Bald Headed Bistro
Bald Headed Bistro

Bald Headed Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.baldheadedbistro.com/
  • Phone: (423) 472-6000
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open Monday thru Saturday
    Bar opens at 4:30 PM
    Dining Room opens at 5:00 PM
    Closed Sundays
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steakhouse, Wild Game
  • Executive Chef: Eric Fulkerson
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cigar Room, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Contact special events coordinator at 423-473-4323 for details
  • Private Party Facilities: Contact our Sales and Marketing Manager for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Adam Lewis 4234734323x
  • Entertainment: Weekend live music
  • Special Events: Contact our Sales and Marketing Manager at 423-473-4323 for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Inman
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Bald Headed Bistro
The Bald Headed Bistro, where the West meets the South, specializes in USDA Prime Aged Beef, fresh fish, lobster, and assorted exotic dishes such as elk. The Bald Headed Bistro also offers wood grilled pizzas and an award winning wine list that complements the varied food selections. For your convenience, the restaurant also offers wireless internet access.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Bald Headed Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
44 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (36)fit for foodies (21)romantic (21)notable wine list (17)neighborhood gem (13)good for groups (11)great for outdoor dining (6)hot spot (3)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (2)great for brunch (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Ryan did an excellent job. Everybody ask for Ryan.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Very nice atmosphere. Loved our food and the Sangrias were wonderful. Ryan (our server) very nice, personable and took time out to find out what we like to eat. Did not try to upsale anything that x we would not like. You have a x wonderful restraunt and we will be coming back soon. Thanks for everything.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent but Overpriced
    costtoomuch
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    I have been several times to this restaurant on special occasions. The atmosphere is outstanding and the food is good. However, food just as good (or better) can be purchased in many places in Cleveland for far less money.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night out !
    BBOF4
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    BHB is a very nice restaurant with delicious, unique food choices. It is a relaxing experience providing an opportunity for friends to get together and enjoy each other's company along with the food and atmosphere. The service was excellent. Our server was handsome, polite and attentive. A very professional young man. All in all we thoroughly enjoyed our visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesomness
    Rostislav
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Service was awesome, food was great.... What more to say.... Great place to have dinner.....
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    EmanVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    It was a long drive for us to try the new menu which seemed to feature small plates...of the 6 we tried only the crab/lobster cake was excellent...nothing else rose above fair...several were overcooked and dry, several under seasoned and a calamari dish undercooked and bland. The start of the meal was so promising with excellent hostess, excellent bread. The firewood storage areas on the outside of the restaurant where u walk in were untidy and strewn onto the sidewalk.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great anniversary!!!
    JAMM
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner. This is as good as it gets in Cleveland, TN..We always come to the Bistro for all of our local special occasions. Great food, Great service, and Great setting to relax and actualy enjoy food. Always a noted experience. Special thanks to Duncan, our server.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great place for special occasion
    shennard
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    my 5 time at this place revealed a restaurant for good food and unparalled service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Date Night
    carpediem
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My husband and I made a reservation for our date night. We were greeted by very polite host and he offered a coat check - something you never see anymore. The restaurant was nice and quiet with low light. The menu was an extensive list of gourmet options specializing in game. For an appetizer we had goat cheese and jam with naan and for dinner I had the Wild Game and Bacon. Amazing and cooked too perfection. It included bacon wrapped stuffed quail breast, venison, pork belly and duck fat fried French fries! I don't impress easily but I loved it so much I'm already thinking of going back. It is pricey but worth every penny and the portion sizes were more than enough. They are changing their menu next week and can't wait to see it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cleveland's Best!
    SnowMan
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Bald Headed Bistro has a wonderful menu selection, a superb Chef, and make sure you request Duncan as your waiter; Duncan is the BEST!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service
    clandestinefoodie
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Our waiter excellent. He was charming and knowledgable. Made excellent recommendations on the wine and menu! Service was impeccable. Venison was tender, moist and delicious. Salmon was delicate but full of flavor. Desserts - strawberry shortcake stuffed with ice cream, strawberries and a jellied pesto - surprising combo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LadyEmAyVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Nice surprise to find this restaurant in Cleveland, TN - it was my first visit to the city. Great place to dine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I have had better.......cheaper!!
    Steakman77
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Ordered a special steak and red roasted potatoes for $34. Needless to say, a Logans or Santa Fe restaurant steak would have been better and be cheaper. You expect a $34 steak to be "better than average" and I think I could personally grill one better. The service was good, but they act like they are higher than thou. Overall, I would not recommend going to the Bald Headed Bistro to my family or friends. Way over priced for what you get from them. I was shocked they didn't charge for the glass of water since their Mac and Cheese was $15 a bowl.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bald Headed Bistro
    AxoK
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Bald Headed Bistro is a favorite special occasions restaurant. It is expensive but you definitely get what you pay for here. Service is over the top. All servers are smiling the whole time & are super courteous. The food is always cooked to perfection and delicious. I was disappointed they didn't have the item I had last time but I can respect a changing menu. Never had a bad experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best!
