Bistro Maison
Bistro Maison

Bistro Maison

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bistromaison.com/
  • Phone: 5034741888x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Wednesday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Wednesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Payment Options: Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Northwest
  • Executive Chef: Jean-Jacques Chatelard
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: From intimate dinners to special celebrations, we provide our critically acclaimed cuisine paired with personalized service attending to every detail of your entertaining needs. The Paris Suite or the magnificent outdoor dining options of the garden and camellia patio accommodates up to 45 people for lunch and dinner or 80 for cocktail reception. It"s a perfect setting for both private and corporate celebrations. Please call us to arrange a tour and menu options.
  • Private Party Facilities: Call Deborah at 503-474-1888 to arrange tour and menu planning options
  • Private Party Contact: Deborah Chatelard 5034741888x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Galloway
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Bistro Maison
This authentic French bistro has been located in the heart of Historic Downtown McMinnville since January 2003. Owners operators Deborah & Jean-Jacques Chatelard have decades of solid success in the NYC landmarks of Cafe des Artist, Lowell Hotel, the Essex House Hotel, Russian Tea Room, & Ferrier. The huge success of this restaurant is largely based on repeat visits from the savvy food & wine centric local, Portland, Salem and coastal clientele. Providing a real "family" feel which the best restaurants foster is present and embracing from your arrival.

Jean-Jacques' emphasizes the use of outstanding locally sourced foods to prepare the bistro classics He also provides a modern twist to the market driven French-American daily specials. Items include coq au vin, moules or steak frites, cassoulet, duck confit, steak tartar, white truffle fondue, and his stellar repertoire of soup and sauces.

We welcome you to our Bistro & our Maison.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Bistro Maison reviews from OpenTable diners
56 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (47)special occasion (40)fit for foodies (40)romantic (36)notable wine list (29)neighborhood gem (28)great for lunch (14)good for groups (7)great for brunch (6)hot spot (2)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Alocal
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    This is the best kept secret in McMinnville, OR. Yes, the dining experience at Bistro Maison is 5-star. The atmosphere, on the patio, is romantic and very European. The Owners are well versed and over qualified for your dining experience. The meal can be costly, but there are many choices. Every dish is visually a delight. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Littlepo
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The spinach dip appetizer was terrible. Spinach and lentils were tastelessly swimming in what tasted like a white gravy. My spinach salad was fine, but nothing special. My husband enjoyed his duck, but it was quite salty. The house made sorbets were memorable. The outdoor setting was charming on a beautiful night. The manager(?) was very hospitable and sent over a creme brûlée on the house when she noticed I had not eaten much.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Extraordinary food in cozy setting
    QuaintFrenchBistro
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We sat in the garden in a candle-lit table to enjoy a memorable French dinner. From the scallops to the cassoulet every offering was done with special flair and attention.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for romantic dinner
    John
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This is my favorite restaurant in McMinnville. I've never had anything but an exquisite experience. This time it was a romantic dinner, eating in the garden. Others were there and talking in the background, but it was just the two of us. Wait staff was efficient, sensitive to our obvious interests in each other. Shared two appetizers, one exquisite plate of scallops to die for, and one dessert. Local pinot gris went down smoothly. It is a little pricy, but I don't mind paying if the food is excellent, and it is. Definitely will return again...and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Our hotel recommended this restaurant and we were so glad we followed their advice! There were six of us, we all chose a different entrée and each one was delicious. The courtyard reminded me of sitting in a little café in France...so cute! The only complaint was that the service was a little slow and seemed a little unorganized. We had 6:30 reservations and didn't leave until almost 9:00, even w/out dessert. (They did apologize and brought us a complimentary antipasto plate.) I will definitely give them another try!
    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.
  • Wonderful Meal
    OftenGuestVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The meals here have always been outstanding, no matter what we ordered from the menu. You must have the fondue, though, to start off your meal. It is unbelievably good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Dinner
    Holliedolly
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This was our first time at Bistro Maison and we were not disappointed. We had an absolutely wonderful time, and would return without hesitation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We had a wonderful time.
    bloomers
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The perfect spot for a special occasion. The service is very attentive and they went out of their way to make us feel special. The food was amazing.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A favorites in OR wine country
    KimWilliams
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We love Bistro Maison. We always make an effort to have either lunch or dinner when we are traveling through Oregon wine country. A very special place. Excellent locally sourced ingredients crafted by expert chefs. Service is fantastic and the vintage home is special. Dining outdoors is a treat during warmer months.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A perfect evening
    farmgirl
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We were a party of six ladies, celebrating my aunt's birthday. We could not have asked for a better spot to enjoy the company of family and friends while partaking in some fabulous food and drinks. The ambiance was lovely on the back patio with the overhead fairy lights and the french linens on the tables. We ordered an assortment of salads, fondue and salmon. Not a single lady in our group had a negative thing to say. The portions were perfect and everything tasted as though it came right out of the garden! We all look forward to coming in again soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Party!
    JBRAC
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    There were 4 of us, one a Frenchman. We were spending an evening together before his week's-long trip to France. It was wonderful. He loved the cheese; he didn't receive what he had ordered so they made him another dinner! He loved it. The ambience is charming. Quite perfect. One of us ordered escargot and loved it. I ordered salmon. Aside from tasting wonderful, it was the biggest piece of salmon I've ever been served anywhere! We will come again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gdpupper
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Based on reviews from Yelp we tried it! We were not disappointed in the least. We were able to sit outside in the garden, which was lovely. Great service by two different servers, just the right amount of time between courses. They also gave great recommendations. The white truffle cheese fondue is outstanding! Our server tried to suggest it as an appetizer for 2, but I wanted it all to myself as the main course, and glad I did. Wonderful wine selection as well. We will definitely return to Bistro Maison on our next trip to the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful food
    PattybVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    This Bistro is way beyond ordinary. Beautiful house-made pâtés. Great steak, salads, cocktails. A real find. Wish I lived closer so I could go often. The patios are lovely, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A rare find!
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Was here for dinner, had only had lunch once which was fantastic. Dinner was superb, I had the scallops, my husband had the salmon and we shared the spinach salad with fresh local fruit, creme brûlée for dessert. All was just delicious. Cannot wait to bring friends and impress them with the "NY restaurant quality" that I appreciate since I lived there for many years. And the service is A+ professional. Yes it's a bit more expensive than the average restaurant but I'd rather pay an extra bit for a perfect meal that we rarely can find outside of Portland's best restaurants, and I'd say this is better.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a pleasure
    Terry
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We only go on special occasions, but every time has been wonderful. The food and service are excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A favorite of ours!
    Jsthvnf1
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Bistro Maison is our favorite restaurant to celebrate all of the "special days" of our lives like birthdays, anniversary, Valentines Day and New Years Day. Jean Jaques is a fabulous Chef, and Deborah is always so welcoming. She is so knowledgeable about which wines go with which entrees. The food is authentic, locally sourced French food, and SO delicious! I've never had a bad meal and neither have any of the many guests we've taken there. I guarantee that if you like French food, you won't be disappointed...from the Confit de Canard to the Cote de Boeuf for two to the Cassoulet, it is all delicious! And for dessert, save room for the Moelleux Au Chocolat or the Profiteroles Au Chocolat. They're simply heavenly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First class food
    Newfoodie
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Went with foodie friends, we all there on vacation. Turned out to be our favorite meal, and on par with some of our faves including Mustards in Napa. This was the best king salmon I think I've had. The sauce was perfect. Mussels, perfect. Fish soup, perfect,. Coq au vin perfect. Wine list perfect, and with plenty of French burgundies to compare with the local. We ate every bite of everything.
    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
  • Elliefay
    Elliefay
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We always stop here because the food is the best in the mcMinnville area and even in the Portland area. Like being in France!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • French and seasonable
    readingresearcher
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We were pleasantly impressed with this restaurant. Not only did they have a nice selection of French cuisine but wonderful seasonable Oregon faire. I had fantastic, perfectly cooked scallops with potatoes, sea beans (who knew!), and zucchini. My husband ordered duck confit which was so tender and in a marvelous orange sauce. The wine list was extensive for a small town restaurant with not only French selections but some very nice local Oregon wines. I would definately recommend this little place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great patio dining and amazing food
    luvwine
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Bistro Maison is my first stop whenever I'm in the valley. Located in the heart of McMinville, this beautiful house with outdoor patio is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy French dining at its best. The proprietor, Deborah, greats all guest with a smile and is always happy to recommend wine pairings. The fondue is to die for and all of the menu items are great!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Gone Down Hill
    Sparky
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    This was our second time at the restaurant. The first time, about a year ago, was above average. This time, the service was less than adequate. It took forever to get our food, and, the quality of the food was seriously lacking. We won't likely return. The building, especially the bathrooms, needs a serious cleanup.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • overcooked
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We were looking forward to a festive meal at BM. We brought special wine along for the event. Unfortunately, the chef likes to go home early on Sunday nights. As a result, we were rushed on ordering and then the food was overcooked. Our belief was that the food was prepared ahead and left to sit under the lights until it was time to bring to our table. As a result, the halibut was tough and the steak was medium-well instead of medium-rare. That being said, the people were nice and accommodate us as best they could.
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  • Bistro Maison Does It Again
    Rocco4rthtime
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I keep coming back to Bistro Maison because they never disappoint! Every dish is meticulously prepared and presented. Their before dinner spritzers are fun and their wine list is outstanding. The knowledge of the owner/staff is excellent in helping you choose your meal. It's my fourth time in the restaurant. Everytime that I am there, customers are celebrating birthdays and anniverseries. I went with my daughter and it was a special night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food/relaxed ambiance
    dvb97301
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Had dinner on a beautiful July evening at an outside table. The service was very attentive with food and ambiance to match. I would definitely come again and highly recommend others to visit.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous food and great atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    This was my second time eating here. My husband and I didn't think twice about where we wanted to eat while we were visiting the wine country. We wanted something extra special as my parents were with us and this didn't disappoint. We can't wait to eat here the next time we are in the area. The duck breast was spectacular, so moist and flavorful. The service was also great. This earns my hearty recommendation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • French in Oregon
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Very adequate French selections and nice wine accompaniments. Exceptional service. Upscale restaurant in a small town atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pleasantly surprised
    mwins
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Enjoyed both the food and the ambience. Comfortable, quiet. Salmon and halibut we're perfectly cooked. Yummy veggies, beautiful salad. Absolutely worth the visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bistro Anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Took my wife away from my 3 kids for a night out at the Bistro over the holiday weekend. It was our 6th anniversary. What a treat to eat out back on their patio. The lighting, service and food were outstanding. We are blessed to have such a nice restaurant in the heart of McMinnville.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing!!!
    Daniel364
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    This was mine and my wife's first time eating and experiencing Bistro Maison. It was our wedding anniversary and i wanted to take my wife somewhere beautiful, and classy, with good food. Somewhere special. I got to tell you, we were not disappointed! You could tell, as soon as you walked into the old house that was turned into a restaurant, the pride that was put into making that old home a beautiful bistro! The wait staff was very friendly and very helpful. Since it was our first time, we didn't know what to order. The waiters went thru the entire menu with us and then gave us tips, and recommendations on different items we were looking at ordering. Everything, and i mean everything we ordered was delicious!! It was Amazing!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic, inventive, and exquisite
    davekel
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Reminiscent of the bistros we visited in France -- rustic, fresh common local ingredients, big flavors -- yet presented with refinement and imagination. A large, thoughtful wine selection. Present but not "over present" service. A perfect evening celebrating our 35th anniversary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Another Great Meal!
    Ultra50miler
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    This was our 5th annual meal at Bistro Maison. The food is consistently top notch. There is a good mix of old standbys and several choices on the specials sheet. The wine list is extensive. We will be back on our next visit to Mcminnville.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eugenepeeps
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Food was delicious and beautifully presented. Relaxed environment and staff contributed to an exceptional evening. Unusual service approach in that it seemed "shared" by several people resulting in being asked the same question more than once. Not your typical situation where you are largely served by a single person with minimal help from others.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night
    Bidosmom3436
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We had a fabulous evening at the Bistro Maison. I highly recommend the cheese fondu!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Food
    NWPenguinGal
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Never disappointed with the FOOD at Bistro Maison. Server was very knowledgeable and helpful with making food selections.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner in Wine Country
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    This place is a must-visit when in Oregon wine country. Easy to get to, casual but romantic environment, phenomenal food and wine and friendly service...Romantic but great for small groups as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic French Food
    EZgourmand
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Like eating in Paris with Portland attitude and local food!!! The list above does not include dinner dining which is so romantic and lovely!! I would only bring children if they were teenagers comfortable with fine dining.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Touch of Paris!
    TheCrowEatsHere
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    There is absolutely nothing you can say about Bistro Maison without the word fantastic attached to it. The chef is wonderful and creative!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 19 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
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