Blue Restaurant - Charlotte, NC
Blue Restaurant - Charlotte, NC

Blue Restaurant - Charlotte, NC

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.bluecharlotte.com/
  • Phone: (704) 927-2583
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

    Bar: Monday & Tuesday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
    Wednesday & Thursday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
    Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Gene Briggs
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Live Jazz Wednesday to Saturday evenings
  • Special Events: Monthly Cooking Classes with Executive Chef Gene Briggs (1st Saturday of each month with holiday exceptions). $44.95 each course paired with wines.

    Monthly Food & Wine Pairings $49.95 Five Course Pairing.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Corner of College and 5th Sts.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Free Valet parking; Heart Tower parking garage, ticket validated at Blue for free parking.
A word from Blue Restaurant - Charlotte, NC
Blue Restaurant is a sophisticated restaurant that offers flavors from around the Mediterranean region. Our multicultural menu will take your taste buds on a whirlwind tour. prepare to experience a Moroccan Tagine, Whole Roasted Mediterranean Sea Bass or a Tenderloin a la Blue. as you travel around the menu, you will be delighted with familiar dishes and excited by others you have yet to explore.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Blue Restaurant - Charlotte, NC reviews from OpenTable diners
118 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (84)fit for foodies (74)romantic (56)notable wine list (55)good for groups (40)hot spot (31)vibrant bar scene (23)late-night find (19)neighborhood gem (14)great for lunch (3)scenic view (3)great for brunch (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Excellent as always
    NumNum62VIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Blue has been our "go to" place since moving here 10 years ago. There's good reason for that. It's always terrific. It's actually a bit surprising that a restaurant has been able to maintain its high level of quality and service for all that time. This visit we shared the Mediterranean appetizer -- a yummy mix of pita bread with hummus, tapenade, goat-cheese peppadews and stuffed grape leaves. Next I enjoyed the Australian sea bass which was perfectly cooked and served with diced tomato, onion, and garlic over risotto. My partner had the beef tenderloin. It was fork-tender and perfectly seasoned. We chose the cheddar cheese plate for dessert and had no idea it was so generous...served with light and airy crustini and seasoned walnuts. Of course, we'll be back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre Symphony
    Paul
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We usually eat at Blue when we travel to Charlotte for the Symphony. It is very convenient and right across the street from Blumenthal Theater. The Valet Parking makes it even more convenient. The atmosphere is comfortable and the service is always very attentive. The menu is varied with a little of something for everyone. The drinks might be a little pricy but good quality. Ask for Keri or Gordon as your server and you will get excellent attention.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, Great service, The Wild Boar is A+++++
    Clanier23
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Been going to Blue for years. Excellent fine dining. Love the ambiance love the food. Never received a bad meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I was looking forward to try this restaurant due to some good reviews. Unfortunately, after our dinner experience, this is not a place I want to go back to. There was nothing wrong, but nothing special: ordinary food, ordinary everything. Considering all other options downtown Charlotte, this is not a place to remember.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Skillful Chef
    IntleaterVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    This place was awesome! Most restaurants try to create a feeling of energy by either not installing or removing sound dampening architectural features; not Blue. It was crowded, but the noise levels were so light, we could talk normally; so we all left the restaurant with voices intact. The service was impeccable. Our waiter knew a lot about the food; offered good recommendations; and didn't try to oversell. The best though, was the food. Anything could be changed and every dish literally oozed with the very polished and innate skills of the chef. Each dish was beautifully crafted. It was a really great night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not great
    eatalyVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Food decent. Great location for uptown events. But for a restaurant that's been around for so long and at this price point it should have its act together and it doesn't. One waiter has such a loud voice that it booms throughout the large restaurant. When we sat down we waited 10 minutes for our waitress who explained they didn't notify her we were there. So no water etc. Very amateurish. Our first glasses of wine were stingy pour. So we ordered another which was much more in line with expectations. Overall Blue is inconsistent and thus hard to recommend.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • CltbillVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Took out-of-town friends because we wanted to show them that Charlotte has a place where you can get interesting and excellently prepared food. Blue didn't disappoint - had great service and a wonderful dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always excellent!
    ATLWineGuyVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Food, service and wine were excellent as always. Definitely one of the top dining experiences in Charlotte!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Serious foodie find in
    Mayfairdr
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Extensive wine and martini list to complement both seasonal and creative regular menus. Wild boar was exceptional. 6-7 unique flavor profiles, all exceptional, on this dish alone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1st Time Diner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I chose this restaurant for our anniversary and I was not disappointed.The food was excellent and the wine pairings fit perfectly with our dishes. The jazz music was noticeable but not overbearing, a nice addition to an elegant restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent & Unique
    rrb7
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Terrific spot in Uptown Charlotte. Creative dishes with an outstanding wine list. Saturday evening jazz was especially good and kept at a moderate to almost quiet volume level which allowed conversation without shouting. Alex has really done a fantastic job at creating both an atmosphere and experience--wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will get you out of the blues.
    HoboSue
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The food was tasty, particularly the scallop appetizer! Husband got chicken from the seasonal menu, and I couldn't stop stealing bites from the polenta on his plate. I ordered the Tenderloin ala Blue, which was also cooked perfectly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience!
    ScottR
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We dined at Blue Restaurant for the first time this weekend for my girlfriends birthday. I read a few reviews that were not great but we went anyway. The food was excellent and all servers were very attentive and courteous and we loved the extensive wine list. We had excellent service from "Katie" who knew the menu inside and out. The music started at 9pm as advertised and was good. Not too loud and could be heard and seen from all over the restaurant. It's a little pricey but we knew that prior so no complaints on that. Not sure why some people were giving poor reviews, we loved it and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a nice, classy restaurant downtown. Complimentary valet was an added bonus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Jazz & Food on Friday night!
    Jacqui
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Had a great girls birthday celebration, good food and jazz with good friends. Exceptional staff!! Valet parking made it easy to enjoy an uptown restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and drinks
    CGDiner
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Great menu. Terrific drinks. Adequately attentive wait staff. Go for the food and the live music.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Blue
    krpdiver
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We love the ambiance at Blue but were not overly impressed with either service or food this visit. Since we are creative foodies at home, when we splurge on dining out, we do have high expectations. Asparagus was puny with a couple of fibrous strands, $ 38 heart of ribeye just average. Seems prices keep rising and quality compromised.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Fancy Ambiance and Live Music
    RuchaHemin
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    It was my husband's 29th Birthday and we recently moved from NY to Charlotte and I came across this place online, I chose this as they had Live Music on Wednesday night, which is i think hard to find in Charlotte. There was Jazz Live music,singer was amazing,not too loud-more like a background music where two people still can talk and hear each other properly. Food was amazing,They even made me vegetarian appetizer and portions are big,usually I have seen in NJ/NY in any Fancy restaurants food portions are very small,that was not the case here. Best part I like was the service,Brett was out waiter/chef,He was very friendly & when he found out we are new in town,he suggest us many good places to go and provided very good service,Loved it!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Decent experience
    Sils
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Made reservations a week in advance but when the Greeter saw my girlfriend and I were younger, he seated us in a side room of the restaurant even though the main dining room was wide open. Right after our waiter moved us to a new table they seated a loud birthday party right next to where we would have been. Thank goodness we were moved. Our waiter was fantastic. He was very personable and made great recommendations. Our food was all pretty good, but it's difficult to look past the disrespect we felt at first.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wow, the special was great
    Will
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We when to Blue Saturday night before a show. We had the NC Grouper and Risotto was outstanding. It was amazing and we are ready to go back already
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Magnificent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Do not waste time deciding where to eat in Uptown Charlotte and head straight to Blue. Every bite taken at our meal was an absolute delight! We started with the scallop appetizer with scallops wrapped in proscuito, perfectly cooked and topped with an lemon marmalade. The focaccia bread was warm with a nice crust and wonderful with the olive butter served alongside. The halibut and scallop entrees were to die for and it was a toss up as to which dessert was better - between the Chocoloate Molten Cake and the Sticky Toffee Pudding. Dine there and enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, drink and service
    Backup
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Fabulous food and drinks. Great service. Music was OK, depends on guest artist.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal, terrible service
    94thSRTVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The food was fantastic, the drinks were great, but the waiter was terrible. I will go back again as it seemed to be isolated to the one waiter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fergus was fantastic as waiter.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Casual but nice approach to checking in at the bar, while our group of 7 assembled. The table was ready and service by Fergus was immediate. Of most important note, was Fergus' excellent recommendations of appetizers, salads, entrees, wines and deserts......all 100% spot on. And done with a great sense of humor. Especially the crusted scallops and grouper with unudual but incredibly tasty pureed carrots......got to try it before you take a position. The wild boar was highly enjoyed. Also the cheese plate was a lot of fun and great to pass around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food and service
    Paul
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We dine here most evenings when we have Symphony tickets. The food is good, the service is always excellent and the atmosphere is quiet enough to carry on an ordinary conversation at the table. Our waitress, Mallisa (98) kept us on time for the theater and brought my wife a complementary dessert for her birthday. We will be back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • blue1
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Great food..always consistant!! Atmosphere is perfect for a Executive dinner to impress or a casual meal :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quiet restaurant great food
    WearyBusinessTraveller
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    A very quiet Thursday night but with wonderful food and service. The steaks and wild boat dishes were very tasty. The service was prompt and very pleasant.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NOLAfoodie
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Great service, good food, wonderful atmosphere. Unique selections
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food was awful
    theatergoers
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We went to Blue for dinner prior to going to the theater and both ordered the flat iron steak. Both steaks were very tough with too much gristle to even eat. We both left more than half of the steaks on the plate. Also we both felt that drink prices were extremely high. We will not go again, there are too many better choices in the area.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pre-theater group
    Mohakatino
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Pluses: noise level low enough for normal conversation Efficient and unobtrusive service Excellent wine list Menu extensive but not overly so Minus: Food 90% excellent, except for one member of my group who was served gristly steak.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner before the show
    Blackeye
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We had early reservations due to show at Knight Theater. Crowd was small but vibrant. The service was excellent. The food was delicious and well prepared and presented. The grilled Scottish salmon was cooked just right and was wonderful. The beef tenderloin ala Blue was cooked rare and was delicious and moist and was excellent. The wine added a great finishing touch to an excellent dinner and a great night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious and enjoyable. Upbeat!
    RossaCorso355
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Took my wife here as she loves Medetrrainian food. Impressed. The menu was varied and the good was fantastic. Allen, our server was too notch too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PantherFan12
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Although a little pricey, it was a great back drop to a wonderful evening. Good ambiance with a wonderful jazz band; The Presley Group. The tone was set by the host and it kept getting better from there. From the wait-staff to the meal presentations, the food was "A-1". Major kudos to the chef!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Excellent food and service. Would definitely recommend...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mixed review
    RonR
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    dinner started out great the arrancini appetizer was spectacular. the bread was outstanding. our server Kyle was wonderful. both our entrees were good (chickenTangine and the fish that was filleted at the table) at dessert things started to go down hill. the raspberry and the lava brownie. brownie was very dry. as I left I used the restroom ( if I had used it before I ate I might not have stayed) toilet paper on floor, toilet seat in one stall was wet , no seat protectors , door did not close properly in next stall, when I got to the sink area it was all wet and messy
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 911Racecar
    911racecar
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    First time at Blue, and it was definitely not disappointing! The owner seated us, gave us a history of the restaurant, and described his vision and theme. We selected dishes he recommended and they were nothing short of amazing. Our waitperson was tops, assuring not only that the service was outstanding, but that she kept us on schedule - not rushed - for the symphony. The ambiance was terrific...romantic if desired, conversationally quiet, super-clean, and well appointed. All in all, a very nice place my girlfriend and I are anxious to revisit! Kudos to Blue!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very enjoyable
    discerningdiner
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    As a New Yorker, I felt lost in a sea of "bar-restaurants" in the business district of North Carolina. Blue was a refreshing, sophisticated alternative. The food, service, and especially the ambience were all delightful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    peachplump3ar
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Fantastic meal, including amazing must-have sticky toffee pudding, great service, live jazz after 8. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great special dinner
    cotesdurhone
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    My wife and I went to celebrate and had a fantastic time. The restaurant has a wonderful Mediterranean inspired menu that is still unique to the area and an extensive wine list. Service was friendly, funny, helpful, and very knowledgeable. Will definitely be back to try the risotto.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing food part 1
    sweetheart
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Upon entrance, I noticed the nice appearance and how beautifully each table was set. I requested a gluten free menu with my reservation, and they remembered to bring it to the table without asking again. Everything was quick and delicious, served hot and fresh, cooked to perfection. Highly recommend the scallops, although the appetizer only comes with 2 they were the best scallops I have ever had! Seasonal halibut was also spot on. Mieomi pinot noir was the perfect complement to all the seafood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the Best in Charlotte
    JoeJoeVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This was our first time at Blue and it did not disappoint. Fergus, our server, was very knowledgeable on the menu and wine list. We had the beef tenderloin, which was the best I have ever eaten. This is a new favorite in the Queen City!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.