Dilly Bistro, Bar & Bottle Shop
Dilly Bistro, Bar & Bottle Shop

Dilly Bistro, Bar & Bottle Shop

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.dillycafe.com/
  • Phone: (513) 561-5233
  • Hours of Operation:
    Winter Hours
    Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm: Sunday 5:00pm - 9:00 pm Closed Mondays
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Gastro Pub, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Phil Kurtz
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Join Dilly Wine Bar & Spirits for some of the best local live music on the east side! Wednesday through Sunday we feature the best local entertainers, from quiet jazz to upbeat pop. Sit near the band for the vibe, or back a ways for conversation. "Like" Dilly Bistro, Bar & Bottle Shop on Facebook for updates. Music goes outside to the patio in the summer months, weather permitting.
  • Special Events: Become our Facebook fan (Dilly Bistro, Bar & Bottle Shop); visit our website (www.dillycafe.com) to see our beer and wine tasting schedule, music schedule, and other special events (sign up for our e-newsletter while you're there!); and follow us on Twitter @DillyCafe!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Madisonville Rd.
  • Public Transit: There is a public bus stop next door to the restaurant which is served by Queen City Metro bus routes 28 and 69. Go to www.sorta.com for route information and schedules. Taxi service is also available.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Ample, free parking. Customers can use the safe, lighted private lot which is shared with the other businesses in the complex, including the Mariemont Inn. Parking is free, and can be accessed from both Wooster Pike (Rt 50) and Madisonville Rd. From the parking lot to our door is single-level handicapped accessible.
A word from Dilly Bistro, Bar & Bottle Shop
Welcome! Dilly Bistro, Bar & Bottle Shop is an independent restaurant in the National Historic Landmark Village of Mariemont, Ohio, just east of downtown Cincinnati along Rt.50, also known as Wooster Pike. Now in our 4th decade, we are a full-service, contemporary American bistro-style eatery. Dilly set the bar in Cincinnati early, and throughout our history to today we remain one of the top wine and beer destinations in the city.
And ah, the food! Chef Phil Kurtz offers a bistro-style fall and winter menu including Flat Iron Steak Chimichurri, Fresh Beet Gnocchi, Fresh Pan Seared Salmon, our signature Grilled Shrimp & Asparagus Salad (a CityBeat Magazine "Best" winner!), to our House -Smoked Chicken Wings, every hungry diner is sure to find that special meal that hits the spot.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Dilly Bistro, Bar & Bottle Shop reviews from OpenTable diners
37 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (28)great for outdoor dining (22)fit for foodies (13)great for lunch (12)notable wine list (10)hot spot (5)good for groups (5)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (4)late-night find (4)romantic (3)vibrant bar scene (3)special occasion (2)Show More
  • Great place to grab a sandwich or a complete meal
    BobJ
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Dilly is a great place to grab a sandwich or a complete meal. The food ia always consistent and the service is outstanding. If you have been thee before, they will remember you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    My wife and I haven't gone to the Dilly in years as we had moved out of the area. We heard you had changed the menu and as we like to try different restaurants we came. The food was good and the ambiance was fair but the service left a lot to be desired. They brought my wife the wrong dinner, and while mistakes happen, there was little if anything made in a sincere apology. While we will come back for lunch this is not a restaurant we will try again for our "date night".
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was amazing. ambiance not.
    Grafficsignals
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Food and price level didn't match the beat up tables, bright lights, loud noise level and cheap chairs. This place needs a facelift before I go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food &entertainer
    pianoman
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    the piano/keyboard player was fantastic - Ricky - and the food was delicious and our waiter was great - service was 100%.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Beer Cheese!
    GerriHVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Haven't been to Dilly in awhile but everything is excellent as always! Met a friend for a late lunch. Dined inside as it was a bit warm outside but typically love their patio. I had the Bourbon Burger and the combined flavors were very good. My friend had the other burger and really liked it as well. The fries are sooo good! I took some of their famous beer cheese home to share later with my hubby. He was very appreciative and it is probably the best beer cheese around!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WhoDey
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Outstanding lunch menu with variety to fit all appetites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner in a Store? Why Not?
    CareerSageVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I love Dilly. The creative cuisine is outstanding and affordable. My favorite, the salmon burger, is made of salmon filets, not chopped salmon full of filler and mayonnaise. The sweet potato fries are perfect, just the touch of sweetness and salt needed. The service was wonderful. And the fact that my friend's birthday was recognized and honored with a fantastic dessert was the perfect ending.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reliable
    Susie
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    My discriminating boyfriend loved it. Mariemont gem-impressed him both in wine and food selections. We had a lovely dinner on the patio, thanks to the very mild August weather. We noted the fireplace and decided this will be an excellent fall destination. He selected the Pine Ridge 12 Chenin Blanc-Viognier-perfect for summer. They were out of the salmon burger, so I opted for the salmon entree which did not disappoint. Tables were full, but not so much that it hindered service-still a relaxing Wednesday night. Our table was in front of the speaker-probably won't do that again. Though kid friendly, there were a few too many. A few dogs had words which was more entertaining than anything. We just wished we planned for more time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So disappointing
    cmd513
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I've supported the Deli since it was in old Mariemont square. This will be my last visit. Too many bad things to list on my last two visits. Food was bad - dry, flavorless salmon burger; didn't get everything we ordered; fries burnt; sparkling wine served in wine glasses because the flutes were all broken? Bench pad stained/dirty; gave us a metal folding chair at end of our table. Wine shop doesn't sell wine gift bags or have Any ribbon. Worker in wine shop agreed how crazy it is and they don't make wine gift baskets anymore? Owner not interested in customer service or any feedback. Get a real chef or manager
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dinedwithfriends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Great outdoor dining. Very friendly. Service was superb.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 27 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 390 reviews are from the Dilly Bistro, Bar & Bottle Shop reviews archive.
  • neighborhood favorite
    HardtoPlease
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Dilly Deli (as it used to be known) is a quirky spot, casual, with a very good wine and beer selection. The menu ranges from burgers to more sophisticated fare, and they have a "hold-the-gluten" menu. My new favorite is a grilled shrimp and asparagus salad. There is live music most evenings - sometimes a little loud - but always good. It is packed on weekends, so make a reservation if you can. Otherwise, you can stand at or near the bar and enjoy a glass of whatever while you wait.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in Town
    irishgal
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Great food. Friendly staff. Sundays they do a neighborhood night. If you live in the 45227 zip code you get 27% off. Extensive beer and wine selection which features the local microbreweries. We come at least once a week.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Getting back to where they were
    papg
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The food had really deteriorated over the past two years as they lost their chef and the new one dropped some great items and the quality we believe deteriorated...so we had stopped coming. We tried it again last week and found it on the road back. We were told a former chef was returning so hopefully the found will continue to rebound
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service and food
    jroushVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    The food was very good and service was great as always. The soup of the day amazing.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing food
    jroushVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    The food was very good and service was also very good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    SusQ
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We don't know what's changed, but the food and service weren't near as good as before. The steak was fatty and came ten minutes after the other meals. The bacon quiche had no bacon in it. We were surprised that our meals were not comped after the issues we had.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and service
    DNADining
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Make sure you have a reservation on friday/sat evening. Great little place, nice menu, love he cheese plate. Always great service. Always a good meal
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jman
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Food is always good. Need to work on faster service at lunch, especially for working folks that can't dally at the Dilly Deli!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • TWO BAD EXPERIENCES IN A ROW!
    VerySad
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Last summer I was at "The Dilly" with my Son and Wife. The evening began when our waitress dumped an entire, cold beer in my lap. She and the manager were concerned--but in the end, although we were given a free round of drinks and dessert--we were asked to pay for our meal, which--looking back seems inadequate. On the visit this week, I took 4 out-of-town business friends to "The Dilly" for dinner. I wanted them to experience unique Cincinnati. Service was terrible. I ordered a large salad and small plate crab-cakes for my meal. The crab-cakes were brought out and slammed on the table before any other food was brought out. We asked for bread--it came out with the check. I will not return to this restaurant soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Charming Place to Go with Friends
    CafeLove
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Dilly never lets us down, such a wide range of delicious menu items all prepared exquisitely, extensive wine and craft beer list, and excellent service. The Sesame encrusted ahi tuna entree is a must-try! It's our go-to for birthday dinners, date nights, mother's day brunches, et cetera.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • weasel
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Food was great, nice fresh food, waitress was friendly. Ate outside and especially liked the music of the three piece band. Not too loud, they were great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch Experience
    Unicorn
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    - Very relaxed and casual - Great location in the heart of historic Mariemont - Staff friendly - Menu limited - would benefit from a more extensive entrée menu - Unnecessary delay in taking orders and in delivering food - Server took order without writing it down - got one order wrong. Took a very long time to replace - rest of group had finished their meal when it arrived. While it was appreciated that the replacement was free - it took away from the experience. - Server did not check back as often as optimal during the meal. - Food good - not exceptional - Food was not as hot as it should be. - Price reasonable - servings could be slightly larger. Would go again but would like to see some small changes.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outside Dining at the Dilly Cafe
    Spots4dining
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We had a wonderful get together to celebrate a special event. Some guests were delayed due to rush hour traffic & we appreciated that there wasn't an issue seating them once they arrived. The menu was diverse enough to satisfy each of the 10 members in our party! Each item was cooked to our specific requests. The drink menu had a good range of prices & choices. Our service was very good & with that many people, sometimes that's hard to do. It was a beautiful night and we were able to sit outside which made our dining experience that much better. Additionally, there was background music provided by a single musician that was just right. It was nice to have the music & yet still be able to carry on a conversation. We will eat here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good neighborhood cafe
    Mickster
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Cozy and friendly atmosphere. A fun atmosphere. Good variety of food options. The live band was playing some great music, but our table was too close to the band so conversation was difficult.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it!
    LoveFood
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Great food, awesome service, and a huge selection of wine and beer! What else do you need?!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A favorite!
    jclsfVIP
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    We love Dilly Cafe! The food and service are always great. We especially love when the weather is nice and we can sit outside.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I have been to the Dilly cafe several times before and had always been very impressed with the food, service, and value. However, after this most recent visit, I will not be returning for quite a while. The beer cheese appetizer was always one of their best, but they have changed the bread it comes with, which is now cold, hard, and flavorless. Service was slow at times and our waitress made several mistakes with our orders throughout the evening. All but one of the beers we ordered were served to us quite warm (even the draft beers). My boyfriend's burger was overcooked and others at our table who ordered fish dishes were given rather small portions of the meat, which left us feeling like the dishes were not worth the price.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden Neighborhood Gem
    Hate2CookVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    First time here last Friday with another couple. What a find! Our daughter had been here many times with friends and told us it was great. We should have listened and come here a couple years ago. Each of us had a different entre, and all were delighted. The wine and beer list was extensive. A jazz duo played music in the background, and they were wonderful. It was truly great to have live music, but played at a level where it was pleasant and you could still have conversation with tablemates without yelling to be heard. There was a great patio for outdoor dining, but the weather was changeable the night we visited, so we opted to eat inside. We will be here again, and soon. We LOVED IT!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden Gem
    Lavogirl
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    What a delight! Varied Menu with something for everyone. Everything I saw come out of the kitchen looked wonderful. Nice energy and good for conversation. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem Getting Expensive
    GlenVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Dilly has gotten expensive and it's menu is not as good as it used to be. That said, it's not a bad place for dinner. Live music seems to always be the same type of music. Don't sit too close to the band or you'll be yelling across the table in order to be heard.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Obviously a new chef!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Have eaten here for years. This last experience was not a good one. Ordered a Mediterannean plate; one of the 5 offered items was missing. They were out of it. Never mentioned it. The seasoning mentioned in the description of the pita bread was omitted. The feta and red peppers (diced) each would fill one tablespoon. Ordered the special soup of the evening: tomato. Tasted as if they had opened a can of diced tomatoes in juice. My husband's crab cake dinner (he always orders this) consisted of three tiny cakes, and 3 shriveled up, charred little asparagus. The gin he always orders? They were out of that. Spoke with the manager and learned they have a new chef.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious Find
    erin
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Husband and I were looking for a new spot for a date night dinner. The food was great. We had the beer cheese appitizer with apple slices. We would also recommend the burboun burger and the black bean burger!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Little Neighborhood Place
    KarenCVIP
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Enjoyed a nice meal - a wonderful striped bass preparation for me and my husband was extremely happy with his side salad, burger and sweet potato fries, uniquely served with apple butter. That was a surprising and delicious combination.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As Usual, Very Good
    JohnB2VIP
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Had a wonderful lunch the other day when an old friend was in from out of town. We used to come here for lunch so it was a special treat. You've really got to try the Mariemont Gobbler!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good date night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Great food, great wine choice, and terrific service. Made for a great date night!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun
    jayc
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    It was a good time for a casual evening. We always enjoy this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chicken Marsala: Excellent
    JohnB2VIP
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Thursdays are always one of my favorite nights here. Steve plays jazz guitar loud enough to hear yet soft enough to continue a conversation. What a nice complement to the always very good food, drink and service! This night I enjoyed again the Chicken Marsala: Excellent! Know that they've started doing some enticing prix fixe dinners too.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love this place
    Diahop
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Dilly Cafe is always an enjoyable experience. We went on a Saturday night for dinner and enjoyed a very good meal as well as a great jazz band whose sounds did not overwhelm the space, but provided the perfect ambience to allow converstation while also enjoying the music. The basa appetizer was unusual and delicious, and the almond bread pudding was divine. In milder weather we always enjoy dining outside near the fireplace.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent salmon.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    My husband and I split the cheese tray for an appetizer, then we split the goat cheese and beet salad, then we split the salmon entree. All was great. We had a very nice bottle of Pouilly Fusse wine. Highly recommend this little neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Boo
    fooder
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    I have dined here before, and enjoyed the tuna steak. I tried the salmon burger this time, and my boyfriend tried the roast beef sandwich. Neither of us were impressed. We were happy with the selection of Pull N Pray beers and the cider list, however, so all was not lost.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate