ARC Restaurant
ARC Restaurant

ARC Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.arcdining.com/
  • Phone: (604) 691-1818
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Daily: 6:30am - 11:30am; Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Daily: 5:30pm - 10:00pm Lounge: Monday - Saturday 11:00am - 1:00am, Sunday Brunch: Two Seatings, 11:30am and 1:30pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Northwest, Canadian
  • Executive Chef: Dana Hauser
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Join us for live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 5-9pm.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cordova at Howe
  • Public Transit: The Waterfront Sky Train Station is right below the hotel.
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking is available on the streets and at the public parking below the hotel at the Waterfront Centre.
A word from ARC Restaurant
ARC offers simply inspired, handcrafted fare in a relaxed setting. With its beautiful West Coast views, it’s the perfect place to partake of urban artisanal food created by our Executive Chef, Dana Hauser.

The uniquely curved space is destined to be the spot you’ll come to meet with old friends and new. Enjoy the local in-season items on the daily fresh sheet, or gather at the Chef’s Bench. The bar features local craft beers, world-class wines and cocktails mixed to perfection.

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNorthwest
ARC Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
22 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (11)scenic view (10)fit for foodies (9)romantic (7)notable wine list (5)good for groups (5)great for lunch (4)late-night find (4)vibrant bar scene (3)great for outdoor dining (2)hot spot (2)neighborhood gem (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Always great service
    Lena
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Great place for business lunches and service hs always been fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ARC review
    Andrea84
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Not only is the food here absolutely delicious (bar none), the service is outstanding, too. The live music is also outstanding and complements the fantastic dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dining with a View
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    I had a wonderful dinner with my sister for a girls weekend away in Vancouver. The service was exceptional and the view (even for a rainy October evening) couldn't be beat. Great food and location for anyone looking to have a special evening down by the harbor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • ok...
    business
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Great people, good service (not exceptional) but most of all, I won't return. The chairs are HORRIBLY uncomfortable. After a long day at work, sitting for a dinner without a back support, you may as well put benches out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Special Night
    Cirwin
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I took my now fiancée out for a very special dinner before popping the question. The food, service, and atmosphere was EXCELLENT! I would go back in a heart beat!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Family Reunion/Birthday Party
    Bett
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We were a party of 9 adults - welcoming relatives from Perth, Australia and also celebrating a 25th birthday. The food was wonderful and the staff extremely attentive and friendly without being bothersome! The chocolate birthday cake which I had ordered was made and decorated 'in-house' and brought to the table by our singing servers! They asked if we wanted to serve it ourselves or would we prefer their assistance and we chose the latter. It was a most memorable evening enjoyed by all. Thank you so much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food and service
    BrownSugar
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Took my fiancee for a date. She had fun. Felt romantic and cozy for both of us. I ordered the beef tenderloin and asked for medium rare and it was done what I asked for. Very happy with that. I asked for a table near the water and got that view. Very happy with that.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner disappointment
    Dinerbeware
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We expected a high end restaurant with a classy ambiance, sadly disappointed. Food was acceptable and waitress was friendly although not very attentive and slow to return. I guess no one enforces the dress code here? First few folks I seen looked as if they came from the beach with loud shorts and t-shirts on. Another fellow that was quite loud wore a Harley Davidson shirt and jeans that were as dirty as his language. Next to these high end foodies was a leather and lace woman with her ethnic boyfriend stuck to her face like he was her lipstick, all they did was make-out. No one said a thing to any of these miscreants. The manager should be fired. Or change the advertising to be a pub/night club and serve hamburgers and hotdogs.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 14 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 292 reviews are from the ARC Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Not recommended
    chimp
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Four of us went to the ARC as I had 2for1 coupons from the entertainment book. The food served did not meet my expectations for price and the quantity was minimal. 3 people ordered the steak and were very dissatisifed as it was not tender at all. This is a restaurant where the food looks good on your plate but you need to eat somewhere else after as it certainly isn't a "meal". I recommend going across the street to the Pan Pacific for awesome tasty food.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ARC review
    Andrea84
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Not only was my entire meal absolutely outstanding, the service was remarkably great as well. The live music was beautiful and the waterfront scene stunning. I returned for breakfast the next morning and it, too, was a delicious experience!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not what I expected.
    Nessjn
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I've been to this location back when it was Herons. And because I've experience herons, I had high expectations. Unfortunately, ARC did not meet that. The food we ordered was okay, nice to look at but mediocre in taste. I don't think i would revisit ARC if I were to pay the regular prices. The upside of our dinner was the service and the incredible octopus chips!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed review not sure of the food
    Slimmer007
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Deconstructed crab salad should be removed from the menu. It was tasteless. Live entertainment reminded me of being in a pub The donut fillings were good but donuts had a taste as if the oil had not been changed lamb was flavored well and came out hot but the steak was lukewarm
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Extremely Slow Service
    DKMYVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Our party of 4 had a 6:45pm reservation and we didn't finish until 9pm. The service was extremely slow and the restaurant was only less than 30% occupied during our entire meal. There were a lot of upset customers because of the slow kitchen service. The food portion was also very small. Not worth the $30+ pricing. We felt sorry for the table staffs because they were doing a lot of appologising for the slow kitchen service. We could have had a way better meal at the Catcus Club beside the new Trade & Convention Centre.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice new addition to the Fairmonts
    Cooperscalling
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Nice location with mountain/ocean views by the window. Server was friendly but could have been a little more attentive and professional for a high end hotel/restaurant. Food was creative and quite tasty, but quite overpriced ($39 for 2pc rack of lamb). Fairly small portions so value isn't great. My favorites were the brisket sliders, lamb, and banana creme pie. Ice creams were good too. Would I return? Maybe not - I'd be more inclined to go across to Hapa Izakaya.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, small portions
    ExcellentDiningVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Food was decently executed, but not exceptional. Portions were relatively small given the prices charged. The decor was modern and pleasant. The restaurant seems to be trying for a "casual upscale" feel in order to attract formal diners as well as spontaneous walk-in customers. The result is what seems to be higher prices, but a slightly more casual atmosphere. Service was friendly but not extremely attentive as the servers seemed to be trying to serve too many customers at one time. The view is not the best, as the restaurant is not immediately at the waterfront. Overall, there was nothing outstanding to make us return, especially for the regular price of the menu and given the options in downtown Vancouver.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was good, not great
    Janette
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Great location, used to eat there when it was Heron's. Great people watching by the window. Service was friendly, professional and efficient. I had the Halibut cheeks which were disappointing, the crust was like paper and didn't adhere to the fish, halibut was stringy, fries were good. Nothing particularly wrong but not what I expect from Fairmont chefs. My lunch partner had the mushroom quinoa whic was very delicious. Overall I didn't find a lot of food I would want to order and when I go back it will be only for convenience of location.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner at lounge not ideal
    emwong
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    We found out that the restaurant was booked for a private function even though our reservation went through and was confirmed by OpenTable. We went anyway. Unfortunately, we ended up seated right next to the hostess table so we had ongoing groups of people next to us while we dined. The duck was good and done perfectly. My wife had the sablefish, and although it was cooked perfectly, it was kind of bland tasting. Most of the dishes were well presented, but small in size. Overall, it was okay, but if we didn't have a coupon, it wouldn't have been worth it. Usually can get equal or better quality food at better value. Won't be going back anytime soon.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great new space
    DeliciousVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    This restaurant used to be Herons and we enjoyed it several times. It has been renovated and has a clean,modern look. The menu isvery interesting. Food was delicious. service was excellent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • ARC along the waterfront
    GreenieVIP
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Great food, accommodating staff, wonderful harbor views....a bit pricey. Cheapest wine was about $60/bottle
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner
    Bryan
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Friendly staff and nice setting in the new ARC restaurant. Started off with oysters, which came with nice toppings. Entrees were served timely and nicely presented. Overall great experience!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Christmas brunch was not as
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    Christmas brunch was not as good as previous years.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Brunch
    chitchatguyVIP
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    Attended the last Jingle Bell Brunch at Herons. Will be sad to see this restaurant go. Enjoyed dining here on several occassions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner for two at Herons
    smeach
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Be sure to request a table next to a window like my husband and I did. If local ingredients are important to you, Herons boasts a rooftop apiary and herb garden. I enjoyed Herons own honey and basil in the form of a special cocktail. Delicious! The menu is seafood-centric. We shared a fragrant bowl of plump mussels, served with a delicate broth and toasted bread. Our entrees were very good, though perhaps falling short of outstanding. I enjoyed seared scallops over cauliflower risotto, with crispy prosciutto and steamed asparagus. My husband enjoyed a lovely seafood tagliatelle. The server was very attentive and knowledgable about the menu. The ambience was quite nice. Prices were mid-range (high 20s to high 30s). We will likely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great seafood, attentive service
    happy4hapa
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    Seafood cooked to perfection, spacious private seating, relaxing atmosphere
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Overall Experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    it was a gift! and what a gift it was. The service was phenomenal, good was excellent, and it was a beautiful view with the christymas lights and ocean. What a wonderful experince - and very accomodating to food intolerances! :)
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Deteriorating
    FLeungVIP
    Dined on 11/25/2013
    The service was great. However, the food was getting worse. Maybe that is the reason why the restaurant was only 25% full. Lunch menu was limited, and yet you would find four different kinds of fish --- halibut, cod, salmon, and arctic char. I was told by the server that the salmon dish under the "main" section was actually in appetizer size. Then why not classifying it as appetizer? Apart from burgers and sandwiches, chicken is the only meat you would find under "main". I ordered arctic char and it was over-cooked.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Knowledgable yet distracted staff
    RochelleVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Going to Heron's this night was to show off the place having eaten before. The night was quiet, we found our server knowledgable but neglectful/forgetful at times not about getting us anything but just checking back on us period. The restaurant had a great ambiance if not for the Romni wedding styled white palm trees with blue lights. For a fine dining restaurant to go with over the top ugly wedding decore seemed strange and out of place. Otherwise the restaurant was quiet. The goat cheese and beet salad was great, the scallop risotto was fabulous, the apple tart and chocolate Earle grey mousse cake was fabulous. The high note? 3 words: truffled mashed potatoes, beautifully seasoned and flavourful, that came with the steak, amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Decent food but great service
    holden
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    We had a voucher from TravelZoo for this dining experience. The service here is outstanding. If you reserved a seating arrangement you would be addressed by your surname... Pretty small but I thought it was special. They even let us change tables after we had sat down and done so without a problem. The risotto was many times more tastier than the seafood tagliatelle but the toasted bread made up for the lack of flavour from the pasta. Too bad the apple tart + hazelnut icecream dish wasn't as great as I had hoped.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Herons West Coast Kitchen + Bar
    Nessjn
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    Magnificent food and a great ambience. My partner and I absolutely loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • blah food + blah service
    westcoaster
    Dined on 10/31/2013
    This was my second time dining here and I definitely was not impressed. My entree was on the extreme salty side. And the service was way too slow...our server made us wait while she was chit chatting with another customer. I've been too turned off during this dining experience to return here ever again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bad food, dry service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/29/2013
    After reading good reviews, I guess I had my expectations too high. First of all, food wasn't great: the mussels were so fishy that I had to stop eating it after first few bites and the scallop risotto was okay but tiny. The only thing good was the cheesecake - it was very very delicious! Second the service. The hostess who seated us was very nice. However, our server Vivian was like robot with fake smiles throuout the entire dinner, it was almost creepy. Bad food plus bad service? We will not go there again.
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  • don't need to come here again
    philly
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    considering the prices, I wouldn't come to this restaurant again. There was only one dish in the meal that I really liked. the salad was way too sour, 'honey' cured salmon was wayyyy too salty. The soup was good until we crunched on big pieces of lemongrass (not pleasant). The braised duck was highly recommended to us, but while 'braised' usually conjures up slow cooked tender goodness, this duck leg was disappointingly solid. In fact, I went out and bought a duck myself to braise to erase this duck's memory from my brain. The soup and the duck were from the 'apprentice chef' menu - the items lived up to their name. I'm glad it wasn't a 'professional chef'. was the food 'good'? yeah, sure, it was ok. but save your money, go somewhere else.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food!
    Opera
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    Great cinnamon flavoured martini. The chicken breast was sooo tender. The gnochi was sooo savoury. Cheesecake was sooo delicious. Great service!!!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice treat after a hectic week!
    SweetcoupleVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    Felt welcomed, relaxed & well-treated. Seafood pasta & rib eye steak was tasty & good portions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Service
    spiritgran
    Dined on 10/24/2013
    Herons was a surprise. I often find hotel restaurants overpriced and serve mediocre food. The dishes we ordered were cooked to perfection. The grilled scallops and wild mushroom risotto was delicious, fresh and with a beautiful presentation. I loved the little extras. the homemade buns with the salse verde, the amuse bouche prawn, the biscotti with coffee and the chocolate at the end of the meal. Our server was Australian and lovely - she was the perfect combination of attentive, courteous, friendly and professional. A wonderful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eater's Remorse -Substandard Brunch
    VancityFoodie
    Dined on 10/20/2013
    Sorry to say but their Sunday brunch was substandard. I had come initially expecting a Sunday brunch buffet but apparently, their breakfast buffet ends at 11 am. In Vancouver, where brunch restaurants often don't open until 11 am, that's way too early. I ordered the steak sandwich -- which was, well, fine enough. The fries, however, tasted frozen (McCain perhaps?). I made my companion try the fries and he agreed they were frozen. That's something I expect at the cafeteria or diner down the street for their $3.99 special, not an $18 sandwich at a Fairmont. Their $6 Americanos weren't bad. But I can get a fabulous Americano in any of the fancy coffee places for markedly less than $6.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food&wine
    bwol
    Dined on 10/17/2013
    The food lived up to our expectations with a very good variety of options. Two negatives was first that the music sometimes was too loud for having a relaxed conversation. The restaurant has a private room; but charge 100$ extra. Secondly the temperatures of the red wines were too high. It seems that the restaurant had the wine in a temperated cupboard; but maybe the bottles we got was taken from somewhere else
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, Bad Service
    ThanksgivingDinnerGuest
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    The food was superb. The service was horrible. The server was barely ever there to assist us, when she was it took her a very long time to receive our orders. We also wanted a modest priced bottle of wine that we had ordered, but 30min later they told us they didn't have it and brought a "comparable bottle ", that was not similar to the one we had ordered and was more than twice the price as we found out when receiving the bill. This is information that someone usually passes on. Overall it was just poor service, especially for what we paid for. Again the food was great. The nushroom soup was probably the best I've ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thanksgiving
    Goodeats
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    I brought my family to the open table thanksgiving dinner and we were pleasantly surprised! Even thou it's out of our price range, I'm glad we went.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • More variety
    Granddaughterplusme
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    We thought the service was excellent. There could have been more choices on the menu but was there was, was great!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.