Chalkboard
Chalkboard

Chalkboard

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.chalkboardhealdsburg.com/
  • Phone: 7074738030
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Daily 5:00pm-Close
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Shane McAnelly
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Healdsburg Avenue
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Chalkboard
Chalkboard restaurant, open May 2013 under Executive Chef Shane McAnelly, offers a modern small plates menu emphasizing seasonal and technique-driven fare. McAnelly sources much of his menu from local purveyors and farms, with many ingredients coming from the restaurant’s own dedicated 3-acre vegetable and herb garden located at nearby Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards. Highlights on the daily changing menu include crudos and tartare, house-made pastas, just picked salads, roasted and grilled meats and seafood. The dining room has been completely remodeled into a contemporary and welcoming space with an open kitchen, new banquettes, hardwood floors, hand-forged iron finishes. The bar has also been renovated to create a lively environment with new finishes such as a Carrera marble bar-top. Offerings of local wine flights and an extensive list of wine-by-the-glass are a major focus at Chalkboard, as well the cocktail menu inspired by fresh ingredients from the Chalk Hill garden.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerTapas / Small Plates
Chalkboard reviews from OpenTable diners
233 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (184)great for outdoor dining (133)special occasion (93)notable wine list (79)good for groups (75)neighborhood gem (74)romantic (65)hot spot (36)great for lunch (33)vibrant bar scene (27)great for brunch (10)kid-friendly (8)late-night find (4)scenic view (2)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great food with beautiful presentation. The menu is unique and eclectic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lloydmanjohn
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We sat outside and although it was 88 degrees there was enough shade and comfortable. The menu and style was somewhat confusing as our party was not family and the setup was definitely for sharing. The dishes alone were superb but didn't lend themselves to creating a palate pleasing meal so it felt like raiding the fridge at midnight.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner
    nightcheryl
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We sat outside on the patio, and this was a great setting. Service was topnotch! Our waiter helped us a bit in making selections that we shared between the 4 of us - almost tapas style. Everything was a delight and interesting tastes. Seared day boat scallops, warm roasted beets, eggplant - all yummy. While I don't normally order mixed drinks I did on this occasion and it was great - a little change from all the wine we drank that day!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Second order, please!
    supt493mass
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    First time to Healdsburg and was truly amazed at the food choices. Very glad we were recommended to try Chalkboard. The taglietelle with fresh summer vegetables and cream was so delicious, we ordered a second dish! Service was friendly and guided us through the menu choices.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pork Belly Biscuits!
    LadyDi
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    A trip to Chalkboard is never complete without an order of the Pork Belly Biscuits - they are to die for! I love this restaurant - they have a fun selection of wines and an outstanding menu of small plates for sharing. This visit was my first to actually get a dessert - and we opted for the Ginger Scone with mascarpone and berries which was oh, so tasty. However, word to the wise - the desserts are NOT small plates!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wish they offered a real restaurant
    LarryTVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Not really a restaurant per se, St Francis Winery only offers a food and wine pairing to the general public, but trust me it's an exceptional one. While the wines were good they were nothing special in my opinion, but the food is beyond reproach. The tasting is well worth the price, as they honestly serve a meal. Every bite was stellar and the presentation of the plates spectacular. I would go again in a heartbeat for the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific Terrace
    TheDonald
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    An all small plates restaurant with at least half being vegetable selections. Since it was late summer the terrace was terrific. Bordered by 4 huge Italian Cypresses and planted edges. In the center, two large sofas with flaming coffee tables in front. Waiter very professional. We shared six small plates (mandatory to share) with the most interesting being pasta with smokey paprika baked inside it. Spicy of course, but very good. Finished with coffee and a late harvest Viognier on the sofa. Ahhh life is good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food & service
    LisaBVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Just what Healdsburg needed in the old Cyrus space. Chalkboard has great food and wine and awesome service (our server Vito was the best), but isn't the least bit stuffy or pretentious. It's all small plates and great wine flights. Outdoor space is beautiful - fountain and great firepit tables. Inside has the bustling kitchen view. The menu is a bit all over the place - crudo, some vegetables, pastas, meats, but just go with it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • All good
    mediadlsVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Our 2nd time here and it did not disappoint. Scene is vary creative small plates. Nice wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ronroVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Ambiance would be improved if they had tablecloths and chairs with cushions available
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 3rd Time and Still Charming
    GaryandPaula
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    This was our 3rd time to Chalkboard over the last year. All three times great food and great service. The crab tator tots were a tad salty but otherwise yummy! French fries with black garlic BBQ sauce was amazing. We also had the arugula salad, calamari, and grilled corn. All yummy. To finish off the night we had the pasta seasoned with paprika with pork shoulder - great smokey combination that went with my the Witches Hand Pinot I was drinking. This all to celebrate my 600 month birthday. We will definitely be back in the near future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Limited Selection
    GBGG
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We had been to Chalkboard last year, but this year we were very disappointed. We were taking guests from out of town. The food selection was not good. There was not really a fish alternative except in a pasta. The meats were either red or fried, no healthy alternative.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Memorable Meal in Healdsburg
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Very enjoyable to experience many flavors tapas style in an inviting setting. All the vegetable dishes were superb. The bucatini had a nice bite, loved the sauce. The sliders were delicious; the blue cheese and rib jam made them stand out. We only tried the coconut creme pie and it was light, tasty, and tropical. They have a great drink menu and the flight of wine allows for a nice way to pair with food. Last but not least, service was friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Off night?
    MangebienVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We had a very mixed experience. We had planned a week-end up in Sonoma based on this restaurant being selected one of the 10 best new restaurants by Michael Bauer of the SF Chronicle. A good beginning almost fizzled. The gazpacho shots were excellent. The squid ink pasta was remarkable! But the tater tots had very little flavor. All the taste was in the topping but there was so little of it. Also the tuna with harissa was bland, as was the filtered coffee. We had a very competent and concerned waitress, but the bus service was very inadequate. Our water glasses were empty most of the meal and when I ordered an extra glass of wine from a bus person, it took 15-20 minutes to arrive. Too late! Meal was redeemed by coconut cream pie!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • well worth a visit
    Tonester
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The portions are larger than you'd expect for a high end tapas place and the meatballs were fabulous.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excelllent as usual
    Bert
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Chef Shane continues to create wonderful combinations to try as small plates. Each dish was excellent and our group of four shared at least 10. As always, our favoriite dish was the Pork Belly Biscuits which melt in your mouth. We have dined at Chalkboard many times over the past year or so. We always look forward to returning for another fun meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • small plates
    farpointdiveVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    If you like to share and multiple, somewhat unusual flavors, you will like Chalkboard. it's a fun restaurant ...don't be in a hurry...just enjoy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food, Great Night
    anneinca
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This was my second visit to Chalkboard. The food is wonderful and the selections are well thought out. We had at least one item from each section of the menu. But be sure to save room for dessert!!! The "donuts of the day" are absolutely the best! They give a whole new meaning to the definition of "donut".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable dinner with friends
    BrunchLoverVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We enjoyed splitting plates at this restaurant. The beets were delish. Wasn't in love with uni dishes. The scallops were very fresh.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative menu
    SablePV
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We sat outdoor with our dog in the patio area. The service was friendly and attentive. The food was fun and creative. Our favorites were the pork belly biscuits, hamachi crudo and the duo donut dessert. It's a must do and a return place for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Food
    greatfoodfinder
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The food and wine list are terrific! They also have two great bars, one inside and one on the beautiful patio. You cannot leave there without having the Pork Belly Biscuit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • really special!
    Chrissy
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    this place knows what they are doing - and they are great at it! we had a very hard time choosing what to try - we ended up trying too many! (so full) the wine list is top notch. ask for the captain's list...you won't be sorry. service is on point - thank you andre and crew!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We loved our dinner at chalkboard. The food was interesting and tasty, small plates for sharing, so we sampled lots of different dishes. Service was attentive and knowledgeable. We especially appreciated how gracious they were about reseating us in the outdoor section after we found the inside part too noisy. To clarify about the noise, parts of the inside were very noisy, but the outdoor area was fine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food abd service too salty
    foodieview
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Chalkboard had a nice outdoor atmosphere and bar but the food and service left little to be desired. With so many options in healdsburg they better step up their game. We complained about he food being too salty across the board to the manager and he had no comment. We had a party of 8 and everyone agrees the food was overly saltly . We we're also surprised at the lack of service provided by the manager in regards to our complaints.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • GO!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I never made it to Cyrus (the 2 star Michelin that preceded Chalkboard in that location). I've never had much of a desire to visit the French Laundry either. I can afford it (maybe once a year), but "overly" fine dining is just not my cup of tea. This place, on the other hand, is right up my alley. Artfully prepared food with incredible care shown to the balance of flavors, all done in an unpretentious and comfortable atmosphere. Everything was terrific, but the Calamari a la plancha is one of the best things I've had this year. Go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fantastic experience
    indikanegril
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We loved it so much we went back for more! With all the great places in Healdsburg it was a tough call, but no one was hungry enough to consider going somewhere and being stuck with a big entree and just one type of dish! the tapas style small portions are so perfect for sharing and we pretty much tried almost everything on the menu with seven of us and there wasnt one unlikable dish in two nights. Dont leave out desert as it also outstanding !
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We've been here a few times -- always fabulous food! Can't stay away from the sliders. Great wine list, and fabulous cocktails.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • On top of the Tapas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We went to this restaurant because we know someone who grows vegetables for them. The food is very good and fresh. Interesting preparations and even though they are small plates there was plenty of food for all of us. Desserts were also innovative and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A home run!
    foodtravels06VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Enjoyed an absolutely superb meal here - my son and I shared 7 small plates (we had trouble choosing as so many sounded wonderful), and each one was outstanding. From the whimsical pretzel with three dipping sauces, to a summer salad and delicious beets, to tender yellowfin tuna. We also enjoyed two Italian dishes - spaghetti along with a meatball dish - excellent texture, scrumptious sauces and flavor. The wine options we're outstanding as well. Our server could not have been lovelier. Highly recommend Chalkboard.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Best!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    In a town known for great food, Chalkboard is by far the best! The pork belly biscuits is the most perfect dish ever! Every dish is inventive and works. The menu changes frequently but the favorites stay. A fabulous restaurant and has quickly become my favorite! And Becca is wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beyond fabulous meal and wine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This restaurant was excellent. Great service. excellent wine list, amazing food. If you eat outside in the evening, you might want to bring a wrap or sweater. There are heaters, but not all tables are get the heat. Inside was pretty noisy. I was glad we had an outside table...much quieter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always great.
    GoGiantsVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Chalkboard continues to be our favorite place for any special (or even not so special) evenings. The "old stand-bys" like the pork biscuits remain superb. The newer dishes, like the peppers, are amazing. Love them donuts for dessert. Go to Chalkboard, you will walk away happy (and at very reasonable prices on top of it all).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New favorite!
    Hldsbrg
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We had an amazing time at Chalkboard! Definitely my new favorite place!! Everything was delicious...can't wait to go back!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always interesting!
    rakshi
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    As usual, we had a delightful meal at Chalkboard. The often-changing menu is consistently flavorful and fresh, with memorable highlights. Pasta dishes are especially subtle and delicious. The ambiance is casual and quiet enough for group conversation, the service is always spot-on, and prices are within the grasp of mere mortals. It's clearly the standout among the small-plates options in Healdsburg.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great Healdsburg find
    whiteweinVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Chalkboard has just become a new favorite haunt for our Wine Country visits. The food was extraordinary and the server was splendid with great knowledge of the dishes and the wine list. We had mostly small plates and each was better than the last. Many wonderful options even for vegetarians. We will be back whenever we are in Healdsburg.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Missionmom
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We thought that the salads our group had were very good. The entree dishes were okay.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GC140FBCVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I had read about this restaurant before it even opened, and I could tell that this was my kind of place! The big small plates were so delicious, and presentation was lovely. It was impossible for my husband and I to order and eat everything that appealed to us. So, we will definitely be back and sample what we missed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    Jimmy
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    One of the best meals in recent memory. Everything was outstanding. Definitely stop by!!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Crab Tater Tots
    Scrollsguy
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Crab filled tater tots topped with crab and creme fraiche. Need I say any more?
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting concoctions
    Bingbing
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Lovely patio and good wait staff...what one expects in a Relais & Chateaux hotel-connected restaurant. The menu is interesting and fairly diverse, although not very extensive. The novelty (good) of some of the dishes left me wanting a larger selection from which to choose. The dungeness crab tatertots were a treat, even if 'tatertot' base was a bit overcooked, and grandma's biscuit recipe was put to shame by the pork belly biscuits. Lovely garden fresh green salad with peach and pistachios followed by the lightest meatballs on earth (almost as light as the biscuits). Almond pound cake nice, not too sweet ending. Only regret: wish menu were longer to warrant multiple visits with no repetitions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet