Chez Francois - Vermilion
Chez Francois - Vermilion

Chez Francois - Vermilion

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.chezfrancois.com/
  • Phone: 440-967-0630
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French, International
  • Executive Chef: Chef D'Amico
  • Dress Code: Jacket Preferred
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Chez Francois' private dining room "The Parisian Room" has a 50 person capacity and overlooks the Vermilion River with views of the Vermilion Lagoons and Lake Erie. The restaurant caters to the wants and needs of their guests when events are planned in this room. Surprise birthday parties, baby showers, anniversaries, etc.
  • Private Party Contact: Chef John D'Amico 4409670630
  • Entertainment: Chez Francois features live entertainment of Saturdays at Touché, the music changes each week from acoustic guitar to Latin/Jazz to Rhythm & Blues. Sportcoat requested for dining inside; tie is optional. Business Casual is requested for River Front Cafe dining.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ferry St.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Chez Francois is located in a neighborhood and has street parking around the restaurant.
A word from Chez Francois - Vermilion
"If your a serious foodie" or "if romance is calling, sail on up" - literally - to this "French gem" on the Vermilion River, where the "sumptuous" menu and "professional but friendly" staff earn it the top rating from Food and Service in the Cleveland area; "well worth the drive" west of downtown , this "ethereal experience" (the perfect place to propose!") also includes a phenomenal wine list", "charming old world dining room" and "relaxing" riverfront cafe. Proper attire required. Touché a martini/wine bar was opened in 2007 and offers a "small plates" menu and a great selection of adult beverages.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Chez Francois - Vermilion reviews from OpenTable diners
221 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (185)romantic (166)scenic view (144)notable wine list (140)great for outdoor dining (128)fit for foodies (119)neighborhood gem (55)hot spot (29)good for groups (28)vibrant bar scene (16)late-night find (11)great for brunch (7)great for lunch (4)kid-friendly (4)Show More
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    It was the best restaurant I have been to in years I recommend it highly will come back often
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming waterfront restaurant
    PickyeaterVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had a nice evening- the restaurant was busy but service was pleasant and attentive. The food was ok and while nothing was glaringly bad, I started with a recommended appetizer that was not memorable & my Dover sole entree was so salty and does not favorably compare to other experiences. A chocolate mousse desert was good, but again not compared to others. I would recommend knowing that this is a quaint alternative for a special occasion in terms of ambiance but not recommended for a foodie. Very nice staff though- everyone was friendly and helpful.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The service was excellent. Based on other reviews I was expecting something incredible, but unfortunately I was not wowed but the food. It was good but not memorable. I shall not return.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BetteBoop
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We celebrated my birthday on the patio as we have done for the last 18 years. The food, service, view and atmosphere was wonderful as usual!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • pricy for what is is
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The atmosphere and service is what we could expect from a high level French restaurant. The food was not. I had the scallops and the the sole with almonds. The scallops were perfectly cooked but they were served on a tasteless mashed potatoes. There was so much of this preparation that it was difficult to reach the mushrooms under it. This is not was scallops in the shell are supposed to be. The sole with almonds was a little better, it was literaly soaking in butter though and had nothing exceptional. Later, we learner that the former sous-chef left to open his own restaurant about a year ago, and that the quality had started to decrease after that.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great classic French food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Everything was great. Food was excellent though a bit heavy. Classic with some modern twists.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • moooVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We had been there before and it was again terrific. Can't say enough great things about this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Luv2eatout
    Luv2eatout
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Unfortunately we started the evening by being seated almost a half hour after our scheduled reservation. The restaurant changed our Open Table reservation from 8:00 to 8:30, a couple of days before we went, and then seated us at almost 9:00. After that, the food and service on the patio were great. Possibly the restaurant should leave more than 2 hours between seatings so guests have more time to linger, and won't keep the next guests waiting so long to be seated.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jeff
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    John our waiter was absolutely superb. He is an absolute joy and has a bit of Alton Brown about him. Made for a lovely evening. Can't wait to be back. And the food was exquisite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Suzanne
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We were celebrating our 50th anniversary so it was a very special evening for us. Everyone at Chez Francois helped to make it a wonderful dining experience. Our waiters Jim and Craig were personable and prompt. They offered wonderful suggestions for our dining pleasure. We finished the evening with beautiful celebratory presentations for dessert. It was truly a dining experience we will never forget!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fine dining
    snoopy
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    wonderful food.. service was excellent. Everything we had was fresh a nicely presented..
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining Perfection
    FEFIFOFUMVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Not so much as a single misstep. A old five stars!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Dinner on the river/canal front terrace, twice during a vacation trip to and from the east coast and northern Wisconsin in August - casual, very pleasant, albeit somewhat noisy, crowded and hectic on the Friday and Sunday evenings that we were there. The in-door dining room is undoubtedly quieter, more sedate and more intimate. Given the restaurant's very pleasant setting and the small town, holiday atmosphere of Vermilion, I can understand its popularity. Nonetheless, its rank as Zagat's "highest rated" restaurant in Ohio is a bit surprising. Dishes that we had during our 2 visits were all very good to excellent but, in some cases mannered and not quite at a level consistent with their expense. "House" wines were well chosen and excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous restaurant!
    debbiek
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I choose this restaurant anytime I have an excuse for a special occasion dinner, especially in the summer. Food and view are fabulous. Very relaxing and casual, like no place else in northeast Ohio. I cannot say enough great things about this restaurant! While the food is French and certainly upscale, the service is friendly and down to earth, a rare combination in my book.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary Dinner
    TK33
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had not been to Chez Francois in probably 10 years, and back then I t was for our wedding anniversary. We went back earlier this month and had a great time. Food was excellent, and our server, Leah, was outstanding. I liked the fact that we were not rushed to leave. Staff was very friendly. Again, our dinner was amazing. It was nice of them to know that we were there celebrating our anniversary.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit of France' in Vermillion
    Hutch
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The easiest way to sum up Chez Francois is "wonderful". The service is impeccable. Great location. Our servers (Michael & Michael) were nearly perfect & certainly added to our experience. Great wine list from modest to exotic. The food was very good. My beef wellington wasn't exactly as I remembered it. It is "deconstructed" and I prefer the real deal (I know what a pain that is for the Chef to make) Corn chowder appetizer with scallop is to die for. Overall an outstanding restaurant and I doubt you will be disappointed. Inside dining room decor cozy and dark (jacket required) Outside a great deck and covered patio. Also a great martini bar. Different food outside the main dining room, but I'm sure good. The dinner menu inside only.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We enjoyed the special attention paid by the staff on the occasion of our wedding anniversary. They had an anniversary card signed by the staff at our table and the chef wrote greetings in chocolate on our dessert dishes. The staff was very attentive without hovering. We enjoyed the atmosphere and food. There is a very high concentration of Seafood on the menu. This indoor seating is formal and wonderful for a special evening. The outdoor seating we observed was more casual. What a gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    A wonderful experience. A bit on the expensive side, but worth every dollar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfection
    Jule
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We've heard about Chez Francois for years. It did not disappoint! We can't think of anything to improve on. If you want a special memorable evening this is your place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special occasion
    Lulabelle3
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We recently dined inside at Chez Francois for a celebration of my birthday and our anniversary. When we arrived, We were given a beautiful anniversary card signed by all the staff. We both were intrigued with the history of the building and liked how the room was decorated. It had very nice ambiance. Our waitress, Leia, was fantastic and we enjoyed her helper as well. Both our servers were professional, knew the menu and ingredients of each item offered, were friendly and helped to make our visit special. We enjoyed our food and the wine choice, picked by Leia, was excellent. From start to finish, we had a memorable time. (Noise level was minimal, great spacing between tables!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1 bad dinner
    boatergirl
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We had a party of four with three of the members having a wonderful dinner. My dinner (which the waiter recommended) was very disappointing. the ambience was great as was the wine. I am sure we will go back as it is a yearly boat trip for us, but next time I will go with my choice and not ask waiter.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time disappointed
    niceselection
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We have eaten at Chez Francois many times, and have always loved it for special occasions. This time, though, my grouper was overcooked and dry; and I was disappointed in the rather rushed service our waiter and waitress (was never sure which; they seemed to alternate) appeared to labor under. Everything else was fine; my husband's dinner was excellent. Chez Francois is very expensive, but the cost has always been worth it until now. I hope next time it will meet its high standards again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Second amazing dinner
    MargandCo
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We came up for the weekend with our daughter and have a wonderful time! We live in Cincinnati and Chez Francois was recommended a couple years ago and we were not disappointed. Upon deciding to visit Cedar Point and Sandusky, we immediately made our reservation and we thrilled that they could accommodate us on a Sunday night. We LOVED the stuffed zucchini blossom special, lobster bisque, wellington and veal chops! Our server was friendly but very knowledgeable and professional. We requested the patio and enjoyed the view of the Vermillion lagoons and boats going by. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The staff was outstanding - my 96 year old Mother's first trip to the restaurant, and there were too many stairs for her to negotiate with a cane - so the staff allowed us to stay upstairs in the bar -and they treated her like a Queen!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Saturday night out
    SummerLuvr
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We have been to this restaurant many times, but rarely on a Saturday night. We had friends from out of town and we wanted them to experience one of the best dining establishments in the area. The fact that it was quite busy made the service slower than normal and the wait staff was quite rushed and made some mistakes. However, the food was very good and the scenery on the water was beautiful. Just be prepared to dine leisurely if you visit the restaurant on a good weather weekend in the summer.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    As a long time patron of Chez Francois We were very disappointed in the quality of our dinners last Saturday evening. This was an annual gathering of boating friends, 12 in all, who have dined at the restaurant for many years. Our opinions of this years experience were unanimously disappointing. Food and presentation were inconsistent This was in sharp contrast to many of our past experiences.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sandblaster
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The food and service made it a very special evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good with reservations
    JimG
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We have eaten here several times over the past couple decades and have considered this one of our favorite restaurants in the USA. This time our visit was mixed. The complementary amuse bouche, the appetizers (lobster ravioli) and side salads were all excellent. However, our entrees left a bit to be desired. The snapper was bland although helped by the apple topping. The puff pastry on the Beef Wellington was underdone while the truffled mushrooms and foie gras were a bit sparse and served alongside rather than on top of the filet. The filet itself was fine. When we informed our server about the entrees, he provided us with excellent desserts (chocolate mousse cake slices.) We also enjoyed an excellent California cabernet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • About as good as it gets
    eatoutmuch
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We live an hour from the restaurant, but it was well worth the drive. I was there for an anniversary and it seemed the whole staff knew and was there to make it a wonderful night. The food was excellent, the ambiance was comfortable for a "dressy" restaurant (we ate in the dining room), and for a rather large dining area extremely quiet due to great acoustics. Surprisingly the prices were not outrageous for the quality of food and attention to detail. I guess my only "complaint" would be my wife's (second) drink order took a while to arrive, and the crumbs were removed when we were finished and not between courses, but that's being really picky. Great restaurant - I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful Evening!
    Indigo05VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We started with drinks in Touche and were impressed by the very friendly and fun atmosphere. Our table was perfectly situated next to the water and a spectacular view of the boats going by. We love the Escargot and lobster stuffed zucchini blossom appetizers. The steaks are always cooked perfectly and my fresh salmon entree was light and fresh. Save room for dessert. All of the options are winners AND served with a specially paired wine. We only get out to Chez Francois about once a year, yet come home raving and promising to return more often. This dining experience is worth every penny - a gorgeous setting, highly professional wait staff, attentive service and delicious food you'll remember for months!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    Vincevincevince
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Amazing! Great place for an special occasion. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfection by the Water
    CaptainBill
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Chez Francois is a gem nestled on the river of the quant fishing village of Vermilion. Having travelled across the US I have yet to find a place that provides so much character with such exquisite food and wine pairings. Perfect for the food connoisseur, group parties, or just a couple celebrating a special milestone in their journey together. Go for a meal but stay for the evening and enjoy the ambiance that is dining at Chez. A few suggestions if I may: Lobster Bisque and lobster-stuffed zucchini blossoms are two must haves (as are the soft shell crabs), outside dining is always spectacular, and plan on enjoying a few hours of dining bliss when you sit at the table (if time is an issue, Touché upstairs offers an abbreviate menu).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I have been going to this restaurant even before it became Chez Francois and love it. It reminds me of Paris. Matt and John do an outstanding job. It is my favorite restaurant in the world.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Early seatings are rushed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The waitstaff was very pushy with taking our order, bringing out our food faster than Olive Garden, and literally clearing my plate while I was still eating. I've dined here for years and have frequented their specialty dinners/events and know the mood and atmosphere they promote, Friday night was amature hour for the staff at Chez.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So lovely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We had a magnificent dinner of seasonal zucchini blossoms, the charcuterie platter, lobster bisque, lobster thermidor, sweetbreads and filet mignon (among 4 people). Our 10-year old son and his 85-year old grandmother were both treated so well by the staff - always respectful and helpful. The food is always perfectly cooked, seasoned and plated; and this time was no exception. We come every year when we visit my mom in Ohio - our only regret is they don't have a sister restuarant in NC - we would be there all the time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Chez Francois is excellent
    luv2dine
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    This was not our first time to dine at this restaurant and as always the food and service was outstanding. Michael was our outstanding waiter. He did an excellent job of going over the menu and specials with us. I had the lobster special and my wife had the Florida snapper special. Both dishes were perfection. My escargot was delicious. Michael paired an excellent wine with out meal. We will return again and again>
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Dining Experience!
    Energydoc
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We liked this restaurant very much. From the setting to the ambiance to the service, and especially to the food, this is an outstanding place. It is certainly worthy of its reputation and accolades.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    1st time diners,we will be back many times! We are from the east side and have told our friends it is well worth the hour drive!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BigH
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Great dinning experience. Would definitely return and recommend it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 20th Anniversary
    oldneighbor
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Had the salmon meal. The lobster bisque was so rich and full of meaty chunks I ate every bite, even though it was so over peppered for my taste I am still feeling the effect days later. My salad was great. The salmon dish was over the top delicious. It was cooked perfectly. I loved the sauce and seasoning, the cabbage, the petite summer squash, and even the mashed potatoes. My cheese cake desert was melt in your mouth yummy. Didn't get a good sense of the ambiance out on the deck, but the view looking north on the river was very pleasant and relaxing. Our waitress was great and the overall service was very good considering how busy they were. We plan to make this our regular special occasion restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall