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: (502) 618-1745
  • 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
107 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (92)special occasion (78)neighborhood gem (62)notable wine list (59)romantic (56)great for outdoor dining (55)good for groups (22)hot spot (22)vibrant bar scene (18)late-night find (4)scenic view (2)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Enjoyable evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    We dined here for my birthday and really enjoyed it. I had the ahi, and my husband had the 8 oz duck. We shared the lobster hush puppies and oysters on the half shell, and our meal was accompanied by the asparagus and delicious, buttery roasted potatoes. The price points on the menu were a little confusing, but we had a great server (Marty) who outlined everything appropriately. The food here was rich, but did not distract from the flavor or preparation. Everything was fantastic, and we even arrived at half-price wine night (Mondays!) so I enjoyed a most lovely pinot noir. :) My husband had an old-fashioned (by another name) and he liked it very much. Overall, without the drinks, we could have gotten out of there for under $100 having had some really satisfying portions and courses. The only minor complaint was that we dined in a room separate from the bar and it was *very* quiet, and almost felt as if we were all dining together. (Everyone was very nice, so we didn't mind, but it detracted from the privacy of our dinner conversation.) I did notice some speakers but we didn't press the issue as we were really just enjoying our evening. The decor, lighting and ambiance were perfect, however. All in all, we are excited to come back for another round :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    EastcoasterVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Great ambience and menu. Our excitement turned to disappointment. Took 45 minutes between each course- salad and apps were considered separate course so meal was interminable. When we said something to waitress, she didn't apologize; eventually said "yeah, kitchen is off tonight." Rabbit in salad overcooked; not good quality salmon or meats. Dessert menu uninspired. We had fun bc we were work friends but never again.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cheers
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    The fireplace made for a warm and inviting room. The steak was done to perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Place for Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Love this restaurant, one of my favorites the food and creativity is the best. In a great location also.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Always good, which is why we keep returning on a regular basis. Halibut cheeks were outstanding as the special on our visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Firsts All Round!
    EPlev
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    it was my first time to visit this establishment, and it was the first (nicer) date for my girlfriend and I. It was her birthday also, and I had requested that the kitchen make a cheesecake for her. Not only did they make a cheesecake, but they put a candle on it and made it just for us. We were told they don't normally do cheesecake, so this was incredible service and she felt very special. Our server was Chris, and I was able to meet Steven who is a great mixologist. We had a wonderful time and will surely be back! Thank you thank you thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    Paige
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Excellent atmosphere and very creative and beautifully prepared food! Highly recommend having a reservation. It fills up fast!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best in town
    Hnew
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Bistro 1860 is our new favorite restaurant. The food is amazing and offering different sizes of servings is brilliant. The waitstaff is also impressive. You are well taken care of from the moment you arrive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Darla
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Since my first visit, not long after the opening, I have been in love with 1860. It is my favorite spot to dine in Louisville. I have never been disappointed with the regular menu and options in size of portions, but, I am always astonished at the daily specials Michael presents. My current favorite would be the mussels. And the wine,........well, one of the best selections in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious Food
    bdaydinner
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    My fiancé and I went to Bistro 1860 for my 34th birthday. We are relatively new to Louisville and went by recommendation by a friend. We are total foodies and love new, exciting, and amazingly delicious foods. Bistro 1860 nailed each of them. It was too cold to sit outside, however the outdoor patio looks like a fun place to enjoy a meal as well. We'll be sitting out there when it's warm. They do have a high price, however the quality and variety of foods more than makes up for the high price. We will be going back and I recommend Bistro 1860 to everyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not going back
    MelmVIP
    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
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • louisvilleturtle
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This is my third visit to Bistro 1860 and I've loved all of them. I've ordered from all three types of offerings and was always happy with my choices. This time I had beef and brussel sprouts. Even though the beef was the smaller portion it was plenty and I brought home the remaining brussel sprouts--good the 2nd time as well. Our waiter was attentive, explained the menu well and we truly enjoyed the evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tremendous restaurant
    WinAtlanta
    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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT!!!!!
    deb1164
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed a wonderful meal here on a recent visit to Louisville. Wow, what a wonderful experience! Excellent food, outstanding service in a wonderfully comfortable environment. Highly, highly, highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.