East Coast Grill & Raw Bar
East Coast Grill & Raw Bar

East Coast Grill & Raw Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://eastcoastgrill.net/
  • Phone: 6174916568x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday, Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm.
    Saturday Lunch: 11:00am 2:30 pm Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 2:30pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Southern, Barbecue
  • Executive Chef: Jason Heard
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Chef/Owner Jason Heard, Catering Chef Nate Creed and Catering Director Becky Rogers feel that they have truly mastered the art of catering. Together they will customize a menu that fits your style, tastes and budget. From pig roasts, birthdays, company events, Bat and Bar Mitzvahs and weddings, there is no end to what they can and will do for you.
  • Private Party Facilities: The Lava Lounge can be yours for the night! Offering private parties for you and up to 28 of your closest friends. We will customize your menu to best suit your group- even offer to create "Your Own Personal Hell." Give us a call and we'll take care of the details to make your night perfect!
  • Private Party Contact: James Lozano 6174916568x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Prospect St
  • Public Transit: Cambridge St @ Prospect St (69)
    Cambridge St @ Hampshire St (69)
    Cambridge St @ Springfield St (69)
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Look out for our lot across the street, quite a steal at $5 per car without the hassle!
A word from East Coast Grill & Raw Bar
East Coast Grill brings high level big, bold flavors with live fire grilled seafood and Low & Slow BBQ in a fun casual atmosphere. Highlighted by its open kitchen, full raw bar and funky décor; it remains a corner stone of the Greater Boston after 25 years!! The theory here is that the closer one gets to the equator, the more flavor there is in the food. Expect the chile-fueled heat of the Caribbean, the grill-savvy of Latin American cuisine, and the dynamism of Asia when you order from the regionally inspired menu. Our Brunch Bloody Mary bar has garnered quite the following of hard-core Bloody Mary enthusiasts. Drop by for Brunch (Sundays), Lunch (Saturdays), Dinner 7 days a week or for our late-nite snacks, raw bar and cocktails (Thursday through Saturday starting October 17th).
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East Coast Grill & Raw Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
112 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelEnergetic
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (62)fit for foodies (58)good for groups (32)hot spot (26)vibrant bar scene (22)special occasion (16)kid-friendly (11)great for brunch (11)late-night find (9)great for lunch (6)romantic (2)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • Decent food, Not for special event
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We were seated right away dispute being early for reservation. Hostess was very friendly and accommodating. Waiter friendly, we got water right away. Soda was flat, they should have changed the co2. We told the waiter and he brought another flat soda. He didn't charge for it though. Buffalo shrimp were quite good. Pickled veg complementary very good. Mahi mahi was decent Steak was okay. Overall the place is noisy, decide interesting though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good time
    Italian
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Here for my Birthday. Staff were great, food was very creative and done very well. Good options from BBQ to fish and you can't beat the plaintains! Be sure to enjoy the homemade pickles served when you sit down.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • was just ok
    ezam
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Food was ok. Price/cost relation not worth it. Very noisy. Messy place
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • oldie still the best over the top!
    MickVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Wowza! What a great time, fantastic food and drink and superb wait staff ton of folks bringing items to our table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Comfort Food in A Long Time
    Phil
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Prior to theater in Harvard Sq decided to have early dinner. Parking on street & promptly seated at 5:30 when restaurant opened. Not being big drinkers had a glass of sangria and wife an iced tea. Special appetizer-cajun shrimp was excellent w/just right amount of spice. Brisket & ribs perfectly cooked & arrived w/warm cornbread, cole slaw & fantastic baked beans (definitely not out of the can). Portions good size. Waiters/waiteresses very attentive offering refills on iced tea & asking us if there was anything we needed. Plenty of time to eat w/o being rushed & still made it to the play with time to spare. Desserts looked very interesting. Will have to wait for another time. Price for what u got was reasonable (sangria maybe a bit high).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent performance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Been coming here for many years taking friends visiting from out of town. Big date night place for my wifeand I. Reservation for 6 people was ready when we arrived. Everyone in our party was happy even me as a vegan.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent fish and vegetarian
    annie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Fish dishes are excellent as are raw oysters. barbaque meat dishes are huge and rich..vegetarian entree excellent and plentiful, but one veg (kale?) was tough and inedible.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but pricey food, odd ambiance
    LoudandPriceybutdelicious
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    It says something that this place's ambiance made us question the quality of our forthcoming food. The volume of the music was too high for a mid-week dinner spot, and the song selection was bizarre. It careened from my mall punk middle school days (NoFX) to horrible corporate country to lame contemporary pop in the space of three songs. That said, when the food arrived, we let bygones be bygones and the music played second fiddle (har har). Our meals were very good - not quite worth the price, but close. I would recommend this place with the caveat that patrons come prepared to pay five dollars beyond the quality of their entrees and brace themselves for a cornucopia of unfortunate noise. A solid B, on the verge of a B+.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oldtime gem
    caki
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Always love the mango/avocado gazpacho so chunky and full of flavor. Shrimp tacos wee delicious with a touch of heat in the sauce. Appreciate good veggie sides like the braised greens. Key lime pie was a great ending. Happy to lean they now take reservations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No seafood
    APGMJR
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I was told it was a good place for seafood in the area. The day I went for dinner they only had 2 options for dinner. Their menu has very very very few choices of food and drinks
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    Ximenita
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I have been an ECG fan for over 10 years. It has been our go to place for their oysters, fun food, drinks and atmosphere. We ordered some of their appetizers to share. Their corn, shrimp and tuna taco were great. The lamb was extremely fatty and rough to eat. We told the waitress we would not be eating it, that we would still pay for it but that we wanted something else. She rolled her eyes, proceeded to bring it to the open kitchen, pointed at our table and made a big scene about it. Another staff member came back and told us that lamb is always fatty. Overall the food was good but the waitstaff ruined a nice evening. I'll chuck it up to inexperience and personal bad attitude but I was embarrassed to have brought my friends here.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun time
    AlMichele84VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Our group of 6 enjoyed our dinner here. Drinks were, good, food was great and the service excellent. We like the varied menu, BBQ and seafood were hits. Always enjoy dining here.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very cool
    Rocker
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Food was outstanding. Loved the place and neighborhood hot spot.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2000
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Been there many times, but this time was disappointing. Food only fair and the place seemed old. It was Monday night and only about 1/2 full - may reflect having gone down hill.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Last meal at East Coast Grill
    kikiVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    For nearly 20 years and have had good meals at ECG. This past weekend was my last time though. I ordered the BBQ platter: ribs, pulled pork, Texas brisket, baked beans, cornbread. The plate came with everything heaped in an unappealing pile. The ribs had little meat and it was tough; clearly not the slow-cooked, fall-off-the-bone kind you'd expect from a quality restaurant. The BBQ sauce on the ribs tasted like cheap store brand sauce. The pulled pork was tasteless and dry. But the real shocker was the brisket - a 4-inch long slab of pure fat. It was completely inedible. When I complained to the waiter, he casually said Sorry and offered to bring over an additional rib. I declined. Service was also poor. I won't be returning.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    great dinner at great location - a hidden gem - will definitely recommend and return!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, good service, good fun
    neighborhoodfoodie
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Enjoyed the dining experience very much. The occasion was my nephew's 50th birthday and the ECG was his choice. Food was delicious, especially his grilled bluefish, and service was great. We arrived 20minutes late for our reservation only to be told that they give away tables after 15 minutes. I was taken aback by this and when I indicated that I was unaware of this policy, was told that it is not written anywhere. I think it should be. At any rate, the host and hostess both got to work and found us a table very quickly, so all was not lost. All in all, it was a fun evening. I think it's hard not to have a good time there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lots of Potential
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Our seating was fine but right near their grill. If you haven't been they have a charcoal grill, and while it is cool, it had embers sparking out and hitting my wife. I think a charcoal grill is a gimmick, as it doesn't add anything from a flavor perspective. Use gas and keep it safer and controllable. The food was inspired but not well executed. My shrimp and grits was a cool idea, but a syrupy sweet glaze/marinade masked any interesting flavors. My wife got the BBQ trio, and it was below average. They seem to smoke the BBQ ahead of time, which is reasonable, but they use their HOT charcoal grill to heat it up, which just creates tough BBQ. Also they slop thick sauce on the meat, which is pointless as far as I'm concerned with good meat.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Delicious!
    FoodExtraordinaire
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We've been going to East Coast Grill for years & we've never been disappointed. Their food is always fresh & delicious. Don't ever hesitate to order the raw oysters. They are amazing. Love the wide variety of beer & drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PickyeaterVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Excellent service-wonderful food! Creative, delicious !! The only down side is the noise level--if you don't mind a really noisy atmosphere--you must go!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pickyeater
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I definitely would return to try more dishes. Service was well-timed and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • used to be so good
    kassia
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    now the ribs & brisket are tough, and the prices too high for the quality. the pickles are still good, and the duck salad was quite nice. even the oyster selection was scanty (one excellent, one fair - though they seemed to have been handled safely, which is the most important thing about oysters).
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Jerk Chicken Ever
    Mema
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    My son and I had dinner at East Coast Grill the other night and both ordered the jerk chicken. We strongly agreed that it was the best we've ever tasted. I also love their margaritas and I am a total margarita snob, fresh lime juice only and not too sweet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, But Pricey
    Steph
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Loved the menu list (BBQ and seafood? Don't mind if I do!) and the drink menu was great, but with all the casual ambience, it became pretty easy to forget the hefty price tag that comes with that plate. Great location and great experience, but won't be back for a little while.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • East Coast shines
    jdevlin
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    My out of town friends from the west wanted really good seafood and East Coast Grill did not disappoint. We arrived and the service was outstanding. We ordered oysters to start. One order of the Cape Cod oysters came with mignonette sauce and a spicy cocktail sauce, while the other was served with a soy and wasabi sauce that was superb. Just the right amount of wasabi. We also ordered the tuna tacos that were barely seared on the outside and served with cucumber and greens in a slightly spicy dressing. The mahimahi lived up to the freshness claim. Served with Mexican spices,the black beans and rice side along with plantains made a fabulous dinner. The scallops were perfectly seared and seasoned and the crab legs got rave reviews.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EXECELLENT
    actionstar21
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Wow, what a great place. Love the hot sauce and had the best shrimp meal ever.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience!!
    LisaMagrite
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Heard about East Coast Grill for years & finally went and now know what everyone has been raving about! All the people that work there were super friendly as soon as I walked in, great service & amazing food! Can't wait to go back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ECG
    Aron
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    What can I say? East Coast rocks the house! Also, I very much want to steal a bucket of pickles. For great justice.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really disappointed
    WillPayforQuality
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Can't believe how underwhelmed we were with the service, the food and the restaurant. Billed as "Chris is back"... Maybe he should have stayed away! Awful service, bland and tasteless food, definitely not worth the sky high prices. Happy to pay for quality but this just felt like a place past it's prime, hanging onto former glory and ringing the cash register at the expense of loyal patrons. I am done. Need a new go to seafood place in Cambridge.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Decent restaurant, great location
    wwm24
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I would say that the food was pretty good, some items were a bit overdressed, but it looked to be a good spot to get cocktails with friends. However, I was there with one friend and my infant, which is something I would not do again. It needs to be kept to a place for friends and cocktails, not kids.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, sweet service
    Snowpea2
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We have had dinner at the East Coast Grill & Raw Bar twice. Each time we have had seafood that knocked our socks off. And the staff is remarkably kind and solicitous, given the crush of patrons on weekends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience All Around
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We had not visited East Coast Grill since moving out of town over ten years ago. But, we returned this past weekend and were not disappointed. We started at the bar with the friendliest most personable bartender who patiently suggested drinks and described the delicious concoctions in detail - all 4 of us ordered something different and each one of us was very happy with our unique cocktail. The atmosphere is fun and energetic, casual yet also appropriate for a special occasion. We had fantastic service from the hostess, to the waitress and servers. And, the food was outstanding! We tried Oysters, steak, Mahi Mahi and ribs and each and every dish was mouth watering and done to perfection. This is one of my all time favorite spots!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great time!
    Caj89
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    One of my favorite restaurants, it never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good not great
    impressedVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    enjoyed the food at east coast grill, but did not find it to be great. very, very loud. better than mediocre, but not as good as I had remembered. we had an issue with one of our dinners, and the staff handled it very well. they took care of replacing the dish, and made the guest feel like they were very sorry about the issue
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable
    TheStewardVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Good food, good service, noisy. Shrimp and grits better than many I have had down South. Other fishes were also very good.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vibrantrestaurant
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We were visiting the Boston area to see Harvard. I chose this restaurant with my 17 year old daughter. We were attracted by the seafood on the menu and the vibrant feel. It lived up to our expectations, the food was excellent and the atmosphere was wonderful. Well done.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great fish, fatty duck
    Troxel
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    It is a hipster place; love the little plastic animals on the bar drinks. The energy level was high, lots of families celebrating graduation with fun food. We started with excellent oysters. The Mahi Mahi was very well done, moist in the middle with lots of flavor. The duck meat was delicious (half a duck too) but we had to excavate through the fat (its a duck) which seeped into the fried plantains underneath rendering (pun) them inedible. The skin was also inedible, a shame because crisp duck skin is amazing. If I were the chef, I would give duck fat in the context of grilling some serious thought.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good not great
    Sheshe
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Always packed so expect a wait at prime time if you don't have a reservation. Very loud, bustling, but service is excellent. The food is decent but won't blow you away. The hell ribs are hot as hell so order only if you are adventurous. They weren't tender though (needed to really saw them with knife) so besides the heat, they missed the mark. Margarita was excellent. Corn bread and beans and rice were slightly bland. Fish was decent. Basically hit or miss on the food. Liked it but I didn't love it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Goodies in town
    BeChouie
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    The levels of spicy ribs are unbeatable. The price is decent. It's a good place for chilling and for southern foods dining. Plus this grill pineapple, it goes so well with the full plate of the BBQ ribs!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Experience
    pleasedVIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Great restaurant, have been going for years. New owner (relatively new, I think 2 years ago), is charming and attentive. The food is consistently excellent, and the service great. Highly reccomend this place for a great evening out. And it is also a good celebration/special occasion place.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic