Coast
Coast

Coast

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.shuttersonthebeach.com/restaurants/santa_monica_beach_restaurant.html
  • Phone: 3105871707
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: 7am - 11am (Daily)
    Lunch: 11am - 4pm (Mon-Fri)
    Brunch: 11am - 4pm (Sat & Sun)
    Happy Hour at the Bar: 4pm - 7pm (Mon-Thurs)
    Dinner: 4pm - 10pm (Mon-Sun)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Isaac Gamboa
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Go to www.shuttersonthebeach.com
  • Private Party Facilities: Have your next celebration, social gathering or corporate event at the beach! Shutters on the Beach provides a wide variety of unique and memorable settings for every occasion.
  • Private Party Contact: Stephen Friddle 3105871705
  • Special Events: The Coast Farmer's Market Menu is every Wednesday night from 5:00pm. Come see what the Chef has selected fresh from the morning Santa Monica Farmer's Market. A 3-Course menu is designed around the Chef's picks of the Day at the Market.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Appian Way
  • Public Transit: Pico Blvd - Ocean Avenue
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: The first three hours are $7.00 with validation. After three hours, every 1/2 hour is $1.00 extra.
A word from Coast
This beachfront cafe boasts indoor and outdoor seating, a causal but sophisticated bar and fresh California dishes from Seared Ahi Tuna and Shaved Prime Rib to the popular Lemon Ricotta Pancakes. Open early morning to late evening, with an impressive Happy Hour, savory weekend brunches and Wednesday Farmer's Market dinners, Coast is the place to dine, drink and relax at the beach.
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Coast reviews from OpenTable diners
62 reviews since June 28, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (45)great for outdoor dining (31)great for lunch (22)special occasion (18)neighborhood gem (17)great for brunch (16)fit for foodies (14)romantic (13)good for groups (11)kid-friendly (10)hot spot (7)late-night find (2)vibrant bar scene (2)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • Whatever!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Thought I was going to enjoy some good food near the beach and actually found the food really boring and overpriced. I ordered a New York Steak, medium and it was more like an over cooked piece of leather. Their mac and cheese was more mac and less cheese and simple lemonade tasted like it was mixed from powder. The service was not very good since we started with a glass of water and were never asked if we wanted a beverage other than wine and I don't drink wine. Once dinner was done, we did order dessert, but again was never asked about a drink. Bad service, bland food and had to pay for parking too.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful food, average service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    The food here was terrific, but it was a shame that over a four week holiday in the US and Canada this restaurant (by far the most expensive we visited by the way) provided the only example of not so great service. The attitude was pretty terse, with unhelpful/uninformative menu explanations that led to a couple of misunderstandings when ordering. A pity, as otherwise great.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Restaurant with a view
    Nook
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Brought my 4 year old out to lunch with a girlfriend and thought Coast was perfect. The restaurant is casual California style with a pretty view of the beach. The food was good and served promptly. We had fried calamari, very crisp and not too oily. Ceasars salad was also good, big proportions. My friend had the cheeseburger, which was on a delicious, big bun and she raved about it.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Lobster Roll
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    I love Lobster rolls and decided to try the one at Coast. Was disappointed because it the lobster did not seem very fresh or flavorful and too watery. Won't order it again--just doesn't come close to the lobster rolls in NY and MA. And why add red onions to the mix? Really?
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nice and casual
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    ate outside on covered enclosed terrace and it was nice but not a lot of atmosphere - food good - great bar.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loved it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We had a table outside in the patio closest to the ocean. There was a breeze, beautiful view, and everything was great! We both loved our dinners, our drinks, the waiter, the view. It was romantic and elegant yet casual, not formal. My only suggestion would be to mix up the music a bit - (it was piped in) or have a live trio or something. The selections were all old rock and roll, which my husband liked, but even though I am old enough to recognize it all, some selections from other decades, countries or genres would be welcome. All in all a great night though. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit disapointing
    Eatlove
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Average food great location. A bit disappointing given it's reputation as an institution.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    lovetoeatout
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Very disappointed in the food quality for the price. Eaten there many times - but this time service, and good were not great. Love the view of the ocean and the decor but paid parking, expensive food that wasn't "WOW" made it very disappointing. Celebrating birthdays together my sister and I had a great piece of Coconut cake that are made by a local baker. Cake and moint and delicious.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OmahaVegan
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Service was a tad slow, even for me and I like to take my time. But was great, good food, great view
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    scenic view, special occasion
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  • A really fine experience
    Azdave56
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This was our first time at Coast. Everything was great. The food was really fresh and imaginative. Two of our party had the prix fixe Farmer's Market dinner (highly recommended, even including Sweet Corn crème brulee for dessert garnished with Cracker Jacks). I had a beet salad with arugula, grilled shrimp, and a slab of over-the-top chocolate cake. The service was friendly and efficient. And the setting -- watching the sun set over the Pacific -- could not be beat. We will definitely be back. This is a great place for a really good, not inexpensive but not blowout-priced, casual dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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  • Perfect Setting and more......
    EllenTHVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Coast is located at the Shutters Hotel. This place feels a lot lot it was transported from Martha's Vineyard. Coast is the more casual restaurant for this hotel. It has a relaxed vibe, but it is sophisticated, too. The setting is perfect, but so is the service and the food. Don't forget to pick up a piece or two of the salt water taffy at the front desk as you leave!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • good food, good service
    foodcritic
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    You can't beat a beautiful view of the beach. Our waiter was great, recommended great food and was very friendly.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect end to our honeymoon!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We dined at Coast on the last night of our three week honeymoon and it was my wife's birthday as well. We had a window seat which looked out onto the boardwalk and the beach. Wonderful fresh seafood, great service and a lovely little complimentary birthday cake with candles for my wife. We are based in the UK and this was a recommendation from another English friend who had eaten at Coast a year or two before and it was a great recommendation. Hope to eat there again whenever we are next in town.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great people watching
    Blessed
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Had a window right on the boardwalk so fun watching all the strollers, skaters, joggers go by. Great for an after dinner stroll down to the pier. A little pricey but you pay for being right on the beach.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Coast was a disappointment
    Foodcast
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We had made a reservation well in advance, and checked it earlier in the day, but were still kept waiting for a table even though others were arriving and were being seated. To be fair, they did give us a complimentary bottle of wine in compensation. That said, we thought the food was indifferent. The meat was dried out and the fries were cold. If I were to return, it would be for the location on the beach with a view of the pier (if you get a table by the window), and I would probably send the food back to the kitchen, and ask for it to be cooked better. We did not do this as we were already running so late. The server was pleasant enough. It was not cheap; I have had far better meals for much less money.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    Kate
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    My fiance and I went for restaurant week, so we got to sample a few of their dishes- everything was amazing! Beautiful, delicious, and portion sizes were not too small like you might expect at either a "fancy" restaurant or during restaurant week. The view also can't be beat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice place; bland food
    Primates
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    the restaurant is lovely however food was very bland. Nice portions and presentation but no flavor. I had ahi burger, fish tacos, salt caramel fudge brownie. I was underwhelmed and disappointed by lack of flavor with each of these
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  • Beautiful view, yummy food
    yumyumchop
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The food was great! We went for dinela and got their taco side; calamari; clam pasta and tuna burger. All the food was so tasty! I loved the sauces for the taco and the tuna burger! The tuna burger was nicely filled with avocado! The clam pasta was delish! You can tell the pasta was hand made and not store bought. The calamari was ok. I wasnt too fond of the tartar sauce. The food came out real quick! We sat outside and had a beautiful view of th he beach. It was so nice and felt like we were on vacation. My husband's dessert was the chocolate brownie and that was AMAZING!!! my berry parfait was ok. Overall it was great!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Early Dinner
    SCP2013VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We had a great early dinner there, my husband and I shared the sliders fabulous, and a Asian salad which was over the top delicious, fish and chips were so so for sure weird breading on them! Would totally go back!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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  • It was OK.
    probablyelectric
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    I had high hopes for coast after spending quite a bit of time in the car. Unfortunately, I was met with a generic menu and lackluster service. The servers that did eventually wait on us were really friendly, but you could tell they were overworked. I expected more from the food considering the high rating, but it was only hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries and spaghetti with tomato sauce. The view was amazing, so we went for an after dinner walk on the beach to make-up for the generic dinner we just had.
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    scenic view
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  • Leisurely and delicious
    SusanS
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Loved dining at Coast for a reunion with a dear friend. They took wonderful care of us, let us gab for more than an hour after we finished our delicious meals and lovely wine. Servers were attentive and so friendly, but unobtrusive - there when we needed them and not hovering when we didn't. The meal was delicious: fresh, lively flavors and beautifully presented. It's a gorgeous spot along the beach, and we were treated to a beautiful sunset in the bargain. Other diners included an A-list actor, a mixed-generation family of 8, a couple of businessmen bowed to their devices, several couples of varying ages. Clearly, Coast appeals to all, even the adorable wrens that visited now and again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 41 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 408 reviews are from the Coast reviews archive.
  • exceptional service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Our waiter was exceptional. As was food and view. Great place!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • brunch
    YummyFud
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    great place to meet friends, have good food and service and catch up. Right next to the beach so you can walk off brunch in a flash.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice and Quiet Lunch
    SallyL
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Service was pretty laid back for a quiet Monday afternoon. Our server could have been a bit more attentive, but he was fine. The salmon was especially good as was the fish and chips (although the fries were just OK); desserts were delish - SusieCakes red velvet cake, peach cobbler and root beer float. We weren't rushed and it wasn't crazy-busy as it usually is here; it was a very nice and quiet lunch.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The ahi tuna burger and fish and chips was mediocre at best. The appetizers and dessert were good though. We had to follow up with someone in order to get served. I would not recommend this place. We love fine dining but this was an insult to the hard earned money we paid!
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  • Good beach respite-type restaurant
    Doug
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Seafood platter was very good. The salmon was simple to the point of lacking in taste. Great vibe here in the late afternoon, though, with gentle breezes coming through the narrowly calibrated-open windows. And the bar is wonderful place to simply stop for a drink after walking on the boardwalk or beach. It's also a pleasant place to linger as we did over coffee and dessert--which was also very good.
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    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Great Venue
    Saph3
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Coast is a good restaurant at a great spot, but the food seemed a bit overpriced -- even given its high quality. We ordered a Lobster Roll for $28 and Small Seafood Platter for $48. Both were terrific, but I cannot imagine going back there again, even for special occasions, as there are many other equivalent options for about 2/3rds the price.
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    special occasion, scenic view
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  • Great food!
    foodies4life
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Great food! Enjoyable ambiance! Excellent service!
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    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Time after Time ...
    Lunch1
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    For years I have been taking visitors to Coast for lunch or brunch and One Pico for dinner. In addition to being a really good restaurant, Coast is a memorable experience. East Coast Beach environment set in Santa Monica inside the wonderful Shutters Hotel. A friend and I chose Coast as our regular lunch spot and meet there every 4-6 weeks. We live 40 miles apart, and Coast happens to be about midway. We used to take turns recommending restaurants, until first time we lunched at Coast. She declared this as our official meeting place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
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  • Very nice!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    What a pretty location and atmosphere for brunch! We sat outside on the patio and enjoyed the gorgeous weather and perfect beach view. I had the lemon ricotta pancakes, which were served with fresh berries, and they were very tasty. Service was good too. I'll be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A good alternative to One Pico
    DinerVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    This is a great spot. It isn't as fancy as One Pico, but has a nice menu and a very reasonably priced wine list. I highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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  • Good food with an even better view!
    Eastcoast
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    The food is good, nothing crazy to rave about but definitely met my expectations. Delicious and simple, but come to Coast for the beautiful setting. Beach view, lovely decor, and a pleasant crowd. One of the prettiest places I've eaten in.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, hot spot
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  • Great place
    EditBoy
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Great food. Great Service. Very relaxed. Not stuffy. You could were anything reasonable and not feel underdressed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Coast Dining Experience
    luvvegan
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    The ambience is one of my favorite dining places, a casual, chic, beach feel. One can be entertained watching the beach path skaters pass by. The wine was good, but service was friendly, but slow, and the food was a disappointment, although I have had better here in the past. I ordered the black bean veggie burger. The bread was not fresh, the burger mushy, and the fries were cold. It was an off night for us.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great location but mediocre food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Overall this was a disappointing experience. I am not opposed to paying a premium price for an exceptional meal but our meals were mediocre at best. I had the Mac and cheese which was almost watery not creamy. Others in my party had the hotdog and french fries. Again just mediocre. You are definitely paying for the location which is exceptional. Unfortunately the food is mediocre.
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  • Overrated and Overpriced
    AhFood
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Have eaten at Coast before and it was great - not this time. We booked for Movie on the Beach & were notified 2 days before it was cancelled b/c of Easter. They had an Easter menu before - didn't they realize when it was? When we went over to reconfirm we would still be coming - the hostess snottily said "we'll honor your reservation." Why wouldn't they? It wasn't even busy! Waitress didn't know specials and after taking our order disappeared for good. The waiter who took over was much better at his job but didn't make up for the rest of the attitude. Menu lacked interest and was far over priced for the quality. Will not return unfortunately as too disappointed in everything.
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  • Underwhelmed yet again.
    2travelersVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Unfortunately, Coast continues its slow, steady slide into full-fledged mediocrity, more befitting a common chain restaurant than one of LA's best hotels. The menu seems stuck in the last decade, which wouldn't be so troubling if the kitchen were up to par. On a recent visit, a skirt steak was as chewy as saddle leather, and fish entrees were dry, overcooked, and alarmingly small. Inexplicably, Coast insists on adorning its tables with packaged and thoroughly unremarkable breadsticks rather than offering the kind of local/artisanal bread selections that are easily found (and enjoyed) at so many other local establishments. It's hard to understand how the hotel's management can seem satisfied with this level of underachievement.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    food was good & service was good. What I didn't like were the prices. I had a Bloody Mary, a Cobb Salad & cappuccino - my bill was $42. My friends had similar and there bill was 1/2 as much. When I questioned why the Bloody Mary was more than Rum & Coke, I was told it was because of the Tomato Juice. The other issue was, I requested bread with my salad and I was told that would be an extra charge. I've be to Coast several times before and never felt that the prices were out of line. I probably would not go back. Ellen Brownstein
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  • Great location but poor service
    Mike
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    We had a couple of meals at this restaurant and each meal had multiple mistakes (I.e., brought wrong food/drinks or just missed items) and while the servers were friendly (except the host who was was almost comically surly) they were exceptionally slow. It didn't really matter because we were on vacation with our kids and not in a rush, but service was slow/off enough that it became a running joke to see what odd thing would happen next....we repeatedly had the wrong food/drink served but the highlight was watching the server pour hot coffee into a half-full water glass. The food was fine and the convenience of eating in the hotel where we were staying was certainly a big draw, but for future trips, we will plan on getting out more.
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  • My friend who was with me
    scoutVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    My friend who was with me told the waiter it was my birthday. I thought he should have acknowledged that someway - like with a complimentary dessert.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate