Barclay Prime
Barclay Prime

Barclay Prime

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.barclayprime.com/
  • Phone: 2157327560
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Steakhouse
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: With delectable cuisine and stellar service, Stephen STARR Events brings the experiences of the wildly successful STARR Restaurants to the world of catering. “Re-inventing” the traditional event, Stephen STARR Events prepares unique chef-driven creations as well as signature selections from the restaurants with menus tailored to each client. For more information on full-service catering for small and large private, social and corporate functions, as well as, quick-service options, please contact Stephen STARR Events at (215) 923-2675.
  • Private Party Facilities: Luxury and sophistication meet posh and chic at Barclay Prime. A sexy revamp of the traditional steakhouse, Barclay's menu offers subtle twists on steakhouse fare. Reserve the entire restaurant for a corporate event, host a celebration in the private room or hang out with friends in the lounge.
  • Private Party Contact: Diane Farina 2672383650

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Locust
  • Public Transit: The 12 Bus Route runs on Locust Street & curls around Rittenhouse Square. Get off at the intersection of 18th Street.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available at 18th & Locust Streets for $26/car & $30/SUV's. Public lots are available on South Rittenhouse Square & Chancellor Street. Street parking is also available.
A word from Barclay Prime
Barclay Prime is a luxury boutique steakhouse serving a traditional yet modern menu in a comfortable & contemporary setting.
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Barclay Prime reviews from OpenTable diners
169 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (137)notable wine list (81)romantic (80)fit for foodies (78)good for groups (39)neighborhood gem (34)hot spot (28)vibrant bar scene (7)late-night find (5)scenic view (3)great for brunch (3)great for lunch (3)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Top of the List
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We had a great time. Our waiter, Matt Penn was terrific! His service to us was excellent. I had one of the top two meals I have ever enjoyed at Barclay Prime that night. Everything we ordered was exceptional from appetizers to salad to entree to dessert course. I plan to return. Well Done!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • setch
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This was our second time at Barclay Prime and it was better than the first. We ordered the exact same dishes (lobster bisque, sliders, chilean sea bass and filet). The sliders are hard to describe other than simply saying they are the most flavorful burger you have ever had. My doesn't like fish, but loves the sea bass - light, very flavorful, and unlike any other. The lobster bisque has more lobster in it than anyone could reasonably expect. This time we also ordered desert. It's rare that all three courses are at the same level of excellence, but that is exactly what you get at Barclay Prime. The peach crepes were unbelievable. The ambiance is great, not too loud and the seating is truly unique. Service is outstanding, among the best.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Supurb
    NYCfoodie
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Barclay Prime does not disappoint. The food is consistantly excellent, service is attentive and impeccable. This is my favorite restaurant in Philadelphia.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BoChang
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Not just great steaks but great appetizers, salads, non-beef options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent but not my style
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We had a great time, food was great, service very good but the decor is just not our style. We are a little old fashion and as a result we like the more traditional look. This is more modern look and while I have nothing per se against it, just not our style. With that said one of our favorite dishes is Dover sole which we both had. Excellent! Also notable which we have not seen in a while were the popovers. A favorite. We had excellent salads. Mine was beet salad which I had with a balsamic at my request. It was one of the best beet salads ever. We had a very enjoyable meal
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I took my girlfriend here for her birthday. Food was really good albeit extremely expensive. I recommend going for special occasions. They did throw in a free desert for her which was nice.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Never Disappoints!
    JoeBamVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    After shuffling our three daughters off to college, my wife and I decided to celebrate with a night out and headed to Barclay Prime! The service, food, attention to detail, and overall experience is absolutely unmatchable! Jason is the BEST! The entire staff is the BEST! You will never go wrong heading to BP, whether it be a romantic date, business dinner, or special occasion!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Steak
    Pierogi
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I've eaten at some of the finest steak restaurants in ny and Chicago, and the ribeye I had at Barclay was better than all of them. Great service great food from appetizers through desert. The retro vibe of the dining room provides great topics for conversation as does the unisex bathroom. The only neg. feedback I have is that the bathroom could use an attendant as we were there for a later reservation and the facility was "well used" by 10:30. Also they have the bench seating along both sides of the restaurant so if that's not your thing be sure and request a stand alone table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food So So Service
    FoodFun
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We chose Barclay Prime to celebrate a going away for college after having been there a couple times before. Menu choices are ample as is the wine list (our original choice wasn't available so we wound up with a good second option). One steak order needed to go back when the dish was not edible (extremely tough) but the replacement was handled well and the new dish was delicious. Where the visit fell down was with service to the table--empty water glasses, missing place settings. Overall our meal was enjoyable and we will return. The vibe is very cool and seating is very comfortable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great time
    wforbes1
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    truly excellent! Expensive but wonderful in every aspect
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    romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food/service; better for group
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Although there was to be valet parking, it was already full by 6:30 so parking was a challenge (and in the rain). We were seated immediately and the service was great throughout the night. The food was really good - he had a steak and I had the sea bass. The ambiance was a little weird. Tight seating areas and a bit noisy. I think it's a better atmosphere for groups vs. our romantic dinner for 2. I liked how they had their wine list separated by region and type.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    Sjw26
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    One of the best filets I've ever had! Great sides and drinks!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Experience
    Acap
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Excellent and personal service. The team were all attentive and friendly. The food was excellent and the experience was even better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Always excellent. great service, favorite restaurant in the city
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An amazing dinner at Barclay Prime!
    meatisgood
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Went to Barclay Prime for my husband's birthday and we were blown away by the wonderful meal, experience, and service. Glenn, our server, was attentive and offered us excellent suggestions without feeling like he was being too invasive. Our entrees were exquisite and the steaks were cooked to perfection. They even sent us home with a mini birthday cake to enjoy when we got home. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking to celebrate a special occasion, holiday, or if you just want to wow a special someone. I cannot wait to go back here for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorites
    Dktran31VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This place has one of the most extensive and expensive wine lists ever. The ambiance is classy and romantic. The interior is a mix between classic and modern. The menu is not too long but includes many delicious items. My date and I enjoyed the scallop appetizer and had the infamous cheesesteak and sea bass as our main courses. We had sorbet/ice cream for desert. The scallops and sea bass were both excellent. Scallops were huge and well-cooked & the sea bass was the best I've had outside of a Japanese establishment. The cheesesteak was alright. Way too greasy, could not really taste the wagyu. I guess it's cool to try once but I would not order it again. Definitely would rather pay for a wagyu filet so I can actually enjoy it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing
    AlexEats
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food, decor and service were phenomenal! Everything was top-notch. It was definitely a great experience. Pricey but, worth every penny!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best steak house ever
    peacetoallVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Every single dish we had was outstanding, from 3 varieties of steak, to lamb chops to the sea bass. Great appetizers. It is really a special place. Have been 3 times this summer and the food has been consistently superb. Service this time was not up to the level of the other two times (different waiter), but it still was good enough for us to have a fantastic time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Service
    KimmyG
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Went here with a friend to celebrate and loved the service and scallops!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My First Time Dining There
    Oskie53
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The whole experience was beyond our expectations! From greeting at the door to the special attention from Glen, our waiter, I couldn't ask for anything better. I wanted to take some special friends from out of town to a fine dining restaurant, and I was recommended to try out Barclay Prime. My friends and I loved all our entrees. Glen recommeded a carbonara to accompany our meals and we were very pleased it was exactly what we wished for. We started with the lobster bisque, king crab legs, and caesar salad. Then we had inbone filet mignon with the truffle mac & cheese, sauteed mushrooms and broccoli. My friends kept talking about the meal and service at Barclay even the next day! I would go there again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Leave Kids & Strollers at Home
    madisonaveVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Top shelf dining experience. Service-- James was PHENOMENAL. Great personality, poised, & perfect amount of chatting Appetizers--1. Pass on the gnocchi. Good effort w/lime & pea flavors; however, gnocchi was extremely bland. 2. Foie Gras was delicious! Flavor was buttery-rich & black cherries were a perfect complement. Entree-- Dry-aged ribeye was a perfect med rare. Bernaise sauce was fresh & lemony - best I've had. Steak didn't need a sauce, but I wasn't going to let the incredible bernaise go to waste. Side dish-- Truffle Mac&Cheese. Can truly taste the truffle oil in the mac & cheese. A must order. Ambience-- Comfy leather seating makes for intimate & Adult dining. BP was empty by 10pm that night. Seemed a little odd for a Friday.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We attended Barclay Prime for our 5th wedding anniversary and it was memorable. The restaurant is open with white marble table tops, and surrounded with walls lined with books. The service is inpeccable (ask for James), and the wine list is extensive. The food is amazing, and the pop-overs are fresh from the oven! If you have a special occasion, Barclay Prime is the place to go!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Grownup food, service, & atmosphere
    FrequentDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The décor is a kick - a throwback to "high style and sophistication" of the 70s, and it is done really well. For that period, the environment seems as though it would have been a restaurant with hints of being in a library (books, shelves, and comfortable seating - but all very light and uncluttered). The menu is eclectic, with something to please anyone, but the steaks are what attracted us, and the steaks are why we're glad we came. The beef was excellent, the starters and sides were marvelous, and the service was professional and attentive throughout.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best steak I ever had
    finewineVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    First time there and tried the Wagyu 10 oz strip from Japan - At 60 years old and a steak lover I can say it was best steak I ever ate, melted in your mouth - son had same and he agreed. Of course pricey at $115 each, but for a very special occasion, worth the indulgence if you can afford it. Everything else was great except the onion ring shoestrings - too salty which we mentioned to our great waiter. Homemade ice creams and sorbets were excellent. We will go again to celebrate something in the future.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • incredible!!!!
    dossty
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Expensive but worth every penny. Definitely the best piece of steak I have ever had. The waiter was great as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classy establishment
    Trisha23
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Barclay Prime has a swanky atmosphere. Nice choice of wines and beautifully crafted menu selections. Our food was outstanding and the knife selection was impressive. Our waiter Matthew was extremely knowledgeable about the menu and how dishes were prepared. He was friendly and he made sure we were comfortable so we enjoyed ourselves. We had an awesome time and can't wait to visit Barclay Prime again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best steakhouse ever.
    peacetoallVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Just the best steakhouse. Period. Not only in Philadelphia, but in any place I have been
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  • Great service, good food
    VPMDVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    As usually, food was consistently good. Sides were great. Wine list really good, and service great.
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    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Outstanding
    Outstanding
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I've eaten my fair share of steak and without a doubt Barclay Prime is the best. The bone in filet was flavorful and tender. The appetizers and sides were fantastic, as was the coconut cream pie. The service was impeccable. I highly recommend this establishment.
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love The Steak!
    TheMortgageMark
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Best Steak I have ever had. Great wine selection. Service was excellent.
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    romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Attention to detail outstanding
    Hobokengirl
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Overall a fantastic evening. Completely impressed my client so I thank you. Only when it got busy did I feel that we were a bit forgotten, but it was quickly overlooked when you brought the chocolate truffles.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing experience!
    Foodlover31
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Barclay Prime was an amazing experience! Food and service was above and beyond our expectation! If you're in the Philadelphia area, and are looking for a fantastic meal, try Barclay Prime!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Starr Restaurant
    ICameISawIAte
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    We've been to a few of Stephen Starr's restaurants and this one is his best by far. We went to a very expensive, well-reviewed steakhouse in Philadelphia last year for my husband's birthday and there is NO COMPARISON between that and Barclay Prime. Incredible food, attentive service, creative drink list--we tipped 30% and it still didn't feel like enough! For any special occasion or if you just want to splurge on a delicious meal, you'll surely have no regrets. Can't wait to go back!
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    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Right on!
    Maggie
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Everything was great from start to finish. The food as well as the service.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fell short of expectations
    dabradVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    This restaurant has such a reputation of being a great steakhouse. It fell short of that reputation on our visit. The tuna tartar and oysters were good, but not amazing. The dry aged Ribeye was the best food item of the night. It was very good. The Wagyu New York strip was lacking flavor and was not as tender as it should be. For double the price of the ribeye, you would expect a truly outstanding piece of meat. Unfortunately it wasn't.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best in the city
    Lgal3
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    By far the best piece of steak I've ever had! 16 oz 28 day dried ny strip is a must!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meateaters delight
    LarryTVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    If you're a carnivore, this is the place for you. High quality meat, prepared perfectly. Excellent service, good drinks, everything you expect from a top notch steak house and while I'm not a steak house diner ordinarily, this place does it to perfection.
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    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Excellent Steakhouse
    traveldinerVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    In a historic building near downtown. Fun retro modern décor with brightly sofas and upholstered armchairs for seating at marble tables. Great wine selection. The Alaskan King crab and yellowtail crudo were very tasty, but we have had better lobster bisque (it seemed a little heavy on the white wine). The 28 day dry aged strip steak was phenomenal with a great buttery taste and texture. The staff is very attentive and friendly yet unobtrusive. They even split our steak on separate plates for us without requesting. Their signature desert was amazing for the peanut butter fans at our table and I loved the decadent chocolate cake with molten center. This restaurant is definitely worth visiting.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
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    1111
    Dined on 6/24/2014
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    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Father's Day for a foodie
    STEAK
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    This is not a stodgy steakhouse ! I wanted to take my husband somewhere he could enjoy a perfectly cooked prime dry aged steak. He was extremely impressed by the beef, and the level of service, which was attentive yet unobtrusive. Our waiter was knowledgeable and courteous. The oysters were divine. He thoroughly enjoyed his NY strip as well as our son who ordered the dry aged rib eye. My veal porterhouse was succulent and cooked to perfection as were all our steaks. We all loved the creamed spinach, I was not a previous fan. We will definitely return.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.