Bistro du Midi
Bistro du Midi

Bistro du Midi

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bistrodumidi.com/
  • Phone: 6174267878x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Reservations are only accepted for dinner in the main dining room.
    Lunch and dinner in the Cafe served on a walk-in basis.

    Dinner
    5:00pm - 10:00pm Monday to Sunday

    Brunch
    11:00pm - 3:00pm Saturday and Sunday

    Cafe Lunch/Dinner
    Our Cafe Menu is served ALL DAY Monday through Friday beginning at 11:30am, and beginning at 3:00pm Saturday and Sunday.
    (Served ONLY in the Cafe and at the bar, until 10:00 Sunday - Wednesday, until 11:00 Thusday - Saturday)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Provencal, French
  • Executive Chef: Robert Sisca
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Our private Wine Room can accommodate groups from 10 to 25 behind handsome sliding barn doors. The room features a stunning view of Boston's public garden, original sketches by Henri Matisse against deep red walls and a window into our upstairs wine cellar. The Wine Room is a perfect option for intimate family gatherings, business meetings and celebrations of any type.

    Our semi-private Matisse Alcove sits just off the main dining room with three walls around the table and the fourth side open to the dining room, providing parties of 6 to 10 guests with a more intimate dining experience while still allowing guests to enjoy the energy of the restaurant.
  • Private Party Contact: Sam Wolf (swolf@bistrodumidi.com) 6174267878x
  • Special Events: As a way of sharing Bistro du Midi's passion for wine with everyone, we frequently host guest sommelier nights and private wine dinners hosted by winemakers, vineyard owners and other wine industry professionals. Please visit the Events & News section of www.bistrodumidi.com for details and updates.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Arlington
  • Public Transit: Bistro du Midi sits directly across from Boston's Public Garden half a block from the Arlington T station on the Green Line, on the outskirts of the fabulous Back Bay neighborhood.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet begins at 5:00. $18 per car, cash only.
A word from Bistro du Midi
Bistro du Midi is an authentic Provencal Bistro focusing on the cuisine from Menton to Marseille. We offer an extensive wine list, spectacular southern French food in a relaxed atmosphere.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Bistro du Midi reviews from OpenTable diners
193 reviews since April 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (123)fit for foodies (121)romantic (105)notable wine list (87)scenic view (82)neighborhood gem (52)great for outdoor dining (47)good for groups (23)vibrant bar scene (21)great for brunch (20)hot spot (18)great for lunch (17)late-night find (8)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Helpful staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    This was our first visit to Bistro du Midi, and we found it a bit noisy for our plans. The staff was very accommodating and made our meal the wonderful occasion we had hoped for!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 1boston
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    prefer tablecloths...........menu a bit limited......wine list was also limited
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Class Dining
    Ptownbilly
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The restaurant faces The Public Garden and has those charming views from both floors; downstairs has the bar, open windows, and nice outdoor seating; upstairs has expansive windows, and a sumptuous and elegant feel. Every staff member was welcoming, gracious and attentive. The food is quite fit for foodies, perfectly prepared and beautifully presented. This is a place to impress, on a level with the marvelous L'Espalier.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Service was awful- waiter didn't seem interseted and was always distracted. There were 3 in our party- apparently the waiter didn't write down what each of us ordered for appetizer, dinner, or dessert. Each time I was given the meal my boyfriend or mother was supposed to get! Come on- isn't this supposed to be "fine dining"? I had to repeatedly pour my own water- as no one came by to check. Besides bad service- I ordered the wrong items. Bouillabaise with no flavor and all mush of fish. My lemon blueberry dessert had no flavor and was hard as a rock. My mom's souffle was more like a molten lava cake with no flavor. The duck and Samon cru were good. Def not hurrying back or even going back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place to celebrate!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Took my oldest friend to Bistro du Midi to celebrate her dinner. Everything was spectacular!!! Love the lamb neck!!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic!
    KFBLVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Bistro us Midi is consistently outstanding on every level! We have never been disappointed by anything we have eaten, the service or the wine list. Todd, the sommelier, was very helpful picking out a wonderful wine, he really listened to what kind my husband was interested in. His suggestion, which we took and really enjoyed, was in the middle of the $ range my husband gave him. The service is impeccable and yet they don't take themselves too serious. Fabulous and wonderful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gift
    Satisfied
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We celebrated 2 birthdays in the Bistro du Midi. It was 6 of us and we were seated in the back of the restaurant in the private area on the second floor! We all felt like we were the only ones in the restaurant and the staff catered to our needs only. Our waitress was very accommodating, knowledgeable and prompt. The food was wonderful! We ordered various appetizers and entrees from the menu and everything was delicious. We will definitely be back and will recommend the restaurant to all our friends. The atmosphere of the restaurant, the amazing food, wonderful service was truly a a great gift for our birthday celebration. THANK YOU!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Had another very good meal at Bistro du Midi. I was not a fan when it first opened but it has greatly improved and I now go frequently. Both service and food and excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall good
    Suthurnvisitor
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Seated upstairs which had a great ambience. Our waiter seemed disconnected and minimally interested in making our first experience memorable. My friend ordered a stead MEDIUM and it came out WELL DONE...when i mentioned to the waiter he looked as though "geez...what a pain" and didn't even apologize until the very end of the meal. The manager came out subsequently and apologized; they also comped the stead which i thought was fair since I had almost finished (Trying to eat slow) my entree when the steak arrived. The recooked steak was amazing. The food was great with some interesting twists. Even though the waiter put a damper on our meal I would recommend if you haven't been.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 30th
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The overall experience was excellent. The food, service and extra attention to detail could not have been better. The staff was very accommodating, we celebrated our wedding anniversary here and they made sure it was an enjoyable experience. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Papito
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Waiter and accompanying service excellent. Food was excellent. The only negative factor was the lack of white tablecloths on the table. The bare wood, somewhat used tables are not consistent with the food and service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent summer dinner experience
    JoeNomad
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This was my second visit to Bistro du Midi after first stop here a year ago on winter afternoon for a coffee and desert. I looked at the menu and promised myself to come back. This past saturday, after a long walk, I decided to stop for early dinner and enjoy a relaxing meal. I was able to sit outside on the small patio facing Public Garden. I had a "tea cured wild salmon" for entrée froide (appetizer) - as close as you can get to sushi but the fish was very delicate with a hint of tea (and no salty sauce to kill the taste). For the main course I had a roasted monkfish with asparagus, chanterelles and sauce au poivre. All components very well balanced and accompanied the delicate taste of fish. Service was very attentive. Great experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Simply Amazing!!
    Jefferson0768
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    If you haven't treated yourself to dinner at Bistro du Midi do yourself a favor and book a reservation immediately!! Its definitely one of Boston's best and the entire experience in nothing short of divine. Its the closest you can come to experiencing Parisian food in Boston! I highly recommend it to all especially foodies.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another Superb Dining Experience
    AandAinActon
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My wife and I had another superb dining experience at Bistro du Midi. Food and service are always excellent. We almost tried the tasting menu (it looked really interesting) but it was my wife's birthday and she really loves Bistro's mussels (appetizer) and Chocolate Soufflé for dessert - so that's what she had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had a great time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We went here for an anniversary and it did not disappoint. The wait staff and sommelier were very friendly, and all of our dishes were delicious. The chocolate souffle is worth the wait, I'm glad I ordered early as recommended. I'd pass on the tuna tartar next time though, not what I expected after other restaurants.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Luv2eat
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The waiter was very attentive and knowledgable, without bing intrusive. The meals were all exceptional both in preparation and presentation. The 4 different meals served at our table were all delicious. The view of the Public Garden was an added bonus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing meal
    sniderbd
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We had the seven course tasting meal and it was fantastic. The service was outstanding and was a great end to our vacation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum.
    OmnivoreVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We love all things Provence, when done well. This place certainly qualifies. The quality of the food and the creativeness of its preparation makes this a good value. We enjoyed a tasting menu with paired wines, and everything aligned beautifully. We were a little too close to the servers' station, which was distracting. However, the service was well coordinated and the servers were not only knowledgeable, you could tell they were genuinely proud of their product. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was boring not what I expected
    Disappointed
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food was mediocre. I ordered grilled pork chops and got grilled ham. Just like a Honey Baked ham without the honey. I have eaten there before and the food was good, not this time.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Lovely restaurant. Noise level is a bit energetic. Great menu and ambiance. Haven't been there since it was Biba! Downstairs bar and bistro is attractive and fun and open to the street...very European.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great wine suggestions
    UKvisitors
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Waiter made great wine suggestions to accompany each course.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FleurDeLis
    FleurDeLis
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We truly had an amazing meal here. Each and every bite was a special experience. The chef goes to great lengths to surprise you with flavors and textures that are really amazing and profound. In addition, we had a wonderful waiter with an incredible knowledge of the food and the fascinating processes the chef used to create the dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, varying service
    visitingscholar
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Firstly, the food is truly great and the menu is filled with interesting dishes. Also, great desserts. On the downside - to us - was part of the service. Our waiter was in sales mode and seemed more interested in repeating additional items than answer my particular question. We often decide between appetizer + entree or entree + dessert (a three-course meal can often be too heavy). This seemed completely lost on the waiter who wouldn't let up on getting us to add dishes. He was almost condescending regarding the wine selection. We're very interested in wine and sometimes like to make certain pairings. I'm not necessarily interested in getting a sneer when doing so. It picked up afterwards and was probably an anomaly, but still a shame.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good view, exceptional food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Great view of the public gardens from the first floor bar. Service was exceptional and the food is top notch. The braised lamb was exceptional, as was the chocolate souffle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    Angel
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Great food and service. The best monk fish ever. Beautiful place for an special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A taste of Provence
    Beach48VIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    My husband and I had a wonderful dinner at Bistro du Midi. We missed having bouillabaisse on a recent trip to Provence so I had to have it here and it was everything it should be from all the delicious seafood to the fish soup base. My husband started with the lamb tartare and had grilled lamb chops for his entree both of which he loved. I started with the foie gras in rhubarb coulis which was also wonderful. We both had chocolate souffles which were so rich and worth every calorie! The staff was attentive and very pleasant. And, we had a lovely view of the Boston Commons. We can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Restaurant
    MichDonVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    I chose this restaurant for my husband's birthday. They have us a great table over-looking the park. Nice decor and the service was wonderful. Food is excellent. Great wine list and yummy soufflé for dessert. Would definitely recommend. Noticed some nice private dining rooms and will think about this place for our next group dinner. On the pricey side but not outrageous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelmed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    For the price, I was expecting everything to be better. The ambiance was okay. The server was slow to check on us to take our order and the helper was at our table every other minute taking every fork and plate as we finished. The food was okay... I had the monkfish and it was very salty. The bolognese with veal and sausage over cavatelli was dry. Our starters were not that memorable. The dessert was pretty good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good upscale rest. experience
    satisfieddiner
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Came for a special romantic meal while on short trip to Boston. Knew it was expensive and actually was not as expensive as I first thought, bill was just under $200 after nice tip, though we did have benefit that one of us ordered from a special July 4 menu which was an excellent deal. Service I gave a 5 stars to - staff was attentive and super friendly and provided help with the wine list and encouragement and helped us find a bottle they genuinely recommended at $60. Ambience very nice, neighborhood awesome, very good experience. Didn't give 5 stars overall because the food was very good but not amongst favorites in my life out of a handful of upscale restaurant experiences. Good, fresh quality food, just not on that top, memorable scale.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We Normally Love Bistro du Midi
    hildebeast1982VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    My wife and I have eaten at Bistro du Midi a dozen times in 2014. It's our favorite restaurant in Boston. However tonight, not only did it not live up to our billing as top restaurant in Boston, but it was also downright awful. The roasted chicken, an entree that is typically superb (I know, chicken at a restaurant is an odd thing to rave about, but trust me, the chicken is typically worthy of praise), was way off. For starters, it was far too salty, and it lacked flavor. I can't describe exactly why, but it wasn't good. When we mentioned it to the waiter, he didn't seem to care. Again, we normally love the restaurant, but tonight's experience was very underwhelming. My tongue is still swollen.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner location before play
    Mikef66
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Went for dinner before a play at the opera house. It was an early dinner on saturday so the restuarant was not busy. Server was slightly overbearing since we were one of his only tables. The food was incredible and the restuarant was beautiful. I had the lamb neck and the meat was some of the best i have had. Definitely will go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely venue.
    ShiveringLance
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Bistro Du Midi was a place I happened on while looking for an after-matinee dinner... The atmosphere was great, the food was excellent and I don't think I could have made a better choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fancy Fish
    Catherine
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    My favorite seafood restaurant with a French twist! Beautiful presentation, attentive service along with delicious combination of flavors!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great location/top notch service
    Flytravel510
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    The service was incredible with an impressive array of wines and food. Location is terrific. Enjoyed the terrace while dining. Every effort to please was offered.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date night worthy
    FarC
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Upscale place great for a special date night. More towards the expensive side. The main course was definitely worth it. Dessert was delicious also.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, service and ambiance!
    great
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    The upstairs provided a more family environment with a mix of family, friends and couples. Downstairs had a more vibrant younger crowd around a bigger bar area. It would fit almost any age group and the food was delicious!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, terrifc location.
    JayG
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    The grilled octopus is very tasty and unusual. good wine list, and good sommeilier advice. the main diniing room on 2nd floor has a lovely ambience, however the side room off the main room is quiet unless you have a loud party next to you. Unless you need a romantic tete a tete, as for a table in the main room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good spot
    Michelinlover
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    A creative menu of French oriented courses in a very good atmosphere and ambiance. A wide selection of selected wines, albeit that prices are rather high. A good place for a intimite dinner for two or to enjoy a good dinner with family or friends.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ricknat1VIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    We eat here everytime we are in Boston. Great food, great people ad great wine list
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • angelah
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We had the 7 course tasting menu and enjoyed it. Waitress was super friendly and accommodating. Definitely would return.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.