    Twsmith54VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    One of the best steakhouses you will ever go to. Has a great menu and wine list. They carry some of the best quality meat you can find and prepare it as good as anyone. Service is unparalleled with a great knowledge of the menu, wine list, and overall etiquette. A must go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Gift
    Poles
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We received a gift certificate from family members and recently having relocated to Cleveland, TN looked forward to trying the Bald Headed Bistro. We were certainly NOT disappointed. The atmosphere, service, and food was terrific!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Anniversary Dinnertime 2014
    FoodTimeFanatic
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had a very outstanding meal on Sat. Sept. 13 at Bald Headed Bistro in Cleveland TN. Our waiter was one-of-a-kind in that he was very entertaining in presenting menu selections and providing songs and poems in with the service he provided. The food quality and preparation was as good if not better than anywhere else in the area. I would definitely recommend someone looking for a special dining experience to consider visiting Bald Headed Bistro for that event.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 9-11-14
    Inthewoods
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    First timer but truly awesome my wife had been prior when lunch served years ago. Elizabeth excellent waitress. Little more duck meat on duck Frits Wife's steak perfectly cook to her liking.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Anniversary!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We attended the BHB 10th Anniversary event for our 16th anniversary dinner. It was amazing as usual. We both loved the specials! I hope they put the Lobster Roll on the permanent menu. Thanks for a great anniversary!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bread Pudding
    Decadent
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The bread pudding was outstanding, the best ever. The pecan ice cream and fried bacon was the right amount of sweet and salty. I would never thought to make bread pudding using doughnuts. The temperature was just right and the presentation on the plate was perfection.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    bigbaldguy
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This was our second visit to Bald Headed Bistro - and it was just as spectacular as our first visit. The food is incredible. The Cowboy Ribeye with Lobster Oscar sauce is beyond description.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Incredible
    Mattandkatt
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I have been to the Bistro many times, but this is my first review. The service is spectacular the food is always cooked to perfection, and the cleanliness of the staff is well noted.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good!
    David
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    This was our first experience with BHB. The quail appetizer was very good, the salad was outstanding, the ribeye was very good, filet mignon was very tender and excellent, and the desserts - bread pudding and Creme brûlée were good, but not the best we've ever had. The bistro is very nice inside, but I would expect lower lighting for such a high priced restaurant. I would dine there again, but would choose one of the upscale restaurants in Chattanooga before making the drive to Cleveland again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Divine Experience
    hatrac35VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    There are not enough wonderful things I can say about this restaurant. The service is impeccable, the food is absolutely delicious and the atmosphere is welcoming. My husband and I are big on restaurants being consistent with their food preparation and BHB never disappoints. The menu items are pricey but everything we've ever ordered is well worth every penny. We both ordered the caprese salad to start which we both enjoyed. For my entree, I tend to always get the salmon and it's prepared perfectly each and every time. For my sides, the roasted brussel sprouts (minus the bacon) are delectable and the fried sweet potatoes are to die for! My husband tends to order some sort of red meat when we visit and he's never had a bad cut.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 21 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 521 reviews are from the Bald Headed Bistro reviews archive.
  • Unexpected location, good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My group of six was very impressed with the steaks and the wild game. Bother were high quality and cooked perfectly. The Service was good, but a bit "stodgy" for our age group. We had located the restaurant on line prior to our visit where the pictures look like it would be a stand alone location in a pleasant viewing area for the outdoor dining. We were quite surprised to find it was located in a rundown strip mall. The wine selection was overpriced for the quality brands listed. The wine would be fine, but please bring the pricing onit to suite what you offer.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Hidden Gem
    TNDiner
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The BHB is more than what I expected from a small town. It's as "big city" dining as I've experienced in Miami, Atlanta or New York City. The service was impeccable with multiple wait staff taking care of every need. The ambience is superb, just like dining in Colorado! You will never know you're in a small Tennessee town when your inside. The food was absolutely perfect. We could not have asked for anything better…other than a bit less expensive!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Expensive but good!
    GAfoodie
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We had elk with mushrooms and carrots and filet with crab Oscar, Brussels sprouts and Mac & cheese. The elk was great,the mushrooms were bland, the carrots were excellent; the filet with crab Oscar was fantastic, the Brussels sprouts were bland, but the Mac & cheese was to die for. Service was impeded due to overloading our server with too many tables all over the restaurant. The bill was incorrect. The atmosphere was nice. Bartender was very friendly and knowledgeable. Everything is a LA carte and very expensive. But it was my husband's birthday and we didn't mind. Although a little desert gift for the occasion would have been nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    ATLGAcouple
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Road trip stop in Cleveland for the night. Looking for nice dinner and found BHB on OpenTable. Great experience......service, food and wine. Popular spot for locals, which is always a good sign.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could have been better
    Greatexpectations
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Our group of six was seated promptly at a table in the middle of the restaurant. There was a never ending parade of rowdy middle aged women in daisy dukes who were going from the patio to the restroom, which was just beyond our table. They need a restroom for the bar/patio. Wine selection is great. Food was meh. Duck fries, perfect. Brussels sprouts, which came highly recommended, dry, tough, boring. My husband salted his $50 steak with a dish meant for the bread service. Cream based pasta tasted heavily of cream cheese. Our other dishes were fine. If you go, sit at the patio or bar. They have a delicious selection of pizzas, salads, and burgers. BHB has an identity crisis, rowdy bar or fine dining. They only do one of these well.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    This is our special place. We go here to celebrate, or just because. The service is always the best. The cuisine is excellent. We would highly recommend it and have done so many times. We will continue to enjoy it for as long as we can. Sincerely, Terri and Ed Yeatman
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Orleans foodies in TN
    DeAnna
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Best meal the entire week we were there. Service was exceptional. A must do for Cleveland, TN
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go for the Appetizers
    kanooksbuddyVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    I discovered this restaurant on Open Table while passing through the area. Appetizers and side dishes were outstanding. Unfortunately, the 2 entrees we ordered were a huge disappointment -- absolutely bland. BHB should consider elevating the sous chef to executive chef. The server was appropriately attentive and made several suggestions on menu items -- all of them good. I'll go back again and try the other appetizers I passed on last time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    We were celebrating our 38th anniversary and when making reservations ask for a quiet table if possible. When we were seated, it was at a very large booth which was uncomfortable and if we sat close we could not look at each other we had to turn sideways to carry on conversation. Then about thirty minutes later a large party of about 12 from an all male company came to dine. I though your restaurant had a more intimate atmosphere than it did. So these are just my thoughts.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Girlz Night Out
    4girlzdining
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    My 3 best friends and I meet at the BHB several times a year for laughs and fun. We are always impressed with the food and service. Since we, at times can get loud in our fun...we always get a booth in the back...and are allowed to totally enjoy ourselves. Can't wait till the next time!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great game dinner
    ScooterVIP
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Pricey but worth the money. The wild game entree was outstanding. We ate inside but the outdoor area looked very inviting. Large wine list with fairly decent pricing. Our server was there when we needed him but seemed a little hesitant. Overall a nice special dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Exceptional
    Earl1948
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    When we feel like going out for a great meal, BHB is usually the first place that comes to mind. It is very unusual for a town the size of Cleveland TN to have a place of this QUALITY both in terms of the food, service, and atmosphere. Compared to fine restaurants in many cities across the country, I would give this establishment a 5 STAR Rating. In all the years we have dined at BHB I have never had a meal that was not memorable and tasty. What makes the experience even more rewarding is the fact that most restaurants of this caliber are found in much larger cities and have much higher prices. If you want to make a special occasion more memorable I would offer BHB as your dining choice.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Still the Best
    10ecgalVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our anniversary with a terrific dinner. We've been going to the Bistro for our anniversary every year since we've been married. We typically start with the chopped salad-- our favorite because it's so good. I recently tired the mac and cheese, very good. If you have any left, it's seems to be better the next day. We also had steak; simply the best.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love it!
    thankful
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    We enjoy it every time we go to BHB. We made our reservation online and th restaurant called us back the next day to confirm. They also honored our request for booth seating. The service is outstanding. Our server, Ryan, was very hospitable and willing to answer questions and go the extra mile. Will definitely eat there again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    This is one of the best (if not the best) places to eat in Cleveland, TN.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect date night
    Foodiequeen47
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Bald Headed Bistro has got to be one of the most excellent, tucked away, fine dining restaurant in Cleveland, TN. With a wonderful, twist of a menu, and perfect taste, this restaurant pulls out all the stops. Perfect for a romantic date night.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DISAPPOINTED
    CHRISTIAN
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I ENJOYED THE MEAL BUT WAS HOWEVER DISAPPOINTED TO LEARN THAT THE ESTABLISHMENT OPENLY SPEAKS OUT FOR GAY/LESBIAN RIGHTS. AS I DO NOT SEE HOW THIS PERTAINS TO FOOD AND COULD NOT FIND ANYWHERE WHERE THEY OPENLY SPEAK OUT FOR BIBLE PRINCIPLES I AM OBLIGED TO NOT VISIT THIS ESTABLISHMENT AGAIN.
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    • Noise LevelModerate