Bistro Grace
Bistro Grace

Bistro Grace

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bistrograce.com/
  • Phone: 5135419600x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Sunday 4:00pm - 9:00pm,Tuesday 4:00pm-9pm,Wednesday- Thursday: 4:00-10:00 pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm. Closed Mondays
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Gastro Pub, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Rachel Roberts
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Will cater events
  • Entertainment: Satellite music, one television. Live music on Wednesdays.
  • Special Events: Beer dinners, Bourbon Dinners, Wine Dinners

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Blue Rock or Ludlow Avenue
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Meters in front and pay lot behind restaurant, $2 daily fee.
A word from Bistro Grace
Located in the Northside neighborhood, Bistro Grace specializes in traditional culinary dishes with a modern twist. To accompany the cuisine, there is a large selection of craft beers, local beers on tap, signature cocktails and a wine list offering new world and old world selections. Along with the menu offerings and reasonable price points, the urban atmosphere and excellent service will keep you coming back.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Bistro Grace reviews from OpenTable diners
53 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (46)fit for foodies (38)great for outdoor dining (25)special occasion (19)good for groups (16)romantic (11)notable wine list (7)kid-friendly (4)hot spot (3)vibrant bar scene (2)great for brunch (1)late-night find (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • G137
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Service was very good. Our waitress remembered us and our wine preference Courtyard is a hidden gem. Limited menu but good
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Won't go back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Not Honey, not fine dining, and really not fine. Food was acceptable but TVs and really, really poor service made for a night out I won't be repeating.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun, relaxing, flavorful
    AskCud
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    There were four of us- two had pumpkin ravioli, two had fried chicken, so we ended up tasting both- both very flavorful, yummy mashed potatoes and greens with the fried chicken. The greens should be served with the ravioli because that combination of flavors was great. Staff was helpful getting directions for us to The New Edgecliff Theater's new location- about a block away it turns out, so do both. Dinner and Theater in Northside...a winning combination,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Repeat Diner
    westsidediner
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We have dined at Bistro Grace 4 times in the last 6 months. The food is always delicious, the servers quick, attentive, nice and informative.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Love this place
    ddougVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    My family and I eat here almost weekly. We often have a variety of special requests and the kitchen has always come through beautifully. Vegan, kid portions, shared entrees...they are great! The food is nicely plated and delicious with enough variety to keep us coming back. We proudly bring friends to Bistro Grace often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A wonderful meal
    htminkVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This was our first time at Bistro Grace but we will be back. Our food, from their summer menu, was exceptional from start to finish. We had specialty cocktails, deviled eggs and heritage tomato salad as starters, hangar steak and scallops for our entrees, and ginger ice cream with peaches for dessert. Everything was delicious and the outdoor seating was very enjoyable. The service was excellent, but too efficient - the starters arrived too soon after the cocktails and the entrees arrived while we were still finishing our starters. The food is so wonderful, I would rather linger over each course than feel that I have to hurry and finish one before starting the next. But, we look forward to trying their fall menu soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely delicious
    aab1
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Our meal was wonderful. I had the scallops with risotto. The scallops were cooked perfectly. My husband had the black and blue salad. His steak was cooked perfectly as well. We also ordered a side of brussels sprouts, they were delicious. I also had the key lime pie, it was terrific. The service was great too. I would highly recommend Bistro Grace.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Restaurant Find
    WhiteDog
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Took a group of work colleagues (from out of town) to this restaurant on a Tuesday evening. It was a gem! The food was incredible, several craft beers were on tap, the wine list was nice - and yet we were the only ones in the restaurant. If I could give it 6 stars I would. Grab some friends and go! Your group won't believe you found such a great place. I'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grace Bistro
    skay
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Always terrific service, and splendid food! The mussels were divine. Since the weather was beautiful, we savored our dinners and conversation outdoors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy, fresh tasting food
    watloVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Looked for neighborhood restaurant with good food, reasonably priced, chic ambiance. Found it at Bistro Grace. Had most refreshing Sangria-looked like pink lemonade but surely wasn't! Had slight cucumber taste but not overpowering. Point Blank craft beer selected by one of our party really good. He had 3. Mortadella sandwich special outstanding with fresh arugula salad. Bistro Grace hamburger do delicious! Boursin cheese, bacon, onion ring topped burger on fresh bun. Huge portion with fresh fries. Could eat only half-had yummy half next day for lunch. Had fresh garden salad with orange-mint vinaigrette. We split piece of key lime pie. Wow!! Will be returning! Won't be long before Bustro Geace will be SRO!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent food but poor service
    edr1VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We went to the restaurant on a Saturday night with another couple. I was surprised at how empty the main room was. It seems that a lot of people were eating in the outdoor section in the back. We all enjoyed the food very much. I had the hanger steak, two people had the summer chicken and one had the fried chicken special. The food was presented lovely and the portions were generous. Our problem was with our server. We weren't in any kind of a rush but we felt that he was not attentive at all. One time we had to ask another server to get him so we could order our main course. Otherwise we had a great time and I would go back there again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A find in Northside
    DineoutalotVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This was the first time my husband I visited this relatively new restaurant, but it won't be the last. My summer sangria with cucumber was wonderful, as were both our meals, the hanger steak and chicken with pasta. I would have preferred for my steak to be cooked a little more, but I'll know what to ask for next time. Also loved the beet salad, although I would have liked a few more beets. The dressing was great. Our server was good, attentive without being overbearing. Overall, this was a very pleasant experience and one we will repeat in the near future.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a yet undiscovered treasure
    citygourande
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I was so happy to see that the location has a new owner and name and was open again and the three times I have dined there have been great experiences. There are interesting menus items on an appealing and changing menu, so one can revisit and not be bored. The chef-owner is visible and friendly, drinks and bar selections are great and the improvement in the acoustics and decor is much appreciated by this patron who couldn't stand the noise level in the previous incarnation of this site. Patio dining is pleasant as well as several areas in the main dining room and there is a familiar, friendly graciousness about this restaurant that makes me want to spread the word to all about this new place in Northside!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sat night
    outsideNsider
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Great ambiance for a casual but very nice spot. appetizers were fantastic......spring chicken entree good but a bit boring. GREAT service, great adult beverages
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 2nd Visit
    Justforfun
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My wife and I were in the neighborhood and stopped in for dinner. It was a pleasant evening so we sat outside. The patio is fine, although my view was primarily a vacant building. The redevelopment of Northside is still a work in progress. Our server, Marc did an excellent job. He was attentive without being intrusive. The hummus was very good. We had a very enjoyable evening and look forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Manyet
    8fabGirls
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Wonderful experience with a large group of 8 women. Very friendly staff, amazing scallops, brussel sprouts and kale sprouts were the best I've ever had... something not often found on other menus. Mussel appetizer was also delicious. The Moscow Mule is a must-try drink served in adorable brass mugs. I would highly recommend this restaurant to both small or large parties. Separate checks were not a problem. Great wine list too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This was our 2nd time at Bistro Grace, again with a group of 4. It was every bit as wonderful and the food outstanding as it had been on our first visit. This time, we sat in the outdoor garden, which was lovely. From start to finish, our dinner was terrific. We tried mussels this time, and deemed the broth to be perfect. The heirloom tomato salad was a perfect blend of tastes. Mahi mahi was the fish special for the evening, with a corn relish that had just the slightest "kick" to it, and 2 of us thought it was utterly delicious. Desserts were the perfect end to our meal, including homemade ice cream. We only wish that we lived in Cincinnati and could frequent Bistro Grace.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    Nrthsder816
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Food was delicious. Went for dinner, so it was a bit noisy. Wasn't a fan of the continuous booth seating along the wall and chairs opposite the table. Prefer to sit closer to company (to avoid feeling like I'm yelling across the table). But other than that, service was good and lived the food. Would go again and recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fixable problem
    Luv2help
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The food was great. We had burgers, the vegetarian special, and the fish. The problem was the service. We arrived at 5:45, and didn't have food until an hour later. I don't know if the issue was the number of waiters (I saw 2) or our particular waiter. In any event, the restaurant can hire another waiter or provide training for the current staff. I'll recommend the food but warn people about the poor service.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A lovely evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We now have grown to make this lovely restaurant a part of our dinner and a movie routine in Northside and Clifton. We have particularly enjoyed the fresh focus on the menu items and admire the featuring of vegetables front and center in ANY of the dishes (Vegan or Non-Vegan) we have tasted. Food is presented tastefully and portions are ample and fairly priced. Staff is genuine, knowledgable and vested in making your experience memorable. Ambiance is comfortable sophistication. It is rare that a restaurant can be both a special experience and a welcome old friend....Bistro Grace succeeds being both and we hope to make her a part of movie night for years to come!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New To Cincinnati
    2veryhappy
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    After 25 years of fine dining in the Palm Beaches, we found Bistro Grace exceeded all of our expectations. The speciality drinks were unique and the wine list adequate and affordable. We enjoyed the appetizers, particularly the quality and presentation of the Charcuterie was amazing. Our main dish choices of Marinated Summer Chicken and Scallops were winners, both unique and superb in taste. The Bistro's ambiance was warm and friendly, the staff, professionally attentive. In the future we look forward to trying other menu items at Bistro Grace, and so should you!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NNG1
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We were a party of 6 and loved the outdoor seating. Acoustic guitar on a Wednesday night was nice background and allowed for conversation. Food was excellent, we had scallops, skirt steak, mahi-mahi special an appetizer and the fries in duck fat with accompanying dip were too good to describe in words. I had the scallops with pistachio risotto and brown butter brussels sprouts- exceptionaly good. Wine list is not extensive but dry red wine recommended by our server was excellent. The draft beer choices are all local which I like. Bottled beer selection available also. Menu choices change with foods that are at the peak of their season included -again something I like. We will all definitely be back.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time
    Food4RN
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I've been wanting to try bistro grace since it opened and I finally got my chance. Service was great and staff was very helpful and friendly. I definitely won't wait that long to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not there yet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    It's a tall order to open in the space that amazing restaurants like Boca and Honey once occupied. The service, wine list and outdoor patio at Bistro Grace were delightful, but unfortunately the food was disappointing. Both the salmon and chicken were overcooked. The sauce on the pasta side dish was too heavy and the brussel sprouts were overcooked. As a result, I won't be coming back.
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  • Charming
    MarsieVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Food was creative, tasty, and delicious . This is a real find in our city. Service was outstanding. This is our third visit within a month and each time it was wonderful
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Goodness
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I had high hopes, and was really excited to try Bistro Grace. The menu looked amazing, we sat in the beautiful outside space, and preferred the most amazing pineapple mohito. Unfortunately the mohito was the best part of our meal. The food was extremely over rich...everything. The ravioli was swimming in chimichuri sauce, which is primarily oil. The salmon special...buerre blanc... And even the side of Brussels sprouts swam in a cream sauce. I wondered if I should have gotten the scallops, but saw in the way out that they too were rally over done. Additionally there wasn't much flavor . It was sad... I was so looking forward to living Bistro Grace.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 27 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 80 reviews are from the Bistro Grace reviews archive.
  • Don't book late night.
    NigelCVGVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Walked in early for our 10.30 PM reservation. I think it close at 11 PM. From the reception and the language coming from the kitchen they were not wanting any more guests. So we turned around and went elsewhere. Have been a few times prior and had a great experience.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • You have to give this place a try
    VOGuy
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    I was not sure what to expect when I made a dinner reservation for Bistro Grace. I was so glad that we went as I was pleasently surprized with the food, atmosphere and the all round service. I'm vegan and they were able to accomodate me with a special of the day with no problems. I will definately be back!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Our group of 4 were completely delighted with our entire dining experience. The staff and owner were attentive and service was great. Our food was all delicious and well-prepared, and the presentation was eye-catching and appealing. We tried hummus, charcuterie plate, salmon, scallops, mushroom ravioli, and truly amazing homemade ice cream. It was too humid to be outside when we visited, but the outdoor garden area is definitely worth a visit. The dining room, itself, was warm and inviting. We are only disappointed that we do not live in Cincinnati and won't have the opportunity to make frequent visits, but we are telling all of our Cincinnati friends that this is a must-try restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Treat
    Galena
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Everything was wonderful! The staff greeted us with a "happy birthday" and were able to keep the requested birthday dessert a surprise. He had no idea! For starters we tried the beer cheese and pretzel dip which was yummy but nothing compared to our entrees. He had the scallops with risotto and brussel sprouts. Looked beautiful and were equally, if not exceedingly more, delicious. I had the hangar steak with potatoes and carrots. Easily in the top 5 steaks of my life! Absolutely perfect. We will be back, no doubt about it! Highly recommended!
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    wonderful evening out ! the food was unique and the wine excellent ! I will return again soon :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A fine neighborhood friend
    Catdog
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We've dined there before so knew the meal would be satisfying, and it was. We sat in the garden area, which was pleasant on a nice evening. Service was attentive. We will be back.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Been meaning to try this place and I'm glad I did. We sat outside, in such a pretty courtyard, and enjoyed a terrific meal. First restaurant I've been to in Cincinnati where the waiter asked if anyone at the table was a vegetarian (I am). Two great veg entrees, including the portobello ravioli, which I ate and found to be wonderful. My husband got the black and blue salad, and he raved about it. Our waiter was engaging and the appetizers and dessert were super too. A first-rate restaurant experience at prices that don't break the bank.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful Patio
    foodhussy
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The patio out back is great- we really enjoyed sitting outside for our meal. The food itself was hit or miss. The duck poutine was delicious but the banh mi sandwich wasn't so great. All in all - we had a nice time - but I think it's more a place where I'd go back for a drink and an appetizer.
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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  • YUM!
    ImafanVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    really great meal with superior service and style! we'll be back!!
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will go back!
    loves2eatout
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We were sorry to see both Boca & Honey leave, but this restaurant is equally good and less expensive. It's a place that we will go more often. The food is interestingly prepared and beautifully presented. Best of all, it tasted good. There are a few standards for the meat & potatoes crowd. I think they've got the menu right for the neighborhood and to attract more diners from around the city. We did not eat outside, but will do that on a less warm evening. We will return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Bit Pricey
    Kaddie
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    I have been a resident of Northside for a long time, so I have seen this location's restaurants go through several changes. The acoustics have always been deadly for conversation, and this is my main deterrent to having a meal in the dining room. The outdoors area is fantastic (except for the weeds intertwining with the lovely grapevines). The service was sensational. We had Danielle. Terrific. Ruthie's dinner was expensive, scallops, and the serving on her plate was too small for the price. My dinner was very good. Overall, I would like to come here regularly, but the menu needs to be just a bit more affordable. I would like to see some additional selections that are not so costly.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious and cozy!
    JimH
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We had the black and blue salad and the veggie pasta off the new summer menu and both were really wonderful. The cauliflower on the pasta was amazing and the salad was balanced perfectly. We also tried the Lychee martini which was so good that we will go back for it again. Love this place!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique
    beverly
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Nice for two adults. Would like to know why some reservations do not qualify for points.
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • New Northside Venu
    JohnGW
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Excellent food, excellently prepared and presented.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet