Farmer's Apprentice
Farmer's Apprentice

Farmer's Apprentice

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://farmersapprentice.ca/
  • Phone: 6046202070x
  • Hours of Operation:

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


    Brunch: Saturday/Sunday: 11:30am - 2:00pm


    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm -10:00pm

    Sunday Supper Series 5:30-10pm featuring up and coming chefs.Prix fixe.

    Closed: Monday
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Northwest
  • Executive Chef: Jack Chen
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Farmer's Apprentice
Our intention is to serve unique food and wine in a comfortable setting accessible to everyone. We would like to welcome everybody with our passion and sincerity.

We invite you to join us whether it is for a glass of wine, lunch, brunch or even to pamper yourself with our 4-6 courses daily created inspirations for dinner. We are a small plates restaurant which encourages sharing amongst guests to sample many dishes from our daily inspired menu. Its simple, we have something for everyone….Lunch and Brunch are both first come first served, no reservations.
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Farmer's Apprentice reviews from OpenTable diners
147 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (101)neighborhood gem (80)hot spot (42)special occasion (38)romantic (22)great for outdoor dining (18)great for brunch (14)notable wine list (11)great for lunch (10)late-night find (9)good for groups (6)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • An Experience
    rearle
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    a small and bustling place that serves some amazing foods.....we booked a few weeks in advance to get an 8:30 PM table, and the experience was lovely, just like the servers. The foods were somewhat unusual, most very much of interest and fascination....we did appreciate that the dishes appeared at a good pace, and, were meant to share. We enjoyed two salads, one order with sablefish...the only truly expensive dish was the steak which was cooked to perfection. It literally melted in your mouth. Disappointed that there was little or no consideration for B.C. wines, nor anything chocolate for the dessert offerings. A very pleasant place that we will return to for a special occasion or when we have true foodies visiting us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lived up to the awards
    Elscra
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We had been meaning to go to the Farmer's Apprentice since it opened in our area, but only got around to it for my husband's birthday last week. After winning a top restaurant award in Vancouver it took a while to get a reservation at a good time. But certainly worth the wait! Very friendly, unpretentious, helpful wait staff. And very delicious, interesting, eclectic food. Loved all the 70s records they were playing.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Farmer's Apprentice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I was amazed with the whole experience at the Farmer's Apprentice. We were greeted with a friendly hello and seated immediately. The decor was interesting. Not too flashy but there was thought put into it. I was sitting next to an old vintage window that used as a partition. We chose three seafood dishes and the eggplant. Every single dish came out with a full description by the server. The taste was incredible and so fresh. The dessert with the basil sorbet and blueberries was delicious. My sister and I were thrilled to have a chance to speak with the owners who were so nice and humble. I believe they have a great future ahead. Chica
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful...!!
    stonefire
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The restaurant is surprising in every way..The food..the staff..the menu..the ambiance..made for a truly great experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • West Coast Sharing
    Richard
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Lots of creativity in the menu, with all dishes intended for sharing. Individual dishes, however, are relatively small so be prepared to order a second helping when you discover one you love. Space is tight, especially if you're sitting opposite the bar area. We tried just about everything and nothing disappointed. Definitely on the list of places to visit again and again!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bella74
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Made a reservation about a month in advance and everything was great until the main course prime rib. It tasted like it was roasted. It was covered in sauce. A rib eye is a notoriously fatty steak and I was very surprised to find it had been roasted. In my opinion, a rib eye should be cooked at high heat to make best use of the fat and it's flavour. Since it was cooked low and slow, it meant I paid $50 for a very fatty dish. Other than that everything was great.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply amazing!
    Cathryn
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The food was fabulous and fresh! The chef decided the order the food would come out in. Really enjoyed the sharing style and got to taste a bit of everything! Can't wait to try it again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trying too hard.
    ctv203VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The restaurant tries too hard. The service is slow. The plating is poor. The favors are decent, but it's nothing notable. It's a hipster place that doesn't quite put out anything worth going back for. The waiters need a lesson in providing good service. We weren't notified of the specials. There were gnats flying all around. They gave us still and then sparking water. We asked just for still. Mediocre at best.
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  • Amazing Experience
    dovss
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Sunday dinner was market themed. Six incredibly delicious courses and one of the best wines I've ever tasted. It was a perfect anniversary dinner. I highly recommend Farmer's Apprentice. We left full, smiling, and enchanted.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We went to the Sunday night set menu. The corn soup was excellent. The salad selection was very good, and again excellent. The toast was interesting. We enjoyed the main course which was pork. The plumb desert was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What's all the hype about
    VancouverGirl
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Yes, the food was interesting and tasty. The tables are tight, so much that if the waiter is talking to the table next to us, his shirt would fall into our wine glass.The service wasn't great. It's nice to have dishes come out one at a time so that you can enjoy each one but there were a couple of times with awfully long gaps between dishes and sometimes 2 would come at once. The bench seating was ok. The seating across was a hard chair with no cushion and it was an awkward height for the table. It was so long between dishes that my boyfriend and I had to change seats because his was so uncomfortable. They brought dessert but no cutlery and then disappeared. We had to share a pear tart and eat with a knife and mini spoon for espresso.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mouthgasm
    AngloItalianFoodie
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Farmers Apprentice was an absolute joy to eat at. Every plate was more complex, more delicious and more impressive than the last. Particular highlights for us were the gnocchi and the rib of beef, which was reportedly cooked medium rare, but arrived rare at best (much to our unbridled joy!) Fantastic music selection and a generally great experience. Get a table booked as soon as possible!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • still awesome
    rancouverVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    FA does a great job of putting together a small menu of interesting combinations of seasonal/local ingredients prepared exquisitely well. The service is always spot-on - friendly without being intrusive and helpful with recommendations. The wine list always features some intriguing wines that you probably won't see elsewhere. My only complaint is that it's harder and harder to get into! Can't wait for their bistro next door to open.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overpriced
    ojai
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The portion is smaller than I had expected. Two of us were barely full. The food over all was pretty good but for that price I could better choices. The place is so tiny that there are no room for me to get out of the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DeeLou
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Excellent, innovative, fresh food. Really fun to go with friends and order a bunch of different things to try on the menu. I have never had a dish here that I didn't like!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You have to love food
    Blaze430
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    this place is a REAL foodies' restaurant.....almost too a fault. This may bewhy it may have rec'd such 'mixed' reviews......the presentation is VERY simple and nothing is over-the-top which perhaps people expect it to be. First, this place is about sharing, and the portions are fine for that and the quality and uniqueness of the food DESERVES to be shared. Service was perfect - not 'too' attentive and did a great job of synching with our needs. Don't expect any 'big' presentations or sauces - this place is all about the ingredients and trying to create sublime creations that are unique for their freshness and inventive preparations. Because it was awarded 'best new restaurant' in Vancouver it seems people expect more 'fluff'.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memorable food, a tad pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We had olives, which were wonderful; different that I have ever had. Then the bread with onion butter, which was delicious. Then the scallops and pork cheeks, both of which were outstanding. Strange that the duck confit was sold out at 5:45....The prices are a little high for the portion sizes, which are small. But if you crave great food, this is the place for you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Amazing
    Donna
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Happy and joyous food that comes out of the kitchen with the chefs delivering it. Sharing style plates, with thoughtful food. Uber fresh with interesting combinations. Every time I dine here I leave with a big smile on my face. Not so much of a hidden gem anymore, as the word is out. This is a restaurant that does something completely different, and without any pretension or attitude. Again, consistently amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special Dining Experience
    Wilmar
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Definitely a different and interesting food experience - fresh ingredients in unique combinations (we asked for a copy of the daily menu sheet back so we could keep track of the components)! Lots of chefs in the open kitchen, and they seemed to enjoy serving the food themselves. As expected, the servings were a bit pricey for the small size - 4 of us split 7 main items plus 2 breads and the great olives. Recommend the perfectly done halibut. The sweetbreads were a highlight - great sauce - another good reason for the bread to wipe up every drop. Great background music. On the negative side, there were no moderately priced wines on the list. Also no non-alcoholic beer, soft drinks or juices for non-drinkers - just a fruity "cocktail".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food, worth a visit
    taneda
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We had dinner on a Friday night. This place gets quite busy as it is very popular. We liked the idea that all plates were meant for sharing. We had a nice zucchini and tomato salad with avocado dressing, some halibut that was small but perfectly done, and a rib eye steak that was overpriced and not cooked on a hot enough grill; the fat was not really crisped up. The bread, which is an extra cost, was very good but there was not enough olive oil provided with the bread. I would recommend this restaurant but I will not go there again for a year or two as there are so many new restaurants to try in Vancouver.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food!
    Candela
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food was exquisite. The ambience is humble but nice and fresh. Portions are small.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • meh
    jacknjill
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Farm to table - got it. But... they seem to go so far to make sure that you recognize just how good a tomato it is, that they barely do anything to it. I buy the same exact produce (from the same farms) at Trout Lake Market, and I don't need to spend $180/cpl to eat 'em. I really wouldn't rush back for any of the 8 dishes our table of 4 tried. The sable fish and halibut and tuna dishes were very nice, as were the Seiglinde potatoes, but I've had better dishes in plenty of restaurants for less money. Excellent server, really like the room, bright and airy, spinning vinyl. Except that for our 7:45 reservation we were told at 9:15 that they'd be needing the table for 9:30 - not cool.
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  • Outstanding
    planteater
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I rarely get to use the 5 star outstanding across the board but this restaurant deserves that rating. It is hard to explain Farmer's Apprentice because I do not have a comparison. It is laid back and super attentive at the same time - that goes for the food, the ambiance and the staff. It is a wonderful combination - and that ability to combine great experiences is translated in the food as well. Simple yet complex ingredient pairings result in dishes with flavour layers. An example is the simple olive that is smoked to perfection - you can buy them for takeaway for your award winning martini at your next party. I eat a plant based diet and had no trouble finding great selections on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Undeserved accolades
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Having read that this restaurants have made several lists as one of Vancouver's best, my partner and I were looking forward to dining here. However, the experience was disappointing. The food was inconsistent in quality - we started with heirloom bean salad that was excellent, this was followed by an interesting albacore tuna with kimchi, an over-salted red wheat berry salad, and a rabbit dish that was overcooked. What really made the experience poor were the hostess and waitress who were unwelcoming, uninformed about the menu, and seemed unhappy to be in what seems to be a successful restaurant. If our experience that night is typical, then the accolades are undeserved.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Poor service
    Food5CriticVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Poor service and slow initial service of drinks. Very condescending attitude by the waitress. She made us feel uncomfortable. Simple requests like a serving spoon for the dishes (as opposed to using our own forks to "dig in" communal dishes) was treated by attitude. At the end, she almost threw down the bill. She acted like a spoiled brat. The food, while good is overpriced and the servings small. We will not be back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cozy Dinner Treat
    Ezzapet
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    What a find this place is! Off the beaten downtown Vancouver path, but offers lots! We went on their guest chef Sundays where a set menu was provided but loved every part of it! Food was incredible. All market foods and whatever is in season from local farmers. Really quite delicious! Service was great and the restaurant is charming. Tiny, rustic place with lots of character. Definitely try it out but make sure you make resos ahead of time.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious as Always
    Slade
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This is our absolute favourite place in Vancouver, but is recommended only for true foodies. The dishes are all designed for sharing, and use smaller amounts of high-quality ingredients. Think of a tasting menu at a Michelin-starred restaurant - the emphasis is on quality and trying different things. If you try everything, it will obviously be a little more expensive, so I do not understand complaints about portion sizes or price with respect to Farmer's Apprentice. The staff are doing a good job of managing the restaurant's new-founded (and deserved) popularity, but we did have minor waits for drinks and water. The food was all perfect when it came out - I would be hard-pressed to pick a favourite dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The place is cozy and the food was delicious, but on the pricey side for what you get. Be prepared to spend around $80 for a few share plates (tapas style), pre-drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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  • food interesting but too busy
    yummVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Was a bit disappointed after reading all the critics' accolades. Food definitely very fresh and creatively prepared, but the ambience was a bit uncomfortable for my taste.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome!
    nutri305
