Char No. 4
Char No. 4

Char No. 4

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.charno4.com/
  • Phone: 7186432106x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: Friday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 5:00pm

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 1:00am, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Southern, Barbecue
  • Executive Chef: Kyle Knall
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Char No. 4 is a whiskey bar & restaurant inspired by a passion for bourbon. Let us host your celebration for 11 to 23 people. We offer items from our regular menu and house specialties like whole smoked game birds or rack of pork. Events include bottles of whiskey on every table to enjoy!
  • Private Party Contact: David Escovitz 7186432106x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Baltic St and Warren St
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Take the F or G trains to Bergen Street stop.
A word from Char No. 4
Char No. 4 is a whiskey bar & restaurant inspired by a passion for bourbon. The name refers to the practice of aging bourbon in charred new oak barrels, which gives bourbon its characteristic sweet, caramelized flavors and its beautiful amber hue. Char No. 4 features over 150 American whiskeys and serves a menu of American fare with a focus on smoked meat. The American whiskeys are augmented by an extensive list of whiskeys from Europe and beyond as well as a selection of all-bourbon cocktails.
Char No. 4 is located in a 19th century row house in Cobble Hill Brooklyn. The design environment takes inspiration from this tradition in its treatment of light, its use of color, and in its nod to the form and construction of whiskey barrels both within the water-jet cut pattern of the steel facade, and in custom designed light fixtures. A field of large cylindrical pendants suffuse the space with a tawny glow that sets a mood of sophisticated conviviality for both drinking and dining.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Char No. 4 reviews from OpenTable diners
61 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (33)fit for foodies (30)great for brunch (18)vibrant bar scene (15)good for groups (14)romantic (14)special occasion (11)hot spot (10)late-night find (8)notable wine list (6)great for lunch (5)great for outdoor dining (2)kid-friendly (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Upscale BBQ
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Great BBQ with an upscale twist. Loved that the portion sizes were moderate, not overwhelming like many BBQ places. The Pork Nuggets were a surprising delight.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a good time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Had a great dinner with friends at Char No. 4. Char No. 4 is a neighborhood favorite. Their meals are on the pricier side but they had their 3-course price fixe for Brooklyn Restaurant Week on, PLUS we caught the end of happy hours (ends at 7PM) and they offer a great deal on their whiskey drinks. As a table we tried a variety of awesome dishes. I loved the pork nuggets, deviled eggs, and the smoked ribs with collards were SO GOOD. the Smore pie was underwhelming. The drinks (whiskeys straight or whiskey cocktails) were all delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    This was my second dinner experience at Char No. 4 and they didn't disappoint! Their pre-fixe for restaurant week was awesome, and I've been dreaming about the s'more dessert for the last 2 days :) the servers were very attentive and warm! Thank you for such a great dinner!!!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not impressed.
    JDobs
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The whiskey list was extensive. Definitely a place to come to for whiskey tasting. The food was otherwise not impressive at all. They Butcher's Steak was cut up. All of the dishes served were lukewarm at best. While the servers were attentive, the one we had was not knowledgeable about the alcohol menu. This was disappointing.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely spot for enjoying whiskey
    DWill
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Found this restaurant online and decided to give it a try for brunch. I was pleasantly surprised by the experience and I would highly recommend this for those who appreciate whiskey and like a nice cozy, warm restaurant. Our server was wonderful and helpful when deciding what whiskey to try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go for the bourbon...
    FriendofPeteVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    …stay for the smoked chicken. An excellent neighborhood place with a terrific bourbon list and knowledgeable staff who can guide guests through it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • sadly just ok
    cltnyc1129VIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I perhaps had too high of expectations for Char No. 4. As a lover of BBQ and bourbon, Char No. 4 has been on my must do list since moving to the city. Unfortunately, it was only ok. We got to the restaurant an hour earlier than our reservation and the hostess was so accommodating and welcoming. Honestly she was the best part of the restaurant. She sat us right away. Our server seemed somewhat annoyed by our presence and didn't seem very excited to be working. We received our meal and the food was served luke warm. I ordered the brisket and it was overwhelmed by the sauce. I might go back for drinks as my manhattan was delicious but there are many superior BBQ places in the city. This place is straight up mediocre.
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  • Fantastic food and service!
