Fontana at the Biltmore Hotel
Fontana at the Biltmore Hotel

Fontana at the Biltmore Hotel

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.biltmorehotel.com/dining/fontana.php
  • Phone: 3054458066x2407
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast Daily: 6:30am - 11:30am; Lunch Daily: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Dinner Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Giuseppe Galazzi
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: Large parties up to 30 guests for Courtyard Dining.
  • Private Party Contact: Raquel Alaniz 3054458066x2407
  • Entertainment: Live Jazz in the Biltmore Bar each night!
  • Special Events: Large group menus available

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Granada
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Hotel self parking and private lot also available.
A word from Fontana at the Biltmore Hotel
Enjoy Mediterranean Cuisine at its best in the Fontana, our resort casual grille featuring outdoor dining in a tropical fountain centered courtyard or indoor seating surrounding and open kitchen with a wide variety of specialties.
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Fontana at the Biltmore Hotel reviews from OpenTable diners
91 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (62)special occasion (52)romantic (51)fit for foodies (29)notable wine list (25)scenic view (24)great for lunch (24)neighborhood gem (23)great for brunch (23)good for groups (20)kid-friendly (6)late-night find (4)hot spot (3)Show More
  • Jason A R
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    No need to go back, good and service were just ok, not worth the cost, Buggati's would have been a much better choice. Few blocks away
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  • marvelous!
    WandaC
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The biltmore hotel is a beautiful, breath taking, historical landmark. Can't help but feel like the rich and famous when walking through the lobby. The attention from the staff is phenominal. Absolutely wonderful place to eat. Food was delish!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We love Fontana at the Biltmore. My husband and I always have a great evening whenever we dine at the Fontana. So far, we have never been disappointed.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • RS423453a
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The salmon tartare appetizer was amazing. I was so pleasantly surprised by it, having no previous expectation of Fontana coming in. I knew I wasn't eating at Palm D'or, but at a place at the Biltmore it should probably be pretty good. The salmon tartare was truly a 'wow' culinary bite for the palate. However the main entrée ribeye steak was such a let down. It was like having to cut shoe leather. My hands were tired from cutting after the meal from the toughness. It was flavorful yes, but I can't ever remember having to work so hard to cut a piece of meat. I should have sent it back...and probably would have if the server had asked me how the meal was after I tried it. However I wasn't asked until after we completed our meals.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner at La Fontana
    Greatfood12
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The Biltmore Hotel is beautiful. I had the Miami Spice. Good choices . The only issue is that we had to wait for about 20 minutes for a waiter to come by our table . It was a birthday occasion as well & it was mentioned but no action was taken by the restaurant . But it was a good overall experience ...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    THE miami SPICE MENU WAS VERY GOOD,AND THE SERVICE TOO.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just lovely
    Porcherie
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    With the advantage of Miami Spice, a luncheon for 7 ladies was within our budget and was enjoyed by all. The courtyard of the wonderful old Biltmore is a venue unique in Florida with an extensive and fascinating history. In the winter, dining outside is a delightful experience. On our recent visit however, the summer heat made dining inside the only sensible choice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beautiful Birthday Lunch!
    tpernas
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    What a memorable place to take someone for that special occasion. The ambiance, delicious food and excellent service made our aunt's 70th birthday celebration perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lunch Plus
    4everonvacation
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    At lunch we use the Miami Spice especial. More than one waiter gave us a very nice welcome to the restaurant which was a very good start. They were very attentive to accommodate our table exactly where we requested etc. The service was all times outstanding with a strong attention to details. We never needed to call to get the wine served or water, it seemed that they were able to read our minds. The food was delicious, my mother tried the soup to start and it was really tasty and good temperature. The three of us ordered for main course, the scallops and we didn't regret our selection it was amazing also the beet risotto, for dessert the pannacota was a good ending to our amazing meal, I will definitely return to Fontana.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beautiful dining experience
    JBailey
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We went to Fontana with a 6pm reservation (when they opened) when the sun was not too hot, very pretty (romantic) patio setting. Excellent food, restaurant staff was frequently at our table to serve us. Fan to keep away mosquitos was nice touch.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Puts "special" in special occasion
    LCRFla
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Took my husband to Fontana for his birthday, and I could not have picked a more beautiful place. The Miami Spice menu offered from August 1st thru September 30th makes this a fantastic deal to try out a very fancy restaurant at a more affordable rate. Granted, after adding in a bottle of wine, upgrading the dinner selection, and a couple of cappuccinos with dessert it was not a "cheap date", but then you are still getting an amazing experience, from the food, to the ambience, to the impeccable service, for a great deal. The waitstaff was utterly professional and yet still engaging and friendly, nothing snobby about service at all, adding to the great night overall. You simply cannot put a price on the experience you are given, so worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food. Poor Service
    jo6359
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Service was inattentive. We were a party of 4 -3 of us having dinner from the Miami Spice menu. . Upon finishing our appetizers we had to wait an additional 25 minutes for our entrees to arrive. 2X the manager inquired if we needed something and we all brought it to his attention regarding the poor service. and the need for lemons, His response was " as you can see we are very busy" . My group eats at high end restaurants weekly. . As GREAT as the food was the poor service didn't make up for the inattentive and poorly trained wait staff. I BELIEVE GOOD FOOD AND GOOD SERVICE WILL MAKE GUESTS RETURN. We didn't have an opportunity to order coffee until the desserts were already delivered. Still tipped over 20 %.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed!
    foodie4moodie
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    First off my husband's dinnerware was filthy to the point that he said he had never seen it that bad. We had two waiters, one of them had filthy nails which I noticed while he was pouring my water. Out of the three miami spice menu the only two things I liked were the lamb meatballs and the tiramisu. The pork shank had an odor that didn't allow me to enjoy. Our main waiter did come around often to see how everything was and was attentive. Getting the check took a little longer. I guess this is the opportunity that the Miami Spice event gives us to try restaurants that we haven't before in order to find the ones that we continue to patron but this one will not be one of them. On the plus side the location is beautiful!
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  • Fantastic Fontana
    Highwayonmyplate
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    From the time the Hostess seated us, we were attended with such care and warmth. The server was attentive, prompt and the food was exquisite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    It is not what you expect from a 5 stars hotel restaurant, We went to try the Miami Spice Menu and it was OK nothing spectacular... On the other hand, service was good at the beginning but when it came to pay the check there was nobody around to bring it! I wouldn't recommend it to my friends because it's not worthy!
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  • Disappointing
    Sdtfoods
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We went for Miami Spice Menu and it was really disappointing. We were in four so we taste almost every dish. For appetizer the burrata I buy at the supermarket is better, the pork belly was just a thin bacon. For entree the ossobuco was good, but the pasta my husband couldn't eat. The desserts were low average. But maybe I can't judge from Miami Spice menu!
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  • Pretty spot. OK food.
    YummyVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Compared with most hotel dining (dinner, that is), Fontana is excellent, and the Italian Riviera atrium setting is extraordinary. However, given the many alternative options in town that are so much better for dinner (albeit absent the beautiful setting), the food and service at Fontana is only "good." The Sunday brunch on the other hand is something special. Hotel guests should not hesitate to choose Fontana for any meal; however, if you have access to wheels (or are up to a long leisurely walk), consider checking out the many options in downtown Coral Gables.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    Onix
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Food, server (Hilda), ambience, location, service exceeded my expectations!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful evening!
    noclue08
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We ate at Fontana late on a Monday night, after missing our reservation time twice due to traffic and rain. We were greeted and taken right to our table. The staff were professional and very attentive. Three of us ordered off the Miami Spice menu, and were not disappointed - the food was absolutely delicious, the wine recommendation very good, and we were not rushed in any way. It was a great meal and a great evening - a definite place to return to. The kind of excellence you would expect from a restaurant in the Biltmore was delivered!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good But Overpriced
    JSpiegelVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Fontana is a lovely restaurant with indoor as well as outdoor dining. It is upscale Italian with a variety of choices. The quality is very good, atmosphere pleasant and staff excellent. It is overpriced, however. We spent more for dinner for two with 2 drinks each and one dessert plus breakfast the next day than we spent on our junior suite. Breakfast was especially spendy: 2 juice, 2 coffee, 2 toast, 1 omelette, 2 poached eggs= $80. That's almost over the top.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Ate like a king, free parking, and staff was amazing Great waiters and staff, I couldn't believe everyone was so friendly and food was great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • A gem in Coral Gables
    ronmiami
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Exceellentbfood quality , great menu choices, fresh ingredients, super zealous and nice staff
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dalton
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Excellent restaurant in Miami, inside in Summer, outside in Winter
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous pre-theatre dining!
    LynnVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    You will feel like you have escaped to a lovely courtyard in Italy! The beautiful fountain surrounded by exotic orchids makes this restaurant a special place. The service is impeccable and the menu superb. We enjoyed the seafood salad appetizer, packed with lobster, mussels, squid and shrimp, immensely. This was followed by the tender grilled octopus entrée, which was perfectly prepared. The banana accented Crème Brulee was an extra treat. We had plenty of time to relax over coffee before heading over to the adjacent Gable Stage for an excellent production of "The Whale". Overall, I can't imagine a more perfect evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fontana at the Biltmore
    Sal62
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our Miami Spice lunch.. The service was excellent and the food exceptional. We would defintely visit again even if not for Miami Spice. The waiter Alex was very attentive and saw to our empty water glasses immediately. We didn't feel rushed or harried to finish lunch and leave. Everyone was very accomodating... BRAVO!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything and more!
    YummyVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    It's the Biltmore so of course we were expecting it to be wonderful but it was even better! The food was superb. The ossobuco was delicious and the mashed potatoes were like heaven! The black and white lobster pasta was fantastic. The chocolate mousse cake was like biting into an airy delight that wasn't too sweet or too bitter - just perfect !
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Miami Spice
    CoralGablesGem
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Ossobuco was very nice! Deserts were both excellent!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our dining experience
    Barbara08
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The service is exemplary and the wine list was great. The cocktails were very good as well as the beet carpaccio appetizer. However the bream fist and pastas were unimaginative and bland. The chocolate dessert was above par but the creme bruleé was just that...a creme bruleé
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything We Expected
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We were looking for an "away from the crazy loud crowds" for a nice mellow dinner for four where we could talk and laugh and tell stories and not be rushed. The food was very good, especially considering the relatively low prices. I had an app, entrée and dessert at about $40. We had cocktails and wine so our bill was much higher but $40 for three courses is a bargain. Fontana has a beautiful outdoor dining area that would be perfect except the temperature, humidity and mosquitos on the particular night we were there made an inside table a much better choice. Save some time to walk around the hotel and be impressed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Miami Spice Nice
    Miamifoodie
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Fontana's Miami Spice menu is deliciously creative and a great value. The house-made breads and lamb meatball appetizer were enough for a meal in themselves, and then came the meltingly tender braised pork shank with rosemary potatoes, followed by a cherry ricotta cheesecake on biscotti crust. Service was friendly and attentive on a rainy afternoon, and my friend and I left with enough food for another meal - but no leftover dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    All food was well presented, very tastefull and enjoyed by all three of us. We were guests at The Biltmore and had dinner with my relative who lives in the area. We stay at the hotel every year and make it a point to dine at Fontana, it never disappoints. Thank you
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's 50th Birthday!
    CHernandez
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Amazing, amazing experience. Service was excellent with perfect timing. He had a big group and everybody had a great time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pasta Night
    DelishVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Great Thursday special, Pasta night is awesome . 13 dollars for pasta wow. And great service and food. Flavors and hummm great Al Dente pasta. Plus full menu too. Great ribeye steak and CARPACCIO wow. Ambience and place perfect of course the Biltmore.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wonderful dinner
    diningadelight
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    My husband and I celebrated my birthday and had a wonderful dinner. We had previously gone in January for our anniversary. In the winter, you can sit outside and the ambiance is very romantic and beautiful. The service was attentive without being overbearing. They delighted us with a complementary dessert, which was delicious. I would strongly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pleased
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Met our expectations for top quality food and service. Price very reasonable for what you get. Plan to return more often.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • not worth the high cost
    dinnerout
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I ordered the main lobster special with black ink pasta. I got a mail lobster that was whole, not even the claws were cracked. After pointing the issue out to the server, he brought me a tool for me to use. I was not in jeans a bbq, and felt odd going through the process in white linen jump suit. The service left much to be desire, the meal a total disappointment. Would go back for a drink, that's all.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MrLeeVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Everything was wonderful! We had dinner before the fireworks display on the 4th of July and returned for dessert after the presentation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    Cortesc
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    The service was very slow so you have to be willing to wait. Waitress very personable but slow to come back to see if you need anything. Kitchen was slow but it was a holiday weekend. Breakfast was a disaster had to keep looking for waitress never came back after served.
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Biltmore should be on yr bucketlist
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Excellent service, great food (try the lemon sorbet!!), positive ambience.. But the best of it all is the grand building of the Biltmore that makes this one of the most incredible dinners you will ever have!
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    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • THANKS AGAIN
    DRBBVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    THANKS FOR THE ROMANTIC TABLE DIRECTLY IN FOUNTAIN VIEW WOW!!!!! UNFORTUNATELY THE NOISE FROM THE SECOND FLOOR "QUINCE" PARTY CANCELLED ALL THAT OUT.WE VERY MUCH APPRECIATED BEING COMPENSATED FOR THAT INCONVENIENCE. WOULD HAVE PREFERRED THE CARPACIO A BIT MORE TENDER AND A FEW MORE PASTA CHOICES- PERHAPS ONE WITH EGG PLANT SAUCE. THE BRANZINI PRESENTATION WAS THE BEST ANYWHERE. VERY MUCH LOOK FORWARD TO THE NEXT VISIT.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic