Bistro Pastis
Bistro Pastis

Bistro Pastis

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bistropastis.com/
  • Phone: 6047315020
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, French
  • Executive Chef: Brad Miller
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact the restaurant for details.

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Bistro Pastis
A convivial atmosphere, enhanced by the cozy fire place, invites diners to linger a while. Dinner tables are set with crisp linens, making you feel like a welcome guest at a friend’s home. If meeting a friend for a drink or appies, have a seat along the bar, where there’s great people-watching. Pastis is as close as you can get to Paris without a plane ticket. It has one of the city’s largest wine selections by the glass. Very romantic.

DON’T-MISS DISHES

. Traditional Coq au Vin

. Steak Tartare

. Moules et Frites – a bistro favourite.

Bistro Pastis strives to present traditional French bistro fare in an environ- ment that pays homage to its French roots. The menu changes seasonally to reflect available ingredients at their peak. Classic dishes and wines are offered at affordable prices. Traditional plats du jour are offered daily. Bistro Pastis was voted best Bistro by the Vanc. Magazine and Vanc. Sun for 2004 and 2005
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Bistro Pastis reviews from OpenTable diners
72 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (52)special occasion (44)fit for foodies (41)romantic (32)great for lunch (25)notable wine list (23)good for groups (14)great for brunch (13)hot spot (5)kid-friendly (4)late-night find (3)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • ICBDV
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Very satisfied - Host John looked after us exceptionally well and my guests and I were very pleased with the food quality and presentation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A good experience
    Pleinjeu
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We went there because of Travelzoo's 4-course meal deal. The appetizer, salad and dessert were excellent, and we really liked the escargots. The steak, however, reminded me of my college dorm days. The outside was overcooked to an extent that it tasted bitter. The accompanied fries were too salty. Service was excellent. The owner went to every table to talk to the customers.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Niike
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food and presentation were excellent. My wife had the foie gras and the pork. She was very impress. I had the tartar and the beef bourgeois. It was wonderful. Good prices. Great friendly service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incroyable Pastis
    Montrachet
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Pastis is a fabulous restaurant-The owner John Blakeley is easily the greatest restaurant host in Vancouver, moving beyond the standard bearer of this designation-John Bishop. He will bend over backwards to make your restaurant experience far and above anything you will get in the rarefied Parisian Bistro scene-his pomme frites and sweetbreads are in a class by themselves, easily surpassing any fare from L'ami Louis at about 1/5 the price. How do you spell great time and great bargain. No wonder the Burgundy and Bordeaux wine clubs are frequent travellers to Pastis, as indeed John just hosted 8 of us for one of the great dining experiences of the year. Kudos to John and his fantastic Pastis restaurant!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Almost There...
    MrsDuck
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Bistro Pastis is a chic little neighbourhood restaurant featuring friendly servers with authentic french accents. The food is good but maybe could be great with a bit more attention - a little more subtle touch with the salad dressings - more generous helpings of veg in the salad nicoise, or more care in baking the pastry (my companion's quiche was burned at the edges). Service was excellent to start with but we had to flag down the waitress to order coffee and get a dessert menu - then find someone to actually take our order for desert. We would really like to recommend this place but will try dinner one time in future before doing so.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • always great
    bestliverinvancouverVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    food service location all 100% Bend there dozens of times always good. The liver is the best in Vancouver!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We love Pastis, our Vancouver favorite. John, the proprietor, is on top of everything and makes everyone feel so welcome with a personal touch and great personality!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • latenight
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Strongly recommend this for dinner, food great and so is service and wine selection.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favourite Brunch place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We love Pastis and we are never disappointed when we bring our guests there. Service is always first rate and the food is superb. highly recommend for brunch, lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • French traditional done with style
    SmokedMeat1
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    A favourite of ours as it is quiet, lovely service, a strong wine list and best of all food that is done, not over done. Love the duck dishes here as they do them right. The frites for the table are a must and frankly every dish was worthy of ordering again. Will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sensual transportation
    brillat4u
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Wonderful evening! Special of the Day was Pork Groin with Galantine on a bed of small and sweet green peas and wild mushrooms. The combination of tastes was wonderful and the crispy tasty crust surrounding tender juicy meat was just amazing. Beautiful innovation. The Endive Salad as starter is a must. Definitely my best dinner so far since I moved from Montreal 7 years ago. Congratulation to the new Chef!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We had not been to Pastis for a few years and were delighted to see it had not changed. John continues to offer a wonderful dining experience with food that is fabulous. I loved the sweetbread starter and the ling cod could not have been better . Others in my group had the Osso Bucco and they enjoyed every bite. The strawberry tart was a disappointment . The meringue seemed to be old and too sweet. Service was adequate and although some may think it was slow I think that you can't expect that presentation and those flavors to be served in fast food time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Even better than before!
    frequentdinerVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I like this restaurant a lot, so was pleasantly surprised by the recent changes to both the appetizer and main course lists. The new chef has added some interesting items, including a delicious sturgeon dish, and some beautiful new presentations. A black-battered cauliflower, sliced open to show the white within, was an especially appealing addition to the plate. A recent melon gazpacho was perfectly seasoned to emphasize the tension between the cool melon and mild spice. The sole, a carryover from the previous menu, was even tastier than before. It's hard to believe that this restaurant can, after 15 years, still offer up a dynamic kitchen and evolving menu. Kudos to John and his staff!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • irmvinVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Warm, friendly atmosphere, great food and service - makes you feel as though you are visiting a good friend (one who can cook).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    My friend and I went here for a birthday brunch and we were so happy with our choice. The food and the service were excellent and I would highly recommend this restaurant. I can't wait to go back for dimmer.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Brille Encore
    pengo1
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    It had been a while since we visited Pastis for dinner and we remembered the meal was one of the better ones we've had in Vancouver. It didn't disappoint. Our meal was excellent from le aperitif to le dessert. The special sea scallops with risotto was amazing and the duck was perfectly prepared. Our waiter's attention was pretty dispersed but he graciously gave us a port on the house with dessert. And even though the tables seem fairly close, we had plenty of room at out two top and wasn't disturbed at all by neighbouring diners. We would highly recommend Pastis for a romantic night out and un excellent reaps.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not at par this time around
    FromBCVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    It was a bad nite to dine here that day. Kitchen could not keep up with the service. We thought we would be smart to order before the big party at the other table ordered but we were wrong. We got out of the restaurant 3 1/2 hrs later. Most of the tables beside us got their food quite late including their appetizers. When the mains arrived, they arrived in parts--including the fish dishes. The elderly women beside us complained they were not hungry anymore when their mains arrived. The owner, nice guy he is, gave every table complimentary fries while they waited for their food. It was a disaster. It was suppose to be an early father's day dinner for my husband. Now, we have to take him out again to make up for it.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    Food4two
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Our meal was okay but not as good when compared to some other FRENCH restaurants! Prices are rather expensive for wines and appetizers are just okay!! Meals are not cheap and sauces are very rich !! The menu needs to be tweeked to provide a refreshed choice of main courses!! It is a nice venue with very good service but needs to improve choices for desert as well!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • PF4Pastis
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Celebrated our 39th wedding anniversary- John and staff were very attentive; food was great as were the wine recommendations. Excellent value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • FlowerVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We enjoyed a very good meal with some exceptional wine. It was very busy and pretty loud, difficult for my husband who is hard-of- hearing. It is still one of our favourite places to eat locally.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another memorable dinner
    Michael
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We have enjoyed Bistro Pastis as a wonderful restaurant to celebrate special occasions for many years. Last weekend marked another family event, and again, everything about the dinner, the presentation, the service, the wine, and the ambience was top notch. We had reserved early (5:30) as we were moving on to a concert later, and the tables filled while we were enjoying our dinner. It was therefore quiet on our arrival and even as it filled, the noise levels remained at acceptable levels. We particularly enjoy the dinner specials, and had difficulty choosing from amongst the three options that were offered on this evening. Delicious dinner, great wine, and a lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • superb
    ThisGuy
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Nice place. Friendly helpful staff. Great food. Will return.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    Louie
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Gazpacho delicious, also quiche, carb cake, and best sweetbreads (Les Ris de veau) in Vancouver; Rognon a la Moutarde terrific. Ended with strawberry tart. Must visit more often.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another enjoyable Lunch at Pastis
    algbc
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    I always look forward to dining at Pastis. On this occasion the food was lovely and the service was excellent, as it always is.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Took my mother for Brunch Mother's Day. It was excellent, could not have asked for a better place to take her.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food and service
    Impeccible
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I have been a few times and am always impressed with the service and food. From the mussels we had at brunch on Sunday to the beef wellington at dinner another time. I would definitely recommend this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Restaurant, Watch for Extras
    oystercatcher
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I ordered the duck with salad and was disappointed that the duck was so dry that I wanted water to help it go down. We were offered croissants in a roving basket by someone who I assumed was the owner, and although they were good, I would not have accepted them had I known that we would be charged for them, 6 for $21. If the server had asked me if I wanted any while ordering, I would have said no, but since bread is customarily served at the beginning of meals and is usually complimentary as a matter of course, I was surprised to be billed I felt conned. This is not a dim sum restaurant. I've had some really exceptional complimentary bread in Vancouver restaurants (C Restaurant comes to mind). I did not pay the bill so didn't complain then
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mother's Day Brunch for 10
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The staff at this restaurant were great and the food was good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, great service
    nlspamVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Went for dinner on a Friday evening. Had asked for a quiet table when I made the reservation. It was busy and crowded, but we did get a quiet table. We both had the butter lettuce and the bouillabaisse. The fish of the day for the bouillabaisse was smoked albacore tuna. The meal was delightful. We had a side order of pomme frites. If I've had better, I don't remember. The dessert, a lemon trio, finished up the meal nicely. Our server was excellent: friendly, attentive, but not disruptive. Truly great food and a delightful restaurant overall. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not bad, but we've had better food
    Beckster
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    This visit was a birthday lunch treat. Pastis is usually a perfect choice for this, but, we've had much better food here before. Lunch for vegetarians was limited. Started with the endive salad, which was smaller and not as delicious as previous visits. Just two crumbs of blue cheese and two nuts on what was meant to be an endive, blue cheese and nut salad... Then, omelettes arrived but were different to what was advertised and ordered. They were meant to contain red peppers and swiss cheese, but contained barely any cheese and only some tomatoes, no peppers. Still an 'okay' lunch but not as good as anticipated. Left a little disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    LadyGranthamVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The ONLY redeeming part of our evening was our waitress Cassandra - she was outstanding! After checking the website, we came in especially for the Boeuf Bourguignon but apparently their website hadn't been updated so instead we were sold on the whole presentation of the 'rib eye special', that the owner cuts it table-side, etc. but instead the 'hostess' cut it with the owner watching over. Neither one of them said a word to us, never even making eye contact with us. Our medium rare order came to us 'raw'. The owner saw it & commented but still served it, only to have us send it back moments later. Every cut was gristle; clearly cut wrong by the hostess. Très décevant.
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  • for a special occasion
    Lauren
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    - personal greeting, attentive service, great food - a wonderful way to celebrate
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 40 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 782 reviews are from the Bistro Pastis reviews archive.
  • My Kits favourite
    Nancy
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Bistro Pastis has been my favourite restaurant in Kits since they opened 15 years ago. The food is always top notch and I have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sandy
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    One of our favourites - we sit at our favourite table, are served by our favourite waiter, and eat our favourite eggs benny with our favourite wine. Always a pleasure.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oldvelo
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Excellent food served by friendly, knowledgable staff. Even though we we were late, we never felt rushed.a great dining experience, great atmosphere, very reasonable prices. Enjoyed by young and old in our party of 7.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Accommodated
    boggser
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Made a reservations for 4, for a Saturday evening and asked for a quite table so we could visit and we were accommodated with a round table up at the front. The place was full and buzzing but being removed from the core of the room we were were able to visit comfortably. Attentive wait staff, very good food and an adequate wine list. We all had three courses and all were beautifully presented. We have been to this restaurant before and I would return again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Kits dining
    bestliverinvancouverVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We dine here ofter always good especially when John is there!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always terrific
    JulesVIP
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Pastis delivers consistent delicious French bistro food. Service is unobtrusive and efficient. Absolutely wonderful lamb shanks!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently wonderful
    Parentsnightout
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We can't count how many times we have been to Bistro Pastis but we always enjoy fabulous food, great service and the unsurpassed friendliness and hospitality of owner frontman John. Thank you once again John. The Princess says hi!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely French Bistro sunny interior
    divineinvancouver
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    I actually love this Kits bistro. Mellow yellow walls make it feel sunny in the day and soothing at night. The food is wonderful. Had the special which was delicious, arctic char and scallops over a bed of risotto and asparagus> Not hurried service and just the right amount of bustle and enjoyment of diners all over the room. Wonderful fireplace going on chilly days and lots of special seats to choose from. Wait staff are attentive but not in your face. Always helpful in assisting a diner with any food sensitivities such as myself. A go-to restaurant for a ladies lunch or a bite before or after a show.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.