El Gaucho - Seattle
El Gaucho - Seattle

El Gaucho - Seattle

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.elgaucho.com/
  • Phone: 2067281337x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday - Thursday: Lounge 4:00pm – 11:00pm, Dinner service begins at 5:00pm
    Friday - Saturday: Lounge 4:00pm – 12:00am; dinner service begins at 5:00pm.
    Happy Hour: Sunday - Monday: all night
    Tuesday - Friday 4:00pm - 7:00pm and 10:00pm - close
    Saturday 4:00pm - 5:00pm and 10:00pm to close
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, American, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Matthew Brandsey
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live piano music seven days a week.
  • Special Events: Private dining at El Gaucho is a memorable occasion. Our beautiful and incomparable private rooms are available for lunch and dinner service Monday through Friday and dinner service on the weekends. We also provide buyouts of our entire restaurant. Please contact Brooke Lee at 206-267-5510 or blee@elgaucho.com for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wall Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available on First Avenue at our front door.
A word from El Gaucho - Seattle
El Gaucho is the Northwest's steakhouse legacy focused on elegant old-school, tableside service for people celebrating their lives.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
El Gaucho - Seattle reviews from OpenTable diners
135 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (113)romantic (106)notable wine list (65)fit for foodies (58)neighborhood gem (20)late-night find (17)good for groups (16)vibrant bar scene (16)hot spot (13)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    El Gaucho is a great place to eat and my wife and I enjoyed ourselves, the service was amazing and we were treated like royalty. I will be coming back and now I'm pretty sure that Iwill be disapointed when I go to other fine dining establishments.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Attention To Detail
    LoveGoodFood
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Dining at El Gaucho was a terrific experience from the atmosphere to the food and service. We enjoyed our dinner, the wait staff, and the quality of service. We will surely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great not good
    botThatLovesFood
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Food was very good, but maybe not worth the price. You know what was worth the price? The service. Everyone there was an absolute joy to be around while maintaining their professionalism. Would definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impeccable Service
    mcoco816
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    As always with El Gaucho, the service, food and experience was wonderful. Very attentive staff but not overly so, if that makes sense. Everything was just phenomenal. Wonderful place to dine.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • unsatisfied
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The waiter got my drink order wrong the first time. My steak tasted more well done than medium well. The food was mediocre, the man on the piano was good but the restaurant was too dark and didn't satisfy my taste. It was my birthday and I got no candle on my dessert. The Met has 5 stars in my books, and will be dining there from now on.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Big Let Down!
    AlexB
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I took my husband here for his 50th birthday. When I ordered my filet mignon medium rare, it came back blue. They graciously took it back, but upon return it was STILL very rare. They finally nailed it on the second try, but by this time, everyone else at the table was finished so I was eating alone. Thankfully I was not charged for the steak. On another disappointing note, when I made my reservations through Open Table, I specifically stated we were celebrating a birthday. When the restaurant called to confirm, I let them know we were celebrating a birthday. When the the dessert arrived, no candles - nothing. Our waiter apologized but informed us he was not made aware of this request. Very disappointing considering the great expense!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I love El Goucho!!
    Yummy
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    You can never go wrong here! Not to brag but I literally have eaten here over 20 times (mostly due to business functions). I have never been dissatisfied. Saturday evening was a rare occasion because we were there for fun and celebration verses business. The staff was polite, punctual and provided a wonderful fun element to our dinner. The food was basically perfect. You will not leave hungry. I suggest going to El Goucho when you have had NOTHING to eat during the day. The made-at-the-table caesar is one of the best and it is a very hefty portion (they might even give you the recipe)! The main dining room is not "packed" with people so it does not feel over crowded. If you are looking for a special restaurant…go here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love El Gaucho
    Steve
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We come here 2-3 times a year to celebrate our special occasions. Their table side Caesar is amazing. The steaks always cooked perfectly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Steaks and Service
    thekelleys
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We've been fans of El Gaucho for when we're in the mood for a great steak, impeccable service and an old hollywood style night out. It's a favorite when the folks or siblings are in town as they enjoy the throwback atmosphere. The fruit, cheese and nut dessert tray is not as grand as it once was but it doesn't need to be, there was more than enough to satisfy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent dinner and service
    jseattle
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We started by sharing the spicy shrimp appetizer - very flavorful, although just a little too spicy for us. My friend had a filet mignon medium and I had a filet medium-rare with a mushroom sauce. The steaks were excellent - again, great flavor and very tender. We ordered a side of spinach. Before dessert, they brought out a fruit, nut, cheese platter - very good, although the nuts were a bit stale. We shared the bread pudding for dessert - wow, that was tasty! Our server was very knowledgeable about the wine and the food, which helped us. Also we felt well attended to - eg., out water glasses were always full. El Gaucho offers a lovely experience and excellent food. It is expensive! Dinner for 2 with 1 glass of wine/person was $180.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very special night out!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    El Gaucho Seattle is our go-to restaurant for special occasions. The ambiance is impeccable - perfectly dark and cozy. Service is always top-notch. The staff make you feel like royalty, even escorting women to the restroom. The food is undeniably good. We loved the four course menu that allowed us to try so many different foods. The roasted sweet corn is unlike any corn you've ever had and the Bailey's bread pudding is the definition of comfort food. The after-dinner complimentary cheese, nut, and fruit platter is the cherry on top. El Gaucho is hands down the best place in Seattle for a dining experience worthy for any celebration!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Steaks
    LennyVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Best steaks in Seattle. Bit pricey but well worth it great dining experience in unique setting
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing experience
    Kel0404
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We decided to go to El Gaucho to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary. It was an amazing experience from start to finish. We started with a drink at the bar. Out drinks were great and the service was wonderful. We then had dinner and they had special accommodations for our anniversary and made us feel very special! The low lighting made it very romantic along with the piano music at perfect volumn in the background. We had the 4 course meal which is $85 per person but I have to say for the amount of food you get and how amazingly good it is, it's well worth it! I recommend the filet mignon, table side Caesar and bread pudding! We will definitely be dining here again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    Foodfan
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Rebecca our server was warm and friendly. The food was fabulous ( truffle soup👼). Dessert great. I don't know the name of the person who did our dessert ( banana foster). But he was fantastic and funny. Whole night AMAZING
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant and spendy
    LizLars
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We went and sat in the bar for happy hour. We had really amazing food for happy hour, with decent sized dishes for $10-13 each. Drinks were also discounted to $8-$10. We shared the diablo prawns, steak frites and one other dish and we're happy and full. The dishes were all vibrant with flavor and delicious! With two drinks each, the total came to around $100.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Dinner
    FancyGal
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I took my boyfriend to El Gaucho Seattle for his 24th birthday. It was my very first time going there and I was impressed. He had the boneless New York steak and I had the scallops and prawns linguini. We also ordered the Caesar salad they make on front of you and let me tell you it was quite possibly the best Caesar salad I've ever had. His steak was perfectly done and my dish was delicious. The service was absolutely amazing, they made my boyfriend feel so special on his birthday. He told me that no server has ever done that before. They had a card waiting on the table for him and our server even paid for our deserts (crem brûlée.) Over all I can't wait to go back here for another celebration!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Appetizers and sides were great.
    smccormick22
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    El Gaucho's Appetizers and side dishes were great. Top of the line. I'd very much recommend the steak bites in Cajun sauce and table side Caesar salad. The entrees were a bit of a miss. The sauce was a bit too salty and the seasonings were "weird". We had the NY Steak medallions with lobster medallions. The lobster that came with the dish was grossly overcooked. It was rubbery, and lacking in that sweet lobster flavor. Overall, I would return again for the appetizers, sides and desserts, but not the entrees.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old reliable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    El Gaucho has been around for years and continues to churn out great meals and excellent service. One of the few places left in Seattle where they mix the caesar salad at your table. Execellent wine list but a tad pricy as in greater than normal margins. Steaks were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overrated expensive amazon deal
    NonicknameVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Limited menu sub par service and they make you feel bad about honoring amazon deal. Food was average at best
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  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I've always had such a great experience at El Gaucho, but that was not the case during our last visit. The service was terrible. We had to ask for bread 3 times before our waiter finally brought it over to us. When our main course finally came, everyone at the table received their meal except for me, though none of the wait staff seemed to notice or care. I finally asked our waitress about it and she seemed surprised that I didn't have my meal. ? They gave me a small app in the meantime, which was essentially plain crab meat on lettuce. When my meal came, one of my cuts of meat was undercooked, while the other was overcooked. I was really disappointed by the entire experience.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A dining experience not 2 be missed
    Jules
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    My first time at any El Gaucho was with a deal I purchased through Amazon Local for $175 for a four course meal for two. I chose the wine pairings and my boyfriend had the cocktails. The drinks were tastey, but the wine is an amazing deal. And each one was deliciously sinful...oh my goodness. The food. Oh the food. Ceasar salad prepared tableside...wicked shrimp, prime rib medallions, chocolate bourbon cake...all of it, absolutely perfect. And they are not chintzy, we were completely stuffed when we left. A new experience for me is that they are not worried about turning tables. They want you to stay, savor your meal, enjoy your company...it is awesome. It couldn't have been any better. Well done El Gaucho, well done.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • left much to be desired...
    foodforlife
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I'm not sure if there is a change in Chef or just a bad night. My halibut was overcooked on the outside and almost raw on the inside. My friend's filet minon was overdone, chewy (second time was even worse). The staff was very kind and brought out a second stead but it just didn't work out. They took the item off the tab but it's unfortuante the quality was just not there. For what they charge for their food, I would expect alot more.
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  • Love this Steakhouse!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    El Gaucho is our favorite restaurant. The food, drink and ambiance are beyond compare.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not impressed
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I was expecting top notch cuisine and the end result was not impressive. The atmosphere was nice and it was romantic, but a couple that only gets away a few times a year I was extremely unimpressed. We cook well at home so I was expecting tone wowed and it just wasn't worth the money we spent.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Very accomodating
    HappyCustomer
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My boyfriend is allergic to dairy and they were very kind to make dairy free mash potatoes. This is something that most places will not do for him. Our waiter even brought over another basket of dairy free bread without us asking. I will absolutely recommend and will go back.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Time with El Gaucho
    rapbusiness
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The ambience is warm and inviting of conversation; the pianist in the corner is playing the jazz standards we all know. The lighting is dark, the table meant for good conversation, and the food is heavenly. Ask for Chris as your table waiter--he si very attentive, and has a sense of humor, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply divine
    Emeraldcitygirl
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Classic old school service, mouth-watering food, and an indoor atmostophere that somehow still feels like you're on an intimate little plaza somewhere in Spain.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steve
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Outstanding experience. Food can't be topped. Not a good choice if you like a light and lively ambiance.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    AnthonyVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    A half empty restaurant on a Friday evening with slow service, missed and delayed item delivereies. Overall just not the experience I'd expect for a 500 tab for 4. To top it off, the final bill was off by 15% due to overcharges for items that were part of the multi-course tasting menu. Less than impressive service doesn't compensate for what was typically good food.
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  • Amazing Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    El Gaucho is an experience to remember. From the darkly lit room to attentive, professional wait staff to the flavor explosion of each bite this dining experience was something my wife and I will always remember. I highly recommend the Caesar Salad made table side and ordering from the "El Gaucho Experience". Be prepared to open your wallet, but it was definitely worth every penny.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Behind the times
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    El Gaucho is behind the food evolution times. The portions are ridiculous and old fashioned. The room is huge but too dark to enjoy the food. The penlights provided for the menu should be a tip off. Service was top notch but fell off near the end of the meal. The sister restaurant, Aqua is present day with healthier food and beautiful scenery out of their plentiful windows. Perhaps El Gaucho needs a makeover.
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  • dependable
    harbo
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Always good. Never a disappointment. We will keep El Gaucho as our favorite.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • El Gaucho
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    A little old-Seattle charm and feels like a step back to the classy days of dining. Great service and fabulous food in a romantic setting.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Seattle Classic
    Todd
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    El Gaucho is a destination in Seattle. Fantastic steaks, caesars, apps, wine list, service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food good service
    NorthDiner
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    The food was very good, the service was good... maybe a little too over bearing... overall I would definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Superb
    EvaX
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    El Gaucho never fails to impress. They gave us a very nice table complete with rose petals for our anniversary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Anniversary special!!
    FoodieCouple
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Service service service!!! The food was amazing, but the service was incredible. Our anniversary was so much fun! Details are what counts and the El Gaucho staff knocked it out of the park from the valet to our server, truly a team effort. I wish every restaurant understood detailed service the way El Gaucho does!
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    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A perfect splurge
    love2dineout
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Seattle has always been a great city for exemplary retail dining experiences, with every imaginable cuisine available. If you have to make a choice for a splurge, and you can only pick one place, it should be El Goucho on First Ave., in Belltown. With several excellent steak restaurants in town, El Goucho manages to rise to the top, and I should know, I've tried them all more than once. Granted, it is not inexpensive, but for the steaks, the wine list and the tableside service, it's worth every penny of your hard earned money. Tip: Get the tableside prepared Caesar salad and for dessert, either the tableside Bananas Foster or Cherries Jubilee.
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    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but expensive for what it was
    NonicknameVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Amazon local deal IMO was not what I thought it would get which kind of made me feel like it wasn't worth it.for 175 for two I figured we'd be able to choose off the menu. Nope we were given menus but then quickly were told oh you need to order off this one page small selection menu. Wine pairing went along with it, and that was nice. We had good size pours. Food was tasty, nothing that special. We eat at a lot of high end places. Service was slow at first but then improved We liked our waiter. Generous portion sizes ambiance was really dark but relaxing. Will not be buying any future amazon deals for this place
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  • Old school best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Food, drinks, atmosphere and a very attentive server, Maik, made for a wonderful night out. This is the way dining out should always be!
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    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.