Chez Billy
Chez Billy

Chez Billy

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.chezbilly.com/
  • Phone: 2025062080x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Hours:
    Tuesday - Sunday 5:30 - 10:30 p.m.
    Sunday Brunch 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Brendan L'Etoile
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The perfect place to host your next event!
  • Private Party Contact: Event Coordinator 8555620389

Getting there

  • Cross Street: On Georgia Ave. between Quincy St. & Randolph St.
  • Public Transit: We are located one block north of the Georgia Ave - Petworth Metro stop off of the Green & Yellow lines.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Chez Billy
Chez Billy is a neighborhood French bistro in the heart of the Petworth; two blocks north of the Georgia Ave. Metro Station. We are open for dinner at 5:30, Tuesday through Sunday.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
Chez Billy reviews from OpenTable diners
94 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (72)fit for foodies (62)romantic (40)special occasion (33)vibrant bar scene (24)good for groups (22)hot spot (21)notable wine list (16)late-night find (11)great for outdoor dining (9)great for brunch (6)kid-friendly (5)great for lunch (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Overall good experience
    JasonMVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The food was undeniably great--one of the best meals I've had in a while. While most of the service was good, could have used a little more direct attention from our table's designated server.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Neighborhood gem, great food
    Susie
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Our group of 4 had a great meal in a terrific old, renovated space. The beet salad was superb, and we enjoyed everything we had - duck, beef bourguignon, mushroom tartine. The only complaint was that the mussels were tiny. It was almost not worth the effort to pry the little guys from the shells. But we love this place, and have had consistently good meals there. It is truly a neighborhood gem
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • another great experience
    brewcitypunk
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    great drinks and great food and classic jazz = win. Chez Billy can get a little crowded/noisy but that's DC....only issue i had with my meal - beef bourguignon - was that it had clearly sat under the kitchen heat lamps for a little while, maybe waiting for rest of our order to be finished? still really tasty but not quite as fresh as it could have been.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mid-week Dining
    DCliving
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Our first visit to Chez Billy, will be the first of many. The restaurant was very Metro accessible and once through the front door, it felt like a good fit. The seating was comfortable with low lighting that suited the setting. Our server provided recommendations for the Salade De Betteraves (golden beets) and Foie De Volaille (chicken liver) that were both delightful and surprising with the slightly sweet and savory flavors. These two choices alone will bring us back for another visit. The wine recommendations, Cotes de Rhone (both red and white) were perfectly paired with our starters as well as with the duck confit and quennelles.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic French food. Loud Music.
    RonGVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The high quality food and outstanding service made the trip worthwhile. Parking was easier than expected. The decor was really funky. The live music, while good, was much too loud to hold a conversation, even upstairs. Please turn down the amps for your older diners! We look forward to seeing Zachery at the new Georgetown location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food!
    DiscerningDinerVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The chefs creative, inspiring and tasty food is a welcome find north of u street! You will love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Busy Thursday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    The food was delicious but the service was extremely slow. Went there on a Thursday after work so didn't expect it to be so busy with so little staff. The service we did receive was excellent but there appeared to be only one waiter (training another waiter) for the whole room. He did the best he could but it was a long wait between courses. We weren't in a hurry so we relaxed and enjoyed our very leisurely meal but just be prepared if you visit.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, ok service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We really enjoyed the food and ambiance at chez billy. It might be my wife's favorite duck confit in town, and drink menu is cool/innovative. However, service could use some work. The bus boys were kind of throwing the plates down on our table, and the waiter wasn't particularly attentive. Will go back for the food and vibe though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything is delicious!
    KatherineVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I've had perfect meals in both of my visits to Chez Billy. Everything from the bread to the cocktails (and everything in between) is prepared wonderfully and served by the most pleasant and professional staff. I recommend to anyone and everyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Discovered Gem
    Dede
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We were early and it was not crowded or noisy. Nice restrained decor. Not overdone. Foodwise, nothing bad here. Outstanding duck. Very good chicken and steak. The ratatouille, though, was disguised as a dessert, even though the flavors were good. Service was very good. Look forward to trying it again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food - But still needs polish
    1whoeatsoutalotVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Very cool space with great drinks at the bar, good happy hour specials and oysters. Our dinner server was seemingly always ready to get away from our table, not allowing any opportunity to really relate to him or the menu before running off - and the restaurant was almost empty. The apps and entrees were excellent but unfortunately the potdecream was not available. Nbd. When we ordered coffee, the server said they were out of coffee, in fact they had run out Sunday (dinner was Tuesday.) What??? Are you kidding me? Why wouldn't they have gone to Safeway across the street and bought coffee - which is what we did. We walked to Safeway, bought Starbucks instant coffee, came back to restaurant and enjoyed it with our desert. Really unbelievable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yum
    BedaVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This is a wonderful restaurant and the only shame is that too many folks in DC overlook this neighborhood. Hoping that changes, but would encourage anyone to make a trip over to Chez Billy. The food, plating, drinks, and pricing are all perfect. We had a party of 6 and it was spacious. Will definitely be back again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunday Funday brunch
    lucky
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    A group of us sat on the patio for the inaugural Sunday Brunch and couldn't have made it any better. Three of us had the Crab Cake Benedict and we all raved. As did the others with the French Toast, Sweet Potato Hash, burger and omelette. Not a single complaint on the food or the drinks. We all agreed we'll be back to try the dish that we couldn't decide between. Easy to get to on the Green/Yellow and super friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • VIP2VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Wonderful neighborhood feel. Keeps the ambiance of a very old space (which it is). French prevails among all menu choices and our meals were outstanding. My husband loved his slightly spicy lamb sausage and my duck confit was the best I've had anywhere. The large leg was flattened and cooked perfectly with a nice crispy skin. If you go in peach season, do not skip the peach tartine for dessert, fabulous.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Second time still a charm
    pmrthirdVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Enjoyed this place so much the first time, I had to travel into DC to try it again. Happy hour is great with many people at the bar and outside dining. Tonight's special was oysters and mussels. Both were fantastic! And the red house wine was a Bordeaux! Excellent! Love this place and worth coming too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NeighborhoodGalVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great food! Great service! I've never had a bad meal at Chez Billy's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Satisfying
    1oldsrfrVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Our fifth visit to Chez Billy. These folks combine the best attributes of a fine dining experience: supreme confidence in their product, and a willingness to please. Can't wait to return!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AnnaVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Every main course should be accompanied by a vegetable; although the food is excellent, I marked it down because I didn't get a vegetable to my steak main course. It only came with fries.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful neighborhood spot
    diner2VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We had amazing food and great service. Sat outside on the patio after dinner for more drinks and it was divine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A DC Gem
    Kitten
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We really enjoyed the ambience, the food taste and presentation and the professionalism of the staff. The food is not cheap and the portions are small but the quality is great!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Petworh on the Seine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Chez Billy has nice cocktails, good food, and a connection to Petworth from before Petworth was deemed cool. The food at Chez Billy tries hard and has always been very tasty.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • No Dewars
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Won't likely go back unless they start to carry Dewars scotch......for us Non-Millenials...who spend a lot on food and booze!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Our first visit was a great time. Had a drink at the wonderful bar before we sat down to dinner. Dinner was great, the wild mushrooms and pate's were great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • jab11
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    As always, the food and service were excellent. I especially like how, as a frequent diner at Chez Billy's, the menu changes frequently.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Opentable cheats on Points
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    While I am ticked that open table withholds points if you link to their website from the restaurant's site to book a table (users beware), that in no way reflects on the restaurant. I would like for this policy to be less opaque. Chez Billy made me a wonderful cocktail and fabulous skate. The folks were professional and warm, and even called me back when I called to complain on the opentable issue. Prices are moderate+, but good for the value.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Great Meal at Chez Billy
    BloomingdaleVisitorVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    A group of friends took me to Chez Billy for my birthday - my choice - and the evening was a big hit. The food was terrific, service was spot on for our group of 8 and the price was reasonable. The big hits were the Merguez sausage and the Ratatouille. The steak and fries with my Steak Frites were just right. Our only complaint was that the (Friday night) jazz combo downstairs was very loud (they also seemed quite good), though things did calm down some through the course of the meal. I've been to Chez Billy several times in the past couple of months - I keep going back, hoping they will have their wonderful Tuna Nicoise on the menu again, but will need to keep trying!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great cocktails and food!
    Pascal
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The steaks were excellent and we had very pleasant evening with an excellent service!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect meal!
    silverpalateVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We wanted to try something comfortable yet with upscale food and interested service. Chez Billy fit the bill. Had a great meal and the waiter was great. Helpful, informed and spot on with recommendations. We went for drinks first and they have a happy hour on Saturday nights. They went upstairs for our meal. Really enjoyed the whole experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service
    KnolanVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We had a great meal but the most notable part of our dinning experience was our the service. This is a true neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Petworth's Gem
    LawrenceofSuburbiaVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    A wonderful spot in Petworth to find great French inspired cuisine. The Trout special was fabulous as was our Ratatouille. The Steak/Frites was also very well prepared. A friend had recommended this spot and it was a perfect "in-between" for us when we wanted to meet friends who live downtown. Well worth it. The salads, apps and wines by the glass were also very good. We will be back. Server was terrific and knew the menu well. Great recommendations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • France meet Petworth
    lucky
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Chez Billy is a true find and luckily for those of us who are neighbors, it's off the beaten path enough that we can still get a reservation. I've never had a friend say a bad word about their meal and I've been going since it opened. Authentic French cuisine, solid wine and cocktail selection and the most beautiful bar in DC. The ambiance year round suits: fireplace in the winter and a patio the rest of the year. But, a knowledgable and friendly staff is key to completing the experience. It's my Cheers!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • In love
    diehardfoodie
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    I had the duck and it was exquisite. Every dish we got was on point, delicious and balanced. Didn't like that our table was right across from the restroom (that is the only downside) otherwise, outstanding
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot in Petworth
    dcfoodie
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    I had the mussels and at first I was a bit disappointed because I was expecting a nice broth fit for sopping but didn't see it. The mussels were piled high in a bucket so I couldn't tell there was any liquid until I was halfway through. But there was a wonderful dijon mustard-infused broth waiting there at the bottom for me. The waiter was very attentive but the bar was very slow preparing our drinks. Not slow enough though to keep me away. I'm definitely going back to this spot.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Surprise
    stcmaryland
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and experience at Chez Billy's and so exciting to have a destination-worthy restaurant in Petworth. Gazpacho was a savory and creamy delight. Simple and short menu that yielded a number of great dishes among our party. We shared three desserts and enjoyed them as well. "Come as you are" atmosphere is very comfortable and service was excellent with a bit of dry humor mixed in for good measure. The space is gorgeous.
    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.
  • Excellent food & service
    Downtown
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    French food the way it should be done. Incredible depth of flavors and sizable portions. Very attentive, knowledgeable staff. Top-notch service to match finely executed food. A rare combination these days at a price point that allows for frequent visits.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Hidden Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Chez Billy is a hidden gem in a neighborhood that is starting to make a comeback! Have been here a few times now and have had a great experience each time. Their summer menu includes a golden tomato gazpacho with saffron, mint and feta that was outstanding! Also enjoyed the spicy lamb sausage with roasted tomato puree, eggplant, couscous and apricot. The balance of flavors on the plate and the attractive presentation all add to the experience. I highly recommend Chez Billy for fabulous food at very reasonable prices!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New favorite place
    pmrthirdVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    So glad I decided to go to this establishment. I got there early and was concerned since door was locked. Opened at 530PM and was in awe of the place. It is such a great space from beer garden outside to the bar and main dining room! Bartender was extremely personable and made me feel welcomed! Happy hour included $5 drink specials, including a great Bordeaux for red wine! So many great things on the menu that appeared appetizing; I could barely decide. After much debate, I got the Royale with Cheese (burger) named after Pulp Fiction quote. It did NOT disappoint, yum! Can't wait to go back and try the mussels and the tartine aux champignons (sautéed wild mushrooms, grilled country bread, sherry vinegar and duck egg). Can't wait!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 57 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 290 reviews are from the Chez Billy reviews archive.
  • Little gem
    Bbfood
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    It's a cute little gem for the neighborhood that has a creative ambiance that will make you feel cool. I had the salmon dish that was catch of the day. Bread on table was good but not outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Nice Meal at Chez Billy
    BloomingdaleVisitorVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    I've been to Chez Billy 3 or 4 times with different groups of friends since last fall, as the food is always dependable, and everyone always has a good time. A month ago, I had the special, Tuna Nicoise, and it was terrific. I was hoping it would be on the menu again, but no such luck. We ordered, and the entrees were very slow. In the nearly full dining room, our server was well aware of our tardy entrees, and checked in with us frequently. Fortunately, we were chatting and not particularly aware of how behind schedule they were - but this was also thanks to the server, who was genuinely concerned. He comped us our glasses of wine, which we appreciated, and he was a considerable help in ensuring another pleasant evening.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Memorable meal
    allane3
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    All entrees and appetizers were world class- especially the poisson de jour- seared skate an a bed of asparagus and mushrooms.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.