Explorers Club
Explorers Club

Explorers Club

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.explorersclubmv.com/
  • Phone: 6147250155x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Brunch:

    Saturday: 9:00am - 2:00pm

    Sunday: 9:00am - 2:00pm


    Dinner:

    Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

    Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Comfort Food, Global, International
  • Executive Chef: Dan Varga
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: We offer take out catering or drop off catering for small to medium events. Food Truck is also available. Please call and ask for Tracy for details
  • Private Party Facilities: Our Party room seats 10-24 guests with a small step out patio. Contact us for more information
  • Private Party Contact: Tracy Studer 6147250155x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Morrill Avenue
  • Public Transit: On Bus Line
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Plenty of On-street and Off-street Parking
A word from Explorers Club
Perk up your dining-out routine with an adventure over to the artsy, funky, laid-back lands of the Explorers Club. Nestled in a century-old building, the Club bubbles with a Latin and Cuban-influenced decor; there is a lot of character there. The setting seems to perfectly accent the eclectic menu, helmed by Chef Dan Varga.

Vegans and vegetarians will feel as welcome as the carnivores, with many dishes aimed to please every taste and lifestyle. Explore the menu and try items like the "Sweet Plantains with Salsa Yogurt Dressing", the "House Made Hungarian Sausage and Rib Tip Platter", "Roasted Half Chicken", or "Sweet Chile and Soy Tempeh".

The Brunch menu is just as delicious, offering everything from traditional breakfast items to "Huevos Rancheros" and "Cuban French Toast".

Over at the bar, there are plenty of wonderfully-crafted mixed drinks, beers, and wines to accompany your favorite dishes.

NOTEWORTHY: Lots of parking available.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Explorers Club reviews from OpenTable diners
58 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (40)neighborhood gem (40)great for brunch (23)good for groups (13)special occasion (11)kid-friendly (5)great for lunch (4)romantic (2)late-night find (2)hot spot (2)great for outdoor dining (1)vibrant bar scene (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    A unique find in a fine old building and lots of electric "explorer" decorative items; had a tasty chorizo burger and sweet potato fries w half off all beers on Thursday nights. Great jazz band to boot. Go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • With Old Friend and his wife
    jaycue
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The Blanton boys and i have been friends since they began school. i wanted a special place to brunch before they went off to the OSU v. KSU horseshoe walkover. Another friend from the same vintage had taken me to brunch a year ago. Simply: Explorer's dishes up quality food at the right price in a warm atmosphere. i shall return!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good for a long, no rush brunch
    vegfoodie
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food was absolutely delicious. Lots of vegetarian options. Prices were suitable for quality of ingredients and the portions were large. I think they may have been understaffed because everything took a while - getting seated (we had a reservation but waited at the door for a while before being acknowledged) refills, taking our order, getting the check. Still, the food was piping hot when it reached us, so it wasn't waiting around for the server to deliver it to us. A person who was not our server helped deliver it and she was pretty brusque. Our server was lovely, but seemed thinly stretched.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wow!
    donna
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Our food was delicious! I had the Safari salad...and it was wonderfully fresh and citrusy. Also tried the stuffed avocado. It was terrific. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Competent
    FriendlyFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The restaurant was loud and seemed to echo, which was most likely because of the very loud woman sitting at the table next to us. It seemed like it was an off night for the staff. The food was good. I love the use of the local foods.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Explorer's Club
    MiterBroller
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    This is a small gem of a restaurant in Merion Village, to the south of German Village, in Columbus, OH. My wife and I are both plant-based, so we appreciate the multiple options that are always available at this restaurant. The food and service have always been stellar. Items on the menu are locally sourced when possible. I would highly recommend securing a reservation on Friday and Saturday nights. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't plan for a quick meal
    Miniskier
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We had a reservation for brunch at noon Sunday and were seated promptly. Our order was taken promptly as well but it was more than 45 minutes before our food arrived. After we finished eating, it was another 20 minutes or so before the waitress brought our checks. The food was excellent but the time spent waiting could have been used to better advantage.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistantly Good Food
    irishlad
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    This was my third visit to Explorers, one for dinner and two for brunch. The brunch selections I picked on both of my visits were very good and I am glad that I ordered them. Our table also shared Cuban French Toast and the Mango Beignets. I know we all could have had two more plates of both, they were so good. I also had the omelet of the day and it was a nice portion and it was exactly what I expected and wanted. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone that enjoys an energetic crowd of people who love food and friends.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always great
    WADC
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Another wonderful meal at Explorers Club. Unfortunately, the whole purpose for this visit was so my mother, a self-proclaimed Reuben expert, could try the lamb pastrami Reuben, but there were none to be had that evening. She settled on the Cuban sandwich which she loved. Just means I will have to bring her back when the Reuben is back on the menu. My chorizo burger was outstanding. Others in our party raved about the jerk chicken and Cuban roast pork. The Kentucky mule cocktail was also fantastic. Keep up the stellar work!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and wonderful service
    Claudia
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Loved the food and service. Menu selections small so they are not overwhelming. Great for vegans, vegetarians and meat lovers! Highly recommend this great, unique find!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet Tuesday Dining
    Barbara
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I made a last minute reservation - but we had no problem being seated. The only problem was the special monthly menu was still listed as available on Open Table and when we got there we were told it was only the regular menu because it was almost the end of the month. It was a bit disappointing because it looked like an interesting selection. We ordered from the standard menu and the food wad good and plentiful
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What can I say?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I love this place. Met my friend here for brunch and it was outstanding. Outstanding food, outstanding service, outstanding ambience. Easy parking although it was crowded.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious food, great service
    luv2dine
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This restaurant is somewhat off the beaten path for Columbus, but is well worth a visit. It has a very friendly, helpful staff, and a great menu that seems to change somewhat often and is strong in Latin-American food and vegetarian options. I had the chorizo burger during my most recent visit and it was very well made with a nice side if Cajun fries. Their homemade salsas are great, and definitely pack a punch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better than we heard
    LISAMVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Been hearing about EC for months, food great/service not consistent. The menu was causual almost neighborhood joint feel. We arrived at 7:30 on a Friday and had no trouble being seated quickly. Service was a little slow but worth the wait. Margaritas are some of the best we've had and we've lived in Texas and New Mexico. Pierogis were pan-fried with caramelized onions and mushrooms; they were flavorful, tender and light. They need to put these on the menu as a regular item. Jerk chicken was tender, juicy and had the right amount of spice. Lamb pastrami was tender with the flavors you expect from good pastrami except with a hint of lamb gaminess. Finished dinner with the zucchini bread and pumpkin pudding, licked the plates clean.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A pleasant surprise
    Live2eat
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Good food, vibrant dining scene, very loud. The Pumpkin Stuff is incredible.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Surprise!
    FromDaBurgh
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    We trusted the OpenTabe reviews and found a casual gem with great food. Our waitress was new but her enthusiasm and attentiveness more than made up for the fact she was on a learning curve. Her more experienced peers continually checked in on us and ensured we had a great experience. The food was great - jerked chicken was awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful place
    aj4food
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    The Explorers Club is a wonderful place with wonderful food that never disappoints you.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique Menu
    Italygirl
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The menu changes every so often, which is great if you want to keep coming back and trying new things! I had the Hummus Quinoa Patty, which was very tasty. Loved the fries on the side, too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ran out of West-African food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    3 of 6 West-African menu items were not available on they're monthly special menu. We're told to call first. But reservation was made a week in advance so calling ahead isn't really an option one you've gotten an agreed upon time with friends. Food/Service was good as usual but...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is never disappointing
    Patrick
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Been here almost a dozen times. Got the fried plantain as usual. Outstanding. Always great and a step up from what you'll find most anywhere in Columbus area. The mac and cheese is out of this world amazing. After a taste, my girlfriend kept stealing bites. The Mofongo Burger, which was previously the best burger I could find in Columbus after trying 20 or more of the so-called bests. The beef patty was still fairly good, not the same though. Whatever beef they were using was the best I've tried. Hopefully this was just an exception. Overall, still a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Surprise!
    DCB1
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    We had seen good reviews of this restaurant, but really had no idea what to expect. The setting is "corner tavern," the interior is cozy and neat, and the menu is adventurous and unique! The night we went, there was a feature menu offering African dishes - goat and mutton items that sounded intriguing. We were not that adventurous, so we ordered from the regular menu and settled for Chili relleno, sweet plantain, Cuban pork, and meatloaf. All were excellent! Dessert was a really tasty treat of mango donuts - beignet-like confections with mango bits inside. We'll be back and be sure to try something more exotic!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Explorer's Club
    Myself
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Had dinner and loved it. Great food. A real treat. I will go back to try brunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Brunch
    GingyKay
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    This was my second visit to Explorers Club. First off, I love that I can reserve a table online. Our server was kind and great at making suggestions. I ordered the huevos rancheros and shared the daily special pancake. My friend ordered the eggs benedict. Neither of us were disappointed. I can not wait to come back for dinner!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Explorers Club
    Snorklegirl
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Just experienced the brunch menu at Explorer" Club and it was a treasure hunt. Very good and nice combinations. Will return for their monthly feature menu to try some more yummies. Try it and you will like this little gem.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • different but in a ho hum way
    MAC6VIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    the coffee is terrible...weak and tinny...the selections sound interesting but the mac & cheese was bland enough that we did not even want to box it for the kids at home...you ahve a good thing in the oven...get to good!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 33 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 167 reviews are from the Explorers Club reviews archive.
  • LOVE IT HERE!
    AshleyElaine85
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Chef Dan is always coming up with something new and exciting for the menu! I love that I don't ever have to get the same thing twice, even though I would because it's all amazing!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great Food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    As I visit the Columbus area from Philadelphia on a regular basis I always manage to fit the Explorers Club in for a meal and they never disappoint! Always great food and a nice friendly environment, a must go if you have never been!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • love this place
    llcolumbus
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    terrific food - different menus than anywhere else in Cbus
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I have been to Explorer's Club on a few occasions. It has been very good every time that I have been there. Service is excellent. Food is always excellent. Really worth a trip if you are in the area.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 5 stars
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This was our 2nd Mother's Day spent at the Explorer's Club and for the second year in a row we loved it! Food is always so unique and delicious! It is a casual atmosphere with 5 star cuisine! Our waiter was a delight! Super friendly! I would absolutely recommend this spot for anyone looking to try something out of the norm but still always consistent with excellent service and food! Love this place!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time visit
    Frosty
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Went for a Mother's Day brunch. Great food - nice change from run-of-the mill brunch choices. I had a braised leg of lamb frittata that was wonderful! The wait staff was super friendly and worked to make my wife and kids happy. Reservation was for 10:30am and there was plenty of space, no waiting, and no trouble with parking. A great overall experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Moroccan Menu a Hit!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    The Moroccan menu is great stuff. We had nearly one of everything on the menu for our group of 6 (including 2 kids). Started with the Moroccan Trio of dips/sauces and the roasted Olives. The Baba was smoky and wonderful. The white beans with the olives were nicely al dente. The avocado, orange & grapefruit salad was nicely deconstructed which really brought out the complementing flavors. One of us had the Lamb Kefta, it's as good as it looks in the picture! I had the Braised Lamb Shank. The meat fell off the bone and the garbanzo + cous cous was just the right complement to the juicy meat. The dates stuffed with marzipan for dessert were wildly rich, meaty and wonderful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very Happy Birthday.
    SirEatsalot
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    I made reservations for the Explorers Club for my 25th birthday with a group of 4 of my closest friends; for the majority of us it was our first time in. The monthly menu (Moroccan) had just been revealed earlier that day, and while the standard dinner & wine menus placed on our table had not yet been updated to reflect all the new changes, our server was extremely knowledgeable, even to the point of offering my sister (who had ordered a dish no longer available) the option to customize an existing dish to get it as close as possible to her original order. Our drinks were kept refilled, the food came out hot and delicious, and our server was attentive without being overbearing. We all left very satisfied, and I will certainly be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Amazing Food!
    Rose57
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    This month was their Hawaiian menu - outstanding food, and the best was the mango doughnuts for dessert!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect Brunch Spot
    Shauni
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Explorers club is the perfect place for those looking for something a little different. Their brunch menu contains a lot of items that are new twist on old classics such as "breakfast mac and cheese," a breakfast burrito with mac and cheese in it, and my favorite, eggs Benedict served on jalapeno biscuits. I've only been to The Explorer's Club twice, the first time was on a Sunday, a little after noon and despite the place being filled to the gills my party of 4 was seated with in ten minutes. The next time was on a Saturday around 11:30 and the place was pretty empty. Both times the servers were kind, helpful, welcoming, and knowledgeable of the menu and the wait time for the food was fairly short.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hit or miss
    Rock
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    We've been to the Explorer's Club a few times in the past, and it is usually pretty good. This time the regular menu was uninspired as it was missing many of the regular items we were used to ordering. Nothing on the Hawaiian menu sounded good either. The mac and cheese sandwich, while good, was just warm. It is much better when the mac and cheese is piping hot. In addition, we ordered an extra condiment, and it wasn't delivered with the meal. The server brought out the condiment when we told him it was missing, but then we were charged for it. We'll be sure to check out the menu before coming back to make sure we are inspired by the menu options.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Explorers Club
    DRLGVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    The menu is "different", so you must be open to trying new things.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We will be back
    Clediner
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    The owner is knowledgeable and calm, letting us know how the batches of hot sauce turned out. The root salad and stuffed pepper were wonderful small plates, but our table came for the burgers. The wait staff was friendly and attentive, rather than perfunctory about the work. This place is a find.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fun place
    iluvfood
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    it was nice...not too crowded and the food was delicious!!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Saturday Dinner
    Barbara
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    My husband's BD fell on Easter Sunday so we decided to celebrate on Sat night. We had a reservation for 6:30 and were promptly seated at a booth near the front window. We normally like the booth seating but for some reason the sound echoed from the conversations going on in other areas - we could barely hear the server tell us about the specials. I had indicated in the special request sec that it was my husband's BD but no one noticed. We found the noise level very distracting - we couldn't talk to each other without raising our voices. We have dined previously on the weekend and never experienced this problem. The food was good and the server was attentive - but it would have been nice if we could have talked while we ate.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic