Craftsman Restaurant

Craftsman Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.craftsmanrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (612) 722-0175
  • 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 WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Craftsman Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
1 review since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance5
    Noise LevelEnergetic
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
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  • Food-Service-Ambiance = GREAT
    Timmer
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    By the time we sat down (9:30pm) the pork was sold out. However, our meals were excellent - sturgeon that was big and steaky, a steak that was butter good, and sides that were carefully appointed. The charcuterie plate is a great way to get started with fine varieties (and decent sized servings) of cool cheeses and their amazing dried meats - the duck breast was my favorite. The service is top-notch: professional and watchful and not clingy. Just awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great way to entertain visitors
    novice
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    This restaurant provided great cocktails, wine, bear, and three fine meals (steak, pork chop, and herring). The service was pleasant and thoughtful. Items were reasonably priced. We'll be back again soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply delicious.
    Xxxxxxx
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    i think this is one of the best restsurants in the Twin Cities. Love the wood interior design and warm atmosphere. There is a resh, thoughtful menu with a fabulous wine and beer list. We had a tasty cheese sampler as an appetizer. It was a perfect size for our table of four. Our main courses were the coho salmon special, herring, hangar steak and vegetarian burger. All were simply delicious. What else can I say besides YUM!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite for a special night out
    BillA
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    This is our go-to neighborhood place for an excellent dinner on a special occasion. We love the place, and we're glad it's only a few minutes from our house.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We live 2 blocks from the Craftsman
    Otto
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    The food is of great quality, although a very small tad too oily. Great taste. The place is a bit noisy but I guess there is little one can do to change that. The restaurant is definitely too dark though. We saw people on multiple tables using the candles to read the menu.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Comfort Food Brunch
    blissfield1949VIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed a superb brunch on a sunny Sunday morning. Their bloody mary is unique and satisfying and the restaurant was particularly accomodating when Nancy I ask to split the scone of the day and an omelet. Both were farm to table and excellent. I have yet to have lunch or dinner here but the attention to detail, generous portions and freshness of the food and produce is not likely to disappoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming
    JJCAR4
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Friendly hosting, table staff attentive, they were happy to answer questions and confident about the quality of the dishes being served. The decore was simple and elegant. The general feel was warm and friendly no snobby entitlement here. The food was delicious! The portions were generous. I have been fortunate to dine all over the world with my family and we felt the Carftsman was one of our best experiences in the last 10 years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • TCfoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Best charcuterie in town......what a selection! Don't miss! Entree's were good, not spectacular.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific and dependable
    BudA
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    My wife and I go to the Craftsman about 50 times a year for brunch after mass on Sunday at St. Albert the Great. We rarely go at dinner only because it's all the way across town (we live a few blocks from Hwy. 100 and Excelsior Blvd. But we went with two friends on Sunday night and had a marvelous time. The food was terrific -- My wife always has their Gnocchi and I ordered roasted herring with an eggplant puree -- and service excellent (the fact we know almost everyone there probably contributes to that). I think it compares favorably with The Kenwood and Bachelor Farmer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    It was my first visit to The Craftsman and we loved it! Food was amazing, beautiful decor, adequate service. The waitress brought us the desert menu when requested and never returned to take our order. I would definitely recommend and will return. Noise level increased as the night went on. We had a 6:15 reservation.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch?
    Southerngal
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We expected a brunch menu with a selection of salads, sandwiches, egg dishes,fruit, etc. However, this was strictly breakfast, and pretty basic breakfast at that. The only meat on the menu was pork, and the only fruit in the entire restaurant was apple. It was fine, but not nearly as special as we expected from Craftsman.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    JrozzyVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Had high expectations for our meal. However, the menu was beyond disappointing. I was expecting a great selection of different game, fish, & meats. Instead the menu was completely boring. Loaded with pasta dishes. I settled on the herring (which was tasty & cooked perfectly). However the eggplant purée was a poor choice to go with this dish, completely over the top with starch (a sweet corn purée would have been much more appropriate). My friend had the pork chop (which again was cooked perfectly), but the dish was wildly boring and lacked eye appeal. Lastly, it would be nice to see a better selection of after dinner drinks. At minimum Chartruise or Fernet.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Evening with friends
    AnnMW
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Creative well prepared choices for each course. Not a weak dish across 6 in the party. Service was attentive but not intrusive. Solid knowledge of wine offerings. Entree specials were great but all but gone by 6:30! We will all be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A neighborhood gem worth a visit!
    CAMC
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Excellent service, delicious food - try the turkey burger - and a beautiful setting - cozy, warm, and casual. The bar is perfect for a cocktail on a cool fall or winter evening and their outdoor patio is one of the most charming in Mpls. Love this neighborhood gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Patio Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had a great experience on the patio. The service was very good and there were two nice vegetarian options which pleased our group. The cheese plate had wonderful choices but a couple of the guys in the group were disappointed with the teeny portions on that plate. Otherwise the ambience and service was very nice. I will recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • RaySVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We've been going here for a few years and something has changed. The menu has gotten a bit stale and the service is hit or miss.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delish
    momac
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We have dined at the Craftsman for special occasions over the years and this dinner was a birthday celebration. My husband and I started with the designer blueberry cocktail, then moved on to the artisan cheese plate, followed by the duck breast special and finally a glass of port. Each phase was superbly executed, delicious for both the eye and the palate. The hosts and servers were warm and knowledgeable, as usual. We enjoyed it so much that we have decided not to wait for the next special occasion but come back sooner and try the burgers we've heard such good things about.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely Early Fall Evening Dinner
    MoreWineMoreCheese
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • kimk
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Friendly, helpful and knowledgeable waitress. The pork chop was amazing and the biggest I have ever seen. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
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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
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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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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.
    Special Features:
    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.