Craigie on Main
Craigie on Main

Craigie on Main

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.craigieonmain.com/
  • Phone: 6174975511x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open Tuesday-Sunday

    Dining Room: 5:30-10:00pm (10:30 Fri & Sat)

    Bar: 5:30pm-12 Midnight

    Late Night Bar Menu: Until 11:00 pm

    Bar Drinks Served: 5:30-12:00 Midnight

    Brunch: Sunday 10:30am-1:30pm

    The "Chef's Whim" is available on Sunday evenings after 9:00 pm. Chef Tony Maws cooks for your table - either a $45 four-course or $57 six-course menu. Tony loves to cook and serve up impromptu dishes that may not be on the regular menu, and is at his most inventive, spontaneous, and generous. It’s never the same meal twice and your palates and pocketbooks are the winners! The “Chef’s Whim” is available in two versions only - “The Surprise” (which may contain meat and fish) and Vegetarian. We regret that there are no other selections or substitutions.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, French, Contemporary French
  • Executive Chef: Tony Maws
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Smoking Area, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private Dining Area for groups of over 12 for lunches or dinners Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings, or Sunday Brunch. Please contact us about a restaurant buyout any time.
  • Private Party Contact: Kelley Hotti 6174975511x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Main St. and Mass. Ave
  • Public Transit: Central Square T Stop, the No. 1 bus at the Main Street stop
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: There is plenty of street parking and nearby parking lots. Valet Parking is always available at dinner (but not for Sunday Brunch).There is ample on- street parking nearby after 6 pm. There is a well-lit public parking lot one block away on Bishop Allen Drive (just behind the restaurant).
    There is a paid parking lot at Le Meridien Hotel on the corner of Green St. and Sidney St.
A word from Craigie on Main
Eat out and feel at home! Chef Tony Maws - winner of the James Beard Award for Best Chef, Northeast - combines French-inspired “nose -to-tail refined rusticity” with ”no exceptions” local, seasonal, & organic or natural ingredients. Enjoy the bar (Food & Wine’s ”Top 100 in US”), ”Our Sunday Best Brunch”, and Tasting Menus …Thanks to GQ for naming us #2 (!) in 10 Best New US Restaurants, Food Network for “Best Breakfast in MA”, Boston Magazine for 2010 “Best Bigtime Chef” and Boston Globe for one of ”The 10 Most Influential Restaurants” of the decade. We are the third most popular restaurant in Boston, says Zagat and one of the Top 100 Wine Restaurants in the US, says Wine Enthusiast!
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Craigie on Main reviews from OpenTable diners
242 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (204)special occasion (160)neighborhood gem (102)romantic (89)notable wine list (85)hot spot (51)great for brunch (49)vibrant bar scene (25)good for groups (23)late-night find (13)great for lunch (8)kid-friendly (5)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • First Time
    JR85VIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Upon seating? The restaurant felt a but too hectic and energetic. The staff were a bit too attentive with 2 or more checking our satisfaction about every 10 or so minutes. The starter I ordered, squid ink pasta with clams, was amazing and very we'll prepared. The main course, a pigs head, was very tender but lacked flavor. Overall, Craigie performed average when looking at the value one gets from an experience there.
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  • Scrumptious
    Mmmm
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Can't say enough. Friendly staff. Outstanding food. Wxcellent libations. Wonderful experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Nice
    HarvardmomVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Our first time at Craigie on Main. It's less of a special occasion restaurant and more of a cozy neighborhood place. The service was exceptionally attentive and kind. The preparations are a bit fussy. Although I enjoyed my oysters and sirloin, my son did not care for the foie gras sausage on his chicken dish. My husband was lukewarm about the cut of his piece of swordfish (prefers a thinner cut steak), and he thought the garnishes did not complement the fish very well. Overall, though, the quality of the food was high and it looked beautiful on the plates. The desserts were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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  • Disappointed
    embec
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Having dined at Craigie On Main before, I was eager to return. This time, the food itself was good, but not outstanding. Our server was disorganized and seemingly indifferent. The timing between courses was delayed and uneven. At dessert, a small birthday cake arrived without a candle, even though assurances had been given before the meal that the provided candle would be lit. When our host asked the server where the candle was, she “blew it off” (pun intended). I have loved this restaurant. That’s why I chose to celebrate my birthday there this year. I was surprised to be so disappointed by the over-all experience.
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  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Ive never left a restaurant and wanted to come back the following evening as much as I did at Craigie. Food add service suburb. Creative menus, well crafted.
    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.
  • It's just ok, for the price
    Aner
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We were four and we took the 6 course tasting menu for $98 each. It was tasty. Still you can get similar good food for less money. Usually for this price I would expect more WOW effects. Veggie tasting menu is a complete waste of money.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Fabulous Food!
    Havealwayswantedtotry
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    We did the 8 course tasting menu and it was phenomenal. Some of the foods were outside my comfort level, but I tried them all and all were fabulous!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • A Favorite
    Kcfq
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    A perfect spot for a special dinner or a burger and a beer. Craigie always gets it right.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Occasion Dining
    Kiko
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Given that I am not the foodie that my husband is I was a bit daunted by the menu but I'm really happy we ate here for his birthday. We were thrilled to get seats at the 'chef's table' - counter with stools - so we could watch the kitchen in action while we ate. It added so much to the whole dining experience. My first test was a Maine oyster with green gazpacho (I would never order oysters!) as a welcome appetizer. It was interesting and it made me feel more adventuresome for the dining experience ahead. The waitstaff was perfectly attentive without being overbearing and seemed to really enjoy the restaurant's unique offerings. The wine suggestions were great. Appreciated the birthday candle. Expensive and Creative.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pampered, in the good way
    Malster
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We are very specific about when we go to Craigie. It's a place to go to celebrate, because you are treated with such care, enthusiasm, and dedication to customer service and the incredibly crafted, deeply delicious food. We go when we have something to momentous to celebrate, like this past Friday, it was our 10th wedding anniversary. We always get the vegetarian tasting menu. And each time, we are blown away by the richness of the local food presented like art on the plate. How grateful we are for this true gem of a place in our very own neighborhood. We hope to celebrate there again, again, and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Excellent bonus small bite starter. Sand in the octopus tail appetizer? One of the three porks three ways was undercooked? (their signature dish) Ok flour less chocolate cake and mint ice cream. Overall does not stand up to the many great restaurants in the area specially for the non trivial price tag.
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  • Decent Food but Overpriced
    Scott
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    My girlfriend and I tried Craigie on Main for her birthday because we had heard great things. However, we were disappointed with the food. The service and ambiance were great, but we found the food to be mediocre and very expensive for the quality of it. We tried two different entrees, the sturgeon fish and mushroom crepe. Both were decent, but not as flavorful or as spiced as we were expecting. We tried the fried apple fritters and maple bourbon ice cream for dessert which was excellent. Overall, it was okay, but it's overpriced for what it is.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Was treated like royalty and really enjoyed the delicious food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Fantastic
    wa23
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The food was sublime, the service was extraordinary. Love this place. Go immediately and order everything.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I would never have tried some of the dishes based on their description because I don't think of myself as an adventurous brunched, but their dishes were delicious. I'm looking forward to trying more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, special occasion
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  • Lives up to its fabulous reputation
    suzibelleVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Craige on Main is utterly amazing! A foodies delight!! The first course dishes were unbelievable: an octopus dish and a squid ink pasta dish. So many complex ingredients that melded together fantastically. I can't even tease out how each ingredient added its goodness. The pork cooked 3 ways was also terrific! I'm still swooning over the leftovers. After being blown away by the first 2 courses (really 3, since there was a delightful amuse bouche) we couldn't believe how delicious all of the desserts were. One in our party was a vegetarian, so ordered the alternate vegetarian pasta appetizer and was extremely happy. Together with a great wine and very nice and attentive wait staff, the whole evening was very enjoyable!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • Excellent food, weird waitress
    Mfr22
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    In all but one respect, Craigie on Main is as good as a restaurant can be. Everything was first-rate. The thing that was lacking was service. Most of the service people were wonderful. Our water glasses were constantly filled. However, our main waitress seemed to take offense to something that I did. She was cold and curt throughout the evening. Halfway through, she told another person to take over my table. I have no idea what I did. I used to work at restaurants and cafes; consequently I do my best to treat staff well. I know they have hard jobs. This waitress was so weird and unfriendly. It definitely hurt the overall experience.
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  • Anniversary Dinner
    DanS
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    This has to be the best restaurant in Boston. Chef's tasting menu had so many outstanding flavors and you do not know what you are getting until it arrives. Surprise ! Our server Tatynia was knowledgable, friendly and helped us decide on wine. We will definitely go back- for special occasions. Expensive, worth saving up for, especially as wife has been cooking for 43 years
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • a wonderful night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I have been trying to get to Craigie on Main for awhile on the weekend but they are always booked. I was at a conference in Boston and went with my wife on Wednesday. We had the tasting menu and the food was fantastic. The service could not have been better. It was the most attentive wait staff I have encountered in a long time. The wine recommendations were perfect.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • went for our anniversary
    annydinner
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We have been trying to get into Craigie on main for sometime as they are usually pretty booked. We ordered from the prix fix menu and were really happy. I had the corn veloute and it was amazing! ! My husband and I were sopping it up with bread. I wasn't overly excited about the chocolate decadence as it was a little bitter for my liking but we were very happy with the entire experience and will be going again. Set aside some money to go, especially if you like to drink.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Food and Service
    coug18
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a nice meal. Our party of 4 cleaned every plate that came in front of us. The service was impeccable. Someone was always there when you needed anything. When I was making my beer selection our waiter was excited to speak of some beers that were off the list that might meet what I was looking for and it did. I am excited to go back. They have a selection where you can ask the chef to choose your menu for the night which I will do next time.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Always great
    lillibetVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    It had been too long, so we were very glad to get back to Craigie and put ourselves in Tony Maws' hands for the tasting menu. The flavors were seasonal, intense and inventive--the tomato gazpacho was revelatory and the riesling sabayon will live long in my memory. The staff were knowledgeable, helpful and accommodating. A fabulous meal and a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sparkling Evening
    Marisa
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    My husband and I went for our anniversary dinner. Had the 3-course prix fixe. Top to bottom excellent food. Highlights were the squid ink rigatoni with clams in a silky butter tarragon sauce and a velvety, crunchy tahini chocolate cake - bold flavors and textures, yet subtle and delicate. Bone in rib eye for two was perfectly rare. Service attentive and laid back. Very good wine (and we ordered at the lowest price point), warm ambience. Good special occasion place. Or we would return with a group to order small plates at the bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dale Arnold
    DArnold
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We've now been to Craigie on two occasions and it has already become one of our favorite restaurants. Chef Tony Maw is inspired and our 6 course tasting menu was a delight. The service was impeccable and every detail of our special event night was perfect. We cannot wait to go again.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing...
    lubru
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Ours was a very special dinner and we chose the 6 course tasting menu....simply divine...attentive yet not intrusive service, excellent ambience, divine dishes and great wines. simply divine...
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    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Craige Is the Main
    eatdrnkbemerry
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Tasty food with original combinations and seasoning. A fun and drink worthy bar list
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    RichardRez
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The food here is always five star and a great surprise as the tasting menu carries you off on a seasonal and local food adventure. I went this time for a fourth wedding anniversary, and ordered flowers from a local vendor to arrive in time to be set at our table. The restaurant contacted me, let me know they would set it up on a nice table, and indeed when we arrived we were treated like royalty. It's not cheap but worth every dollar. And while it's expensive, it's not stodgy - you feel a casual vibe while experiencing some of the best food in Boston
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience
    GoodFoodLover
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Very interesting creations. I have never had such a tender octopus dish (appetizer) in my life. I heard the burgers are out of this world but didn't get to try any since they only serve 18 of them per day. Great drink creations too. I gave 4 stars to food since the zucchini side was way too salty for my taste. A little mishap with the bill (did not take the zucchini off as they said they would) but rectified quickly after I pointed it out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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  • Tina
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I had been wanting to try Craigie on Main for a long time and have to say that it was worth the wait. The food was absolutely impeccable and left us with the memory of having had an exquisite dining experience. I highly recommend it for special occasion celebrations!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Craigie on Main never disappoints
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    My husband and I love to come early and take a seat at the bar for dinner. The bar staff are very knowledgeable and their cocktails and wine suggestions are always spot-on. No other nearby restaurant does pork in so many delicious preparations. We love the ever-changing menu options. A real neighborhood gem.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Craigie On Main
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Hands down the most creative and expertly prepared brunch of my life. I've been to Craigie On Main a few times before, but never for brunch. I will definitely be going back sometime soon. It can be a bit pricey ($100 for me and my wife), especially if you want to sample a number of things, but easily worth every penny, which says a lot.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot
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  • Great brunch experience!
    cambridgefoodie
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I went with my friends this weekend and loved everything about our brunch experience! Great food and great atmosphere!
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • New favorite restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Tasting menu was a special treat. Very casual atmosphere with top notch food and exceptional service.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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  • Can't go wrong with a tasting menu
    MattVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We had the tasting menu and (surprise) it was incredible. Standout items were the tuna tartare, sturgeon, cucumber gazpacho, fresh pasta, and desert. If you're open to diverse flavors and types of food the tasting menu is the way to go. While certainly not a cheap meal it definitely provides value for the money. The staff's passion for their craft shows.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Great food and service
    BklynHobo
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Craigie on Main definitely raises the bar in Cambridge. Every course was perfect as far as concept, flavor and execution. Service was on point with a friendly and professional staff. Would highly recommend.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ehhh
    BDdrew
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Went here for our 3rd anniversary after hearing great things. I can see how this place has a great reputation, but we were less than impressed. Started with the corn soup which was very good. Then my wife had Halibut and I had pork 3 ways. Her Halibut was not great (had a very strange seasoning that did not agree with us) and my pork was decent, but small. Could have used another third of the meat. Maybe on this particular Wednesday we caught them on an off night but in Cambridge, there are plenty of options and we will be trying others before coming back here.
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  • Great Food and Wine Pairing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I like wine, but I don't know wine. I ordered the blue fish, asked the waitress what would pair well with it, and she nailed it. The portions were perfect and the texture and taste of the food was fantastic. Cheers to Craigie on Main!
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Amazing Experience!
    alioopfoodie
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Couldn't have been happier with the spectacular service to match the beautiful ultimate tasting menue, great wine (recommended by our lovely waitress), and cozy but elegant atmosphere. Will definitely be going back for ant special occasions we have in the future and will be taking friends and family any chance we get!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not as great as i recall
    hlgesq
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Loved it in June. This time, not uniformly great, and service was barely attentive and sort of high-handed. Won't be rushing back.
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  • Very full
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food was delicious but very over priced. I probably wouldn't come back due to cost which is unfortunate because the food and service were great.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.