Cullen's
Cullen's

Cullen's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cullenshouston.com/
  • Phone: 2819912000x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday, Sunday: 11:00AM - 5:00PM
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00PM - 10:00PM, Sunday: 5:00PM - 9:00PM
    Brunch: Saturday-Sunday: 11:00AM - 3:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Sina M. Taheri
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: • Catering to the Greater Houston Area, for Groups of all Sizes!

    • Dozens of Menus! Hundreds of options! Custom and
    Special Orders Welcomed!

    • Cullen’s Culinary Experts are ready to help you plan your next event!

    With Catering by Cullen’s, you can now recreate the elegance of the Cullen’s experience in your home, office or venue of choice. From planning a delectable menu to pairing the perfect wines, Cullen's private functions and catering services bring food and service together, exceeding every expectation.
  • Private Party Facilities: From planning a delectable menu to pairing the perfect wines, Cullen's private functions bring food and service together, exceeding every expectation. Rooms feature audio-visual technology with soundproof meeting rooms, Wi-Fi, individual sound/climate control and adjustable lighting. For corporate functions, weddings or large celebratory dinners, Cullen's impeccable service coupled with state-of-the-art technology will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.
  • Entertainment: Live pianist or jazz band Thursday through Saturday from 8pm to 10pm.
  • Special Events: With a host of private dining and entertainment options, Cullen’s can accommodate parties of virtually any size to create an unforgettable experience for you and your guests! Whether a private birthday party, anniversary, corporate outing, business training, Christmas party or dinner – whatever you can think of – we've got the room for you!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Red Bluff
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Cullen's
Like no other restaurant in town…
Food lovers from around the world have been dazzled by Cullen’s, Houston’s most unique and distinctive restaurant, hospitality and entertainment establishment. Featuring handcrafted American cuisine, Cullen’s is housed in an eye-catching facility that includes seven private dining and banquet rooms, an outdoor patio, and a live music venue. With both casual and sophisticated dining areas and menus to match virtually every taste and preference, Cullen’s is the perfect choice for a special event, a romantic dinner, business entertainment, or a lively family meal.
OUR FACILITY INCLUDES:
• An elegant dining room

• Dozens of flat screen TV's for viewing sports and special events

• A formal ballroom and ceremony space for banquets and weddings

• Fourteen private dining rooms

• Exclusive, limited seating dining in Macy's Table (suspended over the main dining room)

• Patio dining
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Cullen's reviews from OpenTable diners
43 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.8
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (26)special occasion (26)good for groups (15)great for lunch (10)neighborhood gem (10)notable wine list (10)great for brunch (9)vibrant bar scene (8)great for outdoor dining (7)late-night find (6)hot spot (5)fit for foodies (4)scenic view (3)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Great food and presentation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I had been wanting to visit Cullen's for a while, I brought a group of 4 persons for brunch. When we walked in the staff felt a bit disorganized. It was early so there were't many patrons, however they wanted to seat us right next to a large group. We requested a move and found a more suitable table. Our waiter was a bit standoffish and was difficult to hear or understand. The coffee was fabulous (French press), the food was fantastic (the grits were amazing), but the service could use some tweaking especially for the cost of the meal. Overall we were satisfied with our visit but am not sure the price matches the expectation.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not worth it
    Hans
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    For a restaurant on Open Table this was a very disappointing experience. While we were seated right away, a different server came to wait on us than the one the maitre'd told us was coming. It took forever to get drinks and during the course of the dinner our server, while nice, disappeared for periods of 15-20 minutes at a time. When the food came out one of the entrees was not one which was ordered and then I was asked whether I still wanted to eat mine. Why? When the meal finally came out about 15 minutes later one of the entrees, while the correct entree, had te wrong sides. For the amount of money spent this was not a good experience. It was ashame because the ambience was nice; however, this restaurant does not have its act together.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Disappointed/19th anniversary
    Luvtodine
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    19th anniversary, reservations for 7 PM, we were seated and it took almost 5 minutes for anyone to approach our table, we received our bread, before anyone even brought water and menu's. We ordered and they brought the salad and my soup, which was great, but them downhill from there. At 8:15, we still did not have our meal. Others had come in after us, got their food and even finished their meal before we even had ours. The manager came over and my husband was very upset. The manager said that he would take care of it. We still waited 1:35 minutes for Prime Rib, cold upon delivery, my husbands steak ordered medium, was brought well done. The manager comp'ed our meal, but seriously, a very stressed evening. Just very disappointed!!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • texasgirl
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I have been to Cullen's several times; the food is alway good. This was the first time I've eaten in the restaurant part (usually there for lunch and eat in the bar area). The restaurant is well done and it was fairly quiet. They have the Birthday Club which is nice as you get a free entre and the birthday dessert. The service was not up to par. We had to wait a bit for our server. During dinner, we had to ask several times for items like salt and pepper, more water and cream for the coffee. Finally asked another person for the cream. The waiter did apologize for the service saying that he was really busy, etc.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Hard2please
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    From the moment I got out of my car I was impressed. Cullens is beautiful inside and out. The food was excellent. I had the bone in ribeye and it was cooked to perfection and exceptionally seasoned. I would recommend to everyone.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good
    LCtexasVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    My husband usually goes for ribeyes or strips but decided to try the filet. It was the best one he has ever had.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent !
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    The food, breadth of menu and quality far exceeded my expectations. The service was excellent as well...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • can tuna piano but not a fish
    finefoodie
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Ordered the ahi tuna medium rare and the center came to the table refrigerator cold. Rather than doing another cut properly, the waitress brought back the same slices grilled once over. now nothing about the tuna was cooked properly. the waitress also said the chef would bring the food back, and he/she never appeared. clearly, the kitchen staff does not know how to prepare such a plate properly.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunday Brunch
    LeagueCityDiner
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Wonderful selection of brunch choices from your basic - that is not so basic - waffle to filet and eggs. The Blood Orange Mimosas were great as well however price on web site and in restaurant price is not the same. Cullen's needs to update web site with their new prices, but the web price was honored without question. What was nice about the Brunbh was that you were not forced to have to only order from the Burch menus many establishments have you do. Other menu selections were great!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great
    Snoopydad
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Wonderful food, wonder atmosphere. Good for full evening dinning as well as for after the movie or play.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    The steaks just melt in your mouth. The seating is very individual & private, noise level is low.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unfullfulled Potential
    strohjVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    They have a beautiful building, with everything in place to serve top notch food with great service.. yet they just fail at all the little things. Our server was nice, but unfortunately he was just not a very good waiter. Some of our food was very delicious, while other parts were extremely bland. The kids pasta was spicy.. something where you would actually prefer blander food.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • shastar
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    I ordered the lobster bisque and it was really not good. The waiter saw I did not like it so he took it back and the chef came out and asked if I wanted something else. I replaced it with gumbo which was better. That was very good customer service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What-a-night
    Chicoroundtable55
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    The mood was right and night was perfect. We had a great moment and really enjoyed our special night. The ambiance set was pleasant. The steak was very tender but the side items were horrible. We will not let that turn us away from coming again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good choice
    joh77
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    My wife and I had a great date night, food was well worth the money. Our waiter was helpful, and attentive. Thanks
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Strange Ambience
    Deliverance
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Driving in to Cullen's, the landscape needs some serious attention. Besides the fountain and other things that didn't work, a guy in shorts and a t - shirt picking a guitar and singing off key at the entrance just didn't do it for me. I found it almost embarrassing, especially when you are trying to impress your date with your restaurant selection. Here we are, all dressed up and then we see something out of Deliverance? Bad choice? You decide, I won't be back until they upgrade the act, and get the place to look a little more inviting. Disappointed to say the least.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • first timer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The food was awesome! We both had steak and we ended it with the pecan pie...That was delicious. we would definitely come back but come later in the evening instead of 5:30pm...place is too big so we felt like the room swallowed us up. lol
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go back in time...
    Doitright
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Few places do we find in our lives that takes us back. Well to me Cullen's is such a place. The decor, staff, structure of the building, the lighting, the live singer...I could keep going. This place is our new place for my wife and I. The waitresses know their menus and wine lists and what accompanies what. There always close by when you need something. The food! Wow! The food is outstanding! Warning though, make sure you don't eat the day of your dinner because they make sure you will have plenty. If you want to go back to the 30's or stay in the 2000's this is the place to be. Outside dining and live bands add to the lost of fun things about this place. A private bar, dance club in the back. All I can say is welcome home!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Regular Diners
    ShariGVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    We are "regulars" at Cullen's. I know they read these reviews and I have always been honest and "real" with them, so here it goes....First of all I want to say that we do love the restaurant and we will continue to go; however, I have noticed that lately you never know what you are going to get quality-wise. On our visit before this one our meal was FANTASTIC! On this visit I ordered the bone-in rib-eye and my fiance' ordered the bone-in short rib. My steak was slightly over-cooked, but we didn't want it to go to waste, so my fiance' and I traded dinners. The short rib was dry and I felt it was left over from the weekend. We also felt that the creme brulee was left over from the weekend. Hopefully better next time.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinning Gem
    Mickey
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Classy undiscovered gem. This out of the way dinning mecca needs to be experienced to be truly appreciated. . Mrs. Ervin Mrozinski
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 149 reviews are from the Cullen's reviews archive.
  • Great Romantic Spot
    jasanchez75
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Very nice restaurant. I don't understand why people come in there dressed like they just came from the beach. They should have a dress code.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!!!
    Doitright
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    In short, everything was perfect. My wife and I do not go out often but when we do we want the best and we found it here. The server was extremely knowledgeable about the current menu and wine list. She was extremely attentive. We felt like we stepped back on time to a 30's classic restaurant with the mood lighting and liveusic. Loved it and highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, 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 LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easter Brunch
    Tablefortwo
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    This was an excellent brunch. The buffet was located in its own room - away from the dining tables. We were seated in the main dining room and the ambience was terrific. The food was hot and excellent - one of the best Easter brunches we have attended. The items were refilled regularly so nothing looked like it was sitting around and drying out. The staff was excellent. The only downside was that the tip of 20% was added even for a table of two. The service was good but do not appreciate the tip being added automatically without notification.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    WoodlandsFrequentDinerVIP
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    Sure hate to write a bad review since there are so few nice restaurants in Pasadena that are not big national chains ... but our meat was incredibly disappointing. Chewey beef, bland flavor - the accompaniments were delicious, but if this is a steak place, no wonder there were only three other diners in the main room on a Tuesday evening. The bar was crowded - was it party? or was it good drinks? It couldn't possibly have been the food.
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  • No crowds for Sunday lunch/brunch!
    FloppyHatGigglingGal
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    A little out of the way for most people but was trying to find a place about halfway for people in our party so this was it. Most of us thought the food was good, only one too salty to eat. Going for brunch? Get the cinnamon roll for an appetizer! Definitely big enough for three or four to share as an appetizer! Service was kind of sketchy. Never got drinks ordered in the bar waiting for all of our party to arrive. No iced tea for most of our meal. Four out of the six of us liked it, the other two not so much. My chicken fried steak was great and I don't usually eat stuff like that but the server convinced me after I had ordered the grilled chicken and someone else ordered the CFS. No room left for dessert though.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Avoid This Place
    Sailor
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    First visit. Very disappointed in the quality of the food and service for the high prices. The scallop appetizers were mushy and fishy tasting. Steak was overcooked. The pasta in the pasta/beef entrée was tough and doughy. Save your money and go to SaltGrass Steak House or The Texas Roadhouse for a consistent tasty steak for a lot less money. The only nice thing about this place is the size of the dinning room and quality of building construction and furnishings.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Expected more. . . .
    ONMG
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Based on reviews I had read prior to our reservation I was expecting more. . . . Waited in bar area for all parties to arrive - quiet and pleasant and wait staff attentive. . . . Our waiter was knowledgeable about food & wine . . . getting the right entre to the right person was a little choppy. I ordered my filet medium well and it was COOKED. Which then made it dry. . . . Husband ordered Prime Rib rare and came medium. . . . Hummmmm Not sure i would recommend or come again.
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  • Enjoyed a quiet and relaxing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Enjoyed a quiet and relaxing birthday dinner! Cullen's Birthday Club coupon a wonderful perk. Excellent meal with exceptional service by our server Jesse. Ask to be seated in his area, he is clearly the best waiter on staff!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Dinner
    ShariGVIP
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    Went for their Monday Steak & Lobster dinner. All was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business dinner
    Stelmach
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Great bar scene and fabulous dinner. Unique menu with absolute wonderful service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good food
    Lindsay
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We eat here often and consistently receive good service and good food. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great atmosphere
    ilovefood1988
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    This Place Was Amazing!!!! The Food And Service Was Spectacular!!!!! They Have A Wide Selection Of Wine And Cognac
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointment
    Couple4food
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Drove an hour to come to 2012s most romantic. Arrived 10pm. Seated 10:45pm. We were not greeted by a manager or anyone apologetic in that 45minute period. The ambiance in the bar area was ok. Dining area was a not well put together wedding. The lighting was bright. Flowers on only select few tables. Told numerous times kitchen was behind and trying to catch up. Dessert options were not available because they "ran out". By the start of our dinner we were so upset about the wait and service, now we had a select few options. $75 per person. We could have gone to one of our favorites instead of paying that much for subpar food and service. I was embarrassed we even paid for such a bad experience. Price is not an issue for us, but quality is.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a waste of $200.00
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I had a reservation, but an hour later I was still not seated. The service was soooo slow after we finally got a table. The food was medium at best, my "side" of asparagus was TWO spears. They were out if the desert I ordered so a Tiramisu was served at it was all whipped cream (worst I have ever had) my husbands chocolate cake was flavorless. I will never go back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Horrible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We had a reservation at 9. When we arrived the manager on duty told us they were running at least 2hours behind. I would expect a phone call before arriving stating that but I guess they don't care. The management team is suppose to call me today or tomorrow so we will see if that happens
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never for a Special Occassion!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We had 8:45 reservations and were not seated until 9:30! It reflects very poor scheduling on their part. The server was so busy to the point that we had to repeatedly ask for soup spoons, water refills, bread plates, etc. Other than repeated apologies, management did nothing else to compensate for the long wait. By that time some of the promised desserts were no long available. We were so tired we our entrees arrived that we did not enjoy our food to the fullest.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We made reservations for 715
    Tmac
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We made reservations for 715 pm and did not get seated until 845 pm.. Although the manager gave us half off our meal my expectations was to be seated when we arrived.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Had to wait an hour past reservatio
    Scoobysnacks
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Had to wait an hour past reservation time, but food was awesome and wait staff worked together and were great. Enjoyed overall.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine Dinner for two
    Rachel
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    understandably busy on this day so there was a delay in seating us the food was good, just felt like there wasn't enough wait staff on this night
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    love it.... nice place and good food and would recommend for sure.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.