Church & Main
Church & Main

Church & Main

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.churchandmainvt.com/
  • Phone: 8025403040x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday-Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary European, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Main Street
  • Parking: No
A word from Church & Main
Church & Main is located in downtown Burlington, Vermont, at the corner of Church and Main Streets across from historic City Hall. Locally owned and operated, the restaurant offers a sophisticated yet comfortable dining experience in a relaxed, cosmopolitan atmosphere. As a member of the Vermont Fresh Network, we locally source as many ingredients and products as possible, and the creative Contemporary American menu will appeal to a wide variety of tastes.

Church & Main stands out among the best and most coveted reservations within the Burlington area by adhering to uncompromising standards, ensuring that you feel welcome upon your arrival and always leave smiling. A creative kitchen, elegant atmosphere, sophisticated wine list, well-equipped bar, and a welcoming and responsive staff promise to make Church & Main a unique dining experience you will be eager to return to time and again.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Church & Main reviews from OpenTable diners
38 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.8
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
79% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (19)great for outdoor dining (16)special occasion (16)romantic (11)neighborhood gem (9)notable wine list (9)good for groups (8)vibrant bar scene (7)late-night find (5)great for lunch (3)scenic view (2)hot spot (2)great for brunch (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Perfect!
    Pugselky
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This is one of my favorite restaurants. Imaginative use of local fresh food in a great location just steps from the Flynn. We've never had anything but great food here and a wonderful time here!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • al fresco
    Carol
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We chose to sit outside which is the reason for the lower ambiance score and higher noise score. There were a few things going on that were out of the restaurant's control but made our dining experience less than ideal. The pros and con of being on Church Street. The food and service were both excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Church Street Dining
    kprior
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We met friends for dinner and were thrilled to be able to sit outside on Church Street. People watching in Burlington is big fun. We enjoyed three fine appetizers and the entrees were outstanding. My son's dessert was just amazing! We will definitely return here.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    great server, attentive. interesting menu. the weak spot is the food itself. burger was very good but not the thing I'd like to be saying was good. the cioppino was a mess -- overcooked seafood and broth was way too salty. the salad with prosciutto was likewise way too salty.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Apps disapoint, mains inpress
    AlishogVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Great location with fantastic gnocchi and Portsmouth scallops as our main dishes - quite phenomenal and a huge shock given our preview of the main dishes. This is because sadly the appetizers were exceedingly poor. The broccoli soup offered as the soup of the day was salty and tasted like roadside diner soup. It was uninspired. the goat cheese appetizer, polenta and goat cheese Timballo was dry. The polenta that enveloped the cheese was tasteless and dry and one would hope that the goat cheese at the center would do something to elevate the dry and tasteless polenta. Sadly it was the opposite because the cheese was also dry. The mains were excellent - tasty sauce for the gnocchi and a perfect cook on the scallops. Great service by Maci.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yumm!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    We were looking to go out to dinner after a 12 hour day at work (finish at 8pm) and the pickings are slim in our area. We had a gift certificate to Church and Main and they are open late, so we went! Once again, delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Local Fare
    EMR1
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We enjoyed the local Vermont cheeses, as well as farm to table specials.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but overpriced
    love2eat
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We've been to Church & Main a number of times but not sure we'll be back. The food is great but definitely overpriced...which we remembered thinking the last time after we got last night's bill. Not only is it overpriced in general, but when you ask for ketchup and they charge you $2? That just leaves a bad taste in your mouth no matter how good the food is. If you're looking for good food and want to sit outside and watch all the Church Street activity I would definitely recommend...just be sure your wallet is full before you go.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Trendy and not polished
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Pros: Nice spot on Church street; nice people and decor; nice place for a drink or cocktails with friends. Cons: Service was too slow, it took one hour hour to receive our appetizers. Our bottle of wine was not served cold. We were told it was a very popular wine! We were not able to start to enjoy it before our main course! The food was ordinary and even bad. Somes plates were too salty. My main course was gnoccis; it was a huge plate, the pasta itself was too big in size (a big chunk of 2 inches) and a with a greasy after taste; not polished at all. We were extremely dissapointed with this meal. This place used to be really good and fun 2 or 3 years ago, but not anymore. For sure it was our last visit. A bad experience with a $200 bill.
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  • Good location; disappointing food
    JazzyCat
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The site of this restaurant is excellent - outside - on the corner - lots going on. Service was very good. Unfortunately our food was expensive and mediocre for the most part. Calamari was good. Seafood small plate was very salty. Gnocchi was not seasoned well - it had some nice vegetables in it though. The pasta special was very good. We tried two desserts: the tart was unremarkable, and the ice cream sandwich got mixed reviews. The ice cream was very tasty; the peanut brittle was nice; the cake part of the sandwich was tough and tasted stale. No one was totally happy with the food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely!
    Reba
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Had salmon with lentils and it was marvelous! Atmosphere was really nice for our group of 5. Cocktail list was fantastic. Will totally go back and I don't repeat often.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Truly "fine dining"
    Fraser
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    This was a fantastic find. From finding the menu online to making a reservation, it was an enjoyably simple and easy experience. The food was great, so much so that I no longer dare to cook scallops or pork tenderloin, knowing I'll never be able to attain the perfect taste and texture that they had. Being able to sit outside, and enjoy the beautiful weather and the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival made the experience that much more exceptional.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • they tried to make us happy
    ThankYouVeryMuch
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    3 times to get their specialty app dish edible was not ok. The waitress tried but the kitchen did not. No wondering why its empty anymore.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Experience
    OHTravellerVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Our visit to Church & Main was one of the nicest dining experience we've had in a long time. The food was imaginative and tasty; the service was friendly and efficient. The wine list was nicely curated, with many offered by-the-glass. Oddly (for Burlington, that is), there were only three beers offered on tap, but they were good ones.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Nice food preparation, relatively small portions for the price. Service was excellent, seating prompt. Small and not overwhelming
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great menu. Too warm!!
    localfoodie
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Great menu and service. Only my second time there, but both times it was way too warm inside making it an uncomfortable meal . . . particularly when you're dressed up and trying to "stay cool".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was dreadful.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Overcooked meat...even after sending it back. Oysters were overpriced and were the smallest oysters I have ever seen. They should let them grow up a little. Nothing that I ate there was worth mentioning.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Experience
    seegrace
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    From the food to the service to the ambiance, I loved every single thing about dinner at Church & Main. We were very impressed with the whole staff; they were very knowledgeable when it came to picking out wine and recommending dishes. My friend and I got the 2 specials of the night, a salmon dish and a pasta dish, which were so nicely prepared and bursting with flavors. For dessert you must try the Chocolate Bliss. Out. of. this. world. I can't wait to come back to C&M!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 305 reviews are from the Church & Main reviews archive.
  • Worth the price
    Nightvisitor
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    So glad we had a reservation because the place was packed this past Friday night. We sat at the bar for about 45 mins prior to being seated--our choice--we'd arrived early for this purpose. We had a drink, but the bartender never bothered to come back and ask if we wanted another one, and at the time the bar wasn't very full yet. He was more interested in the younger couple a few seats down. Our waiter was great, very polite and attentive. The food was amazing. Scallops for my wife and steak for me, and we shared both. Perfection on both counts. Dessert was key lime pie and coffee which was also very good. Our only complaints were the bartender and the fact that it was about 100 degrees in the restaurant. Other people were saying same.
    Special Features:
    Late-Night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Church & Main
    FoodieVT
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Menu is diverse & fresh, service is responsive & attentive! They all care about your dining experience. Food is very flavorful.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fabulous food
    Carol
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    the calamari appetizer was one of the best we've ever had. light and crispy and perfect sweet/spicy sauce to go with it. I had the herb pork loin - delicious and tender. my husband had the taco special - lobster & scallops - he said it was also delicious. we shared the pecan pie/tart and it was also delicious! wish i'd had my own!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Bad--
    likegoodservice
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    All in all, better than expected. I felt they were really trying to do things right. The food really was outstanding, the ambiance a weak very good... the high ceilings reduce the noise a lot, but the abundant black curtains make it seem like they're taking the easy way out in the decor department, as if it was quickly put together theatre set. The service for the most part very good, but there's a difference in quality between and earnest college student and true professional wait staff. The wine list was okay... but the markup too high for the product.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent dinner
    Nokkvi
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We chose this restaurant initially because they took reservations and we knew it would be a busy Saturday night. We were so happy that we did because the food was outstanding. Everything about the dinner was excellent. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I arrived early and was seated
    lpeteVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    I arrived early and was seated immediately. I ordered salmon which was paired with a turnip mash and mixed mushrooms. Very good. I'm looking forward to returning.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Most fun we've had in years
    FOODIEFUN
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    It's always a chore to get downtown. There is never any parking and the hassle never seems to be worth it. After playing the where do you want to eat game?, we passed Church and Main and a parking space!!! So, it seems like fate brought us together. We sat outside and were helped through the specials and she guided me through the wine menu (which seemed to have something from everywhere). She convinced us to try something new and so we went with a Spanish red. It was to big for me but my boyfriend liked it. The menu wasn't crazy, and we were able to find things that we liked. We enjoyed the oysters and seafood medley with a tomato sauce. The Ceaser was crisp and the Salmon was amazing, but you HAVE TO HAVE the SCALLOPS!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • perfection
    anniversary
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary at Church and Main. This was not our first visit. The staff knew of the celebration and made certain that we had a table with some privacy. The staff was very attentive, but not overbearing. The complimentary champagne was wonderful. This was an unrushed meal, as always. The food is superb, the wine list is excellent, the ambiance is special and the staff is very knowledgeable about both food and drink. We recommend this restaurant to friends on a regular basis and always book it for special occasions. It was the perfect beginning to a perfect evening, one that we will long remember.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Locals talk about how Church
    Byronic
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Locals talk about how Church & Main is trying to find its identity after several recent changes. We were very pleased with the new Spring/Summer menu and its creative choices (a deconstructed cioppino, for example, creative cocktail specials that were not all sweet, the choice of small plates or large ones, and the decision to connect with local suppliers and to work with a local co-op market. The waitstaff and the General Manger loved to talk about food (always a good sign). The place needs a new coat of paint (hopefully not so dark) and the live music can get a bit loud, but large tables (even the two-tops) and their placement encouraged conversation, and the waitstaff went out of its way to accommodate seating preferences & service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor experience
    Diner
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Service was as bad as I can remember. Our waitress took around 15 minutes to come by our table. Water glasses never refilled. Never checked if we needed anything or if things were satisfactory. Gnocchi were severely over cooked and oily with far too much thyme. Chicken cordon blu was bland but not as bad as the gnocchi server took forever to bring our check. Most unsatisfactory meal, for a hefty price, that I have had in some time.
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  • Not good
    diningcouple
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Poor service and poor food. I would not recommend this restaurant at all, particularly when they are other good places in the area.
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  • Wonderful experience
    ChoosyVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Excellent food prepared with creative thought. Interesting and enticing cocktails, Our waitress was attentive and pleasant. The octopus and polenta appetizers were delicious as were our dinnrers. The homemade ice cream with house made peanut brittle was a great way to end the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • our new favorite restauant
    ChoosyVIP
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    Great cocktails, delicious food, and beautiful ambiance. What else could you ask for? The ribeye steak was excellent as were the appetizers and dessert we shared. The manager also recommended a perfect wine. Looking forward to our next vist already.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overlooked, but why
    HolbergFamilyVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    I have passed Church & Main many times ans have never eaten there. For some reason most of thebusual places we eat had no reservations available. We gave Church & Main a try. It was great and will be on list in the future. The staff were great. The food was amazing. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not exceptional
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    The service was good but not of professional caliber. Server addressed only me a few times but didn't ask my husband if he needed anything as if I was to speak for him. I had the cheese board and the cioppini with Chorizo was ok only because I do tolerate hot and spicy foods occasionally but certainly was not warned of it's degree of spiciness. Largely mussels and maybe 2 large sea scallop sliced in half with about 2oz of cooked white fish broken up in it. Not a good value for what I paid. My husbands steak was nice although not the most tender we have ever had and the caesar salad ran the norm. In my opinion, too few wines by the glass. Not everyone wants to purchase a whole bottle. Probably won't venture back to BVT just to eat there.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's cold!
    KarenKVIP
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    We had to pick up my son at Burlington airport so we consulted open table for advice for a spot for dinner first. We dined at Church and Main. We enjoyed our meals very much. I had the scallops and they were delicious. Our waiter Stephen was sweet and attentive.We enjoyed some nice wine. The evening in Burlington was brutally cold on a quiet Wednesday night, the restaurant was fairly empty. It looked like a nice bar. I think we will come again in the summer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive but worth it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Nothing crazy extravagant but good food and good service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TASTY
    food4evr
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Very good food. The chocolate dessert especially. Yum good :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice for valentines day
    VTFoodie
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My wife and I gap had a nice "date" for valentines day. The service was great. All the staff were really nice. They even commented on the note I made when making the reservation on open table.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fancy date-night spot
    Vsauce
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We enjoyed the romantic atmosphere but were a bit disappointed by the lack of vegetarian options. Our server was able to accommodate my girlfriend and I by offering us an entree of the prixe fixe menu, but it would have been nice to have the option of an appetizer other than a cheese board. Wine was nice and the overall experience was positive, but menu options are very limited if you don't eat meat.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Craft Cocktail Spot
    ctxfoodie
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    I love Church & Main. I am so happy they are finally open on Sundays (and with the Church Service menu)!!! This is a great spot to get a craft cocktail and enjoy local Vermont food with a twist. The service is spectacular with a true neighborhood feel. I always end up in a great conversation at the bar sipping on a champagne cocktail. Definitely recommend the Spanish Influence as an appetizer. It is one of the best places to see and be seen in town. Will be coming back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had a very enjoyable dinner
    Roberto
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    We had a very enjoyable dinner prior to our attending a cultural event at the Flynn Theatre. Service was good, along with the food, ambiance, etc.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.