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Dinner was wonderful! Friendly and professional service. Chefs serve you and even take time to talk to you! It was great food memory! Earned its name for Best Restaurant of the 2014!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Personal Service & Fresh tasty food
    TastySeekerVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The food was remarkable - delicious and the presentation is like art form. We ordered 6 dishes and each dish was brought out by a different staff member, which included chefs in the kitchen. That is something unique. We will definitely come back for dinner and lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lady Luck
    MNnice
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Loving interesting, authentic local food, we were drawn to The Farmer's Apprentice, the recently voted "best restaurant in Vancouver" distinction. Although tiny and a bit quaint in stature and decor, the food packed a punch! From the daily menu, we chose heirloom beans, sweet peas, burrata with pickled vegetables, albacore tuna, pork cheeks and more! We felt lucky to score a late night reservation the day we arrived to this beautiful city from another great foodie city, Minneapolis!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • for foodies only
    vancouvergourmet
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    the food is farmer-simple yet perfected and excellently executed. flavors are more subtle than bold and plating and composure very uncomplex. even being familiar with the latest gourmet offerings of vancouver, you may find prices are pretentious for the location, size, and ambiance - you'll pay more for it being a new foodie location, then for how good it is, which can suck some of the enjoyment out of the experience. dietary restrictions appear to be frowned on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique & Fresh
    Homecookie
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We went to FA for our friends birthday with much anticipation. The space is quaint and bright, west coast casual which doesn't reflect it's price point as it would in other cities but have learned that's not how it works in Vancouver. The service was good, we had a confident, well spoken server who helped us pair our wine well. We ordered 8 dishes among 4 of us, plus 2 orders of the addictive smoked castelvetrano olives, huge plus. The bone marrow, sablefish, burrata, and summer salad, were ok to good, not stand outs. The octopus was not pleasant, too fishy, served cold. The pork cheek, was very good, tender, savoury, the sauce was killer. The best of the best was the sweetbreads. Would recommend a try but I will likely not return.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good refined simple food
    foodstamps
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    The food was light and fantastic. There was no unnecessary clutter on the plates and each looked like a work of art.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • charming restaurant and service
    lulu
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We loved the restaurant. The food was excellent. The snap pea appetizer was delicious, as were the sweetbreads. Wonderful use of vegetables and light sauces. However, the best item on the menu had to be the agnolotti. Just perfectly done. The chocolate macaroon cookies at the end topped off a wonderful evening. As for our server, Claire, she was delightful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Works of art, with varying quality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Lovely little restaurant, very knowledgeable staff, but we experienced a bit of attitude at the door thankfully we had a reservation. The dishes are very lovely with vibrant color and smart variance of texture. The flavors are a bit more experimental than flavorful at times however. Servings are small and meant to share, but we went as two couples and given the menu's small size we ordered 7 dishes and had to venture into that undiscovered territory a bit too far. Sometimes this sort of experimenting can lead to dynamite results. Bison carpaccio, brisket gnocchi, burrata cheese and pickled veggies. Others fell short. This place get's an A+ for effort and design, bravery in experimentation, B for flavor.
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  • Very small servings
    HungryEats
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Nicely presented dishes with unique tastes to share with the table, but overpriced in my opinion.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunday supper family style
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    I love this resto. However the Sunday supper family style was just "ok". We were five people and I felt like we didn't have enough food. Also there was a lot of time between the first and second dish. The girl that was serving us had no personality. I've been to this resto other times, ordered off the menu and it was great. I don't think I'd go back for the set menu but will go back again for dinner any other time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice spot, good food
    manee
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We booked our Saturday table a month in advance because there wasn't a table available on an earlier Saturday! The place is small but charming. The kitchen is in plain view so you can watch the chefs at work. We ordered 2 smaller dishes which were both delicious, the carrot risotto and poached egg + potato. The latter sounds weird but was SO good! I didn't like our 2 larger dishes as much, the sablefish (uninspiring) and a Thai-inspired salad with pork (average). Being Thai, maybe my expectations were too high... I've had many a Thai salad much cheaper and tastier so I was disappointed with that dish. Overall, definitely go. I'll go again, this time for lunch, but I won't be ordering any Asian menu items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.