El Dorado Kitchen
El Dorado Kitchen

El Dorado Kitchen

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.eldoradosonoma.com/
  • Phone: (707) 996-3030
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: 8:00-11:00am Everyday (Served in our Wine Bar)
    Lunch: 11:30am-2:30pm Everyday
    Dinner: Sun - Thurs 5:30-9:00pm, Fri & Sat 5:30-9:30pm
    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
252 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (163)great for outdoor dining (160)good for groups (103)special occasion (102)neighborhood gem (96)notable wine list (79)romantic (73)great for lunch (61)hot spot (47)vibrant bar scene (36)great for brunch (27)kid-friendly (19)late-night find (7)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Cancel other plans. Come here, order the Duck Duo
    ericVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Beautiful, comfortable atmosphere. My entree, the Duck duo, was the finest, most delicious duck dish I have ever had, and I am no spring chicken. My wife enjoyed the butternut squash ravioli. I also enjoyed the tomato soup. The prices were clearly reasonable. .... I will be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • El Dorado Hotel & Kitchen
    Napadiner
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Very good food and 5 star service with great patio and Sonoma Plaza location. One of my favorites in Sonoma for lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SunsetVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Excellent food; extremely fast service; accommodated our 3 year old. Overall a very satisfactory experience.
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SonomaLocal
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    I enjoy dining at the El Dorado Kitchen regularly. It's beautiful inside and out, and the food is always delightful. The seasonal changes in the menu keep it fresh and interesting. The butternut squash soup, with marshmallow on top, was a special treat! It's a wonderful choice for groups, business lunches or a romantic dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Frustrating night.
    FamilyFriendly
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    This was 5th or 6th time we have eaten at EDK. Made a 5:30 reservation because I have small children and they have early bedtimes. Arrived at 5:25 & were asked to wait in the bar to be seated. At 5:30, began to see other parties arriving and being seated. Saw 5-6 groups get seated before I decided to check back with the host (assumption was that they would come and get us at 5:30). Finally they came to get us and started taking us outside; we wanted to be indoors (again, I would think this would be the default unless asked for otherwise). Finally seated, orders placed. One mishap with our appetizer. Didn't receive our dinners until after watching other parties complete their meals. Another mishap with my dinner. Frustrating night for us.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lower quality food for a late lunch
    WineNDineVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    My guest were first time diners and were very excited to visit the restaurant. We had a 2:00 PM reservation. We soon discovered that the menu selection was limited as certain dishes were sold out. I ordered the grits and shrimp dish. Although delicious, the amount of grits was much less than expected. My guest said it was merely a "puddle". The steamed muscles we had as an appetizer were cooked down to the size of berries in a shell. I have ordered this dish numerous times in the past and have not seen them this small. Fortunately, the wait staff was excellent and provided friendly service. It was disappointing that the restaurant did not stand up to its reputation. El Dorado has produced much better experiences in the past.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    Eatingud62
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We tried both lunch and breakfast. The burger was flavorful and juicy with perfect fries. Their slant on the eggs Benedict was quite tasty with just enough spice. Terrific flavor! On our "must come back" list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    After a long day of travel our reservations were confused somehow and the El Dorado showed no record of them. Hungry and tired I assumed we would not get seated, however they were very accommodating and sat us at a lovely table in back where we enjoyed the ambiance and the food greatly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous place on Sonoma Square!
    foodfreak
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Great food, great service, great location! Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Our server was wonderful - very knowledgeable and attentive. All four entrees were beyond delicious. Great evening!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BDinNCTVIP
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Nice little place on the plaza in Sonoma. The food and service were very good and the ambiance was definitely wine country. It would have been nice if the a/c was working better but it was unseasonably warm for this time of year.
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  • An off day
    DiningMattersVIP
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    A disappointing favorite. We told the server and the hostess, we were celebrating my Dad's 90th birthday. The bread never came (we got attitude when we asked for two pieces well into our meal), the soup was cold (we sent it back), one of our drinks was missed (arrived after asking), and the bus person removed plates a tad eagerly. Food service was very slow given that the restaurant was empty. The pizza was ok but the crust was underdone. The mussels and tuna tartare were excellent. For the price, everything should be great. With such spotty service for a very special lunch, I expected more than a candle and an apology. At least comp the one dessert in addition to the drink that almost didn't turn up. Will give it another chance.
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  • Not quite as good as last time
    debbiecg4
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I ate at EDK last night and was a little disappointed. I had the duck and it was a little dry. My friend had the paella and some parts were slightly burnt. The previous times I ate there were outstanding so I was a bit disappointed. Also, the menu seemed a little uninspiring. I would give it a try again, hoping it was just an off-night.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place in Wine Country
    smcw
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We were a group of six (4 adults and 2 children). We ate at several well-known restaurants, but our meal at El Dorado Kitchen was definitely the best we had in the Sonoma/Napa area - definitely outstanding! Everyone in our party was pleased with the food and the service. We highly recommend it - whether you are a couple or a group.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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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  • Great experience!
    Mikeg
    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
    marinwanderer
    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
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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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  • 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.
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • 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.
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    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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  • 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.
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    fit for foodies
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    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.
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    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
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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.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • 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.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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  • 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.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Romantic Deliciousness
    EatSleepDrinkRepeat
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Wonderful ambiance. My girlfriend and I visited during harvest season nor realizing how hard it would be to get a table. The service was amazing, everyone was very attentive and courteous. The food was out of this world! Drinks were so, so (Too Sweet). Definitely going back!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • 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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    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.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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  • 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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
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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!
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    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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  • 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.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
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  • 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
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.