Cafe Verona
Cafe Verona

Cafe Verona

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafeveronarestaurant.com/home
  • Phone: 8168330044
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 5:00pm;
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Osage St
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Cafe Verona
Nestled in historic Independence Square,
Café Verona will whisk you from the Midwest to the romance of Italy.



Drawing inspiration from art, history, and culinary tradition, Café Verona offers a
dining experience that will stimulate the senses and satisfy appetites. Once you enter,
a breathtaking view of Botticelli’s Birth of Venus captures the imagination.



Our menu will please both adventurous epicureans seeking fresh interpretations
of classic dishes and guests seeking modern comfort food.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Cafe Verona reviews from OpenTable diners
43 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (28)special occasion (26)romantic (21)great for outdoor dining (20)fit for foodies (12)great for lunch (9)notable wine list (8)good for groups (7)great for brunch (5)hot spot (3)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (2)late-night find (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Great time
    Kasey
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had fun, the only problem I had was with the reservation, we had one, but had to wait 20 minutes anyway. Why even make one!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I took my wife here for her birthday and it was fantastic. The food. Service. Ambience. Everything was spot on. We will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Food!
    LKJR
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Wonderful Food! We made reservations and request was noted and fulfilled! Good Service! The only thing I would suggest would be to have a wipe off menu to serve or at least check and make sure and replace those that are stained with food. Great for night special occasions!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great experience
    TheNosher
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Food was very good! Be prepared for big servings. Everything was very well prepared. Had the Calamari appetizer. Served with lovely fried bits of lemon which I thought was a surprising and nice touch. The sauce on the Seafood Diavolo Nuovo had an excellent piquant flavor. Make sure you try the tiramisu. Our server was excellent. Very knowledgeable about the menu. They have a lovely patio for those that like to dine outside. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Food
    thatgilrnikol
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I so enjoyed the food and we had a truly romantic experience enjoying the ambiance and décor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Calamari appetizer and white wine sangria were amazing! Flavor of grilled pesto ribeye was outstanding, although the beef was a bit tough. Delicious chicken marsala--hard to choose because there are so many tempting options on the menu. Will definitely plan to return!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • beebop
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    1st time visitor, but definitely will be returning. Freindly/pleasant staff, clean, well lit enviroment. Our server was observant yet not intrusive to our needs. Her suggestions on the wine, food and the special of the evening which she recommended and I ordered was very good. What an addition to our City of Independence. We have already recommened this restaurant to several of our friends, neighbors and relatives.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food is great, staff needs training
    mikeanddeb
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    because i exceed the character limit leaving a review, you will have to see our review on tripadvisor to find out what happened to us while dining at this restaurant. http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g60849-d876546-r215833875-Cafe_Verona-Independence_Missouri.html#CHECK_RATES_CONT
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good lunch
    Lunch
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Excellent gnocchi and ribeye. Wine offerings are a little weak but still a few gems. Our daughter always loves the potatoes.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Good Place to eat!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    First time going here at Cafe Verona although we have lived around the area for most of our lives and tried all kinds of Italian food places. Seated quickly with great service. Food was excellent. Best we've had at any Italian place. Great desert as well. Will eat here again and would recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great floodPoor service
    Washburn74
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I have eaten here many times and have had nothing but good things to say about this restaurant. However, the evening of July 5th was a different story. The food was excellent as usual, but the service was very poor. The restaurant was not busy that evening, so it's not like there were a lot of people to wait on. I hope this was an isolated incident as I enjoy eating here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful evening on the patio.
    Jessgslp
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Went with a group of 6 people, 2 of which have been to Italy and love wines and 1 who needed a gluten-free menu. All 6 loved the entire meal. We made reservation for 6 but upon arrival, the weather was so perfect and the outdoor patio empty, so we requested to sit there. They were very friendly and accommodating to the change. We had complimentary oil & bread, a Shiraz & a Chianti, calamari (delicious & fresh), and Buffalo Caprese salad for starters! The meals enjoyed included the 4 Cheese shells with chicken, spinach and mushrooms, the Spicey Seafood Diavolo, Sweet corn risotto (Gluten free), and Fruitti del mare.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Lunch!
    TimDVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We often go for dinner, but decided we wanted to try it out for lunch. We were not disappointed! It was absolutely exactly what we expected and wanted.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Delight
    Ready4lunch
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We dined at Cafe Verona for our Anniversary and it was exactly what we were looking for to make the night special. Everyone was incredibly friendly and the atmosphere was warm and pleasant. The food was amazing and the prices very reasonable. It was a wonderful experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was poor
    Disapointed
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The food was not hot although they brought it using hot pads to carry the food. I guess the plates were hot, the food wasn't. The appetizers were terrible. I ordered the grilled prime rib, that was the most expensive item on the menu and I was very disappoint in the flavor and again it was warm but by far to a temperature that would be enjoyable. The garlic potatoes were watery instant potatoes. I would not go back to this place.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I'll return
    wickwitch
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Food was great. Wasn't over crowded as it has been in past visits. Service was not the best. She was a sweet girl but I think they had her area too spread out. She was upstairs, outside on the patio and we were seated up front at the windows. Poor girl, how can anyone keep on top of all that!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A LOCAL GEM
    PJLS
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    This is a restaurant that is off the beaten trail. If you are not from the Independence area it is not likely you will search for this location. We consider this a BIG plus! What a nice place to have dinner. The first time we dined here it reminded us of a quaint Italian place we like to visit on The Hill in St. Louis. Not many places like this left...And the background music is not loud or weird...It is...Wait for it...Italian. We hope Cafe Verona never changes because we know where it is and we love its neighborhood atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 26 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 149 reviews are from the Cafe Verona reviews archive.
  • Not So Special
    Disappointed
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    This was the 2nd time we have been here, the 1st time being about 4 years ago. The 1st time we went we had a great time, good food, great service, etc. We chose to go again thinking it was a great place, & it was our anniversary. When I made the reservation, I told them it was our anniversary & wanted it to be special. We were seated in a booth by the waiters area, with a constant stream of people traveling through, from waiters to guests. The booth had no ambience or view. Our waitress was direct & to the point, & not personable at all. She took care of us fine. When we got the bill, we were surprised to see a charge for the bread. Have never been charged for bread at any other restaurant. Was not impressed & will not be back anytime soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday Outing
    gggirls
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    All the party was especially pleased with the food. Looking forward to bringing my husband here. This was my first time and was very quiet and relaxing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • HungrymanVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Café Verona has continued to produce excellent dishes at reasonable prices. The menu is updated on a regular basis and the food is excellent.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • At one time, one of my favorites
    TLKGladstone
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    At one time, Cafe Verona was one of my favorite places to eat. It is a beautiful restaurant in an old historic building on the square in Independence. There is an outdoor patio for those who like to eat outside and it is a pretty place. The food is delicious. It was well prepared. The servers are wonderful. My one negative is that the desserts are not tempting. Still a beautiful restaurant, reasonably priced, good service, and food portions make dessert unnecessary. (you're full)
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Mother's Day
    MorristheCat
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We went to Cafe Verona for lunch on Mother's Day. Even though it is not close to home, it was worth the drive! Food was very good, service was also very good and we enjoyed our table and the privacy up on the 2nd floor. I will definitely go back again! If there was a negative, it was that the restaurant was a little too cool but every restaurant in town keeps the temperature for the comfort of their servers, not the guests it seems. Next time I'll sit outside or bring a jacket and I am sure the experience will be perfect!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Who would have thought this neat little restaurant could be found in Independence? It's so quaint and the integrity of the original building has been preserved. The food was excellent and not overpriced. The only negative I would say is when I ordered a 'full' rather than 'half' order of lasagna I expected a larger portion. I wonder what the 'half' order looks like? Otherwise it's a great place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Liked it
    Foodeater
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Went there with my sisters and mother tonight. Service was great; attentive without hovering. I used my KC Originals Discount, which made our end tab extremely low. We ate well, took home leftovers and they were very nice about us staying past the time that they were seating, to visit (I work in the service industry and understand how that can be maddening). Thanks so much for the nice night with my mother and sisters Cafe Verona. (Try the pesto gnocchi with the ribeye. It's great.)
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food at a great price.
    mkgrn
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We dined here for our birthday celebration and had a really good evening. The wine list was very good, and reasonably priced. We ate bruschetta, spinach dip for appetizers. Both were good. For our entrees we had the ribeye with mashed potatoes, ribeye with mac and cheese, the 4 cheese ravioli and the spicy penne. The steaks were perfectly cooked as ordered and were excellent. All of the entrees were very well presented, hot and very tasty. Dessert was the dipped gelato and little doughnuts with raspberry sauce. Excellent as well. We all agreed we would go back. This is a very moderately priced restaurant with good food.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pesto Gnocchi!!
    TimDVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    You simply must try the pesto gnocchi with grilled ribeye. It's the absolute best thing I've ever had at Café Verona. It's quite the staple in our order every time we visit. Wednesday is 1/2 price wine night which always adds a nice touch to the evening. We've been numerous times and have had wonderful experiences every time. Issues are slow getting drinks and quick getting courses of food, but not terrible issues in the grand scheme of things for dinner service. We wouldn't recommend the "homemade" dressings they've recently started - blue cheese and ranch were both very watered down and didn't pack much flavor or punch. Nice to have this option in our backyard on the Independence Square.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden Treasure
    SteakLover
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    The food and service at Verona is very good. Prices are also very good. It appears that the Independence square is thriving again.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian Restaurant!
    KCinKC
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    I've recently discovered a few excellent Italian restaurants in Independence, Missouri - including Cafe Verona. I've dined at the restaurant 4 times and each time have had excellent Service, fantastic food and romantic with both indoor and outdoor dining. Don't go to the Italian restaurant on 4 hwy if you want truly delicious Italian!!!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excelent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Food was great service was great. Priced right will go again
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oasis
    HungrymanVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    A little Oasis in Independence, with a great selection of food and drink. If you haven't tried this restaurant, its time you did.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very pleased with the food
    MarketGuru
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Very pleased with the food & service. Moderate pricing.Will be back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maiden Voyage
    Abbey
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Very nice restaurant. Not terribly noisy - might be different if more Crowded.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food seemed to be microwaved
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    The food seemed to be microwaved and the bread was very dry.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Great Evening
    TimDVIP
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    We decided to give Café Verona another go after our wonderful experience previously to see if it was a fluke or not. It was not. This was another outstanding evening full of flavorful food, delicious beverages, and great service. The only downside to the evening was the speed of delivery of food. Ordered an appetizer, arrived within minutes, quickly followed by salads - we hadn't even finished the apps! But that's a minor thing compared to other issues there could've been. Food wise, I completely suggest the gnocci with ribeye steak (but include the toppings from the ribeye steak option on the menu) - delicious! My husband had the mac'n'cheese with grilled chicken. While I thought it looked bland and one-note, he said it was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    All four of us ordered different entrees and everyone loved their food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Experience!
    TimDVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Our 1st return visit to Cafe Verona in quite some time (had really been displeased with previous visits). Finally decided to try it again and we were impressed & thrilled to have such a wonderful experience. The table wasn't ready, so we had a seat at the bar when we arrived, but the bartender was very accommodating to our special orders. Once seated, the service didn't disappoint. Quick service, attentive and knowledgeable - everything you expect from a fine dining establishment. Again, special requests were accommodated and even encouraged. It was an absolutely delicious dining experience and we'll be returning to Cafe Verona soon. If you haven't been to the Independence Square and tried it, you simply must go. It's worth the drive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for date night!!!
    anniemp
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    I have been to Cafe Verona several times and have never been disappointed. The food is very good and the service is as well. Romantic setting for a lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable, Romantic Date
    simplestan
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We enjoyed the quaint, enchanting environment of this local Italian restaraunt. We were a little nervous about the menu as we are not fine diners and were unfamiliar with the Italian words. My husband doesn't like venture out past the Olive Garden. But we both found selections that were very pleasing, and the food was worth coming back for. I loved the environment, and all the staff were very friendly-but not so friendly that they were annoying. I appreciated that our waitress never once interrupted our conversation to check on us as we visited through dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Went on Valentine's Day and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Went on Valentine's Day and it was packed. Had an 8:45 pm reservation and didn't get seated until 9:15. But that was okay as the food was good and we always enjoy Cafe Verona.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • irritating
    foodie
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I went there with my boyfriend on Valentine's day. When we got there the reservations were behind so we weren't sat till 9pm, which I understood. When we were sat the waitress took our drink order. I didn't receive my coke with grenadine for literally 30 minutes while my boyfriend received his beer about 15 minutes earlier. In that 30 minute wait i didn't see the waitress at all. After that, when we got our food, the waitress asked if we wanted some shredded parmesan and we both said yes. She never returned with it. Never came back to ask how our food was and never once seen the manager. You would think a manager would be going around asking guests how everything is!!! Other than the horrible service that we received i did love the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate