Derek's
Derek's

Derek's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.dereksrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2154839400x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Daily: 10:00am - 2:00am; Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian / Vegan, Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Derek Davis
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Dancing, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We are available for all types of events, large and smal.
  • Entertainment: DJ and dancing on Friday and Saturday evenings from 10 PM til 2, no cover.
  • Special Events: Join our email list by opting in for marketing, Like us on Facebook,
    We regularly host all types of private events, from birthday parties late night with DJ's to Baby Showers.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Levering Street
  • Public Transit: Take the R6 to Manayunk. Train Station is half a block behind restaurant.
    61 bus from Center City
    Exit 338 Interstate 76
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There are two lots located near our restaurant. One at the corner of Levering and main, the other is access right across the street from us [at Carson St.] it is across the canal, on the river.
A word from Derek's
Allow us to guide you into whatever you want, be it the best burger in town, a dry aged steak, or the finest cult California Cabernet. Indulge yourself in our local grown organic cuisine or just have a glass of wine and a snack at the bar. Let us host your business meetings in one of our new private rooms or just have a casual sidewalk salad and Martini. Come watch local sporting events on our big screen TV’s in the bars or have an intimate dinner for two in our cozy booths. I want to be your everyday cafe or your special occasion restaurant.
As much as things change, they stay the same. Fine food, Fine Drinks, And Fine Service is what I'm talking about!
See you on Main Street!
Derek
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Derek's reviews from OpenTable diners
100 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (42)fit for foodies (38)great for outdoor dining (35)special occasion (35)good for groups (25)great for lunch (23)romantic (23)great for brunch (21)hot spot (19)notable wine list (19)vibrant bar scene (18)late-night find (15)kid-friendly (5)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Inconsistent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The manager seemed great and the front room is beautiful. However, we sat in a crowded back room, before the rush would have required we sit squished. Then our waiter's response to my dairy allergy was to "avoid all potato items." Now, as the menu notes gluten free and vegetarian items, you'd think they would accommodate a dairy allergy with something more than avoidance. Also, Derek walked out as we were walking in, and he didn't even say 'hi.' Not even half a greeting for people who chose your restauarant to patronize.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food
    Mina
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The food and service were good. The spicy chicken and shoestring zucchini were good. My husband had Salmon and Bread pudding and he really enjoyed his meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best of the best
    dean
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I liked this place the first time I went with a friend. Sexy. Cool. Chic. And great martinis. Felt so adult. Lol.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mussels!!
    Calmtall
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We love Derek's and went, on this occasion, specifically for Mussels Special (Wednesday evenings). THEY WERE GREAT!! I had the White Sauce and my husband had the Red. We left quite happy and look forward to our next outing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not bad
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    overall, everyone enjoyed their food, but found it to be nothing special or "must-try". with so many other restaurant options out there none of us said we would return. one plus though is that they offer a 3 course dinner for a set price. FOOD: bread is great!! personally, i liked the chopped salad and the calamari. tuna tar tar- blah! the braised pork was very good, but again, nothing i couldn't make at home. someone got the scallops -ok. chicken-ok. the mixed drinks we ordered were quite tasty. peach cobbler was awful, i mean really bad. SERVICE: she was nice, attentive and informative. couldn't ask for more. ATMOSPHERE: we were seated right next to a large party although the restaurant was empty. waiters could barely pass by.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great evening at Derek's
    Nyteengale
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My husband and I dined at Derek's for the first time and enjoyed it. The shrimp and crab spring rolls were crispy on the outside and succulent on the inside - very well done. The pork shoulder dish was quite good. The grits were creamy and a nice complement to the moist and tender pork, but I thought there could be a little more flavor in the accompanying pinot noir sauce. My husband ordered Derek's Signature Burger - the black truffle mayo worked well and he enjoyed it. The ambience was the nicest part of the evening. The restaurant is romantic, but fun. There was a party upstairs and we enjoyed the free music/DJ. Derek came over and said hi, which I thought was a very nice touch. I'm glad we tried it out and we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice spot
    Alicurts
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    This was my first time here at Derek's and I must admit that it was a yummy experience. I enjoyed my salad, wings & cocktail special. Unfortunately, the beer was not cold enough for me so I doubt if I'll be returning due to me being a beer enthusiast.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elliott Schulman
    Neuroman
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    I was looking forward to a casual Labor Day dinner. We were seated on time and in a cordial fashion. Drinks were brought promptly. We waited and waited and waited for our main dish. Despite being comped for our first round of drinks( we were told this before we received our main dish." There were a bigger crowd than we anticipated" , we became very tired of waiting. I was ready to leave before we receive our main dish, comped drinks regardless. My wife urged us to stay. Food was good, but despite our waitresses being extra friendly
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wrong Day?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    I visited on Labor Day Monday, which must have been the day of the week, the service was slow we did not even get our entree which was the special on Monday's Burger & Fries, our drinks were even slower to come. I like this place because I am a foodie so I will be back. Hopefully it will be better!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Manayunk Favorite
    NewZagats2VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Love Derek's… and we love the OWner, too!! :-) Thank You for the favorite! Chocolate Raspberry Bread Pudding!! :-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant experience
    MsDebbieVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Seated in little patio out back. Aroma of marijuana wafted from somewhere nearby. Mosquitoes dined on me while I dined on delicious Parmesan flat bread followed by brussel sprouts and soft shell crabs which were yummy. Finished with creme brûlée topped with fresh berries and a dense cookie (overkill). Wished I had eaten inside but my elderly companions complained that it was too noisy inside (it wasn't...nearly empty when we were seated). Loved the interior space!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time
    GLNCVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    First time here from NJ. Food ok. Good service. Will return when we in the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great mushroom pizza, bread pudding
    NewZagats2VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Love the Mushroom pizza and dumplings and the bread pudding… Derek is such a great guy… this place is right on Main st. in Manayunk… have FUN!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So-So Lunch
    barfly26VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    A friend of mine had a free birthday meal voucher for Derek's , so I took her there for lunch. Our waitress seemed medicated - her speech was slurred and she was awfully loopy. When she saw the birthday voucher, she spent the better part of 5 minutes telling us how her birthday had been the previous Saturday. We ordered the zucchini shoestrings as an app, which were fine, but when our meals came out, the lettuce for my salad was just gross. It was the chopped salad and the lettuce was brown (the shrimp also looked suspect, but I don't like shrimp, so didn't eat it). I sent it back (which I've never done at a restaurant before). I was surprised anyone with any pride in their job would serve such a thing (the chef or the waitstaff).
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fair evening I dont have to repeat
    hurleygirl75VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The bartender was less than interested in serving me and more interested in talking about going to an event, how much his homeymoon is going to cost him etc. He was very attentive to those he knew, the martini was horrible.sat us outside, then no service for awhile so I had to ask for a server. The brussel sprouts appetizer was very good, my nieces mussels she enjoyed, and my meal was very forgettable-salmon allegedly falafel encrusted, sauce of horseradish or wasabi I couldnt tell as there wasn't any flavor and it was so thin it just swirled around the plate. I ordered forbidden rice and it must have been very forbidden because it came after my meal was finished.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    Divafoodie
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    My boyfriend and I both bad the spicy chicken rigatoni. It was simply delicious. I would definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You can't miss at Derek's
    GormetGormond
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    I have dined at Derek's frequently since the name was changed from Sonoma. Derek Davis is consistently improving the menu, of an already existing varied selection. His specials are truly special - never skimping on quality, portion size and value. If you leave Derek's thinking that it was nothing special; try other restaurants at the same price level and think again. After at least 100 visits, I look forward to the next.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed in the food
    BeckM
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food selection was okay but the prices were high for the amount of food that you get. My 18 year old was still hungry after eating the ribs. I think he got 3-4 ribs and a small portion of shoestring potatoes. The atmosphere is very nice and the staff was friendly. My crab cake was good but that was all I got for about $22. My daughter had pasta which was a good size serving. The pizza seemed okay. Not sure if I would go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome sauce!
    Unhappycamper
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Good Morning, I went to Derek's on Sunday for brunch and it was amazing! The steak was cooked perfectly! The eggs was amazing! The spinach was cook just right! And the potatoes was great! The only thing was the fruit! It was mushy! That was my only problem!! The mimosas was on point aswell! Our server was a sweetheart! And he knew the menu very well!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for relaxed fun!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I reserved a table for a party of 6 with additional requests. We were greeted warmly and the table service was great. The food was really good as well as the ambiance. Derek's is truly a great place for an enjoyable dinner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AnnieVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Delicious and great service in a great neighborhood!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • blah
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    tired salad, gummy octopus and the blackened chicken was hardly special
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always Good
    Fairmountdiner
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We returned again to Derek's, this time so my wife could enjoy their mussels, as on Wednesday they're having "all you can eat mussels" (not that my wife could get through even the first huge bowl they brought her). The mussels were great, as were the spring rolls and spare ribs that I ordered. No surprise there - we've never had a bad meal at Derek's. Our server, Elena, was attentive without being obtrusive. We'll be back again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great specials
    Mickie
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We had two of the specials for the night - all you can eat mussels & the crispy lamb. Both were delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always just fine...
    carolngeorgeVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We had a good brunch, and with a $3 mimosa as a special summer treat and Jake as a friendly waiter who kne how to take care of us, all was very enjoyable. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinesalot2VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    relative to the quality of the food the expense was high.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Heavy hand in the kitchen
    newcomer
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Although most of the meal was quite enjoyable there was way too much salt on some of the items. I had to send back the zucchini shoestrings since the salt content made them inedible. My sauteed spinach was also too salty but not so for my husband. I like salt but this was over the top. To commend the restaurant though they immediately removed the item from our bill and then gave us $20 in vouchers to use next time.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Saturday lunch
    wine4dinner
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We had a very nice relaxing lunch in the bar area. Tables outside were full but we sat at a table next to an open window which was nice. Food and service were good. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good choice
    foodie4u
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Very good food. Good portions. Good service. Great for sitting outdoors. Varied choices on menu. Good margaritas.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Night Dinner
    Lovebirds
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    The dinner at Derek's was outstanding. The servers were great and paid attention to our every need and want. The evening was topped off with a visit to our table and picture with the owner Derek Davis.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date night
    Mamas2Dukes
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Wonderful food and great service! Our waiter was very attentive and friendly. Signature cocktails were not a favorite, but the food was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    BarbaraRVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The food and service were both very good. We had dinner at Derek's the Saturday of the annual arts festival in Manayunk. Loved the mussels over angel hair.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    psucheerVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I love Derek's. Whenever I have an opportunity to dine on Main St in Manayunk, this is my #1. African Chicken pizza is killer. No one has a better Caesar salad either.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ummm...
    Tion
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I've heard great things about this restaurant. I received a restaurant.com gift certificate for my birthday and used it Sunday. The blueberry lemonade is excellent. Jake is great! The flies not so much. The bathroom is located on the second floor which isn't ideal. The service was fast the food wasn't that great. I'd recommend this place only if you have the $25 gift certificate.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great dining experience
    luv2dine2
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    I could not give it a five-star rating because we were seating on the top floor which is quasi outdoor and there was dust particles all over the tables, so we cleaned our silverware before using them. We could have asked for new ones but we don't like to bother or servers, after all they are the ones bringing the food. The wine list is exceptional and their cocktails are amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yum!
    Gottaluvfood
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Second visit to Derek's and just as enjoyable as the first visit. The shredded pork shoulder over grits was delicious. The crispy Calamari was perfectly prepared. My son's burger looked amazing (I never got a taste). The menu has something for everyone. We brought our own wine; no corkage fee on Sunday nights, but wine is half price on Sundays if you forget to bring your own. Great dessert menu. Go go go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love this place
    Lashesqluvstodine
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Everytime I dine at Dereks I love it more and more. There food is delicious and the atmosphere is fun and flirty. If you are fortunate to go on a nice evening, dining on the sidewalk in Manayunk is definitely a good time. I recommend French Onion soup and the Salmon (Large Plate). Plus its Restaurant Week every week with the $39 (3 course meal).
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 63 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 879 reviews are from the Derek's reviews archive.
  • A Total Disappointment
    standardsfordining
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Reserved dining for a party of 10 to celebrate my daughter's graduation. The problems started after we arrived. There were flies in the star which we associated with being near the patio doors (which were closed), the waitress could not explain the menu resulting in the manager having to come over, the bread was delivered with a long black hair across the top, and out meals were not cooked properly. We sent 2 back, I opted not to send mine back; however, it was clear that the chef doesn't know the difference between well done and medium. I had plenty of pink when there shouldn't have been any. While the manager was apologetic, the issues were things that should've been checked before the food left the kitchen. I was very disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Business Lunch
    ozart
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Three of us had a business lunch and the meal was very good. No one rushed us and they let us move tables without any problem. (shaky, small table) Lobster Bisque was delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Burger, big bargain!
    carolngeorgeVIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    On a sunny Memorial Day, we enjoyed the 'back room' sunshine streaming in, good food, good price!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.