Cafe Roma
Cafe Roma

Cafe Roma

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.caferomaslo.com/
  • Phone: 8055416800x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm;
    Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: For private parties and business lunches and dinners, a spacious banquet room, or Deruta Room, was built. The Deruta Room can comfortably hold up to 80 guests for either buffet or formal meals.
    It’s a beautiful room, with fine Italian pottery, Italian drapes, furnishings, and linens. For weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, wine maker dinners, and every exclusive event, Café Roma’s Deruta Room is the Central Coast’s premier facility.
    Let Maria Rosa Rizzo, Café Roma’s acclaimed founder; help you plan a memorable occasion. You can select a suitable menu, from cocktail appetizers to multiple-course meals, and complement your food with fine California and Italian wines.

    We provide other services, too, such as:
    *Audio-visual equipment.
    *Floral arrangements.
    *Full Bar*
    *Dance Floor*
  • Private Party Contact: Marco Rizzo 8055416800x
  • Special Events: Cafe Roma also features a large comfortable banquet room for private dining. Groups of 10 to 80 people may be easily accommodated. We specialize in lunch and dinner meetings as well as all special functions. Visit our website for private dining menu's.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Santa Rosa
  • Public Transit: Across the street from the San Luis Obispo Train Station.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Abundant free parking in front of the restaurant.
A word from Cafe Roma
Cafe Roma is a quintessential San Luis Obispo experience. From its classic Italian dining room a casual old world bar to the scenic shade covered patio, people say you could be anywhere in Italy while dining at the elegant Cafe Roma. Our more than 200 wine list changes monthly, always with additions of new, exciting Central Coast and Italian finds. Count on our knowledgeable staff to help expertly navigate the menu and extensive wine list. Our kitchen is driven by the freshest regional and seasonal ingredients. This cooking is the heart and hand of Italy, an amazing compliment to the beautiful Central Coast. It’s not uncommon to see vintners dining at the bar. Sometimes Cafe Roma has the feel of a downtown Roma restaurant, other times it’s more like an elegant café in Greve.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Cafe Roma reviews from OpenTable diners
49 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (26)neighborhood gem (23)notable wine list (19)romantic (18)great for outdoor dining (18)good for groups (17)fit for foodies (14)great for lunch (7)kid-friendly (6)late-night find (1)great for brunch (1)hot spot (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • very nice evening
    Greg
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    cafe roma is a very nice restaurant in SLO ... good food, good service
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • waiter is #1
    casa1
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Starting with are magnificent waiter marcus, his service, professionalism and knowledge of the restaurants menu specials and wines. Excellent service, food and atmosphere.loved it.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • confused waiter
    Halbed
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Food was good, not great, but waiter brought the primo and secundo courses at the same time and then argued with us about this.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lousy service, good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The worst service experience in years, waited 15 minutes for menu, 30 minute wait for waiter to approach our table, had to ask three times for water, food was good for everyone in our 8 person group.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Avoid if you like quiet
    localandfussy
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Good food, good service, VERY noisy. Good choice unless you like to dine where you can hear people at your table. Not a place for a quiet & intimate meal.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent meal
    Fred
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    There were a couple of large party groups so the noise level was very loud and distracting, but our waiter went out of his way to be sure the large group he was serving didn't interfere with taking our order and getting our food served in a timely way. It made a huge difference!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • MichaelW
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    My wife and I went to Cafe Roma on the advice of friend for last night in SLO. The food was great, the waiters were friendly and attentive and they make a great Tiramisu. It was the perfect end to a pleasant week at Avila Beach.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average food in a nice spot
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Outdoor dining overlooking the train station, palm trees, hillside. Caprese had 3 or 4 tomato slices, 2 of which were torn and ragged so not a good presentation. Pasta a little overdone, past al dente. Server was fine except left some spilled balsamic on the table all evening, pretty obvious as it's black on a light table top. Nice to go on a Tuesday though, half off bottles of wine which is a good way to try new things as there's some interesting Italian varietals on the list.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Inconsistant
    Snapper
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Appetizer of calamari was insufficiently cooked. Minestrone soup was blah (needed spices). Entree of agnolotti was very good. Service was poor: too long a wait between soup course and entree; our waiter seemed to have too many tables to care for. This experience as not typical of this restaurant; previous experiences were much better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overall experience was 3-1/2 stars
    FoodEnthused
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We got seated and served water right away but it took 35 minutes before our wine was served. Wine was fine but they didn't have ice in the chilled bucket so it got warm towards the end of our dinner. Appetizers were delicious, first course was great but the 2nd course was very disappointing. The veal marsala was bland and had little flavor. The potatoes and veggies were fine but the protein was dull. My girlfriends sand dabs were pretty bad. All you could smell and taste was fish, nothing else. the side veggies were fine but she couldn't eat the fish because of the overpowering smell and taste. There were also quite a bit of bones in it. Service was lacking and slow. We're used to having more attentive waiters at this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • maca
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Excellent dining place with consistently good food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good dining
    Seafoodquester
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Welcoming. Service attentive and professional. Calamari appetizer excellent - fresh, tender,light. Swordfish special lived up to billing. If you are a chocaholic, by all means ask for theSpinach chocolate-covered mocha ice cream desert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great service
    eeee
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The service was great and the menu has very interesting items, not just the usual. We took 5 college boys and they loved it. We would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at Roma
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We come to Roma because we know that it will be a great dining experience, every time.
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • The best food in San Luis
    devine
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Fabulous food and service, we highly recommend this restaurant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food, lovely service.
    MinnamsVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had a very nice meal here, it's off the beaten path in SLO and the patio is not fancy, but large and spacious and very nice for us and our dog. The pasta was delicious, not overcooked, with sauces that tasted fresh and homemade. And the servers could not have been nicer.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lars
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I wanted to give my very best friend a very special birthday, and this spot filled the bill perfectly. And their candlelit dessert was the perfect finale....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food and service
    hepkess
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Café Roma was more than expected. Very refined for a cowboy like me. Romantic atmosphere with a foreign appeal. The food and my stomach came out even, but we only had the soup and an entrée. More than casual for dinner, fine for lunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • DNS1946
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had a very nice dinner. The appetizer (fried zucchini blossom stuffed with ricotta) and soup (four onion) were phenomenal. The entrees (veal marsala and chicken saltimbocca were really good, but not as stellar as the appetizer and soup. The potato and vegetables were not hot, but the server quickly brought out hot versions, allowing us to enjoy the entrees. The restaurant comped the cappuccinos, which left us feeling good about the overall experience. The wait staff were excellent (attentive without being overly invasive).
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious dinner
    Lbarchitect
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We celebrated our 39th wedding anniversary here. Had received a previous recommendation but thus was our first visit. Would come back. Great friendly service. Delicious meals.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    JJensen
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    It was a last minute find that was amazing. The service was professional, curteous, and prompt. The special for the night was amazing..not to mention the soup of the night was the best onion soup I have ever had. The menu prices gave the opportunity to select a variety of food in my budget. I made it a point to tell my friends in the area about it as I left.. I will make this a regular place during my stays in San Luis Obispo.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Perfect Date
    norcalsocal
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    From the time we walked in the door until the time we walked out this place was perfect. All the staff were professional and friendly doing all the behind the scenes work to make for a quiet, beautiful and romantic dinner setting. The food was prepared with precision and care and all the ingredients were fresh and vibrant. The overall experience was a pleasure and I will definitely be back in the future. Thank you to the Rizzo family for creating such a wonderful atmosphere with delicious food to accompany it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Buona Cafe Roma!
    Grammydiner
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Cafe Roma is a wonderful restaurant: prompt, friendly but unobtrusive service; a wide choice of entrees, carefully prepared; quiet and rather elegant interior and casual outdoor patio. The food is lovely, from homemade pastas to pizzas for the kids (and adults) to veal and fresh fish and seasonal vegetables. The wine list is extensive. We go there for special occasions and for leisurely lunches with friends. Excellent value.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • LiluSatori
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Waiter was slammed. Service is always slow there, but that night was rough. When ever we did see our waiter he was pleasant, as well as the other one that brought most of the food out.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary dinner
    Mike
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Great find! One of the best restaurants in San Luis Obispo. Excellent Italian food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 24 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 387 reviews are from the Cafe Roma reviews archive.
  • Great spot!
    CharlieVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Very ekk presented restaurant with excellent staf; very knowledgable and caring. Food was well prepared and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food; Good service
    Shorebird
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We celebrated our 45h anniversary at Cafe Roma. The veal marsala, onion soup and penne with Bolognese sauce were very good. The Angel Hair Pasta was a bit too al dente for my taste and, while my husband's side dish of penne was swimming in sauce, mine was barely visible. At my request, the waitress did bring extra sauce, improving dish. Dessert, coffee ice cream covered in a hard dark chocolate placed on top of 3 sauces was outstanding. Our meal with overpriced with average portions. While not expecting complementary anniversary champaign or dessert as we had received at other restaurants, we did expect a smile with sincere congratulations instead of a cursory acknowledgement of our 45th anniversary.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome place for any occasions
    diningpleasure
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We had our first date at Cafe Roma in May of 1990, and it was an awesome evening, had a long waiting line but the owner came and gave us all a glass of wine while we waited to be seated, the food was outstanding, and dined there several times along the way; but we especially decided to dine on our 22nd wedding anniversary and the waiter was very attentive, the food and wine was superb, we will definitely visit again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just like Italian countryside
    NO2412
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Everything was great! Ambiance, Food, cocktails, wine. We have a perfect evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A bit disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Hadn't been for a while, took friends here for Fathers Day. The food was...ok. Not what we remembered, especially for the price. Disappointed.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lack of focus
    Dontgetoutmuch
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The restaurant did well until it got half full, at which point we were basically ignored. Had to ask for dessert/check, dishes weren't cleared, water glasses refilled. The butternut squash ravioli was so sweet, it tasted like dessert. The organic green salad was adequate, but nothing special.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Graduation Lunch at Cafe Roma
    Dina
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Overall, it was a good experience, friendly waiter, quiet atmosphere, and very reasonably-priced graduation menu with good choices. However, the salads were a disappointment, not fresh enough with a blend dressing was blend. The Caesar was definitely not very good, not crispy, looked and tasked like it had been prepared hours before if not a day before. Other than that, the chicken was moist, the pasta dishes were quite good as well as the desserts which everyone enjoyed. There is a also a good wine list. All in all it is a good family and big party meeting spot. It has also an outdoors area nice, which is pleasant for smaller parties. It is not a gourmet place but a middle of the road good family outing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant overall
    mperez
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The staff, especially our waiter, was very friendly and patient with us when we split some meals. The food was delicious and was a good portion. I'm pleased that I chose Cafe Roma as the venue for my graduation dinner.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gradparty
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Excellent service and food was superb. We tried almost every item on the graduation menu and liked every single item on it. We also had a couple botttle of wine. We had a reservation for 12 but 14 showed up and were accommodated promptly and had a great time.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Big Disappointment
    disappointedx9
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    After a great recommendation, huge let down. Service extremely slow. Drink orders taken 1 hour after being seated. Appetizers came before drink orders given. Waiter did not advise that the 3 appetizers would not be enough for our party of 9. Everyone did not get to taste everything. After drinks orders, they finally brought a tiny bowl of bread and 3 pats of butter for 9 people. Finally a larger basket of bread and more butter was brought. Main dishes were better, but they did not go overboard on garnishes. It was graduation weekend, but they must have been understaffed with waiters and in the kitchen. No one wanted to stay for coffee or dessert. I was embarrassed for my guests and would never go back or recommend to anyone.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love Cafe Roma!
    Nanooks
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Love Cafe Roma. Food was great for grad night. Nutella gelato, stuffed artichokes, sea bass, soups, risotto all are great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too good?
    Ti5mVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We should probably explore more SLO restaurants, but it is so hard not to go to Cafe Roma when we are in town. The food and service were superlative again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • opentable/cafe roma lost our res.
    LostReservation
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Opentable and/or Cafe Roma lost our reservation for a very special birthday party. I was very disappointed and angry that they were not ready for 6 of us.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolute Favorite!!
    foodislife
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    A most unfortunate thing happened the last time I wrote a review for this special place, maybe because the wine was so good! My written review still stands but I mistakenly marked all as 1 star! That is most definitely NOT the case! From our first evening at Cafe Roma 15 years ago to our meal and service last night, our experiences have been consistently excellent! Marcus, our server, feels like family now and always selects the perfect wine for us! We never feel rushed, rather, welcomed to linger with details like a padded table under the crisp white linens, inviting us to rest our arms during after dinner conversations with friends! If you haven't been here, it is a must! If you do run across my previous review, just remember 5 stars!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Carpaccio
    Cando
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    The Harris Ranch Carpaccio was the best I have had. Great Manhattans too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate