Café Boulud
Café Boulud

Café Boulud

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafeboulud.com/toronto
  • Phone: 4169636000x
  • 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: American, 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
  • Private Party Facilities: The elegant décor reflects Café Boulud's subdued contemporary aesthetic. The room seats up to 10 guests and if you contact us we would be pleased to help you plan a customized menu suited to awaken your every palate. Our Sommelier in house will guide you through our specially selected wine cellar to find your perfect wine pairing
  • Private Party Contact: cafeboulud@fourseasons.com 416-963-6000x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bay & Yorkville
  • Public Transit: Bloor Subway station
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Available at a preferred discounted rate for dining guests
A word from Café Boulud
Located steps from Yorkville shopping, Café Boulud is open for breakfast and dinner seven nights a week and brunch on Sunday. Chef Daniel Boulud brings his renowned French cuisine to Toronto offering contemporary renditions of dishes inspired by the local market. A casual lunch is served at d|bar, also directed by Chef Boulud. d|bar is our lively bar and lounge, a perfect spot for cocktails both before or after dinner. To reserve, please go to www.opentable.com/dbar-toronto Café Boulud’s private room is available for business or personal entertaining, and the entire restaurant is available for meetings and catering during lunch.
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Café Boulud reviews from OpenTable diners
251 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (168)fit for foodies (136)notable wine list (84)romantic (84)good for groups (62)hot spot (49)great for brunch (46)neighborhood gem (46)great for lunch (34)vibrant bar scene (27)kid-friendly (13)scenic view (12)late-night find (11)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • 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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    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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    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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  • Tasting what we have never tasted!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
  • SalB
    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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    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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    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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  • 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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    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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  • Good food, service spotty
    sammyVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Went with a group of friends for brunch. The selection was good, but for what you got it was a little pricey and the service wasn't very attentive. I had the biscuits to start, which were NOT fluffy, they felt very Pillsbury and over-cooked but the egg omelette for my main was good. My friends had fruit and granola to start and french toast as a main, which looked good. It would've been nicer if they came by and filled up our juice and coffee, which they didn't often and when my friend asked for coffee it took a long time to bring milk and sugar. I would recommend for a nice brunch if you're willing to pay, but there are a lot of nice brunch spots downtown, so I probably won't be back again so soon.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    Pk13
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Recently celebrated my 1 year wedding anniversary at Cafe Boulud. We ordered the tasting menu. It was a great experience. My husband and I were served a different dish in each course which only enhanced the dining experience. They also have a great brunch. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meets High Expectations
    PeterVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Café Boulud continues to be excellent, and has become one of our few favourite restaurants. Expect good, creative food, good service and a pleasing dining atmosphere...you will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Very good experience all around. The only flaw was that the appetizer was rushed. We wanted to enjoy our pre-dinner drink, but were rushed when the appetizer came too quickly (we had asked for a bit of time). Not a big deal, however, in an overall very enjoyable evening.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great late-night dinner
    brandcVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Enjoyed a late dinner after attending TIFF movie. Green salad, seared foie gras and ravioli all delicious. Our server, Zack, was knowledgeable, attentive and a great conversationalist. Had a wonderful evening and lingered with some port and a complimentary cheese plate. We love Cafe Boulud and return often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Big disappointment. Nothing special. However great sommelier and terrific wait staff.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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  • Disappointing experience
    Foodie
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Salad dressing-too salty Lamb saddle - chewy Vegetable on the plate - over cooked and uninvited Service-robotic
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  • Wonderful brunch
    Glenna
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The menu was full of tempting dishes and it was difficult to choose. The food was delectable and the service was friendly and professional. This was our fourth visit for brunch and we enjoyed it as much as the first time.
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    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but can do better
    sandyu
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    It wasn't fully occupied on weekend. I made a reservation on 11:45am but I was 15 minutes late, I called them ahead and noticed them I will be there before 12:15 pm, hope they would hold the table for me. They replied that I was just wasting my time because there was another party coming 1.5 hours later, it's my own benefit to come on time. I was wrong that I'm late, but I think they can do something for me when they have so many empty places, such as delay our reservation. So I canceled exsiting one and made another reservation. Service is great but kinda slow. I requested twice to get my cream for coffee, and wait long to get refill coffee and water. Stuffs are so friendly and professional. Food is geart in such fancy place.
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    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gorgeous brunch at the Four Seasons
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Had a delicious lunch at the Four Seasons - it was $42 including coffee/tea and an extra $8 for dessert. I thought for what I had and unlimited coffee/tea, and for a 5 star hotel, it was good value. All the staff were very friendly, and the food top notch. Nex time I visit Toronto I would definitely have brunch at the Four Seasons.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Chef was amazing
    Essenguru
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We had the taster menu and my daughter and I thought it was amazing both for the flavour, but also that each of our tastings were completely different and inspired. Also we found the entire thing quite filling to the point of we couldn't finish the desert selections, which were amazing( a basket of profiteroles, chocolate lava cake & vanilla ice cream, grapefruit mousse. Amazing!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing place!
    GYJG
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My wife, my dqughter and I had a wonderful time in Café Boulud. Even though we used to live around there, we didn't know about that place. One of my friend recommended Café Boulud and we tried on Friday morning. Some of the hotel restaurnats are just fancy with poor quality of meals. However, our family enjoyed our meal at Café Boulud and the atmosphere was so friendly. My daughter was especially happy about the drawing and playing menu with crayons. The lady who guided us to our seats knows how to handle the kids and that really impressed us. Overall, we were very satisfied at Café Boulud and we are expecting to having a nice time again there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special 42nd Wedding Anniversary
    somewhatdisappointed
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I have been to the restaurant a few times before. I usually like to go there for very special occasions. Menu always interesting and venue is casual elegant. However for this evening, there is not that wow factor. I think it was noisy from the bar downstairs and the table beside us and the service is mediocre and not attentive enough. Even at the end the coffee was sour and not fresh and had to be re-ordered.This I do not expect from a restaurant of this calibre so that was disappointing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rushed service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Ordered the 7 course tasting menu..service was very rushed. Very limited details about courses etc
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