Artisan Bistro
Artisan Bistro

Artisan Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.artisanlafayette.com/
  • Phone: 9259620882
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30 pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:00pm Sunday: 5:00-9:00; Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 10:30am - 2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, French, Contemporary French
  • Executive Chef: John Marquez
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We look forward to helping you with your private parties or special event needs.
  • Private Party Contact: Michael Miller 9259620882

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mt. Diablo Blvd.
  • Public Transit: Close to the Lafayette Bart Station.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Plenty of parking in our two lots, street parking also available.
A word from Artisan Bistro
Artisan Bistro offers a warm, welcoming ambiance, appropriate for both special occasions & casual get-togethers. The highly refined food of Chef/Owner John Marquez, blends Northern California's local/organic sensibilities with French influences & techniques. The warm interior is a reflection of the casual elegance you find in every meal. This upscale bistro is intimate, personal and inviting. The dining room is contemporary, stylish and elegant, displaying natural wood beams, a cozy stone fireplace, and exhibits by a local artist.
In the kitchen, the sophisticated menu is prepared by Chef Marquez, with over 15 years of French American culinary experience. He has recently served as Chef at Fringale, Chef de Cuisine at Coi in SF., with prior work at Picasso in Las Vegas, Per Se in NY and The French Laundry in Yountville.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Artisan Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
340 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelQuiet
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (257)fit for foodies (251)special occasion (249)great for outdoor dining (237)romantic (202)great for lunch (168)great for brunch (137)notable wine list (128)hot spot (81)late-night find (58)vibrant bar scene (26)good for groups (19)kid-friendly (7)Show More
  • Excellent Cuisine
    Nikki
    Dined on 10/10/2015
    Artisan exceeds all expectations presenting each dish as a piece of art, Artisan is by far the best restaurant in the Bay Area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Food fabulous, service great, noise level not so good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Elegant lunch close to home
    mirandaforlunch
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Its fun to take a local who who hasnt been. They're thrilled to discover the ambiencd and delicious food right in the heart of Lafayette. It's so easy to book online. Give it a try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We Love This Place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    This is our go-to spot for a special meal when we want to stay local. Our last visit was for their Sunday night prix fixe dinner. The prix is right at $60 for three courses AND it includes wine parings with each course. The mixed drinks from the bar are excellent, too. The soups we have had are deconstructed, like onion. Different and very flavorful. Their fish is always perfectly prepared. The bacon wrapped duck breast is outstanding. While we usually try to dodge desserts (calories), we seem to always make an exception at Artisan Bistro. We had killer poached pear and a bread pudding the last time. Service has always been great with knowledgable and fun wait staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • overrated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Steak was small and not tender, fish was salty. We have eaten here before but will not be going back
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A day in Provence in Lafayette
    casualgourmetVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    A great way to start, have a high point, or nice end to your week . A treat for lunch. Wonderful attentive service , quality well prepared food served in a lovely presentation in a pretty bright and cozy atmosphere. The regular menu has great choices, but the prix fixe is a real deal. The salmon in lentils with lemon butter wine sauce was devine. Excellent wines offered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A genius in the kitchen
    Claudia
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    This little house has incredibly good, fine food. The descriptions don't beguile, so the surprise is in the meticulous execution and spectacular flavor. There is clearly a genius in the kitchen. The inside is cozy on a cold day, the outside is welcoming on a warm evening. The busser gets extra points for attentive yet unobtrusive table management. A couple of small gripes, ignorable at a neighborhood spot but amplified here by the prices. A bit more spent on outdoor chairs, steak knives, etc. would go a long way. But the server is quick to correct missteps, and the food, oh the food! and atmosphere are lovely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Back patio dining on a hot day
    StensVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I really liked the neighborhood that this small restaurant was in. The place itself looks like a home that was converted into a restaurant. It was hot outside when me and the family went, so we took advantage of the beautiful back patio. The food was great! I had the John Dory (white fish) and my wife had the Pork Loin & Pork Belly Duo. We just had the server bring extra plates and we split everything, including the appetizers. I would definitely go back. Didn't get a chance to try the cocktails, though, they looked and sounded very nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great dinner
    brenven
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Celebrated our anniversary and again had a wonderful dinner. We had complimentary glasses of champagne and a delicious bread pudding dessert. The two entrees were both outstanding - scallops (large) and New York steak. The French fries were perfect as always and the beet salad was tasty. Service was excellent and friendly. This is our go-to restaurant for celebrations as the food and overall dining experience is always great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great place for lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Three of us ladies met for lunch and catching up. We lingered over lunch, and the wait staff continued to fill our glasses and check on us, without making us feel we needed to hurry and leave. The risotto was to die for, by the way!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • superb tasting menu!!
    Salmonlover
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The Thursday night tasting menu was fantastic. The menu itself was carefully conceived with both unusual and local seasonal ingredients. My 2 favorites were the octopus, tender and well seasoned, and the two large scallops on green lentils al dente. Both were perfectly prepared. The service was attentive and well timed. We had a wonderful evening!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service is terrific
    elizcaVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I like this as a reliable lunch spot. The server is new and young but very attentive and understood what we wanted. Recommend highly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just a Gem
    happydiner
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I had lunch at the Artisan Bistro recently, and the whole experience was just perfect. I went with two friends, and the lunch was a send-off to a friend who has retired and is moving away from the area. We sat outside under a shade tree and it was lovely, as it was quite a warm day. Our waiter was very attentive and friendly. And, the food was spectacular; we all enjoyed every morsel on our plates. Two of us had the halibut fish tacos, and they were excellent. They had the beet salad, and I had the sunchoke soup, all of which were wonderful as well. I was the one who had recommended the place, as I had eaten there once before; my friends we overjoyed at the choice as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Perfect Spot for Anniversary
    TheFoodie
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Perfect, perfect, perfect. We took our own bottle of champagne (waived the corkage fee) and had a great evening!! Our server was an expert on all the menu items. He paired us up nicely with our champagne. The atmosphere was quiet (Tuesday Night) with background music. The GM was an excellent host. Being a small restaurant, servers, bussers, and bar really pay attention to detail and your needs. The food was perfect!! Every dish was clean and exactly how our server described it. Everything was fresh from our fish to our unique veggies (sunflower roots). Our night was romantic, special, and perfect! The restaurant gave us a Happy Anniversary card with two complimentary champagnes for our next visit or dessert. A must try, you won't regret it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Experience
    CarolVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The brunch was amazing I love their Eggs Benedict. The kids had the French Scramble and the Burger. Which was delicious I stole a bite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tom1938
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Excellent food and service. Quiet neighborhood and parking not difficult.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect
    Danskyprt
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    First time diners, everything was perfect. Charming place, friendly staff and excellent food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful evening
    KohneriS
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The whole dining experience was great.. This was our first visit to Artisan but will definitely be back.. A little on the pricey side, but worth it...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classiest Restaurant in Town
    Memason
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We celebrated two friends birthdays. Service was great. We all have their tasting menu and the food was delicious ....our waitress was very nice.. Brought out two Birthday’s desserts for our friends. Decorated plates were lovely, took pictures. A delightful dinner...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • girls night out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Were initially seated in front of the kitchen door not sure why since they were not busy. Asked to be moved and everything just got better after that. Server was very attentive, food was great, wine list not very extensive, but nice. Bottle of wine, shared appetizer and salad, two excellent salmons and desserts $200.00 including tip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular
    Genstroesner
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Lived up to its reputation - every course. Pace yourself, though the tasting menu is a lot of food. Service was impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Snotty But True
    MemlouiseVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    I came from SF to meet an East Bay friend for lunch. Although I loathe leaving the city, this lovely bistro was easy to find. More, the food, service and atmosphere were top-rate. I thought I was in SF!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best fish tacos!
    asagVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Artisan makes the best fish tacos I've ever eaten!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • just ok
    Peeks
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Not a great lunch menu. Very heavy options. salads just ok, not very exciting or creative.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Superb
    Sullifoodie
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The best place to eat in the East Bay (and one of the best I have tried in the San Francisco Bay Area). And on Tuesdays you can bring that special bottle of wine you've been keeping for a special occasion and don't pay any corkage. I love it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Artisan Left My Palate Dancing
    YELPERME
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Great spot just recently discovered in Lafayette. Amazing food, great flavors. Clever spins on their foods with great use of fresh herbs etc. Great servers who provided great and thoughtful recommendations. Tuesday is free corkage. Would highly recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • we enjoyed the lunch
    hungrybear
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The food was very enjoyable and tasty. Nice treat. We will come back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic food, great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I was in the Bay Area a few years ago, ate at this restaurant and I have not forgotten about that dinner since then. I came back with my wife this time and what a delightful dinner it was. Everything was impeccable: the ambiance, the staff, the food and the wine. Earlier on the week, we dine at a 3-Michelin star and a 2-Michelin star restaurant, also in the Bay Area. Both were good but our dinner at Artisan made me realize how more satisfying a California French dining experience is over the more showy style of dining. Even the other diners were great, classy and proper without being snobbish. Also, the price point for the amount of food...was completely reasonable which is pretty rare at these types of restaurants. The food was FANTASTIC!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    sandcat
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Another great meal at Artisan Bistro. This time we tried the fixed menu with wine. The food was very good, as were the wine pairings. If anything, it was too much. I could not finish my dessert. We were inside so it was a bit more noisy. I think the patio on a warm night is my favorite. Highly recommend!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yes!
    Rick94131
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Really a top class food experience. Excellent 3 course meal with great wine to compliment it and offered every Sunday. Hope to return soon.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great prix
    LeBrooke
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Artisan Bistro is my favorite place. The food is fresh and perfectly cooked. Great menu and ambience, and very cool drink options as well! And their Prix Fixe Sunday menu is unbeatable. Definitely recommended!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Definitely for a special occasion
    JoRob
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    ....As always! Celebrated a 50th birthday and had a great time. The food is always perfect and unique.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Still Good and Going Strong
    LafayetteFoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Haven't been here in a while, but still love the place. Food was excellent (day boat scallops, heirloom tomato salad, beet salad, steak). All prepared wonderfully with interesting sauce and flavors. House is very inviting. Recognized many of the long-time servers there; still excellent service. LOVE this place for Lafayette.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • yum!
    JayMVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great find before a concert in Layfette. Innovative food. Excellent service. A bit far for a repeat, but definitely on the list next time we're up there. Server Leo was fun!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb service and food
    KKinski
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    On recommendations from friends, I took three business associates to dinner here. The service was friendly and attentive, without being overbearing. The food was great (monkfish, salmon, scallops, and risotto), and the out-of-towners appreciated the local-focus of the wine list. I would definitely recommend that others explore this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous
    KiddyBill
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Could not have been a better dining experience. The food, the service and the ambiance made for a great last night visiting Lafayette.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointment
    madabouttownVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I've been to this restaurant many times and although they are pricey in terms of the small dinner portions, the food has always been good. However, this time the duck I had ordered was 3/4 fat, gristle and very little meat. I finished the meal as I kept thinking the next bite would be meat, but it was not. I showed my waiter how much of the duck was inedible and he said he'd let the chef know. No one ever got back to me and they did not offer any apology or compensation. To be fair, the little bit of meat was very tasty and my dinner partner totally enjoyed his steak, though it was smaller than he would have liked. The rest of the meal was fine, but since the main course is the most important part of the meal, it should not be flawed.
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  • AMAZING... MUST TRY!!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Every part of our evening at Artisan was spectacular. We celebrated our anniversary and they printed a special commemorative menu for our dinner as well as a special personalized plaque on our dessert. The décor is modern; the restaurant is cozy and not overly noisy like most successful restaurants these days. The service was professional, friendly and great. The food was amazing. Every bite exploded with flavor. The octopus was perfect; the duck was tender, the fish outstanding and the side dishes delicious. Drinks and desserts were excellent too. This is not a cheap place but you do get what you pay for and more. A definite must-go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best and Worst in One Night
    Dave
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We've been to Artisan a number of times now and this last time I had both the best dish and the worst dish in the same meal. The octopus appetizer was absolutely fantastic and they could probably make it into a main course on their menu. The duck was filled with gristle and was the most chewy piece of duck that I have ever eaten anywhere. We were treating a very close friend to a special Bon Voyage dinner and I did not want to derail the evening. If not for that I would have sent the duck back as soon as I had trouble cutting through the first piece with the knife. Everyone else loved their food and the desserts are still great, though I will say that the Peach Bread Pudding doesn't taste much like peach, still very yummy.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special place
    dinevseating
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This restaurant has changed hands several times over many years, but this is the best one yet. It may be a little pricey for some, but it is well worth it. We dined outside, the service was superb, and the meal outstanding. We tried the stuffed squash blossoms and the octopus small dishes to start. Both were excellently prepared. Our entrees were the breast of duck and the grouper. They were also very well done!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet