Cibugnu

Cibugnu

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cibugnu.com/
  • Phone: 5045588990x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday: 5:15pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 5:15pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Wine Bar, Sicilian
  • Executive Chef: Nick Vella
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Special Events: Let us Host your next Business or Social Event. Please contact us for Specialized Menu Selection.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Girod
  • Public Transit: Street car stop on Girod
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: In addition to street parking there is a lot next to restaurant for a fee.
A word from Cibugnu
Cibugnù will offer an exquisite array of progressive Sicilian food accompanied by some of the best wine and craft cocktails around!
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Cibugnu reviews from OpenTable diners
3 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food4.3
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (2)notable wine list (1)good for groups (1)great for outdoor dining (1)romantic (1)Show More
  • Great Italian food!!
    lancejw
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The house-made pastas are great (including the squid ink!) as are the pork chops and chicken. Great place with a great new chef.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was a revelation.
    wholeclove
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Really really amazing menu. I dined at Cibugnu with a real Sicilian, too, who loved the food. I had the squid ink pasta, which was superior to any I've had elsewhere. The pizza was amazing, actually much better than I've had some specialty pizza establishrments in NOLA and elsewhere. So different from the usual "Italian" offerings here, and apart welcome (to me) addition to the restaurant scene here. We had all fish and vegetable dishes, though the meat offerings looked delicious too. The staff was attentive and interested in hearing our feedback. My only complaint was the music. Loud indie punk, even something I like, is the last thing I would wish to accompany anyone's romantic dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • How to they stay open?
    IHeartNOLA
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    7:00 p.m. on a Saturday night, and we were the only ones there. Literally. In spite of this, we felt rushed by the waitress. The menu is very limited, the wine list even more so. They offer only two by the glass -- one red and one white. That's it. The appetizers were the best part of the meal, we had the calamari and bruchetta. The pizza crust is very good, the sauce was fair. I would not recommend this restaurant. It is a dead spot.
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  • Great find!
    belleln
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We booked reservations for 7 to celebrate my sons graduation. The seating was good & it was not too noisy for us to converse. Wait staff was helpful in explaining menu items & choosing wine. We had several pasta dishes, a couple wood-fired pizzas & several appetizers. The Chopped Salad (one of the specials of the day) was exceptional & the wine was perfect. All of our party were happy with the dinner & would return.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Decent but needs to mature
    Kaldiner
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Our waitress was brand new and didn't know much about the very expansive wine list. The entres looked great (braised kale, chicken livers), but were somewhat small in size. We did have to ask for our bread, but when it came it was probably the best part of our meal. We sat outside which is lovely being right across from a park, but keep in mind, it is right on the streetcar line so very very loud about every 10 minutes. Overall I think it has potential, if just needs more time to iron out the fine details.
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable.
    Wadelit
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    First time. The food was really good and so was the cocktail. We will go back.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find for Italian-New Orleans
    BSandersVIP
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    Very personal service, felt like we were Family by the end of the night! Food fit for Foodies! Lamb Osobuco the best!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Im pretty sure this place is closed
    Foodiefun91VIP
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    Made a reservation for lunch, tried calling all morning but kept getting a recording even once they were "open" and the recording changed. But then I figured, it's on OpenTable, they must be open if they're taking reservations. We showed up to a dark restaurant with chairs stacked on tables. We went next door to Herbsaint instead and had a lovely time.
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  • Open table down!
    Eddie
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    We called the restaurant to add 2 friends and were told "open table is down and I don't know how many are coming tonight but please come!" And we were al glad we did. We had one vegetarian and she had a wonderful dish. We stayed for. 3 hours and had wonderful food and service and fairly priced and delicious food.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice italian food
    Ezsotomayor
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I took my girlfriend for valentines dinner. Food was really good specially the desserts, wine was excellent too. I liked it a lot
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was excellent, everything
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food was excellent, everything from the appetizers to the latte I ordered after my meal. The decor could use some work. If a few things were tweaked in the interior, this place would be amazing.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Find in New Orleans
    coastgirl
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We come to New Orleans a great deal and have eaten at many wonderful restaurants. We forgot it was Valentine's Day and didn't get reservations anywhere. The only restaurant with a 5:15 reservation was one we had never heard of , Cibugnu, but we took a chance. As you can imagine, we were the only customers at 5:15, but soon the restaurant filled with people. We weren't expecting a great meal, but we certainly received one. The service was friendly and efficient. Each dish was beautifully presented and delicious. We would definitely go back and encourage anyone wanting a new find in NOLA to try this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food good but terrible service
    Nola31
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    I think this place hasn't been open long but the service was chaotic. They seemed extremely understaffed - no hostess, no bartender - and the people who were there were running all over the place. We nearly left but they managed to seat us and the food turned out to be very good - although we were told that they had run out of pizza dough and most of the pasta dishes! It was pretty comical in retrospect but unless they sharpen up their service issues I don't expect this place to last. There are too many good restaurants in New Orleans to put up with poor service and menu substitutions.
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  • awful!
    nashvillediner
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Absolutely terrible customer service. Food was good, but I would NEVER return due to the awful service provided. When I have reservations somewhere, I expect to be acknowledged which they didn't even do. After waiting almost 10 minutes we had to go track down a server/bartender to let them know we were waiting to be seated and we had reservations. It was still another 10 minutes before we were seated. This place was NOT crowded in the least. It took quite a bit more time before we were given waters, greeted, etc. after being seated. The food was good but the service totally ruined the experience.
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  • Worst service in New Orleans!
    abermommy
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    We waited 15 minutes to be greeted at the door, 20 minutes for a glass of water, and an hour for our food. There were others there who waited over 2 hours for a pizza and then never received all of their food. It appeared that there were only 3 employees working, which is unacceptable for a Saturday night. The food was great, but not worth the wait.
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  • Underwhelming
    runner1967
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    I would not recommend this place. They had 1-server on a Saturday night and it seemed like one person in the kitchen. Just seems like they were trying to hard. Pork chop was actually very good but the pasta's seems overly complicated for those preferring a more traditional italian meal. When I asked to modify the spaghetti so that my wife could have red sauce vs white the server seemed offended. Now I now why this was the only Italian restaurant that had reservations available and all the others were booked.
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  • Simply Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    I had one of their pizzas and it was delish!!! My wife wanted a bit to taste and actually had two pieces. Apologize for not being to describe it better but to us, it was one of the best pizzas we've ever had. Been to Little Italy in NYC and Italy - this was the bomb. My wife ordered spaghetti to fuel up for our half marathon and it was so tasteful as well. Homemade pasta - yum! Only drank water but seemed to have a decent bar selection. With a pretty nice tip because the service was great - total bill still under $40.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's Okay...
    AuntieMame
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    We've been a couple of times now, with mixed results. The pizzas aren't all that interesting. The dinner entress were great one night, and acceptable another. Honestly, we really want to like this place, and that may be why I've rated it as highly as I have. But the truth is, unless one of us is craving the dessert calzone ~ with is REALLY good ~ I can't see returning. Not when there are so many other better places in town. It's not bad...it's just...not as good as we wanted it to be.
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  • Not as promised
    Firstvisitor
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    On a busy NO night no one was here. Place next door was booked out 2 hours & they couldn't comment on their neighbor restaurant?? Spoke volumes, we jumped back into cab, sorry...
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  • Very good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    Food was very good, a nice break from all the southern/Cajun/creole food in New Orleans. I would say one of the better meals, if not the best meal, we had in NOLA, and we ate at a couple John Besh restaurants, Doris Metropolitan, etc. The menu is limited, but you can order off the price fixe menu, which really expands your options.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprise! Great italian food in NO
    Wanderlust
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    We were visiting from CO and it was late in the evening on Christmas Eve. We didn't have many choices, but Cibugnu cheerfully accepted our last-minute reservation. We didn't expect much, but what we got was mind-blowing food and great service. Our party of 5 each ordered a different appetizer and entree. With one exception (which was merely good), the food was outstanding (including one of the best pizzas I've ever had.) Everything was so good we ended up eating off each other's plates so we could sample a little bit of everthing. Being foodies we had travelled to NOLA to indulge in the southern cooking (and we did), but Cibugnu will definitely be on our list on for our next visit.
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    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reveillon delight
    ChrisCalzone
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    My mom and I ate here for our first full night in New Orleans. We were a little unsure when we took a cab to the restaurant, and the driver had no idea what place we were talking about. But when we arrived, the ambiance was warm and rustic, albeit quiet (we were 2 of 8 total guests). We had the reveillon menu, which was amazing. Super flavorful, and intense seasonings. The portion sizes were huge for a four course meal, and could have definitely been split between two people. The services was friendly and inviting. Ate the end of the meal we walked the 17 blocks home to work off our full and satisfied bellies. I highly recommend the lamb osso buczco!!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice find in New Orleans
    lazchance
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    We found Cibugnu' in one of the local "things to do" magazines we found at the Doubletree Hotel and thought we'd give it a try that night. We were not disappointed. While we enjoyed taking meals in the heart of the French Quarter on a short trip, we wanted to try some local Italian (not Italian-American) cuisine and Cibugnu' sounded interesting. The menu is somewhat limited, but don't let that scare you away. What they make, they make from scratch and the recipes are authentic. Having traveled to Italy, Cibubnu' is as close as you'll get to real Italian cuisine without taking an 8 hour airplane ride. Try it! You'll like it!
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Italian
    Love2eatoutVIP
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    Good Italian food. The pasta with mushrooms was excellent as was the roasted Brussels sprouts. I think if you stick to the specials that are true to Italian regions you can't go wrong.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Unique Italian
    DiamondDave
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    The name is unique and food is unique... and very good. Pastas are made in house and are a departure from the usual offerings. They're also very good and paired with flavorful, high-quality ingredients to form complex, delicious dishes. Portions are generous and prices are reasonable. The wines are well matched to the food and the wait staff is friendly and knowledgeable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    We were here for a medical congress and shocked by how booked up the whole city was on a Saturday night... then we found Cibugnu. It was exactly what we wanted - very good quality food in a fun atmosphere where it was not so loud that you couldn't have a conversation. Service was very friendly and attentitve. Delish cocktails, interesting wine list, and great entrees. Food was fresh and creative - we had a hard time deciding what to order - and everyone was happy with their choices in the end. Would definitely recommend!
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We went for a special advertised
    Cess
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    We went for a special advertised price set menu and they had changed it. The food was okay but we will not be back. The manager knew we were disappointed but did not offer us anything to make up for it.
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  • Great quiet restaurant with great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    A very creative menu. Food was very well prepared. I would recommend Cibugnu to all who have overdosed on Creole food in New Orleans and who would like some very good food in a place where one can have a conversation without shouting.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Innovative menu
    NOLAgrl
    Dined on 11/21/2013
    The menu at Cibugnu is innovative, delicious and well portioned. The service was excellent. We will definitely go back.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great addition to the neighborhood
    Fran
    Dined on 11/20/2013
    We went here for an early dinner before a game and loved it. It's a fairly small space, but not crowded, that has a hip but cozy feel to it. Our server could not have been nicer or more accommodating. We ordered a pizza & 3 pastas to share between 2 couples & all 4 were delicious. The bruschetta appetizer (4 big pieces) was fabulous & the ravioli was my favorite of the pastas we tried. Will definitely be back. Looking forward to them opening for lunch.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Original - good food - service slow
    LarryDevil13
    Dined on 11/17/2013
    Even though not that crowdy, service was slow. Food was really good, fresh, and well prepared. An honest wine list, faifhfull to the Italian team. Would expect a bit more originality for pastas, not much choices vs the pizza's... A good recommendation, to explore. Can fit a small group or romantic night.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, late-night find, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was a little noisy but
    Fran
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    It was a little noisy but everything else was wonderful: food, service and a nice wine
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sports bar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Cibugnu needs to decide what it is. I thought I was going to a restaurant, but instead ended up at a sports bar. I took family and friends here and was quite disappointed. Televisions were on hi volume blasting the nights football game. The food was nicely done, but hard to appreciate in the atmosphere.
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  • Good...Not Great...
    HulkFist99VIP
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    I eat out a lot here in New Orleans and I was looking forward to trying Cibugnu. As the title implies...it was good...not great... The bruschetta was a bit over toasted and hard, which was a little disappointing (I think I have been spoiled by Dominica's version); the beet salad was ordinary, but the ravioli with corn and mushrooms was absolutely outstanding. Finally we had the whole fish...which again, was just okay. The waitstaff were great and the cocktails were pretty good too. We went on a Friday night and we were only one of two occupied tables...Herbsaint next door was packed, however. I might go back, but for the price point, I would probably hit something like Bayona or Herbsaint instead...even if it ends up costing $20-$30 more...
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  • Italy enough said!
    Godfather
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    I have been to Italy and have yet to find a restaurant to come close to the cooking. Until now! This is my new
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was good, but the
    ldgjd
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    The food was good, but the service was quite poor. Two larger parties came in right after we were sat, which is understandable that things get hectic at that point. But no one seemed to help out. My date and I sat with empty plates (and more importantly - empty wine and water glasses) in front of us for at least 30 min. While the maitre d kinda stood behind the bar and the other server just kept re-arrainging a large table set up. I will go back, but not by my suggestion.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Funny name for a fabulous find
    LuvinIt
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    In New Orleans on business, I booked a same-day reservation at the only restaurant that had space on a Saturday night for a party of 8. When the concierge at my hotel told me he had never heard of Cibugnu, I was worried but out of options. My worry was misplaced. What a fabulous find. Great food -- including the best bread I have ever eaten. Great atmosphere --The energy in the restaurant was fun, boisterous and casual. And the exposed brick walls, tin ceiling and simple artwork made for a perfect vibe. I will definitely retuthe next time I make my way to the Big Easy.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too much of not a good thing
    VisitingWineTaster
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    The restaurant doesn't have adequate ventilation for a wood-smoke oven. The odor is strong, which affect first impressions. It made us reluctant to stay, but we were meeting the rest of our party there. The space did not appear clean or fresh and was dimly lit, but not in a romantic way- just poor lighting. The staff was friendly. The food was creative but maybe a bit too far reaching in the taste combinations. The dishes were strong in salt and char, and lacking in sauce. The entrees weren't filling, so if you go, plan on ordering family-style and passing appetizers and pasta first. The heaping portion of sorbet at the end of the meal was my favorite part. Sorry- it just wasn't what we were looking for...
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  • Saturday Night Dining Experience
    Sparty517
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    My wife and I happened upon this restaurant while dining next door and decided to try it out. The waiter was great and explained all the nuances of the menu and made some great recommendations. The calamari appetizer was great and my wife's pasta was excellent. My steak was cooked perfectly and the taste was excellent. It is definitely an undiscovered gem!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    xxxxxVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    Went to an Italian restaurant thinking we would have a veal dish....none to be found. very limited wine list....by the glass your choice is one red or one white.
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