Brooklynn's Bistro
Brooklynn's Bistro

Brooklynn's Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.brooklynnsbistro.ca/
  • Phone: 2044154112
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM;
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Friday - Saturday: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Dustin Pajak
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Make your event truly spectacular. Witness your guests enjoy creative, innovative dishes that reflect true Italian taste. Brooklyn’s offers a multitude of spaces to accommodate any type of functions. Mix business and pleasure with working lunches, holiday functions, and endless possibilities for private dinners. Brooklynn’s is happy to entertain 2 guests to 200 guests. We offer the perfect space to impress client or surprise you loved ones.
  • Private Party Contact: Vicki 2044154115

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Rorie Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Brooklynn's Bistro
Brooklynn’s Bistro is excited to create simple and savory dishes composed of the freshest ingredients possible. Our Italian cuisine is skillfully executed to create delightful flavors with artistic presentation Brooklynn’s wine list is exclusively selected to bridge a beautiful union between food and drink. Nestled in one of the Exchange District’s handsome historic buildings, Brooklynn, Owner Sam Colosimo’s four year old daughter, invites you to traditionally try a little Italy. Buon Appetito
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Brooklynn's Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
29 reviews since May 6, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.7
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
73% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (9)good for groups (9)fit for foodies (8)special occasion (8)neighborhood gem (6)great for lunch (5)scenic view (4)great for brunch (2)late-night find (2)hot spot (2)vibrant bar scene (2)great for outdoor dining (1)kid-friendly (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Great place to dine!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Food, wine and service was great. The pizza was amazing!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional Dining
    EveningOut
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Elegant and spacious atmosphere. Well dressed and attentive serving staff. Spectacular presentation, and above all, wonderful food at a very competitive price. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LookingForExceptional
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I was excited to find a cozy atmosphere in Brooklyn Bistro but the experience quickly became a definite disappointment. The food was under seasoned, only the carrots were a hit. Mediocre service was downgraded after a hair was located in food and the chef tried to laugh it off and find something to blame. (It was not the chef's hair or our server's hair but not ours either). Although the meal was removed from our bill, the quality of food and service was a HUGE disappointment and we will not be returning and will definitely not provide a recommendation.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Needs work
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The experience was underwhelming to say the least. We ordered drinks, a mojito that had no sugar in it and a long island that was so sweet I had to water it down. After that we stuck to overpriced wine. We started with a Caesar salad. It was so bitter and unappetizing that we had to send it back - never thought I'd send back a salad. The pizza was fairly good, but I've had better as well. The spinach and mushroom lasagna was okay, not good, not bad. Overall, not planning to return.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful food in an empty room...
    jsm23
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Considering how delicious the food was, my husband and I were surprised to be the only diners in the restaurant for much of our meal. The scallops were perfectly seared and tender, the pork belly melted in your mouth just as it should, and the green bean and lardo appetizer special was amazingly flavorful. We enjoyed having the opportunity to speak with the chef several times, and his enthusiasm for the ingredients and preparations created a wonderful atmosphere. He even offered us any dessert off the menu on the house to apologize for the inconvenience of a movie being shot outside the restaurant windows (which really only added to the experience of dining in downtown Winnipeg!) We hope to return...
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ideas, mediocre execution.
    Lauren
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The room was beautiful, but the service was lackluster. The menu read amazing well, but the food well short...too salty mains, and flat tasting desserts....the potential is definitely there, but it fell short of expectations.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unhappy Anniversary Dinner
    pizza4me
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    A big anniversary disappointed as we were the only people in the Brooklyn bistro. Salads were great entrees tried was the gnocchi and was fair found it bitter in flavor and not much sauce. My wife had the chicken dinner and the tomato sauce was overdone almost to a burnt taste, very dark in color. As being the only customers, there was no pressure to get out the food and was still sub-par. Not sure what it may be like when they get busy. At this time the website menu did not match the current menu which was a huge failure because what we were expecting wasn't available. Hopefully it will be updated correctly.
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  • second time there wasn't the best
    Derekhen
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Only people in the restaurant. Under cooked the scallops. Setting up for a wedding social. They probably shouldn't have taken us.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We are not going back
    PeterCVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Something has gone horribly wrong at Brooklynn's. The restaurant was empty, a sign of what was about to come. No more complimentary bread, it took over 30 minutes in an empty restaurant to get us a salad and the cured meats platter, and then the main meals... The Colossimo pizza was soggy and the dough chewy and I had to send back my pan seared salmon (grossly undercooked) and the accompanying pasta was a hard salty lump. The same broken down piece of salmon, that had also that fishy taste of non-freshness came back now cooked and the pasta was now better but still salty. Discount? No. Free drink? No. Just a short apology. This place needs a total makeover like the ones you see in "Kitchen Nightmares". Until then, we are out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not as good as last visit
    Spyke
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I raved about the braised beef chuck to the friend we were taking to dinner, and were in the process of ordering when we were informed that it was not available. Our second choice, the veal chop, was also unavailable. It would have been nice to have been told this right from the start. The pork belly that we ordered was not well rendered and the crispy skin needed a hack saw to get through it. The gnocci was good, but the pork tenderloin special was a bit dry and cried out for more sauce. When booking our reservation, there was no room to book at 6PM, yet the restaurant remained empty until 7 PM with only us and one other table. The menu is changing with their new chef, so ask what is not available before you attempt to order.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Father's Day Brunch
    Terry
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We should have known there might be problems when we could make a Father's Day Brunch reservation with very little notice. We ordered a couple of pizzas for appetizers, and they were delicious. Everything went downhill rapidly. We ordered 3 orders of eggs Benedict, 2 with bacon & 1 with ham, pancakes & French toast. It took the servers 4 trips to deliver 4 plates of food, with the French toast (mine, as the man of honour) being totally missed. A note to serving staff...use a pen & paper to take the order. The eggs Benedict all came with bacon, the ham for the one being delivered a while later. The pancakes were rock hard & burnt. We were asked once if we wanted more water, only to have a glass taken away & the water never returning.
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  • Happily surprised
    Katb
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Amazing food, great service.. Would go back in a heartbeat.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ngstar
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    My new favourite restaurant! Everything we ordered was delicious and presentation was stellar. Great location and decor. Will be coming here again and recommending to others!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good
    diner
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    The risotto is outstanding. Wonderful beet salad and citrus salad as well. Flavors that are unique and satisfying. A new kind of "comfort food".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Napkins Galore
    Afterevents
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Had a very good time at Brooklynn's after the MTC matinee on Saturday. The server was really quite good but forgot the cutlery for two dishes so by the end of the night the three of us had 11 napkins on our table. The appetizers and entrees were nicely presented and very good. Loved being able to book our reservations on line.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good dinner...
    James
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The waiter misunderstood one of the appetizers that we ordered so he ended up giving the wrong one to us for free. The quality of the food was very good. The restaurant environment is quite nice. The waiter could have stopped by a little more often but that's fine. I would rate it somewhere between a mid to high-end dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyable Dinner
    Jocelyn
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I had the baked pickerel served on a delicious mushroom risotto, it was very tasty. Our table shared the drunken mushroom pizza which was also very good. The staff was very attentive. The one problem we had was a strong bleach odor when we arrived for an early supper. There were a couple people in our party with respiratory issues and though it did dissipate as the evening went on it was an issue for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely Dining Experience
    KE18
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    I've been here a few times, and keep going back. I love and highly recommend the Gnocci Frito appetizer, and any of the pizzas (you also get free bread with oil and vinegar). It's a nice atmosphere, and always quiet with friendly service. Our meal (we both ordered pizza) was a little slow to come this time, but of the three or four times I've been there, this is the only time I've noticed it. A wonderful meal choice in the exchange, especially a ballet, symphony or MTC concert, which is when I usually go - just be sure give yourself enough time for both food and finding street parking.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 11 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 6, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 116 reviews are from the Brooklynn's Bistro reviews archive.
  • Nice surprise...
    LargeMarj
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Second time at Brooklyn's Bistro. Had the cod and substituted mushroom risotto for orzo no problem. Cod portion was extremely small for a main but was delicious! And the risotto made up for the lack of fish. Service was excellent and not too noisy so us and our friends could carry on a conversation. The other dinners were very generous in size - the 1/2 roasted chicken could feed 2, no problem. And it was moist w a crispy skin. Worth a trip back to try other items, for sure.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One great restaurant
    Diningwithfriends
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    This place is exceptional in its dining and ambiance. You feel you are in a different place. The area is a gem and the owner of this restaurant has found the perfect setting for great food, wines, drinks coupled with always friendly and knowledgeable service staff. The cheese plate appetizer is a must. Want a place to relax and linger over conversation. This is it. It's quiet due to the deprecation between dining room and bar. In a hurry for a show? This is also the place as they will accommodate your pace to your needs. Can't say enough. A must go for everyone.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Restaurant
    ejmd
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    A lunch date was our second visit here. The first time we came for dinner; we had the calamari, which was the best we've ever had, and the polenta fries was a fun plate. I enjoyed a perfectly cooked and fixed steak, while my wife had the gnocchi - which we found to be too garlicky, though the gnocchi itself was made expertly. For lunch we had pizza and it was, simply put, perfect. The dough was thin and baked expertly, the ingredients were well balanced, fresh and of high quality, and the sauce was exceptional. Both times the service was among the best we've esperienced - friendly, knowledgeable, helpful, and attentive. I strongly recommend checking this place out.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Food
    MeatLover
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Our first time to this restaurant will not be our last.. food is AMAZING just wish I could have tried it all...
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chris
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Delicious food and wonderful service. Price very good for the quality of dining experience. Nice location and attractive historic building.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food!
    SandD
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Excellent food! From pizza to salads to steak. The food at Brooklyn's Bistro has always been delicious
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, 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, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Alex
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Not the best wine list but the food was phenomenal!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Place
    ni3lle
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Great service, great food, good times! Will definitely be back :)
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Surprise
    LargeMarj
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    First time at Brooklyn's Bistro and was excited to try it out after looking at their menu on-line. It was fairly quiet for an MTC night where most restaurants are fully booked in the area but perhaps because this is on the fringe, it wasn't as busy? I had the polenta with seafood and it was great. The tomato flavour in the polenta was an explosion of flavour but at the halfway mark, was a little too flavourful and rich to finish it. The clam were delicious but a bit salty. The calamari was very crispy but not dry. Overall, pretty good. I'd like to go back and try some other things as their menu is quite extensive.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • In a word - Terrible!
    alittlebirdie
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    I don't think I have ever written a bad review, however the service at Brooklynn's was that bad - and what is worse they did not do anything to try to make up for it. I will never recommend this restaurant to anyone in Winnipeg or who visits. There were 6 of us who dined, the restaurant was semi-busy, our server forgot two drink orders, then our apps came out with our meals at the same time even though we clearly articulated that we would prefer some time between. We couldn't even fit all the food on the table. Our server kept apologizing, saying it would be made up on our bill. They couldn't keep the food in the warmer that long (???? what? Then re-make it). Our bill was not adjusted. W
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  • Liked it
    Lovefood
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    I love the ambience of this restaurant...it feels like you are in a different city. The decor and the area it's located in are great. The pasta dishes are very flavourful, just a bit too salty, and I love salt. The server was great, friendly and helpful, made our group of six feel welcome.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Great place to eat. Food was delicious, staff very helpful and atmosphere was fantastic. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great night out
    funfoodie1
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We were sceptical about going with another couple based on the reviews we had read but decided to go anyways. I am glad we did because everything was excellent. We started off with the cured meats and assorted cheeses as our server said they were the best in the city; she was right. Our pizza was excellent and quick and our mains were spot on. The dessert was also a tasty gelato and I would recommend this restaurant to anyone. My thoughts on the bad reviews are; maybe it was too busy for the kitchen to keep up with a full restaurant and quality suffered because of it. That did not happen to us
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The presentation is awesome.
    lelvin3rd
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    The presentation is awesome. The pizza was fantastic with very different ingredients. Loved the dough. And the waitress was very knowledgeable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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  • Authentic little Italy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    we were with Italian friends and had a very enjoyable dinner. We ordered many dishes and ate A tapas style meal. Our friends said that the food was authentic and tasted like their mothers would have made! They are very discriminating and I could not think of a better compliment. our server was efficient , pleasant and tried her best. My only complaint would be the beer glasses were not clen and when we asked for a new one it came wet with water! We were told from the dish washer. We would definitely return as well as suggest this restaurant to friends.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brooklynn's Bistro is the Best.
    MeEl
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Brooklynn's Bistro is a great restaurant for people who enjoy tasty and creative food. Additionally, it is close to the many entertainments of the Exchange District. We loved our appetizers of brussels sprouts and main courses of gnocchi, calamari and huge fat scallops. Delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One Time Dining Experience
    olddog
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    A number of complaints: 1. Hard to carry on a conversation at our table due to the high noise level. 2. Sunlight shining directly in my eyes for the first half hour of our stay - get some blinds. 3. Food was good but certainly not worth the prices asked. Left still feeling hungry but did not want to spend more just to feel full. 4. We checked in at the front desk, were seated, stayed a couple of hours, ordered food and ate, paid our bill and left a very reasonable tip for the staff, yet we were sent an e-mail saying we did not honor our reservation. Well, if our presence cannot be accounted for, you can refund our money for a dining experience we did not apparently have.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • TOO SALTY!!!!
    kathyc
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    arancini--too salty-- scallops covered in salt served with beans in oversalted tomato sauce--couldn't finish my meal!!!!! -- too bad --lovely venue--great location--good basic ingredients
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not over the top
    Windowseat
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    After reading many other reviews I wasn't sure what to think about going here. Upon arriving we were promptly seated. We order a bottle of wine and some arancini. The wine took forever. The arancini arrived at our table and was gone before the wine arrived. Arancini was delicious!! Although there were only 8 tables of guests, the 2 servers couldn't seem to keep up. We ordered 2 fish dishes, the pickerel and the salmon. The risotto with the pickerel was very good. The salmon was done well, but the pasta had and incredibly salty sauce. I couldn't drink enough water the rest of the night. Overall, it was ok, but not a place I will insist we go back to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No Service
    1234abcd
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Not sure what happened... Have frequent this place on many occasions. Not enough service that night. We had to wait for almost half an hour for our bill. Understaffed that night . Felt sorry for the waitress and the head chef who was running around serving the meals.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian!
    sands625
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Arancini to start was excellent! Polenta with clams, shrimp and calamari had great flavour. Spaghetti and meatballs...huge portion and fantastic meatballs! Will defintiely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My girlfriend and I had never
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    My girlfriend and I had never been to Brooklyn's for dinner before, and were unsure of what to order. We asked our server about what his favorites on the menu were. He recommended the mixed mushroom arancini, to go with the vino poached beet salad we already ordered. It was absolutely divine! So we asked his opinion for our main dishes. He recommended the drunken mushroom pizza with added prosciutto, and the house made Gnocchi. They were both fantastic! But that Gnocchi was the best I've ever had. Simply a Amazing dining experience. The food, the service, the atmosphere! Everything was superb! We will be back for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.