El Dorado Kitchen
El Dorado Kitchen

El Dorado Kitchen

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.eldoradosonoma.com/
  • Phone: 7079963030x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: 8:00-11:00am Everyday
    Lunch: 11:30am-2:30pm Everyday
    Dinner: Sun - Thurs 5:30-9:30pm, Fri & Sat 5:30-10:00pm
    Lounge Menu: 2:30pm Everyday Til Closing
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian
  • Executive Chef: Armando Navarro
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Our executive chef will tailor a banquet menu that's just right for your event, and we are happy to accommodate special requests. When you and your guests stay in our 27 tastefully decorated guest rooms, seamless ease will characterize and complete your entire event experience.
  • Special Events: The El Dorado Kitchen is the perfect place for wine-country weddings, rehearsal dinner, corporate events, business meetings, private parties and celebrations for groups of 20 -250. Whether it’s a wedding under the fig tree on our garden patio, a stylish cocktail party in our private lounge or a convivial tasting-dinner with friends at our communal table, we have the right venue for every occasion. The entire restaurant is available to reserve for larger parties.

    For more information, please contact our Events team at events@eldoradosonoma.com or 707-996-3030.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: West Spain Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street Parking is suggested. Around the plaza there is a two hour limit: 9am to 5pm.
A word from El Dorado Kitchen
El Dorado Kitchen blends sophisticated urban style with a relaxed wine-country spirit in a setting that is at once simple and dramatic, contemporary and comfortable. The restaurant offers a stunning stone courtyard for outside dining, a relaxing lounge with a fireplace for cocktails, and an inviting private dining room for the ultimate intimate gathering. El Dorado Kitchen is open for lunch and dinner daily.
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El Dorado Kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
271 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (186)fit for foodies (172)neighborhood gem (110)special occasion (110)good for groups (109)notable wine list (92)romantic (80)great for lunch (75)hot spot (51)vibrant bar scene (39)great for brunch (38)kid-friendly (19)late-night find (9)scenic view (4)Show More
  • Excellent Experience
    Yummy
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    This was our first time here and we found it with good reviews on Open Table. We were not disappointed. Excellent service and the food was prepared in the most innovative, tasty ways. Probably the best place to eat on the square.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We loved it here, interesting menu and wine/ drinks list, great service, not too formal and not too casual, nice room - you just feel comfortable here! The truffle fries are awesome, just be aware the serving size is very generous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gets beter and better
    jaslinSF
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We had some problems the last time we were there, but they seem to have worked everything out. This experience was perfect. Only complaint was the all-metal patio chairs were somewhat hard and cold on a chilly day. They did have the patio heaters going so it worked out OK... just a chilly tush. A really great place for lunch & brunch; service was impeccable, and the food is 1st rate. We always seem to go with a large group, and they handle groups very well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Top restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Fortunately our usual restaurants in Sonoma were booked early in the week. This was our first experience with the El Dorado Kitchen and found it wonderful in all respects, service, food and ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food on the square
    Copper
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Vibrant restaurant with great food on the square in Sonoma. I have the pork chop - huge, succulent, over polenta and greens. My wife had truffle risotto. Would recommend this restaurant for foodies who don't mind spending some money for good food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lunch on the patio
    AnneJo
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    I met a friend for lunch on the patio. It's a very nice setting, with lots of umbrellas to keep you out of the full sun. We both had salads that were delicious. The service was perfect. I will happily return here for lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great experience
    retired007
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    wife and I had a fantastic experience dining on the patio. we had the patio to ourselves as everyone else thought it was too cold. there were outside heaters by every table. we are from the Midwest so being able to dine outside in 65 degree weather at this time of year was a pleasure, think the other customers were just wips. the food and service was also fantastic
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bad service, so so food
    jnb5
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Went last year for our anniversary it was great. Food, service, atmosphere. This year, however, service was bad. Sevice very slow, got the impression it was because we were younger than most other patrons and waitress felt we would not tip as well. Next to us the waiter was visiting the table 5x in the span we got visited once. Food was nothing special. Plates were awkwardly large, my dish, salmon special, was way over peppered. Food served could fit in the palm of my hand, not much of it and wasn't very good, even though by the time we got our food we were quite hungry and more likely to be forgiving on our pallette. Basically disappointing and will look for a different restaurant to spend our next anniversary.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Get a new hostess
    jonshort1VIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Booked a late lunch (1:45pm) last Sunday. At arrival we were told that there was no seating available on the patio. We asked how long a wait and were told 30-60 minutes. I said I saw some available tables outside, and then I was told that these were in full sun. We decided to have a look at the "full sun" options. When we hit the patio we found at least 6 available tables, most in full SHADE! The hostess then said she just had some things open up and we could sit wherever we wanted. One of the coldest, rudest receptions I have ever received at any dining establishment.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We had a reservation and asked to be seated outside. The hostess said she couldn't accommodate our outdoor dining request unless something opened up. We sat inside by a window and saw 3 groups who did not have reservations sat outside. I inquired with the hostess;she said she needed to give the servers more time between tables, even through others were seated before us. There were 4 unoccupied tables outside so I asked again to be sat outside at which time a different hostess came over to take care of my party. She was fantastic and the service, food and cocktails were awesome. This may not be helpful since the hostess is only a small portion of a dinning experience but I thought the restaurant should know.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A good time was had by all.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We hosted a farewell dinner for an old employee and it was a lovely event. Good food, fun cocktail selection, warm ambiance.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would not return
    Clare
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    A couple of things occurred that made our dining experience less than great: We were offered still water and sparkling water simultaneously but were not told the sparkling water carried a $7 charge nor that it was an entire bottle which we did not need or want. Staff should be upfront about this when offering something that is free along with something that carries a charge. Better than that, invest in a water carbonator like most restaurants do these days to cut down on waste. Secondly, I thought the price of my fish entree was way too high for what I received which was about three ounces of salmon and some sauce on a huge plate. It reminded me of the 1980s when food styling became absolutely ridiculous.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always Wonderful Food!
    specialtreat
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We just introduced our dear friend, a 5 star chef, to El Dorado Kitchen....he LOVED it as much as we do! Always wonderful food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Pork Chop!
    s2foodieVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The pork chop here was truly outstanding. Service was also on point and very friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great drinks and food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Overall very good. excellent cocktail selection - definitely things you won't find elsewhere. The food was very good. they did bring me the wrong entree (a different pasta dish) than I ordered, but were quick to rectify the mistake. and brought us a free order of truffle fries while i waited. Tuna tartar appetizer and the pork belly and scallop appetizer were our highlights.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • karen robidoux
    sonomakaren
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    El Dorado Kitchen is just so yummy and it is in our neighborhood which makes it even better! My friend and I were celebrating a milestone birthday so we shared tuna tartare as a starter with some pinot noir and then we both had a delicious king salmon entree. We were completely satisfied with our night out at El Dorado Kitchen and we look forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OUTSTANDING
    Nanz
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We sat in the patio. Delightful ambiance. Great food selection and delicious. Fabulous waiter. Can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, nice outdoor seating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    There were 4 for lunch and everyone liked their choices. The Cucaracha drinks were yummy and the tostada was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing
    Pvbkearm
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    We had a snack here a couple years ago and looked forward to having a full dinner. The service was poor. We waited for a while before being greeted at our table, to the point where we considered just leaving. It was not overly busy and the other tables seemed ok so it may have been an off night for our guy. The food was just meh...heirloom tomatoes in the app were mushy and tasteless. my spouse had the special and I had the recommended duck duo. My duck confit was tasty but the breast medallions were overcooked. Our 2nd round of drinks arrived halfway through the entree, and only because we asked the food runner who delivered our dinner to check on them. On the plus side we enjoyed sitting on the patio as it was a lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food and service
    Trish
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    The service once we were seated was excellent and food was outstanding. The hostess needs more training. We were first to arrive just before 5:30 and she told us to sit in the foyer area and she'd seat us when they opened. She then started to seat others who came after us. I had to go ahead of the line to get her to seat us. Not a great start but rest of evening was lovely. That long table in the middle of restaurant got noisy...glad we were ready to leave by then. Wouldn't sit near it next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good
    winemanVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We booked El Dorado at the last minute after canceling the reservation we had at another restaurant because we were running late. We checked several websites and this place came recommended several times. I think this is the best thing that happened to us all day. The service was fantastic and the food was wonderful. We were exhausted from a busy day and had a 2 year old with us. They could not have been more accommodating to our party. After each trip to the wine country we review our notes and preplan our next trip. El Dorado is definitely included in our next trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice for anniversary dinner
    Livsmom
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We recently had our anniversary dinner at EDK. It was a very warm evening so the back patio was perfect, though inside looked very nice as well. The service was good. We really enjoyed the cocktails - clear conscience and dark & stormy. For dinner we started with the fig salad, which we split and the tuna tartare. They were both good, but didn't blow me away. My husband had the pork chop, which was massive and good. The standout though was the paella - so rich and delicious! It's a large dish so it could easily be shared, especially if you have a couple starters first. Overall a very nice meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic experience
    jbanks
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Really good food and we ordered so many different plates because we had a large group. Everything was fresh, delicious, and beautifully presented. Great service even though it was really packed. Very fun, we would not have changed a thing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find...would go again & again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    This place was recommended by another visiting the area. They were recommended specifically for their paella and they'd did not disappoint. It was AMAZING! We would go again and again. The paella was enough for 2 and was absolutely delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Two nights in a row !
    Iheartgoodfood
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Excellent all around - we ate there 2 nights in a row !! The food was awesome , ordered something different both nights. Marked it as a late night find bc it's one of the only places open past 8:30 on a Sunday
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Girls night out
    Joycrowd
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Great meal to end a great trip in Sonoma. Food was outstanding! Wait staff very friendly. Outdoor dinning a must.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for lunch outside
    GBearVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Enjoyed salads and flatbread on the patio with some great wine. Perfect service and wonderfully presented and prepared foods. The salads were excellent even compared with the area's stiff competition.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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  • JohnoAndBJVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Our entire dining experience,food,wine and service by Caroline was just great,,,We to EDK often and will continue to go there,,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Wait Staff/BAD Hostess
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We arrived four minutes early and spoke with an extremely unfriendly hostess who informed us we were 4 minutes early and she was not seating anyone yet. We told her we would wait in the lobby. She proceeded to straighten her station and ignored us. Then some other guests walked in and she seated them without talking to us. We walked up to the desk and a really welcoming waitress offered to seat us. The hostess returned obviously angry at the waitress. She seated us without another word. Our waiter was fantastic and the food was very good. I think the hostess should be reminded that she is there to help make the experience more pleasant and could learn from the wait staff.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must stop when in Sonoma
    BigfoodogVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    In a county like Sonoma there are so many excellent choices to dine, however you must make it a priority to stop at the EDK when you're in Sonoma. One of the Areas nicest experiences in the area
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty good meal.
    Luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We had a pretty good meal at El Dorado Kitchen. I was slightly disappointed overall but some of the dishes were very good. We did not care for the truffle fries or the truffle risotto but the chicken entree was very good. The outdoor patio is nice and the bar is very vibrant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quick/Romantic Sonama Getaway
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My girlfriend and I drove up from Marin for a nice romantic dinner. The food was great, the service was outstanding and the drive up and back was a snap. Actually, the drive with a great playlist was part of the fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Should have gone elsewhere
    KandMVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We had a reservation and were made to wait (for the table to be set) while others, arriving after us, were seated on arrival. The table was still not set (only for 4 instead of 5) once everyone else had been taken care off and we were taken to our table, which we liked. It's a nice room in a very nice and busy part of Sonoma. The food was 50/50 at best, some was really good (mushroom flat bread, risotto) and some was just plain bad, like chopped salad (pieces of iceberg lettuce drowned in dressing with some other unmemorable ingredients, poor presentation and pedestrian taste, should not be served anywhere, let alone in a restaurant for $14, I think). We had limited opportunity to eat out in Sonoma, very much wish we had gone elsewhere.
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  • opentable reservation issues
    Lynnallensf
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    My only issue was checking in - they could not find the open table reservation and seemed a little put off that we still wanted to be seated.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food not great
    jc123VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Our salmon tartare was bland. The burrata was paired with a red sauce that did not make sense. It took away/over powered the burrata. We've had much better burgers elsewhere. We also had an odd encounter with a server (not ours, ours was great) who plopped down a soda which we did not order without explaining that EDK offers free refills - he just plopped it down and walked away. Since he wasn't our server, we thought it was delivered to the wrong table and he pretty much yelled at me "IT'S A FREE REFILL. IS THAT OK???" We will not go back but are glad we tried it since it had been on our list of places to go to for years.
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  • Great restaurant in downtown Sonoma
    sethpeterw
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I went here with my girlfriend on a very brief visit to California Wine Country. We were in town for a wedding and the friend who was getting married recommended El Dorado Kitchen. Excellent food, good wine list, good service, nice atmosphere. No complaints whatsoever.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Our group enjoyed it. Everything was good. Risotto, crab cake, pork chops and Brussels sprouts were amazing.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • luv2eat
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Food was very good and so was the service. We sat in the courtyard and it was a very pleasant dining experience.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice
    freddyperry
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We really liked our waiter Israel. My risotto was terrific. My wife's chicken was just okay. Not great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food & wine were wonderful, great indoor and outdoor dining. Server was a little flighty but it didn't matter, really a wonderful meal. Will be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.