Café Boulud
Café Boulud

Café Boulud

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafeboulud.com/toronto
  • Phone: (416) 963-6000
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast - Monday to Saturday 7:00 am - 11:00 am
    Breakfast - Sunday 7:00 am- 10:30 am

    Brunch - Sunday: 10:30 am - 3:00 pm

    Dinner - Sunday to Wednesday: 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Dinner - Thursday to Saturday: 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm

    Lunch is served in dbar Monday- Sunday 11:00 am- 3:30 pm. Please go to dbar's website to make your booking for lunch.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Tyler Shedden
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: The entire restaurant may be bought out for private lunches or dinners.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our private room seats up to guests in a wine cella inspired environment. We would be pleased to help you plan a customized menu and our sommelier will guide you to find the perfect wine pairing for your event.

    Contact Balthazar Pellissier at 416 963 6000 ext 3267
  • Private Party Contact: balthazar.pellissier@fourseasons.com 416-963-6000x3267
  • Entertainment: Immediatly adjacent to Cafe Boulud is d|bar. enjoy a drink either before or after your dinner at Cafe Boulud. A DJ spins favorites Monday through Saturday from 9pm.
  • Special Events: We maintain a monthly schedule of wine dinners and special culinary events. Go to www.cafeboulud.com/toronto for more information

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bay & Yorkville
  • Public Transit: Bloor-Yonge Subway station
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Available at a preferred discounted rate for dining guests
A word from Café Boulud
Chef Daniel Boulud brings his renowned French cuisine to Toronto offering contemporary renditions of dishes inspired by the local market. Located steps from Yorkville shopping, Café Boulud is open for dinner seven nights a week and brunch on Sunday. A casual lunch is served at the adjacent d|bar, also directed by Chef Boulud. d|bar is our lively bar and lounge, a perfect spot for cocktails either before or after dinner. Café Boulud’s private room is available for business or personal entertaining, and the entire restaurant is available for meetings and catering during daytime hours.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Café Boulud reviews from OpenTable diners
150 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (96)fit for foodies (93)notable wine list (57)romantic (46)hot spot (41)good for groups (39)great for brunch (34)neighborhood gem (28)great for lunch (22)vibrant bar scene (17)scenic view (8)kid-friendly (8)late-night find (7)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Great for brunch
    TdotFood
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Probably the best brunch I've had in Toronto. Parfait, artichoke salad, steak and eggs are all good choices
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, very uncomfortable chairs!
    Poppy
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We went there on a Saturday night and had their 5 course tasting menu. Food was great, and the service was good. Their wine list is very extensive. Their chairs are rather uncomfortable and their placemats are less than impressive! It would be great if they could match the quality of their chairs and table setting with the quality of their food. I would love to recommend visiting them just for the food, but I know there are many other places in Toronto that offer both.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good-ish
    kappy
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    The food was pretty good... the salad much more so than the main course. The service was a little amateurish for the price point, e.g., recommended a Beaujolais for a very hearty meat dish, took our plates away consistently before we had finished, brought the wrong risotto (there were 2 on the menu and we ordered the other one), disappeared after clearing our main course and came back 45 minutes later to take our dessert orders... I'd go back but it is not quite ready for prime time in my opinion.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Peggy
    Peggy
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    We had a problem with one of our entrees, and the problem was handled in a most attentive and satisfactory way -- three levels of staff attended to it without our having to ask for anything. Most impressive. Some of our dishes were wonderful (lobster salad and truffle risotto), but the mains were rather a disappointment. However, the service and desire to make our dinner special were noteworthy. The room is elegant and quiet with comfortable spaces between tables.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal with exceptional service
    AdamTO
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    1st meal here was for summerlicious, came back for a second time and was not disappointed! Check out the veal sweetbread appetizer!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Excellent waiter named Michael.. Appetizers and dessert were delicious, but the main courses for the brunch were disappointing. Still a very nice brunch that we all enjoyed. Wonderful atmosphere and Michael really made our occasion very special.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding Quality all around
    foodieintraining
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The menu is outstanding, both apps and mains were extremely well prepared. Attention to detail was as expected at this price point. White truffle season is in so I recommend a visit here.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Excellent food and service; I would scrap the background music as the noise level was rather high. I have eaten in this chef's restaurants in New York and this one in Toronto is as fully good although, in comparison, the décor is Toronto less classic and there is rather too little space between tables.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always spectacular dining.
    wineoh
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Fabulous menu choices including the expected and the unexpected. ...outstanding quality of ingredients with a very approachable yet stunning presentation (ie. Yes you may eat this food! ) Excellent service. We were a table of seven and everyone was quite happy with their selections without a single complaint and service was perfect. Desserts were over-the-top-delicious and creative. Cocktails were very well made and the wine list and sommelier guidance was much appreciated. A group of seven "experienced" diners is hard to please and all if us truly enjoyed ourselves.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High quality food
    BiBiTiTiVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    You don't expect anything less from chef boulud. No doubt an expensive brunch and probably not the most "creative" menu but the quality and execution of the dishes were superb.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday Brunch
    birthdayceleb
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We always go here to celebrate girlfriend birthdays. We have done both lunch and brunch. The food is always elegant and delicious and the ambience is exceptional (love the artwork in restaurant and beautiful flowers in lobby). But what really defines the experience is the incredible service. Can't wait to go back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Started great, but dwindled a bit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Food was excellent. As the night wore on, service did begin to get slow.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great brunch
    MichVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We went there for brunch on my birthday. It was a good experience. They have the tasting menu and you can also oder a la carte. The service was the best thing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impeccable Service and Food :)
    Tweety
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My first time visiting Cafe Boulud after hearing about their crispy duckegg and suckling pig dish. Please to say I had a very enjoyable night here and would definitely come back! We ordered the crispy duck egg, foie gras, suckling pig, lobster salad and mussel cauliflower soup. All were very delicious with the crispy duck egg and foie gras being our favourite. They had a great selection of cocktail specially featured for the fall. Unfortunately the tasting menu finished as i arrived late and they also sold out of the crispy pigeon which i wanted to try. The manager And server Zac were very warm and easy to tlk to. They even gave us two complimentary dishes (smoked herring and artichoke salad).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice
    Mag19
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had a very nice diner at this beautiful restaurant. It's located in a Four Seasons which always garantee the best décor. The staff was very nice and they were very accomodative to one person of our group that is vegan. Exact quote: "we can do whatever you want!". You don't hear this very oftern! The food was excellent too of course.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing disaster
    Adrian
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The waiter was quick to greet me when I sat down. He then disappeared for 20 minutes. I had to flag him down to ask for a glass of water. This set the tone for the remainder of the meal: I had to flag him down for coffee, then again to take our order and every time I wanted a refill of water or coffee. I say "he" but really I should say "them" - they had a group thing going and took turns popping up with enormous lulls in between. The food was also ridiculous - a $25 salmon benny should involve more than two hollandaise-covered poached eggs plopped onto the most sparring strip of smoked salmon cast adrift in the endless sea of a white plate. UNINSPIRED!!!! (and a rip-off to boot)
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  • Horrible breakfast experience!
    3FoodiesVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    To start, our cappucino & latte were barely lukewarm when it came. Then we had to wait 30mins for our food to arrive when they were only 5 tables full in the whole restaurant. I asked twice, both a server and the manager, to follow-up on our order and they just acknowledged that it was coming. We ordered a vienoisserie basket, which we thought should come first if nothing else was ready, but it arrived with the rest of the order 30mins later. The belgian waffle & lemon-ricotta hotcakes had no presentation and tasted just so-so. The oeufs meurette dish was almost cold when it's presented on a hot plate. How can that be possible? There were no servers around to refill our water or ask how breakfast was. Expected more from a Four Seasons!
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  • Service, Service, Service!
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Had a delicious meal while visiting Toronto. Abdul-Latif provided superb service!!! Tried quite a few appys and three entrees and all were great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasting what we have never tasted!
    Frenchfangirl
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We were so looking forward to our dining experience at Cafe Boulud. It surpassed our expectations in food, service and ambience. The restaurant was upscale but our servers made us very at ease. There was pleasant seating and lighting and the music and noise from the bar downstairs made it enjoyable and lively without the loudness. I had seen chef Boulud on Anthony Bourdain' s show Parts Unknown, in the episode where he visits Lyon. Finally at Cafe Boulud we tasted those wonderful ingredients and recipes we've only heard described on television. Amazing! Thank you chef Boulud!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SalBVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The food and service were superb! A great dining experience, though pricey.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Again and again
    MikeyGVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The whole staff and kitchen of the cafe never fail to over deliver every time. It is the best French restaurant in the region hands down
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lana
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Thank you very much. It was friendly and warm,great wine and excellent food
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thanksgiving!
    ml628VIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Everything at Cafe Boulud is always great, but for Thanksgiving Day it was, in the words of one of my guests, 'the best turkey dinner ever'. Food was delicious, wines were great and the service was the very best you could ask for, especially on a holiday! Beyond all expectations!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I wanted to rate it higher...can't
    Julia
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    We arrived 10 minutes early for the noon thanksgiving dinner. The place was almost empty. I would have expected to be shown to our table and been allowed to order our wine and wait. Instead we had to wait in the lobby area while the hostess and floor manager talked, looked at their computer and comments on no tables being ready. We did get to go to a table at 12:05 but that 15 minute wait didn't start the meal off as expected. Small things that made the meal not as expected added up. Rice side dish showed up long after the main course was served and we had to ask for additional wine instead of being asked if we wanted any. I must have expected a better outcome for the price involved.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gail
    GailVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We had an excellent, albeit not traditional, Thanksgiving meal at Cafe Boulud! The food was impeccable, the service good, and it was overall such a lovely experience in a gracious environment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • gemmetts
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    An excellent dining experience with wonderful food, nicely paced service, and a helpful and intelligent waiter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never fails to impress.
    brandcVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Had yet another fabulous meal and experience at Cafe Boulud! Artichoke salad and soup delicious. Sea bass, halibut and pork all cooked to perfection and graciously served by Dennis. Will be back again and again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stunning every time!
    Karan
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Cafe Boulud is my favourite restaurant in Toronto. Every time I go, the food never fails to meet my expectations. We always go for birthdays, anniversaries & other celebrations. However, this time, the servers did not clear all the plates before the mains came out. This is a little inconsistent to the other times I have been. The atmosphere is always very comfortable and the ambience is perfect! I cannot wait until Winterlicious! Bring back the Venison Pate from last Winterlicious please. That was divine and not I cannot find a substitute for it anywhere in the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • FrugalinToronto
    FrugalinToronto
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I visited Café Boulud to celebrate my guest's birthday. I was not disappointed, the experience was excellent. I had the venison and my guest the pigeon - superb! The server was very cordial and professional with enough "lightness" to recognize she had read the mood of the table well. I was surprised that no Sommelier was obvious but our server knew the wine list well enough to handle the minor questions I had. The restaurant is directly above the bar and at the window side is exposed to the sounds from the bar. This was not a major problem but on our visit the bar was full with a number of tables who were obviously enjoying themselves. I am not a fan of two-top banquets, a few more individual tables would improve the "romantic" atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great meal
    MartiniLvrVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Four Seasons never fails to impress us with their seasonal market fresh menu items and their regular options like the dry aged NY strip with marrow or the lobster salad. The angolotti changes from time to time but is always absolutely delicious. Their recent addition of suckling pig offers 4 different tastes of pork from a decadent piece of blood sausage to a mouth watering pork belly. The fish offerings are always a nice alternative to steak, like the sea bass, Turbot or halibut. The appitizers are beautifully presented and fun to eat. I recently enjoyed the octopus terrine with tomato jam that blew me away. It's our go to spot for a romantic meal or just a quick dinner with our daughter as a nice ending to a day shopping Yorkdale.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding restaurant
    RobertB
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    superb food and hospitality - high level cooking and service in the city in my opinion
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Attention to detail
    oliverc
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The overall experience was good and I would go back, but there were a couple of issues which could be solved easily by a little more attention to detail. For example, there were cherry pits in the salad, along with the pitted cherries. Additionally, the staff really didn't know what was on the menu well enough to answer some basic questions about the menu. One guessed and when we noticed his uncertainty he admitted he should check with the kitchen to find out; another said he didn't know the answer to another question since he was new to the job. We were surprised, due to Boulud's overall reputation and had been to two of his restaurants in NYC where these would never happen.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quite a mediocre experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    My friend and I went to Cafe Bolud for Sunday brunch, expecting a relatively tranquil atmosphere to enjoy a more special brunch in a restaurant run by Michelin starred chef. In brief, the poached eggs and yogurt parfait were more ordinary than any other neighborhood diner and similarly for the service.
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  • Sadly disappointed this time
    Brunchlover
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    This was our fourth Sunday brunch and we had bragged and had our friends join this time. What a mistake! The place was packed with big groups who were treating it as their living room--blocking aisles, loudly kibitzing and TONS of kids. There were even two strollers at the same nearby table with crying babies being walked around. Our first course came out and he got the placing all wrong. We had to literally wave down our waitress to order wine for our mains. No one checked in to see how our food was. No toilet paper in one washroom...It was "off" and I was embarassed. It's the Four Seasons for goodness sakes! Last time the waiter had holes in his pants! I expect better room control, reservation control for big groups and higher end service
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  • Excellent dining and great wines
    YYZfoodie
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Had a terrific celebratory meal last Saturday night. Sweatbreads and potato wrapped Sea Bass (just how do they wrap the potato around the bass??) and partner had seared foie gras and halibut. David's champagne is lovely and we had a great Bacheleder Pinot Noir from Nuits St George. A great room for celebration - modern and not stuffy.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect dining experience
    Jdines14
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My wife and I went for dinner to celebrate her birthday and everything was perfect--the food was excellent and all of the staff were terrific... Our waiter was especially noteworthy--we have eaten in some very high-end restaurants, but, he set a new standard of professionalism.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely
    Dinnerfor2
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    It wasn't the best meal in Toronto, but it certainly was up there with the fit for foodies category.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always great
    MikeyGVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The staff and the kitchen combine with Drew's sense of the wine seasons to provide a reliable and delightful dining experience every time. Thanks
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Zeca
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Just wonderful. The food was delicious and in fact it is a beautiful restaurant. The evening was most agreable. Thank you. Claudia Antonaccio
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • all-around fantastic experience
    soycristina
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    This is hands-down one of the best meals I've had all year. Everything we had –from the bread basket to the entrees to dessert– was excellent. Don't miss the potato-wrapped sea bass (or at least have someone at the table order it so you can try it). Great service and notable wine list, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate