Black Pearl Restaurant
Black Pearl Restaurant

Black Pearl Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.blackpearldenver.com/
  • Phone: (303) 777-0500
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Daily beginning at 5:00pm Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am - 3:00pm Brunch: Weekends 10:00am - 3:00pm (featuring bottomless mimosas) Happy Hour: Daily 3:00pm - 6:00pm (featuring half-priced drinks and oysters)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Mitch Mayers
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The entire restaurant may be rented for functions, or, our unique layout allows us to sell out portions of the restaurant.
  • Private Party Contact: Steve Whited 3037770500
  • Special Events: Don't miss our Summer Wine Series from May - October 5-7pm! Go On Tour with Black Pearl...Wine Dinners from around the World the 1st Wednesday of Every Month...Call for Details!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Iowa and Florida on South Pearl
  • Public Transit: Near the Louisiana Lightrail station.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Close on-street neighborhood parking.
A word from Black Pearl Restaurant
Described as contemporary American cuisine, Black Pearl's menu is focused on using fresh, locally produced ingredients that deliver a fullness of flavor which can only come from foods produced and prepared in a conscientious way. For the diner, that means our changing menu will feature seasonal foods, grown locally, and picked fresh to ensure their fullest flavor. From fruits and vegetables to meat and poultry, Black Pearl is committed to serving foods that are grown and raised in a way that shows respect for nature, and, of course, a similar respect for those who produce them and you who consume them. In addition to our regular menu selections, Black Pearl features a fresh raw oyster bar. With a carefully chosen selection of delectable oysters at all times, the raw bar has become a dining destination of its own.
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Black Pearl Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
81 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (53)fit for foodies (37)romantic (31)special occasion (30)great for outdoor dining (28)notable wine list (26)great for brunch (15)hot spot (13)great for lunch (8)good for groups (8)vibrant bar scene (4)scenic view (3)late-night find (3)Show More
  • Brunch with a friend in the neighborhood
    Gina
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    But the menu at Black Pearl really lacks ....interest. I had the "fall scramble" which was awful! Chewy leeks, a little goat cheese and some sun dried tomatoes? Yuck. I thought a "fall scramble" might include some "fall things." The bacon was so chewy it was more like jerkey than bacon. I suppose the "bottomless mimosas" are a draw for some people - but we weren't imbibing. Overall - I wouldn't go back for brunch.
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  • Richard L
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    The Menus looked good. I would have to say the food was only okay Nothing special. The service was good. Did not have coffee cups ready for tea and coffee. Someone needs to go shopping
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Incredible Cuisine! Must GO!!!
    kristie5747
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    I took my girlfriend for her birthday. Both of us are quite cultured in cuisine as we've been all over the world. To say say that we were BOTH blown away at the cuisine would be a massive understatement! This was quite possibly the best restaurant we have EVER been to! Absolute top notch with staff, knowledge, wine list, and especially the food. The amazing new take on calamari was beyond anything either of us had ever had and we've lived in Hawaii, California and Oregon. We will be be back again and again!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful Brunch!
    FoodieFanVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    My first time at Black Pearl and totally enjoyed it! My eggs were cooked exactly as I liked them and our attentive server was filling waters, coffees, etc. for us all the time We were a party of six and everyone enjoyed their meals. Looking forward to returning to Black Pearl!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just ok
    AM0805VIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    I've been to Black Pearl for brunch and dinner several times now and I always leave with the same feeling--the food is average and the drinks are good. At brunch, bottomless mimosas are a great deal to make up for the so-so food, but at dinner, it's just seemingly overpriced. I like to sit outside (although this last weekend it was really cold and not what I wanted to do, but I had a reservation and that was the only thing available) and it's fun to people watch. There's a big age range of customers, which is a pro in my book. Unfortunately, with so many other good options on S. Pearl, I don't think I'll go back to Black Pearl anytime soon...it's just not worth it, especially as somebody who can't eat gluten.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just Fine
    Abby
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    I have been to this restaurant a number of times. I wouldn't recommend going for a date as the two person tables are long so you end up sitting closer to your neighbor than your date. It's a little uncomfortable. The food is pretty good, small portions and I think they are overpriced. It is however a great spot to take people visiting from out of town because it's right in the middle of the Pearl Street strip... great for a champagne stop while shopping the boutiques.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Black Pearl
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Black Pearl has good ambiance and outstanding service. Great location for a romantic dinner or special occasion. If you're a wine lover, this is the place for you! They also have delicious cocktails and calamari. The steak was not all that great, though. It was not cooked to specifications, and the table next to us sent their steak back because it was too charred. Perhaps, the mussels and fries are a better choice for entree'?
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and drink
    NuclearRxn
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We have been to Black Pearl several times now. It is consistently great for food quality and cocktails. The calamari starter is especially tasty and atypical. I think I could have that almost everyday and be happy about it. Maybe a Colorado Mule to wash it down!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Date Night
    KellyVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    My husband and I went here for our wedding anniversary. I noted it was our anniversary on the Open Table reservation. They greeted us with champagne and congrats on our anniversary. The service was impeccable along with the food. We will go back to Black Pearl over and over again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place for anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    My wife and I went there for our anniversary. The staff was attentive and the food was great!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very average
    Yuck
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Mussels not rinsed, full of grit. Salad nothing but arugula and vinaigrette.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Black Pearl
    Denverfoody
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Great spot really enjoyed the meal, the service and the ambiance
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb!
    jjjrrrlll26
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We had a delightful anniversary dinner this past week at the Black Pearl. The food is an eclectic variety exploding with flavor. Best of all - there was an all inclusive groupon offer - making the experience both superb and affordable. Our compliments to the Chef and serving staff at the Black Pearl.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really nice...
    AFguyinCOS
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Great location, excellent food, elegant setting...recommend for special occasions!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fire-pit
    AdamTKO
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    This place is expensive, but it's worth it. And it's SUPER worth it if you sit outside on the patio next to the fire. So, next time, skip out on the crowded and expensive Sushi Den and take a few extra steps down the street to the Black Pearl. You won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Went for a quick brunch food was great and the bottomless mimosas were FAB! Outdoor dining and service was excellent as well would definitely come back and recommend to a friend
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply average w/ execution issues
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I choose the Black Pearl out of all the restaurants for Denver Restaurant week because of their creative menu and the fact that they had Paella on the menu (one of my all time favorite dishes that is often hard to find). Sadly, I was disappointed with my food. Paella was more of a soup - potatoes seemed stale and the 1 clam was fishy and tasted old. Salad was extremely small and desserts disappointing (coconut cake no trace of espresso and was dry and inedible). For a $80 check, I expected more out of the meal and will not return. Honestly, I wish I had spent my restaurant week dollars at a different establishment. I do wish this local restaurant success and I hope the chef/manager reads reviews as tool to improve.
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  • NOT American fare!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    My teenager chose this restaurant for Restaurant Week because it advertised American fare. Our French-speaking dinner companion had to translate the menu, a combination of French and Italian. We won't be back.
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  • Meh
    Elle
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I was really excited to take my girlfriend for dinner. The menu sounded amazing. The place is nice, the service is good, but the food was really not great. The ingredients are quality, but the taste is not there. Bland, or odd. I thought maybe I just didn't like what Ive had, but I heard an unsolcited review from a co-worker that she had a similar experience with a different menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This Pearl shines
    DenverDevil
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We visited the Black Pearl during restaurant week and had an amazing evening. Making the reservation to visit with our friends who have a daughter studying the culinary arts in Napa, we were hoping to impress and the Black Pearl dishes with a Louisiana flare (I enjoyed their take on jambalaya), fine wines, and tempting deserts did just that. The unexpected surprise was that because it was raining the seating inside the dining room allowed us to peek into the kitchen so we could see the chef and cooks showing off their impeccable skills. We plan to sit outside next visit as the patio is warm and inviting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Visit
    Tim31
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I always like trying new restaurants and Denver Restaurant Week allowed me to try some place I might not have tried otherwise. I thought the options they had to choose from where great as I think having 4 main course options allows a good variety to choose from.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bravo for the Moody Blue Souffle
    Veggies4me
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    After looking at several local restaurant menus online, I chose the Black Pearl for my belated birthday celebration with three other people. At the time, I didn't know about Restaurant Week so that wasn't a factor. My Moody Blue souffle (one of the reasons I chose the restaurant) was to die for, and my scallops with hoisin sauce (thankfully with no MSG) and my husband's duck breast were also excellent. I'm not sure why, but our friends decided to order from the Restaurant Week menu, which apparently was an unfortunate choice. They should have stuck with the regular menu like my husband and I did. The Black Pearl is a perennial favorite of mine, and I'll be back soon for another Moody Blue Souffle!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ljcarp
    ljcarp
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Nice quaint location, beautifully redone old home. Very odd pairings of ingredients; only some worked. Served warm water with no ice? Who does that? With only one bite of the dessert the waitstaff never asked if it was ok or if it could be replaced. Seemingly disinterested once the meal was nearly complete.
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  • Fabulous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Keep returning to the Black Pearl, it's close to home. The food is so good. I enjoyed the scallops. I took a friend for her birthday and they gave her a complimentary, delicious desert with candle. The staff is always friendly and accommodating. I truly enjoy the experience. I would not recommend you bring children here. It's a nice adult outing. Thanks Black Pearl.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great nite!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    sat outside--drinks were yummy. Food was very good. Service was also very good. Enjoyed our evening
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 56 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 801 reviews are from the Black Pearl Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Great food, even better service
    KSGirl
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This was my first visit to the Black Pearl, which had been recommended by a coworker. I brought my parents with me, and they happened to be very indecisive that evening. Our server was incredibly helpful patient, especially when explaining the extensive wine list. We started with pork belly, and for entrees we each ended up getting a seafood dish: mussels, scallops, and the fish special (striped bass, I believe it was). The food was excellent. We were seated near the open kitchen, which I suppose might be a negative to some people, but we enjoyed gawking at the chefs while they worked. Overall a great experience, and I really can't say enough about the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Find dining that was down to earth
    Nfli
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The food was amazing, expensive. It you get what you pay for. The staff was great, very down to earth, attentive, knowledgable and kind.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience as usual
    aknittedbrowVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Many thanks to the wait staff who recommended a fabulous - and affordable - wine to accompany our dinner. All four of us ordered the same dinner - the 3 course tasting menu - which was superbly prepared. We had a wonderful dinner and a very enjoyable time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find
    MOSanzo
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Great little restaurant on South Pearl. Wonderful food, especially the calamari and the halibut. Great wine list but pricey. About $100 per person with appetizer, bottle of wine, salad, entree and dessert.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Makes it special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We booked at Black Pearl for our first anniversary and the staff made it a very special night to remember.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was very disappointing
    valerie44
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Brunch is just not their thing. Some restaurants try to do too much to make the most money, and apparently the Black Pearl is one of these places. First, the monkey bread was not very tasty. It didnt really remind me of monkey bread. And when you tell me their is cream, there better be more than a tiny spoonful. Next, I got the square breakfast. Hard to go wrong right? Wrong. The potatoes were dry and flavorless. The eggs were slimy (not real eggs). My bacon was burnt. My boyfriend got the duck hash. There was a half inch of grease at the bottom of his dish. Do I need to say more? Very very disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • what happened??
    GESWWP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    This used to be a great place for dinner and brunch. Our last visit was terrible! the food was mediocre at best. The service was horrible- wrong food, not filling coffee even though asked, inattentive to the point of not being able to find the waiter....... Although it has been a" go to" for many years I will not be returning.
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  • Very disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Had an 8pm reservation for a Tues night. Service was slow, took a while to get our drinks. We ordered and then the waiter came back and told my husband they were out of the pasta here had ordered. They have a pretty small menu so that was unfortunate. I got the burrata which was good, they brought my husband the wrong salad. After starters it took over 45 mins to get our entrees. I got the sweet corn risotto...never in my life have I sent something back for being just plain bad. It lacked any sort of flavor or seasoning, and tasted like water and rice (worse possibly). My husbands scallops were great. They gave us cake to make up for it- pistachio ice cream on it was fantastic but cake was dry and flavorless. Maybe went on a bad night? Sad.
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  • slow service marked the evening
    eccewbd
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Started off with service that was attentive and quick but as the meal progressed we felt abandoned by out server. Food was below average but she would not have known as she did not return until she brought desert menus. Then room another, 15 min to bring the check.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Black Pearl is a Pearl
    JJeatsVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We thought there were many tempting offerings, not true at every notable restaurant. The starter of gorgonzola souffle was rich and yummy. The entree of four large scallops with hominey, fava beans etc. was mouth watering and generously proportioned. The BP is very attractive with its large window opened to the gorgeous summer evening. We enjoyed the neighborhood atmosphere with families, dogs, people oni bikes, and lots of strollers. Altogether a most special dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service
    foodie222
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Treated my husband to the Father's Day Brunch which was mediocre at least. Bottomless Mimosa's were dampened by the poor service and actual delivery of drinks. It was disappointing that the advertising of Bottomless Mimosa's was anything but bottomless. Great outdoor dining but frustrating to have to chase down your waiter. Get it together Black Pearl!!
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    great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unsure
    burlyVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    This restaurant is definitely a neighborhood gem. The service and the ambiance is always fantastic. We have enjoyed this restaurant through the years, yet the past few visits have been disappointing. We heard that the chef recently changed and we were excited to try. Our artichoke was not cooked and the Panza salad was horrible!! My husband enjoyed his salmon and said it was the best he has experienced in a while. My scallops were just ok, but the veggies under them were good. We are mixed still on this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful restaurant on Pearl
    Nosferav8r
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Took my girlfriend here for her birthday dinner and had a great time. The waitress (Kim) was awesome, friendly and outgoing... the ambience was wonderful and the food was absolutely incredible. I had the swordfish, which is a fish I usually don't like and was completely blown away by the quality. Wine selection was also excellent and we easily could've stayed here all night... but we also wanted to walk up to the Village Cork up the street for more of that :) Prices a bit higher than the local competition, but definitely worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious!
    Tatitot
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Duck confit skillet was delicious. My bottomless mimosa was constantly being filled - never had to sit with an empty glass.
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    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cost versus value/
    TGIF
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We all liked this restaurant but found the prices for beer and per glass wine to be exorbitant. The food was good and the chef used imagination, but even here, we would like to see a little better value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate