Bar Italia
Bar Italia

Bar Italia

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bar-italia.ca/
  • Phone: 4165353621x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 3:00pm - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thurday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:00am; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Italian, Vegetarian
  • Executive Chef: Shah Alam
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We are proud to offer all of our Menus on a take-out basis, however small or large the order. Please contact us for more information.
  • Entertainment: SHUGGA - your favorite R&B, Hip Hop, Top 40 Band will be playing every Friday in our Upstairs Lounge!

    Shugga takes the stage at 10:30pm with a $10 Cover starting at 9:30, unless you"re joining us for dinner in which case we take care of the cover for you.

    Stay tuned for other live music & DJs!
  • Special Events: We can host all kinds of special events, both private and public. Please contact us for further details.

    As well - SHUGGA - your favorite R&B, Hip Hop, Top 40 Band will be playing every Friday in our Upstairs Lounge!
    Shugga takes the stage at 10:30pm with a $10 Cover starting at 9:30, unless you"re joining us for dinner in which case we take care of the cover for you.

    Stay tuned for other live music & DJs!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Clinton
  • Public Transit: If travelling by Subway, exit at Bathurst station and take the streetcar southbound. Exit at College Street and transfer westbound to either Euclid or Clinton.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Local GREEN P Parking:
    80 Clinton St. (Surface Lot)
    157 Beatrice St. (Surface Lot)
    74 Clinton St. (Garage)

    Rates: $1.00/ Half Hour
    Daily Max. $8.00, 7am – 6pm
    Nightly Max.$4.00, 6pm – 7am
A word from Bar Italia
A landmark of Little Italy since 1987, "the chic" Bar Italia (according to the New York Times) is a place for the best in fine dining, a casual pasta and a salad, outstanding wines by the glass and a diverse menu featuring classic Italian cuisine.
There’s also a lot of excitement upstairs at Bar Italia, overlooking College Street in one of Toronto's most colorful cityscapes, hosting some of the city's most exciting events. The Private Dining Room has seating for 40 guests. While the Upstairs Lounge features seating for over 50 or 110 mingling and possesses its own bar area with a stage for live music. These two spaces can work individually or combined for all kinds of special occasions and meetings. With events held here regularly, you never know who you're going to run into next at this popular hot spot!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
Bar Italia reviews from OpenTable diners
18 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating3.5
  • Food3.5
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (5)neighborhood gem (5)great for lunch (5)late-night find (4)great for outdoor dining (4)fit for foodies (4)vibrant bar scene (3)good for groups (3)notable wine list (3)great for brunch (3)special occasion (2)kid-friendly (2)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Go for the food, not for service
    surfette
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    The ladies bathroom had no soap. I told the host and when I went back an hour later, there was still no soap. Also, the men's room reeked as I walked past it. The beef carpaccio was served properly, but the meat seemed to be too 'wet' or because it stuck to the plate and was a nightmare to eat. On the other hand, the grilled calamari was to die for. The food is generally tasty, but because of the S-L-O-W service, I wouldn't go out of my way to go to Bar Italia again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Plenty of much better Italians
    MmmmFood
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Food was nothing special - pretty bland. Atmosphere was quiet for a Thursday night - half empty. Washrooms were disgusting I was told by a female guest. For the price they charge you're better off going elsewhere for an Italian meal
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • summerlicious
    SUSIE
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    My first time at summerlicious. Glad I picked Bar Italia.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambiance
    Foodie27VIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We decided to check out Bar Italia for a Summerlicious lunch at the last minute. We got a lovely outdoor table, service was good. Food was good - nothing exceptional but good for the price. Italian sangria also great. Overall, cheap and cheerful lunch for people watching in Little Italy!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice
    Happy
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    I thoroughly enjoyed dining at Bar Italia and I recommend it whether you are going for a meal or just appetizers and drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 13 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.6
    • Food3.4
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 56 reviews are from the Bar Italia reviews archive.
  • Great Food at a fair Price
    Fordy
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We had not been to Bar Italia for a while and decided to try. Booked through Open Table, but the reservation was not in place when we arrived. Table was OK, but in a very busy spot and there was a lot of activity around me. I got bumped by both patrons and staff. Putting that aside, the food was great, our hostess attentive but not overbearing. Left happy, but we felt a bit rushed.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inappropriate service convos
    LilMeatball
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    The wine list was good, albeit on the expensive side. $17 for a glass of amarone, I know nicer places that have it listed for $15. The anti pasti was so-so. Mushroom salad was delicious. The veal scalloppini was super salty, with the gnocci on the dish being the best part. The server didn't do a quality check on the scalloppini so we couldn't complain. Also the server kept pushing inappropriate, long-winded conversations on us at inopportune times. We really just wanted to catch up as we hadn't seen each other in a while. Service matters when you look at the whole experience...
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bar Italia - College Street Gem
    Mike
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    First time at Bar Italia, and not disapointed. Brusceta and Calamaria were wonderfully appetizers, with maindishs of seafood resotto and steak and mashed potatoes very tastey. Toped off with a Teramaso desert, the whole meal was wonderfull and well priced. Service very attentive and pleasant.........Would recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    great food- service a bit slow. the grill calamari is great- fresh pasta and seafood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    i would go back, the food is very good and the price is reasonable. the grill calamari was good and dessert was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this restaurant!
    njoyfood
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    Bar Italia never loses its cool. Other restaurants come and go, but you can always count on Bar Italia to serve up yummy food in a room with great buzz. We have not been here in a while, but coming back reminded us to become regulars again. The food was delicious ( fish, pasta and beef tenderloin), and the arugula mushroom salad is always a must. The strawberry gelato was soooooo good. Another bonus is that even with 2 bottles of wine, our bill is still reasonable! Looking forward to coming back soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First impressions last
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Great food. Great wine. Great service. The staff was very warm and friendly. Prices were very reasonable. If I could suggest one thing, that would be to install coat hook systems at the booths. I think this place really hits the sweet spot between price, ambiance and quality. Sometimes, you go to a restaurant that is 3/4 in price but you get 2/4 in taste/service. This place is 2/4 in price and 4/4 in taste/service so you're really getting bang for your buck.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Went for Valentines
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Went with my girl friend for valentines day. They had a very nice $48 dollar flat price for a three course meal, having gone for a little later dinner we both decided to opt for pasta off the normal menu and split and app. Very reasonable pricing, two people fed and a bottle of wine with tip all for about $120. certainly recomend for a normal night out or special occasion all the same
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was excellent! Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Food was excellent! Service wasn't great. We kept getting another tables food. We caught it on the apps, but the entrees were the same and we started to eat. We assumed it was our meal as it was brought to us, and we figured they would have fixed whatever problem they had with the apps. Then we felt awful, the server didn't make us feel any better, for starting to eat someone else's meal. We were sort of treated as if it was our fault, no one apologized to us for bringing the wrong meal. Clearly the communication isn't the best between servers and food runners... we blamed this on the fact that it was Valentine's day and they were busy and overwhelmed. Won't be back often as it is pricey, but the menu selection and food quality is fabulous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great winterlicious menu.
    zeeandco
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Great winterlicious menu. Regular menu great as well - excellent food for the money.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I'll be going back!
    Whats4dinner
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    This was my first time at Bar Italia. I went on a Friday night with a friend for Winterlicious. We got a deal due to the event but the regular pricing would still be worth it. I'll definitely be going back. The staff were very friendly and funny. The food was very flavourful — my mouth is watering just thinking about it. I highly recommend this place – for dates, for friends, or whoever – if you're looking for some great food and a comfortable atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Predictable
    Rtraub69VIP
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    Have been going here for years Service and food are always predicable Good value good service and consistently good food There is much competition in the area of Italian restaurants but you know you not be disappointed here
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bar Italia is a place that's
    Lampshadeartist
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Bar Italia is a place that's lots of fun and I would say geared to a youthful age group (rather than our age - hovering at the Seniors level). Reason? The noise level has usually been very, very loud. But the food is very good...I had the grilled salmon on polenta and my husband the rigatoni a la vodka...both really good. For dessert he had a very dense chocolate dessert...good but really dense! Service is excellent - try and get George the server if you can...he is very funny, energetic, efficient and will tell you when to order if a crowd is expected (because the kitchen will be much slower). We may not go back so quickly...on a Saturday that is, because it is too noisy although it might be good for a mid-week break.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding pasta and wines
    MaximalVIP
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    Stopped in for an early dinner on a weeknight, the place was initially empty but a steady trickle of diners came in while we ate. My dish was excellent- pasta with Italian sausage, made gluten-free to boot. The carpaccio appetizer was very tasty although the meat was maybe sliced a bit too thin- it tended to disintegrate when served. The server was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the wine list, and even offered tastings of several selections. The house-made grappa went down smoothly and kicked me in the pants. The vibe is 60's retro, with Sinatra on the "radio"- I loved it, my tablemates were more or less indifferent. Overall enjoyed it very much and plan to return on my next visit to Toronto.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    It was a Sunday, we were a group of 8 and the restaurant was quiet when we arrived at 7:30pm, picking up gradually over the next 90 minutes. George was our server, flamboyant and attentive with good suggestions regarding drinks and choices of food. Food was very good, featuring home made pastas and delicious sauces. We enjoyed ourselves and left full and satisfied.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good entertainment
    Rossco
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Went there for a pretty good plate of pasta with the gf. Our waiter tried really hard, which is a good thing. He was able to provide a great dinning experience. Afterwards, we headed up stairs to check out a local band we like called Shuga. As always they put on a good show. I recommend this place on a Friday for dinner and some live music.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    Place was good but built more for groups rather then 2 people, was a lot louder and casual then expected.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Food & Service
    Lovethedinner
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    My wife and I went for New Years Eve Dinner, I have to say excellent New Year's menu the restaurant packed full, excellent ambience, delicious food and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NYE at Bar Italia
    ccorlito
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Some of us arrived an hour earlier than our reservation and the staff was very pleasant and happy to seat us and get us started with some appetizers. We had a beautiful raised marble table for ten. The food was good, particularly the scallops starter. I had the Alberta Striploin; all flavours were on point, just wish my food was warmer. I wish the server had come around to refill our drinks without us having to ask. The tiramisu was great. Overall, the food and ambiance were good.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A good effort that falls short
    viviVIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    We enjoyed a lovely family gathering here and had good service and good food but the entrance was uninviting and we had to walk in quite a ways to encounter the lovely oval table set for our group. The food and service were quite good but my overall impression was 'not impressed' by the atmosphere. Let's face it… looks count.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • over salty
    greentaraVIP
    Dined on 12/9/2013
    the food isn't what it used to be when I last frequented this popular night spot. A little too salty and overdressed. Too bad as the atmosphere is good and the service decent.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great start but slow finish
    MattM
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    The food was great. Our service got off to a great start, but as the restaurant got busy our waiter became less attentive and it took almost 15 minutes to get a coffee and another 15 minutes to get the bill. The slack was picked up by the manager which helped improve the service at the end of the experience as it was starting to lag.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The service was very attentive.
    tatjal
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    The service was very attentive. Menu choices were varied and reasonably priced. Would recommend the Primi- Calamari ($11) and the Pasta- Gnocchi Gorgonzola ($15) and the Secondi- Vitello Ai Funghi ($22.) The food was delicious...as good as eating in Italy! The wine ($35 and up) was expensive in comparison to the entree prices. Overall a great neighbourhood spot with a homey atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Food
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Food was incredible,authentic tastes great service by everyone we met, overall -OUTSTANDING
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Bash
    Foodie72
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    From the moment I entered the restaurant, Staff met me and showed me to our table. I brought a cake for the birthday celebration and they quickly placed it in the fridge. The table was perfect for our group. It was a square table right at the front of the restaurant. We could see one another and talk easily. We had a great time. Thank you Bar Italia. Our server was fun and in-tune with our needs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italy in TO
    TSCB
    Dined on 10/29/2013
    This still remains one of the great places to eat on a street with multiple choices for dining and bar scenes - Little Italy, Toronto. It was a quiet lunchtime - but it perfect for a friend and I to spend two hours catching up over a two lunch. We both had the excellent Insalata di Salmone - a substantial portion of lightly grilled fish on a sea of greens. Excellent! Our waiter was attentive but not intrusive. Would go back anytime.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    frequentfoodeater
    Dined on 10/17/2013
    My girlfriend and I went here simply because it was close but found that it was much better than expected! As soon as we arrived we were greeted by very friendly staff that escorted us to our reserved table. They made our food fast and delicious, everything was perfect! They are efficient to help you get what you want but never rush you, skill that other restaurants just do not posses. I have already recommended this place to our other friends, whom will be telling you the same thing I am shortly! The only warning I would give is that they don't take debit, so take other payment (and even if you forget their is an ATM a few doors down).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was alright. Just another
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/18/2013
    It was alright. Just another one of those restaurants that I have been to and there wasn't a whole lot to attract me to go again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Energetic and Classy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/12/2013
    Attentive service. Great wine list. Lively atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/22/2013
    Food was served hot ,fast and great presentation. The owner greeted me like an old friend. The lemon tart was excellent.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The service was great but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/21/2013
    The service was great but the food just wasn't up to what I was expecting from an Italian restaurant in Little Italy. It was just ok. By the end of our meal there were several big groups and it was getting really loud. It started to feel like a cafeteria rather than a restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food. work needed on service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    Overall we enjoyed our experience at Bar Italia. Went for mother's day brunch. Staff were friendly and food was good. Two small concerns. We always had to ask for more coffee. (most places offer refills frequently). My son ordered soup first then his main course. His soup came when the rest of us got our main course. His main course was only delivered to the table when we asked for it (which was several minutes after he finished his soup). If you have not been to this restaurant on College (like us) it is difficult to locate as it is small and the sign is not out in the open enough.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A group of us went to Bar
    LuvMyNieceVIP
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    A group of us went to Bar Italia for Mother's Day lunch and the food was good and the service was excellent. We were surprised that there wasn't any pasta on the menu at lunch but everyone was happy with their choices. There were lots of kids, which was refreshing since we had one with us too - but this could be because it was Mother's Day. It was all of our first times there and I would recommend going back, especially with a group or if you have children and want to go somewhere that offers a good meal and great service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day Brunch
    Nico
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    Great spot for Mother's Day Brunch, enjoyed by kiddos and mama's. Quick, friendly service and the food was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not for the hard of hearing
    surfette
    Dined on 5/4/2013
    I was seated and waiting for my party who was running late. Ten minutes passed and my server did not approach. I had to ask a passing hostess to send him over. He was not attentive due to the fact that a large party of 20 was keeping him busy. The food is delicious. Well worth the money. And even though you may not ever hear your party. It's quite loud in there! Comparable to Jump.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.