Annisa
Annisa

Annisa

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.annisarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (212) 741-6699
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm -10:30pm, Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Anita Lo
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: No private room, though we do book the entire restaurant for large groups.

    Maximum capacity of 48 guests for seated events, 60 guests for cocktail parties.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: West 4th and 7th Avenue South
  • Public Transit: 1 Train to Christopher Street/Sheridan Square, B/D/F/M or A/C/E to West 4th Street.
  • Parking: No
A word from Annisa
Annisa is a small, fine dining establishment in the West Village. The restaurant is owned and operated by Chef Anita Lo, winner of Food & Wine Magazine's Best New Chef Award 2001. The restaurant was included in the Top 50 Food Ratings in the Zagat Guide 2009 and was awarded a three-star rating in the New York Times in 2014. Annisa serves contemporary American cuisine with Asian accents in a beautiful and soothing dining room where guests are greeted by a knowledgeable and friendly staff.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Annisa reviews from OpenTable diners
168 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (135)special occasion (110)romantic (98)neighborhood gem (72)notable wine list (38)good for groups (11)hot spot (11)great for brunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)vibrant bar scene (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Average
    YumTum
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We thought the restaurant was average. The squid appetizer was delicious. My buffalo was good. My wife's bass was slightly overcooked.
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Some of the best, most interesting food we've ever had... fresh, vibrant, rich... fantastic! not inexpensive, though. And right across the street from our building.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    LillethVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    We had the 7 course tasting menu. It was phenomenal. Everything was delicious and thoughtfully plated. We are planning to return and have the wine pairing.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New yorker
    newyorkVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    I am at A loss about how to explain my experience. Food: Salty, salty and salty. There was nothing but tasting salty. Services: very pretentious and no apologies at all for serving poorly prepared dishes. I seriously doubt how this restaurant has received a star from Michelin guide.
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  • refreshingly creative cuisine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    --which was a nice change from most restaurants serving similar dishes.
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    fit for foodies
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  • VillageGuest615VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Too many years have passed between my last dinner here although my husband has taken business guests here a few times. It is an intimate spot without feeling like you are on top of anyone. It's very adult; noise level perfect. The minimalist decor is wonderful. And that "minor" matter of food?Just fabulous. Our party of three had various seafood entrees. All were perfection. The mackerel, scallops and sable were sampled by all of us and deemed outstanding. The steak tartare and mussel appetizers the same. Annisa is a first-rate restaurant minus the pretentiousness sometimes associated with places of this ilk.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • outoftowner
    luvrealfood
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    We tried the tasting menu. For the adventurous diner with a very small appetite. Could the portions get any smaller??? My husband was starving when we left. Taste was ok but not amazing. The ambience was very minimalist and small but not in a cozy or comfortable way. Kind of boring.
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    fit for foodies
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  • couple dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    We had a fantastic experience-romantic dinner couples and small family groups (with very well behaved children) with superb food and professional but friendly made this is a romantic and delightful place to eat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Added to My Top 5
    RandiZ
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Best bite: soup dumpling with bit of seared foie gras. Eat it the way they tell you with the dumpling in the spoon and grip it with the chop sticks. After I bit into it and broth dropped on the plate I bemoaned that lost broth. Totally didn't expect that to happen. The sable was also amazing with a different yummy broth. My spouse had the pork. She does not like runny eggs but went ahead and broke the yolk anyway. She said she couldn't believe what a perfect sauce it made with everything else on the plate. Obviously just what the chef had in mind. Chocolate tasting for dessert was perfect. I could not finish it. To the shock of my spouse I said I was "chocolates out." Complimented the friendly and attentive service staff on the way out.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok, but why any fuss about Annisa?
    SDFNYCVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Annisa was fine, just fine, but not great, not poor. The place was ok, the service was ok, the food was good, not great. Sadly, this is one of those places you go once, and don't feel a compelling need to go back to. I doubt it will be the same restaurant in 3 years. Nothing great and nothing terrible. I'll be looking at Zagats to find new and different places to dine: Annisa won't likely get a second date, as it won't be making my MUST go to list in NYC!!
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  • Amazing restaurant
    brooklynhoboVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    variety, quality and presentation match a Michelin star rating and definitely met my expectations. Exquisite food and amazing service!
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  • Wonderful
    visitingVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Great food and great service. Wonderful presentation and flavor. Everyone took great care of me.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Lovely NYC Find
    Janicsika
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Service and food were impeccable- the cocktails were delicious as was every dish we ordered in our party of 4. A classy environment that isn't pretentious or stuffy at all- everyone would feel welcome here, including kids, but the meals are delicious enough to make you feel extra fancy.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful, creative food
    Jenn
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    My husband took me to Annisa for my birthday, and the food was inspired and delicious. There's an element of comfort, merged with beautiful technique. I would recommend it without hesitation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Eclectic, Surprising
    raravis
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    From Sashimi, to charred foi gras... From Shanghai-style soup dumplings to the concluding ode to offal and pot-pie... All that, plus a dizzying stopover in no-man's land, courtesy of a seared fillet of Spanish Mackerel floating in Gochujang, and surrounded by milk-and-garlic tempura globes (and that's not counting the cubes of satsumaimo scattered between the globes). Our prix-fixe meal was a truly peripatetic stroll with more suprises and sudden turns than you might expect in a Greenwich Village restaurant. We will be going back very soon!
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NicknameVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    The food at Annisa is superlative -- imaginative and delicious. Service is cordial without being fussy, and the small space feels intimate. My only complaint is that Annisa's decor is severe and chilly. This enhances attention to the food, but it makes the experience marginally less festive than at NYC's other world-class restaurants. In compensation, however, Annisa's high prices are less skyscraping than at rival gastronomic palaces. Annisa is one of the city's treasures.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth a repeat!
    YiaYia
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Fortunately, my husband loved it as much as I had on my first visit without him. Everything was excellent, beautifully prepared with just enough invention to be interesting, but not distracting (like the farm egg yolk with the luscious pork loin, each cooked to perfection). Also, when I asked our server to describe the difference between a couple of wines in order to match our food, she made an alternate wine recommendation that was both perfect & less expensive than what I'd been contemplating. I will go back again, & my husband will eagerly agree!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Duck appetizer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Duck appetizer is the best thing on earth!!! Will go back just for that
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expectations Exceeded
    ebird47
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Living in the midwest, I became a fan of Chef Anita Lo through her TV appearances, wanting to taste everything she made but having no opportunity to do so. Finally had a business trip to NY and Annisa was the first restaurant I made reservations for. I had a week of fine dining at a different place every night and this was definitely the best meal of the bunch. My co-worker who accompanied me (and had zero knowledge of Chef Lo) agreed. Intimate, romantic setting with great service and magnificent food. No one else I spoke to in NY had heard of it so it may be a hidden gem. I will definitely return if I make it back to NY; I can't say that for any of the other restaurants.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, chef, bartender,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Came with six people. Were extremely accommodating. Chef Anita Lo was friendly and greeted everyone when recognized. Extremely gracious. Outstanding flavors. Fabulous waiter and maître'd. Will happily return again and again. Soothing space
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful experience
    whitecrow
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Everything about this place is quality. The food, the service, the attentiveness and care of the staff, the comfort of the furnishing - were all outstanding. We had the 5 course tasting menu and it was sublime, we never wanted the meal to end. I could eat here every night. Really interesting food, brilliantly executed and served. One of our party is gluten intolerant and they were careful of this in every course. A truly memorable experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Serene and simple
    Bpmarti
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    We had a lovely evening at Annisa. The room is beautifully appointed, with large windows and elegant, soothing decor in neutral tones. We had a hard time choosing from the many enticing menu selections. The atmosphere was quiet without being stuffy or staid. It was refreshing to see that the other diners took care with their wardrobe choices. There was not a hoodie or athletic shoe in sight. The food and service were impeccable. I'd love to have this restaurant in my own neighborhood. Long live Annisa.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cbar
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    We were in NYC for our son and his girlfriends' graduations. We had the five course tasting menu. Everything was amazing. In addition to the crazy-good food, the staff was very accommodating. I highly recommend. I only wish I lived in NYC so that I could go again soon.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic experience!
    PgvargasVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Annisa is a very interesting restaurant, informal but chic, with a nice ambience, the service is also informal but very efficient, and the food is terrific, really amazing, a great food experience.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Annisa
    tcjr
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Oh so worth it. Outstanding wine list and menu. A true Village gem.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Annisa is the best
    OutOfTownerVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    The. Best. The creativity, execution, service and even value make Annisa the best. The. Best.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • foodez
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Best meal we can remember all around. Soup dumplings with foie grass a must. Service excellent, warm, friendly, efficient. Scallops superb. Desserts wonderful. Good wine list and good cocktails at a fair price point.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    HappyTasting
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    We had the 5-course tasting menu. I don't know if the chef read or minds or changed our minds to be whatever he gave us, but the food was fantastic. I don't know if I would have picked better choices. Sweetbread pot pie was mindblowing. Foie gras soup dumplings? Yes, please. Trout, beef tartare, all good. The lemony dessert was fantastic and I'm not a dessert person. Good wine too. My date and I loved it.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MGM11
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    A truly remarkable dining experience. We have eaten at Annisa several times and are consistently delighted with the experience. It is a quiet romantic restaurant where the staff are friendly, attentive and go out of their way to make your evening enjoyable. The food is beautifully presented and the dishes always creative and interesting. The wine list complements the menu and is remarkable for being broadly representative of domestic and foreign imports as well as being reasonably priced. We travel to NYC regularly and it is our favorite restaurant for special occasions.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Had been wanting to try Annisa for some time and was not disappointed. The food is very delicate yet sophisticated: each dish had its distinct character and even though we shared a number of dishes to sample more flavours, the multi-course meal did not feel heavy in the slightest. I really enjoyed how the chef played with the subtilties of scents, textures, and balance of flavours. The wine selection (we had wines by the glass) were very well chosen and paired beautifully with the food. It is not a casual restaurant and does feel more approriate for a special occassion or a fancy date.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • and now for something different!
    rovingcarole
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Since i'm typing on my phone i will be briefer than usual! Being familiar with anita lo thru Top Chef and other sources and very impressed, we selected Annisa for one our dinners on a recent trip to the Big Apple. Unable to pick one option we chose the tasting menu. The staff is very diligent in inquiring about any allergies or even food aversions, as the menu is quite adventurous. We expressed no reservations. Full speed ahead. The chef makes up the tasting menu from the ala carte menu. We had five courses: black sea bass sashimi, soup dumpling, golden trout, veal tongue/veal neck pot pie, and two delicious desserts followed by a palate cleanser of coconut popsicles, cadied ginger and chocolate. A memorable special meal. Go!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and Unique Flavors
    Average
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    I went with my mom recently to celebrate my birthday. I have been wanting to try Annisa for months. I am so happy I finally decided to go. The food was outstanding. The menu is mostly fish with a few meat options. The fish melts in your mouth and the flavor combinations were delicious. Of course the food has an Asian flair, so if you don't like Asian ingredients this probably isn't the place for you. I would recommend the sea bass sashimi, barbecued octopus, and most definitely the sable as your entree. There is also a tasting menu available, but it is a lot of food.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Perfection
    Foodie27VIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Great food, intimate setting and attentive service! The best in the neighborhood! A must stop every time we are in New York!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Dining Experience
    NandR
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    My husband and I had a wonderful dining experience at Annisa recently. This was our first time there. From our pre-dinner cocktails to dessert, everything was exquisitely prepared and presented. We had the 5-course tasting menu. Every dish had a lot of flavors arranged in a very interesting combination. I would recommend this restaurant for any special occasions.
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  • Annisa is a great spot.
    Alavall
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    The restaurant service and ambiance was great. The food itself was very good. The appetizers are a bit overpriced for the portion and taste (we had the grilled squid and the heart of palm) but the entrees were delicious. The snapfish in broth was perfectly cooked, and the flavors were great. The pork was also cooked well - a very hearty dish with several sauces and great vegetable pairings. The dessert was delicious - beignets with bourbon ice - a must try.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good if not great
    ChefGeorge
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Lovely room, great comfortable, competent service, nice menu. Somehow it just didn't "wow" me, as have several other NYC restaurants. Everything was good, just not that memorable; nothing really popped. So if you want a perfectly lovely evening with excellent food and aren't looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, Annisa will deliver. The bread & butter pudding was the best I've ever had.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Very good Food, relax and correct service.. Can't ask for more.. We we a wonderful time.
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  • A Delightful Experience
    metrio
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    I have to say, this is by far one of my favorite restaurants in the city. While there are a lot of things on the menu, you can't go wrong by doing the tasting menu. Each dishes hit just the right notes as you build up to dessert. I can't possibly decide on one specific dish to talk about, however I can say that they were all delicious. The desserts, sweet without being too sweet. Anita know exactly what she's doing and I appreciated every bite of it. The service was stupendous, Anna our server definitely treated us well and didn't skip a beat throughout service.
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    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Annisa
    BebeH
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    The atmosphere is serene; the staff is knowledgeable; the taste and presentation of the food is perfection. Rich ingredients are prepared in a delicate manner. We had the seven course tasting and felt we received a great representation of the menu. Each dish and the meal as a whole was well balanced. Blending Asian, European and American influences creating a unique cuisine. Hats off for Chef Anita Lo. We left fully satisfied but not stuffed...and that is a good thing.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A MUST For Foodies
    Bedford4e
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    If you can get a reservation go go go! The menu is somewhat limited favoring fish dishes but everything is prepared so differently and tastefully you can't go wrong. Appys are creative and also outstanding. You never realized that fresh ingredients tasted so go. The room is somewhat small but the noise level is moderate. Servers know their stuff and can tell you about every ingredient in your meal. Server garb looked a little sloppy and a tad too casual but that's a minor flaw. So in summary if you like creative, we'll prepared and fresh food without an attitude go, go, go.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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