Firebox Restaurant

Firebox Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.fireboxrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 8602461222
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:30pm - 8:30pm; Brunch: Sunday 11:00am-2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Sean Farrell
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Chef Sean Farrell is happy to create spectacular catering menus, please call for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: The Firebox Restaurant is happy to welcome groups of all sizes, for all occasions.
  • Private Party Contact: Sarah Ostapchuk 8602461222
  • Special Events: We can accomodate private parties for lunch and dinner. Contact Sarah Ostapchuk for details

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Capitol Avenue
  • Public Transit: Adjacent to city transportation routes, and within blocks of the train station.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We offer a private parking lot, with evening valet service.
A word from Firebox Restaurant
Firebox Restaurant, located in the historic Billings Forge, one block from the State Capitol, serves seasonal contemporary American cuisine, in a casually elegant setting. Guests enjoy the white-washed brick, warm fireplace and handmade Amish farm tables of our back dining rooms. The impressive front bar area with it's exposed brick, wood beams and vaulted ceilings, houses a lively bar scene focusing on innovative cocktails and an impressive wine selection.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Firebox Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
146 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (107)special occasion (77)neighborhood gem (70)romantic (44)good for groups (43)notable wine list (39)great for brunch (28)hot spot (26)great for lunch (25)vibrant bar scene (24)great for outdoor dining (18)late-night find (8)kid-friendly (4)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Surprised and disappointed
    luv2dine2
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We have been to Firebox on many occasions and have been delighted with the entire experience. The ambiance is relaxed. The service has always been very attentive and polite. The food has always been delicious with it's Farm to Table ingredients and recipes. But our last visit came up short in many areas. First, the server did not inform us of any specials; drink or food. It was not until we overheard him speaking to the table next to us that we heard the specials. Unfortunately, we were already done eating. One of our entrees was fried eggplant. The eggplant was undercooked and the breading was extremely thick and hence we did not eat it. Unfortunately, it may be a while before we go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CantonboyVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Been wanting to try Firebox for a while and finally went this past weekend. Everything was fantastic. The ambiance, the food and the service. Will make it a point to return as soon as I can.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Imaginative Excellent Food
    FredVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    My wife and I were in Hartford on the way home from a New England Vacation. This restaurant was near our hotel and the Mark Twain House so we thought to try it out. A band was playing in the bar area on the Sunday night - but we asked to be seated further back in the restaurant which was actually pretty quiet. The menu choices are somewhat limited - but what was served was excellent. My wife started with a creamy corn soup. I had a locally-sourced chees plate - both very tasty. For dinner we picked a steak dish and a chicken. We also tried out 2 sides - a fire roasted corn and a tempura fried green bean. Everything was beautifully presented, very well cooked and wonderful tasting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another Great Meal
    GPJr
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We make it a point to eat at Firebox when we visit the Hartford area to visit our daughter at boarding school. My wife, the foodie, is a huge fan. I get chided for ordering too much, then have to fend off incursions on my plate from both wife and daughter. Interesting tasty dishes; attentive, but not intrusive service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    pedirn
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Amazing meal. Everything we ordered was delicious. The service was great, everyone was friendly. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best lunch venues around
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    This Hartford gem is, in many ways, even better a lunch time. At night, the somewhat cavernous building can be way too noisy. During the day, when it is less crowded, diners can spread out and the place is almost quiet! :) The food is excellent, as always, though the menu is somewhat limited in the number of offerings. The burger that I ordered was one of the best I've ever had, on a brioche roll from the Hartford bakery, and served with hand cut fries and catsup and a spicy aioli on the side. I opted for the "sunny side up" egg on the burger (having just read that protein and fat consumption is back in vogue). I'll definitely be back to order this again. This restaurant should definitely me on your "must try" list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LVvisitorVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Always, always, always a good meal !! This is one our favorite places, for so many reasons..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Like Farm to Table? Come HERE!
    crunyon
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Everything is local! The portions are just right, stellar service and a delicious meal, what else could you want?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful as always
    Suetonius
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Just love Firebox, inventive and beautifully cooked.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. Dinner was wonderful and we will be back.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just lovely
    CTFoodie
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    My family loved our dinner at Firebox! From the decor to the cocktails, main course to dessert--everything was thoughtfully and beautifully prepared. And Firebox's farm-to-table commitment is awesome; we love supporting local farms and communities. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mari
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Great open floor plan. The art work and natural wood, brick and metal elements along with the tall ceiling and windows make it a very hip place to dine or just have appetizers and drinks. The food was outstanding. I had medallion pork over yellow tomatoes and croutons with wonderful spice The only complaint was the dessert. After eating so fabulously, the dessert should have been a sweet fruit treat with whatever is in season of course.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time impressed!
