Black Cat
Black Cat

Black Cat

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.blackcatboulder.com/
  • Phone: 3034445500x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner Daily: 5:30pm - Close
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, French, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Eric Skokan
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: The Black Cat caters on-site and off-site events from 15 to 120 people. Allow our chef to create a memorable dining event featuring a range of flavors and styles. Possibilities include lively "family-style" dinners, traditional plated-service dinners or elaborate tasting menus. Please inquire about our banquet menu via email or telephone.
  • Private Party Facilities: The Black Cat offers soulful, eclectic dining in it hip, yet casual dinning room and bar. While the dining room seats up to 68 people for plated service, smaller groups can be accommodated as well. The Black Cat is perfect for groups of 8 to 20 with an intimate dining experience, hand-crafted cuisine and a killer wine list.
  • Private Party Contact: Eric Skokan 3034445500x
  • Special Events: February 5th (Superbowl Sunday):
    Black Cat will be hosting a wine dinner with two exciting biodynamic wineries from Italy.
    First is San Fereolo from Piemonte, a winery whose commitment to making serious wine from the local dolcetto grape has garnered international recognition. San Fereolo's Dolcetto Superiore wine is aged in casks for 2 years and is one of the most powerful wines being made from the grape today.
    The second is Fattoria San Lorenzo from Le Marche. The most fascinating of their wines is the Il San Lorenzo, a 100% verdicchio wine aged on its lees for 10 years and produced in only the best years.
    Both wineries are biodynamic, a method which aims to improve the health of land and its surrounding ecosystem through farming.
    Please join us for an 8 course meal with Amy Wadman, Natalino Crognaletti, and Mirco Lucamarini featuring Black Cat Farm chicken, pork, lamb, and produce.
    ($85 food/ $45 wine)

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pearl Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Street Parking
A word from Black Cat
Black Cat Farm Table Bistro serves inspired, organic cuisine based on the just-picked produce from its own 130 acre farm. By day, Chef-Farmer Eric Skokan cares for the vegetables out in his fields. Each evening finds him in the kitchen crafting dishes on his daily changing menu.
The restaurant's wine list places the great wines of the world side-by-side with small, off-the-beaten-path producers from lesser-known regions. Daily pairing menus give our sommeliers ample opportunity to dip into the 400+ selection cellar, and vary in focus from Northern Italy to organic wines of the Pacific Northwest. Hand-crafted, seasonal cocktails featuring artisanal spirits and local ingredients show the talent of our professional mixologists who make our bar spring to life. The Black Cat has a lively, warm atmosphere in its intimate dining room.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Black Cat reviews from OpenTable diners
112 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.8
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (97)special occasion (90)romantic (72)notable wine list (61)neighborhood gem (36)good for groups (9)hot spot (8)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Once in a lifetime
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Once in everyone's lifetime, a couple should share this dining experience. The food and wine pairings were sublime. The food presentation and variety were fit for royalty, and the service impeccable. And the ambiance oozed romanticism. So if you have that special someone, and want to share heaven on earth, this is the time and the place.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Absolutely amazing!
    JulesVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Not only is the food incredibly good, the staff is passionate about it. The staff goes above and beyond to make diners feel welcomed. The Chef's Tasting with wine pairings is not cheap, but it is definitely worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great tasting menu
    SwissMiss
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We loved all their locally produced food, Excellently prepared with a lot of very interesting flavors, beautifully presented. The service was very friendly and professional. We asked if they could include one of the dishes on the a la carte menu and were told that that would not be a problem. All in all, a delightful evening.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Shawn the SOM was awesome. Great pairing of food/wine. Great service by whole team. Very accommodating with dietary needs. Staff really listens and gets it right. The chef is amazing! Even came out to chat and thank us for dining with them. One of the best farm to table restaurants you'll find in Boulder. Just get the chefs tasting menu and wine pairing and you'll feel like you're in heaven...delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yep
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Awesome staff, awesome food! I will definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • From the Farm
    Gerald
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Very fresh and masterful menu. Could really taste the same-day freshness in the vegetables especially the tomatoes and the basil. every component of every dish was expertly prepared and presented. the Colorado Bass was crispy on the outside and flaky on the indise with creamy flavor and absoultely no 'fish' smell. Top shelf, one of the best meals this year.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We have been coming to Black Cat since 2008 and it never disappoints! The tasting menu was amazing. Every course was well thought out and delicious. Love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great local food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The best farm to table meal I've ever had. They did a fantastic job of avoiding food allergies while surprising us at each course with something special. Loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • follyVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great food, attentive service. Chefs tasting menu was delicious. Steered us to a wine that was $25 a glass! If it were not for the prices we would go back. Well over $100 pp with 1 glass of wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding dining experience
    colofoodie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My husband and I chose Black Cat for a "date night" and were very pleased with the entire experience. We did both the Chef's Tastimg menu and the wine pairings. Everything was very fresh (love the farm to table concept) and the wines were very good. We especially liked the smoked trout and the rabbit terrine. We stayed for 2 and 1/2 hours and never felt rushed. The staff answered all of our questions and the chef visited the table twice. It was a wonderful evening and ranks number 1 on our list of dining experiences.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impressed on every level
    Biff99
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Fantastic. Had the chef tasting menu and wine pairing and it was fabulous. Impeccable service, friendly staff, beautiful food and wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unexpected delight
    KristinXO
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Our group of 6 did not know what a treat we were in for when I made reservations at Black Cat! It was described to us as "farm to table", but it is much more! I would say it was the best farm to table food I have had. The story behind Black Cat, and the Black Cat Farm where the food is grown, is a sweet one. The kitchen is proudly on display behind large glass windows. The ambiance suggests Parisian Romance, and the staff is sincere, knowledgable, and very attentive (but not too much). Next time in, I will be sure to order the Chef's sampling menu! Enjoy! You will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • For the love of food and wine
    Superstitions
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The Chef's tasting menu and wine paring was fantastic. The Chef came to the table with a couple of the courses to tell the story of the dish. It was obvious that he loves food and loves to cook. He described being in the farm fields that morning selecting fresh produce and how his evening dishes evolve from what he discovered there. His energy and talents were quite evident as the entire meal was fresh, finely crafted and delicious. Our somallier complimented not only the dining experience but also the social experience. He has an incredible knowledge of wine and offered wonderful tastings complimenting each plate. He presented them with great technical descriptions and an affable personality that we looked forward to with each course.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food in Boulder
    EarlsDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We have enjoyed the dining experience at Black Cat on four different occasions in the last 2 years. We are drawn to the amazing food and wine, but we don't go as often as we would like because it is a bit pricey. Dinner for two, wine, and an overall great experience will cost you $275 with gratuity. If you can afford it...it will be worth it!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Excellent!!! Hasn't been beat yet!
    Jaymes
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    About 5 days before we ate At fresco and I have to say that black cat is still my fav. I will say that service can sometimes be a bit rough but the food more than makes up for it. We drive 2 hours to eat here when craving the best dinning experience. The tasting menue transports you to a different world.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Place
    Frequentguest
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Simply the best restaurant in Boulder for now, after my top favorite went out of business ... Excellent dinner, very carefully and skillfully prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Come into its own
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Place has always had great food and wine list. Issues with service and portion size are resolved. One of the best in boulder
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb Boulder Fine Dining
    CardioVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    One of our absolute favorite restaurants in the world. After having lived in Boulder for 8 years, and being "regulars", we moved out of state. We always make it a point to return to beautiful Boulder, Colorado. A must of every visit is dinner at Black Cat. Eric is an artist with his meals and their presentation. The service is unequalled. The cocktails are exquisite, and always another highlight of the evening.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We had a wonderful experience at the Black Cat. The service was excellent and the food absolutely wonderful. We'll definitely come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Best of the best
    Sassafras
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Probably the finest meal I've had in the US. Had the chef's tasting menu, both regular and vegetarian versions at our table, and a recommended wine. Incredible subtle flavors, textures and creative combinations of fresh local ingredients for six courses and dessert. Each course was accompanied by an explanation of the components and preparation. Pleasant atmosphere, attentive service, nice pacing, superb food...what more could you ask? I've enjoyed Chef Eric's greens from the farmers market for years and this completes the picture.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Amazing!!!
    Foodcritic1993
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food is fantastic, and their chef's tasting makes it great for anyone that doesn't want to make choices. You never really know what you're going to get, and as far as I'm concerned, that's a great thing. For those who know exactly what type of food they want, they have a regular menu to make a selection from. The service there is impeccable, I was never wondering where the wait staff was. It is my girlfriend and my favorite dining in the area. It's a must try!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ed Connors
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Excellent restaurant. Food, presentation, timing and service were top shelf. The complimentary sparkling rose for birthday was an unexpected nice touch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Tasting menu is superb!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Always perfect! Food is phenomenal and they have a way of bringing out the flavors of all the ingredients in a super yummy way.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My husband and I had dinner at Black Cat the other night to celebrate our anniversary. We tried the tasting menu with wine pairing and it was outstanding!! Everything was so fresh and had a great mixture of flavors.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fresh food
    mandm
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We enjoyed our visit to the black cat restaurant. We appreciated chef Eric's gracious attention in explaining preparation details of cuisines. It was a great dining experience.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special night!
    spoiled
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    My husband, daughter and I truly enjoyed our experience. We enjoy watching all the Food network shows and recently we have been exploring the local food scene and branching out of our comfort zone. I thought I would be intimidated at your restaurant, but because everyone was so friendly, we felt very comfortable and welcomed. The food was delicious from start to finish and it was exciting being surprised by the 7 courses! I highly recommend the Chef-tasting option!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    excellent food and presentation; it is a bit pricey, but the value is there. Chef-owned and Eric is there; it shows in the care the staff takes to be sure diners are happy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Excellent food and great service!
    amesmie
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The food was fantastic and the service was just as good. They are a farm-to-table restaurant so their menu changes daily based on what's in season and what is high quality and available. For this reason, the menu is small, which I like because I'm not overwhelmed with too many choices.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food and service
    DowntownORD
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I had the pleasure of dining solo at the Black Cat while on vacation and was seated at the chef's table, which provided a great view of the busy, professional staff. Chef Eric was a kind, accommodating host, and served up an amazing tasting menu that was so much more affordable than anything I would find in my hometown. Being a farm-to-table establishment, the chef places a lot of unique embellishments that really enhance the food (arugula flowers, young coriander seeds, fresh herbs, etc.). The ambiance is relaxed yet refined, and the noise level is quiet. Highly recommended for great food and excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love2eatveggies
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    We had a lovely meal at the Black Cat to celebrate our anniversary. We had the vegetarian tasting menu with wine pairings. The food is so fresh and creative. A few of the delicious courses were turnip soup, fresh ricotta with grilled peaches and local greens, vegetable curry, and berries and panna cotta. These things may sound like you've had them before, but with most of the food grown on Eric's Black Cat Farm and the inventive sauces and garnishes, every bit is a little taste explosion. Service is lovely and attentive. We also brought a dozen people here for a work event last month. There is a private room in the back that's perfect for 10-20 people. Everyone loved the food. They accommodated gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, etc. Yum
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly recommended
    dairyfree
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    We made reservations for 6 pm and were seated in a quite nook in the back of the restaurant. The chef and staff at the Black Cat were totally gracious and understanding about my dietary needs. We ordered the duck, rabbit and beef entrees. They were all beautifully prepared and presented at the table. Absolutely delicious! We will definitely be back to treat family and friends experience the joys of a Black Cat dining experience.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Just right
    Foodies
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Excellent attentive service without being intrusive. They were out of our wine selection, but the sommelier came right over with other similar selections at our same price point. The charcoutier plate was delicious and the entrees were just the right size and had just the right amount of flavor; absolutely excellent. The noise level was low and we were able to carry on a conversation without feeling like we were raising our voices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    They try very hard to make it a fine dining experience. The wait staff was bordering on pretentious, but not very professional. They were very eager to be of service, but dishes were given to the wrong people, etc. The flow of food coming out of the kitchen was also poor, but the food served was very good. Good food cannot overcome awkward service. Both shape the dining experience for me.
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  • foodie12VIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    This true farm to table restaurant outstanding. It feels like dining in a private home where your host personally cultivated and prepared each dish.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wedding Anniversary
    CWC60
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Recently my wife and I dined at The Black Cat to celebrate our wedding anniversary. It provided for the perfect dining experience to enhance our wedding anniversary observance. The food was delectable and the service was outstanding.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • Didn't Disappoint, but Expensive!
    coloradomom
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    We were a party of five. One of us did the chef's tasting menu and it was lovely. Just enough food to make you feel like you got your $ worth, but not enough to make you feel stuffed. The rest ordered a la carte. Several of us had dietary issues and they accommodated everyone beautifully. It is lovingly prepared fresh locally sourced food, but not pretentious in any way, very approachable. The interior atmosphere of the restaurant leaves a little be be desired - feels old, and slightly grungy, but the food is the highlight here.
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  • Better than expected
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    We truly enjoyed the food and staff at Black Cat. The chef's choice tastings were delicious and the service was top notch. We will be back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BrigiVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We love "Black Cat", over and over again. Very special.
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  • Great for wine and french food
    HAPPYWIFEequalsnocouch
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Our group of four were first time visitors. The staff was friendly, without being intrusive. The food was very good. The wine selection is among the best I have seen. Be prepared for the price for the wines, but easily one of the best French places to eat I have been to.
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  • Love this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Love the farm to table authenticity, flavors are so fresh. Tables are private but we could see the kitchen. Love it!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.