    FoodLuvr
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food was amazing! You must try the pork nuggets, and the lamb pastrami. Outrageous. The steak melts in your mouth. Will go back definitely!! The S'mores dessert was incredible. I would go back just for that!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing brisket
    Patlq
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Best brisket with poached eggs ever!! Seriously And from what my friends ordered, cheese grits and bacon (with maple syrup) side were really good too. My only comment about the service is that they were a bit slow. It took them 10 minutes to prepare us an empty table despite being a very quiet afternoon
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    RichzVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We went on a slow Sunday and there were no salads on the menu. The chef (James) came out, spoke to us and fixed up two amazing salads. And then the meat came...and it was amazing. We'll be back soon...with friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • "Still Trying to Figure It Out"
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Based on the online menu we were quite excited to find a BBQ restaurant that not only had mouth watering entrees and sides, such as thick cut bacon but also served top notch whisky. While we did have a great meal of brisket and whiskey, we were left in a state of confusion. The menu was considerably scaled down (3 entrees: fish, chicken and brisket); the sauces paired nicely with the food but were perplexing when drinking whiskey and finally thick cut bacon was no where to be found. Again, the food was great but did not meet our expectations as a BBQ restaurant. On the other hand, if we were looking for a Whiskey bar that served BBQ on the side, we would have been impressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not what we were looking for
    farm2mytable
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We wanted a serious BQ place where the star is locally raised smoked meats,with the farm affiliations. Instead we got a loud , average BQ joint, with good Whiskey. No local beers on tap.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, great whiskey!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Char No. 4 is a great restaurant in Cobble Hill. The food is delicious -- both the steak and the smoked chicken are amazing. There's also a wide selection of whiskies, cocktails, and wine. The service is both friendly and fast without making you feel rushed, and the ambiance is fit for a fun night out with friends or a romantic date.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Some great, some good.
    Rigel54
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Abandoning our daughter to Brooklyn. Lunch in the apartment search. Found a nice restaurant cluster on Smith Street. Great whiskey list, but no time for that. Excellent Manhattan, other drinks. W & D2 great meals, my hamburger only good. Crispy potato fingerlings excellent. Seated in back part, much less interesting, but conversation possible (front very interesting, conversation questionabe).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good food - service could improve
    thenotoriousmat
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    went for brunch last weekend. ambience is not great for brunch. it's dark and better suited to being a bar - just one big window far from the actual tables. as for the food, pretty tasty southern inspired breakfast. bloody bourbon however was watery and nothing special. service was pretty bad. had to wait forever for drinks. waiters would never look our way. practically had to shout them down despite the fact the place was not crowded
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never lets me down.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Once again, on the ball. I had the Wednesday brisket taco deal and an amazing Brioche Bourbon bread pudding. Worth every penny.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • no surprises
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I have been at Char No.4 many times and the place is just great both for food, drinks and service. I can confirm that once more.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • YUMMY As Always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I've simply never missed at Char. Awesome food, awesome service, awesome drinks, good prices!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent brunch in BK
    Marz12VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had an overall enjoyable experience here, but neither the service or the food was that memorable. We came with a large group for brunch, and amongst us, we tried the fritatta, chef's special breakfast, the salad, and the potatoes. The potatoes were probably the best (which says something). My friend who ordered the chef's special asked for it with egg whites, which came with an incredibly small egg white scramble. The service was also just OK - I felt like we were looking for our waiter a few times, and it's a small restaurant!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ok
    anomymous
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Food selection is not particularly interesting. Saladas are tiny. They take forever to serve.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Char No. 4never disappoints but...
    Paddy5000
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I've been going to Char No. 4 for a few years now. I am a fan of bourbon so there is no lacking in excellent choices here. I have done a number of their weekly specials as well as ordered choice cuts for the holidays. I have highly recommended Char No. 4 to friends and family. However, the last time I went I was a little underwhelmed. I had the lobster roll which was tasty. My problem was with the side of fries. It seemed like it was a rationed small portion like an after thought. There was no problem with the flavor. The plate just seemed incomplete.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Burger and Beer night!
    jfulls1
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    The 504 Burger night was a hit! We originally popped in for the burger/beer special, but couldn't just do only that! Appetizers were chicken wings, fried green tomatoes. Wow! Then quite possibly the best burger I've had! Paired with Abita amber beer, it was truly one of the best specials I've been to in the neighborhood. Although we were more than satisfied, we couldn't resist the fresh batch of bread pudding for dessert. Overall, we walked away very pleased customers.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic group dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I wanted a group birthday dinner for my husband where we could catch up with friends, hear each other, and eat delicious food. Char No. 4 was perfect. The cocktails were tasty and original, everything we ate was fantastic, and the ambience was festive while still allowing us to all talk and hear one another. Making a reservation for 8 people at 8pm on a Saturday night was easier than I imagined it would be. Couldn't have asked for anything more!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    Brooklyneats
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We went for the lobster roll special and it did not disappoint.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Good food (amazing pancakes!), but not much room for substitutions (i.e. I'm allergic to egg yolks, but they wouldn't make an egg white quiche for me). Also, their brunch and lunch menus on opentable differ from their actual menu. Our waiter was kind, but he seemed very nonchalant and took a while to get us coffee. Also, if you're a coffee person and you go for brunch, prepare to be disappointed (unless my family and I just got a bad batch that day).
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 36 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 170 reviews are from the Char No. 4 reviews archive.
  • Char #4
    dancinbob
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    I'll be brief. I go to Char #4 frequently. I like its brunches, dinners and especially the Wednesday night specials. The ambience is pleasant and the service is good. I recommend it to friends frequently.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • world class service
    mrdawrenceVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    this place has always been a staple in my stomach...I continuously return for the ambiance, the food and the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot
    JLDOC
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Good food, service, attention all around! Everything was smooth, fun drinks.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was great
    Char4
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    I really enjoyed the food. I got the hush puppies and the bacon for appetizers and they were delicious. I got the steak which was good and very tasty. It is a bourbon and whiskey bar which was very active. The staff was great and I am going to go back to go to Brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good applies only to the setting
    newyorker
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Ambience, music awesome, food was not. Service average. Tiny white clumps in the coffee AFTER the milk was stirred in, we asked for a fresh cup but got "I checked the expiration date and it says the milk is good"(repeated twice), instead of "I'm so sorry I will get a fresh cup". Had to say "even though the milk didn't expire, don't you see these things floating on top? Can't we just have a fresh cup?" The check came with "I"m sorry about the coffee, no charge" preferable would be apology, fresh cup no, struggle. Brisket tasty but cold; bun overcharred, bad aftertaste; too much bread for small portion meat and collards. Lamb pastrami very cold, bread on the side (why?) charred soggy. Crispy grits were NOT, also bland, tasteless inside
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love this place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Great food, solid service, and a nice atmosphere. I've been twice now, and it's definitely worth the trip! The menu is compact, but everything I've had has been incredible. The whiskey selection is outstanding. Be sure to sign up for their email list to learn about fun specials and tasting events, like Summer Burger Sundays.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Char needs re-Charging
    goodthyme
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Granted it was a Tuesday evening, but I'd passed by Char No. 4 on other weekday eves and felt the buzz. No buzz though this eve; the bees had flown the hive. If I hadn't had a reservation I might've kept walking down Smith Street to find more hum. Bourbon's the thing here at Char and we weren't disappointed. A flight of whiskey for my friend and a bourbon and a beer for me. Tho I found myself wishing I was back at the new White Oak Tavern a few streets away that had an awesome Kelso IPA on draft. We shared a ubiquitous kale salad which was generous and well dressed. But the shrimp and grits had lost their oomph. At 20+ bucks, I expected something snazzier. Seems like Char needs to turn up the flame again if they want to stay on Smith.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ho hum
    dine12
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Had read good things and was regrettably disappointed. Ribs needed AT LEAST another hour. Mac and cheese was, I kid you not, plain shells with some cheese grated over top and melted. No sauce. No mustard. No nothing. Cheese and shells. Get the deviled eggs and then stop.
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  • Char No 4
    Kingman
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Nice bar and good service and food, the bar makes the place special
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • They've gone downhill
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We have been to Char No 4 several times, and it seems their quality is sinking. The food was soggy (the only word to really describe it) and the table smelled like mildew, as if you were eating at Applebee's. Disappointing in general. The service was good-the server was lovely and even cleaned the table at our request--but it didn't make up for the subpar food and experience in general.
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  • Bourbon bloody Mary is excellent
    msdinerVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    If you go for brunch, try the bourbon bloody Mary.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Mixed Bag!
    AHRESQVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I would give this place 5 stars for its whiskey/bourbon selection and friendly service, but only 2 stars for the food. I was extremely impressed with the whiskey/bourbon selection. The food menu is extremely limited and focuses on smoked meats. We started with the fried pork nuggets which were tasty, but a bit dry - the white-sauce served with them was good. The thick cut bacon appetizer was excellent - best thing we ate here! The baby back ribs and hanger steak entrees were both very mediocre - the ribs were dry and the steak was a bit tough. I was also a bit disappointed by the price-tag - I felt it was a bit pricey for relatively small portions of comfort food. I would definitely go back for drinks, but probably not to eat.
    Special Features:
    Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great brunch
    towerfan
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    4 out out of our 5 brunch entrees were exceptional, 1 was very good. The service was excellent and friendly. Very welcoming place!! Definitely worth checking out!!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect for brunch w group
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    My parents and inlaws were in town and our group of six had excellent experience. bc we wanted quiet chatting time (plus older ppl in group a little hard of hearing) they seated us in back area and turned off music for our whole section after I requested just a lower volume. So nice! So, great service -- and delicious food! Note though that we arrived at 10am so place was nearly empty. By time we left at noon place was fuller, louder and busier. So for peacefulness go early.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bacon baby
    kelley
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Thick cut bacon appetizer is a must. Great whiskey selection
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet