Brasserie Monte Carlo
Brasserie Monte Carlo

Brasserie Monte Carlo

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.brasseriemontecarlo.com/
  • Phone: (301) 656-9225
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:30am - 3:30pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday : 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday and Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, French
  • Executive Chef: Sonny Abraham
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We will create individual lunches for your next gathering. We will provide a box lunch for each person. Full catered meals can be at our restaurant or your location. Specialize in French, Italian and Mediterranean Cuisine. Outdoor event consultation free. 27 year's experience.
  • Special Events: Open on most Holiday's.

    Pre-Fixe menus available on Holiday's.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cordell Avenue
  • Public Transit: Stops 3-4 Blocks from Bethesda Metro!
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available (PM only). Public Garage/meter Parking during Am hours.
A word from Brasserie Monte Carlo
If you are looking for a unique place to go for brunch, lunch, or dinner, Brasserie Monte Carlo is the place to go. Stepping into the restaurant, one can not help but notice the beautiful mural (designed by Dianne Hoppman) that takes up the whole right wall, and the rustic decor that helps add warmth to the room. Sonny Abraham owner/chef of Brasserie Monte Carlo has been in the restaurant business since 1985. Sonny has done a wonderful job of staffing his restaurant with only the best. He personally completed his culinary training in Lausanne, Switzerland and his matre d' worked at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, DC. It is truly a team effort at Brasserie Monte Carlo, at times you may even see Sonny waiting on a table to help his staff out, or helping in the kitchen or even providing wine service. Sonny's goal is to bring the taste of Washington's well known restaurants to downtown Bethesda but for a fraction of the cost maintaining quality, value and service.
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Brasserie Monte Carlo reviews from OpenTable diners
32 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating3.4
  • Food3.8
    Service3.3
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
73% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (14)romantic (7)great for outdoor dining (7)fit for foodies (7)great for lunch (5)special occasion (5)good for groups (3)notable wine list (2)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Was not delighted with B.
    ChrisandLoisVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I'd be delighted to hear what went wrong on Saturday evening. My reservation was for 4 people at 7:30 PM. I've eaten at B.M.C several times and have brought guests there. This time I was embarrassed that I brought my daughter and husband there. Really 2 rolls for 4 people. That seems elementary to get that right (no butter either) and the fact that we had to ask 2 times for them. They should have been brought automatically. Also reaching in front of us and asking us to pass our plates. I'm sorry this is unacceptable. Not to mention the table snafu especially after I called to confirm that we had a table in front of a window. This experience is not up to past experiences. The only saving grace was the food tasted good and arrived hot.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very reliable
    jjccVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The food here is very reliable. We had a salad, which was fine but nothing special, delicious butternut squash soup and filet mignon, which was perfect. The restaurant was crowded and while I am very happy to see that, they may need to hire some more staff to keep the food coming. The service was definitely slow.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful
    Traveler25
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I chose to go to Brasserie Monte Carlo to meet some friends of mine in Bethesda. It was a wonderful menu with just enough options to make a decision. The ambiance was great. It reminded me of a French café when I was on vacation in the southern part of France. The service was good. They needed another server due to the small restaurant was almost full. It was a great experience and I would suggest it as a nice step away from the many dining restaurants that you can choose from in Bethesda.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disaapointed
    twofoodies
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The restaurant was pleasant. The servers were good. We were however, in general disappointed in the size of the food portions and quality.
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  • Praise
    shortyVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Monte Carlo is a survivor. Same location for 10 years or so. Always a good meal - well prepared and palate pleasing. Service is attentive and well paced. I've tried most of the entrees and have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit disappointed
    frequentdiner
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    If I did not have a groupon, I will not visit this one. Food portion too small, food quality fair. Tables are small and crowded, cleanliness fair.
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  • Delivers
    3Musketeers
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This is a wonderful little restaurant that provides dependably delicious food without a lot of fuss. Always pleasant. For weekend dinner has valet parking for $5 which is a real plus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reliable restaurant
    jjccVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We always have a good dinner here. The specials are usually excellent. We had very tasty escargot, a boring salad, and a delicious steak. Also, the rockfish was perfectly cooked.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The "TEST" of time 15 Years!
    Foodies
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I have been coming here for almost 15 years now. It is one of the few restaurants, still chef/owner operated. great food and service. Also one of the few restaurants certified/verified by the US Health Food Council. eatreal.org great for outdoor dining. The escargot and filet was amazing.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I was very disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The dinner was very mediocre, I will not go back. The salmon was over cook and had can mussels with a Pernod sauce, salad must of been seating all day was not fresh.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • less than enjoyable experiences
    ustylers
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Used Groupon not worth it. Empty restaurant, high traffic area. 2 people @ outside tables none inside. Ordered 2 Arugula Salads w/ Goat Cheese & Almonds. Too small & too lightly dressed but it & the (1st rolls) were the best part of the meal. French onion Soup was pathetic. Far from authentic, lacked croutons, watery & overpriced. Grilled Salmon w/ Mussels & Duck Breast w/ Braised Cabbage. Salmon was bland, sauce would've been better from a jar. The duck was laughable. 5 small medallions 3/4 fat & the little meat there was was not cook properly. The 5 pieces of carrot & cabbage was salty. Tiramisu, all whipped cream & Green Apple Tarte w/ doughy crust & Vanilla Ice Cream that was more like tasteless ice milk completed a disappointing nite.
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  • Great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I had a work meeting in Bethesda and found this place through Restaurant.com. I wasn't expecting much but it ended up being fabulous. The food was just outstanding. I had Butternut Squash soup to start and then lamb stew. My husband got a salad and the duck. All of the food was out of this world, flavorful and delicious. We had a great bottle of Bordeaux. Would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice for special occasions
    Likealot
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This has now become a family favorite for special celebrations.The food is always excellent and the service is very good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Good food at Brasserie Monte Carlo
    leniVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Monte Carlo is a wonderful staple! the food is predictable and good. Service is knowledgeable and the restaurant is seldom overly noisy. we have been to group parties when the entire restaurant was taken which was superb and we have been to a quiet lunch. Both to be savored. They do fish particularly well, though escargot is not to be missed. Most enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.4
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.4
    • Service3.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 365 reviews are from the Brasserie Monte Carlo reviews archive.
  • France on a Bethesda corner
    LadyshrinkVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    My friend and I went here on a Groupon 3 course meal. On an early Sunday evening, the restaurant was almost empty, though it was filling out when we left. The service seemed personal and pleasant, though not at all rushed. The food was good. Nothing was amazing but nothing disappointed. I had a lovely onion tart to begin, followed by the salmon and the chocolate mousse cake. My friend had arugula salad, lamb stew and fruit tarte. With the Groupon, the price was moderate, but it would not have been extreme without it for a full meal. A pleasant place to eat and talk.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always excellent food
    lorimc
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    As always, the food was excellent, prepared exactly as ordered. The escargot is some of the best I've ever had. We were dining here on our wedding anniversary and they went out of their way to make us feel welcome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Reliable but...
    Angelmom
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Met friends for dinner. The food is reliably good and the setting pretty, and it is easy to talk and hear. On this night, unfortunately, they were out of many food/menu/bar items, which was disappointing and annoying when we were told this for the third (but not last) time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    I have had a good meal here. But, last night food was not so great. Waiters very nice, but does not make up for water-down taste of food.
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  • Delicious food!
    Deliciousness
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The food and the service were terrific. The fettucini carbonara was light and delicious! Great quiet ambiance!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice casual with great food!
    joycean
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    I've eaten lunch at the Brasserie Monte Carlo a few times a couple of years back but not dinner. The menu is somewhat different for dinner. My husband and friend said the appetizer of anchovies marinated in olive oil and fresh basil was excellent. Lemon caper sauce with chopped tomatoes served a top all fish dishes was very tasty--nice Mediterranean touch. Unusual sides -- 1 thick roasted potato slice and saute lettuce for sides was actually very good. The only disappointment was the coconut sorbet, strong coconut flavor but rather bland --something was missing. My husband said the Tiramisu was wonderful. All in all great meal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, easy conversation
    foodmaven
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Our dinner on 5/23/14 was very nice. It's a small, charming restaurant, and it wasn't loud and noisy so we were able to have a great conversation without shouting. The food and martinis were delicious. It took them a while to first take our order, and then to bring us some bread (it was still baking, we were told), but then the service was decent. The staff didn't rush us, we were able to enjoy our meal for a nice amount of time. The green apple tart with ice cream at the end was warm and fabulous. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Pleasant Brunch Scene
    LadyLawyer
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    My fiance and I took my Great Aunt to brunch last Sunday and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The food was good, but the neighborhood charm of the place was arguably the best aspect of the experience! We will absolutely come back again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Return Visit Yields Happy Family!
    PotomacDinerVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    My wife and I dined here a few times during the winter (by ourselves, with out-of-town friends, and with our teenager daughters) and were always quite pleased. We returned this weekend with our college student son in tow, as well as his sisters. This was our first visit in at least a couple of months, but Sonny/staff all welcomed us as though we were their most important regulars. They remembered our previous selections and preferences, and simply outdid themselves. We returned to old favorites (the angus medallions and braised short ribs) while our kids enjoyed a shrimp-stuffed-with-crabmeat special. Both the tiramisu and the green apple tart were crowd pleasers. My wife noted the attractive outdoor seating "for next time."
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    UKFoodiesVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    After reading so many good reviews of Brasserie Monte Carlo, I was looking forward to redeeming a Groupon for two 3-course meals with my husband. Unfortunately our experience did not live nearly as close to the hype. We arrived for dinner on a Saturday night, and the restaurant was half-full, but service was exceedingly slow. After uninspiring starters (garden salad with fennel and canned sardines with salad); our mains arrived. My trout with tomatoes, onions and capers in a white wine sauce tasted of canned tomatoes and was luke-warm. I'm not sure the trout was very fresh either. My husband's beef was OK but we were turned off by what was obviously re-heated potato fondants. Warm apple tart was only just about warm and tasted stale.
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  • Overpriced Food / Average Service
    JollyDinerVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The price I paid for this Mother's Day meal was just too much. The butter with the rolls was very hard, the pork chop I ask for at medium was very well done and tough (it would have been nice to have a steak knife). Add to this having to ask for silverware when our forks are taken with our salads, somebody is not on the ball. The desserts were very good (I had the chocolate mousse and some of the apple tart). For such a nice looking place, it is always a shame that the food and service do not live up to this nice location.
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  • Mother's Day Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The Mother's Day Brunch was a pre-fixed menu that was over-priced for the dish. The pork chop had a delicious sauce, but the dish was overcooked. The duck was cooked to order and the sauce hit the spot. The shrimp and crab dish had small portions, needed at least two more shrimp. The steak was served cold with a warm sauce -- the favor was very good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming
    Pete
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    This was a very satisfying experience. We were seated and pleasantly offered beverages and then advised of the daily specials. This restaurant offered a good range of foods. The menu prices were moderate. The various flavors were appealing and portions were above ample' The service was pleasant and attentive. Will return at some future date.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent
    RyanVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    To sum up the food is very good and everything else is mediocre. Our escargot and salad took an hour to come out. Our main dishes 30+ minutes after that. The duck breast was amazing, wish there was a little more. We'll probably give it another shot at some point.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic French!
    MaestraKKVIP
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    I always love this restaurant! The last 2 visits have been in rainy wicked weather -- beautiful to be indoors eating warming French fare!! Limited wine list, but all good. I love the onion tart for appetizer -- just the right balance of sweet soft carmelized onions and teeny chewy ham cubes in flaky pastry, and perfect with the fresh dressed greens and thin tomato slices. I had the "osso bucco style" ribs -- melt-in-your-mouth meat and richly flavored carrots from the long braising in red wine. Really perfect for the cold night. Friendly, professional service. A great start to my DC visit.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Located in the older downtown Bethesda neighborhood on Norfolk at Cordell. Hard to understand why there aren't long lines at lunch and dinner. The food was first rate; there was great service and a lovely streetscape view. This was my third meal there. They've all been good.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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  • Special Easter Brunch
    JoeD
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Special fixed-price 3-course meal replaced the normal Sunday brunch menu but the options were varied and the end result was a pleasant experience top to bottom. We have eater here before, both for lunch and dinner, and always seem to get great food at reasonable prices, with friendly service and peaceful ambiance. With all the restaurants in Bethesda, this one shouldn't be passed by. Give them a try.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The test of time, 14 year's strong!
    Foodies
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    My partner and I, had dinner on the now open patio, with our puppy. The food and service amazing. Even the chef stopped by briefly. I had the escargot, being a word traveler, very well made. My partner had the fish of the day, Wild Alaskan Cod, a light wine fennel sauce, very good. I had the filet medallions, the sauce was 'licked". For dessert the Apple tarte, nice. We had a Spanish Rose', light and crisp, more Grenache, therefore not very dry. Great place for people watching! Sam was great. We will be back for brunch. A good place to relax, with our puppy.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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  • As a return custom, we always
    LindaVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    As a return custom, we always find the food to be fresh and delicious! Your food is cooked to order and served hot. We recommend the fish dishes.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    RWoodBVIP
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    I rate the food in a restaurant very good or excellent only if the ingredients are at least as good as those I use at home and the flavors are better than those I am able to create at home. In this case, the beef medallions were not of the quality I purchase for home use and the flavors were only fair. Also disappointing was the salad dressing. The selection of wines by the glass is very limited and features wines that generally sell for $10 or less a bottle when one purchases a case. .
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  • Understaffed
    OldProfessor
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    On a Saturday night there were only two servers and no support staff. They were running, but inevitably there was poor service. We had to ask for silverware and napkins. We never received bread, although other tables did. Our request fro coffee and tea were forgotten.
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  • Food was OK
    Kensington
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    It is pretty quiet on a Friday evening, which we did not mind. The food was OK, nothing to scream about. The server was helpful to recommend us to buy the wine in a bottle vs. a glass as we are allowed to take home the left over wine. It is a cheaper option than by the glass if you drink more than one glass.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ok restaurant. like the small
    barnVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    ok restaurant. like the small size, nothing special on the menu. terrible cappuccino. Would not rush back
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  • Nice little french bistro
    UStFoodieVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    My wife and I got a groupon. I was kind of weary based on past reviews, but in the end I was pleasantly surprised. I had smoked salmon, duck, and chocolate mousse. Salmon salad was good. Duck was kind of a fatty, but portion was fine. The mousse wasnt anything special. My wife had beet salad and cod (special); both were better choices than mine. She had the apple tart for dessert, which was good, but nothing special as well. As for the tables being too closed together; we didnt have this problem being seated near the windows. I could see if you were seated along the wall, the tables might be closed together. My recommendation is to have dinner early, so that you have your pick of tables. Our reservation was at 6:30 on Sat night.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Find
    EarlVIP
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    This was our first time @ this establishment and we are already looking to go back!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Great meal and service
    karlp
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    We had a great meal here. My wife is allergic to gluten and dairy, so we don't eat out much. Sonny and Sam were very responsive to our concerns and provided excellent service. There were not a lot of options on the menu for my wife, but she loved the one she picked! Thanks.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.