Cafe Chianti
Cafe Chianti

Cafe Chianti

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafechianti.com/
  • Phone: 9024237471
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm;
    Dinner: Monday - Friday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm,
    Saturday and Sundays: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Contemporary European, International
  • Executive Chef: Terry Vassallo
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: 3 course dinners starting at $45.00/person
  • Private Party Facilities: 2 Private rooms, Portofino room seats 40, Chianti room seats 65 with area for reception at the lounge.
  • Private Party Contact: Mr. Jan Wicha 9024237471
  • Entertainment: On special days / private parties
  • Special Events: Birthdays, office parties and X-Mass parties serving for over 24 years
    we specialize in small intimate weddings

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Harvey Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Cafe Chianti
Enjoy superb Northern Italian and Eastern European cuisine in our stylish Old World setting.
Large selection of fresh seafood, pasta, veal, steak, lamb and duck dishes. 2 separate dining rooms available for private parties up to 65, extensive wine cellar.

Proudly serving you for over 25 years!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Cafe Chianti reviews from OpenTable diners
22 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (14)romantic (12)notable wine list (9)good for groups (8)neighborhood gem (8)fit for foodies (6)hot spot (4)great for lunch (3)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Lack of options
    Dinerwithfriends
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Unfortunately after appetizers we decided to leave, selecting another restaurant for our main course, dessert and drinks. We found ourselves having a hard time finding a main course we actually wanted. Lack of both main course options, and drinks. There were four of us and no one drinks wine, therefore we had very limited options, two unappealing martinis were one option. As friends we only go out for dinner twice a year together and had been planning on your restaurant since March, since it cones so highly recommended by friends, but were thinking you may have changed your menu.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Birthday Dinner
    Noreservations
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Had dinner here on my birthday last year and decided to go again this year and both times I was really impressed. Food, service and ambiance were all outstanding. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfection
    MMDF
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Beautiful night, exceptional service, attentive yet discreet, delicious and creative food, lovely wine and wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    WRFGVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We enjoyed a dinner for four on Sept 13, and were very pleased all around. The portion sizes of the entrees are large, which is a nice surprise when it comes to dining at this level. Flavours, presentation, wines and service - fantastic. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Great Spot
    nocookingtonight
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This was our second time at Cafe Chianti. We were a group of 8, two families. The restaurant was able to accommodate our group comfortably. The waiter was excellent helped with wine selection and answered questions about the menu. The food was enjoyed by all, including the teenagers in the group. I would go to this restaurant again and recommend it to friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not Exceptional
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We went to celebrate our anniversary. The food was good but not exceptional. Service was lacking long delays between visits and we waited an excessive amount of time for the server to take our payment. There are better choices in Halifax.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    CafeChiantiFan
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I can never say enough about the dining experiece at Cafe Chianti's and this evening was no exception. My dining partner tried the calamari appetizer (which I normally don't like) but I couldn't stop eating! The flavor was out of this world, large portions (enough for two to share) and hot! The bruschetta is one of my favorites in the city and it was obvious everything was made fresh. My speghetti aglio olio is my staple when I go and also the best in the city. My dining partner had another pasta type dish and hasn't stopped raving about it. Always a pleasure and always highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great place to meet friends
    luv2dine
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The place had a lovely Italian ambience and the food was very good, especially the mussels. It was surprisingly noisy as friends greeted each other and chatted but it didn't really spoil the experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Allergy Freindly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food and service was outstanding and in particular they were able to easily accomodate my wife's long list of food allergies with an excellent selection (seafood soup + gluten free/dairy free seafood pasta pescatore).
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Halifax gem
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My only regreat about dining here is that it will be a long time before I am able to go back. Our last Nova Scotia night before returning to the States, we wanted something a cut about the fried seafood Halifax spots. Cafe Chianti was an Open Table favorite and from start to finish, the meal was exquisite, the service perfectly, perfectly paced. Parking is available one street down, or on the street. The flavers of each dish sparkled--never has such outstanding calamari, and the last bit of dessert as consumed. WIne list was reasonably priced, an added plus. If you only have time for one meal in Halifax make it this one. Better yet, become a regular if you aren't already.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, excelkent service
    Cindy
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I visited with three friends on our last night in Nova Scotia. The lamb was outstanding, pizzas were large enough to share, and pasta was very good. Wine list was not huge but very adequate. The ambience was lovely and quiet. I would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thank you!
    WRFGVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We had the pleasure of bringing a group of 10 to the restaurant on June 27th, to celebrate my daughter's high school graduation, and the staff, food, atmosphere, decor were fantastic. The team at Cafe Chianti helped to make the day of my little graduate!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 10 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 317 reviews are from the Cafe Chianti reviews archive.
  • Lovely, as always
    Ized
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    It is the best calamari in town. The service is friendly, not rushed. It was a really busy night so our orders took a while. The ambiance and friendly staff made the evening. As always, the food was very good, the special in particular was great.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as always
    myke21
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Best restaurant in Halifax. The food is always incredible, and the wait staff are always ready to answer any questions I have. Be sure to order the Calamari, it is amazing.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great meal!
    JerseyGirl1205
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Loved, loved, loved their calamari! Had an excellent NY strip, grilled to perfection. My favorite dessert, tiramisu, was outstanding! We'll definitely go back. Although it was Easter Sunday, and not very busy, the service was great. Everyone was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice family meal
    nocookingtonight
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Ate dinner at Cafe Chianti with my husband and teenaged daughters. Menu has many choices with something for everyone. Food and service very good.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was great!
    AJDiner
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    We enjoyed our entrees. I had the special which was stuffed chicken and my husband had the lamb. Portion sizes were just right. The fresh bread that was brought to our table before our meal was lovely. Our only complaint was that the vegetables were undercooked; so much so that I had trouble cutting them with my knife.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • thanks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    Me and my wife, we had a great time. Loved the friendliness, waitress knew the menu very well answered all my questions and made proper adjustments when necessary. Great water service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    eetsumore
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Replacement to original Cafe Chianti which burnt down. Old restaurant was more of a bistro while new one is excellent fine dining. within easy walking distance of Westin hotel and one of the main reasons we booked in at the hotel again. Service and staff excellent. Food delicious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    Terrence
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    When we arrived the Hostess showed us to our great window seat table. She also offered to take our coats and hung them in the front hall. This was our first time at the new location, must say we were impressed. Had the feel of a real old fashion dining room, not just a place to eat. Service, food and drink were all excellent. Can't wait to go back next time in Halifax.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Slopitch
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    This was our first time at the restaurant and we were more than pleased. Went with another couple and we were there over 3hrs. Could not have asked for better surprise and food was excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    happy
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    One of the best dining experiences. Loved the atmosphere, very romantic, great music, excellent friendly services. We will be dining at this restaurant again.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great taste with class
    Rick
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Our dinning experience was outstanding from the moment we where seat, service was right on spot seeing to our needs from apps to main course and desert. We were not rushed and did not have to wait, it was perfect. All dishes were special from looks to taste. To sum it up the experience was great. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic
    hockeymom
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Perfect place for a quiet romantic dinner. Food was delicious. Portions were ideal.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    Acadia80
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Enjoyed a wonderful dinner on Valentine's Day. The rack of lamb was fantastic! Our server Stephen was a darling!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Valentines Dinner
    Chester
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Our dinner was very good. Wine was excellent as was the service. The restaurant was packed as one can imagine being Valentines Day. We were tabled in a section of the restaurant that most likely doesn't seat for dinner but we were made very comfortable and our waitress was great. Special thanks to Steve the waiter from Lunenburg and Gary the chef.....wow... Only negative thing is the gentleman who was seating people as he was either very tired, or overworked as he seemed grumpy and not that professional...other than that...it was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average
    Average
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    The bruschetta and oasta was fine. The porc scallopini were dry. The portions are very generous so be orepared for left overs if your appetite is normal.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable but noisy...
    Foodconoseur
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Food was great. Service was very good. The setting was comfortable, however, for just the two of us hoping to enjoy dinner and some conversation we found the restaurant loud. It was about three-quarters full but was difficult to hear one another even sitting side by side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special dinner
    MMDF
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    Delicious food and a good wine selection by the glass, which is important for drivers. We have been looking forward to dining at the Cafe since Terry became chef. Although Terry was in Sochi, the food was really delicious, well presented and beautifully cooked. Our server couldn't have been more professional and yet friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • When we arrived at the restaurant,w
    luv2dine
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    When we arrived at the restaurant,we were greeted by a friendly and courteous receptionist .She treated us as guests who arrived at her home and was genuinely happy to see us.,creating a favorable first impression the staff were non- intrusive but attentive. The food was excellent. The lamb well prepared -as rare as my husband likes it -Most restaurant overcook lamb.I had a pasta dish as a main course-an excellent choice as well !!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, mediocre service
    luv2wine
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    We decided to try Cafe Chianti having moved to the neighbourhood recently. Overall, I was disappointed. Our group of 4 was celebrating two birthdays and as young working professionals, we were all really looking forward to a quiet dinner with great food and wine. The meal itself was nothing all that special. There was notably something lacking about the overall experience and we soon realized that our servers weren't paying much attention to us. They were notably doting on almost ALL of the other tables (ahem, older generation) around us (offering fresh ground pepper, returning often to ask about the food). Our food also took a long time - probably 30-40 minutes. No apologies. I think I'll take my hard-earned money somewhere else.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great restaurant, food and
    8out
    Dined on 1/21/2014
    Great restaurant, food and service was excellent. Staff very attentive and very helpful. Only downside, was that there was a large group near us who were rather boisterous at times.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING!!!
    Jewels
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    This is my FAVORITE restaurant in Halifax! I have to include it in my plans everytime I'm in the area!( We are from Moncton, NB)...I always have the same main dish,butternut squash/lobster ravioli, I can't get enough of it. The service is always friendly and fast as well...I HIGHLY recommend this restaurant!!!!!!!! 10/10 BRAVO
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chianti
    luvitalian
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    Calamari appetizer was very good. Ceasar Salad okay. Pasta Dish with smoked salmon, scallops and shrimp was very average from a flavour and texture perspective. Lemon Cheesecake was salty(?) and the Cappacino while tasty was served luke warm. Service and ambience was very good, but overall the limited menu (no veal dishes for example), combined with the high prices and quality of the food, made the experience rather unsatisfactory. I have no plans to return to this restaurant anytime soon.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious!
    Kimster
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    Cafe Chianti is our new favourite restaurant in Halifax. We have been there many times and we're always delighted with our experience. My husband and I try calamari where ever we go and we both agree that Cafe Chianti serves the ultimate best. It is lightly breaded, pan fried and tossed with a bit of a tomato based sauce. The portion is generous and can be shared. I often order the chicken (cooked under a brick - very moist and yummy) and my husband often orders the lamb or the chicken. Cafe Chianti's pasta dishes are noteworthy as well, especially the chicken. We have never ordered dessert (no room left), but I expect that they are in keeping with the standard of everything else they prepare. Congrats to Cafe Chianti!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't wait to go back!
    CafeChiantiFan
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    I've always been a fan of Cafe Chianti's and this was my first chance to go back since moving out of the area. Since then, there is a new chef in place and I was a bit reluctant. I didn't think it possible but it actually improved! From the warm, fresh bread with EVOO and balsalmic vinegar to start, to the perfectly seasoned bruschetta; the cast ironed seared scallops on a bed of delicious tasting wilted spinach; a large side of garlicky speghetti aglio olio,and the most flavourful side of mushrooms in a port wine sauce; to the perfectly cooked game hen - everything was wonderful. We didn't have any wine but a huge menu. The waiter was helpful, personable and had great timing with the dishes. Overall, I rate this a high 10/10! Will go back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eat here. Do it now.
    Beans
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    My boyfriend and I went to Cafe Chianti on New Years Eve. We arrived a tad early for our 7:30 pm reservation and were promptly seated and had our drink order taken. I suffer from an oral ailment (jaw surgery is on the horizon) and I had to stick to soft foods. The prix-fixe NYE menu offered many seafood options that were not only flavourful but didn't make me reach for the pain killers after every bite. To say the food was incredible would be an understatement. Every mouthful was delectable and I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for scrumptrulescent Italian inspired cuisine in the heart of Halifax.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best restaurant experience ever!
    betterfoodie
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Went for a New Year's Eve dinner with friends and couldn't have asked for more. The food was absolutely outstanding - I can't say enough - perfect in every way from the selections and wine pairing to the perfect preparation to the presentation. The service was highly attentive, but not in the way. The ambiance was wonderful, a gentle fire, soft lighting, cosy on a cold evening. A truly exceptional experience overall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always special
    eat4life
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    For the second year now, a group of us has celebrated New Years Eve at this charming spot where, whatever the occasion, the evening is a wonderful dining experience. The warm and welcoming decor sets the tone and the pleasant well-trained staff look after your every wish. Special mention to Lisa this year whose service and good cheer added so much to our evening. The raves from all six of us about our various menu choices reinforced the nearly licked clean plates taken from our table ~ kudos to the talented kitchen wizards! A lovely unexpected thank you gift from Jan and Helen capped off a perfect leisurely three hours spent in their always delightful Cafe Chianti. We will return soon and often!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    SRNS
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Booked for dinner for two and loved it. The food was amazing and our sever was very helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.