Chef Geoff's Downtown
Chef Geoff's Downtown

Chef Geoff's Downtown

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.chefgeoff.com/
  • Phone: 2024644461x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm; Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm; Sunday Brunch: 10:30am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Santos Fuentes
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Staging a star performance? Cast Chef Geoff's Downtown as your partner. Whether a small seated event or a large cocktail reception, we can accommodate groups of all sizes. Our two private dining rooms seat up to 48 and the entire restaurant can be reserved for as many as 300 guests. For more information please contact our Private Event Director, Amy Foster at party@chefgeoff.com, for more information.
  • Private Party Contact: Amy Foster 2027067326x
  • Special Events: Chef Geoff's hosts numerous specials events, including wine dinners, beer dinners, cooking classes and more. To receive information regarding our next special event sign up for our newsletter at www.chefgeoff.com.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: on 13th between E and F streets
  • Public Transit: Metro Center
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: We have partnered with Parking Panda to allow guests to purchase guaranteed parking near Chef Geoff’s Downtown in advance. Go to www.parkingpanda.com and search for our restaurant. Enter time you plan to park. Once purchased, present your purchased confirmation at the selected location and this serves as your payment with no additional payments or fees. Parking availability can be limited, so it is strongly recommended that you purchase your parking for Chef Geoff’s Downtown in advance.
A word from Chef Geoff's Downtown
What better place to be, than three blocks from the White House, walking distance from the Mall, across the street from the Warner Theatre, and right in the heart of Downtown? For over 11 years, Chef Geoff's Downtown has happily served Capitol Hill, theatergoers, business brokers, neighborhood friends and D.C. visitors alike with our New American Cuisine. Our expansive menu is designed to please. Enjoy 1/2 Price CG Burgers and $8.95 Pizza Pies during our phenomenal happy hour. Join us every Sunday for Brunch and every Monday for Half Price Wines. We truly have something for everyone and look forward to seeing you soon. Cheers! Chef Geoff
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Chef Geoff's Downtown reviews from OpenTable diners
404 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (163)good for groups (145)fit for foodies (130)special occasion (109)neighborhood gem (84)vibrant bar scene (69)great for brunch (65)hot spot (52)kid-friendly (52)romantic (35)notable wine list (33)late-night find (21)great for outdoor dining (12)scenic view (6)Show More
  • The ruben [sic] was horrible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I ordered the ruben and fries. The meat in the ruben resembled thick cut bacon that had been re-heated. it was leathery and strips were laid out on the bread. I've never had a reuben like the awful one i had at Chef Geoff's. In addition, the fries were overly salted. I like salty fried and chips, but these fries had double the amount of salt. I couldn't brush the salt off because of the greasiness of the fries (and the sandwich!). I would have taken a photo but I was with a guest so I sucked it up.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Our server was excellent, our food was excellent. The atmosphere was great for a Tuesday night (The National Theatre was having a show so it may for a lively time -- in a good way -- since we were there just before 7:00 p.m.) We took our 20 year old son who is returning to university and he thought it was great. We have been to the one in McLean but he really wanted to go to the downtown one. He went with CG burger and said it was delicious. Made for a lovely family evening for us. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    best meal we've had there. Picked it due to location but will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect for pre-theater
    Aimalee
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Good good and served quickly. Worked out perfect to see my show at National!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not All That
    restauranteer
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    This was my third visit this year. Generally, the service is very good; however, I have found the food to be mediocre and overpriced. The salad was terrible due to the lettuce having a very pungent taste. The salmon I ordered was dry. And the worst part of all is that the noise level was through the roof. So, in summary, if you're up for eating a very mediocre meal in a noisy environment that is completely overpriced, then perhaps this restaurant will serve you we'll.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Food was ok
    housedivided
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The food at Chef Geoff's was ok. We had the guoda/rissoto appetizer, I had the shrimp and grits for my dinner and my husband had the pepperoni pizza. The cheese in the middle of teh appetizer wasn't even warm, much less melted and my husband's pizza was not very good. It didn't have any sauce and was covered in salad, as my husband described it. The service, though, was much better than most of the places we went while in DC.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sunday night dining
    CapsFanVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We had an early dinner here after a Nats game and before watching the tango-ers on Liberty Plaza. The menu had a wonderful variety and made us want to come back to try more. We were eating light, so selected from the starters. Crispy calamari was our favorite, the wedge salad and Caesar salads were delicious. Service was friendly and at just the right pace.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The service and food was very good. The restaurant was nice of enough to accommodate our late arrival.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food but noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I met a former co-worker for lunch because it's half way between where we work. I felt like we shouted the whole lunch. Food and Service was good but not a place to go if you want to catch up.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect for anyone with allergies
    rosewater17
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We had a delicious and stress-free meal here due to the staff's attentiveness. My nieces have several life-threatening allergies but are able to eat plain steak with steamed veggies. Our waitress and the manager were very accommodating and understanding. We really enjoyed our meal and were very grateful to the staff. We will continue to eat at this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sunday brunch
    trav
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Went for brunch on Sunday and was very impressed with our first brunch at Chef Geoff's. The dinning room is the traditional dark hard woods and large booths and pictures of the capital that you find in many DC restaurants. The food on the other hand was not like most other restaurants in the area. Every thing we ordered was absolutely wonderful, fresh in season ingredients cooked to perfection. Thats really all I need to say. Definitely try the Croque Madame...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • In the heart of downtown
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great selection of menu items for restaurant week!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something for everyone
    DinerVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This is the best of this group of restaurants. The menu is very good and interesting, without sacrificing quality. The staff are friendly and welcoming. If you were looking for someplace that is on the quiet side but also friendly to children, this is the place. Note that the restaurant sits on 13th St. not Pennsylvania. That can be confusing.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant awesome food
    Shun
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The calamari was delicious as was the steak frites
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING SERVICE AND FOOD!
    Adri
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food was AMAZING and the service was equally as good! Meera was the BEST SERVER! As soon as you walk in you are welcomed by a friendly staff and it continues on throughout your time there. Meera was so knowledgeable about the menu and food. EVERYONE IS AWESOME THERE! If I could rate it more stars I would.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food is ok.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Need to see the grits in shrimp and grits. I respecting more.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Below expectations
    JS212
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    For a fine dining establishment, we were disappointed. We waited almost ten minutes before a waiter came to our table and he made inappropriate comments when I asked what he thought of a specific appetizer. Our entrees came before we finished the appetizer and the dirty plates remained for ten minutes on an already small table. My husband's steak had a piece of plastic on top and our waiter brought our bill before we were served our dessert. In fact, it took so long to get dessert, he thought we had already finished. We felt that since we ordered from the restaurant week menu that our patronage was less valuable than others. We won't dine here again.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Interesting Menu
    MomOfTeens
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The menu is innovative, introducing some nice new flavors and combinations, and at the same time offering regular fare for kids. Great for pre-Warner Theater dinners. Service was a bit patchy (it may have just been our waiter), but generally friendly.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Went with 2 friends for Restaurant Week. Could select from anything on their menu - 3 courses $20. GREAT value. Food was very, very good. Waiters polite and helpful. Water glasses refilled w/o asking. Even though place was packed, service was very good and noise level was not overwhelming. Even with regular prices back in place, will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chef Geoff's is wonderful!
    Tagalong
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Once again, Chef Geoff's works hard to please, especially during Restaurant Week, with full selection from their vast menu. It is a delight to meet with friends for lunch at Cheff Geoff's to enjoy conversation over great food!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Chef Geoff's for Restaurant Week
    Michael
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I made reservations knowing it was Restaurant Week. I was met and the reservation was there. Upon request we were seated in the covered outdoor area. Much to my surprise, there was no particular restaurant menu, rather, everything on the menu was open to restaurant week prices. Fantastic, I was impressed having seen the restricted menus of other locations. The service was prompt and excellent. The food was delivered quickly and hot. The meal was good, pleasant and well done. I will return.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Pre Show Dinner
    TheaterFans
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    This is the second time we've had dinner at Chef Geoff's and both times have been great experiences. Our server Merra greeted us with smile, was knowledgeable and efficient. Our food came out at a perfect pace and was as requested. We will be back next time we see a show at the Warner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The service wasn't great
    Bc1234
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    It took me 20 mins to track down the waiter. Then when I tracked down another waiter, the original waiter didn't show face for the remainder of the dining experience. I don't think I will be coming back here.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chef Geoff Does It Right
    DogwoodVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    During Restaurant Week a lot of places serve 3 courses of wilted salad, rubber chicken & bread pudding (or corn starched creme brûlée). Not so Chef G. Here you order your courses off the regular menu & the only problem is so many choices-all good. Superb cuisine that is imaginative without being bizarre. Perfect entrees cooked to the diner's preference not the cook's. (I frankly don't like undercooked fish or poultry.) Wait staff is well trained, friendly & non intrusive. Bottom line: we were drawn in by Restaurant Week promotion & completely won over & will be back often in order to try many of the choices offered. Isn't that what a restaurant week should be about?
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Full lunch
    DCFoodie2U
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I decided to have lunch here for DC Restaurant Week, so glad I did. I was very surprised by the lunch sized portions. The trout was excellent as was the New Clam Chowder. Mira, our server, was very attentive
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious, but Deafening
    Andy
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    My only complaint about Chef Geoff's was the decibel level. It was noisy and the acoustics are terrible; we really couldn't hear each other unless we shouted, which only made the overall noise worse. The service, though it had some fits and starts due to the Restaurant Week mob, was attentive and professional. Food was slam dunk all around. We recommend: tuna tacos, catfish tacos, mussels and salmon as main courses, beet salad, spinach salad, gazpacho and lobster bisque as appetizers. Desserts were huge, but some at our table felt the pineapple upside down cake was too sweet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great business lunch
    RUNMORUN
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We celebrated a group's accomplishment over lunch at Chef Geoff's Downtown. Worked out well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We have been to Chef Geoff's a couple times during various restaurant weeks and have had wonderful service and food every time. The tuna tar tar and the scallops are amazing. I was hoping that a couple dishes would have not been taken off them menu for restaurant week, so I definitely will be back outside of restaurant week to try some of their dishes that were not on the restaurant week menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food!
    BHardy
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I went to chef Geoff for restaurant week and it turned out to be the best restaurant week I've been to. It's set up so you can try anything on the menu as your main course, from salad to an 8 oz steak, all for a set price. I had the plantains, a black bean burger, and assorted ice creams for dessert. Everything exceeded my expectations. My only complaint is that there were several open tables (unreserved) by the front window but they wouldn't seat us there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent choice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We chose Chef Geoff's to try their restaurant menu. They offered most of the same items as on their regular menu. Portions were full-size and delicious - I had to bring 1/2 of everything home! Service was great. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FPLUreunites
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Just went for lunch during restaurant week. Party of 8 turned into 9 and they happily accommodated the extra person at the last minute, actually switching the entire party to a better table. We got there at 11:30 and we were able to juggle spots but it became quite full after that. lots of big parties, still great service. Food was wonderful as always. We especially like the fact that you can choose from ALL the items on their lunch list, unlike some restaurants were the Restaurant week lunch menu is limited to 2 - 4 selections in each category. We love Chef Geoff's!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Successful redifiing
    PhilipDeVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I hadn't been to Chef Geoff's for years, but found the menu far more interesting than the last time I was there, with more offerings on the spicy side, which I like, rather than the sweet side. On the other hand, Champagne by the glass is no longer available, and wine offerings by the glass are limited and cautious. Surely, a greater number of bottle offerings can be offered by the glass, as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Restaurant Week Menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We went in a group of four. All the appetizers were very tasty: sliders were the best with nicely seasoned meatballs; lamb samosas were unexpectedly good; and Crispy Calamari was light and flaky. Entrees were equaly delicious: Crab cakes, Herb Salmon w/potato-artichoke cake, and fish tacos. Desserts did not exactly wowed us with the Pineapple Upside down being the worst. It was tough to bite into and tasted of canned pineapple. Service could be a bit more quicker; but considering the busy Restaurant Week, 2 hour lunch went fast.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing...
    nannerVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    It began with uninspired rolls in the bread basket. The lobster bisque was heavy on the salt and light on the lobster. The light and healthy crab cake was tasteless. It was basically just a bunch of crab without much seasoning, crumbs or mayo. For God sakes, add some fresh herbs and spices to liven it up! The best part of the meal was the cheesecake I had for dessert!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • our group
    JackVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Our regular group luncheon at Chef Geoff's this month. Promptly seated by the host. Orders were taken. Ice tea drinkers were not provided with "pink" sweetener packets, each used a personal stash. Delivery of the food from the kitchen was slow. We asked about it twice as some had a deadline to complete our lunch. We found the waiter insincere in his desire to meet our needs, verbally unresponsive to phrase it correctly. Eventually the food arrived - it was restaurant week - it was busy - we found the portions were more than adequate, the food was excellent. All in all, a good experience, not the best we've had - we dine around town every month and have been doing so for years, so for food - a good spot, for service, not so much
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Restaurant Week Venue
    PjtrivitaVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Chef Geoff's makes their entire menu available for Restaurant Week with FULL PORTIONS!! It is almost impossible to eat a full 3 course meal here and not take some home. And everything is amazing! Great food, wonderful service and a fun experience. Came for lunch twice this week!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome Shrimp & Grits
    Sunshyne
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Visited Chef Geoff's during restaurant week- Food and service was AWESOME!!!! Going back on Friday, LOL
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Urbanspoon found a great spot
    Block5
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    While in Washington DC we found restaurants hard to spot from the street. The urbanspoon app came to the rescue and guided us to Chef Geoff. Great food, good atmosphere and suitable for all ages
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ungrateful waiter
    review2VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We had a pleasant-enough evening and the waiter was quite friendly, even over-friendly. We tipped at 18%, with rounding to dollars. The waiter went out of his way to act rude as we left - what an ingrate. It really left an unpleasant feeling as we left.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wearytraveler
    MrPotatoHeadVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Good selection including vegetarian. Great Tuna Tartare. Good value overall.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.