Bouchon - Santa Barbara
Bouchon - Santa Barbara

Bouchon - Santa Barbara

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bouchonsantabarbara.com/
  • Phone: (805) 730-1160
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner nightly from 5:00 p.m.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, French
  • Executive Chef: Greg Murphy
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Farm to Table, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private dining in the cork room available for groups of 10 – 20 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Manager 805-730-1160x
  • Special Events: HOLIDAY EVENTS: Price fixe menus for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Dinner, New Years Eve and Valentines Dinner

Getting there

  • Cross Street: State
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Street and public lot parking available.
A word from Bouchon - Santa Barbara
Fresh, local ingredients, prepared with care. Excellent wines that reflect the quality and character of our region and work in concert with the cuisine. Warm, inviting ambiance, service at a relaxed, leisurely pace.
Santa Barbara ‘Wine Country Cuisine’ means we source our ingredients using an ‘as-fresh-and-as-local-as-possible’ approach, with fish from the Santa Barbara Channel and produce from the surrounding countryside. We then take into account how these flavors can be presented in concert with our local wines. I believe you’ll taste the difference and see how well they work together.
We believe Santa Barbara is producing some of the finest Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah. Other locally produced varietals will surprise you with their quality, variety and approachability. Please ask your server for recommendations on how any of our 40+ wines by the glass match up with your selections. Bon Appètit!
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Bouchon - Santa Barbara reviews from OpenTable diners
262 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.5
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (201)special occasion (186)romantic (168)notable wine list (164)neighborhood gem (97)great for outdoor dining (59)hot spot (41)good for groups (32)late-night find (12)kid-friendly (5)great for lunch (4)great for brunch (4)scenic view (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Almost everything was badly executed.
    TDF2013
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Started with scallops. gelatinous and almost cold inside. 3 different accompaniments none of which was particularly interesting on it's own or stood out. Mushroom braise was reasonably good. Duck Confit and Breast. Duck skin completely unrendered. rubbery underseasoned and yet the duck was markedly overcooked. confit skin also uncrisped although that is sometimes done. The lamb my SO had was cooked properly but the accompaniments were pretty bad. Mashed potatoes piped onto a plate but glutinous from being piped and a sweet gastrique that seemed to go poorly with lamb. Blah.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • bouchon Santa Barbara review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Exceptional quality. Fresh, well-prepared, and well-displayed food. Excellent wine list, with knowledgeable staff, with an emphasis on the marvelous of Santa Barbara County wines. Make a reservation, though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic service with excellent food and wine!
    LaurenMVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Our most recent dinner at Bouchon was nothing short of amazing. The ambiance (we sat on the patio--the best spot) was energetic but still in some way relaxing and very pleasant. We ordered the scallop trio, the Lyonnaise salad, market salad, flat iron steak, chicken, and several desserts. All were fantastic. The service was also outstanding. Byron was our server and we just loved him. Bouchon is easily one of he best--if not THE best--restaurants in Santa Barbara. I highly recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best is Santa Barbara
    Kelz
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Flavors and complexity spot on. The Venison was amazing and the Lemon Burrata salad with chervil, sweet 100's and Marconi almonds was addicting!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nonameVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    The onion soup was very good but served too hot. The special vegetable soup was ok but only luke warm. The heirloom tomato salad was excellent. The venison was cold and the crab cake was warm. Another mixed bag so passed on dessert and went to McConnells, which was great. We look forward when the food trend moves away from presentation and concentrates on the quality and temperature of the food.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Lovely evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Very busy evening in this restaurant. The 3 way scallops were delicious as was the black cod and mushroom ragout. Service a little slow.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    My wife and I ate at Bouchon recently after a year away. It didn't disappoint with a sophisticated menu, expert wait staff, and a great selection of local wines. Both our meals were superb through all three courses. We continue to be amazed at how knowledgeable the waiters are on both the food dishes and the wines. I don't know how they get trained so well. We will continue to make Bouchon our restaurant of choice for special occasions in Santa Barbara.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second time eating here.
    RaiderfrankVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We just ate here on Saturday night. At times, wait staff will give my wife a hard time over her special dietary requests; not at this restaurant. The waiter didn't blink, he just brought her dinner the way she wanted it. One of my lamb chops came out a little overcooked and the manager had my one over cook lamb chops replaced with four new ones. Some managers are visible within the dining room, but are not involved; this manager was excellent and you could tell he cared about the level of service delivered at his restaurant. Both of our dinners were excellent. You can't beat the crispy bites of pancetta with the lamb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    see above, see above. see above, see above, see above, see above, see above
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • good good and great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    We were looking for a restaurant in santa barbara for our last night there. We found good reviews about bouchon. And I do confirm that fond is good and so is thé service. A must do in santa barbara. Thank you for this experience.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Orchestration
    LifeIsShort
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    In one word, AMAZING ! Living in the Napa Valley We are accustomed to some truly wonderful dining venues. Although already familiar with Bouchons brilliant reputation for exquisite tastes and seamless service, my girlfriend and I were utterly impressed with the fine details that went into making our anniversary dinner an experience that will not soon be forgotten. From beginning to end the service was friendly, attentive, and beyond knowledgable and engaging. They paired the perfect wines for each course. Not to be missed is their seasonal scallop dish. My girlfriend is a sucker for Duck confit and they knocked it out of the park. We will without a doubt be returning on our next trip to Santa Barbara
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful!
    AustindinerVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    This was such a great place with amazing food and wonderful service. I would highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • shellska
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We went to Bouchon to celebrate our daughter's 23rd birthday. Although we'd lived in Santa Barbara over 30 years, we'd never been to Bouchon. I mentioned my daugher's birthday when I made the reservation via Open Table. When we arrived, Bouchon had reserved a beautiful table in the enclosed patio space and adorned the table with red rose pedals in honor of her birthday. Our server was exceptional; gracious and welcoming, he had an excellent knowledge of the wine menu and helped us choose great wines and entrees. When it was time to serve dessert, the wait staff arrived with an extra birthday dessert, candle and all. The ambiance of the restaurant is just lovely. Will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We had such an overwhelming time here, that I couldn't say enough. Suffice it to say, if you enjoy fine dining, a substantial wine list, quality wait staff, knowledgeable servers, and a very talented and accomplished chef, you probably should come here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious food, excellent service
    DCarrillo
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Had a three course meal that was amazing! First course was a Scallops Trio, prepared three ways as the name implies. Was originally going to order the seabass as a second course but the waiter recommended fresh caught black cod that was literally in the ocean 24-hours prior. It also came with a risotto mixed with Spanish chorizo that was to die for. Finally, we had a duck confit that just melted in our mouths. Everything was delicious and they suggested perfect wine pairings for each dish. The owner even bought us a glass because we were having so much fun enjoying the food and great service. Definitely recommend to anyone; just be prepared to spend some money. Trust me, it's well worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    AKWoollyBugger
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We had an excellent dinner. Great ambience, service was exceptional and the wine list was unbelievably good. A great time for sure!
    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.
  • Joaquin is the man!
    VisitorVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Visiting Sta Barbara, my wife and I wanted a local find for dinner. Bouchon came highly recommended. I like a cocktail before dinner, so I was disappointed to find that this is a wine only spot. But the conceit of focusing on wine pairings, esp local vintages works. But Joaquin made our meal. His passion for food and their wines informed our meal. He served me one of the best pinots I've ever had. We will be back in the winter, and we look forward to another evening with Joaquin at Bouchon.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent food amd service
    onie13
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Visited Santa Barbara and had a lovely meal here, we had the venison, duck and tuna and all lovely. Beautiful ambiance, great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One Of My Best Restaurant in SB
    local4me
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    SB has many great restaurants, but Bouchon stands out. The quality of ingredients and service is excellent. Local wine was excellent. The salad of baby greens, marcona almonds, and local figs was excellent. Scallops served 3 ways (ceviche style and seared with different sauces). For the main course, I had the local sea bass on top of saffron end rice (similar to paella) accompanied with 3 plump clams and asparagus. My friend had the duck (breast medium rare and leg confit). The service was excellent. Water glass filled when 3/4 full, dishes cleared when finished, and waiter very knowledgeable about the wines and food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent experience, will return!
    CalGal2014
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    The service was top notch, Kevin and team were on it! The wine list was impressive! I loved my crab cake appetizer, so delicious! It was difficult to choose and I almost went with the scallops but I will return and try them next time! I had the Sea Bass entree which was very good and hubs had the rack of lamb which was excellent! The presentation was perfect! The rose petals sprinkled on the table were a nice touch for our special night out! We enjoyed the creme brûlée for desert, yum! My only regret is not visiting Bouchon sooner! We'll be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Spot in Santa Barbara
    sarahkVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We've been here several times in the past few months. It's always delicious, always fresh, and always full of friendly people. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food and service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Seared Albacore Tuna and the duck were good. Staff was very good over all we had a good time. We sat next to the open kitchen, I felt hot so I got up an step out side to get fresh air.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre theatre perfect
    jp912e
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    As Bouchon is less that fifty yards from the New Vic, it seemed a perfect choice for pre theatre dining and it was. Excellent from the moment one enters and is seated, the service is attentive but not overwhelming. The menu is large enough to offer varied choices but small enough that the chef and cooks can excel at everything on it. Wonderful, unhurried dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had a wonderful time.
    Chefboyrd70
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The wait staff was impeccable. Food was cooked to perfection. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wonderful anniversary
    Pinot
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    When we arrived, we were greeted by warm friendly smiles, and that warmth and friendliness extended through every course and our entire evening. Mitchell clearly cares about the details of every diner`s experience, starting with service. The staff knows the details of their menu and wine list. The chef created edible art, and the overall take-away is one you will want to repeat as often as you can. Bravo Bouchon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food, great wine, great spot
    smithberger
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    A lovely restaurant in the center of Santa Barbara's busy main street. Wine list is very extensive but the waiter knew the cellar and would have you taste his suggestion before pouring a full glass. My husband started with the incredible french onion soup while I had their fantastic gorgonzola and arugula pecan tart--then we shared the awesome crab cakes and scallop special. It was truly a lovely meal and evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best service
    Cindy
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We enjoyed the dinner immensely. The food is local sourced and fresh.We liked our server Waquin. He was knowledgeable about the food and wine and about local color. Definitely would return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well Paired Locally Sourced Meal
    AttentionPleaseVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Couldn't get a reservation at French Laundry in Napa but eating at Bouchon in Santa Barbara was a great alternative. The food is delicious and the wine paired with the meal was exquisite. Dining and drinking locally sourced items is wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice friendly staff
    mikesblocal
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Friendly staff offered great service. A well managed restaurant. Food was very tasty and the menu selection was broad . The duck was delicious and the fish had a nice presentation with crisp skin.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb wine and good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    The wine at very fair prices was extremely good and more of an experience than the very good food. A cozy and relaxed everyday evening in vibrant surroundings where noise level was buzzing in a good way.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Tuesday Night......CROWD!
    GloriaVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    This is ONE popular place and were turning people away until late hours when we arrived at 8pm;we were seated ON TIME and asked if we would like a quieter table around the corner; we took it AND as attentive service as if in the fray; that says a WHOLE lot for a popular, yet professional restaurant! Our server a WEALTH of knowledge on wines and the menu, and did not seem the least bit overwhelmed, asking us to taste other than suggested pairings (his suggestion was better); and what a selection of local wines, best we had all week while visiting Santa Barbara;while we were told heirloom tomatoes were peak (hard to fathom as a New Yorker..); an inventive "scallops three ways"main as was Black Cod! So lucky to have visited; we will again!GO!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous evening of celebration
    LiveLoveLaugh
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We celebrated my son's 16th birthday with amazing food, wonderful wine suggestions and engaging conversation with Chef Greg Murphy. Our server made great recommendations and clearly knew his food and wine pairings. The dishes were presented beautifully - and the ingredients were market fresh. I was dazzled with the chef's vegetarian choice and all other guests equally enjoyed their main dishes. We shared three first courses and delighted in a few of the tasty dessert treats. The best review is my daughter is planning her 20th birthday dinner at Bouchon. :-) Bouchon continues to be an exceptional dining experience and should be commended. Thanks Bouchon Team!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding in every way.
    Diningdiva
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    From the moment we arrived until we left we enjoyed our total experience at Bouchon. Our waiter, Abe, was attentive but in a non-intrusive manner. The food was outstanding. From the fig salad to the rack of lamb to the lime tart the flavors delighted the palette and the quality was outstanding. We also loved the fact that you showcase local wines. A truly fine dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A pleasant dining experience
    FineDiner
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I would like to mention that I have dinned at Bouchon numerous times. The French onion soup is always perfect and a constant item on their dynamic seasonal menu. I would recommend you not make late evening reservations as the quality seems to be lower later at night when the chefs are preparing to end their night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Find for Dinner
    SparkyReviewVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    farm to table elegance with great execution. Perfect atmosphere for special occasion dinner or just a nice evening out on the town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Very good. Great wine. French onion soup was not so great, but that was the only thing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food, better service
    scotchontherocksVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    While half-glasses were not on the menu, our waiter offered the option to allow us to pair a variety of wines with our different courses. A special touch which made a great restaurant even better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Scallops, Scallops, Scallops
    DandG2VIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    My husband and I have been here several times and consistently enjoy it. The highlight was the scallop appetizer. It is pricey but worth it. All three preparations were spot on but personally i enjoyed the carpaccio preparation. Food and service always top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful, intimate, terrific food
    EnderDelphiki
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    As the title says. 5 starts. Worth every penny. The maple glazed duck was one of the best dining decisions I've made in years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Duck disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The duck itself was well prepared, but I found the sauce to be a big disappointment - very different than what I expected both from the write up on the menu and the waiter's description. Similarly, I didn't like sauce on the vegetables. Overall, I was unhappy with my dinner. My wife loved the chicken.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet