Cafe Des Amis
Cafe Des Amis

Cafe Des Amis

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafedesamissf.com/
  • Phone: (415) 563-7700
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:
    Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

    Dinner:
    Monday, through Thursday, 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
    Friday and Saturday, 5:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.
    Sunday, 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

    Weekend Brunch:
    Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Mark Sullivan
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Allow us to assist in the creation of your next special group dining experience. We offer a selection of private and semi-private dining options, perfect for any celebration or meeting. Custom menus and event planning services are also available.
  • Private Party Contact: Alexandra Lafite 8776251063

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Buchanan
  • Public Transit: We are within two blocks of Muni lines 22, 41 and 45
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Public lot located across from the restaurant at 2001 union street.
A word from Cafe Des Amis
Café des Amis invites you into the bustling, energetic atmosphere of a ‘neighborhood’ French brasserie, with elegant, relaxed stylings and attentive service. Chef Mark Sullivan and Chef de Cuisine Matt Sieger have crafted a menu featuring classic brasserie dishes based around locally sourced ingredients, while Wine and Spirits Director Andrew Green has assembled a wine selection focused on the regions of France. Located on the corner of Union and Buchanan in the heart of the Union Street Shopping District, Café des Amis is the perfect place to satisfy that craving for a well chosen wine, hand crafted cocktail or late night meal. We look forward to welcoming you!
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Cafe Des Amis reviews from OpenTable diners
82 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (49)fit for foodies (35)great for lunch (33)great for outdoor dining (26)great for brunch (26)special occasion (24)romantic (21)good for groups (20)notable wine list (18)vibrant bar scene (17)hot spot (11)kid-friendly (6)late-night find (4)Show More
  • TerriVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    Hello, I am planning on taking the time to write to the ownership group about how poorly this went. We live one block form there and have dined there 15 times. The last two times did not go well. I had to ask many times to have them turn down the music and it did not help. They were playing rock with lyrics they way you would play them alone in your car. Everyone knows that dining music should be instrumental. What cafe De Amis tried to do when they got started was to do the jazzy scene and they have gone way too far from that and the place was not full at all. The target audience should be 40-60 year olds who want to drink and dine. Cafe Des Amis is not going to attract all of those young people that fill the Union street bars even with the obnoxious music. I know that the ownership group is unaware of this problem.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Handsome, great staff - too much food!
    oakiedokie
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    These days diners complain of too little food being served for the price. But at Cafe des Amis (which is quite lovely - clubby would be a good description) they serve way too much food! My friend and I split an appetizer of steak tartare which was delish and huge, then we each had a bowl of onion soupe (with too much bread, too many onions and just a little cheese) that we could have done laps in. It was good but a little salty. Then we were going to split a lovely butter lettuce salad with tarragon but we were too full!!! We only ate a few leaves and the rest of the head of lettuce was left behind. And although we had intended to order main courses such as wonderful sounding duck breast, we had not and so we left having enjoyed a couple of glasses of nice Calif wine and a bourbon. We got away cheap and extra-full without having consumed a main course! Great service!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice to have this recommended by a friend
    MackVIP
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    My wife and I lunched here late last Monday. What a pleasure - ambiance, food, service: all first class. The setting is pure French bistro and the menu shares traditional French selections. Each of our three courses seemed to outperform the former including the (real) espresso machine espresso. Of particular note were the pastries included in the profiteroles - extremely light and fragile crispy!! We both had a quiche consisting of onion, spinach, bacon and cheese. Tasty, light and cooked perfectly. The neighborhood on Union Street is lively and the day was warm (November no less) so the stroll after a fine meal was rewarding.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My little bit of Paris
    DeliaVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    I go to Cafe Des Amis often, but had been out of town for two months, it felt good to be home again, they have a classic french bistro menu and their omelette is the best in town. Delia
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Treat
    petunia281
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Went for dinner on Friday. Arrived in time for happy hour & had a wonderful rosé seated at the sidewalk watching the Union Street revelers pass. Dinner (inside) was delicious: we both started with the pâté maison, one of the better ones we've had. I went on to enjoy a sinful pleasure: steak tartare, while my companion had the saucisson de fruits de mer. He wasn't completely delighted because he said it was a sort of fish pâté with no one distinctive flavor---to be expected from the nature of the dish, as he commented afterwards. A decadent cake dessert was a worthy consolation prize, however! Des Amis is to be commended for the quality of its service: it matched the quality of the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Seven Perfect Ten's BDay Lunch
    SnobBob
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Thank you Cafe des Amis for a most delightful 70th birthday celebration for our favorite Cuisine Margaret (aka Cousin). The ambience is always elegant and private in your mezzanine dining area--perfect for our party of eight; the menu a fine repertoire for lunch and your specialty 24-layer crepe cake the highlight of our gathering. And your service is thoughtful, attentive and impeccable. A most memorable day for the honoree! We've had a 40th and 60th birthday lunch chez Cafe des Amis in recent years! A fine tradition, indeed! Looking to fit in 50th and 80th luncheon(s) in the near future!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • VISITING FROM SEATTLE
    AVOIDBORING
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    HAVE BEEN COMING TO DES AMIS FOR SEVERAL YEARS NOW WHEN IN TOWN ON BUSINESS AND HAVE NEVER BEEN DISSAPOINTED. WARM AMBIANCE AND CONSISTANTLY WELL PREPARED FOOD KEEP ME COMING BACK FOR MORE. SERVICE THIS LAST TIME WAS EXCELLENT. COOL NEIGHBORHOOD VIBE DOENS'T HURT EITHER
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fiona Barnett
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    We love this place and go there all the time. The food and service are excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great French food in the Marina
    DanielleK
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The lunch and brunch are great, with delicious French cuisine. Some of our favorites are the omlettes, mussels, steak tartar
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Versatile, elegant and delicious
    Foodlover57VIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    I had no hesitation having a business lunch at Cafe des Amis. While it is great for Mother's Day brunch or a birthday dinner, it is also very healthy and offers delicious choices for a business lunch or dinner. The decor is sophisticated and airy, one can talk without being overheard or make a great deal of noise. It depends on the time of day and where you choose to sit. I come here often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sanfranciscojt
    SanfranciscojtVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    It took a full hour before we got anything at out table. No wine. No bread. Nothing. It was not crowded. Finally we went into the restaurant and searched around and found someone and asked where ou.r wine was and could we get some bread or something. The manager came out and said "I can get that for you", as if we asked him for a special favor. We ordered two butter lettuce salads to start. About 20 minutes later one arrived. We had to ask for the second one and it took 15 minutes to get there. It went downhill from there. He took our wine away to keep cool and we had to go back in again and ask someone if we could have it back after our glasses stood empty for about 15 minutes.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Like being in Paris, the food and ambience delivers!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Donovan59VIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Love this place but disappointed they took the Duck Confit off the menu (been a while since I was there)! I had the flatiron steak and frites instead - rather tough and not tender - and if you're going to offer steak/frites you have to have bearnaise sauce. The fries seemed thicker too -prefer thinner. Daniel our waiter, however, was wonderful!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Anniversary Dinner
    SFfoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    My husband and I just spent our 2nd wedding anniversary dinnner at Des Amis and were blown away by the delicious food and amazing service. It was a Tuesday and so it was definitely a quieter night but even so, everything was impecable and to make things even better, it was half priced wine night - naturally we ordered a bottle of French champagne to celebrate. We started with a half-dozen oysters which were so fresh and tasty, followed by the gnocchi - perfectly light and fluffy - and the onion soup - perfect for a foggy night in the city. Entrees were killer as well... I had the steak tartare and my husband had the chicken paillard - no complaints. To go along with the great food our waiter was even better - so welcoming and polite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Marsan
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The ambiance is appealing. We arrived at 4:30p.m. and the audio was very loud. We asked to have it lowered and they accommodated us. Haley, our server, was very helpful and polite. Fun place for lunch. My, selection, melted ham & cheese sandwich, was very dry. The calamari appetizer was great. The butter lettuce looked delicious and the ahi tuna was good. One breast of the roasted chicken was dry the other was moist.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ALWAYS A GREAT MEAL
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    French bistro grill food, short menu, great staff, awesome bartenders....always our go to restaurant for special celebrations, brunch or perfect city dining without too much fuss.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch with David
    chocoladVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This has become a favourite venue for weekend brunch. The staff is always pleasant and there to provide anything you might need. The menu is varied and interesting. I enjoy the Quiche and Omelets and will have to try some of the other offerings. I recommend it for all ages.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not impressed
    Frenchie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I tried this place several times in the past. When they first opened, it was great. The design and service of the restaurant is still great but the taste of food has suffered. It's probably partly the clientele's fault for leaning towards American comfort food it seemed as I was noticing what people were ordering. I tried the niocci and the lamb entree both lacked flavor and the sauce tasteless. Definitely don't order the lamb. They are good for bruch, hamburger and seafood trays. By the look of the restaurant, I expected better food. I will probably go back for the ambiance, lunch and brunch but I think there are better places in the city for dinner around this price range.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My little Paris
    DeliaVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Went a friend for a little celebration, and as always it was lovely. Delia Crawford
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bistro cafe
    Genevois2
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    True to Bistro style restaurant with decor and ambience to match. Food is very good,
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bistromania
    HofameVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Nice representation of that Paris place we all like to visit. Food is pretty good, menu is authentic, wine list superior, and drink service spot on. Charming young waiter who admitted under cross-examination he had fled from Clovis. We had a good time here.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good choice at Union street
    Seafood
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Good looking place, should be good for the group as they have separate dining area. Food was ranging from outstanding to so so. Waiter forgot several entries and to bring the spoon, but corrected with an extra portion and desert. Place was not particularly crowded on Sunday evening, but it should be. Overall, good find, away from tourist crowd.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • meh
    paniolo
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    thought of this as a busy, fun place, but on saturday at 7:30pm the place was empty. awkward intro maitre d who tried to be funny and wasn't. empty tables, and those there looked like tourists. food was good, but took a solid hour for to arrive. everyone in our group complained about the delays. not sure if the decline of betelnut next door is a factor, but that corner-- which used to be fun and packed-- felt abandoned.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Loved the mussels au curry and the salade lyonnaise. Friendly service. Very pleasant ambiance.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 58 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 690 reviews are from the Cafe Des Amis reviews archive.
  • Excellent Saturday night dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Four of us had a 7:45 reservation on a Saturday night. The place had a nice bar to get drinks before sitting down. Food was very good - we had the butter lettuce salad, pate and salad lyonnaise for apps, mains: halibut, steak frites, seafood ravioli and mushroom vol-au-vent. All dishes were well prepared and tasty. Also the side of fries were really really tasty! Service was solid and never felt rushed. We would definitely eat here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oui Oui Oui
    Mandy
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Incredible food (get the duck!), great service, fab locale. Love this place and will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Duck was amazing , Bouchon a MUST have for desert. host Aaron in fantastic 5 stars
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • neighborhood gem, poor service
    BSPP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I had been to Cafe Des Amis twice before, once for dinner and brunch, and had excellent service and food. This time was horrible. We were seated outside and after 50 minutes we still hadn't placed a drink order, much less food. This was also after notifying the hostess and maître d twice because our waitress was nowhere to be found. Then when our waitress did finally reappear after our order was placed with the maître d the only apology we got was the offer of free calamari which we didn't want since we had already ordered according to our hunger and preferences. Finally the bill came which totaled $120+ for 2 ppl and not even a round of drinks were comped to remedy the experience. It will be a long time before I return to cafe Des Amis.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice meal in an attractive setting
    Chewer007VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We had an early dinner at the Des Amis and enjoyed it very much. Front of house staff a little cool, but our waiter was very warm and helpful. Gnocchi and mixed salad (hard to describe how great that was no matter how prosaic it sounds) were high spots. The atmosphere is very autherntic of a Parisian Brasserie, however the music, mostly contemporary American was a little to loud for my taste. The acoustics of the room are reflective as is the trend today. This is great as long as your hearing holds up. I'm kind of on the backside of that deal, so sometimes it's a stuggle to hear in these settings. I suppose it's a tactic if you want to drive the older clientele away.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • AlfieVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    My second time here - came back for the soft rolled omelets which are deliciously different...have not had them done this way anywhere else. The fries and bread were excellent. The service was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little Paris
    DeliaVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    This is my favorite neighborhood restaurant, have been introducing friends to it and everyone goes back. Delia
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reviewer
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    food / wine was excellent. would have liked more candle light. The candle lamps on the table don't work well. average service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • So so
    Katat49
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Halibut was great -best part. bar noise interfered with conversation for about half the dinner. Few wine by glass choices. Pricier than overall restaurant warrants .
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The very best!
    capercats
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Charming ambience! Our service was excellent from start to finish: professional, great suggestions, etc. The food was perfectly prepared and delicious. We asked for a quiet table for two and were seated in a perfect spot for us. We were not rushed and were able to enjoy a lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Neighborhood Bistro
    LDSFVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Good bistro food well prepared. Full bar. Friendly staff. We had a very good wait person. We enjoyed the French bistro items on the menu along with the oysters, which were wonderful. A friendly, relaxed, attractive place to dine.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little Paris
    DeliaVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    As always great service, they have a happy hour that starts at 3pm, love their oysters!!! Delia
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still Nice, But
    RegularDinerVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    We have gone to Des Amis a number of times and always enjoyed all aspects very much. We went again to celebrate a birthday. The food and ambience was generally good but the service was spotty around the edges. While the waitress, bartender and table servers weren't very helpful or attentive, the manager listened carefully and addressed the issues. We will return again but hope we get a more seamless experience with getter trained staff next time. Let's get this restaurant back to five stars!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's like being in France
    SuziGVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Absolutely delightful casual French bistro. Food is exceptional, wait staff is knowledgeable and friendly . Terrific ambiance - I felt right at home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great benedict
    danjeffer
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The eggs benedict was delicious and the oysters were also very tasty.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • for our anniversary
    foodfan
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Everything was perfect. The lamb and steak was excellent, as was the salad and gnoochi. Great cocktails and beer choices, as well as a nice wine list. Sizeable but feels intimate, and great location. The desserts are super great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.