Chili U
Chili U

Chili U

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.chili-u.com/
  • Phone: (847) 549-3152
  • Hours of Operation:


    Monday - Wednesday: 11:00am - 12:00am
    Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 11:00am -11:00pm
    Sunday: 11:00am - 8:00pm
    Bar is open late!
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food, International
  • Executive Chef: Marc Bianchini
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lake & Milwaukee
  • Public Transit: Libertyville Metra
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Chili U
A taste of the world’s most unique flavors and spices has arrived to Libertyville. Here, you’ll always find the modern comfort food you’re craving. But not in the average, ordinary way. Instead, we want you to explore taste, be flavorfully adventurous. While other restaurants have “a chili” on the menu, we have a long list–from deliciously basic to taste-temptingly exotic. On the occasion you feel like something beyond the bowl, we have a full menu of uniquely delicious dishes destined to become your new favorites. Stop in for dinner, have a drink at our bar and lounge. Our goal is to satisfy every one of your senses. And add a little extra spice into your life.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Chili U reviews from OpenTable diners
39 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (29)good for groups (17)vibrant bar scene (17)kid-friendly (15)fit for foodies (13)hot spot (13)great for outdoor dining (12)great for lunch (10)late-night find (7)great for brunch (4)special occasion (3)scenic view (2)notable wine list (1)romantic (1)Show More
  • Salad & Chili
    Burnett
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    You want Steak & Noodles, have it your way. Your girl wants a salad? She will be quite pleased with the terrific choices. Mac & Cheese and the sliders are great too. And if you're into martini's, Chili-U has a version of the cosmo that would make a lumberjack proud. It's a great place when you can't decide what you want, but you want something good.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    Tablefortwo
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We came for a great bowl of chili, and ChiliU didn't disappoint. I had the Midwest chili on mashed potatoes with quest freso. Yummmmmm. We also shared the sweet potato tots with chiliu ranch, also very good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Friday Night Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Chili U is turning into our go-to place for good food and a great weekend atmosphere. The staff is friendly and attentive. Thanks for a great experience!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quality Food, Quality Choices
    cubsfan847
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Chili U is a contemporary restaurant with a very active bar. I've been there many times, but always in the front bar portion. This trip was dinner in the rear dining room. Friendly service, and the menu of quality bar food and higher end chilis and choices will suit most people. The chilis we ordered were great, and their fluffernutter bread pudding was a nice ending to the meal. The water served tasted like well water, which was my only complaint.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy
    MiTesoro
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I brought someone from out of town; which never had been to a ChiliU. It was a fun and tasty experience for him! Both the food and bottle of wine ordered filled our appetites and painted smiles on our faces. :) Blackhawks game was a plus! To mix a sport atmosphere and family/date spot is a HIT in my book. The decor and service holds the sports games to a higher upscale experience as compared to an average sports bar. The savory food tops it all off! Yummy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Love brunch on weekends here!
    Lucy8438VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Weekend brunch is affordable and delicious! The CU bacon is phenomenal and the service is always awesome at the bar. Great place to watch Sunday football.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 3 strikes and your out
    RiverdogVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We have tried Chili U three times now, and while the food is good, the service has been terrible every time. It always takes a very long time (40 min) for our food to arrive. All 3 times our burgers had been cooked incorrectly. We actually ordered our burger rare last time, and sure enough, it still came out well done. I ordered a beer from our waiter that never came. I ordered no cheese or mayo on my sandwich, and it came with both. I was told a side of grits in place of fries would cost $1.50 and was charged $3.50 on our bill. These really are unfortunately only a few of the problems we had, but I'm not going to continue to list them. Bottom line, the food is tasty, but the wait staff/kitchen can't seem to get it right. :(
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really good food close to home
    RLfoodie
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I have been here twice have tried an assortment of the menu and nothing has disappointed. Loved the kolby burger, the sliders are great, the sweet potato tots blew me away and love their appetizers. (Fried pickles) my fav. 1st time I showed up went had no reservation 2nd time we did b/c went in group setting and the service was outstanding, the manager was attentive and our server Justin was great. Would most definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DinnerDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We were disappointed that our 2 entrees arrived barely warm (we both ordered chili on top of mashed potatoes). We had each ordered a different chili and both had good flavor, probably even more savory if warmer. Our server was barely ever visible and therefore we sat waiting for beverages as well as our check. We have dined here before and had better (very good-4 star) experiences, but not this visit. [Learned from past visits: The aim of the spotlights can be quite bright in your eyes in certain seats around the table and the table legs on the 2 tops are knee bumpers.]
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Casual Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Very casual and maybe a little too noisey but the food is good, the service was also very good and the ambiance is enjoyable in a casual and friendly way.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, a little too loud...
    AnnaMarie
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    My boyfriend and I just moved into town and heard great things about this restaurant. We took my parents and brother here on Friday night for dinner. Our server was great and the food was wonderful. The only downfall was that the kitchen is open to the dining room and we were seated right in front of the line. It was noisy with all of the plates and silverware being knocked around. It was hard to have a nice conversation. Next time we come I will have to request to be sat away from the kitchen. I heard the area up front by the bar is really nice!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Experience
    LauraBVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Great food. Great service. Great outdoor space. Great prices. Even though it's far (about 30 minutes), we'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We Will Be Back!
    Iago
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great ambiance and outstanding waitstaff. We will definitely be going back. Thanks for a pleasant evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chili U review
    LoveAgoodRestaurant
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Horribly understaffed and unorganized, food took forever and was very overpriced. For my wife and I with an appetizer, two entrees, a drink a piece (no dessert) it was just over $60 (excluding tip). Ambiance is nice both inside and outside seating. Menu sounds good, but food was disappointing unfortunately. I won't be going back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasantly Suprised
    Dogger2270VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We both enjoyed the chili. My wife had traditional chili mac while I had African Chicken chili. I really like the chicken chili. Flavors were complex and fun. Chicken was prepared very well. Menu has a lot more than chili which is nice. We plan to go back with family and friends. Bar looked like it was hopping and the outdoor area was small but nice. Hope the do seasonal menu adds or changes. Beer selection was very nice as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun with Chili
    mkc918VIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Really enjoyed all of the options. Food was great, even enjoyed it as leftovers. Service could have been a bit more attentive, but overall I'd definitely recommend to friends and return.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 76 reviews are from the Chili U reviews archive.
  • Very enjoyable
    IrishBiddy
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I had not been back to Libertyville in over a decade so imagine my surprise to see Milwaukee Ave thru town. Wonderful - had a great time. Service is very attentive but not overly so. Food was good -- I tried the chili as it was the house specialty and it was fine. I think I need to try it again to see if consistent. I was not OVERWHELMED with my choices but conversely I would not rave about them either. Good package though of summer outdoor dining + good food + good service. Of course I had great company so the evening was perfect.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Homemade Chili
    ChiliUfan
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We went there for lunch and it was way different then I thought it would be. The service was great and timely. The twice baked potato was amazing. Both my husband and I had a chili meal and we loved it.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not just for Chili!
    foodfinder
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We went to Chili U for brunch on Father's Day. Mimosas only $1! We got the daily quiche, which was a generous portion and definitely made with farm fresh eggs. Our 1 year old LOVED it too. My husband got the Angus burger (a whole half pound) and raved about it. I ordered the Shrimp Po'Boy, which as a former New Englander, definitely fit the bill and hit the spot! On a New England roll and seasoned perfectly. Can't wait to have it again. Can't wait to also try the Chili this winter.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • enjoyable time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Great concept to biuld your own chili. also seemed to have alot of other great items on the menu that we will have to try next visit. Very pleasnt evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Updated presentation/comfort food
    Judgemug
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Opentable enabled us to avoid a wait and there was a line to get in for our whole stay. Upbeat team presents a flex able variety of modern spins on good comfort foods. Parking can be tricky as many other area restaurants also draw in diners. Fun to people watch out windows. Outdoor patio area was popular but did see sun angles causing squinting near sunset. Skip deserts, focus on the main dishes and pair with a good variety of drinks. Glad they had rootbeer for the kids. Nice area to walk around as well.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Comfort with a kick
    Bonnie
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Chili done any way you like it. I had th Thai - awesome. We also got the vegetarian and it was great. The lobster Mac was also scarfed up. Service was prompt and knowledgable about the menu. Made great suggestions on portion sizes and cocktail list. There's enough ambient noise to bring kids. Lots of hightop tables, though.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    CML11
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Chili U has always been a great place to eat but what really stands out to me is the great service. The manager is always walking around, making sure everyone is happy. The staff is so friendly and accommodating and I've never really had a bad experience there!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not Just Chili
    anonVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    a nice addition to the area. Plenty of chili choices, but the burgers were great, the fish tacos were tasty, and the sweet potato tater tots are not to be missed. Pretty noisy up front near the bar. Some nice craft brew choices on the menu too.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • More than chili
    Ynoteatout
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    No one at our table even ordered chili because we love their burgers. Great food, fun waiter and nice atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slightly Disappointing
    LFcoupleVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We love the menu, but the food was off the mark this time. I had a make-your-own chili with the ground turkey base and hash browns, and it was only fair. My wife had a chopped salad, but the dressing and chicken chunks had absolutely no flavor. Our waiter was very personable, and their beer and wine selection was good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Comfort food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I enjoyed this restaurant. The restaurant had a casual vibe with a wide menu. Appetizers were solid. The lobster mac n' cheese was delicious. Everyone enjoyed their chili. You can make your own dish: pick a chilli style (I chose mid west style), pick a base (I chose mashed potatoes), pick your toppings (I opted for cheese and sour cream). One of us had their thai shrimp chili. If you like spice this one is for you. One negative is that they sat us in the room off the bar area. This made it VERY noisy. If you go and want to be able to hear your table conversation be sure to sit in the dining room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chili U- beyond chili!
    spicegoddess7
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    We went to Chili U for the first time and had a totally enjoyable evening. The restaurant atmosphere was unique and had a great eclectic vibe. Food choices were fun and we tried different appetizers (loved the fried pickles!)- both very good and shared a korean salad with a build your own chili. Love the concept here of comfort foods but nothing so heavy- really enjoyed that it was the type of place you could have a conversation with friends without screaming. Of course, it was a Sunday evening...but we will definitely be back again!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chili and more
    Janet
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    We went on Sunday during March madness, busy but not packed. We sat at the bar and ordered 3 different kinds of chili, they will customize your chili for you. Loved it. Others were having the brunch specials which looked good. Will try those next time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nothing really special
    ChitownRikVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    My family got together for brunch on Sunday and this was my first time to Chili U. They were out of two of the 4 chili bases, so I tried the apps Fried Pickles and Waffle Fry Poutine. Nothing special. The fried pickles were "fried" and had no real taste other than that. The waffle fry poutine was rather gross with the "gravy" being congealed and jelly-like, not the beefy brown gravy you would normally get. The cheese was white and possibly a liquid, not curds. I also ordered the sliders consisting of a chili beef, a pulled pork and a kobe beef. The kobe beef was very tasty without adding any toppings, very good. The others not so. The staff was great. I might try Chili U again, but probably not, I don't think anything there would wow me.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Greeting
    Dusty
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    I was greeted within a couple of minutes. It was my first time there. A staff member came up and explained to me about menus, putting orders in, etc. He walked me through everything so that was good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Visited for first time on
    TonyD
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Visited for first time on a Saturday night. My wife and adult son enjoyed their meals very much They had the special Cincinnati Chili and the Almost Texan. My Midwestern Chili was warm at best. Will try it again.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyed our meal, atmosphere.
    Enjoyed
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    We all (3) chose different appetizers and menu items. Everything was great. The selection offers something for everyone. Plenty of Gluten free too. IT was nice to be able to take our time at the table (in back, not at the bar which is in front) , share a good bottle of wine -- AND HEAR one another talk. THe tables are spaced well. Not crowded. Service is not fast, but is good. All 3 of us look forward to going back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food!!!
    MG63VIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    The name Chili U is a misnomer- yes they have traditional chilis but so much more!! I had the BELT sandwich-delicious!!! They are more of a gastropub type place with great eclectic food selections Stop by if you are in Libertyville!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good stuff
    EasyDiner
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Took my wife out for dinner, and we were pleased. The selection was good and the waiter was attentive. The atmosphere was nice. It really is a different take on chili.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent place for Ordinary food
    KixsombutVIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    The food isn't anything special even though the description sounds really imaginative. Food came out slightly cold. Poutine was different. Melted cheese chunks over fries with a weird tomato cream sauce, not gravy. Turkey chilli was good, nice and hearty. African chicken was angel hair pasta in Thai peanut sweet sauce. I would not recommend this, sweet tasting dinner entrée.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hot chili on a cold day
    Janet
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    The chili was really good as was the meatball appetizer we had and we loved the rumchata smootie!! the mimosa was not good but hey it was $1 so..... it was quiet on a sunday afternoon when we went.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We'll be back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    It was hard to choose something off of the menu because everything sounded so good. Neither my wife or I got the chili and we were both very happy with our meals. Can't wait to go back and sample their namesake.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun night with friends
    JenG
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Chili U has an interesting take on chili. I've been three times and gotten totally different dishes. Each one excellent and unique. This visit out server was less than knowledgable about the cocktails on the menu and the Moscow mule was mediocre. Hockey and football on the TVs, so it got a little noisy in there, but we had a nice time. Service was on the slow side, but it was a busy time. Overall, I had a good experience there. If conversation and speed are important to you, consider going off peak.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Accommodating
    Donna
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Not only good food, service but friendly and accommodating. Would recommend this place to everyone I know.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.