Flea Street Cafe
Flea Street Cafe

Flea Street Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cooleatz.com/
  • Phone: 6508541226
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm,

    Reservations highly recommended.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Carlos Canada / Jesse Cool - Owner
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We have a full service fine dining catering company, offering menus similar to the menu at Flea Street for 50 to 500. Please call 650-325-2068. Our Director of Catering, Emily Martin, will be happy to assist you.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our large party, private dining room can accommodate up to 22 guests. It is available Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 9:30

    The minimum charge for the room is $2500 exclusive of tax and service charge. A special four course menu and wines will be chosen for your event.

    We also have restaurant buy-out capabilities for groups up to 80 people.

    For further information, please email rika@cooleatz.com

    Thank you!
  • Private Party Contact: Rika Zilant 6508541226

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Avy Ave.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Large parking lot located behind the restaurant
A word from Flea Street Cafe
Flea Street has been a Silicon Valley favorite since 1980. The atmosphere is contemporary, sophisticated and inviting, making it the perfect place to meet for cocktails, business meetings and private gatherings. Jesse Ziff Cool, along with her remarkable staff led by Executive Chef Carlos Canada, creates a dining experience that is nurturing, soulful and memorable. The menu is a celebration of the rich Northern California food community: seafood is caught in the nearby Pacific, produce is carefully sourced from local farms, meat is grass-fed or pasture-raised to name just a few. Flea Street offers innovative yet approachable cuisine that showcases the very best of the season. Our lively, yet intimate bar specializes in martinis and unique cocktails using small batch liquors. A large hand-selected wine list features the best of California’s extraordinary vineyards with an emphasis on the local appellation--the Santa Cruz Mountains.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Flea Street Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
162 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.8
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (131)special occasion (111)neighborhood gem (106)romantic (88)notable wine list (36)great for outdoor dining (26)hot spot (13)good for groups (9)vibrant bar scene (8)great for brunch (5)great for lunch (5)kid-friendly (4)late-night find (3)Show More
  • impressive from start to finish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Everything was done so well including service. Appetizers: Heirloom Salad, Grilled Sardines, Daily special Salmon (prepared like salmon sushi plus something that resembles Thai style green papaya salad Mains: Lamb (YUM), Chicken (YUMMMSSS) Dessert: Double Layer Chocolate Cake, Apple Pie, Sweet Corn Panna Cotta
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Anniversary Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We had a fabulous evening at Flea Street to celebrate our first anniversary. The food, service and ambiance were excellent and we really had a special evening. Can't wait to go back. Corkage is steep at $30.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Delicious, the Flea St we love
    scarlettosarahVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We've been to Flea Street many times, and the food is always different and delicious. After having a less-than-ideal experience on our previous visit, the staff went out of their way to make sure that we had a great evening this time. The food didn't disappoint (fall vegetarian tasting in particular was seasonally fresh and a perfect blend of familiar and unfamiliar dishes), and our waiter and the restaurant manager were friendly and attentive. This was the Flea Street we know and love, and we look forward to coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as expected
    KG09
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    This restaurant has great reviews and comes highly recommended but I was disappointed in my meal. I had the halibut and it was ok. The pumpkin soup was good and the apple pie desert was a disappointment. The apple pie was 80% crust, 20% apple. Next time I will order their vegetable platter. Their vegetables were outstanding.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Jennifer
    PaloAltoDiner
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The braised short ribs were amazing! The mushroom ravioli was also very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very disappointing
    AAF1
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Old favorite now sharply changed for the worse. Overpriced, incredibly loud, some dishes ridiculously small, very poor selection of wines by the glass, with incredibly high prices. Years ago, Flea Street was a weekly destination, and an utter delight. Just returned this week, and it bears no resemblance to the charming establishment of the past. Will not be retuning.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • hearing
    deafgirl
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Hi there. The table was perfect for me because I'm hearing impaired, but there were some extremely loud tables on Tuesday night. So even though it was a lovely dinner, I could not hear well. Perhaps next time I'll request an outside table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • our favorite neighbood restaurant
    Quail
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Within walking distance of our house, Flea Street is fabulous. The food, the service -- everything is such a pleasure. We have been fans of Jesse Cool since she ran Late for the Train 30 years ago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Normally a 5* experience, but...
    scarlettosarahVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Not this time. I'll start by saying Flea Street is our goto date night spot, but on our last visit, they were off their A game. Our table was right next to an exit, and parking car headlights shone right into our eyes through the door. My first course was missing a major ingredient, my husband's second course didn't arrive (when our entrees came, we asked, and they brought the second out of order), and we had to ask for another round of drinks (normally the waiters are more proactive/attentive). The food was still great, and they did comp the out of order second. But if it had been my first experience, I'm not sure I'd go back given the headlights and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always magical
    Peninsulalocavore
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Grapes from the owner's garden, cherry tomatoes from the kitchen garden, and refreshing creations with beautiful ingredients. There is always a special twist at Flea Street, as the food is original but not weird. Six people ordered different dishes, and there were no disappointments. I am not a vegetarian, but I often get the vegetarian sampler just to see what lovely things come out from the kitchen. Short ribs, chicken and sardines were standouts on our visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • jimkVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    FSC continues to shine with interesting delicious food. Good indication is that we could have eaten multiple items on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best organic restaurant
    ShellyVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Local food partners and high quality entrees. You also never leave hungry. Very impressed with the decor and ambiance that makes you feel like you're in a an upscale but very friendly environment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently good food
    kyCAVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Food and service have been both notable. I've come back several times this year to Flea Street, and I have been delighted by the food and the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding food,cocktails&service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Wonderful service! OUTSTANDING tomato, peach & burrata salad. Unbelievably good. The avocado cocktail is unusual and wonderful. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • always very homey
    Hallif
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The food is excellent and the service is beyond excellent. I always feel so relaxed when I am there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Outstanding
    AnnieVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We always enjoy our meal at Flea Sreet. The food and the service are just outstanding! This will continue to be our "go to" place to celebrate special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fav peninsula restaurant to date.
    PenNewbies
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We are relocated SF foodies, and we really enjoyed our meals at Flea Street. + Front of house service could be more polished (even with our reservation, they seemed unprepared for our arrival). They should have sent us to the bar for a drink, rather than have us stand around the entry way to listen to them work things out. + the food was excellent, and the server attentive. + even with an 8 p.m. reservation, they ran out of the best sounding desserts on the menu! (So we didn't order dessert). The food was so excellent up to the dessert course that we'll give you one more chance to not run out of the good stuff, Flea Street.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flea street always the BEST!
    NanciVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Jesse Cool, the Owner visits every table. The first small appetizer is always from her backyard!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific food; attentive service
    localfoodie
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Really enjoyed the last couple of meals at Flea Street. Love the neighborhood cafe ambiance, the creative list of mixed drinks, the really terrific food and thoughtful service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • coot
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Food and beverages overall were excellent. We had short ribs, but they weren't quite as flavorful as we experienced in a previous visit. There are several rooms. WE had requested seating in the rear room, but were seated in the front, just by the kitchen. VERY busy and NOISY.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time Dining at Flea Street
    ocegueda
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I'm from the area and have always heard great things about Flea Street but I had never made it in until this last weekend. Reading open table reviews I was expecting some awesome service..... that was not the case. We got seated right away for our reservation. We were greeted by a bus boy with water and the about 5 mins later for the server. Instead of the normal greet, specials and drinks we got I first time? oh nice. Before I tell you about food what do you want to drink? and then throughout the evening we were not checked on. When I needed something I had a wait for a long time just to get someones attention. The service was not "bad" but it wasn't great by any means.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ingredient centered menu
    hungrygranny
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    All organic, local sourced ingredients that change seasonally even daily . lovely, careful preparation to let the flavor of the ingredients shine through. Inauspicious location, and simple, homely interior some might find disappointing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh but pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Fresh food, attractively prepared. The menu has three tiers (first, second, third course), with ascending prices. The second course offerings (which is what we had, given that the third course offerings were priced at $30-$40) were very tasty but portions were small. Located a bit out-of-the-way in Menlo Park.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasty, organic, Californian cuisine
    fcourt
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Excellent place for a tasty dinner, within the area our best pick (not many options for quality food, up there with Evvia). We loved everything, only downside is price as it's not cheap but certainly worth trying. Great attention to detail with a not too formal (but attentive) service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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  • continued excellence
    foodthoughtsVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I have been going to Flea Street a few times a year for very special occasions for more than a decade. We have never been disappointed. The continually changing menu has always been innovative. The food looks and tastes wonderful. The service spectacular. Its amazing they have maintained such a high level of quality for so many years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As always...spectacular
    shmuelyosef
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    This restaurant is our 'go to' for special occasions. At the top of my list for locally sourced awesome food, wine and setting. Always celebrating what is currently in season, from premiere organic suppliers, I have never been less than delighted. My wife and I rarely eat meat, but for some reason we both ordered beef...my wife's short ribs were 'melt in your mouth' and succulent and my filet mignon (first steak I have eaten in years) was prepared perfectly with delicious side dishes (it was the special of the day...these are always a treat).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie
    eatwell
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Food was excellent, fresh, seasonal, and more than creative. It can be noisy, but its part of the lively upbeat ambience. We will certainly return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Whaler
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Absolutely prefect service. Food is delightful. They have special magic with vegetables so that, no matter what you order, the veggies will be the star of the show.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A conversation starter
    Talker
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The best part of the restaurant was the fact that a competent staff and the lack of anoying secondary noise (e.g. music), made it a great place for real conversation, personal or business. This is desired but rare these days. In fact, your questions in section 2 above reflect the latter, as there are no possibility to select a "good for conversation" field, instead it is "vibrant bar scene" or "hot spot"???? A meal is a great occasion for talking business, but not accompanied by an impenetreable wall of noice. The food was tasty, and I applaud the use of fresh, local ingredients. However, my lamb meat balls were fattier than hoped for. A leaner choice of meat would have pushed it to 5 stars for food.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Winelist out of date
    Edwin
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    One of the attractions to this restaurant was the pricing on the winelist displayed by OpenTable. I did notice that there was some inconsistency between it and the wine list on the restaurant's, but figured that the OpenTable list was reliable. Turned out it was not. When I noted that the Ramey Chardonnay was $62 on the OpenTable list as compared to $112 on the restaurant's, our server said "Oh, that OpenTable winelist is at least five years old." So, knock off a couple of stars off the overall value and experience at Flea Street Cafe given its somewhat high price for the Ramey, but a "Poor" rating goes to OpenTable for its outdated wine list. I am rather astounded that this could happen, the more I think about it.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Outstanding
    calialiroseVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Flea Street Cafe is one of the top restaurants on the peninsula and arguably in the Bay Area. The food is locally sourced and prepared with such care so as to honor seasonal flavors. The service is excellent, timely, knowledgeable and friendly. Jesse Cool and her partner and head chef Carlos are consistently excellent and delightfully surprising in their menu selections. Flea also plays as the home turf restaurant to many of the Valley's biggest tech entrepreneurs and hitters so, you might rub elbows with some of the technorati but in an environment that is totally low key and understated. This place is a pleasure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Margaux
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Always a pleasure to return to Flea Street Café as a restaurant that cares about it's organic, local and sustainably sourced ingredients. Presentation every bit as important as the flavors they bring to the palate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BWILD
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Meal was wonderful -- very unusual dishes. Felt like I was eating something new at each course. Lots of good choices, some of the good ones were the prawn/corn salad, filled squash blossoms, lamb meatballs, vegetable sampler (main dish), and the flourless chocolate cake. And we could have eaten more than 2 biscuits each (if we'd had enough room!). Great meal, would definitely come here again. Pricey but you get what you pay for!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Flea street was fantastic!
    Bwhite
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Great local fresh California cuisine, no fuss service. Juliana and staff very courteous, and professional. Will be back for sure
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best dining we've found locally
    Paulie
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Every part of our meal was exceptional; from the seasonal vegetable sampler to the spare rib entre, which cut like butter and was perfectly spiced. We were seated as soon as our reservation time arrived, and Jesse, the owner and head chef, stopped by our table and chatted us up like we were old friends. I suppose they ask everyone, but it was a pleasant surprise to be queried by the wait-staff whether we were celebrating anything (it happened to be our anniversary). For dessert (unordered) they brought us a couple of little cakes with burning candles leaning against each other - just a nice touch. The only thing we thought we might like to change was the stilted, scripted-sounding patter of our waiter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    lxticsVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    I've been coming to Flea Street since it opened back in the 1980s, and it remains completely reliable. Imaginative food, wonderfully presented, and the service is excellent. At least "upstairs," it's even quite enough for a conversation, a rarity these days.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Birthday Dinner
    DiningOut
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    This was our second dinner at Flea Street. We have been very happy with everything about the restaurant both times. The food was great, and the service matched. The menu has just enough variety to make one pause for a while to ponder the choices, but not so many choices as to make it difficult to decide. I had the Salmon special and my wife had the short rib. Both were magnificent, perfectly cooked and delicious. Altogether, we were very pleased with the meal, from the bread served before the meal to the dessert and after dinner drinks. The servers were attentive, but not intrusive and did their best to make the whole evening a great experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Right in our own backyard!
    Sallly
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Flea Street has been open more than 25 years and we just discovered it! We were very impressed with the freshness and presentation of the food. There were four of us and all were happy with their selections. One of our guests was hoping for a steak, so that might be a good addition to the menu. All of us are looking forward to a return visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb
    AndThenVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Flea Street Cafe has been around sine the 80s and has maintained its excellence. The people are lovely, the atmosphere perfect and the food is outstanding. Our favorite restaurant in the Bay Area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely and cute spot
    kyCAVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    I love the fact that Jessie would come by to say hi to her customers. But the wait staff needs a little more training on service. On my last visit, our waitress kept taking away our menus. She removed our menus right after we ordered appetizers. Didn't ask if we wanted to order any entrees. We had to ask to keep our menus. When we mentioned we were ready to order entrees, she took our menus from us before we ordered. We had to tilt our heads to look at the menu while ordering. Are they short on menus? At the end of the night, she placed the (large) bag containing our leftovers right in the middle of our (2-person) table, effectively blocking our views of each other. Better wait staff would go a long way. The food was great though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.