention the fermented summer squash decorating the plate. The pork was beautiful, along with fresh clams & fava beans - the sauce was rich & tasty. Finally, we finished with soft serve & digestifs, all homemade & delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Alta Ca
    SharoncsVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I have been to Alta only for lunch so I have never been able to enjoy the great libations. I have to say the food is really good, but because the menu is fairly limited I am already getting king of bored. Can they add some new dishes or specials? The staff must be bored too. I think that's why it is not often too busy at lunch time. Love the deviled eggs and the ice cream though.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    food was great. service was slow and unattentive. could have use done more staff to complete the whole experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Music not suitable, very loud
    Traveler
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Very loud music, not suitable restaurant music. Impossible to have a conversation. Service, average. Not very friendly or attentive.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Amateurish service needs addressing
    mtf419VIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    On the plus side, the food and atmosphere at Alta CA are very good. The open kitchen turns out some very flavorful dishes like beet salad, goat cheese on toast, and buckwheat porridge. Unfortunately, the cocktails and service leave much to be desired. Outside of the kitchen, the staff is rather green and not well versed in fine dining etiquette (in one example of this plates were removed prematurely whilst diners were still chewing). It's a great location, and an otherwise fun experience, so hopefully they invest in additional training for the staff.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My new favorite!
    AnonymousVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I LOVE THIS PLACE! My new favorite spot in SF, brought my parents here for my Dad's birthday and everything was excellent. Plus, the frozen yogurt for dessert is awesome :)
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Will definitely go back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Been there twice. The first time everything was outstanding, service too. The beef tendon puffs are a must. The second time was good, but our server was slightly surly, and the braised beef was just ok. My friend ordered a glass of wine, tasted it, thought it was off, and had me taste it. It was definitely off - undrinkable. It's ok, it happens. We told our server and her response was "it's unfiltered." It might have been unfiltered, but it was also corked. To her credit, she took it away and removed it from the check. When both patrons say the wine is bad, don't make excuses, just get the customer another glass. The chicken was fantastic, and the pickled devils eggs were great! The soft serve ice cream for dessert is a must.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great addition to dining scene
    sfeaterVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    A very pleasant surprise in this "up and coming" stretch of Market -- the service was attentive and helpful, the timing was perfect, and the dishes we had were inspired and delicious. This is the kind of place you want as a reliable standby to which you'll return frequently (especially since it has late hours and is a great option for after a movie or performance). There are plenty of bar seats, and the restaurant seating is arranged around the bar and in front of a wall of wine & liquor bottles creating an interesting visual (though they might want to tweak the bottle wall arrangement for seismic safety!) The volume of the music / chatter was also just right (too many restaurants are too loud for conversation).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood Gem
    oregonduckbradVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We were *very* pleasantly surprised by our visit. The food was top-notch, the service: very attentive (and extremely knowledgable about the menu and options, working around food allergies), and the atmosphere was fun for the foodie set. We'll DEFINITELY be back again. A few things of note: the deep-fried beef tendons are to die for, the wine list is extensive and notable, and the (full) bar seemed to be hopping. Our server let us know that they were open very late, too--we'll be taking full advantage of this, as we live across the street! A true neighborhood gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot for theatre dining!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Very convenient for pre-theatre dining. The food is absolutely delicious! Cannot wait to go again and again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not too shabby
    YCL28VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Great date night spot, although the surrounding area leave something to be desire. Fiancé and I came for our Friday date night. This was a version of modernized more foo foo Jewish deli. The bialys were a delight with flavorful sautéed onion bits. The thinly sliced pastrami was a little disappointing. The Curious George cocktail was a refreshing lovely spin of whisky sour. The best dish of the evening was the pea pierogi with a flavorful sauce. It was not dense and heavy tasting.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrible price/quality ratio
    sanfrandan
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    The food was good, the service was fine, but ---- I wouldn't recommend this restaurant to anyone except, perhaps, the Twitterati. The bill for the 2 of us was $85 for 3 small plates and 1 large, one glass of wine and a beer. Frequently restaurant portions are too big --- here, they were on the small size and we left hungry. The prices for wine were ridiculous ---- $11 and up for a single glass AND the pour was quite small. When I asked for bread to accompany the food, the waiter pointed to the Bialys on the menu, which cost $6. I can't remember going to a good restaurant where they charged for bread. The best restaurants seem to have Acme sourdough --- here they had only bialys, which are great for brunch, but at dinner?
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  • Delicious
    SFgourmandVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Patterson's food at ALTA CA is top notch: sophisticated, but not overly tricky and seriously delicious. The staff is super friendly, but so many people help with each table that some requests (such as more water) got lost in the shuffle. The music was schizophrenic - some tracks had a great groove and others were just too loud and cacophonous. The block on Market is nasty, but that will be short lived. I'll definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good food, service somewhat lacking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The food was memorable, the wait service was as well, but for less than stellar reasons. unique flavors and creative dishes. Service was somewhat arrogant and lax. Felt like we were annoying the staff by our mere presence on thier turf and they did not seem to be loving their job (did I see her roll her eyes?). Smile - I am paying for service, as well as food - and you might even help generate bigger tips, it's a win/win!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I was hoping for better...
    BerkeleyFoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I was looking forward to trying Patterson's approach to cuisine. I would say that the food was well prepared and tasty... but the service was sadly lacking. My friend arrived early and asked for a tea list. The server then came over, asked her if she wanted something to drink and my friend told her that she was waiting for the tea list. The server said "OK" and walked away. The tea list never arrived. When I arrived (I ordered wine in case she worried this was a "cheap meal"), the server recommended that each of us order 2, but preferably 3 dishes. My friend is a very slim petite woman, I am slim-average sized and we could never have eaten 6 dishes. It seemed the server was trying to get us to order a lot of food to run the bill up.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SO good. Go!
    Nextnextaimee
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Delicious plates served by attentive warm team. Braised beef and salmon are favorite dishes. Cocktails perfectly compliment the menu. Beautifully designed space. Will make this spot a habit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet