The Capital Grille - Cincinnati
The Capital Grille - Cincinnati

The Capital Grille - Cincinnati

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.thecapitalgrille.com/
  • Phone: 5133510814x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 am - 3:00 pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: David Himmelberger
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
A word from The Capital Grille - Cincinnati
You are cordially invited to join us for an evening or afternoon of relaxed elegance and exceptional cuisine. Our impressive menu of nationally renowned dry aged steaks and the freshest of seafood will ignite your culinary imagination as our award-winning wine list of more than 3,000 bottles awakens your inner sommelier. And as our gracious, knowledgeable servers delight you with their uncanny ability to anticipate your every need, you"ll experience firsthand why the American Culinary Federation recently bestowed upon us their "Achievement of Excellence Award." Whether you"re celebrating a special occasion or hosting a business luncheon or dinner, we can help you flawlessly pull off any private dining event. Our event planning staff has extensive experience and the ideal materials to work with - a capital setting, distinctive food and unmatched service.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
The Capital Grille - Cincinnati reviews from OpenTable diners
184 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (156)notable wine list (131)romantic (96)fit for foodies (70)good for groups (38)neighborhood gem (31)vibrant bar scene (25)hot spot (17)great for lunch (13)great for outdoor dining (10)great for brunch (5)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Happy Anniversary to us!
    2dinefor
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    From the moment we ordered drinks and an app at the bar, we got there a little early, our service was fantastic! I made a note on our reservation it was our anniversary and if we might have a "nice table", and they went above the call of duty. We not only got a great table in a more quiet quaint room, we got confetti hearts on a part of our table and a card to wish us Happy Anniversary! The meal was delicious, and service from the water waiter to the food server was terrific. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to have a really nice dinner out.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent, pricey but worth it!!
    Truefoodiesnob
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I do love Capital Grill, as mentioned it is quite expensive but you will get wonderful, lovely presentations, excellent wine and outstanding knowledgeable service. I have had this particular server on several occasions & she is terrific. She knows exactly what the food preparation consists of is & if you need to customize it, she takes care of it. We had dinner in the bar at a high top, yes it was noisy, lots of energy, but we could have opted for a regular table and it would have quieter. The shrimp cocktail is excellent, great cocktail sauce & I am very fussy about that. I also love their lobster crab cakes and the roasted mushroom side dish. The fish presentations are also wonderful. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Uneven
    MuskegVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My first dining experience at CG in Cincinnati was very positive and I have likewise had good experiences in other cities. However, my second visit to CG Cinci was a bit disappointing. Food-wise, it was okay, with 2 members of our party of 4 enthusiastic about their steaks, one dissatisfied with the dryness of the halibut and I found my porterhouse to be surprisingly bland rather than flavorful. The bigger problem was the erratic service--at times great and at other times nonexistent. Timing was way off--my wife and I received our salads and then waited 5 minutes for our companions to receive theirs. Entrees converged on us before salad plates and other used dishware had been removed. Really not acceptable at these prices.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • They want you happy!
    ghost23VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    May be one of the best trained staff in Cincinnati, from the moment you are greeted by hostess till you leave, the staff makes sure you enjoy the dining experience all without hovering over you. Oh, the food is darn good too! My wife has a severe onion family allergy, no problem here, they were knowledgeable of the ingredients, even the bread, and offered custom alternatives when appropriate. If you have a food challenge, come here you'll like it. BTW, they started our experience with glasses of sparkling wine, nice touch
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent overall
    CincyCDAVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Great steaks and sides, though $11 for a meager field greens salad is a bit excessive. Service was very attentive and professional, just like other locations that I have eaten at.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still finding its way
    CincyDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This was our second time at the Capital Grille at Rookwood. Overall the food is very good -- if a bit heavy -- and does well to meet its aspiration of being a high-end steak house on par with Jeff Ruby's, etc. The atmosphere is also high-end, if a bit mass-produced. The service, however, is not up to par with the menu prices. Our first experience at this location was good (if not excellent) with a server that was chatty but took her role seriously. Our second service experience was laughable, however, with many missteps that would have been annoying at a Long Horn Steakhouse but were just unacceptable at a restaurant where a typical check for a couple approaches $200.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Capital Grille is a favorite!
    LuckyVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The food and service were wonderful making this a very good value relative to other local steakhouses of similar caliber. Our server, Gavin, was very nice. Chef David was in working his usual culinary magic in the kitchen! We can't wait to go back and try other menu items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business Lunch
    ForTheLoveOfFood2013
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Went here for a business lunch. Definitely a little pricey but worth it. I had the lobster roll and the watermelon feta salad. Very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Donny
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The customer service was outstanding. We really enjoyed ourselves, very impressive.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Upscale
    FatfrumeatingVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This was a very fine upscale restaurant for our group. The necessity of this review to be 50 characters demeans the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrible service
    CarolVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I frequent Capital Grilles all over the country, and I am extremely disappointed in the service I received at this location. Not only was the service extremely slow, but our server forgot to bring our sides, yet still charged us for them, and when we requested to have one of our steaks packaged to take home, she never brought it back to the table. We spent over $400 on food and drinks, and the meal was completely unsatisfactory due to the service. I, along with my guests, are extremely disappointed.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spectacular meal
    TBone
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Spectacular meal. Wonderful ambiance. Ariel was delightful
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another +
    SkipVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    5th visit and will return again. Food and service were great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Espensive, but very worth it,
    Paul
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I have rarely been treated as well in a restaurant. Great service, excellent wait person (Ariel), great atmosphere, wonderful background music. and very good food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thank you...
    OpheliaVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    ...for a fabulous dining experience. Our waiters, Broadus and Kelly, were very attentive, knowledgeable and patient with our group. We felt that the "personal touch" was extraordinary. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WOW
    jollyjoe
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Best steakhouse in Cincinnati. Beautiful place to dine, seating is spacious and you don't feel like you are sitting on top of the table next to you. The staff is above excellent! Michael was our server and was simply magnificent. Water never got below 1/4 of a glass, food was perfect. Desert was beyond expectations. GO HERE and ENJOY!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfection!
    Broo
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Everything about this restaurant was perfect! Right from the start we were treated royally- valet parking, and staff opening the door and welcoming. We were sat a special "Happy Birthday " table with confetti and card, close to the door, as requested for my husband's mobility problems. Our server(Ariell) was were personable, informative and efficient. The food itself was awesome- Steak and Lobster Tails for me, Filet over asparagus risotto for my husband (a special). Sides were the creamed corn (delicious smoky flavor from bacon seasoning) and AuGratin potatoes that could have been a bit more flavorful. Desert was served on a HB plate, and we ended with a complimentary champagne toast. Expensive, but worth it. Used an AMEX $50 coupon.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Celebration
    Hotsake
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    What can I say. You get what you pay for. It was an expensive experience, but well worth it . At our table, we had steak, fish and lamb shops. All came hot, seasoned well and prepared as ordered. We were celebrating a birthday. The birthday girl got two samplers for dessert: flourless chocolate cake and cheesecake made with ricotta. Both were excellent. We would go again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Recommend for Special Birthdays
    Ballet8093VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We celebrated a milestone birthday for my mom here and it was incredible! They pulled out all the stop- table decorations, bday card, roses, samples between meals, cocktails samples AND they even took a photo of us at dinner to take home. It made the night an event that we won't soon forget. The service is fantastic as well. Be aware- this is a special occasion type place- our bill was around $100/person and we did not order cocktails or many add-ons. As I said, it was a very special occasion so it is more of a once or twice a year type of place!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Staff
    ConcordCookie
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Every member of the staff from the bar to the restaraunt was very accomodating, gracious and super friendly. Hats off to all!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The waiter was excellent and knowledgable. We would definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Another fabulous meal at the Capital Grille. Not only was the food absolutely delicious, but our server, Ariel, was just amazing. She always makes us feel like we're her only table, and goes over and above to make sure our anniversary, birthday, etc. celebration is jsut out of this world.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OUTSTANDING SERVICE!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    From the moment we walked into the Capital Grille, we felt welcome. Greeted and welcomed by the host staff, we proceeded to the bar for a pre-dinner cocktail. The bar staff was friendly and attentive. We were seated at a nice table and had a most terrific waiter, Sue Morris. The meal was typically outstanding and the service provided by Sue was the same. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience!
    MAWJVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had an amazing meal, but it was nothing to compare to our top-notch service. Our server was knowledgeable about the extensive wine list and was able to recommend courses for us. She didn't hesitate to suggest splitting and sharing, which many restaurants hesitate or dislike to do. She even brought a few extra tastes of sides we considered ordering but didn't. We took advantage of the "Generous Pour" wine sampling, which at $25 per person was a great deal. (I believe this tasting is offered only in the summer.) Three whites and four reds throughout the meal, and all were very good! Cincinnati is lucky to have Capital Grill here, and we'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Capital Grill in the country
    DoctorD
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We have eaten at several Capital Grills around the country and this was the best. In a long life of dining both in the US ann abroad, our experience here ranked among the best we have ever experienced. The service was impeccable, the food excellent and well prepared and the wine list quite good. But what set this experience apart, were the little extra's that were always in play. We noted when making our reservation that our evening was, in part, a celebration of our grown grandson's belated birthday. Not only was the table subtly decorated but the waiter tooka group photo and presented us with the result.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    Pete
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    They go above and beyond with customer service. We've spent our last two anniversaries there, and my wives birthday. It's a chain that doesn't feel like a chain. The food is excellent as well
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lynann
    tlynann
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food as always excellent but the service that we received for Peter was outstanding - even a notch above the normal service we received..
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey, But Worth Every Penny.
    PickyPair
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We visited The Capital Grille for our 27th Wedding Anniversary. We made reservations on Open Table on Friday morning for that evening. We put in the comments section that we would like a table suitable for an anniversary. When we arrived, we were greeted by pleasant hosts & were seated immediately. Our corner table was covered in rose petals, heart confetti, 2 long stem roses & an Anniversary card. Our waiters & the manager all greeted us with Anniversary wishes & catered to our every need all evening. We were served several on-the-house items, including 4 glasses of champagne, a small appetizer & a dessert. All of our food was just wonderful, especially the Kona Crusted steaks with shallot butter. We highly recommend The Capital Grille!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Best service, really made you feel special. Outstanding food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    excellent service. Liked the "Generous Pour" wine program.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WOW!
    BigRed27
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    If you are looking for a resturant to celebrate a special occassion- look no further! They will make you feel like a king and queen throughout your meal! We celebrated our anniversary and were welcomed with roses, confetti on the table and a handwritten card. We also were treated to glasses of champagne and a beautiful dessert tray. What a fabulous experience that we will never forget!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superior food and service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Fabulous menu choices. Moderately sized excellently prepared offerings, most unusual for Cincinnati where large quantities of food are the requirement with quality a distant second. Excellent wait staff, attended to our every need.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food for a thought
    love2dineVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I thought the location of this restaurant was very convenient to my home. The atmosphere was very nice and modern. However it took over an hour and forty minutes to get our food because our waiter took at least 30 minutes before actually taking our order. He ran down the menu which was pretty annoying and I could not get a word in because he was rambling on. He seemed irritated with any questions I or my husband had and did not seem approachable. Not to mention he was very sweaty. The food was just okay, my husband did not like his chard steak and was unaware that they char it. The sauce on my steak was not appealing, the only thing that was tasty was the mac, n cheese. I don't think we will return to Capital grill
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chef's Recommendation
    lindseye
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    My biggest take-away from this experience was probably when our waitress said the chef's recommendations were just that. She said while they are recommended as is, feel free to mix any steak or entrée with any toppings, sauces, etc that are found on any of the other entrees. Everything felt very catered to us, which was a wonderful experience. I also love the a la cart sharable sides - great for a group or a romantic date night.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed, again
    wwpls2
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This was our second visit this year. Again, the atmosphere is great, the bar is vibrant, but once we were seated for dinner things slowed to a crawl. Two hours and 45 minutes between being seated and our check is simply too excessive. While most of the food was amazing, my bone in sirloin (a chef's selection) was obviously an inferior cut of beef. Dry aging doesn't turn it into prime. For the cost of this dinner there are just too many superior options in Cincinnati. Not sure I'm up for a third chance.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pretty Good
    Neuf
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We visited The Capital Grille for dinner with another couple. The service was great, but the food was just ok. I had the tuna which was a little over done, but the steak and sea bass were both good. In my opinion, the drinks were generous pours, which I appreciated. All in all a good experience, but pretty expensive for a "good", but not "great" meal.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    RichieVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My family met for a dinner and we had an awesome experience. The Waiter and staff were attentive but not over bearing. I can't wait to return and try other items on the menu.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food was very well prepared and just as we ordered. A slight reduction in overall rating because we were here over two hours for dinner from start to finish. There were Long spells between drinks, courses and re-fills. Perhaps, servers are responsible for too many tables? Our server, by the way, was very pleasant and knowledgeable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific experience!
    PeytonVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    My wife and I were seated in their open-air patio room on a beautiful evening. Everything was perfect - wine, salads, filets. The servers were very attentive but not intrusive. It's expensive but for the right occasion - worth every penny!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • seasoned
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    service and seating was good, last time the waiter stayed at the table way too much and kept bugging us
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic