Babette's Cafe
Babette's Cafe

Babette's Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.babettescafe.com/
  • Phone: 4045239121x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
    Dinner Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Sunday Brunch: 10:30am - 2:00pm


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  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Provencal, French, Contemporary French
  • Executive Chef: Marla Adams
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Cafe, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: Our beautiful outdoor deck is available for parties up to 25 people. A room rental applies. The main dining room can be booked for Saturdays before 4:00pm and for lunch Monday - Friday with a minimum purchase or a room rental fee.
  • Private Party Contact: Marla Adams 4045239121x
  • Special Events: Mini Wine Tasting Feasts on the Third Thursday of each month. Four wines are presented, each carefully paired by Chef Marla Adams with a small appetizer. $25.00 per person including tip and tax. Reservations only with advance payment. Book early!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: East Freedom Parkway
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet Only.
A word from Babette's Cafe
Dining at Babette’s Café is like stepping into Chef/Owner Marla Adams’ home. She is equally as known for the incredibly creative Rustic European cuisine that she creates, as she is for her welcoming personality.
For twenty-one, Babette’s Café has offered the flavor of a restaurant that is tucked into the French countryside. The dining room offers a relaxed setting and the outdoor patio, which overlooks the serene setting of Freedom Park, makes diners forget that they are just minutes away from downtown Atlanta.
Dishes such as Chef Adams’ Steamed Mussels with Strawberries and Serrano Peppers, Artichoke and Olive Ravioli in a White Wine Butter Sauce and Beef Tenderloin drizzled with Gorgonzola Sauce have kept locals and tourists alike flocking to this culinary haven.
Brunch is served on Sundays from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm and offers the "lightest Pancakes with Blueberry Compote", the "richest Shrimp and Grits" and the most "luscious Croque Madame", in town.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
Babette's Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
252 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (173)fit for foodies (150)special occasion (142)romantic (124)great for outdoor dining (89)great for brunch (82)notable wine list (42)good for groups (21)great for lunch (14)hot spot (12)late-night find (8)scenic view (8)kid-friendly (8)vibrant bar scene (3)Show More
  • a nice night out
    Lucky4visitor
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We chose Babette's after discovering our first choice to have dinner was closed for the labor day Weekend. Our waiter was phenomenal and was extremely knowledgeable about wine pairings. great service and atmosphere. definitely some place to visit again!!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Very Nice Evening
    DiningOutwithBobVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Babette's rarely disappoints and Saturday night was no exception. I had paella, which was the equal of any Spanish restaurant in town and my wife had salmon. Dessert was an exceptional cheese tart. Service was, as always, attentive and relaxed; no hovering. We come back every few months and always enjoy.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Really nice place--attractive, warm and friendly. Outstanding service. Everyone enjoyed meal but my paella--though fresh and well-prepared-- was pretty devoid of flavor. Killer French bread
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Babette's Cafe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This restaurant is lovely, with a European feel to it; very cute tiny bar at the entrance. Our server was wonderful, very knowledgeable and offered recommendations without being pushy. The Manhattan was an excellent beginning to the meal. I had the scallops w/risotto which I understand to be rather new to the menu. It was delicious and I hope becomes a standard. For entrees my husband chose the lamb and I had the filet w/gorgonzola sauce. Both were excellent, though I wouldn't have minded more gorgonzola on mine. We finished by sharing a wonderful chocolate bread pudding with homemade banana gelato. The wine list was nice as well, I enjoyed a good cotes du rhone. Will definitely return the next time we are in Atlanta.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Three Times a Charm
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    My wife and I made a third trip to Babette's for her birthday. I've lived in Atlanta for over 40 years; she nearly 30. We dine out fairly frequently, but chose Babette's over others because we had previously had such good experiences. We were not disappointed in any way. Valet parking, friendly greeting, choice seating, impeccable service, knowledgeable and attentive wait staff, excellent menu, superb food, good wine selection, wonderful desserts... . I could go on but that would serve no further purpose. Many restaurants set an initial high standard and then gradually suffer an erosion in one or more facets that contribute to your overall experience. Babette's continues to maintain them all, and if anything, improve.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • love Babette's
    crankycel
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    This is a place we always enjoy returning to have not just great food and wine, but, in this instance, a thoroughly entertaining waiter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • An Atlanta Favorite!
    SusiebatlVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Babette's never disappoints - if it wasn't a bit of a drive for us, we would probably eat there once every week. Marla does a great job of tweeking the menu for seasonal freshness, but there are always our favorites on the menu - especially the piroskis with tarragon butter sauce. Also love that you can get a cup of soup for just a taste. I love a menu where I have trouble deciding what to order because I know I'll like it all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of a kind
    DBenedettoVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Babette's is one of the restaurants we really enjoy because it is unique. It's in an old house with lots of charm, mainly because Marla, the owner, has put herself into the entire setting. We love to bring friends here because Babette's is one of a kind.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I took my wife there for our anniversary dinner. It was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service laid back, helpful, superb
    Davedined
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The waitress was sensitive to our privacy and helpful in selecting great dishes. Appreciated her maturity and pleasantness throughout the evening. A great example of service with people skills and enhanced the presentation of very well prepared and excellent food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Husband's Birthday
    MrsA4Ls
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    It was our "usual" experience at Babette's Cafe. How often does usual mean, "excellent?" Perhaps not often enough. As per usual, the food was great. My husband had the Mussels and I had the Gazpacho for appetizers. We had the Lamb Chops and they even prepared my husband's dish GLUTEN FREE! The wine selection was one of their special recommendations, a Verdana Pinot Noir that paired very well with our meal. And to top it off, I had an amazing seasonal Blueberry Tart (a WHOLE CUP of blueberries) and my husband had his favorite dessert there, the Banana Ice Cream. Who knew gluten free could be so good? So, once again our usual evening of great food, wonderful atmosphere, fabulous service and friendly hellos and good-byes. We'll be back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mr. and Mrs. Gene Jordan
    Happydiners
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We took another couple with us and we loved our experience, as usual! My husband and I usually spend our anniversary dinner at Babette's so it is very special to us. We always order the filet because it is outstanding. The service is great and the ambiance outstanding! The wine list is excellent. When we take friends to Babette's we never worry about their liking it because the food is consistently wonderful! We consider it among the very best in Atlanta and is our personal favorite. The mussels are our favorite appetizer in town! Desserts are also wonderful - especially the bread pudding.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always A Pleasure
    Carl
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Visited again for the Julia Childs menu and, as always, was not disappointed. Our server was on top of things all through our meal. Don't usually dessert but went for the blueberry tart. It was out of this world. We'll be back again soon for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Find
    ToMaVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Very busy but attentive. Had reservations but ended up eating at bar. Worked out well. Had special menu that evening,very nice.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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  • neighborhoodfood
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We love this restaurant. It feels like a neighborhood place but with world class service and food. Look for the wine tastings or the special event dinners. You will never be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Experience Julia Child Week!
    FoodCriticinOtherLife
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We normally go to Babette's for brunch on Sunday afternoons. We decided to go to Babette's for dinner during Julia Child's birthday week where a special menu was offered. I am so happy that we made this decision. The food was amazing and I will definitely be returning during Julia Child's birthday week in the future! Of course, I will return many times before next August as the food and service is always superb.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy neighborhood bistro
    Baysider1
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The bartender is accomplished and just friendly enough; the ambience of the restaurant is good with enough space between tables for privacy; the food is well prepared and seasoned just right; highly recommend for a nice, quiet dinner with a good friend. Older, neighborhood crowd - not a trendy place. Great find Intown!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tom Houck
    Gobuster12VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Fabulous. Always great! Doesn't get better than Marla.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite Atlanta restaurant.
    pickyeater
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Babette's has become a neighborhood institution. The food is fresh and never disappointing. The prices are more than reasonable. Actually, I think they should raise the food prices a bit, but not the wine. Great atmosphere and wonderful service (especially Robin). When my friends visit that is where I take them. Marla is a wonderful host.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Babette's
    Hank
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This is our go-to place for special romantic occasions. We also bring friends and family, as well.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistency
    Gr8Food
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The same staff .. the same quality ... the same environment (understates classy) visit after visit. You can not go wrong at Babett's!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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  • A Fabulous Brunch
    EileenVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We started with the scones and muffin basket which was a great teaser to begin. I had the Benedict which absolutely melted in my mouth-I loved the brioche instead of the usually heavy english muffin. My daughter got the sausage and onion omelette-perfectly made French style. Her boyfriend had the Latke Salmon dish and devoured every morsel. Of course, while in the south, I HAD to order the cheese grits and OMG! The best I think I have ever had...Christina was so sweet and swift to serve us as we were short on time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another great meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I have been to Babette's Cafe several times for brunch, and each time it has been fantastic. Food is amazing; staff is attentive. A wonderful French experience in the finest tradition. This time I took friends from London, and they enjoyed it equally.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Skippy
    SnsnVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We enjoyed our lovely meal with exceptional service. We look forward to returning!
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  • An Exemplary Dinner at Babbette's
    GTFoodLover
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    My friend and I dined at Babette's recently. The food was excellent, and the service was efficient, knowledgeable, and unobtrusive. The ambience was lovely and romantic. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • Babette's
    tprestwoodVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I hadn't been to Babette's in years and I found it just as delicious on this trip as I had years ago. We ordered the fixed prix menu and we were not disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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  • Babette's is wonderful!
    ClaudiaVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Delicious food, superb service, great atmosphere indoors and outdoors (on the back porch). Everyone is friendly and attentive but unintrusive. A seasonal menu features a wonderful variety of fish and fish, vegetables, and desserts prepared with fruit such as Cream Cheese Tart and Blueberry Pie. In summer, the paella is excellent and in winter, the lamb navarin is unbelievably yummy! Pasta dishes are a bit less successful. Babette's feels special the moment you walk through the door. Valet parking is very convenient. Highly recommended!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The owner makes the place...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    There is a french expression used in describing restaurants...."le patron"....i.e., "the boss". People use it to refer to whether the boss is present and interested in each customer's personal experience in his or her restaurant. Marla Adams is boss, owner, chef and chief bottle washer. But she manages to do all that and still be very present. I have been going to Babette's since it opened over 20 years ago, and I still love it. Marla never fails to know that I am there and to come and speak personally to me about the food. She, and her restaurant, are gems. John from Miami Beach
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous
    Jack
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This was one of the better dining experiences I've had in Atlanta. The food was unbelievable, and our waiter was so entertaining and efficient. The restaurant is very cute, with nice art. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointed
    toobadVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We have eaten at Babette's before & have always had a very good meal on each visit. My husband & I ordered the Paella & it was mostly soggy, bland rice. Not full of mussels, shrimp or clams. The chicken was so tough I wouldn't take it home to my dog. When I told our server, her only comment was that she would let the kitchen know. One our dining companions ordered the mussels w/ past & said it was "only ok". Our other dinning companion had veal & said it was good. The Romaine lettuce salad was excellent.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Been to Babette's many times alwys great food and well made drinks.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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  • Favorite restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Always excellent! Marla never disappoints! Food is always superb and service great. Perfect place for special evening or to entertain friends!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bmoney
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    This is a great little spot for a date night or with a group. It has delicious food and its reasonably priced, they also have a great wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quaint Niche
    Mamadeez
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We recently enjoyed Lobster Night at Babbette's. The restaurant was full on a midweek evening, a sure sign of success. The lobster dinner was succulent with just the right amount of seasoning. Our vision of lobster is one of a 2 pounder steaming on a plate with a side of clarified butter. Babbette's lobster is an elegant delight served with a light sauce. The lobster ravioli small plate is a melt in your mouth taste sensation. Erdem our server added a lively touch. He is knowledgeable, personable and made our dining experience memorable. The wine list also boasts a well chosen selection. If only we lived closer to Atlanta, we would be weekly visitors to Babbette's.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Babette's never disappoints!
    Sallyb
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I always look forward to being at Babette's. I can always count on the food to be fabulous--and I just love "being" there. Marla and staff have created a warm, cozy hideaway that makes me want to return again and again (and I do!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming and Delicious
    eatingmaven
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I met my Mom here for Sunday brunch and had a wonderful time. The atmosphere is charming and the service was prompt and very friendly. We started with a half basket of the blueberry muffins and chocolate walnut scones, which were delicious, and I ordered the smoked salmon and potato latkes as my main plate. Loved it. Great spot for conversation. Really enjoyable experience, so I plan to return with friends.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GuyBVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I have long enjoyed Babette's and recommended it to friends, unfortunately one of tonight's meals was less that their best production.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Delight
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    A great evening. We let them know that it was our anniversary, and they had a beautiful table reserved for us with rose petals and a nice card. The food and service were excellent, as usual.
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • satiated
    satiated
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Delightful experience for two couples enjoying my wife's birthday. Service staff was excellent, and all courses of the meal were served in timely fashion!!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • another great meal
    vanilla33VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    took some friends who had never been there for her birthday. we all really enjoyed a fine dinning meal. food & service are always great. will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.