El Barzon
El Barzon

El Barzon

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://upbizbiz.wix.com/el-barzon#!
  • Phone: 3138942070x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Monday - closed

    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am-2:30pm

    Dinner: Tuesday - Friday: 5:00pm-9:00pm, Saturday: 4:00pm-10:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm-8:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Norberto Garita
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Michigan Ave
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking Also Available
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
El Barzon reviews from OpenTable diners
50 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (42)neighborhood gem (34)fit for foodies (30)special occasion (29)good for groups (23)romantic (21)hot spot (13)great for lunch (10)great for brunch (9)kid-friendly (9)notable wine list (4)late-night find (3)scenic view (3)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Great food, and the service is always spot on. The menu leans more towards the Italian side but there is something for most everyone. The homemade pasta is amazing- the sauces even more so! The margaritas are very good also, albeit a bit on the pricey side. One of our favorite special occasion dining spots.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great Food, Great Service, not much more we could ask for! Our waitress Kathy was awesome. Be back this weekend!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Put It On Your List!
    bi5477
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We went with a party of four and tried both the Italian and Mexican sides of the menu. On the Italian side the pastas were cooked to perfection. On the Mexican side, all I can say is that it was the best Mexican food in the city hands down! Excellent menu choices on both the Mexican and Italian sides of the menu. Our waiter Alex was very professional and helped us through the menu. I would highly recommend Alex as a waiter!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!!
    JohnsonVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We had a party of 5 with reservations and were seated immediately. Kathy was our server and she was friendly, efficient, and always on top of things, as usual. The hit of the night was the filet mignon special. Two of our diners ordered this and it was truly amazing - - I wish El Barzon always had this on their menu! Even though all of us enjoyed our dinners (two pasta dishes and a veal chop), the filets were outstanding. Can't wait to return, El Barzon does it right again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place to eat
    Frequent2travel
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    The food was delicious and the service was quick and attentative without hovering at your elbow. My favorite was desert .. Out of this world.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Recommend but needs work
    FoodiequeenVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The service was great here, fast and efficient. Perfect for us because we needed to eat quickly and head out. The food was good but would have been better if it was hot. All our meals were warm, like they had been sitting for some time. The cheese was almost cold on my chili relleno. If we were not in a rush, I would have sent it back. The sad thing, the restaurant was not busy. There was no reason for the food to have been luke warm. The pork tacos were the highlight of the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner very good, dessert not
    TheChiefDinesOut
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We enjoyed the dinner but the desserts were below average. Avoid the key lime pie (not sure what they used, but we suppose that ordering key lime pie in Detroit in September is not a great idea…but then, why have it on the menu?). The lemon sorbet was below average, same with the mixed berry cake. All lacked any flavor/taste. The dinners were very good…made the desserts so disappointing. Would recommend it for dinner, just not dessert. We sat in the interior restaurant (much quieter). For those wanting more atmosphere (read noise/patio area) you can sit outside. Much easier to have a conversation inside…but not as "scenic."
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Different but nothing special
    kellio76
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The hostess tried to seat us at a terrible table just behind the hostess station, although many other tables were available. This got us off to a bad start, and perhaps altered our impression. We ended up at a nice table on a beautiful evening and ate outside on the patio. The atmosphere was nice and the service was efficient. Would we go back? No. It wasn't anything special. The food was good, but nothing too great. I ordered Italian and my husband ordered Mexican. The portions were smaller than expected, especially for the Mexican food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best pasta ever!!
    Toxrelox
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Had the Tris do pasta and it was incredible! Am going to frequent this place more often because I want to try everything on the menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodsocial
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    LOVED the entrance! wished it was warm enough to eat outside. Wasn't impressed with the menu and the portions were very small but loved the service and atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My absolute favorite gourmet dining
    LisaRVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I highly recommend if you are looking to impress your significant other. Definitely a five star restaurant with fabulous preparation and presentation. Great for a romantic evening or celebrating with family or friends. All appetizers are exquisite, especially the Italian sausage and peppers or the lightly fried calamari. Their veal and sauce are prepared from scratch never pre made, so you will be delighted with all of their tasty delicious preparations. In summation, a true five star restaurant that's earned its own galaxy. We enjoy El Barzon so much we booked for Friday and Saturday!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food
    Blondbear
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Confusion about our reservation and couple joining us left standing at the door for 10 minutes after we arrived. The Tanqueray martini my husband and I ordered arrived with cheap bar gin. This was quite a surprise as we have had properly prepared drinks on other occasions. Sent them back and they arrived correctly. I don't drink a lot and am very aware of tastes. I had the chile relleno appetizer which was excellent. My entree was the cavatelli and it too was excellent. Husband had the fettucine bolonese and commented that the pasta was over cooked. He has had that there before and was disappointed. All in all things seemed a little off for the whole evening. I will give them a pass this time as I have loved el Barzon in the past
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our new favorite place
    Datenight
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We have recently rediscovered El Barzons - primarily because of its outdoor dining. Beautiful space, cool music and outstanding food and drinks. You can always get something different to eat. Eddie is the manager - always friendly, gives great recommendations when solicited and even provides samples of wine before you order a glass or bottle. Caesar is our favorite waiter: attentive but not instructive, provides great recommendations when asked. Always friendly with appropriates sense of professionalism. We recommend El Barzons to everyone, as recently as yesterday to our niece that was searching for a rehearsal dinner location. Very cool place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They manage Two Great Menus!
    Madbrew61
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Outstanding food. Our table for four was split on the menu between fare. We had Mexican and Italian appetizers. One of us had a fantastic Italian veal dish, I had enchiladas, My wife had scampi, and the last of us had a scampi, Mexican fusion dish that was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nancat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We just love this restaurant. Great food!!! It is always difficult to choose between Mexican and Italian. They are both so good. It is so pleasant to eat in the outdoor patio. Wish it could stay open all year.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding Experience
    LisaRVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    No matter what you order you will not be disappointed. The veal piccata is truly the best I have ever tasted. For $22.00 you receive delectable veal, cheesy potato, and vegetable. A great value for veal. The appetizers are phenomenal. We had the Italian sausage and peppers which I could have made a meal. We also had fresh calamari and shrimp with the best sauce in the world. The fried calamari is light and sweet. This is my 3rd time in two weeks. I highly recommend the Chefs special of a stuffed poblano pepper. This dish is truly delectable. A large stuffed poblano with meat, and fruit. The pecan sauce is creamy and crunchy topped with fresh pomegranate. All this is prepared in layers for the most delicious explosion of flavor. A must go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Celebration
    JohnsonVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Our son wanted to celebrate his 24th birthday at El Barzon and they didn't disappoint! As always, the food was amazing, fine dining at its best. We were a party of 6 and half chose Italian and half chose Mexican. I cannot stress enough how good the food is - - - I could eat there every night. We had a great time - our service was fantastic with Salvador - and Eddie, the manager, always checks in to make sure everything is perfect. They even brought our son a fabulous dessert for his birthday, beautiful presentation. Again, we had a fantastic time with great food and great service - El Barzon aims to please.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently Good!
    JohnsonVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Our party of five dined on a Thursday evening - we chose to eat inside. Food was amazing (again!) and our service was great. Merced did a great job - - she took our orders without writing a single thing down and got it 100% correct! Another great El Barzon experience!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent experience
    JimT
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Not sure why they chose this largely abandoned and run-down area, but they've clearly invested heavily in a wonderful upscale restaurant that will hopefully be another seed planted for the revival of this neighborhood. Great food, good service, lovely atmosphere. Secure monitored parking out back right off the beautiful outdoor dining section. Very loud outside. A bit better inside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • cool place
    GrazieVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We love the patio on a summer night but I wish they could do something to absorb the talking/noise.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Diamond in the Rough!
    Maggie
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Wonderful patio area, great food, excellent service! Neighborhood is a little run down but this place isn't! Never fails!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • UNHAPPYINTHISRESTAURANT
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    After 2 hours ( Friday night with reservations) My food was cold his was steaming Hot.... Service slow very SLUGGISH... Drinks very slow taking our order... I recommend a emergency Manager.... to do a uhaul on this Restaurant.. to help get the people in and out faster.
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  • Very impressive
    Maggie
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Since my last visit, they have added the most beautiful patio/bar in all Detroit! The food is incredible, the service impeccable, the patio atmosphere out of this world! The neighborhood is not the greatest but you can now drive around back to the guarded gated area and slip right into the patio area. Everything about this visit was fabulous! Tried the cucumber/cilantro margarita, the guacamole is the best ever, and the chips and salsa perfecto! This visit had chili rellanos and tacos which were out of this world! A great find and neighborhood gem for sure!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dinner with friends
    waveplayerVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Had a great dinner with great service. Mentioned that it was the eve before my husband's birthday and our wonderful server served a incredible flan w/Happy Early Birthday on the plate. It is always special when we eat at El Barzon. Our friends who ate there for the first time will also be back. Loved the sangria platter too!
    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, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food, Great Atmosphere
    liveforthenow
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Great Italian & Mexican cuisine alike; the only downfall was choosing only one entrée. Outdoor patio was very elegant with a relaxing flare.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another outstanding dinner!!
    Susan
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We enjoyed yet another fabulous dinner with friends at El Barzon. It was extremely pleasant sitting on the patio while enjoying great food, conversation and a pleasant atmosphere. We continue to highly recommend this restaurant and look forward to returning!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best patio dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    The neighborhood was not the best but here sat this this gem of a dining experience. It was very beautiful patio and great menu selection. Overall I'd definitely recommend it and I'll go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    JohnsonVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We were seated on the patio for dinner and it was perfect. As usual, dinner was fantastic, service by Vanessa, impeccable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 22 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 103 reviews are from the El Barzon reviews archive.
  • Always a great meal.
    WatchTimesCom
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We have been to El Barzon several times and will continue to do so. This past visit we brought some friends who had never been before and they loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food & cocktails
    Foodfind
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The food & service were amazing! But I feel the cocktails were not as good or given as much thought as cocktails have been given the last several years. I had a traditional mojito which was too sweet & the mint was not muddled. I also had a peach sangria which was also too sweet in my opinion. But like I said, our food & service were amazing from the salsa all the way to our creme brûlée. Thank you for a wonderful evening!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently wonderful food!
    Big888
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The italian and the mexican food is always good! Wonderful service as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Celebration
    JohnsonVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Celebrating by birthday at El Barzon = GREAT! My husband and I tried their special, they are offering a 3 course dinner, Tuesday through Thursday - appetizer, entree and dessert. Excellent choices to choose from, I had soft shell crab, and my husband had veal picatta. Our son had a shellfish/fish sampler (very generous portions) platter that was not on the menu, but they made it for him anyway. Scallops, Shrimp, Sea Bass, Tuna, Salmon, and calamari. Service was impeccable and the manager, Eddie is always a pleasure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique
    expert
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    The combined Mexican/Italian menu is unique. The dishes we tried from each side were uniformly excellent. Wine list by the bottle is good, but wine by the glass is weak. Outstanding margarita!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Patty
    Patty
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    First of all, many of their dishes come with Mole. I should have asked to taste it first because I never had it before, but I felt adventurous. I did not like it at all. Three others in my party had Italian and LOVED theirs. A little pricey, but I'd go back and try something different. Also, we were seated outside. That was very enjoyable!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Celebration
    joemVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Great food and service. Norberto and his staff provide a unique environment and food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1st time dining at El Barzon
    Shanny
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Great ambiance, delicious food! Will definitely be back. Really enjoyed my dinner, but even more importantly for a return visit, noticed many things I would or could have ordered instead. Extensive menu with Italian & Mexican dishes, which I didn't even fully read as I was in the mood for Mexican.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Disappointing Service
    Love2eatout
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We took friends who had never before eaten at El Barzon. On the way over we raved about the food. The food didn't disappoint, but the service was another matter. After a wait, our waiter appeared, took our drink order and delivered it. We ordered an appetizer, which took some time to deliver, so we gave our food order at that time. He had not given us the sauce for the appetizer, and we had to look for him. Good thing we had ordered our main courses, as it took an inordinately long time for the food to arrive. We reminded the waiter at that point that he had forgotten our salads. He was apologetic and said he would bring them (and with no charge). He did not come buy to ask if we wanted another drink - we had to find him again.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • noisy but nice
    zeb902
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Our first visit. The food was great. The noise level was very high. Could barely hear our dining companions. Service was a bit slow.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    none
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The moment I stepped inside the restaurant from the rear entrance, I felt like I could have been in Mexico - except for all the gringo faces of the other patrons. The mariachi band was very traditional. The finishes of the outdoor area are common in Mexican buildings. And the place smelled fantastic. I tried a variety of different dishes and they were all excellent. The chef/owner is Mexican, but he was THE chef at Il Posto and La Dolce Vita over the past dozen years, having brought both of those restaurants many awards and years of prosperity. (Since his departures, both Italian restaurants have faded away.) Don't let the Mexican/Italian menu give you pause; you will have a meal you will remember.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic food
    FoodfriendVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Amongst the six of us we had a broad variety of menu items including the specials ... Food was outstanding ... Service was mediocre at best ... With a smile, but painfully slow and inattentive.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic