Castagna
Castagna

Castagna

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.castagnarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 5032317373x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Wednesday - Thursday: 5:30pm to 9pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10pm
    Chef's Tasting Menu available until 9pm

    The dining room is closed December 24th through December 26th. We are open and taking reservations for New Year's Day.

    The dining room will be closed January 1st through January 7th. We will reopen on Wednesday, January 8th.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary European, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Justin Woodward
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: SE 18th
  • Public Transit: Trimet bus line #14
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Castagna offers a parking lot located on the corner of SE 18th and Madison. There is also street parking available.
A word from Castagna
Castagna serves as a clean, calm, modern canvas on which to showcase an artful presentation of food; a series of tastes that elevate the senses and reinterpret local cuisine. Executive Chef Justin Woodward imagines an edible landscape where diners become part of a cycle of abundance: not only tasting, but feeling, smelling, hearing, seeing, and, ultimately, understanding the food.

Chef Woodward offers two tasting menus each night. Diners can choose between a 5 course menu or explore the 10 course Chef’s Tasting Menu. A la cart and vegetarian options are also available.

The 10 course Chef's Tasting Menu for parties of 4 or less is available until 9pm. We offer our 10 course Chef's Tasting Menu for larger parties on request.

Vegetarian Tasting Menus available with 24 hours advanced notice.
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Castagna reviews from OpenTable diners
69 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (61)special occasion (55)romantic (39)notable wine list (28)neighborhood gem (25)hot spot (5)good for groups (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Great food with exceptional service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Our chef friend recommended it and we were not disappointed. Amazing service, great food and excellent wine pairings. Definitely try the Chef's tasting as they gave us at least 6 courses that was not on the menu.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprising find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    What an amazing find! We were in Portland for the first time and for only one evening. Our friends, and former Portland residents, suggested Castagna as one of the best dining experiences in the city so we tried it. We were very impressed with the tastes, flavors, presentations, especially the "snacks" that were offered. Coming from San Francisco, we are not limited in our options for great cuisine, but our dinner at Castagna ranks with any dining experience we have had in the Bay Area. Our only regret is that we didn't get a menu to help us remember each dish.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Elegant tasting menu
    foiegrasandhotdogs
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Castagna ranks with the world's best for a brilliantly executed tasting menu. Interesting combinations of flavors and textures. we liked: -that they put some of the in season fruit and veg first, not overly relying on proteins as the stars of the plate -a potato skin dessert that was refined and sophisticated -the onion terrarium course (yummmm) could be improved: -the pours for the wine pairings were too small - i've been to Noma, French Laundry, etc - i speak from experience. at $60 for pairings you could give more. Or, charge me more but give me a proper pour - doesn't have to be a full glass -when you substitute a shellfish course for someone with an allergy, a piece of grilled romaine is a slap in the face.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HalT
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Portland has real gem here, can compete with anybody, anywhere.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • very lengthy tasting menu!
    Amyw
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Come hungry if you do the tasting menu! It had lots of surprises and the wine pairings were an excellent value. The food was great and adventurous. Fit for serious foodies!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food-
    mpp123
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We did the chefs tasting menu and it didn't dissapoint. Truly terrific food. Only con was that initially the courses came out pretty quickly, then there was quite a lull between some of the later courses. They did bring out rolls during that time, but we think it was likely a flatware/ silverware issue. The owner and the chef both introduced themselves to us.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional
    SEPortland
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Chef Justin Woodward displays much imagination and creativity to produce a menu of exceptional delights. Excellent! Would be a strong 2 Michelin star restaurant if Michelin covered Portland.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional food
    pdxeats
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food at Castagna once more was stunningly good. The combinations of ingredients was amazing, presentation was amazing, and it tasted wonderful. The service was knowledgable about the food and wine, they where attentive and friendly. What a wonderful place this still is.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Overrated and over-priced
    WildLupine
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I'm easy to please, so it is rare for me to dislike a restaurant. But Castagna disappointed on several levels. I took two visiting business colleagues, thinking it would be a safe bet. Instead it was a bust. The food was hugely over-priced for the quality. The bread rolls were completely ordinary. My vegetable dish was comprised of one tiny undercooked baby artichoke and two tiny tomatoes. For a city drowning in local produce, it feels ridiculous to pay such sums for things I can eat from my own garden. The room was nothing special. The noise level was moderate—we were able to have a conversation, which was pleasant.
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  • Would definitely recommend
    Paul
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Had the prix fixe and my lady did as well so we each ordered opposites to try everything. It was incredible. The wine pairings were fantastic too. In particular, the little chip with the tartare stood out as well as the beef entree.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Prix fixe 75 / Wine pairings 40
    d2i2k2w
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Grilled sturgeon entree was disappointing to say the least. Although my wife's fish was firm, mine was so "mushy" I sent it back. However, the second attempt was no better so I sent it back, too. The Sylvaner riesling paired with the grilled sturgeon was mismatched because Alsatian wines are too fruity for such a delicate fish (when prepared properly). An Oregon Williamette Valley pinot gris would have been better.
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  • Perfect Reunion
    anonVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    This past week two old college friends came to the area to visit. I took a day off. I sent them links to menus to a few places I like, including Castagna, and this was their choice. The food was brilliant as always. They loved the creativity and flavors of the snacks. I have to say the quasi molecular deviled egg was my personal favorite. But the buckwheat cracker with beef tartar was another favorite. We chose the dinner menu. The onion custard dish was spectacular in flavor and texture. Between the 3 of us we ordered everything and shared most of it. My friends loved the food and will remember this meal for a long time. Service was great and leisurely enough to let us continue our day of reuniting after many years. Bravo.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good for a food "experience"
    Megtexas
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    This was an interesting dinner. I am an adventurous eater but I can't say the food was as delicious as it was interesting, experimental. The portion sizes are incredibly small, which I liked, but my husband left hungry. For four people at the prix fix menu, we left with a $600 bill, which would put this in the "very special occasion," if ever occasion, dinner.
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    special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best
    MNfoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Exceptional dining experience. I rarely write reviews but was blown away be their creative presentations. Ever bite imparted a wonderful combination of flavors.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Eat before you go
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Huge disappointment! The food quality was excellent there just wasn't much of it and it took a very long time to get. In a city with many eating choices Castagna would not be a place I would recommend. We took a guest from San Francisco to Castagna and both he and my husband were still hungry afterwards - we ended up at the restaurant next door where they order steak, hamburgers and fries. Our guest commented that he could always find pretentious restaurants in SF and he did expect to find one in Portland.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Elegant dinning
    pickydiner
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The dinner was unlike anything I had had before, it was quite delicious. The whole dinner was quite an experience. The snack part was brought out in single decorative sections that you almost didn't want to eat, but once you tried it it was quite tasty. I did the pairing which was good, some wines I didn't care for but others were quite good especially with the food it was served with. The atmosphere was pleasant. When we arrived the place had a few diners. As it filled I noticed the temperature became quite warm, I took of my jacket and was still quite warm, I don't know if it was because we were near the kitchen.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Spectacular
    JPortland
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Beautiful, innovative dishes prepared perfectly every time. The consensus amongst our table of four was that Castagna is the best restaurant any of us has ever been to. Dining here was a very special experience.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful Food Experience
    PortlandDiner
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Dining here is a top-quality "food as entertainment" experience. Each dish is beautiful with unusual ingredients, transformed textures, and surprising juxtapositions. Wine pairings are wonderful. Plan on spending the evening.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • A dining experience to be had
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Tantalizes your palette and engages all of your senses. Truly memorable and incredible dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow!
    DrMomVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Tasty and creative use of locally sourced ingredients Loved the tasting menu with wine pairing. Left happily filled but not stuffed. Wonderful combinations of flavors--not sure where he thinks of them! A relaxing, delicious evening. Staff was knowledgable and appropriately attentive. Would return in a heartbeat!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great culinary experience.
    Foxandfood
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    This was my second time at Castagna and the tasting menu, was again, a wonderful and enjoyable experience. From the snacks to the desserts all the dishes were unique and delicious. The service was well done and attentive.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out of this world!
    Cara
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    It wasn't just dinner, it was an experience, and an amazing one at that. Every last detail was thought about. It may be pricey, but you won't regret it. If I had the money, my husband and I would come back again and again. You'll try things you never even knew you could eat or would have dreamed would taste good. I loved every single thing we ate. I recommend doing the Chef's tasting Menu if you go. Don't miss out on the opportunity to try something new in every bite! The food was out of this world, the service was great and the drinks were delicious!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Clean flavors and solid technique..
    Savvyeater
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Crisp clean seasonal flavor profiles, organic and aesthetically pleasing presentations blended with a team of skilled cooks created an excellent tasting menu adventure. The service staff was gracious and sincere. These pieces all created a memorable night for my wife and I on our anniversary. Thank you to the Castagna team.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive, but worth it
    Stedy
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Great place. Interesting, very unique menu. Went there for my one year anniversary and had a blast. We chose the chefs tasting and wine pairing, so after all was said and done the bill was $440 with tip, but I'd say it was worth it. Don't know if I will go again, but it was a great one time find for sure.
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique but not exquisite
    finediningfan
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Castagna serves beautifully plated food that is inventive and unique. We ordered the chef's tasting menu, which included around 20 separate small dishes. Servers do an excellent job explaining dishes and are very attentive. While the food is exquisite to look at and expertly prepared, my husband and I found that the chef's palate did not entirely align with our own and some of the flavor combinations presented were not to our liking, including several dishes that we simply could not bear to finish. We typically enjoy unique food and flavor combinations, but some dishes just were not for us. The desserts were truly the shining stars of our meal and were all beyond outstanding. I wish the rest of the meal had been as delicious.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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  • A must!
    KathVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    This is truly the most incredible dining experience that we have EVER had. Their food is art: i.e., the Asparagus, wilted sorrel, morel mushroom is presented as a water lily pond; almost too beautiful to eat but the flavor is fabulous. If we ever return to Portland, this will always be on the top of our dining list.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely amazing meal.
    Sacorbin
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    The flavors were perfectly melded and the sauces were to die for. The presentation was spot on. I will definitely be back!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never a miss
    PdxDining
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    This is the my fourth time to Castagna and they never miss! The service and food are a perfect combination of nurture and nature.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food for Foodies
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    This is a fabulous restaurant... Great for foodies. It's more of a tasting menu...lots of small servings with unique ingredients. Loved it.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Tasting is believing!
    OriginalDCMemberVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    What a fun experience! Molecular gastronomy at its best! Delicious food presented in an unusual way. A bit spendy but worth it.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Splendid Tasting Menu
    Food4thought
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Enjoyed the five course tasting menu, starting with a series of "snacks" before the various courses. Onion terrarium with peas was especially interesting and showcased the chef's preferences for interesting sauces (several were added to the plate by servers as courses presented). Food was delicious and service level and timing of the dishes was excellent. Occasion was a graduation celebration and just what we wanted to please two vegetarians in our party. Highly recommended.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Castagna
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Chef Justin Woodward and the staff at Castagna are always perfect. The food is thoughtful, beautiful, inspiring and of course delicious. The staff is meticulous, attentive, friendly and have the perfect hint of casualness which makes for a fun, but still incredibly romantic dining experience. There menu is always changing, so I like to go at least once a year picking a different season each time to see what the Chef creates with what just came in. Best dining experience of my life every time. Go go go.
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  • Blown away
    WineLoverVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Did not ecpect to find a restaurant like this in Portland. Very creative and delicious tasting menu. Great wine pairings - 12 different wines with decent pours. The dinner service was slow paced, but not dragged out, so you had time to enjoy all of the various wines. Service was very attentive and most all of the courses very tasty - almost one half of the menu was raw - a bit more than our usual taste, but overall outstanding!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First class
    IMuHVIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    We were very impressed indeed by Castagna. The chef's tasting menu brought four hours of pleasure: multiple plates that had been carefully prepared from high quality ingredients and presented with precision and beauty. Dishes that made us happy: imaginative, and technically at the highest level, but never "clever" for the sake of it. Castagna is a very good restaurant indeed, right up there with some of the best restaurants we've visited in N. America and Europe. In a different location we'd be discussing the appropriate number of Michelin stars. But -- because it is where it is -- it's still easy to get a reservation. Do it! (Note for visitors to Portland: Castagna is easy to reach from the city centre using bus number 14).
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  • Fabulous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Excellent from start to finish. Service was impeccable, food was inventive, beautifully plated and delicious.
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  • Eclectic
    Snowwhite
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Superior level of preparation, presentation and flavors. Each course a beautiful and delicious morsels. Amazing presentations! One of if not THE Best in Portland!
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    special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular
    JHG1VIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Incredible food. Terrific service. Great wine. Inventive and beautiful presentation. Wonderful blending of flavones and textures. Absolute gem!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 32 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.9
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 323 reviews are from the Castagna reviews archive.
  • Absolutely spectacular!
    WineAndManchegoVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    You would be doing yourself a disservice by not ordering the complete tasting menu. Every bite was sublime. This was the best meal I've had since visiting Michelin starred restaurants in Spain. On par with Mugaritz!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite restaurant
    LisaVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    I believe Castagna to be the best restaurant in Portland and that's saying a lot. To be honest, I can't think of any restaurants outside of Portland that can top this dining experience. The food is world class and the service top notch.
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    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    LeslieBDVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Third time eating here and it has not disappointed. The snacks are amazing and each dish is gorgeous and so very yummy. The service is brilliant. ENJOY!
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    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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