Bistro 1860 Wine Bar & Spirits
Bistro 1860 Wine Bar & Spirits

Bistro 1860 Wine Bar & Spirits

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bistro1860.com/
  • Phone: 5026181745
  • Hours of Operation:


    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm (bar opens at 4pm), Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm (bar opens at 4:00pm)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, French American
  • Executive Chef: Michael J. Crouch
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Custom Menu's available for a minimum of 25. For more information contact restaurant.
  • Private Party Contact: Ron Kayrouz 5026457945

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Brownsboro Rd/Story
  • Public Transit: On bus line & Trolly Hop.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking lot in rear of restaurant. Parking on Story Ave. (both sides) just North of Mellwood.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Bistro 1860 Wine Bar & Spirits reviews from OpenTable diners
105 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (87)special occasion (77)notable wine list (56)romantic (54)great for outdoor dining (52)neighborhood gem (52)good for groups (24)hot spot (22)vibrant bar scene (14)late-night find (5)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Not going back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    a ceiling tile fell on the woman sitting next to us. It didn't hurt her but the manager never came out to apologize. In fact we listened to the waiter laugh it off. The tables are small, it was difficult to fit 2 dinner plates, 2 plates for sides plus wine and water glasses. tables are so close together with no rounds for servers. A server at the next table help his tray over my head as he was serving 4 people at that table. I was sure their mussels were going to be on my head. There was no "excuse me" or apology. The noise level necessitated our shouting at each other. We will not be going back
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Restaurant in Louisville!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I absolutely agree with everything Nancy Miller (CJ) said about this wonderful restaurant. It is in a class by itself. Impeccable wine list, courteous and attentive servers with delicious food choices. All course presentation is only surpassed by the flavors! We Love this place!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience
    bikerchick
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Once again, Bistro 1860 impresses. Great menu items perfectly portioned and served to allow you to try many of the creative selections offered. This was our second visit and it won't be our last. Check it out! You won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tremendous restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    wonderful menu includes portion selection. Everything prepared perfectly,I can't wait to visit Louisville again and to dine at Bistro 1860
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wonderful
    diggindinner
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Food is perfect. Small environment so volume can be an issue.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • And again, perfection!
    CindyWVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    This is absolutely our favorite restaurant and we visit frequently. I will say it's disconcerting to realize that our favorite restaurant is also the favorite of hundreds of other people! Bistro 1860 is always pleasantly busy, and the service is really superior no matter how busy they are. Of all the delicious plates, large and small, the lobster hush puppies are fabulous. Kudos to our server, Lauren, who made our dinner a pleasure even though we arrived early and were seated somewhat inconveniently for her. Thank you again, and hope to see you soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • New Louisville Favorite
    travel4food
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Went on recommendation from bartender at Blu's in the Marriott. We had eaten at Jeff Ruby's and Jack Fry's the previous nights and wanted something new, THIS is definitely the place to go! Great food, service, and drink selection. Chef came by to check on us to see if we were enjoying our dining experience, we assured him we were loving it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's a Keeper
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Everything was great. We enjoyed the variety of sizes for each menu item. We have already been back and brought a friend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • exceeded expectations
    Robb
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We chose Bistro 1860 for our Anniversary dinner and it was an absolute delight. Our server was perfectly engaging and enticed us with outstanding and entertaining selections.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exquisite Dining Experience
    FoodieMaven
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Fantastic dining experience at 1860. Our new Louisville favorite! We enjoyed the multiple size selections, which provided ample opportunity to taste bites of different items on the menu. The menu and specials offerings made the selection process challenging. We wanted to try it all! Or server Lauren was out of this world. When she described the duck stuffed in pastry, we had to order. Like Lauren, this dish may call my husband to 1860 in his PJs! I had the sea bass with ginger miso sauce. Amazing flavors! A bit pricey for a routine date night, but we will definitely be back for more!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unbelievable food and service
    nanbon
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Every time we eat here the food is absolutely fantastic. It's the most interesting menu in town. The chef is a culinary genius the way that he melds flavors and he always hits a home run in our book! Service is always fantastic! Definitely not an every week place because of price but certainly for special occasions or every now and then. We always look forward to returning and introducing new people to the place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chris0329
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We were in town for St. James art fair. Our first time visiting. There were six of us and two of the couples were having anniversaries. We were so thrilled when we arrived, got a cozy table in the corner, and the owner treated us to a bottle of champagne to celebrate! How thoughtful! We were already impressed ...and then, our server, Marty, kept up the good work entertaining us so much, along with giving us all the specials, his favorites, making us feel so comfortable, Nd more! Then, the food was all so amazing...we had a couple finicky eaters but THEY loved their meals too! We all had something different and shared. We tried everything that was suggested and we all loved it! That is so rare in our group. We loved our time there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Memorable Experience
    FoodWineandHeels
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Recently I dined at Bistro 1860 with one of my Best Friends. He had never been to the restaurant and I was looking for a great experience for the date night I'd planned. We sat in the middle dining room, it was a bit loud at first but as guest cleared the evening became epic. We ordered the Niners Cab (featured wine), Mussels (Special), Crab Cake, Ribeye and Red Skin Potatoes with Marrow Butter. The Wine and Food, unforgettable. Service was good, a little slow and uninformative. In the servers defense, he was busy. Trainee was very sweet, should do well in the environment. Thanks Bistro 1860 team. We will be back for seconds. Cheers !!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can you hear me now?
    Garlictester
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    This is a very stylish restaurant and the menu is creative. As noted, the lobster hush puppies and the pork tacos are excellent. The pork is tender and tasty, combination with kimchee is satisfying. The hush puppies are large, rich, and very filling and, again, the combination of sweetened, deep fried jalapeno slices that accompany them makes for a delicious blend of flavors. Our entree was the farfalle with "heirloom" tomatoes and artichoke hearts. The tomatoes seem like regular cherry tomatoes and the dish was rather nondescript - not quite bland but certainly not flavorful either. Our complaint was the noise - we could not hear each other across the table; apparently the acoustics are pretty bad. Expensive wine, unfamiliar labels.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Food was great. We tried 5 or 6 dishes in some different size portions. Ahi tuna and lobster hush puppies were amazing. Meiomi Pinot Noir was excellent. Charlie, our server, was great. Complimentary dessert for our 43rd anniversary. P.S. Left my Amex card at the restaurant. Got a phone call form the manager, who met me in the parking lot to give it back to me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliably tasty
    Foodwhisperer
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Attentive service; good food; great cocktails. The pork belly tacos are my favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    My family of eight enjoyed the variety of chices on the menu. The different sizes of the portions ( a trois niveaux) were very well received. I look forward to return visits. The presentation and the quality of the food were excellent. Mes compliments au chef!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Go To Place
    Buckbrush68
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    This is a great place to bring a group as the menu encourages sharing food samples, and everything I've tasted so far has been great. I encourage trying all of the sides, lobster hush puppies, and the deserts all have been outstanding; service is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place!
    RKS612VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Innovative food, delicious, great portion size options, something for everyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a wonderful place!
    bokbok4life
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The service was excellent. The food? Omg!! The special was the mussels which were huge and cooked to perfection. Lobster hush puppies. I'll let you drool over that one. Scallops were like butter and cooked to perfection. Octopus was delicious. Drinks were perfect and we felt very cozy in our corner table. This is definitely a place we are headed back to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic date night
    NatiTiger
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Took my girlfriend here for a rare date night without kids and was very pleasantly surprised.The ambience was very comfortable and trendy. Would love to have sat outside because it was a gorgeous evening and would recommend requesting reservation ahead of time to do so as it was a busy night. We had escargot, oysters, rabbit and kale salad, and salmon with black lentils. With the exception of the rabbit being a little dry everything else was extremely good. Very unique and complete wine list. Add an Oregon Pinot new war that was exceptional. Service was very good as well though our server seemed overwhelmed with too many tables.he kept apologizing for lack of better service which really wasn't required because he was still attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 90 minute wait
    SouthernGentVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I cannot comment on the food because we left after waiting for 90 minutes. The cheese plate and escargot we ordered arrived fairly quickly but we were disappointed by the delays and excuses. There were patrons who arrived before us who had not been served anything but a salad and a cheese plate.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Good Food
    new2lou
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Just moved from Lexington and Bistro 1860 was our first local restaurant to try and we were not disappointed. As with all other reviews we have read we tried the Lobster Hushpuppy to start and everything we read was true, it was awesome. I also ordered a Brujo cocktail that was very good. The only slightest complaint I have is we sat in a back room and next time we will try to sit up front or outside those areas were a lot livelier. Cant wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Find!
    bikerchick
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Bistro 1860 delivered! Extensive food and wine menu. Nightly specials may be a little overkill given the regular menu. Everything was very good. Server was efficient as well as bartender. Loved the concept of having three (à trois niveaux) portion sizes. Bite size, appetizer or entrée size. It really gives you an opportunity to try a lot of menu items and not break the bank. Loved it enough to go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food good, service less so
    Kdanielk
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Food fantastic. The options for portions are fun. The service did not live up to reputation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mrs.Jonh Willaimson
    Bander
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Loved this place. Our waiter, Marty. made the evening for us. He was wonderful and I love to laugh, be with friends, and eat great food. I would recommend Marty to anyone who enjoys a great waiter with a great personality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Foodie2VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Enjoyed our meal very much. A special capese salad, escargot,salmon crquettes, parpadelle. Waiter friendly did not hover. Decor of dinig very pretty. Outdoor patio with live jazz.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tommy31
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Everything was delicious: crab cake, lobster hush puppy, scallops, ahi tuna, ribeye, busses sprouts and red potatoes were all awesome. Seems like you can't make a wrong decision here. Their outdoor dining is great, but the weather was bad and I was just as impressed with the inside. I would definitely recommend to a friend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food poor service
    paul15
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I looked forward to dining at Bistro 1860 because I had heard positive comments about the food. My wife and I tried six different courses and we enjoyed what we ordered. There was a problem when I specifically asked for the duck dish to be served medium well and it was served rare. (management did remove the cost of the dish from the check) We had to ask three different waiters to bring side plates because our waiter was no where to be found. Bottom line, the food was very good, the service was poor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Exceptional food, great service
    Archie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My wife and daughter recently dined here and raved about it. Since my wife and I were going to be in Louisville for a meeting, I decided to give it a try. I was not disappointed. The quality of both food and service were great. Our server (Erica) was both personable and knowledgable. I now put this with Jack Fry's as my favorites for fine dining in Louisville.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gdmeal
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had a very pleasant experience. Lamb chops was the best entree at our table. Cozy decor. We definitely will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Blew me away!
    Datenightrules
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I loved the different portion options as well as the actual food choices. There were many fresh and interesting combinations of flavors, and Chef Mike was so available to answer questions and make sure that we were happy that I teased him, wondering who was cooking the amazing food?! I was particularly happy we saved room for dessert, as this was the best part of the meal. Hubby had the ice cream flight and I had some chocolate almond thing that can only be described as pure awesomeness in a little cup. The staff was fantastic. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bistro 1860
    Lisa
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    First and foremost, the service was outstanding. Awesome wine list! Loved the three portion sizes and prices. This way you can sample several of their tasty dishes. Lobster hush puppies are a must! The night we were there, they had mussels on the menu and they were described favorably by my friend. I had the scallops and they were delightful! A little on the pricey side but all in all a great experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!!!
    chiefPA
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I chose this restaurant for the outdoor seating for a dinner with a group of friends. Turned out to be such a hot,muggy night that we sat inside. The ambience was so comfortable, the food was beautiful, tasty, and the service was wonderful. My friend had a sleeveless top on and must have been rubbing her arms so someone came and wrapped a fleece shawl around her shoulders. We were invited to look at the upstairs before we left. It is such a cozy, colorful space, perfect for a small party or group of friends to have an intimate space. The only thing I regret is that we missed sitting outside under the trees with cool lighting to set a beautiful mood. I will definitely be back and have already recommended it several times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bistro at its best
    dinnerdate
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We were a party of five on a Wednesday evening celebrating some of our many good fortunes. I decided that We should try the Bistro 1860 which had been recommended by several friends. We were not disappointed! One of the finest restaurants I have visited in my 81 years and we are a family of global living. To be with two of my four daughters and their spouses is always a special event and to complete the evening with such fine dining was a memory maker. We will indeed be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Good, But...
    GretaVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Everything at 1860 was very good, but for the prices it should have been over the top. Thirty-six dollars for three scallops should have come with a few something elses! There were too many specials, they ran out of the specials we did want by 7:30 pm and it was so loud in the dining room you could not hear table conversation. The bar man whipped up a great speciality drink that sang of summer and the place was packed. Fun, loud, great wine list and every knew everyone else. It was Louisville after all!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing food
    Fancyfeast
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Amazing food, the waiter was very helpful, and the owner was seating people so our needs we're very attended to. We tried the App portion of most of the meals and that seemed to be the best way to go.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner
    ben9035
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I took my girlfriend for her Birthday. The staff was exceptionally courteous. We were given a thorough overview of the menu along with specials and personal recommendations. The Marlin sashimi appetizer was insanely good, as was the Lobster hush puppy and Oyster on the halfshell. The crab cake was a little doughy for me, but good none the less, though out of the four appetizers we sampled, it was our least favorite. We then got the house version of a Caprese salad, which we split. The huge plus this dish offered was the 20 year balsamic along with very juicy and ripe heirlooms. I had the Rack of Lamb, and she the Diver Scallops with roasted potatoes. We also got chocolate almond and sea salt desert, and some peach ice cream. Fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DW1943
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Has been a good restaurant for fairly long time. Under new name in recent years the quality of the food has moved up to very good! Plan to keep coming from time to time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding!
    Mommabird224
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Amazing food, great atmosphere and the best Bloody Mary I've ever had
    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.