Cerulean - Indianapolis
Cerulean - Indianapolis

Cerulean - Indianapolis

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ceruleanrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (317) 870-1320
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm

    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: South St.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: $10 valet parking for up to 2 hours, and $20 valet parking for 2+ hours.

    A public parking garage is located just north of the restaurant at 301 South Delaware Street.
A word from Cerulean - Indianapolis
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Cerulean - Indianapolis reviews from OpenTable diners
108 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
77% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (85)special occasion (58)romantic (34)neighborhood gem (30)notable wine list (25)great for lunch (22)hot spot (22)good for groups (20)vibrant bar scene (15)great for outdoor dining (9)late-night find (5)scenic view (4)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Excellent menu and service
    theprofessorVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We went for birthday treat. The locally sourced salad was abundant and the pumpkin soup divine. The black cod tender and artistically plated. Bento box dessert especially yummy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for my parents 25th!
    Jwrichte
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Celebrated my parents 25th wedding anniversary here and it was great! Had excellent service and fantastic food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overrated...everything was overly salty
    IndyRestaurateurVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I've been here three times now, each time hoping it to be better then last... and it's not. The food this time was overly salty and no worth what we paid. There are multiple other great restaurants downtown for the same price that are better.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A foodie's find in Downtown Indianapolis
    ETArlington
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    The restaurant, in the Alexander Hotel, is casual and classy. They care about the food they serve and they do a good job getting local produce and meat,which my server did an excellent job describing. The food was artistically presented and the tastes and textures were creative and intriguing but not over the top. It is comparable to my favorite restaurant in Indianapolis, and I will definitely come back. The portions are reasonable size, not nouvelle but not giant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow! Lives up to its reputation
    EGFJVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Special occasion? Dine at Cerulean where the food is inventive without being inaccessible for those who are not as adventurous. We loved the chicken, brussel sprouts, salmon, filet, mac and cheese. OK we loved everything! This will be a go to place for out of town guests who don't know how great the Indy Dining Scene has become.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Indy Cuisine
    PipelineJoe
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    We had tried Cerulean last year and the menu, food, presentation and service did not impress. I read recently there was a new chef and menu and I can say our meal was one of the best fine dining experiences in Indy since the original "Peters" restaurant was open on Virginia many years ago. It is a little pricey, but worth it. The presentation is excellent. My wife and I shared the Beet Salmon appetizer served over a white bean puree'. Very fresh and perfect for two. I had the Black Cod and my wife had a lamb dish for the main course. Both were outstanding. The desserts were to die for. Also, the cocktail menu is much better now than before. My only wish is that they opened for dinner at 5:00 p.m. instead of 5:30.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A beautiful lunch
    Tony
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Food presentation and quality are high here. My second visit for a business lunch - clients all very impressed too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Impresses!
    NZDiner
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We had not dined at the Cerulean in about 18 months and after having dinner there again last week I was wondering why we took so long between visits!. One of the best restaurants in Indiana to dine without a doubt. The menu was simple but well balanced to accommodate a wide range of dinners and the seasonal ingredients gave a nice twist on the plate and palate. Table service was professional and knew when to tend to the table and when to hold off based on table engagement...which I always appreciate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • indyfavorite
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Cerulean provided a fabulous relaxing dining experience! The food was phenomenal and combined unique flavors that went together flawlessly. My fiance and I are huge foodies and we loved getting to experience the food and community at Cerulean. The atmosphere was warm and inviting and all of the wait staff were personable and conversational.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but an odd setting
    irisharpe
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    First, our food was great. Black cod, salmon, pulled pork app and corn bisque were wonderful. The restaurant setting seems to be a cross of a diner and a high end seafood place. Really just odd. Our waitress was energetic but quite scatter brained for some reason. Nothing bad, just really flighty. If they can get the service and setting to match the food, they've got something.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Repeat Customer
    DrCush
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I absolutely adore this restaurant. I recently celebrated my 40th with a small group of friends. The service was impeccable. The food was so delicious. They are consistent! My party enjoyed every moment of the dining experience. I will certainly go back for more of the Cerulean experience! Thanks to the kind staff and talented chefs!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    If you like savory desserts try the Blue Cheese and Grape creation. It was superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another Perfect Dinner at Cerulean
    JAYatJWIndyVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    From start to finish, our evening was perfection. My dinner companion and I started our meal with the oysters. Next, we moved on to the salmon and the filet. Both were excellently prepared. We wrapped up our meal with the ice cream trio (lemon verbena, caramel, and earl grey chocolate), which included a green tea macaroon, and the concord grape ice cream with blue cheese. The delicious meal was further enhanced by Cerulean's inviting service and stylish ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • suaveslav
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We ate at Cerulean following Saturday Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra concert. Arriving early, we went to bar. Only negative part of whole time there was long wait for service in bar. Not extremely busy. Understaffed? By time we placed appetizer order, the table was ready. Staff did accommodate us and brought sample appetizer before the ordered "gnudi" plate arrive. Even had pumpkin sorbet drink (?) to cleanse the palate! Malbec vino was nice choice for lamb and chicken entrees. Service was outstanding. The final bill did not include the drinks from bar and gnudi. We pointed that out, paid full bill and exited. Nice to go to Cerulean other than New Years Eve!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mostly wonderful
    OpentablefriendVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Food, service, ambiance was wonderful, but the food came out exceptionally slow. I've had lunch before with no problems, but we had to wait a long time for our food. I guess we were dressed casual, so they just assumed we had lots of time. I just recommend letting waitstaff know ahead of time. Never been slow before. Elegant, interesting food. Lunch is a value under 20
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service, top notch food
    sdrinder
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I recently took my wife here for her birthday. We had the chef's tasting with wine pairings. The service was perfect. They food was amazing and a refreshing change from the 50 steak houses in Indianapolis. Cerulean is the type of fine dining place that Indianalolis needs more of. The atmosphere is sleek and there is a great bar upstairs in the Alexander if you feel like after dinner drinks. My only complaint is that it was a little cold. Will definitely recommend to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was fine...
    jimmyloubill
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The pork sliders were fantastic with a great sauce and on macarons to boot. The other appetizers/small plates were good. The entres was just OK. Our waitress did not seem to know the menu well. The dessert bento box was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • less consistent lately
    Karen
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The first few times I've been here the food, and I mean everything, was simply outstanding. Interesting combinations of ingredients and flavors, in perfect balance. Recently, I have found it inconsistent and sometimes disappointing given the expense. This last time we had pulled pork sliders which were very good, if just a tad too sweet. The corn soup was very good, but the squash was very disappointing, bland, lacking in any really flavors or contrasts of flavors. The black cod and filet were again, very good, but not outstanding. The Jack Rose cocktail remains delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed - Some great some so so
    Pajrober
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I had seen the mixed reviews on Cerulean but wanted to give it a try. It is in a beautiful spare restaraunt. The appetizers were mixed. The bread tray was poor- this needs to be fixed and is a bad way to start things out. Some of the bread was stale. The pork macaroons were interesting and very different. My husband liked the different take on hummous but my mother and I did not. The corn chowder and squash salad starters were very good and beautifully presented. For that matter, all the food was beautifully plated. My father's lamb dish was truly outstanding and the fish was good but not great as well. The desserts were the real highlight of the meal. Save room for these as they will make up for some of the other problems.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fit for a Foodie
    CleaverG
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My husband & I celebrated our 6th anniversary @ Cerulean & we loved it! Can't wait to dine there again very soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre experience, great staff.
    IMArevUR
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Took someone to dinner to celebrate a promotion. Told staff at desk and they ensured that all who serviced our table congratulated my guest plus added a 'congrats' chocolate sign to her dessert plate. That was highlight! The pulled pork shared starter was delish but the amuse bouche, corn chowder, duck breast, and cocoanut dessert (and the semifreddo) were all very bland and disappointing. My guest's banquette was tilting so badly that she felt like she was slipping out of her seat all evening. And a large party arriving at the next table(s) mid-meal made conversing impossible. Great staff, mediocre food, horrible acoustics, big price tag. My second visit there is my last.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • CEO
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Excellent dining experience for the business group of four that I brought to the restaurant. Food was delicious and the presentation creative. Hostess and wait staff was very friendly and knowledgeable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent
    FoodMachine
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    An excellent experience from start to finish. Went with a group of 6 for dinner. We ordered food for all 3 courses plus dessert. I noticed that each person finished their plate every time. It was a top notch experience with top notch food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No thanks
    reluctantjoiner
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The menu was more pretentious than appetizing. Very limited selection of choices. Service, however, was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Girls Night Out
    SarahC
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Four of us visited this restaurant for the first time. We were having a very early dinner as we were going to a 7:30 performance. The food was fabulous and our waitress was excellent. However, we were treated very rudely by the hostess. When we asked if we might have a booth we were told, in a condescending tone, they were all reserved and we should have asked for one when we made reservation. When we finished dinner......they were all still available. Would we go back....probably...but it did cast a shadow over a really fun night to be treated this way.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food
    YummyVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I would say this place gears towards women and foodies. Great local find
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Off night?
    JayC
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Both my dining campanion and myself expressed our disappointment to the waiter about the poor quality of the entrees. He had the duck and I had the salmon. The duck was unappetizing and the salmon was dried out. The restaurant comped both main courses, but the manager did not come to the table which I would have expected given that both meals were unsatisfactory. In addition the entrees were slow to arrive. The waiter was very apologetic and very attentive. The desserts were the highlight of the evening. Given the prices in the $30 range for entrees and $12 for a $7 glass of wine, the Cerulean needs to remember that they are not at the lake but they are in downtown Indianapolis with lots of other restaurants with good food and lower prices.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not as good as my first visit
    SassyCreative
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Entertaining a group for dinner was difficult in this location--due to additional traffic from MNF. I was though, impressed the staff focused on getting ticket holders to the game. Wine list was good. Food was interesting but not remarkable--as my first visit which was for lunch. The fried egg ravioli was an interesting diversion for my party. The entrees were a bit gamey but the summer squash risotto was noteworthy. This experience won't keep me from coming back though--I love the inventiveness of the menu, the ambiance and the location and i'm always up for something a little different. This trip just wasn't all that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelming
    SCWeddingCouple
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We were super disappointed with Cerulean. It took forever to get our drinks from the bar. I ordered the cod entree, which was actually substituted for bass that night. When it came, it was clear that it had been sitting under a warming lamp. It was not well seasoned and very dry. The plate looked beautiful with some frothy green sauce and a smear of white sauce. However, neither had any flavor. So I paid $32 for a piece of fish that was dry and boring and came with nothing else except a decorative plate. A small side of risotto, potato hash or veggie would have been nice. My husband ordered the scallops and it too seemed like it had been sitting out, waiting to be served, rather than fresh. The one highlight was the cheese board.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An Indy Surprise
    Luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    After doing the steak house thing a couple of times during our first visit to Indy it was time to find a different type of restaurant and we were not disappointed. The food is very imaginative and very well prepared. This place is a must visit when in town. It retails restaurants in Chicago, Baltimore and Philadelphia.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Karen
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Great deal for lunch and same outstanding quality as their dinner selections. Always a delicious experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced for the return
    NoRomance
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Our waiter was poorly trained, didn't know what a sparkling wine was, and appeared to be stretched too thin. We had difficulty getting our entrees and had to order bread to bridge the long gap between the starters and the main dishes. The music was loud and the room was noisy. Soup came without a spoon so we had to wait for a waiter to bring the proper utensil. When one is paying top dollar, one expects well-trained service and a comfortable ambiance, as well as good food. The lamb shoulder, beef, and pea soup were all very good to excellent. However, I will not come back just for a very good but expensive dinner.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Chance for a new experience
    ChefkenVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    If you are tired of having the same old thing, I recommend Cerulean as a restaurant for breaking out. They have a variety of appetizers and entrees that are unique and tasty. They also have a fantastic lunch menu which is a more affordable way to experience this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good, but a little behind the times
    timoteo4
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Had a very nice dinner at Cerulean this past week. Everything was good -- fresh ingredients, nicely prepared, with lovely presentation. The only problem was reliance on foam -- yes, foam. It was on everything, in some form. Kale foam on the plate with the cod; foam topping the oysters on the half shell; etc. It did not add to either the flavor or the presentation, and in many instances was distracting. The prices are fairly high, so you do expect to be dazzled a bit. Foam did not do it for me, nor for the other people at the table. Foam is past its prime, having thankfully faded a year ago or more. Time to phase it out here, and get more current.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty Treats
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Had a wonderful time, the food was well thought out and executed with skill and respect for the ingredients. My Old Fashion cocktail was delicious. Our server was warm and knowledgeable of the food and drinks. Had a great time and will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice to try once
    Oracle
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The restaurant as a whole was really nice, but I did not see myself coming her a second time. Options were a bit limited since I only eat fish and poultry. The ambiance is set up more for a business lunch rather than romantic dining. Food was great, but was too salty for my taste. I had the Cod and my wife had the duck and we both felt the chef cooked the food perfectly, but had too much salt either in the seasoning or the pasta. Their Hawaiian themed dessert was great! Fresh flavors, matching nicely together. Finally, their drinks were well crafted, unique flavors and plentiful. I would recommend other to try it and to experience something unique, but don't go expecting a romantic setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We enjoyed it very much...scallops were an amazing bite! :)
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Great
    Beau
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My wife and I frequent Cerulean. The food and service is always excellent, but during the August '14 Devour Downtown I had one of the best meals I've ever had the pleasure of eating! It was the roasted mushroom. After many visits we'd always wanted to sit in the area near the entrance my wife & I always refer to as the "Bird's Nest". On this particular visit we were seated there, and to be honest it felt a bit isolated since we were the only ones in there . . . be careful what you wish for! Great place though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unique!!
    Krenee
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Pulled pork BBQ on a macaron? Shut up!! Yum - loved it
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good restaurant
    CMMTHVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We were looking for a romantic night out: Cerulean delivered. The server was superb. The food was excellent. My wife raved about the lamb shoulder and I thoroughly enjoyed the pork. The Indiana cheese plate was delicious. The wine list is not extensive but fine...we had a very good French Syrah. The bar manager has a bias toward small batch choices . . . and that's OK with me. Substituted something called "Botanist" for my usual Bombay Sapphire and it was fine...in other words, broaden the world, enjoy something different. I think this place is a winner
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet