Bavettes

Bavettes

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://bavetteschicago.com/
  • Phone: 3126248154x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Thursday 5pm-11:30am
    Friday and Saturday 5pm-12:30am
    Sunday 5pm- 10:30pm


  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, European, Steakhouse
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wells/Franklin
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Bavettes
Bavette’s is a European-Style steakhouse. The signature is a prime ribeye that is dry-aged in house. There is also a wide variety of fresh seafood, including a daily selection of fresh oysters, king crab, and shrimp cocktail. Bavette’s also specializes in classic cocktails with a focus of brown spirits. The value driven wine list is eclectic and global.

Reservations made through Open Table will be for Bavette's main dining room. The largest party size that the restaurant can accommodate are groups of six. Currently, we do not offer any private dining.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Bavettes reviews from OpenTable diners
349 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (253)romantic (242)fit for foodies (221)hot spot (143)notable wine list (100)neighborhood gem (90)vibrant bar scene (83)late-night find (56)good for groups (54)great for brunch (4)great for lunch (3)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Fabulous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We had to make a late reservation, but everyone was so accommodating and nice. And the food was spectacular, we're very happy we went.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brian Moran
    Brian
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Wow!! Amazing! We loved it. Food was wonderful. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Every months getting better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I'm a Mexican businessmen who has visiting Chicago for 36 years...the last 25 as an adult, every single time CHICAGO has something unique and awesome to offer...bavettes is one of those rare and very unique places that CHICAGO can be associated with internationally. Congratulations
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic escape
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Bavettes feels like a different world once you enter, a dark and romantic getaway far away from the everyday life. The food and service support the great ambiance, it's just unfortunate that it's so hard to get a reservation here! I suggest that you splurge on the nicest ribeye that they have, but you can always share it (add's to the romanticism) + allows you to try many other things on the menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best steak I've had
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Title says it all, superb steaks very knowledgable staff and great atmosphere, a must for steak lovers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    The ambiance was great, the food was amazing, the service was great. This was a meal myself and my girlfriend had been looking forward to for a long time, and Bavette's did not disappoint. Highly recommended for anybody.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambiance, but...
    GeoQ
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    To be the 3rd best restaurant in Chicago by TripAdvisor, I was expecting better food
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Now, That Was a Steak!
    Tess
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    My husband loves a great ribeye, and Bavette's delivered big time!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No complaints
    vroomvroom
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    In Chicago for a night and wanted to treat ourselves, we made a late 10:15pm reservation. The service was near excellent with a minor slip up of order, which was corrected within minutes. Very helpful and knowledgeable staff. Bone marrow and clams were amazing. As well as the steaks. Would go back next time in Chicago
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food in swanky setting.
    Sociologysal
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had a terrific meal there. I ordered lamb ravioli and my wife had shirt rib stroganoff. My brother had the Chicago cut steak. Everything was tasty. Sides were big enough for 2-3 people to share. The ambience was like a speakeasy, dark and swanky but it was not loud which made for a very nice dinner. Get there early for a cocktail off their extensive list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible Service
    J100
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food was fantastic as was the ambiance. Unfortunately that was ruined by terrible service. The hostess was rude and refused to sit my party (despite several requests) until every member of the party had arrived despite our being exactly on time for the reservation. Bar tender was rude and refused to transfer our bill to the table. When we informed him that we would just wait at the front for our table, the bar tender chased us to the front of the restaurant with a beer insisting that we take it since he had already poured it (even though nobody had touched it) creating a very uncomfortable situation. Waiter had very poor knowledge of the menu and never even suggested the specials. My party will not return due to the terrible service.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful
    Eddie
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This probably was one of the best dinners I've ever had. I ordered the Chicago cut 20oz with wild mushrooms and mashed potatoes made with chicken jus.For desert I asked for the chocolate cream pie. The steak was a PERFECT medium just like I ordered, the sides were fresh and brilliant, clearly made with excellent products, and the chocolate pie was to do die for. The waiter and hosts were very knowledgeable, elegant and profesaional, yet very friendly and appoachable. As a guest, hey truly made me feel special. This is what a dinner out should be.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Juniperaine
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Best steak ! Best seafood. Everything was delicious. Servings large and not a thing bad about this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, great ambiance
    FoodFoodFood
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    My boyfriend and I went here for our anniversary. The ambiance was great. We sat on the lower level, which was kind of lounge-y - dark, candles everywhere - just awesome. Our waiter was super friendly but not annoying. The food was phenomenal. And their wine policy is one of the best. You can BYOB and they don't charge a fee to uncork as long as you share one glass with someone else in the restaurant. We shared with a guy who was dining alone, and we toasted him across the room. Lends a great feeling of camaraderie to the atmosphere. (But you can also choose from their wine list, too...) I'd definitely recommend for a special occasion or even just a nice dinner out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Possibly Chicago's Best Steak!
    MMACVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We recently made our first visit to Bavettes and the only disappointment is that it took us so long to dine at this fantastic restaurant. Fantastic classic environment, great cocktails and fantastic cuisine. The presentation of the crab stuffed avocado was topped only by its taste and the foie gras hos d'oeuvre was also outstanding. The topper of the meal was the 10 oz filet with the Bavettes mashed potatoes! Quite possibly the best steak in the city of Chicago. We were helped by Eric who did an outstanding job guiding us through the menu! Bavettes is a MUST!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous ambiance
    CJDiner
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We spent one evening at Bavette's while we were visiting Chicago from Seattle. It was a recommendation of a server from our hotel. I loved the old world decor. It was just beautiful. Our server was very attentive and gave great recommendations. HUGE portions, we shared everything including the entree and still had leftovers. Bavette's is a treat!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely Perfect
    Jfree
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We arrived a bit early and sat at the bar. Had one of the best old fashions I have eve had, I highly reccomend trying one. From there we went dim stairs where the ambiance was a nice mix of trendy and upscale. Our waiter was great and was able to explain in detail all of our questions related to food and drink. The steak is completely off the charts, and the house made bacon is so good it will make your toes curl. The corn was also a pleasant surprise with a creamy corn start and finishing with a cilantro/lime burst of flavor. This was definitely the highlight of my trip to Chicago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best
    Northman
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    One of my favorite spots in Chicago. Everything is great but the steak is the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Won't be disappointed
    Axl313
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Best fine dining experience in Chicago. Twice the ambience than a Capital Grille, Lawrys, etc with great food at half the cost.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Experience
    Kush217
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I brought my boyfriend to Bavettes for his birthday, both our first time here. We absolutely loved it! I loved the ambiance, dark, candles and chandeliers with dim lighting. The service was outstanding, our waitress was very attentive. We ordered steaks (6 oz & 10 oz) medium & medium rare. They were absolutely delicious! The only downside was that the tables are so close to each other. You literally have to try and squeeze thru to get into a booth seat. I had a waiters butt in our faces because he was helping the table next to us. Besides that I would definitely recommend this spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love it
    Tiff22VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I was so impressed with the service and standards of bavettes. It was definitely worth all the time looking for a reservation daily. You must get the elote!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great!!!
    Happy2dine
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Bavetts was great!! A must, if in Chicago, food was outstanding!!! We shared the 28 day dry aged steak, beef stroganoff, oysters, bone marrow, wedge salad, mashed potatoes and broccoli. More then enough for two hungry veterans!!! The chocolate pie is absolutely Devine, a must try!!! Bar scene was cool, restaurant seems like your dining in another era. Service was top notch, not one complaint. Don't miss this gem if you are in Chicago, make reservations if possible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • seasons
    season
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Service exceptional, food was a foodie's delight! gastronomically delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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  • The BEST!!
    Funman1
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Bavettes was one of the best restaurant my wife and I have been to. We went to Bavettes for our 43rd anniversary, We have been fortunate to dine at great restaurants in the US and western Europe. We rank Bavettes at close to the top of our list and we include Tour D'argent in Paris in this list. Excellent food, perfectly executed cocktails, great service (Brandon was excellent), great atmosphere. The Salmon tartare and shrimp de jonghe walked on water and was presented in a new way. The steaks we had were the best we ever had, we should have shared the bone-in dry aged ribeye. It was the best steak I have ever tasted. There is nothing left to say except that we are going back , it is really that good and unpretentious too!!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    TheoVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    My wife and I went to Bavettes for our 30th wedding anniversary. The food was great and the room is one of my favorites in the city. The entire evening was spectacular. Everyone did an amazing job. Thank you all very much.
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    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Bavettes.
    kbrown
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    One of our favorite places in Chicago. The steak was perfect and the bacon and roasted bone marrow... Wow!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing RICH food & experience
    defcon
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Feels like you're in a prohibition era club where Al Capone could be holding court in the next leather padded booth. The bacon is absolutely amazing. I got it atop the wedge salad but could happily make a meal of it. Creamed spinach is almost more cheese than spinach! Chocolate pie was huge and phenomenal. Chicago steak was very good but didn't stand out like everything else I've mentioned. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    kinziewells
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We all agreed that's the word to describe everything from drinks to appetizers to entrees.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Favorite spots in Chicago
    rjklbc
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Always a terrific evening at Bavette's. You won't be disappointed.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The food was fantastic. Everything we ordered was cooked to perfection. Large portions so share the sides. We will definitely be going back when we visit Chicago.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LivingLovingEating
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    OUTSTANDING!!! the food was amazing, the customer service was amazing and the ambiance was perfect for a celebratory dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dannie
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Awesome place! Was probably the best steak I've ever had!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebrating fiance's birthday!
    FoodAddict
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Loved the good and service! My fiancé fell in love with the ambiance 1920s Chicago feel to it plus theistic was just right for the time. The lamb and steak were delicious! They brought our dessert with a lighted candle celebrating his bday! Gotta try it! So Chicago!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply awesome
    bjamieson
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I took a friend here for her birthday without any real idea of what we were in for. It turned out to be one of the best and most enjoyable meals I've ever had. The service was unbelievable and the food was stupefyingly delicious. We started off with the Foie Gras Terrine which was amazing. She had the Steak Frites and I had the 6oz Filet Mignon - both were perfectly cooked and flavored to perfection. Serious, my-eyes-rolled-back-in-my-skull, perfection. It's only been a few days since and I'm already trying to figure out an excuse to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • One of Chicago's best!
    foodieatheartVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    No one wonder it is always hard to get a reservation at Bavettes, their food was delicious! Me and my husband are carnivores and we have tried a lot of steakhouses here in Chicago...Bavettes is definitely going to be one of our favorites now. Their menu was impressive.We tried the duck and goat cheese terrine and the arugula salad with manchego/candied pecans which were both delicious! Of course the prime ribeye steak was the star! We also tried the Delmonico steak and Chicago ribeye, both equally delicious! Will definitely go back! Ambience was unique (speakeasy vibe) and service was excellent!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic all around
    Davnjac
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We came to Bavette's for our anniversary with great expectations from what we'd heard from our friends. They were surpassed and then some. Everything we tasted was delicious and high quality. The price was well worth the food and environment -- so it was a great value. The corking fee is brilliant and fun -- sending a glass of our wine to another table. There was a minor delay with our steaks and the manager more than made up for it. We enjoyed every moment and would recommend this spot to anyone.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Googled Steakhouses in Chicago and found tons of options but this one stood out as not just another business dinner steak joint. Great ambiance, loved the speak easy feel, replete with classic jazz background and tasty whiskey cocktails. Good time and money well spent.
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    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic
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  • one of our new favorites for steak
    endhungernow
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We tried the special a lamb ravioli and this was good not great. Oysters were very good, had a serving of 3 and really enjoyed them. Then the steaks came. We had a filet mignon and a Delmonico and both were great. Had them cooked medium and they were outstanding. Definitely will be back. Its a very nice place but getting a reservation at a decent dinner time took awhile.
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    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere
    Bertelsen
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We enjoyed a great late dinner at Bavettes. Classy place - perfect food and service. The atmosphere created by the dimmed lights, raw interior and music from the 30s were outstanding. Highly recommendable.
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    hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The decor at Bavette's is fun and makes for a great bar scene. The steak is very good, too. The "pommes frites" and bacon sides were average and uninspired. The server was either overburdened or just not that good. He was absent a lot, so service was slow, and the drinks were totally out of sinc with the food. We were served the food and then got the glasses of wine 10 mins later, while the chilled lobster warmed up and the hot steak cooled down too much. During dinner and all the waiting, I realized they were playing Frank Sinatra and other jazz that was completely mismatched to the hipster wild west decor. Trying too hard to play to popular tastes, the combination felt cheap and gimmicky. Overall nice, but not worth the weeks-long wait.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic