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 WinnerTapas / Small Plates
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Chalkboard reviews from OpenTable diners
234 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (183)great for outdoor dining (113)special occasion (100)notable wine list (85)neighborhood gem (81)good for groups (65)romantic (64)hot spot (38)great for lunch (37)vibrant bar scene (27)great for brunch (12)kid-friendly (8)late-night find (4)scenic view (2)Show More
  • 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!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • well worth a visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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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    • Ambiance
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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.
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    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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    • Ambiance
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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
  • 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
    • Food
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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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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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?
    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.
  • 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.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious meal
    DianeM
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    This was our second meal here, just vacationing in the area and liked it so much last year we came back again. We weren't disappointed as we had another lovely dinner. The small plates are plenty generous, and the offerings were creative, very fresh and tasty. And the setting is lovely too.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent meal & service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We got off to a rocky start when the unprofessional/unpracticed hostess didn't acknowledge us when we 1st entered as she chit-chatted with her coworker and then proceeded to give us the 2-top hanging out at the end of the entrance hallway (what what?!). The manager noticed us looking around to see if there might be a better table to move to, and he took the initiative to ask us if we'd prefer to sit somewhere else, which we did. We were reseated in the outdoor patio, which had other 2-tops available. He told us more people ask to move from that table than anywhere else. After that, we enjoyed the food and our friendly server. The bruschetta 3 ways, fresh grilled corn, the pastas ... delicious, fresh and seasonal with inventive combinations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great anniversary dinner!
    Patricia
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This place was recommended by a friend. The staff was very accommodating about where we wanted to sit. The food is excellent and the waiter was every helpful with awesome recommendations. They are small plates to share and each one was delicious from the calamari a la plancha to the grilled Brentwood corn with queso fresco/grilled lime/cilantro/chipotle crema(who knew corn could be so gourmet?!) and more. We were bold and even tried the squid ink gigli (pasta)-yummmm. The wine menu was excellent. We passed on the dessert but hear that the "candy bar" is heaven.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Spot
    Nanshamz
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We absolutely loved Chalkboard. The food is inventive and interesting and absolutely delicious. The drinks are fantastic too--especially the drink specials. Our group of 6 had so much fun sharing all the dishes we ordered. Would definitely recommend.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Deceptively cool.
    stevex
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Chalkboard doesn't look like much from the outside, pretty small and all, but it opens up into a delightful place. The food is presented as small plates, served family-style, and they are delicious! Some of our favorites were the jalapeno pasta, the crab 'tater tots', the calamari, and the sliders, which had some of the juiciest, most flavorful meat I've had in a long time. The service was impeccable. We would definitely come back here.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The small pates are large enough for two to split. You can enjoy a variety of items which are very good.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wonderful experience
    guest
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The service was perfect, the food was delicious, and the wine list was great. All around great time.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So Good I went back the next night
    turutoni24
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I took my son and his family for birthday dinner. He picked Chalk Board for his 51st birthday dinner. Great waiter, atmosphere and the food was exquisite. The waiter was superb at explaining every item. My 16 year old grand son was with us and I didn't know how he was going to handle dinner. Well he shocked us all loved it only 2 items he would not go for ,but he gobbled up the calamari which was sautéed and not fried. So good I took a friend there the next night for dessert and . Thanks Chalk Board.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • exceptional, relaxed and attentive
    cafeirene
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We had a terrific and relaxed evening with excellent service and guidance from our warm welcome when we arrived until after lingering over several courses of small plates then dessert, we left. No missed notes - and very reasonable pricing even thru the wine list and special drinks. We look forward to many more meals here. So many great flavours, but the coconut cream pie has completely won us over.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very satisfying lunch
    JudyVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    This was the second time in a week that my daughter and I have enjoyed lunch at Chalkboard. The eggplant appetizer is worth ordering. Rich and tasty served with chips for scooping. Another pasta dish, fairly new to the menu, is the pico de gallo. Along with the tagliatelle, both dishes are satisfying. I'm sold on the Makers' Mark ice cream while my daughter is faithful to the Donut Duo. If you've never tried a King's Ransom cocktail, it's a show stopper!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Dining at Chalkboard
    DRRRVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I went with a group of friends that really enjoyed their small plate entrees. Based on the description of the restaurant, I had assumed they'd accommodate a gluten-free diet. Unfortunately, I was mistaken. Our waiter wasn't informed about how to help, not did he really seem to care. I was requested to give a credit card to hold our reservation, just in case we cancelled. I was reminded with 2 phone calls and an email... a little excessive. When we arrived at the restaurant, there was almost no other tables that were full. Strange, since they were such sticklers on holding the reservation.
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  • Dining with out of state friends
    Morcella
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We always enjoy sharing amazing places with our friends. This was a hit! Our second time there and again every dish was interesting and delish!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Fresh ingredients, well prepared food. Concise and solid wine list, and recently added outdoor seating. Our service was great, kept the dinner flowing nicely and made great recommendations as we moved from course to course. Overall a great experience and highly recommended!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Out of order
    JudyVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Love this spot for late lunch on weekends. While the food was all so good, it was presented "out of order." I had ordered the corn as an appetizer, but my entree was served first. Oh well, all the dishes were well prepared and our waiter most gracious. They were out of sliders when we ordered so my daughter chose something else. Five minutes later we could hear orders going in for sliders... we would have waited those five minutes for her to have her first choice of meal. The Donut Duo is deadly! Yum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate