Chef Melba's Bistro
Chef Melba's Bistro

Chef Melba's Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://chefmelbasbistro.com/
  • Phone: 3103762084
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm; Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Chef Melba
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Delivery, Gluten-free Menu, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Please call for menu options.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 15th street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street(metered) parking.
A word from Chef Melba's Bistro
At Chef Melba’s Bistro, we use the freshest of ingredients to create your meals, and our menu changes with the seasons. As such there may be slight differences between what is posted on this website and what is available on the day you dine with us. We may also add daily specials utilizing fresh ingredients found at the local farmer's market. This menu has been put together with the goal of healthy life and healthy living in mind; to that end, Chef Melba uses organic natural products and wild seafood to the greatest extent possible.

We have a delightful selection of premium wines and beers to accompany your meal - see our wine menu for some of our current selections. You may bring your own bottle for a modest corkage fee.
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Chef Melba's Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
41 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (30)fit for foodies (29)special occasion (25)romantic (18)notable wine list (7)good for groups (6)hot spot (5)scenic view (3)great for brunch (1)late-night find (1)kid-friendly (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • A Welcome Surprise
    NupeSugarRayVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My wife and I went to the restaurant after driving by it numerous times since we live in the area. Food was fantastic. Service was friendly and great. Wine selection is amazing. Only issue the entire night is that we asked for a few dishes and the kitchen was out of the dish. That was a downer and got to the point of just wanting to ask "What do you have available on the menu?"...But the food that did come was great. Highly recommended. Quaint bistro. Small intimate, romantic setting. A bit pricey, but definitely worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    Shannon
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great mushroom pasta. The bread is grilled with butter...extra bonus.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great find
    TheBrits
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    There are so many restaurants in Hermosa and Manhattan Beach but this little gem is quite a find. We loved it. I hate to say it but for the quality of food and service, the price is very good. I'd recommend it to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best in South Bay
    JayfromHermosaVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    A great menu and inventive specials, this restaurant has something for everyone! Chef Melba greats everyone from her open kitchen. I have been there many times and am always impressed with the freshness of ingredients and the wide range of choices from appetizers, salads, entrees, and deserts. It is truly a wonderful dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A true gem
    GmnjVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The favors in each dish stood out. Starting with the mango ceviche and the scallops to the fish stew and lamb with chorizo. The fresh and clean food worked really well for the people in our group who are gluten allergic and vegetarian. The chef took care to check in and share her culinary journey and philosophy. Every part of the meal including desserts were amazing. One of the best seafood restaurants in LA.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love Melba's in Hermosa!
    valentinevegas
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    This is a very small gourmet restaurant near Hermosa Beach Pier. If you like quality food...this is the place for you. I had the butter dish which was absolutely delicious. My daughter ordered the braised short rib. Both dished were beautifully plated. The salad produce is local organic. Get ready.. desert was a delectable chocolate box filled with fresh berries and passion fruit cream and raspberry purée. I love restaurants where you get a chance to meet the chef. Melba comes out a mingles with her patrons. This is a small restaurant and the noise level is high. I would definitely return to Melba's Bistro.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    willwonka
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    A very enjoyable and fun evening. The exposed kitchen tells it all - just good ol' honest cooking with flair. The smells and dining experience permeate through the quaint digs to excite the spirit. We had a delicious meal, friendly and accommodating service that enhanced our evening experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall, a very nice experience
    meannie
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Chef Melba greeted us as, & asked about our experience as we left. Waitstaff attentive/knowledgeable. A bit cozy, quite noisy. Kitchen is open view with a homey feel. A bit of bumping chairs/elbows (no one seemed to mind). Bread is grilled & delicious. Popcorn Conch (a tad bready). The Lamb Shank was tasty served in a large bowl, swimming in Chorizo Chili. The shank continued to submerge in a sea of chili so I blindly tried to locate & cut it while trying not to cause a tidal wave. The Apple Cobbler was phenomenal! It was out of this world. The waiter was kind enough to offer more quarters for parking so we could an additional cobbler at my daughter's request. Overall, the food was good, Chef Melba warm & friendly & waitstaff was spot on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find!
    malcivVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    I travel to the area for business multiple times a year. Lately I've been in the habit of going to the same restaurants over and over again. This trip I made it a point to find someplace new and I couldn't have been more impressed. The food and the service were fantastic. So much so I had to go back a few days later to try more things on the menu. Over the course of my two meals I experienced 5 appetizers, 3 entrees and 2 desserts. I had my favorites but everything was impressive. You really can't go wrong. I wouldn't hesitate to go back again with coworkers, clients, or by myself. This is my new favorite restaurant in the area. Darren's just lost a lot of business!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exquisite food
    KlovesS
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Everything we ate was exquisite. Food prices were inexpensive, but the wines were slightly overpriced. The restaurant is built like a neighborhood diner with a small dining area surrounded by windows. Our early evening experience was bright and airy with plenty of beach people watching in the funky neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in South Bay
    JayfromHermosaVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Excellent menu with inventive specials make Chef Melba's a great choice for everyone. Appetizers are incredible, especially the Ahi Tuna Tataki! Warm grilled bread, excellent wine selection, and great service with owner/chef's open kitchen make this bistro the place to be. A great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    Dallasgreek
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Food quality was below average. Cigars good. Clam broth was watery and unsalted. Sashimi was over sauced. After meals Main dishes continued with mistakes. Desserts were average too. Chocolate box ok, apple crumble was less than average. Not the best. Overall, food looks good but lacks flavor. Seating is only good thing about this place, as you can interact. Service low too, waiter tried to hit on my date when I went to the lavatory. Not recommended, we both agreed we will not go back and said good to try.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food
    Justus
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Amazing good presentation! From appetizers, to dinner & dessert ..delicious!!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    FromLeawoodVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We loved it. The food and the setting was really good. Raviolis, fresh fish, farm to table quality, pretty presentation. Melba's has it all. We will be back. So good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great as always
    RPinHB
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We love Melba's. It's fantastic and every time we go she blows us away with something new.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 26 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 80 reviews are from the Chef Melba's Bistro reviews archive.
  • great as always
    drjoe
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    another wonderful meal at Chef Melba's. the people and the food could not be better. it is such a pleasure to be able to chat with the Chef who always males us feel right at home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    L0723VIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The Chef always comes up with new ways to prepare various foods with a flare.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • True Neighborhood Gem
    JayfromHermosaVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Chef Melba is a great Hermosa Bistro with a great menu and always inventive specials. Had the lobster roll app and it was incredible also the clams. Mushroom ravioli with shrimp was also great. I have never been to Melba's and not been enticed with a special. What a fun place to dine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good meal
    Rocketman
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Took family members here for dinner and everything was very good, got a table off the side so no complaints here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceeded Expectations
    FoodieinLA
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Great restaurant. Have already recommended it to numerous friends in Hermosa Beach and even the Valley. The fish was great. One of the best I've had in LA. Service was spot on as they were very helpful and not over-bearing. The only minor issue was the noise level. After 8ish it got busy and very noisy (even noisier than Bestia). Still, the food was so good I was too busy eating to do any talking. Will be back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time, and we will be back!
    DanielleVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Thank you Chef Melba for a wonderful Friday night date night! Excellent fresh dishes, quality service and a perfect ambiance. We can't wait to come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Truly a great find. If you are looking for personalized service and fantastic food this is the place to go. On top of that, after dinner you can walk along the strand and enjoy Hermosa and Manhattan beach.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yes, it is a Gem!
    dj1601
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    We have always enjoyed our dinners at the Bistro. I brought my foodie east coast cousins to experience Chef Melba's culinary delights. They were quite happy with their choices and enjoyed meeting her!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food
    Vinonawine
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Deliciously cooked, well seasoned meals. Just the right place for a romantic dinner and prob a walk on the beach thereafter. Not ideal for large groups, but an excellent choice nonetheless.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another great dining experience
    MalloryJ
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We absolutely love Chef Melba's! Every time we come here we always have great food and great service. Definitely a great find in Hermosa!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sensational Dining
    BrianTan
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Chef Melba's is absolutely one of my most favorite restaurants in all of Los Angeles and THE place to go for seafood. High praise, I know, but I have had seafood around the world in over four different continents, and this still tops my list. Not only are the ingredients incredibly fresh, but the flavors that Melba sears in are just downright sensational. I have not had squid, scallops and halibut as amazing as this. On par with the quality food is the customer service. The staff is extremely friendly, quick, and above all - Unpretentious. Melba herself is a charismatic, effervescent, and gracious host who treats each customer as if they were coming to her house for dinner.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Chef Melbas was fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    The food is amazing. Like you have your own private chef! Brought our parents and we all loved it. The service is excellent too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A jewel
    Luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Delicious food. And no corkage for the first bottle on Sundays. That was a lovely surprise. We had a wonderful server who made great recommendations but the kitchen's timing was off. All the plates for each course did not come out simultaneously. And it could be up to a 5 minute delay. But I would still highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chef Melba' Bistro Review
    Dorn
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    My first time experience at Chef Melba's Bistro was very delightful. Good food, great service, and a very pleasant dining experience. Everything was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of Hermosa's Gems
    luveditVIP
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Chef Melba consistently puts out great fresh and flavorful cuisine with an ever changing of menu of seasonal ingredients
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Restaurant
    HardToImpress
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    I loved every single thing about this restaurant, the food, the workers and most of all the chef, chef Melba. If you're looking for high quality food this is the place for you. As you walk in the environment feels stress free and you are greeted by the wonderful staff. I tried this plate called the casino, and the taste was beyond this world. I enjoyed the freshly made pico de Gallo , the richness in the meat , absolutely everything . For dessert I had a chocolate box served with chocolate mousse and a fresh strawberry to top it off. I've never seen this any place else and I definitely fell in love with it . This was my first time here and I'm looking toward to bringing my friends. Once again thank you for your service chef Melba.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Great Dinner by Chef Melba
    Larry
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    We greatly enjoyed our dinners on Sunday evening at Chef Melba's, feasting on sea bass, ahi tuna, halibut and prime rib. All were exceptionally prepared and delivered hot to our table. All the seafood was wonderful, but the prime rib was particularly good. Done medium rare with a sauce that was more than just au jus. The spices in the sauce rounded out that dish to make it one of the best prime rib dinners I've every had. We will be back, and we highly recommend Chef Melba's for anyone looking for a great dinner in a relaxing atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently superb
    Xeena
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    We've eaten here numerous times and the food is always delicious. While we missed our ahi tuna tower, they had a different ahi tuna appetizer that was equally delicious. We appreciate that Melba offers different items without deleting the essence of the dish. My husband's lamb was tender and superbly prepared. I had the fish stew in coconut broth - superb, and the third person had fish - a large portion (which is not always true for fish in other restaurants), and he said it was delicious. The crowning event was the chocolate bag...mmmmm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious,Chef Melba’s amazes!
    FineDineDiva
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Heavenly,started w/ Ahi Rice Cups,fresh ahi topped rich avocado served in crisp rice cups w/ habanero sauce on side so can control how hot.Clams, a plentiful dish w/ a wonderful wine sauce.Nice wine choices, reasonably priced, can start white switch to red w/ dinner.Speaking of dinner, Melba cooks everything herself including my Seabass which melted in my mouth,so great!Served steaming hot w/ delightful tropical salsa,vegs cooked perfectly.Everything sounded so good, shortribs,scallops,halibut, friend got day boat,a whole roast Loup de mar fish,I almost got jealous over.Equally delicious. Server had impeccable timing, she was helpful &friendly.Signature dessert is dark chocolale filled with wonderful mousse & fresh berries. Amazing Place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Utter Perfection in Hermosa Beach!
    EastCoastConvert
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    I was wise enough to choose Chef Melba's Bistro to treat myself to dinner on Saturday night. I was seated immediately by the friendly and accommodating host and shown to my table. Let me just say: my server was fantastic! His wine knowledge was unparalleled, even by some French somaliers I've met and he directed me to a beautiful bottle of red to accompany my meal. Speaking of which, the cuisine was divine! I ordered the tuna cups to be followed by the whole branzino. I've paid double that amount for such a fish at other places where it wasn't as good as Chef Melba's. Perfectly cooked and seasoned, with a crispy outside layer and tender interior texture, this branzino was to die for! For desert, I ordered the chocolate bag! A must!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Predictably Average Local Bistro
    SBNative2000VIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We so wanted to love it, but couldn't. Service was excellent and ambience was nice but a bit loud since it's small. We started with some apps - raw scallops and tuna cups. The tuna cups were pretty good (highlight of the meal) and the scallops were decent. We then moved to the macadamia encrusted halibut and the seared scallops. The halibut was actually devoid of much flavor and the veggies were also pretty bland. The scallops were good but nothing to write home about - pretty standard. Portions were were also relatively small. For the money we were expecting food that was so tasty we'd have to come back. That was not the case and therefore not worth the price. We should have tried the lamb shank I think. Good people, food average, pricey.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Chef Melba's handling of and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Chef Melba's handling of and creativity with fish and seafood are outstanding. What a treat this was. I had the best Sauvignon Blanc I ever tasted. Esk Valley from New Zealand 2011. This was simply unforgettable. The waitress attending my table was the sweetest and kindest person. A quality I really appreciate. Very nice dining and (relatively speaking) reasonably priced for fine dining in Hermosa Beach
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great First Impression
    bruinguy
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    I made a reservation for a one year anniversary and was not disappointed. This restaurant is a couple blocks north of the pier, so we were able to escape the normal hustle and bustle of Hermosa. Our server Anna was very knowledgeable of the menu (both food and drink) and was very pleasant to talk to. We saw amazing-looking dishes everywhere we looked and finally decided on the braised short ribs and almond crusted sole. PHENOMENAL. Chef Melba herself was busy cooking up dish after dish and answering any questions the patrons directed in her direction. We were able to chat with her after our meal and found her to be quite delightful. I highly recommend this gem of a restaurant and we will be back in the near future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Dining in Hermosa Beach
    Rebecca
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    Ambiance is informal, much like a niche European restaurant-- unpretentious & relaxed, but with attentive service and good presentation of food. This was my third visit in the last year. I have had only fish dishes, e.g. the macadamia encrusted halibut, the sea bass, both fresh and succulent. Excellent, definitely a match for some of the pricier places in the South Bay or West L.A. area. Had a wedding dinner there (closed for 35 guests) with wonderful hors d'oeuvre. Have sampled the braised ribs, also excellent. Salads are simple fresh greens with interesting fresh additions and delicate dressings. Chef Melba gives personal attention to all the food preparation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just very good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    We were celebrating a birthday and wanted to take our time with dinner. So we ordered 4 appetizers. The waiter brought them one at a time. All were exceptional - the minced tuna cup and the uni were amazingly fresh. The popcorn shell fish comes with an excellent spicy sauce. The scallops were also very fresh with a perfect light slightly tart sauce. Entres were equally good. The grilled rare tuna steak with a citrus sauce - it was so good, I cut it into tiny pieces to make it last longer. The house steak was good and came with especially good veggies. The fish soup was good, too. We got the chocolate cup desert - just fine. We brought our own wine - no problem. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.