Chiara Bistro
Chiara Bistro

Chiara Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.chiarabistro.com/
  • Phone: 7814618118x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sun: Lounge & Bar Menu 4:30-8:30 pm

    Full Dinner Menu 5:30-8:30pm
    Tue-Thur: Lounge & Bar menu 4:30-10:00 pm

    Full Dinner Menu 5:30- 9:00 pm



    Fri-Sat: Lounge & Bar Menu 4:30-11:00 pm

    Full Dinner Menu 5:30-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean, Contemporary French
  • Executive Chef: Steve LaCount, AAC
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Chiara is available for daytime events including meetings, showers, bereavement gatherings and luncheons; our team is also available for catering events in your home.
  • Special Events: Please check our website: www.chiarabistro.com for special events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Barlow Lane
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: front, side and back of restaurant
A word from Chiara Bistro
Chiara is downtown dining in the suburbs. Conveniently located just 1.5 miles off exit 16B Rte. 128 on Rte. 109 in Westwood. Chiara offers outstanding seasonal selections of authentic Italian, French, Spanish and other Mediterranean cuisines. An excellent selection of unusual wines are offered along with a highly creative menu of seasonal cocktails. www.chiarabistro.com
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
Chiara Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
90 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (63)fit for foodies (56)special occasion (46)romantic (30)notable wine list (19)good for groups (17)vibrant bar scene (7)hot spot (3)late-night find (3)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Chiara is a gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Great experience for a special dinner. Food was sooooo tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kate
    Kate
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Went with a friend. Wonderful meal. The staff was attentive. We did take our time and talked, did not feel rushed. Always a pleasure to dine at Chiara Bistro.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful anniversary dinner
    food4meVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Chiara is by far our favorite restaurant. This time we had a prix fixe menu, with lots of delicious choices and a bottle of wine included. The chicken breast was the best I've had. Excellent, friendly service, as always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Chiara is one of our favorite restaurants. We were first there at one of our first dates and since then it has become our restaurant of choice whether we plan a romantic outing or just have dinner. The restaurant has never failed our expectations and the owners and the staff have never failed to deliver the food and service that meet our highest expectations. Chiara is a gem that we cherish and will continue to cherish!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wezie
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    took friends for their first visit. They loved it, as we always do when we go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Server not helpful
    Lainey
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Server gave 5 of us 2 of the specials menus. It was for barbecue which none of us wanted. After we ordered, I saw that the back of the specials menu had Price fixed dinners plus wine for $38/58. I asked server " why didn't you tell us?". He said "the menu is too confusing with all of those choices"!! This was very annoying, since we had same food as on price fixed. Server made no effort to combine our orders into that menu, even though 4 of our entrees were specials. I left feeling that we had greatly overpaid for what should have been the fixed price menu.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday dinner
    luv2eat
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Tried Chiara for the first time for a birthday celebration and was happy with the choice. Great food, nice setting and terrific service. I would definitely go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner
    Dindin
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Halibut and pork tenderloin were great. The spinach salad was awesome and the steak tartare was tasty, as well. The mussels were fresh, but the sauce was unremarkable. All in all a great experience. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wine Tasting before dinner
    AnnacabanaVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We are regulars at Chiara Bistro, so we decided to attend the wine tasting then dine on Wednesday. I always order the spinach salad with a perfect egg and lardons. The wine selections are varied and we loved the wine at the tasting, so the chef scored a bottle (not on the wine list) for us to enjoy with our dinner. From my calamari to my husband's Steak Tartare, all was lovely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food a bit pricey
    billVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We were seated promptly. It was very cold. the AC was blasting. Server brought a throw over for my daughter and it was explained that it gets hot in the restaurant and the AC circulation poor. Asked the waitress for some details about 2 wines and we chose a very good bottle (mid priced). Waitress was excellent. The servers were a bit overzealous, returning to fill water glasses after only a few sips so kind of bothersome. the food for the most part was very good. Steak dish, scallop dish and burger all very good including sides. Shrimps in the salad tasted chemically and while edible wasn't terribly pleasant (let waitress know). deserts were good. over $200+ tip for 4 entrees, 2 deserts and a very good mid price wine.
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  • Best Best Best Wonderful
    good
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We were sat very promptly with an ever so friendly hostess at the perfect table facing the open Kitchen ! Greeted by the server who was outstanding and not overly friendly at same time. Amazing and exciting wine and cocktail list, my guest had calamari perfectly cooked and I had the french onion soup delightful. I had the scallops for my entree, recommended by our excellent waiter!! I don't know how they do it but they were the best I have ever tasted, cooked to perfection served over a cucumber cous cous. The owner and his wife came by our table to check in on our dinner which was a great touch and something you don't see a lot of anymore. Keep up the great work Chiara, I will let all my friends know about this wonderful place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The chef understands flavors
    fsteeleVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    This bistro is not run of the mill. The food and ingredients are excellent and evince the care and preparation needed to meld flavors properly. Friendly staff and quiet atmosphere, something that is rare today but essential to a fine dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Saturday Dinner
    WestwoodMaxine
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    When we sat down, they gave us two different menus - one was out of date and they had forgotten to check their menu stock. I chose the pork porterhouse and although the meat was tender, it had very little flavor - pork is bland to begin with and needs something tangy to set it off. It was served on top of creamed corn - not the best combination! This is an expensive restaurant and I would have preferred a healthier side dish than the creamed corn. My companion chose the scallops which she said were quite good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Experience
    EssenGadenk
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    This was my first time at Chiara Bistro. It was amazing. The food and service were extraordinary. I had the lollichop appetizer which was the best lamb chop I have ever eaten. The angus beef burger was delicious and the sea salt and horseradish fries were out of this world. I can't wait to go back again. Everyone, including the owner, was welcoming, professional and pleasant--everyone making sure that we had a positive experience. What a find!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1diningdancer
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Everything was excellent. Staff was courteous, waiter was attentive. There were many entrees to choose from, and the food was attractively arranged and absolutely delicious. I have been dining at Chiara Bistro ever since it was recommended to me several years ago, and every meal has been a gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum
    Mangiare
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Set in the suburbs and a a great menu. Homemade and fresh ingredients. Friendly and welcoming staff and vibe. Great place to try!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrible service
    Foodoodle
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The service was terrible and the restuarant did not care . Worst service I have had in a decade
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • adventurousdinersVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The hostess was unfriendly and we did not feel welcome until the young man delivering the bread warmly welcomed us. Our server was very kind and picked up on the fact that we were not in a hurry and did not wished to be rushed through the meal. His timing was very good. The food was presented nicely and was good, but lacked flavor. For instance, the mussels' broth was lacking garlic or something. The mussels were cooked perfectly, but the broth lacked flavor. The striped bass had the same issue. The grilled shrimp salad was very good. The shrimp were large, grilled well, and had a nice kick. I wish the salad had more than a few strands of pickled onion and they left out the avocado. We'd give it another try if in the area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A rare poor experience
    CallistoVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    So sad to give this review as we like Chiara very much usually. Unfortunately, our waitress totally forgot about us. Initially, it was that bread was not even brought to the table after the maître D served our wine, then she totally forgot to put in our orders - we waited nearly an hour before all this was figured out. Everyone was very gracious and apologetic - they packaged our dinner to go home (and comped us the entrees) because we could not stay. Don't know why this happened - very out of character.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solid choice for suburbia
    Hobe
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We have dined at Chiara several times and it is always a reliable treat. The food is consistently excellent, and the food and drink menus are always varied. For a suburban restaurant, this is about as good as you can find. In our most recent visit, the server was a bit more opinionated than we would have expected on certain dishes and wines and couldn't answer several basic questions (what's in the dip for the bread) - service has been better in the past.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just perfect!
    BelgiumVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    In fact I have nothing to add to the review title. Our guest, visiting from Belgium, was afterwards very happy with our choice of Chiara Bistro for dinner. This is top kitchen, top service, top friendliness, top management.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner was great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Chiara consistently delivers a very tasty meal. The food is always fresh and expertly prepared. Artic char with risotto was outstanding! Salad with grilled shrimp was also excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Another great meal
    food4meVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We always love Chiara Bistro, and our last visit was no exception. The menu has a wide variety of choices, and each dish has its own special character. I had the gazpacho and ravioli, and was in heaven!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our experience varied from most
    Sharmich
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    I can see why this charming restaurant would be a favorite and so highly rated. However, our experience was a little different and maybe that was due it being July 3. I watched our drinks ready at the bar for quite some time before our waiter walked over and looked at them and the slip and walked away. Later rather than sooner someone noticed they'd been sitting there for quite a while (like ice melting time) and brought them over. The calamari had a nice flavor but a little greasy. The baked stuffed lobster was so greasy with butter and basically crackers with a small side of lobster. Husband's fish was just good. The waiter again had problems with getting a glass of wine to the table before we were nearly finished. Won't be back.
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  • Consistently Wonderful
    SallyVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Chiara is consistently excellent, and my last visit with three other individuals was no exception. The menu is creative with many appealing options. All enjoyed their appetizer and dinner choices and rated the food wonderful. We hope to return again soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious!
    BirthdayGirl3
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    My husband brought me here for my birthday dinner - we had drinks at the bar while we waited for our table. The service was excellent and the food was beyond delicious. We will definitely return for another special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous (we've already been back)
    foodforthought
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Chiara is fabulous, I am not sure there is any other way to describe it. My mother came in from out of town so she and I went here on Friday. We enjoyed it so much we brought my husband here on Sunday. The cocktails are refreshing, the appetizers mouth watering, and the entrees- I haven't words left. My husband said "if we could afford it, I'd come here every week." Just go there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Meal at Chiara
    briozVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We enjoyed a wonderful meal at Chiara, with attentive service. We started with appetizers--my partner got the fried clams which were a bit greasier than we like but good nonetheless. I got the lobster slider, which was outstanding. The lobster was very fresh and flavorful and the presentation was beautiful. I then got the Artic char, which came with a pea risotto--excellent. My partner got the striped bass and said it was wonderful. The only item which was not quite up to the quality of the rest of the meal was the dessert we shared--it was listed as a chocolate chiffon cake but was much denser than expected and not what I would consider anything special. However, overall I thought the meal was wonderful and I will definitely return.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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  • Never disappoints
    kotooleVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Enjoyed dinner here after a wine tasting that the restaurant sponsored, which in itself is always fun and informative. I had the grilled shrimp served in a salad and it was scrumptious. The shrimp had been blackened just the right amount. My husband had one of the evening specials which was duck and he thought it was delicious. ALWAYS has an interesting menu and never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A favorite
    picky1
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Consistently good food, wine and specialty cocktails, attentive service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DinersX
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Our third visit. The food remains outstanding with friendly and helpful wait staff. The menu has something for all. Menu pricing is fair and consistent with high quality food, well-prepared. The wine list is very good with fairly-priced bottles. We enjoy returning...
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Fabulous
    a018428
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    I have been been to Chiara several times and it never disappoints. The food is amazing, the service is spot on and very friendly. The bar area was recently updated which makes more inviting to meet friends for a drink.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    Brad
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Chiara is one of the places that you can always count on. The menu is creative for foodies but there's "safe" items for conservative diners. The food is always first rate. The preparation is first rate. The service is professional. And the ambience is appropriate. The acoustics are sufficient to mask a loud group in the bar area. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It never fails at Chiara
    BCD04
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    I love this place! Small and intimate, Chiara has a great vibe with an outstanding wine and cocktail list. The service is always good...the bartenders are friendly and knowledgeable. Did I mention the food? Apps, Small Plates and great Entrees. I love Chiara!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Glad I went back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    This is an update from my review on 7/27/13. Took us a while, but we finally made it back to Chiara. The food remains great, and I was happy that the service this time around was much more attentive. Overall speed/flow of the meal was much improved. We will return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    Anne
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    I wanted to celebrate my mother's visit from Belgium with a remarkable dinner experience. Chiara Bistro was the excellent choice: delicious prepared plates in a cosy setting. We absolutely enjoyed the special of the day: duck. The chocolate cake was one to remember!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • relaxing
    Patathome
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Chiara has a relaxed, casual atmosphere. It was easy to hold a conversation. The menu was also inviting. We found a number of dishes we would have ordered. The owner was at the desk when we left and introduced himself to us - a nice touch.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 53 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1151 reviews are from the Chiara Bistro reviews archive.
  • Enjoyable experience all around
    Cardeetoo
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    The food, ambiance and service were notable. I enjoyed a leisurely dinner with my sister in an atmosphere that had great energy. Our waiter was friendly and funny but unobtrusive when we wanted to just linger and talk. The food was beautifully presented and uniquely flavorful. I was sorry I didn't have room for dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappointed
    ShellyVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We ended up sitting near the bars, Chiara has greatly expanded its bar menu - the calamari, the gnocchi & meatballs are great to share with a small group. The cocktails are fantastic ..try the lemon martini. The service was great, unlike other restaurants, they let you linger and enjoy the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Visit Yet
    Reggie
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Chiara is our go-to restaurant for special occasions and when guests come to visit. This recent dinner was, I think, our best one yet. The duck confit wontons were perfect and the lamb lollichop pleased the guests. They thought lamb could not be better until the rack of lamb special arrived and it delivered. I had the organic pork porterhouse steak and I don't think I've had a better entree at Chiara. Desserts and coffee topped off a great meal. They sat us at the back so noise level was lower than normal. We'll be back soon, and I'm happy to see the pork porterhouse on the regular menu. Steve was his usual gracious self with a visit to our table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate