Circa59 at Riviera Palm Springs
Circa59 at Riviera Palm Springs

Circa59 at Riviera Palm Springs

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.psriviera.com/
  • Phone: 7607786659
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday—Thursday
    Breakfast: 7:00 a.m. - 11 a.m.
    Lunch: 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    Dinner: 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.

    Friday
    Breakfast: 7:00 a.m. - 11 a.m.
    Lunch: 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    Dinner: 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.

    Saturday
    Breakfast: 7:00 a.m. - 11 a.m.
    Lunch: 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    Dinner: 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.

    Sunday
    Breakfast: 7:00 a.m. - 11 a.m.
    A la Carte Brunch: 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    Dinner: 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French / American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jesse Souza
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Private Party Facilities: Circa 59’s private dining room provides up to 20 guests with an intimate dining experience. Groups of 10 or more have the benefit of creating a customized Prix-Fixe menu. To reserve the private dining room, please contact (760) 778-6659.
    Private Party Contact: Frank Ortiz (760)778-6629
  • Private Party Facilities: Circa 59’s private dining room provides up to 20 guests with an intimate Palm Springs dining experience. Groups of 10 or more have the benefit of creating a customized Prix-Fixe menu.
  • Private Party Contact: Frank Ortiz Director of Restaurant 7607786659
  • Entertainment: Weekend Entertainment in Starlite Lounge as well as sidebar late night
  • Special Events: Thanksgiving Menu $45.00 per person Kids 4-12 $19.00, serving time 2pm-9pm. Please call for reservation and Menu.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Vista Chino
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary with restaurant validation. Enter at front entrance to Riviera Palm Springs.
A word from Circa59 at Riviera Palm Springs
It’s all about cravings. Satisfying the ones you have, and creating sensory experiences that are totally unexpected. Fine dining is re-defined in Circa 59, taking the stage with eco-friendly fish, delicious premium cuts of meat, locally grown farm fresh produce and “sharables” you’ll have difficulty, well, sharing.

Sunday night is also wine lovers' night, with half off bottled wine from our wine list when dining in the restaurant.

Tuesdays BYOW: Bring your own bottle of wine and we'll waive the corkage when dining.

Joining the lounge entourage - The Starlite Lounge, sidebar, The Bikini Bar, and Deep End Pool Bar. Inside and out, your options are covered, and when you’d rather remain uncovered, there’s always guestroom dining.

Join us Thursday, December 20th for our wine dinner featuring GrGich Hills Estates, and meet the wine maker Miljenko "Mike" GrGich $79.00 per person tax and 20% gratuity not included.
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Circa59 at Riviera Palm Springs reviews from OpenTable diners
20 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (14)special occasion (12)romantic (11)good for groups (7)notable wine list (4)great for lunch (4)neighborhood gem (3)great for brunch (3)fit for foodies (2)vibrant bar scene (2)hot spot (2)scenic view (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Way too loud, food just ok
    Reeniero
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    My husband and I came here on our wedding anniversary, because we were told the outside patio was romantic and the food was good. When we arrived for our reservation, there was a band performing on the outside patio. They were so loud that we could not hear each other speak, so we sat inside. Far less romantic, far less ambiance. And the band was so loud, we still could barely have a conversation inside. Dinner was just ok. The lobster mac & cheese that we were looking forward to was disappointing (dry, not creamy), as was the pan-seared salmon (dry, no sauce). My husband enjoyed his steak. The best part of our experience was our server, Rae Lynn. Kudos to her for being so genuine and efficient.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We received really great service from when we first walked in to our server.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good as usual
    elyse
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Thanks for the usual good food, lovely atmosphere and good service. We had tuna dishes and good salad. Outdoor dining was lovely.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Alternative Dining
    AnderkinsVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    As full-time residents we are always looking for alternative dining places away from our normal go-to's. We had a nice meal outside. Nothing overally memorable, but we'd go back on occasion.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great food, friendly staff and relaxed ambiance make this a great place to try. The light built into the menu was a nice touch for late night dining. The only drawback to our dinner was that we happened to be there at the same time as a bachelor party and a wedding party - got to listen to all their announcement on the mic and the noice level was raised a few decibels
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner with friends
    Valentines2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Amazing bar, food, service and great waiter. The place has a late night dining crowd and energetic vibe.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very romantic outdoor dining!
    EricH
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Steak cooked to perfection. Wonderful chilled tomato soup to start.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LL & FRIENDS
    LULU
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    First time for dinner at Circa 59 was a more than pleasant surprise! Our party of 4 ordered 3 starters and 4 different entrees. Each was even better than it sounded on the menu! Also enjoyed some special drinks. Loved the Tea Garden Cooler, and also tasted a Sonny Mule - yum! Our server, Daniel K was a real PRO! He was really knowledgeable about the menu and how best to order for desired doneness on beef. I had the tenderloin - PERFECT. Our party was a birthday celebration and D knew exactly how to make it fun without being obtrusive. Everyone agreed that it was a great dining experience. We all live here so will be back, and will tell friends. Don't know why it took us so long to discover Circa 59!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 12 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 433 reviews are from the Circa59 at Riviera Palm Springs reviews archive.
  • Again and Again
    psrickie
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Have dined outside several times at Circa and will continue dining with pleasure !!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • elyse
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Lovely setting, great service from Carlos, good food. One point, my vegetarian meal was not distinguishable from the others who ordered the same dish. The waiter clearly did not know which was vegetarian. By the time I had to swallow a bite of meat, the vegetarian dish was half eaten by my table mate. This made me sad, but I survived. Please provide more instruction on how knowing & serving vegetarian meals.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unmemroable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Resturant Week is a great opportunity for locals to experience some of the best restaurants in the valley. It's also an opportunity to add or remove places you would return and recommend to visitors apart from Resturant Week. The three course prix-fixe menu selection was what you would expect. However if the lack of quality and taste of the food we were served is any indication of their regularly priced menu this is one resturant we are removing from our list. Additionally the service was less than adequate, we had to ask two different wait staff three times to get our water glasses refilled.
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  • great ambience
    ups2011VIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Dining at Circa 59 takes you back to 1959. The black chandeliers and red high back booths make for a very retro feel. The food and service were a match to the beautiful surroundings. We very much enjoyed our evening at Circa59 and highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Great atmosphere for an Anniversary. The service and location is fantastic. The food is good also. I would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 59
    PSDiner
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The food was outstanding. The service excellent. The restaurant itself is cozy and romantic. There is a wonderful looking outdoor dining area. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, bad service
    business
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    From the moment we arrived (5 minutes early with a reservation, took 8-10 minutes to seat us and they weren't busy at all, maybe 25% full) we were disappointed. Several more minutes before server arrived to take a drink order (mimosas, which were really good). We finished our mimosa and would have ordered a second, but no one even got near our table. We couldn't get any staff attention. When the food was brought to the table, we requested 2 more mimosa, which weren't delivered until our meals were almost completed. Getting water refilled (on a very warm day in Palm Springs) was near impossible without raising a stink (which one shouldn't have had to do for just a glass of water). Overall, very bad experience and very disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • very good but...
    rozee
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    the food at circa 59 is beautifully prepared, interesting and quite good. last nite was the first time we had any issues. three people ordered clam chowder. they brought out 2 one of which was cold. about 5 minutes later they brought out the other chowder - also cold. after many apologies, new soup was brought out. we did have the mushroom fondue while waiting which was outstanding. had a rather long wait for the entrees. salmon, chicken & salad very good but once, again, a delay receiving all 4 meals. the restaurant was not busy - virtually empty. we finished with molten chocolate cake - wonderful. the staff was pleasant and generally attentive but there was something just a little off.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not good enough
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    A limited and unimaginative menu. So-so service, wrong order was delivered, overall not up to a level of a high end resort restaurant.
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  • Nice lingering Sunday Brunch
    RuthO
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Carlos served us with calculated friendly perfection. Mothers Day brunch had limited selection that suited the three of us. Riviera hotel reno is very nice and just what one would expect at a vibrant Palm Springs hotel. Would return again for the ambiance and service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rip Off
    haaronowmd
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Paying $45 per person for a "Special Mother's Day Brunch" that had only 1 egg dish--scrambled eggs with cheese, no breads or rolls beyond crackers for cheese, and mass produced plain stale mini-bagels and undercooked cold shrimp was far below any acceptable standard. The food was mostly edible. The service was equally poor--we had to flag down waiters for coffee, spoons, juice and eventually went to management to complain. Used plates from those that went back for a trial of other dishes sat piled on the table for the entire meal until we complained to management We've had better brunches on any Sunday for far less money. We will not be back.
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  • Another Spectacular Evening
    FoodToDishVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Wow. A perfect evening under the stars. Spectacular ambience, delightful attentive service, and every course was as stellar as the setting. The Kale Caesar Salad was fresh, crisp, and beautifully dressed. The Seared Scallops and Beets with a goat cheese crema and pistachio brittle was delightfully bright and delicious. The Tuna Tartar Tacos with wasabi and avocado puree sprinkled with black and white sesame seeds was the perfect blend of textures and flavors and the Crisp Roast Chicken with root vegetable hash was sensational. My mouth is watering just writing about these dishes. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed the evening!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Beautiful restaurant in a beautiful setting. Our meal was excellent as was the service! Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Review
    Wonderful
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Had a birthday celebration this weekend. Just fantastic dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's OK
    greg
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    The food was fine, and the service was completely OK. Just wasn't that special. Maybe I should have eaten outside...
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  • Dinner took 3 hours...not by choice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We had 6:30 reservations & were seated immediately...however from there everything slowed to a snails pace. From appetizers to dessert, each course seemed to take longer than the next. When our entrees finally came out, some were cold & had obviously been sitting in the food window for some time. By the time the cold entree that was remade arrived back at the table, most were finished eating, so my husband (the birthday boy) ate by himself. We ordered dessert and it literally took 40 minutes for us to receive our cake & ice cream we had ordered. I'm pretty sure our waitress who was spread thin over too many tables forgot about us. Decent food, but felt like we "got forgotten about" when the restaurant filled up. Not worth it for the price.
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  • Hotel Riveria a vibrant scene!!
    JewelOfCochellaVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We had a wonderful lunch at Hotel Riveria , The scene was beautiful and vibrant. The hotel was packed and everyone seem to be having a woderful time
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lunch by the pool.
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Great place to sit on the patio and view the pool. Beautiful resort hotel with a vegas feel, but without the casino. Valet parking is complimentary (just get validated when you dine). The food is GREAT.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun lively spot
    Steph1972VIP
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    We loved all the small plates to share and the excellent service. There was a great band playing and we lingered a little longer and had a great time
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice but too noisy
    ljcapVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Although the setting at the Riviera is usually great, the night we went there was a private party with live music that was so loud, we could barely talk. The host happily took us to the furthest point in the restaurant, but it still took away from the experience. They shouldn't place a party like that so near the restaurant. Really a bummer.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner at Circa 59
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    Great choice for a special occasion dinner; I love the Riviera's over-the-top, Sixties-inspired design. We were there mid-week; it was quiet under the trees on the patio with added ambience from the fire pits by the pool. Our waiter was very attentive. My husband and I both had the prix fixe but chose different items. My Caesar kale salad was great; the medium-rare steak was perfectly cooked. The greens on the side had a sweet dressing, which is not to my personal taste but was well-made. My husband had the hearty chowder and the salmon in a sweet glaze, which he enjoyed immensely. I had the chocolate lava cake, which was good, but I loved my husband's creme brulee even better. It had a lemony flavor that was delicious and unusual.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had A Very Happy Birthday
    TrishaVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Spent the weekend at the hotel and enjoyed an amazing dinner on my birthday. Super chill and the food was great!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great for any meal
    PSRodVIP
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    We enjoyed our breakfast with a group from out of town. Great setting, service and food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worst service in recent memory
    eldo76VIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Four of us went for dinner on Saturday, the restaurant seemed at half-capacity or less. As a former employee of the food and beverage industry, I'm always ALWAYS on the server's side, but the service at dinner was absolutely embarrassing. We waited and waited beyond what could ever be called reasonable for absolutely every stage of the meal: for the server (Maynard?), for water, to order drinks, for drinks to arrive (1/3 that was wrong), for the incorrect order to be fixed (still incorrect!), to order food, for food to arrive (2/7 were wrong!), for the food order to be fixed, to order another round of drinks, to ask for the check, for the check to arrive. The place is beautiful, but I can't imagine ever considering dining here again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Valentine's Dinner
    Sola
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Special Valentine's menu a bit skimpy on portions. One of two chairs was badly damaged. Service was OK, but not great. Overall, OK experience, but not really special.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dissapointing!
    Leee
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    From the time we were seated to the time we first encountered our waiter was over ten minutes. I ordered a Kettle One straight up and chilled and which was served in a cocktail glass instead of a chilled martini glass. Our salads were served before our appetizers. We will never return to Circa 59!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional
    tomnada
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    Was beyond our highest expectations for a table of 6. Food, staff and ambiance was everything we had hoped for as it was our Anniversary and it couldn't have been better
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BAD CHOICE FOR BIZ ENTERTAINMENT
    DMTG
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    The venue is gorgeous, but the wait staff needs a lot of training, which they are obviously not getting.The wait staff was very nice and polite, just don't know how to serve fine dining. I ws embarrassed, as my business guests began to say,"oh, we should have gone to xyz" and that was not how I wanted the night to go.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A lush and beautiful setting
    Dana
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    Good food, great service and a lovely intimate setting which is remarkable as it is in the confines of a resort. Dine under the trees outside for a romantic experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This Resort has the perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    This Resort has the perfect combination of vintage and contemporary
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good instead of great
    Neilbax
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Got to our table quickly. The service was not so prompt with our drinks. Menu was not extensive, but good. Overall, it could be so much better and was certainly overpriced for what it was. It advertises as fine dining, but itvreally isn't. A little disappointing.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, nice modern/lounge vibe
    Sfdiners415VIP
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Enjoyed the food (especially the tuna tacos), the service wasn't great. They close pretty early so don't plan on dining there late -- it is cleared out by 9, even on a weekend.
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    • Noise LevelModerate