Craftsman Restaurant

Craftsman Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.craftsmanrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6127220175x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm to 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Wild Game, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Ryan Swaim
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The Craftsman Restaurant is available for wedding receptions and other special events.
  • Private Party Contact: Mike Dooley 6127220175x
  • Special Events: The Craftsman Restaurant is available for wedding receptions and other special events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 43rd Avenue
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking available behind the restaurant or on street.
A word from Craftsman Restaurant
The Craftsman Restaurant serves up a unique dining experience. Come and enjoy Midwestern American cooking in a comforting and relaxing environment. The outdoor patio is the perfect place to enjoy the evening, chef Ryan Swaim's cooking, and perhaps a glass of wine or cocktail from the bar. Most of the food products come directly from the growers and producers, thereby eliminating the middleman. This doesn't mean that the food costs are less- usually they're more expensive, but it does ensure that suppliers are paid fairly for their crops and helps support and sustain the independent rural, agrarian economy. Most, if not all of the vegetable products, are certified organic. It's this commitment to quality that shows through the food at Craftsman.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Craftsman Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
90 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (62)neighborhood gem (60)great for outdoor dining (53)special occasion (36)romantic (22)good for groups (16)great for brunch (12)notable wine list (12)great for lunch (6)kid-friendly (4)hot spot (3)late-night find (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Lovely Early Fall Evening Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I met a friend of mine for dinner here while visiting the University of Minnesota campus and we had a great dinner. Drinks were good, food was great, the outdoor dining was lovely. Really my only complaint was the decision of where to seat us. There were two of us for the patio and with plenty of other tables for four and one other table for two, they sat us RIGHT DOWN next another couple. I felt we invaded their space and had hoped we would have been able to have one of the larger tables considering it was a Wednesday night in September and there were plenty available.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • needed salt
    mario
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We have been here twice before, lovely place with good food. This last week we went, and it was bland, no salt, hardly any taste to the salad, maybe they forgot the dressing. Sometimes the planets don't line up, and the chef is off his/her mark. The main dish we shared, and it was plain, herring from Grand Marais over vegtables, and it was a non event. looked pluppled together.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Look forward to a return visit!
    ReRo
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Our server knew the menu very well, and said she had eaten most of the items on the menu. After discussing options, we settled on the pork chop and the roasted trout. Both were excellent and we were very happy with our meals. We split a salad to start out with and shared a bottle of wine. The service was very courteous and prompt, and the food was very satisfying (portion as well as presentation). The prices were in line with similar places and we look forward to going back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service lacking
    Hasnixmix
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    It's been a few years since I've eaten at The Craftsman, so it was time to give it another shot. The food was very good, but somewhat overpriced. I had Trout with a nice salad for $28. I recently had a superior Trout dish at Al Vento (excellent) for about $24. My wife was also happy with her meal, but it was the slow service that got me a bit irritated. It was obvious they were short staffed and our waitress was probably just filling in, because she definitely didn't know what she was doing. When delivering our food and both of us had empty glasses, we had to ask for refills. Then, when dropping off the desert menu she just took our empty glasses w/o asking if we needed anything else. We decided we'd had enough & passed on desert
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Alan
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    A true find for excellent food, a very good wine list and special mixed drinks. Service was excellent. The staff was very knowledgeable on the food and drink menus. Service was attentive. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful but pricey
    luv2cook
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Four of us celebrated 2 birthdays on a Monday night. We mostly had the place to ourselves due to the night of the week and a 7:30 reservation with 1 in the party not arriving until 8. Service was perfect, attentive and friendly and we were not rushed even though desert took us well past closing and by that time we were the only patrons in the restaurant. The food was excellent, well prepared and beautifully presented. Prices make The Craftsman kind of a special occasion place although a nice selection of sandwich options could also make it a neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Pork Chop Ever
    Russ
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The meal was spectacular. The highlights were the incredible Char coterie plate, the best pork chop any of us had ever eaten and the sinful beignets.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could be better
    KayAnn54
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The service was good. The drinks were good. The food was just okay. And for the prices they charged, I expected the food to be great. The pork chop had a lot of fat on it and hard gristle. The brown butter sauce was way too salty as were the buttermilk mashed potatoes. The polenta was good and the desserts were also good. I really liked that they offered a non sugary dessert, the cheese platter. One of the cheeses was pretty rubbery, which we all disliked. The presentation of the food was beautiful, but it lacked in quality and taste.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Our go-to for special occasions
    BillA
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The Craftsman is our neighborhood go-to place for a nice dinner out. We've always liked their food and their craft cocktails. Our most recent visit supported our opinion!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Food
    StPaulTeacher
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Four of us had dinner here in a late summer evening. It was our first time here, and we were a bit apprehensive about it only because I was able to get a 6:30 reservation for that night (a Friday) only earlier that day. We thought maybe it would be bad food only because there were still openings available. We couldn't have been more wrong. Each person in our party had a different meal, and each of us was incredibly impressed with our meals. We also were impressed by the cocktails and beer/wine selection, and we got dessert too. Everything was fantastic! We will definitely go to Craftsman again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    ScienthomasVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The food at Craftsman is always excellent. We enjoyed the salads, the polenta, and the duck bolognese pappardelle. The cocktails were well made, but the two glasses of red wines were not great. Desert choices were varied and good. The service seemed a bit overwhelmed for a Thursday night. Based on the food quality, we intend to keep returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not its usual great service
    EpicuriousVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Restaurant was quieter than normal, so the waitress was not overwhelmed, but our service was exceptionally poor. To never have my water glass refilled was the final straw. We will go back because we are hoping this was an exception, and just a bad day, but if it happens again, our favorite will be history.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Burgers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We loved the turkey burger and the bacon hamburger. Both were done to perfection and had marvelous flavor! We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful evening
    manderdiner
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food was interesting and flavorful so satisfying. We enjoyed their craft summer cocktails, creative and good. Our server was attentive and friendly. It was a wonderful evening !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hit and miss
    Customerfromthestart
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Being in my neighborhood, The Craftsman could be my favorite place to go, if only I could overlook glaring inconsistencies in its food. Starting us off, the bartender was generous, competent and creative. Four stars for their signature drinks. The charcuterie plate had a lovely selection and we each sampled each meat offered--an exceptional appetizer at a reasonable price as it served as a true appetizer for 4 of us. If we could stop there or skip to desserts, we would have a hit. Grand Marais herring was very nicely done and got two thumbs up from a man who knows his fish. Hangar steak was tough and quite disappointing. Burger and fries were excellent. Pasta special was just o.k. Craftsman=Twins. Always rooting for them, but ...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Anniversary Dinner
    Artvan
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    This restaurant was recommended to us by our foodie daughter and it did not disappoint. Craftsman has a wonderful outdoor seating area with vine-covered pergolas and heavy screening from busy E. Lake Street. The cocktail list looked great, but we took a pass in favor of a very nice and reasonably-priced bottle of wine. My wife had the Bibb lettuce salad with green beans and buttermilk dressing along with the gnocci prepared with spinach, peas, creme fraiche. My bite confirmed them as a wonderful seasonal preparations. My hanger steak and pomme frites were done to perfection--the bernaise sauce: addicting. The dense chocolate cake with creme fraiche was the perfect capper for our meal. Our server was delightful. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I've been to the Craftsman numerous times and the staff and the food never disappoint.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solid but rough around the edges
    TheCuriousPalate
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food and cocktails were really good--fresh, tasty, superbly prepared--but the service was very uneven. We arrived before the dinnertime rush but had to wait 45 minutes for our salads to arrive, while a family that arrived 10 minutes after us was already eating. One doesn't expect quick service, but a half an hour is enough to get rolling! Further bumps in what could otherwise have been a great evening: one salad was missing all the walnuts and almost all the cheese listed as ingredients (perhaps food preppers were at fault); and the pleasant, attentive waitress failed, at the end, to take the value of the coupon I gave her off the bill. We may return for the food; but a repeat of poor service will cross the Craftsman off our list.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant Patio Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    The menu always changes but is usually good. Excellent vegetarian options, attentive service. Quiet sitting outside despite several large groups. We'll be back soon!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • jso1
    jso1
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    First visit. On a Sunday evening. Great food and excellent service. We will return in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So-So
    JayZ
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We were not overly impressed. Service was very slow. Our server was also the bartender so she was not very attentive. Food was OK. My polenta was piping hot with great summer veggies. They were out of rainbow trout by 6:30 p.m. We won't go back nor would we recommend it others.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I'll be back.
    Luv2eatanddrink
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    While the interior of the restaurant looked cozy and loved the decor, the outdoor patio was not to be missed. Sweet setting under beautiful foliage. The cocktail list was so enticing I had to go with two delicious and different martinis. I will be back to try others! The food was exceptionally good...apps that sounded simple were beyond that, the best hummus I've had and one of my favorite cheese plates. The trout was absolutely perfect - perfectly balanced and interesting flavors. Desserts all looked fabulous but couldn't pass up the delicate and sweet beignets. So much more I wanted to try, I will be back! Waitress was very knowledgeable and service was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!!!
    bese
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    We had the pork chop and salmon and were done to our satisfaction! I would highly recommend this restraunt!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service, cocktails, and food
    CMo73
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed our dinner at Craftsman. The service was great. Our waiter, Carlos, knew the menu and wine list very well, made great recommendations, and was there when we needed him. The cocktails were generous and well crafted. I get a little tired of all the mixology and appreciate classic cocktails done well. The food was delicious. The charcuterie lived up to its reputation - also, it's a generous portion. The entrees were really good. If you're looking for a charming neighborhoody place to have good food and drink, this is a place you should consider. A word to the sound sensitive, it gets really noisy in this restaurant. There are high ceilings, wood floors, and plaster walls - the sound bounces around a lot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food
    EPDiner
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The food was delicious and the service was very good! The restaurant was a little cold (temperature) - had to go to the car to get jackets. The restauant was very noisy once it got busy - we had trouble hearing each other.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What happened to our go to spot?
    Disappointing
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Very disappointing evening! It has been our neighborhood go to spot for a great meal for years and have never had a negative experience until this week. Service was very slow and poor, waitress was not engaged or helpful. Menu lacked inspiration and seasonal flare. Restaurant was half empty and food still took forever. Patio dining was negative experience, weeds and untended flowers, stuff stacked up and sitting around like empty pots and candles, patio tables did not have candles or flowers, simply set our napkin wrapped silverware on the table, I walked inside and found wait staff meandering behind bar, some eating, and rat trap greeted us in the parking lot. Will not go back. Could have had better meal in own back yard.
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  • A Monday evening dinner.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Duck was good. Steak was tough and not so good. Pork chop was dry, overdone. Sides and desserts were good. I was expecting more, but it was a slow Monday night.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • unimpressive
    Walker
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Have dined at the Craftsman many times, and last Friday was an unusually bad experience. Indifferent service (no water, no bread), tasteless trout for $26, leathery steak for $28. Perhaps because we were relatively late (8:30)? They can do better.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Trout Around!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    My Gnochhi was delicious! And my wife's trout was some of the best fish I've ever eaten!! Highly recommended! A great place for our 10-year anniversary and whatever your special occasion may be!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BD Celebration
    southender
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We celebrated mutual birthdays with friends Wednesday evening. We had a wonderful evening, great cocktails, charcuterie plate, excellent entrees and outstanding attention from our server, Jenean. Thanks again Jenean!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Crafted Food
    km67
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Our out-of-town friends had a lovely dining experience with us at the Craftsman Restaurant. We enjoyed the inviting outdoor patio, which was shaded and quiet, the cocktail opportunities, and a very knowledgeable hostess/waitress. Our hostess was able to go into detail about the various dishes, and to make recommendations when we requested them. The duck confit dish was easily the knockout of the night, consisting of an ample amount of duck breast cooked to just medium rare. We had other out-of-town guests the previous week who also particularly enjoyed their meal at the Craftsman, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone who appreciates good food thoughtfully prepared. KM67
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Review title
    DontWantToChooseANickname
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    A tasty chardonnay, good service, and outstanding steaks. A great evening.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    eatingout
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Always amazing food and staff! Delicious local ingredients,wonderfully prepared, and doted on by amazing staff!!! Perfect place to celebrate our 11th anniversary!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful place!!
    Suze
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Drinks were hefty, attentive waitress, great salad, walleye and hanger steak exceptional!! Love, love, love the ambience!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    Animalmad
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Some of the best food I've had in the Twin Cities!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Texasimmigrant
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    I took a friend for a birthday dinner here. I've been here several times and know I can count on the food and the service. I was not disappointed. The food was delicious and our server genial and knowledgeable. It was the perfect choice, and we had a lovely evening.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious Gnocchi/Refreshing Drinks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The potato gnocchi was spectacular with the asparagus and shiitake mushrooms perfectly cooked. The sauce added much flavor and was wonderfully paired with this dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    Richard
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    The Craftsman is one of the Twin City's best. Everything works well, from the prairie-style tables and chairs to the terrific wine list. The food is unsurpassed. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    I had been to the Craftsman for appetizers and drinks once before and had a great evening. Anxious to try it again, I took my husband there for his birthday. He loved it, and so did I. The service was great, the drinks and food were wonderful, and the waitress was knowledgeable. We are looking forward to eating there again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LOVED IT
    cbc10
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    I had not heard anything about this restaurant but thought the menu looked like it was worth a try. When you walk in, it looks like nothing special but the food and drinks were amazing! From the drink at the bar to dessert we had not a single complaint about any of the food. Would definitely go back again!
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet