Circa
Circa

Circa

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://circasd.com/
  • Phone: 8006736822
  • Hours of Operation:
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  • Payment Options: Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Californian, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Circa
At circa we are drawn to a time when food was fresh, natural and grown close to our homes.
We are committed to our community and welcome our neighbors as 'owners' of their own local eatery.

We demonstrate our commitment to our local farmers by showcasing their produce in our seasonal menus.

We even grow our own micro-crops of "Wall-Greens" in our vertical hydro-garden, right in the dining room.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Circa reviews from OpenTable diners
39 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (33)fit for foodies (24)romantic (22)special occasion (14)notable wine list (8)great for outdoor dining (7)great for brunch (5)late-night find (3)good for groups (3)kid-friendly (2)hot spot (2)scenic view (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Just ok
    2foodies
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Great concept but they really need to step their game up on the preparation of the food. Great coffee!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Went for restaurant week
    shellbell
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Awesome and attentive waiter! He was great and chatted it up with us, but never ignored any other tables in the restaurant. Food was served perfectly. The sweet potato soup was amazing, had never had it before. btw peeps, this is the old Farmhouse Cafe location. Can't complain about my meal other than my wine pairing with dessert, it didn't fit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 5 Star,
    JaneAisling
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The menu, the decor and the setting are the perfect combination of casual and comfortable blended with extraordinary. A favorite of mine for instance - a Caprese salad, was suddenly made extraordinary by the flair of a twist of cantaloupe melon. Meatloaf, a least favorite of mine, makes me suddenly wonder what else from my mothers repertoire might be made extraordinary on this menu - it was divine. But the best of course was my entree - the Risotto. I Love Risotto, I always order it because we never make it at home. I have eaten in many, many five star restaurants, in here in LA, in London, in the south of France. Even for me was ,this risotto was an experience for my taste buds worth writing a review for. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Comfort food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Tried Circa for restaurant week with a group of friends. We enjoyed the comfort food (sweet potato soup, sirloin tips, chocolate mousse for me) and it's a cute place. It was a little loud since it was full and it's a small space, and service was a tad slow. Good experience overall though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Circa is what it says it is!
    Trish
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    This restaurant is the real deal - cooking from scratch - fresh and local. Chef Mike Almos passion for food that is authentic, local, fresh, and full of flavor shows through at every turn. Flavor profiles are perfect - presentation is on point - personal touch is everywhere. Chef Mike knows food, beer and wine and is happy to spend time with customers talking about the local farms, breweries, and wineries. No pretenses here. Chef and staff are the real deal - committed to telling the retro, rustic, local story and committed to guest experience. Restaurant week sweet potato soup and Braised beef excellent - Smoked Porter Chocolate Mousse an absolute must for dessert.But don't miss the homemade ice creams either.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Gourmet version of comfort food. Carefully selected quality ingredients. Generous portions. Food tastes great; eclectic ambience. Will return !
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum!
    Foodie4Life
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Wow- delicious food and really great service, so hard to find these days! The meatloaf and the chicken n dumplings were truly mouth-watering, mmmmm. The green bean casserole app wasn't my favorite, but my friend enjoyed it. Everything tasted fresh, great staff, and the ambience was one of the best in SD- I felt like I was in a romantic rustic woodland eatery in Europe. The only downside is that I'm 38 weeks pregnant and it was pretty hot in there! But normally that wouldn't bother me, in fact usually I hate AC blasting everywhere and making my food cold :) We will be back, thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great service, delicious food
    preskris
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    we had such a great experience at this fairly new little restaurant. it is owner/chef run and the food and service was fabulous. we had a small child and a vegan eater with us with us. They were very accommodating and altered and changed items on the menu for us. the ambience was great too!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    DonC
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We went early on a Saturday evening. I liked the ambience and the fresh food concept was appealing. The jazz was also a nice touch. However, after waiting over thirty minutes for our appetizers to arrive, we were informed the kitchen didn't get our order. We were given rather tasteless mini-bisquits to tide us over while we waited longer for our appetizers. The food was so-so. My daughter thought the flatbread appetizer had a burned rubber taste. The chicken and dumplings was overly salty. Eating the dumplings was like eating little balls of salt. The fresh catch (halibut) was good. The service was good.
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  • Okay, but not great
    Culinarian
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We had the sweet potato soup- the high point. Bratwurst and mustard appetizer - not bad, not great Main course braised pork with achiote, kale and yams - lacked flavor. Accompanying biscuits were small, misshapen and flavorless. Banana split - described on menu as being like bananas foster. Maybe because the banana had been partially cooked. Other than that, it bore no resemblance. It also had a DRY piece of cake in the mix. Although the service was good, it's not a good enough reason to return.
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  • GREAT NEW SPOT
    GordoVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    A great new spot and they are consistent with great food and service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not the best….
    Luna
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    After reading a review of Circa, decided to try it but was disappointed. The green bean casserole was okay but beans were hard; the meat loaf had an odd taste to it and the dessert shortbread tasted like it was about 3 three days old. Overall, not the best dining experience and will not be returning.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Birthday Dinner
    LocalFoodie
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    This was our 2nd visit to Circa. We liked it very much the 1st time and my husband picked it for his birthday dinner. It's an intimatel venue with a comfortable atmosphere. The jazz that is played on the genuine turntable (no CDs!) is perfect background music. The meals have been just wonderful both times we've been in. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wanted to love it but.....
    DinerGirl
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The old Farmhouse which was wonderful but pricey....wanted to love Circa for the same reasons (fresh food, organic, cozy, French ambiance, good service, neighborhood gem, etc.) but the food/menu just didnt carry it. The salads were just OK, and the entrees were not as inviting as we wanted. The chicken and dumplings which are a house favorite were quite salty while I had the pork shoulder which was rather good. This was our second visit to Circa but we just felt the menu was selective enough. I hope this restaurant does well and makes a few changes to the menu.......I wish this restaurant well but don't think we will return.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • thursday offline in old hood
    Andy123VIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Wow! Circa continues what Farmhouse was doing in this cool neighborhood. Great food, nice farm to table mentality. Chef came out several times to chat and then go back to whip up some nice concoctions from the kitchen. Very friendly staff. Very open to the wines our group brought to the restaurant. Corkage friendly. Only downside is that I live > 30 miles away. Double thumbs up! Look forward to going back in the near future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious comfort food
    PhotomanVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Nice, friendly and delicious. The service was great, the Waitress very helpful with our desire to share dishes. The menu is not extensive but All food items were well prepared. Although there are outside tables they are just off the street! the inside ambience is warm and cozy.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wanderingbear
    BearFacts
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    A Delightful find. Quality of Food and Service Outstanding ...ONLY negative not a place to have a conversation. Need some type of noise suppression. A Good Value. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Warm and Cozy
    DinerGirl
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    What a sweet little restaurant....X Farm House though same style, theme and warmth. Great service however we were the only patrons - apparently the word isn't out yet. Everything is fresh, homemade and with a lot of TLC. We really enjoyed our dining experience from food to ambiance to service. Hands-on owner; the waitstaff very professional and knew the menu from top to bottom. We would definitely dine again soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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  • Delicious restaurant
    MarilynVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Great service, delicious food, jazz music what could be better!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 21 reviews are from the Circa reviews archive.
  • Definitely a neighborhood gem
    SdtigsVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    While we are still in mourning for our beloved Farmhouse Cafe, Circa looks set to find a regular spot on our rotation when we are looking for dinner in the 'hood. Food was tasty, wine list is extremely fairly priced, and the funky retro atmosphere charms without cloying. Really enjoyed the music, and hope next time to be able to get a seat at the bar so we can get to know the new owner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great little place
    southpark
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Circa is in the spot Farmhouse Cafe used to be. While no one can replace The Farm, the food here is really solid. Good farm to table ingredients well executed. And the people are great. Some of the old Farmhouse staff is still here. Mike, the owner, is a really nice guy that knows how to run a restaurant. Give it a try!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food!
    Passion625
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We had mimosas and their flapjacks with bananas that were excellent. Definitely coming here again soon!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Homemade Ice Cream!
    Lkj77
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Great little restaurant! Great sauces on meals that make you feel like you're home with the family. They make all their own ice creams, so the desserts (very unique dishes) are amazing. Great music on vinyl. A find. We will be back.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT NEW SPOT
    GordoVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We keep coming back because the food is so fresh and flavorful! Service is excellent, very friendly and always open to suggestions. Highly recommend this local spot! We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food is good!
    southpark
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    You might underestimate this place as it is an unpretentious neighborhood restaurant. However, the food exceeds expectations. Take for example the meatloaf. I am not talking ground beef with ketchup. Perfectly executed flavors and textures. I can't remember what they call the steak entree but it is different than what I expected and way better. My husband like the salads and fish. The service here is warm and friendly. It is not stuffy at all, but not that obnoxious overly familiar style either.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Comfort Food Fantastic!
    CasperVIP
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    My family and my upbringing is from the south, so comfort food holds a special place in this already passionate foodie's heart. I ordered the chicken and dumplings and my girlfriend ordered the meat loaf. Both were fantastic! I can't say enough about how fresh and flavorful everything was. The chicken & dumplings, a classic dish a have had so many different ways, became new again. Truly delicious! If there was one thing I would suggest (definitely more of a want than a criticism), it would be more options on the menu.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Circa
    chefjack
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    If you haven't been, you owe it to yourself to try Chef Mike's incredible Succotash & Brussels Sprouts made with sweet corn and green beans in savory vegetable broth topped with succulent Maple Glazed Pork Belly. Made a second trip back just to see if it was as good the second time around. It was. The menu is ripe with house made specialties, like the hopped bratwurst braised in pale ale pan jus, served over sauerkraut to die for with a side of grain mustard and again house made pickles. This is the kind of neighborhood restaurant you dream of having around the corner. Kudos to Chef Mike, server Kristen and the professional staff for making us feel like we're having dinner at home.
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time - Not The Last Time
    LJNative
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Great service at each level of the Circa staff. Jen, our server was tops. She graciously took time to describe and explain the questions we had about style of beer, wine, and how a particular menu item was prepared. The quality of each menu item chosen by our party of four was first rate. We left quite pleased at the end of a fun evening. We shall return.
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    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good experience, food ok
    MaluVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Friendly and welcoming staff. I am a big foodie and the pairings of the food was unique and delicious, however, the portions and the prices was not valuable. Very expensive. If I had known, I would have opted for juniper and ivy. The Brussel sprout appetizer was mostly swimming in corn and only several leafs of Brussel sprouts. The main dish of halibut was very small and drowned by the red rice. This is merely to communicate to add more value to the dining experience. Thank you!
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    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • meatntato
    mctc
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    This was an excellent find! Small little place on Adams...would probably drive right by it if you didn't know the address. But the big taste makes up for the small space. We went on a Sunday evening so it was very quiet. The succotash/brussels sprouts was a great starter. The chicken and dumpling was phenomenal. And my wife, who is not a big pork eater absolutely loved the pork shoulder (at the recommendation of the server). The banana split with the homemade vanilla bean ice cream was the only way to finish off the meal. We would definitely come back here again!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    shoop
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    I guess I'm just a food snob but the dishes did not wow me. I would characterize them as timidly seasoned. I can't put my finger on exactly what I would change about the food, but for the price, it was not worth it.
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  • A Work in Progress
    Connie
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Good vibes, excellent service, comfortable. The ahi and spinach salad were only so-so, but the "beercan chicken" was very tasty. The "bones" are there for a good restaurant, I think they just need time. Just recently opened.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hole in the wall who?
    RJN3
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Circa was delicious and very quiet for my wife and I on Mother's day brunch. We enjoyed only having a few other people I the restaurant instead of a packed buffet. I recommend circa for lunch dates.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NEW LOCAL GEM
    GordoVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    They've only been open 3 weeks but they already have the food and service of a more established spot. Great menu and fantastic food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent food
    wapfgirl
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Wonderfully prepared, high-quality ingredients. All of the four people in our group enjoyed our entrees
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    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Some continuity is nice to see
    sdDiner
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Delighted to find out it was a chef under Olivier who took over as the new owner -- absolutely fantastic news to us! Everything was great. Portions come out looking small but you bite into them and are delighted -- you can taste the distinguishing quality. (*Scallop ceviche special that night was THE BEST ceviche I have ever had.) Very good comfort food. Mostly organic ingredients, not too sure about the beef as it was listed as "all natural" on the menu in a few dishes (in the store that means nothing).
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    FrafraVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    We stopped by on our way to the Old Globe Theater. The food was terrific and creative, our server was delightful and it was a wonderful dinner. We live in North County and would definitely go back again to have another great meal.
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    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great new neighborhood place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Comfort food at its best. Great food and ambiance. Though newly opened they are doing things right and at a reasonable price point.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New Gem on Adams
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Brought a party of 5 to Circa after the Art Walk in Little Italy, and found the new restaurant at the west end of Adams (close to Old Trolley Barn Park) to be a great experience. All in our party remarked at the warm and distinctive atmosphere that was presented. We tried four different entrees, including the meat loaf (super 'comfort food', just as advertised), the lamb pot roast, and the pork shoulder. Raves all around with significant "sample sharing" around the table. We had been advised to leave room for Chef Mike Almos' desserts and particularly don't leave without trying the banana split (bananas foster) and the berries and cream. Great advice! We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique and fresh farm to table
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/17/2013
    Unique and fresh farm to table delights. From Charred Octopus over hand rolled ink pasta to chicken liver mousse and crostinis for apps to a velvety lamb bolognese with an after swallow kick and a succulent pork tenderloin (more like filet mignon) over legumes for entrees and a butterscotch pot 'de creme for dessert to made for a special and memorable dinner that almost (but not quite) surpassed the fantastic Tuesday and Wednesday specials of half price wines! Superb. A must visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate