Bookstore Bar & Café
Bookstore Bar & Café

Bookstore Bar & Café

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bookstorebar.com/
  • Phone: 206-624-3646x
  • Hours of Operation:
    BOOKSTORE BAR & CAFE:
    Breakfast M-F: 7:00am - 10:30am
    Brunch S-Sun: 8:00am - 2:00pm
    Lunch M-F: 11:30 - 2:00pm
    Dinner Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Happy Hour: 2:00pm - 6:00pm & 10:00pm - midnight

    The Library Bistro Restaurant is now closed. Your reservation will be accepted for the new Bookstore Bar & Cafe.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Northwest, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Chris Lobkovich
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We can easily accommodate all types of meetings, business functions, social events and wedding celebrations.
  • Private Party Facilities: The Library Bistro's novel rooms and special layout lend themselves to one-of-a-kind private events, corporate affairs, and exceptional wedding-specific gatherings. Combine your event with our abundant menus and team of planning professionals and you have all the ingredients for a remarkable event.
  • Private Party Contact: Lori Carchedi 8884942194
  • Special Events: It's not just the space... all touch points of the experience are special. Whatever the request, we're quick, nimble, and attentive so each custom event is worth repeating. Your guests will enjoy a true culinary experience every time.

    From unexpected, locally inspired cocktails to thoughtfully presented food, and green-friendly standards, we're happy to perk up your event as usual.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: First Avenue @ Madison
  • Public Transit: Metro Bus #16, Post/Madison stop
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available to guests for $7.00. There is plenty of street parking and nearby private lots.
A word from Bookstore Bar & Café
The newly expanded and improved Bookstore Bar & Cafe is now open and accepting reservations for all meal periods. We feature family friendly dining in a cozy, warm, brick-lined cafe with low seating and a communal dining table as well as high seating in the main Bookstore Bar. Chef Chris Lobkovich will delight your palate with his modern interpretation of classic American dishes featuring a Double-cut Pork Chop and Roast Duck at dinner or his take on Fried Chicken and Waffles at lunch.
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Bookstore Bar & Café reviews from OpenTable diners
15 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating3
  • Food3.1
    Service2.7
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
50% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (5)late-night find (3)good for groups (2)romantic (2)great for lunch (2)vibrant bar scene (2)special occasion (2)great for outdoor dining (2)kid-friendly (1)fit for foodies (1)Show More
  • Books, good food and atmosphere
    RetailManagerVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    There are 3 parts to this restaurant. The bar area with high top tables is small but nice area for lunch or a snack. There is a back area of the bar that has a larger tables to spread out. The Bar has an extensive Whisky collection. The mixed I had drinks were well made. The main dinning area is a bit noisy but works for most occasions. They have an outside dinning area, which I preferred (weather permitting). The food was very good , well seasoned and well presented. The food was consistently good (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner). The service was good to outstanding depending on the time of day. Overall it surprised me by the great food and very good service both at the bar and restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Won't return
    Jules
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Food was good and the atmosphere is very nice. Service was inattentive and slightly rude, unfortunately.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not the same as we remembered it
    jopo
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had brunch here several years ago when we stayed at the Alexis Hotel. The experience we had that time was very good and so we decided to try it again since we were in Seattle for the weekend. Unfortunately we had to arrive late because of Seafair road closures. The brunch menu was not being served by the time we arrived and they had a limited menu, which was very limited. Apparently since the last time we were there, changes had been made and not for the better. Food was only Ok and service, considering we were basically the only people there could have been better. All in all, not a terrible experience, but also nothing to write home about. We probably won't be back anytime soon as there are plenty of other restaurants to try.
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  • Was hoping for more
    eatingSeattleVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I've been meaning to check out Bookstore Bar & Cafe for months...I'm a writer and I love bookstores, so I had really hyped this place up in my head. It didn't meet any of my expectations. The menu was pretty much all over the place, and wasn't particularly compelling. We had the mushroom and hazelnut "pate" and the fried chicken and waffles. The fried chicken was very good; the waffle was bland and boring, the gravy was odd and didn't add much. The "pate" didn't have much flavor (the tomato spread on top had more flavor than the pate itself!). The service was slow, despite a nearly empty dining room, and we thought the drinks were quite expensive--and very heavy on whiskey. And absolutely zero play on the bookstore theme, which was sad!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We all have off days.
    JodiVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    I was meeting a friend for breakfast and when deciding between options, we chose Bookstore because they took reservations and my friend had a positive experience the last time she went there and I'd never been. When my friend arrived, she waited a pretty long time before being greeted - it seemed like they were short staffed. Then when we finally got our table, our server took a very long time to come out and was downright sour - each time we had an interaction it took a few reminders and a long wait to get to the next step (menus, ordering, coffee refills, the check, etc.). The food wasn't great - some things were overcooked, and the winter squash and kale was very bitter. Disappointing- hopefully it was just one day, not "the usual".
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  • Great experience!
    Faijose
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Good service, great environment for groups. No gratuity for party of 8+, separate bills made individual billing efficient.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Comfortable for late night stop
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We came here after a work event that was downtown. Very comfortable and cozy atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 8 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating2.9
    • Food3
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service2.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 181 reviews are from the Bookstore Bar & Café reviews archive.
  • Excellent food!
    bpmcfarSeattleVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Love the renovated space and new menu - I ordered the grilled veggie/chevre/pesto sandwich with fries, and it was delish!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • "Neighborhood" Feeling in Downtown
    mmmseattle
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    My boyfriend and I hit the Bookstore Bar and Cafe at 11:30am on a Saturday. Granted, it's not quite tourist season yet, but the place was quiet and relaxed - just like what you find in a Seattle neighborhood. Fantastic food - I had the eggs with toast, potatoes and chicken sausage and my boyfriend had a plate of beautifully displayed French-toast. The Americanos were great as well as the service. We will definitely go back regularly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unexpected
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    We love the ambience and decoration, however, the food was off par. We selected The Bookstore Bar & Cafe because we wanted something simple and with easy access to get to during lunch. Our food took over 30 minutes to be prepared for a party of 7, and it was not up to par. Two of my colleagues ordered burgers and it was extremely dry. The fries were good, but no seasoning on the meat and it was dry. Sad.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • cozy and sedate
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    we ate in the dining room which was excellent for conversation. the bacon jam appetizer was okay but not spectacular. the fried chicken and waffle were tasty, but the ginger soy gravy was tasteless. the clam chowder was a wow because the tiny shells were in the bowl. it was thinner than I usually would prefer, but the flavor was very good. the kale salad topped with ahi tuna was very good. the coconut panna cotta was too thick and did not have a strong coconut flavor. the flourless chocolate cake was dense and yummy. unfortunately, the two strawberries were probably previously frozen. the whipped cream was delicious. the apple crumb had a oatmeal (?) topping which should have been a flour/butter/sugar mix.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing...
    JenR
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    Place as awesome ambiance but the service was awful. We ended up with the wrong salad, my soup (supposed to be my entree) and her entree all at the same time. No pacing at all. When they brought the wrong salad, the waiter didn't even apologize, he just rolled his eyes and went to get the correct one. When we told the manager, he said "the least he could do" was give us a free glass of wine. Yes, that was indeed the LEAST you could do... the food didn't even end up being that amazing. I do know these guys recently re-opened in this location but this was pretty bad.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too Noisy and Mediocre Service
    Allie
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    The food was good but they were unclear about happy hour offerings. (If they're only available in the bar they should say so on their website or when you make a reservation!) It was also INCREDIBLY loud and the staff seemed a little bit overworked.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hit and Miss
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    A group of three of us had lunch here recently. The service and ambiance were wonderful. One of us ordered the tuna steak special really liked the meal. The other two of us were disappointed in our choices: burger and fish and chips. On a previous visit to the Library Bistro, we all loved what we had ordered.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An awesome brunch experience
    DigitalSingularity
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    We went to the Bookstore Bar & Cafe after they were completed with their renovation and expansion. I had never had brunch here until now. We were here to celebrate my wife's birthday with a bunch of friends. The food was absolutely delicious. I had a wild mushroom crepe that was wonderful. The service was great... our waters were refilled regularly and everyone had plenty to eat and drink. I'm totally coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It took around 30mins for
    Bobs
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    It took around 30mins for our wine to turn up, and for the staff to take our food order, even with a "I'll be right back" 20 mins earlier. The only reason they came is because I had to get up and ask for.attention. One could excuse that with a busy night, poor training or whatever, but then the food was lackluster and therefore overpriced. They didn't even try to recover that much - they went through the motions, but it was almost as if they didn't care.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beautiful décor, but the carpet
    mesaabierta
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    Beautiful décor, but the carpet is old and it is ripped in sports.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surrounded by books while dining!
    Gailw
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    We had our anniversary dinner at this lovely restaurant this week. Although it seemed that they were short on staff, our server was friendly and efficient, while maintaining a casual demeanor. The food was excellently prepared. I especially liked the mussels au pistou, a dish of fresh mussels in a well-seasoned pesto sauce.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for small biz lunch meetings
    Dayna
    Dined on 1/13/2014
    Library Bistro is easy to get to by car, bus or walking from ferry. Excellent warm cozy atmosphere. Quiet -- great for small lunch meetings where you need a quiet atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special brunch place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    A unique place for a holiday brunch and to linger and talk. Cozy booths, lots of atmosphere, attentive service, and good food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • stay away on a major holiday
    Alan
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    On Christmas day service was slow and forgetful. I had the sense -and I could be mistaken- that the experienced "senior" service was given the holiday off and either bus persons or other inexperienced staff were on duty. Hotel restaurants that do not primarily serve businessmen are typically slow on breakfast service, so when they are slower than slow customer frustration ensues.
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  • We will be back!
    suzanne
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    Wait staff friendly, accommodating, attentive without hovering. Ambience comfortable, welcoming yet very fine. Like dining in someone's home library/ den. Booths provide comfortable private spaces. Food varied, healthy and excellently prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • For the past two years our
    Christina
    Dined on 12/8/2013
    For the past two years our family has met up here for a holiday brunch before attending the Nutcracker at McCaw Hall. Library Bistro is a lovely spot with a great menu, and it's quiet enough that we can all hear each other. Last year the service was spot-on, but this year the food took forever to come, despite the restaurant being less than half-full, and the service was less than attentive (the server checked back with us once after the food arrived, but there was no ongoing replenishment of water and coffee, despite our being there for an hour and a half). We plan to have brunch there again next year, in hopes the service problem was a rare lapse, and not an ongoing problem.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • sad sunday
    evapavaVIP
    Dined on 11/17/2013
    went for brunch before the game. waited almost 5 mins before anyone came to seat us. It was clear the were understaffed took long time for food to get to us. The server kept apologizing for the delay and ended up comping us a drink but we sat for a long time just waiting not seeing anyone. They were out of our first choice, second choice food was not cooked sufficiently and cool when it got to the table. Seemed like everything was off from the moment we got there.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood Sweet Spot
    BonAppetit
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Wonderful food --- superb selection and wonderfully prepared. Environment is opulent, lovely, calm with comfortable seating. Consider it a "Jewel" in my neighborhood!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to go for brunch
    CookingBear
    Dined on 11/3/2013
    Great place to go for brunch before a Seahawks game.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • There are several thoughtfully
    jdeeVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    There are several thoughtfully inventive items on the menu. Our discovery this visit: try the granola! Made with "spent grains" from the Pike Place Brewery, it's really nicely flavored.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive, but you get what
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    Expensive, but you get what you pay for. Excellent wild mushroom crepes as well as the breakfast bread pudding.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • surprise
    MrsBrady
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    I had thought it would be busier. I really like the space. The food was wonderful, the service was terrific. It was not crowded at all, and that surprised me.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet and Comfortable
    Woodinviller
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    We had breakfast at the Library Bistro before a Seahawks game. There were several other diners going to the game as well. The food was well prepared and presented. Portions were average size. Don't expect an "all you can eat" buffet experience. The service was excellent. The real gem here is the atmosphere. Quiet and very comfortable. It feels more like a home than a restaurant. We are planning to go back for a romantic dinner. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-Seahawks brunch
    JulieG
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    This was an excellent location for brunch prior to attending a Seahawks game. It's a little further away from the stadium than some of the other restaurants but is still an easy walk to the game. The service was good and the food was good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Place not so great food
    Foodie34
    Dined on 10/6/2013
    We decided to give this place a try since we always heard good things about it. The bistro was nicely decorated and our server was a super nice guy but food was a different story. we had to send our food back because part of it was over cooked and some of it was still alive! Our server was graceful about it but the staff in the kitchen must have not been doing well because the dish came out a huge mess for the 2nd time. It's same to say we are not going back there again.
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  • Great for breakfast and lunch
    anthonyledonneVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2013
    Food, service, and ambiance are great. Cocktails were surprisingly well prepared. Will definitely be back for breakfast and lunch for business or pleasure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gracious Service!
    Patt
    Dined on 9/30/2013
    The food was beautifully prepared and very tasty. It was a Monday lunch with friends from Australia whom I hadn't seen in 2 years. We had a 12:30 reservation and stayed talking until 5:00! The waitstaff graciously let us stay long past closing time, with never a hint that we should leave. They even left the lights on in our section, while turning them off in the rest of the restaurant. Their thoughtfulness was much appreciated!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very nice, quietly elegant
    jdeeVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    A very nice, quietly elegant space, decorated like someone's private library. Some thoughtfully different things on the brunch menu, such as a jam made of bacon and creme fraiche served on an English muffin.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just fine for hotel breakfast
    Withkidsthistime
    Dined on 8/25/2013
    Usually the food sells me on a place. This time it was the service, which was absolutely attentive, but not overbearing, friendly, but not obnoxious - it was perfect for breakfast service. The setting is calm and quaint. Not too big, but not too small. Comfy booths to read the paper and spread out. The good was fine - nothing spectacular. The quiche was tasty, but could have been more full of stuff (in my case mushrooms, ham, cheddar). The beignets were a bit over fried, but who doesn't love a little bit of sweet tasty fried thing in the morning??!?? The potatoes were excellent! I would definitely go back if staying in the hotel - but wouldn't make a trip of it.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy spot for a family brunch
    Lisa
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    Located in the upscale Alexis Hotel, The Library Bistro provided a wonderful spot for my party of 6 to have Father's Day brunch. It's large enough to accomodate groups, and I loved the decor of feeling like you're nestled amongst someone's extensive library of books. Normally I go for a louder, more vibrant brunch place with friends; but this restaurant was perfectly suited for a family outing because the atmosphere was more conducive to talking (instead of shouting) and catching up. We did run into one hiccup--the kitchen forgot to make my latte--but the server eventually realized the issue. She thanked me for waiting and said it would be complimentary. I would say the food was not life-changing, but everyone did enjoy their meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lost it's touch
    ScottVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2013
    I can't remember when I had such a strong negative reaction to a dining experience. Salad was the size of a side and one was overdressed, the other under. Burgers served plain, dry and overcooked. Asked for mayo, told no, just aoli, requested the aoli which arrived just in time of the last bite. Service was sporadic at best which was odd since not many diners. Meal was served at different time so those that had salad for lunch were almost done by the time the burgers arrived. Lots of choices downtown, we'll be making other choices next time.
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  • Very good food. Service pleasant
    Patti
    Dined on 5/19/2013
    Very good food. Service pleasant and efficient. Attractive room. Close to Seattle waterfront.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Average food but expensive
    NP12VIP
    Dined on 5/13/2013
    Atmosphere is nice, but the food is average at best. The quality of food doesn't justify the price. It's way overpriced.
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