Bluebird Barbecue
Bluebird Barbecue

Bluebird Barbecue

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://bluebirdbbq.com/
  • Phone: 8024483070x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesady - Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Barbecue
  • Executive Chef: Matt Corrente
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: We happily take Bluebird Barbecue on the road for your special event or corporate catering needs! For our catered events we bring our mobile smoker, creating that authentic smoked meat feel in any location. For more information regarding our catering program please connect with Tara our event coordinator.
  • Private Party Facilities: We happily book our 'Rec Room' for private parties for up to 30 guests for both seated dinners as well as cocktail parties. Other areas of the restaurant are also available for larger groups. Please connect with our event coordinator for more information: events@bluebirdvermont.com or ring 802-825-1006
  • Private Party Contact: events@bluebirdvermont.com 8028251006x
  • Entertainment: With nine beers on tap, wine on draft, and a full bar featuring a wide selection of tequila and bourbon Bluebird Barbecue is a great spot for a fun night out. Our large bar and "Rec Room' areas have been outfitted with flat screen TV's, making Bluebird Barbecue the perfect spot to catch the game. The Bluebird Barbecue 'Rec Room' also offers two shuffle puck tables as well as fooseball.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Bluebird Barbecue is serviced by bus by Burlington's CCTA transit system using the Riverside/Winooski route.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Bluebird Barbecue is flanked by two large parking lots located directly off of Riverside Avenue in Burlington.
A word from Bluebird Barbecue
Thank you for checking out Bluebird Barbecue where we celebrate American Regional Barbecue with a Vermont twist! Our all natural meats are slow smoked on premises in our 1.5 ton Souther Pride Smoker and are paired with traditional barbecue sauces and sides made from scratch. Relax, unwind, and enjoy southern style barbecue in one of our many dining rooms that can accommodate groups of all sizes. Our menu offers large "family style" platters perfect for group gatherings. During the summer months dine out on our screened, enclosed porch with Winooski River views. Our entire barbecue menu is also available for take-out.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Bluebird Barbecue reviews from OpenTable diners
60 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (34)neighborhood gem (29)fit for foodies (26)kid-friendly (25)hot spot (18)great for outdoor dining (18)special occasion (12)scenic view (11)great for lunch (10)vibrant bar scene (7)late-night find (4)great for brunch (2)romantic (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Great Concept
    Sarah205VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    It seems as though it was going to be a great dinner. Place was packed, and people were waiting. The beer options were great; however, the food did not meet expect ions. The food was overly extremely salty, and it basically ruined the food. Portions were relatively small for a BBQ place and the cost of the meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One hour wait
    Philly73
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    My brother has ALS. We made the reservation for 6PM. He only has so much strength at the end of the day, and being served after 7PM was exhausting for him. I booked Bluebird purposely because he loves ribs and I wanted everything to be perfect. Sorry but the long wait just killed the dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    JanVT
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We have been to many BBQ restaurants in our travels. Bluebird ranks amongst the best! Prices are fine, and in fact if you go on Sunday or Monday, they discount the dinners for 2 by $10.00. SO much food we had to bring home leftovers enough for a 2nd. night's dinner. Will definitely place Bluebird at the top of our list for future visits. Oh, and our waiter, THE BEST!! He was friendly, helpful and had a great sense of humor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kickback spot, great food
    localfoodie
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Great spot, comfortable, friendly staff, fun vibe, enough variety of food for everyone and it was delicious. Loud enough for groups but fun for just two. Would go back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome, as always!
    Chase
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Celebrated my dad's birthday here after he requested to do so. Had NYE dinner at Bluebird BBQ, had an awesome time then. And an awesome time this visit. My parents are from NJ and rave about it and recommend it to anyone coming up our way. My mom is from TX and says this is the best BBQ she's had on the east coast and tastes like home. Luna was our server and was AWESOME! She was very attentive, and super upbeat! Love our experiences here!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was not up to par.
    aang
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    When we first discovered blue bird bbq, we fell in love. Food was authentic and delicious and service was great. The last few times we have gone, however it seemed to go downhill food wise. When we went this friday the ribs were extremely dry, you could almost call it jerky, and the brisket was good but did not seem fresh. Overall we left disappointed and might not go again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Disappointing after what I had heard. Nothing fantastic from the food to the service. The brisket was tough and fatty and the mac and cheese was pasty.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Best BBQ in the Northeast
    Omarocks
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Best BBQ in the Northeast. Hard to find really good BBQ in Vermont, but Bluebird has it. Beautifully smoked meat, great sides. They've added their own touches to make their dishes feel local and out of the ordinary while keeping true to their BBQ theme. Selection of 24 craft beers tops it off. Eat in the back room and enjoy the view.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good beer, great barbecue!
    LehighValleyfoodie
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We had a great dinner here on a Friday night. My husband had just one beer but it was his favorite, Heady Topper made locally and unavailable where we live. He was impressed with the list of beers on tap. Two of us had the pulled pork and my husband had the brisket. Both were delicious. The french fries were outstanding and the garlic aioli sauce made for a yummy topper instead of ketchup. I'd like to go back and try more!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love the Bluebird Barbecue!
    beasty4brisket
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We have been dining at the Bluebird Barbecue ever since it opened, and we have yet to be disappointed with the experience. The food is exceptional and the ambience is most excellent. The only real complaint I might profess is how difficult it is to get a seat at the restaurant on occasions. The seats really do fill up quickly; thus, it is quite necessary to secure a reservation.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy!
    Pamela
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    As always a great meal with plenty left to take home for leftovers! I feel this is the best bbq in the Burlington area!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great food
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our food here. We stopped in as we just needed a quick place to eat, but we certainly were happy with out choice. The BBQ pork is fantastic.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Ribs
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We got there in time for the early bird special (before 6). It's a real deal, with plenty of leftovers for the next day. Ribs are excellent with a unique sauce. Do get some extra sauce to take home with your leftovers!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappointed
    middkid
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I've been to Bluebird BBQ several times and enjoy trying something different each time! The meat is tender and tasty and the many side options are really the unsung stars! I'd most recommend the burnt ends. Also, the wings are really flavorful if you're a wing fan! My only complaint is I didn't have any room for dessert!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Burlingtoner802
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    One of the best restaurants in town!!!! I would highly recommend it to anyone who is local or visiting!!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service gap
    kingdomdiner
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    While the food was great, we were tucked away in a corner and basically forgotten--a wonderful waitress finally came to our rescue. We were not made aware of the specials which I think we would have enjoyed. We drove across the state to experience the Bluebird, I don't think we were disappointed but there certainly was a gap in service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good
    Rahenson1
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I am from Texas and saw the place reviewed as one of America's best places for barbecue. Though it is good and quite possibly (I have not eaten any other barbecue in Vermont) the best in Vermont it is not as highly rated as I might have thought. The brisket was good. The cornbread was ok but not worth the price. My wife said the chicken was not too dry and she liked it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yum
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We sat on the outdoor patio overlooking the river, drank Hill Farmstead, and ate BBQ. It was awesome. Plenty of space for a 1 and 4 year to run around too. We fed 4 adults with the platter for 2 with two add ons.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really great place
    Motorcycle
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The service was terrific, the food delicious and the manager checking on our meal and service a thoughtful touch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinner for two
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    we had a great dinner tacos and pulled pork great waiter
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • finger licking good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I know it's a cliche, but that is how we ended our dinner at Blue Bird. So many yummy sauces on everything.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding Hipster Barbecue
    subguy658
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Had a great experience at the Bluebird. We made reservations for a Wednesday night and I am very glad we did because they happened to be supporting a local charity by giving them 10% of the night's profits and scads of people came to support. We ordered their half chicken and half rack of BB ribs. Both dishes were outstanding, although the ribs were just starting to dry out. The half-chicken was a little small but this was good because we were stuffed anyway. The sides were also outstanding. The pit beans are so thick you can stand a knife up in them. The fries and onion rings were delicious. The server recommended a great double IPA, the Alchemists Heady Topper - local super-favorite. Parking is limited, bring a small car!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First Timers
    bigskybaby
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I heard good things about this place. I ordered the 3 tacos, and chose the brisket, shrimp, and carnitas (pork). The brisket and shrimp were wonderful. The pork was a bit bland, but I just added one of the 3 yummy BBQ sauces on the table. The pit beans were a bit spicy and very tasty, and the guacamole was good. The food is very filling, and I ended up with some to take home. My only complaint is the noise level. It was hard to hear anyone sitting at the table with me. We were inside, so maybe the porch is better? The service was excellent. They answered all our questions about the menu, and the food came out fast. All in all, I would highly recommend the Blue Bird BBQ, and I will be back to try other menu items.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lpeteVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We tried the BBQ for 2: pulled pork, brisket & ribs for the 3 meats & coleslaw, fries, mac & cheese, & pickles for the 4 sides. We loved the pulled pork, coleslaw & pickles. The beer selection is good. The portions were large; we brought home leftovers. Service was good even with a large party in our area. The manager came around to thank guests for coming.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just okay, not what I expected
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    No change to building, dark and dirty Not a true BBQ experience. Food was okay. No flavor to want to come back for. Upon arrival, only 1 person to seat you and she had to set up the table for them, left you waiting too long. Waitress was the best part of the experience.
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  • Great BBQ
    Louisianaladyvt
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    A wonderful find! I was suprised by the wonderful ambiance and food portions. Absolutely delicious! Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 34 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 148 reviews are from the Bluebird Barbecue reviews archive.
  • Great, authentic "Q"
    Jbusheyvt
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    This is the second time I have eaten here and it has been phenomenal each time. My wife and I split the BBQ for 2 special which was $10 off (early bird 4:30-6 pm). Half rack of ribs, generous helping of pulled pork and burnt ends and 4 sides. We got the Mac and cheese, pit beans, pickles and coleslaw. Everything including the sides were top notch. We washed it down with a heady topper and a citizen cider, followed by the brownie dessert. This set us back $55 before tip with plenty of leftovers. Very reasonable and very good! Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bestest BBQ in Burlington!
    Yummers
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The BBQ here is amazing. The chicken wings were juicy and crisp. Pulled pork was succulent and delicious. The fries with the aioli mayo are out of this world. The brisket could have been better. It was slightly tough. But the ribs and the pulled pork were amazing.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • amazing food
    nomnomfood
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    We were seated promptly after arriving. The staff was helpful with questions and provided a sample of a drink I wasn't sure about. We started off with the pulled pork poutine, which is consistently good. I ordered the half bird with potato salad and onion rings. All were good. I was happily surprised to see heady topper on the list of drinks.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best wings ever!
    BBQFan05408
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    If the family wants wings then I usually just go along with it BUT at Bluebird BBQ it was at my suggestion that we ordered more!!!!! All of the food was delicious!!!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pretty BarBQ, not great service
    Dtich
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    our group had most of the barBQ items available. of those the ribs were far and away the best of the offerings. the pulled pork was pretty good as was the sausage. the brisket was pretty dry, which is not unusual for Brisket if it isnt done exactly right or if it has been left to sit for a bit since taken off the smoker. All in all for BarBQ north of the mason dixon line it wasnt bad. Guac very good. The service was not very attentive; nice, but they didnt come around very often. Servings were pretty large, half portions of everything would have been a good option since I think everyone didnt finish even half of their plates.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best BBQ in Burlington
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I have enjoyed eating at the Bluebird since they opened. The BBQ has always been and continues to be great. They've started offering burnt ends and they are mighty tasty! If you're not familiar with them, they're the "left-over" ends of beef briskets re-smoked for a deep flavor. We've got to make it for Thursday fried chicken night!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Good and the Bad
    food4evr
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Mixed feelings from my party. The burnt ends were not received well, nor were the greens with ham. The pulled pork, ribs, and beans were great. The mac n' cheese was off the chain--super thick and super tasty!! BBQ beets appetizer was misleading, really just a salad with a couple beats. Overall, food was good, service a little better, and ambience perfect for BBQ.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    CHUCKSTER
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The waitress forgot my drink order. The food was not hot. The food was served on a try with paper on it which when I cut my meat ended up on my fork with the meat. The fries were over cooked and stale. The ribs were difficult to cut apart and there was not much meat on the bone. The ambience was left over from the original Mexican restaurant - dark and dingy.
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  • Good BBQ for Vermont
    BTVNative
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    You won't be calling your friends in TX boasting but it's not bad.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice!
    CaitZ
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Really nice vegan options! Something for everybody. Great take on BBQ
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Maple Barbeque Sauce
    Hoosier
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    We had 4 adults and 2 small children and had the Family Reunion. It was a great choice and economical. We had plenty of food and even took home leftovers. The staff was very nice and let us make substitutions to fit our tastes and accommodate the children. We were able to have ribs, pulled pork. brisket, delicious sausage and chicken and 9 sides! We had multiple sauces but loved the maple barbeque sauce. I live in Indiana and I'm wishing I could find a bottle here.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • How do you run out of ribs?
    bikerbabeVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    We went on Friday night, not at closing time but at 8pm. Well after we were seating and had already ordered a cocktail we were informed that they had run out of ribs. This is probably something they should have told us prior to being seated. To make matters worse after we ordered the waitress (who by the way didn't come around much) informed us the 2 sides we had ordered were also no longer available. We made our reservation well in advance so I find it odd they were not prepared for our party to dine on some of their highest rated items. You would think they would have brought us some cornbread on the house or pickles or something to make up for it. But, they didn't. This is a "one and done" for me.
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  • Great barbecue
    Mikek
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Really great ribs and sides everything was great better than redbones if in the area a must have.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • go early
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    we arrived at 9 o'clock and they were out of several options. The Maple corn bread should be listed as cornbread with maple butter I could not taste maple in the cornbread itself. Overall very attentive staff, good food, but the tables were a little close together.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.