Corduroy
Corduroy

Corduroy

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.corduroydc.com/
  • Phone: 2025890699x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday through Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm; Corduroy is available for private dining and receptions during the day and on Sundays.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Tom Power, Chef/Owner
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Corduroy offers two private rooms. One room can seat up to 16, the other can seat up to 24 and they can combine to seat 40. The entire restaurant can be made available for a sit down dinner for 100 or a cocktail reception for 200.
  • Private Party Contact: Pete Poling 2025890699x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ninth Street between L and M Streets
  • Public Transit: Mt. Vernon Square/Convention Center
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking available Friday and Saturday only.
A word from Corduroy
Corduroy serves the best of the season with much of the restaurants produce coming from local farms. Corduroy is not handicapped accessible due to the historic nature of our building. No shorts are permitted.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Corduroy reviews from OpenTable diners
163 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (120)special occasion (117)romantic (81)neighborhood gem (65)notable wine list (64)good for groups (18)hot spot (7)vibrant bar scene (4)great for outdoor dining (2)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (2)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Fantastic Food & Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Phenomenal restaurant that my wife and I had been meaning to try for some time. We went for an early dinner on a Thursday evening and were pleasantly surprised by the service, food and atmosphere, which aren't always great for early diners, as restaurants are prepping for the later rush. Corduroy is definitely an exception, with a warm, friendly staff, a varied and delicious menu and a phenomenal wine list. We had the bigeye tune and the Wagyu beef, both perfectly prepared and beautifully presented. We have been looking for a new "favorite spot" in DC and I believe we have found it. Only minor downside is parking, which is mostly on-street during the week (valet is apparently available during weekends). We will definitely be back soon.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Great service
    CountryGentleman
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    This is a must stop for you if you like good food and great service staff.
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    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Gem
    GrantVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Corduroy remains a favorite place of mine in DC. Its a real gem with great, friendly personal service. The wine list is amazing because it is fairly small compared to many others but the quality is excellent and reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent tasting menu
    DCdiner
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Enjoyed taking a friend here for a birthday dinner. We had the tasting menu and wine pairings. The courses were exquisite, the food fresh and perfectly prepared, service informative without being intrusive. The wines were not as dazzling as the meal, but suitable companions for each dish. And the birthday candle with dessert was a nice touch. Would highly recommend.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Fantastic Meal
    MLSyogiVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    It is so nice to sit down in a relaxed and welcoming space and enjoy wonderful food and service. We were there for a special occasion, my daughter's birthday and the staff at Corduroy made the meal even more special. The wine list is outstanding and reasonably priced. We enjoyed a French Chardonnay whist eating the fresh corn soup, tuna tornatto, the buffalo cheese and greens (special that evening). Second course we enjoyed the soft shell crab, crispy salmon, scallops and tuna. Dessert was equally wonderful, the ice cream trio, flourless chocolate cake and the peach tarte tatin. Even the coffee was great. Run, don't walk to this DC gem.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Serendipitous Find
    EatingAboutVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great food and convenient to the convention center. I would defiantly make a return trip.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    zagman
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Wonderful restaurant. Warm staff. Definitely recommend the chef's tasting menu.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • vjgrussing
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Our party of 4 did the chef's tasting menu, and we had an amazing experience. The food and service were impeccable, and they went out of their way to proactively accommodate my pregnancy dietary restrictions. When the restaurant gets full, it gets a little loud -- some acoustic dampening is needed. Would definitely go back -- one of the best dining experiences we've had in DC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Corduroy
    jmf2VIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Top of its game.. Scallops fresh and perfectly cooked. Wine list varied and affordable... But if your a fan if jack Daniels or absolute vodka--- this is not your home for drinks as these brands are unavailable-- seems the proprietor wants you to expand your horizons--/ puts a damper in the experience as you start out disappointed and irritable not getting your preferred libation. Still the alternatives are varied and the specialty cocktails of interest.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this restaurant
    LisaM
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Food is always outstanding. It's charm is the wonderful service and the staff who make you feel very welcome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite DC Restaurant
    HKSKVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We have had dinner here perhaps a half dozen time over the past few years, whenever we visit Washington, and it remains our favorite all-around dining experience in town, even though we try to sample other highly-rate places on each visit. We are always so happy to return to Curdory. It's the perfect blend of service, food and ambiance.
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  • excellent meal
    lauraVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We really enjoyed this restaurant when we were visiting D.C. The food was excellent and the service was fantastic.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    FB0037FoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Corduroy is quite possibly the best restaurant I've been to in DC. The relatively simple menu allows the chef to excel at many different pieces. I had the lamb, and the only downside is I didn't think to order two servings for myself. The wine list offers a broad selection, both by the half bottle and full bottle. Great, attentive wait staff. This should be at the top of everyone's list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit out of the way but worth it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We opted for the Chef's tasting menu. Although the restaurant does wine pairings using their wines-by-the-glass menu, our waiter (who is also the sommelier) suggested that we order from their by-the-bottle menu. We opted for 2 glasses of white for the first 2 courses and a bottle of red for the remaining courses. He really knew the food and the wine list and was also respectful of our budget. The meal was outstanding - perhaps 1 of the best meals my partner and I have ever eaten. Each course was perfectly prepared - chilled tomato soup with thai chili pepper, pan seared scallops with grits, smoked pork tenderloin with zucchini… My mouth is watering just recounting it. Great ambience. Spectacular service. Go before the rest of DC finds it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Suzanne007VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    second time at the restaurant and the food and service are consistently top notch
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of DC's Best!
    CathyAVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Went to Corduroy on a Tuesday, so the dining room was not busy. This allowed our server (Oriana, I believe) to be most attentive. My colleague and I shared the heirloom tomato salad and soft shell crab to start (both wonderful!). My entree (scallops) was cooked to perfection and my colleague's salmon was also excellent. The only "negative" we encountered was trying to find a reasonably priced bottle of wine (the list is extensive, but many bottles are over-priced). Overall, a great experience. We will definitely be returning!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet night but ...
    PaterFamiliasVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    ... Great food. Lobster carpaccio was excellent. Tuna entrée was fresh but surprised by silverskin connective tissue in such a prime cut. On balance, a find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AlisonjVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We had dinner with two other couples and everyone raved about their meal and we all joined the clean plate club. I had the corn soup starter and the tuna main course, which were delicious!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very special dinner
    bcfan
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We chose Corduroy after reading the outstanding reviews and we were not misled. We chose the chef's Surprise Tasting Menu, wonderful choice. The crab blintz and the seared scallops - ummm. It was our wedding anniversary so we wanted a special meal and it was.
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    kid-friendly, special occasion
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  • Fabulous!
    RoseVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Very interesting combination of ingredients and beautiful presentation...loved the overall experience! Our server was very friendly and knowledgable...My coworker lives in Chicago and our server was from the Chicagoland area, so he totally connected with us.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • cathy
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    excellent food and outstanding, attentive service. I will return often.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Fantastic
    EMidwifeVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We took our friends to Corduroy's for a special birthday occasion. Our experience was perfect in every way. The service and atmosphere were excellent. We ordered the tasting menu where you get many courses of small plates with wonderful food. The food was interesting, delicious with a very nice presentation. We will definitely be back to enjoy the special tasting menu. Eileen and Mike
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • We LOVED Corduroy!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I took my partner out for a special birthday dinner to Corduroy and it was amazing - expensive, but amazing. From our first cocktail to the dessert everything was perfect. The service was solid - our waitress was knowledgeable about the menu and wine list. I had the red snapper bisque for an appetizer and it was perfect. The salmon entree was well prepared and delicious. I had to say that the peach tart tartin was my favorite part of the meal. I could eat one every day - it was perfect. Thanks Corduroy - we're glad to have you in the neighborhood!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Excellent preparation, delicious taste superb and knowledgeable service. Very nice experience.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A lil stuffy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Went for dinner with a friend, before a movie premier. She had on shorts, which we didn't notice from the email, weren't allowed, so the maitre d' had her put on a wrap. (Wha?) The guy with the suit pants and running shoes was ok though, I guess, as I heard the word 'appropriations' come from the table. Loved our waiter, but the venue seemed to choose formality over substance, especially given the views of 9th street and the convention center wall across the street. Too many choices in DC to ever go back.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Absolutely wonderful dining experience from the time you enter you feel like you are the most special person in this restaurant. Service is gracious Knowledgeable and not intrusive. The chef never misses cuisine is excellent not a bad choice to be had! The lobster carpaccio is a treat and the corn soup is a wonderful velvety texture and flavorful experience. The crispy salmon was excellent and if you are a chocoholic the chocolate torte is the way to finish your meal but is not for the faint of heart. The wine list is excellent and wonderful selections by the glass as well. A special place in DC that is always at the top of our list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic anniversary dinner
    DowntownfoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Had the chef's tasting applied to our Paleo diet! Wow! Every dish was outstanding. Our server(s) were very engaged and engaging. Highly recommend!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Delicious but pricey
    YoungDCresident
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The food was excellent, but with two apps and one entree each, the bill was over 250$ for four people wirhout wine. This is a great place if you don't mind spending an arm and a leg. It is worth noting that the service was impeccable.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • A MUST to dine at while in DC!
    ElainaSays
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I booked for a large international group at Corduroy one evening. Upon arrival, we had a few extra people show up. The staff was calm and very accommodating! We were seated w a party larger than expected, served w amazing service, the food was superb, the wine list encompassing (for the wine enthusiasts in the group), and desserts to die for! We didn't realize that the restaurant closed during our dinner that went later than expected, but never once did the staff rush us or mention anything to us. We concluded our night and departed w a very memorable experience. Oh! They tailor for gluten-free too!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food but small portions
    dhva
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Overall, I thought the food was tremendous. We did the 5-course tasting menu for five people, and it was delicious. They were able to accommodate several dietary restrictions and the menu was well thought out. My only knock on the food was that the portion size was small. I have been fortunate enough to eat at many of DC's finest restaurants, and this was the only tasting menu where I came away still hungry. I think the restaurant's generosity with bread was a tacit admission of their portion sizes. The other comment I have is I found the ambiance a little lacking. It was not as fine as comparable restaurants, and to be clear, I do not like a stuffy environment. Unfortunately, it is hard to put my finger on it.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Cuisine Near Convention Center
    BucksFoodie
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Knowledgeable and friendly service, creative menu, good food throughout the menu. A very enjoyable experience.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Went here for the fixed price dinner and was thoroughly impressed. Delicious, perfectly filling, and varied enough that you can taste most of the food pyramid in one night. Excellent dining experience.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelming.
    Mike
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    From the cocktails to the first course to the entree, nothing we had at Corduroy lived up to expectations. Even their limited menu contained inaccuracies, of which we were not informed. Service was awkwardly timed, coming sometimes as an unwelcome interruption and sometimes far too infrequently. On the weeknight we visited, the dining room was not remotely crowded, leaving us to wonder why an ostensibly upscale restaurant was having such difficulty providing a positive experience. There are too many other options that area diners can enjoy for me to recommend Corduroy, unless you're at the convention center and need a white tablecloth restaurant within a 1 minute walk.
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  • Awesome
    baltimorediner
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Lot's to like about Corduroy: the environment, food, staff, and location. A $7 cab ride from the Verizon Center, it's easily accessible. If it's just you and your date/guest, ask to be seated at the two person booths as they are tucked away in what seems like a private area of the dining room. The service is quick, attentive, and informed without being annoying. The best part of the restaurant, as it should be, is the food. My girlfriend and I both did the five course chef "surprise" tasting menu -- but the waiter was kind enough to take "recommendations" as to what courses we would like to try. Perhaps most reassuring is the relative value of the experience, as the tasting menu (consisting of 5 courses and 1 dessert) amounts to ~12/plate.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highlight of an evening
    Kurli
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    On a Friday, we had rushed to Fringe Festival to see a play but were denied entrance since we were 5 minutes late. It set the evening off in a bad way. However, after catching a different play, we dined at Corduroy and were delighted on all accounts. They made us feel welcome, took care of us unobtrusively. I had antelope which was delicious, ranch raised in Texas we were told. My wife had guinea hen, which was remarkably good when she gave me a piece to taste. She had carpaccio lobster that she said was out of this world. I had heirloom tomatoes in delicious dressing. We ended with home made ice-cream, 3 different flavor scoops. As the waiter pointed homemade raspberry ice-cream is not red with coloring but pale purple.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappoints
    DCFoodie
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We have eaten at Corduroy a number of times and have never had a meal that is less than our expectations. Chef-owner Tom knows how to take simple fare make it elegant but not strange, and at the same time very tasty. The service is totally unobtrusive but there when you need it. And the noise level is such that you can hear the people in your party without straining. If you happen to be out for a romantic evening, they have a several alcoves where you feel as though you are the only two in the place.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Corduroy
    EJL500
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Food was excellent & service was competent. We had a party for 7 for a business dinner. Everyone was complimentary of their meal.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Best bang for the buck tasting menu
    801M
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Food, drink, service and surroundings were exemplary. The tasting menu was outstanding, and at $70 has to be the best value in town!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Little Disappointed with the Food
    HenryVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I ate in this restaurant a number of years ago (other location) and really enjoyed it. We were there recently on a Saturday night. The food was ok- not really inspiring. Otherwise nice time.
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  • Excellent and Sophistcated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Really lovely restaurant - a place that grown ups should try. Discreet service, very professional, excellent bar and the food is inventive but not trendy. This is the sort of restaurant that foodies like myself talk about with other foodies.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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