    anniversary
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Our first visit to Firebox and we'll be back for fine dining and a new favorite for special occasions. Excellent, no... superb food, service, and dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pleasant surprise
    MikeyVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    One of the best meals I've had in ages from an unpretentious modern place in a questionable neighborhood in Hartford...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Top notch in Hartford
    OldDogVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Tucked in to a formerly sketchy area south of the State Capitol, The Firebox is a first class dining experience. On a Sunday night, the front bar area featured a lively professional crowd and a pleasant country trio performing. We were escorted to the back, more formal dining room. The wait staff was pleasant and very knowledgeable. The food was amazing. Fresh farm-to-table ingredients included the best of the season and preparations which were fantastic. For those city folk who think of Hartford as an also-ran, our meal was the rival of any I had enjoyed in a long time. Definitely going to repeat.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place to dine in Hartford.
    SFresident
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Wonderful, fresh, contemporary food. After having only dined in a Thai restaurant and 24-hour diner in the Wesleyan University area, we loved discovering the fresh take on food at Firebox. Everything we had at Sunday brunch was delicious, from the non-alcoholic juice cocktail to the side of potatoes. It was very quiet while we were there, but the service was still only adequate. Despite that, we would recommend Firebox without hesitation for its delicious and creative farm to table food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice surprise
    Willflyforfood
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We've lived in west hartford for 20 years. Restaurant choices here range from the pedestrian to the extravagantly overpriced pedestrian! We usually head to canton/ avon to find anything remotely interesting, fresh, and well prepared. My husband found firebox on tripadvisor and, as usual, we agreed with most of the other reviews. Food was imaginative, fresh and lovingly prepared. Service was professional and friendly. Prices were consistent with other higher end places in the area but surprisingly worth every penny.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RedFury
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Came here for a birthday. Nice ambiance. Drink menu could use a little spicing up, most of the drinks were lemon or ginger based.. I had the mussels, some were under cooked, but the corn broth was good. The salmon was delicious atop chilled cous cous. Pricey, food took longer then usual to arrive. Great for an older couple for a date night.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Hit in Hartford
    travelcentricnyVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    What a winning restaurant ! Fresh, inventive cuisine, from the impeccable PEI oysters to the scrumptious yellow beet cake for dessert, combined with knowledgeable-but-friendly service and outstanding by-the-glass wines made for a great celebratory dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing, Fresh, and Wonderful
    EpicChef
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The first thing that stands out when you arrive at The Firebox is the wonderful staff. All are polite, courteous, knowledgeable, and eager to serve. The food is what really sets the restaurant apart from rest. You can taste the freshness in every bite. Every dish we had was not only seasoned to perfection, but was also cooked perfectly. We will definitely be returning to The Firebox real soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • cathyVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I liked everything about this restaurant except the parking. The parking lot is small and fills up fast. Street parking is difficult as the restaurant is in a residential area.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • They care
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    They care about the service, they care about the quality and freshness of the food. Always interesting options on the menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Good accomodations for those with food sensitivities. Very nice presentation of the food. Creative dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Find
    jazzkidd6
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    So glad to have found Firebox via Zagat online. We were in Hartford for a concert and wanted a farm-to-table restaurant that serves up high quality, sustainable, local veggies and meats. The burgers were fantastic. Nice craft beer list too. Love the atmosphere constructed of recycled wood and brick. Really cool venue. I bet this place rocks at night! Will definitely go again next time we're in town from NY.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for Carnivores
    Htfddiner
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    My husband and I ate at the Firebox last Sunday. He LOVED it--had the mussels with kielbasa, which he said were the best he'd ever eaten, and the the pasta (which had panceta), which he also said was the best pasta he'd ever eaten. I had Fried Eggplant, which came with a bunch of pretty but not too tasty vegetables on top--the only entree that was vegetarian. I liked the bread--very rustic and chewy--and thought the veggie dish was just okay--definitely not worth the $24 price tag. So--vegetarians beware. This isn't a place with a great variety of veggie-friendly dishes. The waiter was really nice, the ambience was kind of modern/industrial. I would have given it 2 or 3 stars, my husband 5--the 4 is a compromise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • YUMMY!!!
    happytummiesX2
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    What a truly GREAT idea to continue the taste of Hartford...it gives one the opportunity to go into Hartford and try restaurants one normally wouldn't. The experience both myself and my daughter had was YUMMY!!! We both so enjoyed our special meal. The food was delicious and the presentation was spectacular!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience for a foodie!!
    foodie228
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Really nice place with a great vibe, nice staff, and outstanding food!!!! My husband and I were in Hartford and looking for a place for a later dinner, we searched open table and found Firebox's menu most interesting, boy did we make the right choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceede Expectations
    Wallyworld
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    While the menu was limited in number of offerings, every course delivered creative experiences I would not have normally have ordered. So it was safe to say that one can move out of the comfort zone and have an amazing experience. In addition the spectacular old factory setting is something to admire.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Firebox
    wwdd
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Nice Place - good menu - more Vegan options would be welcome, but I'd definitely come here again with a non-Vegan date.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent meal
    TollandJJ
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We went with another couple. Everyone had a wonderful meal! All food items were fresh and well prepared. Waite staff were knowledgeable and friendly. We feel that we had one of the best meals we have had in a long time! We are certain to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FLEA
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Best duck I have ever eaten! The eggplant was perfect too........
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Visit for Restaurant Week
    CLBfromNY
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    My first visit to this restaurant after having heard great things. We figured Restaurant Week would be a great time to try it. We picked from the fixed menu. It was surprisingly a very comprehensive selection with very generous portions. Everything was presented amazingly and was delicious. The service was excellent. Cocktails were a bit higher priced than I'm used to paying - $10 for a glass of house Chardonnay. It was a very pleasant evening and we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I come to the Hartford area only a few times a year, but whenever I do, I make sure to go to Firebox. The food is extraordinary -- always fresh, creative and full of unique flavors. Don't miss this wonderful restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WOW
    REALGY
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    This was my 4th lunch at the Firebox. Each time I visit, it out does the last visit! This time I treated my co-workers for a job well done, and this lunch really lived up to making them feel special. We ate outdoors and it was perfect. The food choices are so different, and we loved that it is local ingredients. Can't wait for our next visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Going to see the Band
    Chriseats
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We reserved a table in order to see a performance by Tumbling Bones, a band we have been "following" for some time. A chance to see them in Hartford was very welcome as they have not performed much in this area recently. The site was a pleasure to see, well designed and welcoming. The menu was a surprise. We expected "Pub Food" but the offerings were anything but. We expect to stop again in the coming year.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible food/Great mission
    foodiefanatic
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food was outstanding! The taste of everything from my cocktail to dessert was both delightfully interesting and balanced. While the service was very friendly, it was not terribly efficient. The bartender repeatedly forgot to bring us a drink menu, and our server did not bring out any of our plates or check on us until we were nearly finished with each course. Still, overall, the experience was very pleasant, and I will definitely go again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Firebox always delivers
    TriniFoodie
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I don't go to Firebox often, but when I do, I'm never disappointed. The food is fresh and delicious, locally sourced, and the service os always good. They also don't make you feel hurried.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I have eaten here many times, and it is my favorite in Hartford.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A "miss" at a good establishment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I've been there before and have enjoyed the menus and the preparations. This night, I asked about the chicken, stating that I preferred to have it cooked less than most diners, so that the meat was juicy. The extremely knowledgeable and courteous waiter assured me that that's exactly what the kitchen did, so I ordered it. This is NOT what the kitchen did this night. The chicken was as dry as shoe leather; I took two bites and left the rest. The waiter was very apologetic when I told him at the end of the meal, and "comped" the glass of wine that I ordered, explaining that perhaps the restaurant's current focus on the "Taste of Hartford" menu was a contributing factor. I'll go back, and remind them of this to prevent a recurrence.
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  • A wonderful dining experience
    hudview
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    It was a Saturday evening in mid-July so the restaurant - which is a good size - was relatively quiet when we visited. We had a perfectly delicious dinner from starters to dessert. (We do not normally have room for dessert but the portion size of every course here was perfect.) The menu is not lengthy but there is plenty of choice and the food was very fresh and perfectly cooked. We would go back to this restaurant in a flash and look forward to returning sometime. Nice wine list with some wonderful choices and the restaurant is happy to re-cork the bottle and let you take home what you are unable to finish. This was a really delightful dinner. The service was very good. Our server recommended a great non-alcoholic aperitif.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate