da Filippo Autentica Cucina Italiana
da Filippo Autentica Cucina Italiana

da Filippo Autentica Cucina Italiana

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.dafilippos.com/
  • Phone: 9082180110x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm;

    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm;

    Sunday: RESERVED FOR PRIVATE FUNCTIONS
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Filippo Russo
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Entertainment, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Takeout
  • Catering: Catering options are available. Please contact the restaurant directly.
  • Entertainment: Live piano music Friday and Saturday evenings after 9:00 pm.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Meadow Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from da Filippo Autentica Cucina Italiana
The idea of master chef Filippo Russo is to bring the Italian culture of gastronomy to Somerville, New Jersey. Through his philosophy, Da Filippo's Ristorante is recognized by European patrons spanning as far east as Japan and Singapore. With his profound knowledge in the culinary field Filippo Russo is able to present a level of authenticity through his dishes, replicating his mother's recipes as...well as the environment Filippo was exposed to in Sicily.

Over the years Da Filippo's Ristorante received numerous reviews from the New York Times, New Jersey Monthly Magazine and Zagat survey, The Star-Ledger and The American Academy of Restaurant and Hospitality Sciences. The most honorable recognition presentated to Filippo Russo is the Luigi Veronelli Award of Northern American fine Italian dining and Ignazio Miceli from Regaleali Winery Sicily. When guests arrive at Da Filippo Ristorante they are welcomed with European hospitality while finding themselves in a rustic ambiance
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da Filippo Autentica Cucina Italiana reviews from OpenTable diners
46 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (37)fit for foodies (28)special occasion (22)romantic (17)good for groups (12)great for lunch (5)hot spot (2)late-night find (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Not your Usual Italian.
    NoviDan121VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Was in Somerville for one night and decided on this restaurant. I was happy I did. The staff was very friendly, explaining the specials and the menu items. I did not realize it was BYOB so I drank water although they do carry soda. The owner came to my table and was also very friendly. The food was very good. I started with Artichokes in a cream sauce- very rich but superb. My entree was Sardinian gnocchi with tomato sauce, shrimp and onions which was also delicious. I finished with Panna Cotta. It was creamy but reminded me more of a flan but very good. I would recommend this restaurant and congratulate the owners and chef for their fine food!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    LainieVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    I so looked forward to my cabbage and shrimp appetizer; it was wonderful. My husband asks why I don't try something else, but I love it so order it each time I dine at da Filippo's. The entree I had was a pasta special; it was delicious and I hope they offer it again! The sauce was rich and so tasty. A terrific dining experience with great hosts and great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Italian Food in NJ!!
    twinkletoes56
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    If you like authentic Italian cuisine, da Filippo's restaurant in Somerville is the place. If you can't go to Italy for dinner, then go to Fillipo's. Restaurant owner Filippo and his wife treat you with the utmost care and kindness. The food is beyond compare and you will be offered specials that you can't find in other Italian restaurants. The setting is very attractive. It's also a BYOB restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ollirap
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    great place will definitely go back. Chef came out to play piano and sing. loved it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Get the Arugula Fritters
    Scoob
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We ate here once serval years ago but had not been back until now and are really glad we did. from the moment you walk in they make you feel special. the food was outstanding and the service was prompt and attentive. it's a BYOB restaurant which adds to the experience for us. You should just order the arugula fritters. Unbelievably yummy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    Rita
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Food was amazing! And the service was great. We had stayed there past closing time for awhile, and never once felt rushed to leave. Enjoyed our meal, and will be going there soon again
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still excellent after all the years
    sign260
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    As always Filippo doesn't disappoint. From perfectly cooked pasta and sauces to unique entrees, Filippo's brings authentic Italian cuisine to Central New Jersey. If you want to taste original dishes this is the place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • They make you feel at home.
    Kadig
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Excellent food! Wonderful family restaurant that makes you feel comfortable. Never rushed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A True Taste of Sicily
    Mmmmmsherlock
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I picked this restaurant just by chance on Open Table. I was surprised that it was a BYOB, but we made it work. The owners are amazing, very dedicated to excellence in food and customer care. I am in the area monthly for business meetings and I'm definitely going back again and again...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a good meal
    dafelippo
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Really love the food and ambiance at Da Felippo's and we would probably eat there more often if they changed their menu. It has been the exact same menu for at least 5 years. They only had one entree special on a Saturday night. What they do, they do well.. it is very small place...just would be nice to change it up.....
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Celebration
    Tony
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    At da Filippo every visit is a celebration. Mr. & Mrs. Russo celebrate there guest with a genuine glad to see you charm. Preparing our favorite dishes or singing our favorite songs Filippo revels in the enjoyment of his guest. In such an atmosphere of fun and friendship enjoying you own celebration, be it special occasion or the simply company of your special someone you don't just have a great meal at da Filippo, you have a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb
    BonesVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Food and service are excellent. Hostess/floor manager is wife of owner/chef and her charm is a perfect compliment to the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lucky find
    LikesNewPlaces
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We needed a restaurant to meet friends equidistant from our homes and saw Da Filippo's listed in 'NJ Magazine" and decided to try it. We were very happy that we did. The food was excellent. The staff was friendly and we even spent a little time visiting with Filippo and his wife. Nice sized portions and reasonably priced. My wife & I had the veal scallopine and we both commented that we'd never had veal that tender and tasty. It's a BYO so no added expense on the wine. Filippo even played the piano and sang which just enhanced the experience. Definitely worth it and we will go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Da Filippo's is an awesome restaurant with great food. When I am in NJ for business, I make sure I make it there. Filippo and his wife run a loving operation with great food and ambiance. One of the best italian restaurants on this side of the Atlantic. Maybe Filippo has a cousin in Sicily who can cook better but until you go there, you will never know!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • lovefilippos
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The food is very good, the ambience warm and friendly and the service excellent. This is not your usual Italian restaurant. It is family owned and run and Filippo is an excellent chef, creating authentic Italian dishes you will find no where else except in Italy. We have been going here for years and will continue to do so for a long time to come. And it's BYOB.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Oh What a Night
    Tony
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    To describe our great time and wonderful meal at da Filippo only a song title would be appropriate. In addition to chef Filippo's wonderful singing and piano repertoire, we were treated to amazing performances by gracious diners playing and singing beautifully to the delight of everyone present. As always our meal was great, service friendly and the porchetta special was perfect with our 99 Barolo. Grazie Mille
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding Food
    SteveSBurg
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The food was outstanding. I had the Zucchini Flower appetizer which was great, with a Cod entrée which was outstanding. The flavor combinations of the cod with the spices and vegetables was a unique and flavorful combination. The addition of shrimp enhanced it further. The restaurant is BYOB, so come prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The hostess was warm and friendly, we felt welcome in their restaurant. Excellent personal service, the owner sang a few songs, overall an excellent dining experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful
    pamkVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The second time our group has gone here. We go out every other month and generally try different places. Last time we decided this was a keeper and decided to return. Food excellent, greeted personally and welcomed. The veal scallopine with Gorgonzola is excellent. The stuffed zucchini flowers are seasonal so I would suggest going while they are available.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Great Meal & A Wonderful Time
    Tony
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    AFTER PERFECTLY PREPARING OUR FAVORITE DISHES, CHEF RUSSO MADE OUR VISIT EXTRA SPECIAL TAKING REQUEST AND PERFORMING THEM BEAUTIFULLY ON THE PIANO. FROM SINATRA, TO THE BEATLES TO ITALIAN LOVE SONGS FILIPPOS PLAYING AND SINGING MADE OUR EVENING A WONDERFUL TIME...A FANTASTIC MEMORY.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    wineanddineVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The best meal that I've had in Somerville. This was my first time here and the snails in garlic as a starter, followed by the beef stew, was a wonderful introduction to this restaurant. I was the only one dining on this Monday and was waited on by the owner. I loved talking with him about his philosophy of food and cooking. The only thing better was tasting the food that came out of the kitchen. Having been to his son's restaurant Bernardsville, I couldn't say which one I'd prefer. Both are outstanding at what they do!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ravioli entree was outstanding
    LainieVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I tried this for the first time. Delicious. I had my usual shrimp with cabbage appetizer; it was excellent as always. The staff is friendly, accommodating, and always happy to see you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big surprise in a small package
    zspinner
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Found this restaurant while searching OpenTable for an Italian restaurant while in the area for meetings with some colleagues from Germany. Wasn't sure what to expect when pulled up to the restaurant but what a pleasant surprise. From the time we walked in the door until we left, the people, atmosphere and most importantly the food were amazing. Will definitely go back next time in the area.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Sardinian, Italy
    Myfav
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Loved everything, but be aware, high prices, small portions, except for the pasta dishes, which are also fairly pricey for pasta. Good for a special night out, when you feel like splurging.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bravissimo Filippo
    drCC2VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Being full blooded Italian, I am picky about my Italian food. I stumbled upon Da Filippo when in Summerville and was instantly impressed. A husband and wife duo - they are extremely accommodating, sweet, and hospitable - just as an Italian restaurant should be. I loved the smaller, intimate setting and the menu is unique. I've gone back since and tried many of the items and they are ALL GOOD! Filippo takes traditional foods and adds his own spin to keep it fresh and interesting. The flavor always authentic. The service was great and BYOB - What else could you ask for? If you understand Italian food - you will love it here....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't wait to go back!
    Susan
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Inside a very unassuming building, away from the bustle of Main Street, is a surprising little treasure chest. Open it to find gourmet cuisine, outstanding service, elegant decor and charming restaurateurs! It was one of the best nights out we've had in a long time and we can't wait to show da Filippos to our friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • hidden gem
    bobby
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    This unassuming treat is found on the quieter end of main st. The glass block windows in the front shield you from the street yet bring in plenty of light.. from the start I knew we were going to be good. The hostess (filippo's wife) greeted us warmly at the door and shook all of our parties hands. I thought that was a classy and welcoming touch. it is byob.The appetizers were great.. we had a half order of zita with pasta sauce that my Italian born friend thought was excellent but the star was the fried arugala. Dee-lish... dinners were narrowed down to veal scallopini with light gorgonzola to a wonderful eggplant rolletini. Dessert was equally good. Would return with no hesitation. They really made you feel special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memorable
    Datentlove
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We went here 2 days ago and have not stopped talking about the food and warm hospitality. What this place lacks in decor and location it more than makes up for with the quality of the food and the graciousness of the hosts. We are already planning our next visit and will become regulars at this great find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Italian in central NJ
    NJItalian
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Great service, great food! Everyone there is very friendly where you are greeted after entering with an introduction and handshake and also upon exiting. Also it's BYOB so bring your favorite wine and enjoy the dining experience as we did.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expectations exceeded
    Meps
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Have wanted to try this restaurant for a few months but plans kept changing. When I finally decided to dine with two friends, my expectations were exceeded. I'm was graciously met by the owner upon entering from the vestibule into the reception room. The fact that a vestibule exists is fabulous becomes it transforms the dining room into an intimate refuge from the outside world. And there is not a bad table in house. Entrées were flounder and a pasta dish with clams and Hugh shrimp...all delicious. Creme Brûlee and MilleFoglio for dessert, both very favorable however the Preparation of the millefoglio was not what I was expecting so that was a little disappointing. In balance a fabulous experience and I would return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine Small Restaurant
    VicB
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Da Filippo specializes in a limited menu of delicious food served in an intimate, pleasant, family-run restaurant atmosphere. The service, by the husband and wife team of servers/chefs/entertainment is wonderful and personal. The entres are all delicious and moderately priced. The restaurant is nicely decorated and spacious. What's not to like?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 15 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 122 reviews are from the da Filippo Autentica Cucina Italiana reviews archive.
  • Great food!
    gabi
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    The chef offered to make us anything we could think of, prepared any way we like it. This place is a diamond in the rough!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A favorite Italian Restaurant...BYO
    rochelle
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We try to eat here at least once a month. It's a wonderful dinner for two, or as it was on Saturday night for a birthday party for six! The appetizers wonderful, the dinner delicious, as well as desserts. I really love the warmth and family atmosphere (husband/wife), but even better than that, is that Fillipo, the chef, comes out of the kitchen, and plays and sings the piano. Our daughter and her friends had a spectacular time! Thanks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious...Yet Again!
    MrCrabtreeVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    da Filippo does not disappoint! The food was delicious, and the service was excellent! Highly recommended!!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find in Somerville
    Sterling123
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We had a lovely time at Da Filippo's. The flounder was wonderful and nicely presented. The beef stew was tender and moist. The portions were more than adequate. All in all we would return to Da Filippo's again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • olliemom
    whileinphoenixVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Consistently the absolute best! We will continue to come back!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Livinginthepast
    Livinginthepast
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    This a a very special restaurant with wonderful food and service. If you want something special ask for it so you will be amazed! It never disappoints and we always have the most wonderful time, they never rush you and they understand why you go there for a special dinner or lunch! It has become our place for special moments together. It is always great for food and a special for a unique dinning experience! A little bit of the old world Italian charm. Perfect!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Accomplished Managment
    MadoneVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The years of ownership shows very positively in care and concern. Nothing goes unnoticed
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful food
    LainieVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    I had a steak special with bread crumbs, something I had not had previously. It was delicious, and I hope they offer it again! My husband had a veal dish and he thoroughly enjoyed it. I had dessert, a cream puff with chocolate. It was the second time I tried it and again it was terrific. All in all, a wonderful dining experience with great hosts and great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • service needs help
    YumYum
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    No complaints about the food, just the extremely slow service. Had it not been for the owner herself helping out the wait staff it would have been a lot worse I imagine. The menu is a bit smaller then what you see online but what we ordered was delicious IF you're prepared for a very slow meal. A piano player came in about 9PM by which time the bulk of the diners were through since the crowd is a bit older for late night dining and there is no bar.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic