Flavor
Flavor

Flavor

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.flavoronthecoast.com/
  • Phone: (650) 726-8000
  • Hours of Operation:

    **STARTING MAY 14, 2014, LUNCH WILL NOW BE SERVED UPSTAIRS**

    Lunch: Wednesday - Friday: 11:30 am - 3:00 pm

    Dinner: Wednesday - Sunday: 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Lunch / Brunch Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am - 3:00pm

    ** Window seating will be available on a first come first served basis and is not guaranteed.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food, Californian
  • Executive Chef: J.C. Rodriguez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: 2 Floor Venue
    90 downstairs
    100 upstairs
    50 Seat Patio
    Available for full book out events
  • Private Party Contact: Francisco Sanchez / Ben Forchini 6507268000x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Capistrano
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Flavor
We believe that reasonably priced "American Comfort Food" is a rapidly disappearing culinary cuisine in the Bay Area. We decided that we would not let that vanish.
Providing a fine balance of basic tasty foods and exquisite culinary delights where comfort and creativity collide, we proudly present El Granada with our latest venture- Flavor.
What is California Comfort Food? Simply put, it is an attempt to take some of the classic and not so classic comfort dishes and have our wonderful chefs add some sort of twist to them. We will always try to provide the freshest ingredients and attempt to use local and organic ingredients when possible.

Devin / Francisco
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Flavor reviews from OpenTable diners
74 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (49)neighborhood gem (31)fit for foodies (30)great for lunch (28)good for groups (27)special occasion (24)great for brunch (21)romantic (16)kid-friendly (15)hot spot (11)vibrant bar scene (11)notable wine list (10)great for outdoor dining (9)late-night find (4)Show More
  • TD28VIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Food is always great and all the servers have been very nice. Portions are huge, so I always like to find perhaps a salad and entree to share.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time, not the last
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    What a great find! I had read good things about this restaurant and so was very anxious to try it. Flavor did not disappoint. It has a laid back vibe to it, but the food was not laid back at all. I had the special of the day along with the special soup. The soup was creamy zucchini. This soup tasted like zucchini and was very smooth, but without the richness of a cream based soup. The special was halibut with couscous and bok choy. My portion of fish was very large and cooked perfectly; Alaskan Halibut is wonderful when it is in season. Bok choy had a great sauce that was not heavy or cloying (or too much of it). The bread-fabulous! And the olive oil, balsamic reduction to dip-heavenly! Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • birthday dinner
    Halfmoon
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    We got a table by the window, but it was so dim I could not read the menu (good thing I had seen it online). I ordered a vegetarian dish that came with clams and other seafood and had to be sent back, which took a good deal of time. The cocktails were served in old-fashioned champagne glasses (really!). The portions were much too big. The dessert menu was a tiny slip of paper, like a machine printed bill. It was very noisy. Our guests did enjoy the food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Had a nice dinner with my wife
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Sat down with online reservation right away, brought in a nice Pinot and they did not charge for corkage which was a shock when I mentioned to the waiter that I believed he left it off the menu. I tipped him the extra 10 bucks for explaining why they do not charge as he stated "why would we charge you to drink Your wine" and enjoy the restaurant food? What a novel concept! Food was very good, price was very reasonable, overall experience was a good date night for my wife and I who do not do this that often. 4 out of 5 stars from a local (Pacifica)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lack of service
    49erfaithfull
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We had a 4:45 reservation and waited 15 mins before a host even showed up at the entrance! when we were finally seated we were not attended to for 15 mins just waited there, 2 families that were seated after us had already been given bread and water, we flagged down a passing waiter to ask for our host, when she came we told her we have been seated for 15 mins and still have not been attended too. she came up with a lame excuse about some confusion and said our waiter will be right there. we waited another 15 mins and still no service so we got up and left complaining to the manager on our way out, he was apologetic but our evening was ruined already, this is not the only review complaining about poor service, we got no service!!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solid perfromance again
    DanielVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I've been here twice and both times have been fine. The service this time was OK, a little odd in that we had three different busboys and our server wasn't great at interpersonal interactions, but everything was OK. The food was freshly made and served hot. The garlic fries are good and garlicy but very short small pieces.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • HMBdiner
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Our favorite restaurant - homey yet very creative menu. Service is always great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food used to be great
    goodcook
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Now the food is only ok. The dish I had and a dish I tasted were overcooked. I sent the soup back as it tasted like the salt shaker had fallen into the bowl. The server was very professional, friendly and attentive, and did not have a problem taking the soup back. We used to love this place but since they moved they have had to raise the prices and it is not as good. I'm so disappointed! The wine selection is good but pricey. The wine the server recommended to me was excellent and the perfect temperature for a red wine.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite Brunch Place Around
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This has become one of my go-to brunch spots! Their Crab Cake Eggs Benedict is to die for! And everything I've tried so far has been 5 star!! You HAVE TO go here! **TIP: In the comments section of your Open Table reservation, note that you would like a "second floor harbor/water view"... It's AMAZING!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service
    Alyssa
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Thank you for an excellent Friday night dinner with my husband. The burretta was divine, as was the burger and garlic fries. The most difficult part of the evening was choosing which items to order because everything looked so good! We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food with a view of harbor
    Cynthia
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Flavor has Great comfort food fare with a modern take along with great service and an extensive beer and wine list. Romantic outdoor fire pits for late night dining or to just have a beer and watch "the game" downstairs in the bar lounge.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MiramarVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    generous and delicious and friendly service; salmon is locally resourced across the street from the fishermen--can't get more local than that!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Phenomenal, as always
    pae94037
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Flavor offers a memorable meal every time we go there. The food is outstanding, the service excellent, and the atmosphere great. Desserts are to die for. Wish they were open every day, rather than just 5 days a week. Prices are reasonable, too, a real pleasure for food that good. The restaurant is bright, comfortable, and has great views of the harbor. We are frequent diners there, and have never had a less than wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yelp failed me on this one
    JLO3
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The carrot ginger soup was good along with their wine but the seafood pot pie was terrible and poorly executed. Also don't go thinking you'll see a great view because you won't.
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  • Flavor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Made a reservation through open table. Did tell the restaurant that I had a handicapped person with our party of four. Got there ten minutes before the reservation time and told them we were earlier and expected to be seated by our reservation time. Had to wait 10 minutes after the reservation time for our table which put stress on my handicapped husband. Service was hit and miss. Got our appetizer of zucchini chips to share with no individual plates for us to put them on. Food is good but a lot of it is deep fried and VERY greasy. I had the Devil's Slide Burger and it was excellent. Zucchini chips and Fries were greasy as was the deep fried chicken. If you like thinks deep fried this is the place to go.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We drove all the way from San Jose to celebrate my grand daughter's birthday and I was quite disappointed that after spending $240.00 I walked away feeling I could of had a better meal at Chili's. I don't think I will be back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food, YES Dessert, NO!
    LUVDINING
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Wonderful service. The meals (there were 5 of us) were all great and way large portions. If I go again No, I mean when I go again I hope I have someone with me willing to share a plate. But, I will not EVER try dessert again! I felt like I was being punished for ordering dessert when I didn't finish my dinner. We ordered the Bourbon Tart. It was awful, the shell was ok a little tough, and the Ice cream and whipped cream on the side were ok, however the Bourbon filling was so bitter and pasty it was not edible. On a good note the waitress did remove the cost of the tart from the bill. As a side comment: It was also very warm inside and very loud, so not a good place for a romantic dinner or intimate conversation place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Little disappointed
    MiddlenameFood
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This is the first time I have eaten here since they moved across the street, location is really lovely. The service seemed very inexperienced, though friendly. The brisket hamburger and garlic fries were really good, though both were served lukewarm. There was a little ramekin of mac n cheese on this plate that was piping hot and really creamy and wonderful. Spouse ordered the skirt steak, also served lukewarm. But the grilled zucchini was hot and grilled to perfection, really flavorful and fresh. We will try dinner here again because the old location was so amazing
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Good time Was Had by all
    Wizard
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We've been dining at Flavor when they first opened at their old location across Hwy 1 from where they are now. The food is fantastic and the views are spectacular. I would recommend making reservations and requesting a window seat with a harbor view.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • smckania
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I was surprised that this restaurant got such good reviews on Yelp. My husband and I were not impressed with the food at all. We ordered the shrimp fritters, which was their special. The fritters were super salty; we could barely finish it. Many Yelp reviewers recommended the "All-In" chowder, so my husband ordered it. It came in a bowl that could feed probably about three people, which may be appealing for some people, but not for us. The chowder was mainly dairy, so it was very filling, and it did not have the fresh seafood taste that chowder should have. I ordered the salmon special. The salmon was overcooked and again, unimpressive. I'm sorry to say, but there are far better places to eat in Half Moon Bay than Flavor.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unexpected delight
    BefoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Excellent menu choices, great wine list. Freshest king salmon, and halibut fish and chips. So good, we almost returned the following night (wish we had)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good!
    DebD
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Love the crostini appetizer. Great burgers and great fish, though the calamari appetizer this time wasn't up to par. We love all of the different aioli sauces and they change often.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love to see that they allow dogs
    gracek
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    food was excellent and love the dog-friendly atmosphere
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good service, bad food
    Larr
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The service was very good. The portions are huge, food was not very good. We had the seafood pot pie and the brisket burger. The pot pie was huge. It tasted like it was made with Campbell's mushroom soup, nutmeg, maybe a hint of saffron and a lot of butter in it and previously frozen veggies added. The crust tasted like it was made from a Pillsbury dough croissant tube, you know the taste. The worst indigestion I had experienced in a long time. The burger was over cooked and came with a load of (tasted like) reheated skinny fries with minced garlic thrown on top, although, the small side of mac and cheese tasted good. We split a ceaser salad (for a split, each portion was huge) although they both had too much sauce.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Slammed was the answer of the day!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Our waitress tried her best to hold the situation together, however, service overall was poor, the constant answer to any request was, "we are slammed tonight" and the food was mediocre. Disappointing!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not bad
    Mobedog
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Locally caught blackened King Salmon was superb. Service was very average. This is a decent choice if you didn't make a reservation at Sam's Chowder House.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good meal
    TafhdydVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Four of us went on short notice and had four different items. All were well prepared, tasty and served hot. Wait staff did a very good job also.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 47 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 254 reviews are from the Flavor reviews archive.
  • Great location and view
    inconnueVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I've always been a fan of Flavors ever since it first opened. This was the first time I've been to their new location, formerly Crab Landing. I knew the view would be phenomenal, but was apprehensive about whether I would like the less cozy setting in their former location across Hwy 1. The menu has changed slightly, with more sophisticated taste vs just the comfort food that I loved. I had the lamb chop special which was phenomenal. My friends had the seafood pot pie, and lemon chicken with potatoes. The kids had customized the mac and cheese with bacon and broccoli, and everyone had a great time after an afternoon of kayaking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not Your Mama's Cooking By The Sea
    MommaTish
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    You'd think a Princeton Harbor locale would dictate a seafood menu. Flavor offers that, but promotes comfort food. Wish I had tried the macaroni and cheese, oh well another time. My friend devoured the pork chop and my skirt steak was divine. We started with the shrimp fritters. Very good. I was so pleased they were able to honor my request for a window seat from my ocean-less dear friend from Arizona. A very lovely dinner indeed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love dining here
    Chickenboo
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Living close to Flavor is a wonderful thing. We dine there frequently and always get great service and the food is awesome as well as the view. This most recent visit we had the worse service we have ever had there. The waiter did not tell us the specials although we heard him tell the table next to ours what the specials were later. Also my husband wanted to order beer but was told that they only serve that at the bar downstairs. Not sure if it is policy for the restaurant to not be able to serve beer that is at the bar downstairs to diners on the upper floor. All of the food is coming from downstairs so why not just also bring the beer up as well. Every other time here has been stellar though!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Server
    NessPurr
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I went to Flavor after my birthday festivities (with my tiara still on.) Food and atmosphere were great. Our server was awesome. Fun personable and on top of it. Definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We Liked it!
    FastEddy
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Food was delicious from the appetizers, entrees and dessert! They also had a really good on-tap beer list and a good wine selection! Ou waiter was very attentive and friendly too!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not what we expected...
    GinaB2646
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Very bad choice for a quiet dinner to celebrate my husband's birthday - very pricey for a very limited menu - most likely will not be returning - our server - Kristin was absolutely wonderful!!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Chef
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Salmon was excellent. Pot pie good but prefer a chicken gravy stock. Tasted more like a beef gravy/stock.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LARGE HELPINGS
    BeverleyVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This restaurant is a favorite of a lot of people. Our first time there as we have our favorites in the area. A very big disappointment. I view this as a quantity not quality type of restaurant. The food is very basic and a lot of it , but really not very good. Salad lacked taste but was huge, Pork Chop was huge, but not tasty and not at all tender. To each his own, but as for us, we pass! I like to give restaurants more than one try just to be fair, but we will not be returning.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good all around
    DanielVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Three of us went there for lunch and had a nice time. The views from the upper level (only level open for lunch) are nice harbor views. We had various burgers and BBQ pork sandwiches with fries and all were freshly made and hot and tasty. Our server was a little off, friendly, just not there when we needed her every time, and we saw her eating her food once while we waiting for her, but she was OK. I will be back for dinner.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • maxine
    maxine
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    The restaurant ambiance is very nice, the location great, the food always fresh and tasty. The crabcakes are excellent. But it is always the people who work at the restaurant that we go back for: it is like going to a friend's place for dinner. You can tell they are happy to work there, they will leave you alone if you want a quiet meal with good service, or they will interact with you in a friendly way. Either way, the service is excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best pork chop ever!
    MiramarVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    ate right to the bone...balsamic that actually sticks to the bread...and perfectly done salmon. what a satisfying dinner!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FLAVOR IS GREAT
    gorgiousgeorge
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Execellent friendly service (from Sarah), good food w/more than ample proportions and fabulous scenery. Hard to beat that combination for any price.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Too bad, so sad
    NinaChews
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We live in HMB and enjoy having regular spots; we've been to Flavor 4 or 5 times in the past 3 weeks hoping it would become one. We went with guests last week and, after all the hype, they too left their plates half uneaten. The service has been consistently bad, 2 nights ago it reached an all time low. Mix that with food, which was inedible (literally, the plate was returned once to be recooked, when it came back I was unable to eat even one bite) we have to cross it off our list. It's unfortunate as the location is pleasant, the views are fun and the potential is there. We've gone to Flavor frequently enough to realize that it's not the place for us. Though it seems so close, it misses the mark by a full plate of cold table bread!
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate