Calandras Italian Village
Calandras Italian Village

Calandras Italian Village

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://calandrasitalianvillage.com/flash/ilvecchio/cafe.html
  • Phone: (973) 226-8889 ext. 1
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:30pm;

    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 11:30pm - 10:00pm;

    Bar Menu: Monday - Sunday: 11:30pm - 10:00pm,

    Friday: 11:30pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Sergio Maestoso
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: You can enjoy many of our specialty dishes off site at your private event or small gathering in your own home. We offer full and half trays at reasonable prices.
  • Private Party Facilities: Calandras Italian Village offers a small private dining room that holds up to 30 people. We also offer afternoon parties from 75 - 175 people in our dining room.
  • Private Party Contact: Thea Stack 9732268889x1
  • Entertainment: Music on the Patio (weather permitting) or in LaTaverna Thursday, Friday and Saturday night live music from the 50s, 60s,70s & 80s. Outside Bar & Patio open for the summer.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bloomfield Ave
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Calandras Italian Village
The Calandra Family welcomes you to "Calandras Italian Village". The Calandras passion for their Italian heritage and the importance of family values and traditions is evident throughout the "Villaggio Italiano.” Experience the old world atmosphere with European charm. Calandras il Vecchio Café where you and your family can enjoy homemade pastas, panini sandwiches, burgers, entrees and salads as well as pizza, flatbreads and calzones made with natural whole grain ingredients on our stone deck wood burning oven.
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Calandras Italian Village reviews from OpenTable diners
11 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (7)neighborhood gem (6)great for lunch (6)fit for foodies (5)kid-friendly (5)great for outdoor dining (4)notable wine list (4)special occasion (3)vibrant bar scene (2)great for brunch (2)romantic (1)Show More
  • New fav place!
    Bdayna
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Everything from the service to the food was great! Big portions! Great wine! And HUGE bakery section! I can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, good service
    annie
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Great restaurant in town with big menu and good service. Caters to all types - gluten free menu was plentiful and also good wine list. Very kid friendly. Sizable portions. Love the Italian gourmet store next door. Looking forward to dining on the patio in the warmer weather.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent restaurant
    likeit
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We re regulars there, great food and excellent service.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a good meal
    Grammy521VIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Calandra 's Il Vecchio Has a lot of wonderful menu choices, from pasta dishes, of course, but also excellent dinner salads , seafood, chicken, etcetera. Calandra's also has their own wine vineyards in Italy, and the wines are a lovely addition to the meal. You'll never leave hungry.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Evening
    rabbit
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We hosted "thank you" dinner to former neighbors and we all were able to find our favorite foods on the menu, our waiter was knowledgeable and friendly, the food was more than ample and it was all delicious. Our guests were impressed and made plans to put Calandra's on their list of favorite places to eat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always just misses the mark
    skinnyeats
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We give this restaurant a try every 6 months or so hoping the kitchen has improved. Unfortunately, there is still something not quite right. I rarely order pasta dishes, but did get the cappelini, broccoli rabe and shrimp. Broccoli rabe was super bitter and capellini overcooked. Maybe we'll try again in 6 months
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 5 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 46 reviews are from the Calandras Italian Village reviews archive.
  • Mrs Pookie
    Deborah
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    It's just GREAT Food and a nice spot for just enjoying a nice evening after a ruff work week !!!'
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friday Evening meal
    Gary
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Recently we had dinner with good friends on a Friday night, 4 adults, 2 children. We had a reservation and we were seated promptly. Our waiter, Joe, was pleasant and helpful. We ordered 2 pizzas and they were hot and fresh. The deserts were also excellent. We will absolutely be back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day Gem
    luv2bpampered
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    First time customers. Wonderful experience! We were seated quickly (they take reservations). Service was attentive & food excellent! Meatballs, although the best I have had is some time, were served lukewarm. Try the desert or take something home. Next to the restaurant is an array of Italian specialty shops including a bakery!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lunch with the girls April 29,12:30
    Trish
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    busy lunch time in the restaurant; bar area not busy. We sat in bar area. Waitress was very lax, disinterested, distracted and slow. Kept us waiting to get menus, to order and to follow up during the meal. She was NOT very busy. She would fly by with a "how are u doing ladies?" not waiting to get a response... I would not sit in her section again, if we decided to return.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but Poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    The food was pasta dishes were delicious, as the pasta was freshly made and tasty. The fish was nicely done, but the broccoli rob needed seasoning. Unfortunately the service was very poor. We were initially offered cheese with the bread, but not explained that it was for use with the meal. When the meal arrived we had difficulty finding someone to give us cheese, and it was not the grated cheese that was first offered. The waiter was difficult to locate. We used open table and the reservation clearly stated we were celebrating a birthday, but no effort was made to help us celebrate. I would not return for dinner again.
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  • Huge portions, pricey
    lilly
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    The restaurant is quite large, with high ceilings and well lit. It is quite loud, so not the choice for a romantic evening. It is, however, great if you are there specifically to eat, and eat a lot! They do provide huge portions and the food is very good. Service is ok - the room is so large, our server was all over the place, but she was working very hard and trying to be attentive, so I can't complain. They also fill the wine glasses up - not skimpy at all. The prices are high, and the portions reflect that. I saw the chef taking a picture of one of his creations, so I think there is some pride there. I was amazed how beautiful some of the platters looked coming out of the kitchen! Make reservations!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Spot
    SilentDiner
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Overall experience was well worth the trip . Excellent food awesome wait staff. My only negative would be the price of the appetizers was not consistent with the quantity nor quality of them. Much more expensive than other restaurant appetizers of similar quality. Also alcohol prices on the higher end. Their own blend wine is $3.00 cheaper in their store than on their menu ??? Certainly not a reason why I wouldn't return but just puzzling... I highly recommend this place!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice lunch
    NoahVIP
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    We enjoyed our lunch and the service was excellent by our waiter Joe. It all started with the hot bread with olive oil and the cheese. So Good!!!! The rice balls were a nice touch before our main dish arrived. My good friends loved their chicken sandwiches. I had the lasagna which I didn't like. It had to much onions, red peppers and peas in it What a shame, since last time I loved it!!!! We will be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for dinner
    Dinner
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    We love going to dinner here. The food and service is great and they are very accommodating to our 14 month old son.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Who knew?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    We are regulars at Calandra's, and we love it. A friend of ours was performing in the taverna, so we went to see the performance. We got a table facing the band because they knew why we were there. After dinner we were left alone and could've sat there all night if we wanted to. What a great evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, nice people
    njcoinguyVIP
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    We had a very good meal and the wait staff was good. A little noisy but otherwise very good
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another very good experience
    RUSHFan0612VIP
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    As is always the case when I come to a Calandra's restaurant, I get their awesome Pasta Fagioli soup. Wow, just incredible! Also tried one of their chicken panini sandwiches and that was really good as well, despite the fact that I could only finish half and it wasn't as good when I heated it up the next day. But as I said it was still a high quality sandwich. My fiance had the egglant rolatini, which was good but something that I rarely order out. We would definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful ambiance
    Rosa
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    We absolutely loved our dining experience. Immediately fell in love with the size, decor and ambiance of the whole Italian village experience, will certainly be returning.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Calandra's Never Misses
    Grammy521VIP
    Dined on 11/24/2013
    Calandra's is not too far from home, so we eat here often. The food is dependably very tasty, served hot, and their bread, grated cheese and olive oil served at every table is extraordinary. They have their own vineyards in Italy, so their wines are very good and unique to them. Before or after you have enjoyed your meal, you can visit their amazing bakery, market, gelato bar (crepes are made too), delicatessen and wine store.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Calandra's Dependable For Good Meal
    Grammy521VIP
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    Our waiter took excellent care of the 4 of us, and all food arrived attractively presented, hot and delicious. We had glasses of Calandra's wines, with 3 different wines tasted. All were excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Passes the picky palette test
    Brivicjim
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    I recommended this restaurant to my cousins Fir our next cousins family reunion. My aunt 2 cousins And myself meet fir lunch to see if it would pass Our educated (picky) palettes . It passes with Flying colors and the reunion was booked on The spot. Our waiter Mike was also very entertaining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum
    HmmmmVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    Dinner at Il Vecchio Cafe followed by picking up a few take-home bakery items next door - how can you beat it? Sure, you can probably find smaller places with more complex dishes. But if what you're looking for is good, old-fashioned northern Italian comfort food, this is the place. Then pop next door for some gelato or grab some cannolis for a midnight snack. Everything in this place is other-worldly good. And some of the most pleasant wait staff on the planet - consistently great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Main Food was Great, My side
    HonestyVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2013
    Main Food was Great, My side of "homemade" fries were burned, asked for replacement, never came, HOWEVER, THE MANAGER WAS GREAT AND WAS QUICK TO REMEDY THE SITUATION, my server was not to be found, the restaurant does need to correct a few items to retain the "Calandra" reputation
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good food and atmosphere
    Yourworthit
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    very good food and service was fast , been buying calandras bread and pastries for many years with the addition of the village it's extra bonus .
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unexpected surprise!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    I wanted to treat my Italian food loving boyfriend to a nice birthday dinner - we ended up at Calandra's Restaurant. We are big fans of Calandra's baked goods, but have never tried their restaurants until now. We went to the Caldwell location. Although the noise level was intense (not very cozy, but seemed to be popular for large gatherings), the wine and food were fantastic. I couldn't believe how piping hot my dish was when it was served! The flavors were great too. We enjoyed walking through the Village after dinner. We are certainly looking forward to going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good as usual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/11/2013
    Every time I visit any Calandras restaurants the food is consistently good
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing visit
    RobLumban
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    Friendly, convivial setting. Great mix of indoor and outdoor space. Wait staff were pleasant and patient, despite one couple in our party of six being late. Entrées have become rather boring. Chopped lettuce in salad had rusty edges, and the veal milanese was so overcooked that they should have served it with a hacksaw. It was extremely flavorful nonetheless. Food was quite below par from previous visits. No pork items on the menu other than sausage. Bread of course remains outstanding. Menus at Calandra's two other restaurants are more creative.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 3 out of 4
    JohnT
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    3 out of our 4 meals were great. The pasta dish, Fish dish and the salad entre were very good. I had the Pork special. It was over cooked and dried out. Oh well, 3 out of 4 was pretty good. I would definitely go back and give it another
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    Great menu something for every one from pizza to great dinners.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Italian food
    NYCeaterVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    Tasty Italian food. Great amrketplace to browse through after your meal. You'll want to take home some fo their delicious bread or gourmet italian delicacies.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mother's Day Menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    I decided to book Calandra's for Mother's Day because the pricing seemed reasonable & the menu seemed appealing to the family members who would be joining me. However, when we arrived there was a ""Mother's Day Menu" which was a lot pricier than there other menu. I wasn't aware of this. Also, we were seated in a bar area room that seemed to be set up specifically for Mother's Day. Folding tables & folding chairs were used. The tables were fine because they were covered with tablecloths. However, I did not like sitting on a folding chair, nor did I like my Mother & guests sitting on folding chairs.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a horrible experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    I have been going to the Callandra's restaurants for years. The Mediterranean Grill and Cucina Callandra's are highly recommended. Stay far away from Italian Village. Noise unacceptably load from kids running around dining area. 2 of 3 dishes missing half the ingredients. Manager was to find out why but never came back. Waitress horrible. 15 minutes to get drinks. Order delivered by someone else and she never came back to see how everything was. My veal dish was too salty. Can make better at home. Wife had special salad but half ingredients were missing and she was left with lettuce, chicken, and strawberries. Wanted to order dessert but too frustrated so paid and left. Will not return to this one.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food if you want italian....pi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/21/2013
    Good food if you want italian....pizza, bread delicious
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • When we got there, there was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/21/2013
    When we got there, there was a kids party in the main dining room and the hostess gave us the option to eat in the tavern, which I appreciated it more than I can say. The hostess was warm and friendly, the service was fantastic and the food was terrific.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We have eaten here several
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    We have eaten here several times, and this visit was no different than the others! We love coming here. Always great food, great service, and a great atmosphere! Its an excellent value, and everyone is so friendly! I would definitely recommend to anyone!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food - Weird atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    The food and service is outstanding. But the ambiance feels like you're in a cafeteria. The ceilings are really high and the sound bounces off all of the walls so if you want ambiance sit in La Taverna which has the same menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding! I can not wait
    scotchnSoda
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    Outstanding! I can not wait to return.Bakery food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • For the type of casual dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/15/2012
    For the type of casual dining this restaurant represents, the wait service is pretty darned good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Took some friends and they
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/8/2012
    Took some friends and they were impressed enough to want to go back next time they visit
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic