Forum
Forum

Forum

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.forumboston.com/
  • Phone: 8579911831x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner offered daily from 5pm to 11pm
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  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef:
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Our Private Room accomodates up to 25 guests and features a 110" high definition projection screen with Ipad control and multimedia input.
  • Special Events: For private events, please contact info@boston-nightlife-ventures.com, or visit the Open Table Private Dining feature on opentable.com.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: By T: Green Line, Copley Stop
    Taxis service easily accessible.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Street Parking, Public Lot
A word from Forum
Located in the heart of the Back Bay, FORUM Bar & Restaurant boasts two distinct floors, two bars, a cafe space with outdoor patio, and a 1300 bottle wine cellar. On the first floor, guests are invited to socialize around front bar, featuring a selection of seasonal signature cocktails, house infused vodkas, glycol-cooled beer drafts and our exquisite selection of bar bites. Our seasonal patio offer alfresco dining in a casual setting. Upstairs, our intimate martini bar provides a private ambiance. Our dining room is elegantly appointed, designed to provide a romantic atmosphere. The dining room offers unobstructed views of glitzy Boylston Street and provides several options for private parties.
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Forum reviews from OpenTable diners
49 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (17)special occasion (15)great for outdoor dining (15)vibrant bar scene (11)fit for foodies (10)neighborhood gem (10)hot spot (9)romantic (8)great for brunch (7)scenic view (6)late-night find (6)great for lunch (4)notable wine list (4)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Very good food; excellent service
    JoeMVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Selected Forum as a result of reviews in Open Table. Food was very good, everyone enjoyed their meal. Casey took care of us at the table and provided excellent service and advice with dinner selections. Overall a very good dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best part of the night
    pauline
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We went to Forum (4 women) prior to the Tom Petty concert in Fenway - perfect location for a meal prior to a show/game, etc. Took a pedi-cab from Forum to Fenway so not too far. The food and drink were fabulous - 4 different meals and 4 very pleased people - not an easy feat! large portions, friendly waiter, nice decor - overall, a great spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Food
    HGC24VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We dined here recently and loved it. The mussel appetizer was out of this world. The sauce was perfect. We had sauvignon blanc wine and that was very crisp and delicious. The steak, the risotto and everything was perfect. The atmosphere is beautiful also. I would recommend it.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We had a reservation for 8 people, it was a special occasion,we had tickets to the Red Sox game @ 1330, so we chose this restaurant for the location. They seemed uneasy when we arrived but had a table ready. One person in the group ordered hot tea with milk when we ordered drinks, it did not arrive with the other drinks, had to be requested a second time, and then the water was cold and they never brought the milk. When we spoke to the waitress she bristled and then said she was the only one server and there was a big party upstairs and she was really very busy. She could have said that in the beginning, it then could be our decision to stay or not. She could also not get 2 AMEX gift cards to work. Overall very disappointing.
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  • Ok food, price is high
    bees
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    A bit overpriced but the portions were large and well prepared.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Time
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had a wonderful evening at Forum. It was a Saturday evening, we had just arrived at 5pm, reservations at 7pm. The place was not packed and there were plenty of tables, but we had a drink at the bar. The bartender was very nice, opened a new bottle of wine for us, and asked us to try it before we said yes. Dinner was equally as nice, the waiter was great. Food was yummy!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceeded Expectations!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The upstairs dining space is absolutely beautiful. We were seated promptly at a table overlooking Boylston Street and ordered a few cocktails to start. Both delicious. Our server was very knowledgeable about the food and described the Mussels and Halibut as two of his favorites. We ended up trying both and splitting the strip steak as well. We took our time and got a bottle of wine and never felt rushed. Great date night!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Forum is a must!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I recently came here for dinner on a first date! We arrived early so we decided to have drinks at the bar. Whenever I go out, I always love to try original cocktails- my mind was blown. Their version of a cosmo was outstanding. I also loved that I didnt notice I was waiting. Good music, great cocktails, and soon after a nice hostess sat us downstairs in a booth. Again, whenever I'm out, I always ask the waitress what their favorite item on the menu is. The lovely waitress suggested the halibut for me and scallops for my date. Perfect portions and beautiful dish. The waitress overheard us talking about it being our first date and bought us a dessert after the meal. Very attentive and thoughtful. Will be back again on a second date hopefully.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, 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
  • Sweatbox
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Forum was a disappointing experience. The pictures on their website looked nothing like the actual restaurant. We asked to be seated outsider hen we made the reservation.. It was a warm summer evening in July in Boston. The website implied there was a garden out back. The outdoor seating was actually very cramped area on the sidewalk. The food was ok. The service was good, but then it started to rain half way through our meal and we had to move inside. We noticed that the other restaurants in the area had awnings , and were much more attractive to boot, so the patrons could stay outside. Inside the Forum restaurant there was poor lighting, no air conditioning, noisy.
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  • Terrible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I chose this restaurant because it had gotten good reviews. Initially we sat outside which was nice however there were some sprinkles and we moved inside. Inside was terribly muggy. They had to have fans on the floor and chairs I don't think they had an AC or the AC wasn't working. There was no apology or even acknowledgment of the heat. We were literally sweating sitting in the chairs and had to ask to have a fan pointed towards us. As far as the food, we started with the muscles which were actually the best thing that we had. I had the halibut which was dry and overcooked. My dates filet steak was overcooked as well. We ordered a nice bottle of red wine. However, it came out far too warm. I would not recommend this place to anyone.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Great location and service. Lamb chops were delicious. Pork chop was over cooked. Cookie/ice cream dessert was worth the 12 min wait!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great experience
    DiningoutVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    This evening I opted for something light and to try something new. The cheese and steak rolls were excellent, and the service was outstanding. The only problem I experienced was with the temperature, the air-conditioning is out in the entire building, which is rough on a hot summer day. Fortunately, the water was flowing and the staff was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A solid experience
    DiningoutVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    After some difficulty with the hostess in ensuring I was seated only to learn my reservation was cancelled after being seated, the rest of the experience was very good except the fact there was no air-conditioning in the entire building. I had tried this venue on the previous day and had good results during a World Cup game. They kept the water and drinks flowing. I only hope their insurance covers a loss of business, should there be one during the oppressive heat. Everyone around me seemed to be enjoying their selections and mine was great, the fresh peach fried pie was outstanding. If you are seated at the bar be sure to ask for Jose, he is a great asset to the establishment.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    2 of us had 4 small plates + wine. All were delicious. Did not try a large plate, but, certainly looked very good, and other diners ate them w relish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MPOTVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Fantastic food with friendly, attentive service as always!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great location, disappointing food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Went to Forum for Father's Day brunch and arrived 5 minutes early. The doors were locked and we were told they were still setting up. We were the first seated that day and when our food came it was all cold despite being the first meals served out of the kitchen. I got smoked salmon and eggs over potato pancakes which were mushy, cold and undercooked inside. We had to ask for ketchup and salt and pepper which took several minutes to arrive. As we were finishing brunch we saw all of the tables sat after us receiving beautiful complimentary pastry baskets which we were never offered. The location is great, the decor is gorgeous and I really want to see this place make it but they have to step up the service and food to compete in Back Bay.
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  • Delicious lamb!
    Jem06dVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Wonderful restaurant that was a little less pricey than surround competitors. Lamb was absolutely excellent, short & sweet wine list, great portions of food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful!!!!
    Randolphdad
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Beautiful decor, Wonderful Brunch both eggs and salads, Great Service and reasonable
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    We had a fairly large party and went for brunch. The food was good. It was not crowded, which was great. We had a very nice, large table. Our waiter was attentive, yet he also left us alone, which was a good thing. we really wanted to spend a lot of time talking, and we were able to! WE did not feel rushed to leave; just what we wanted!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Comfort Food
    zuzuni
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Food was very good - we had a party of 8 and everyone was very happy with their meal. Service was very slow, and restaurant was not even half full. Will definitely go back, believe the service was a one-time fluke. The restaurant is beautiful, well laid out. The bars on both floors are fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic service
    Fatty12
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Went here for a special dinner after my graduation. The service was FANTASTIC and the food was even better.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 287 reviews are from the Forum reviews archive.
  • Great mothers day
    IndustryInsider
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Food was very good, atmosphere was nice and unique. One of our parties food came later and the server was very quick to offer a complementary drink as an apology. We really appreciated that. Over all it was very nice. We will come back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor service and average food
    BackBayNativeVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I used to love Forum. I went back in December and had a mediocre lunch, including some steak and cheese spring-rolls that were far too deeply fried. We went again for dinner on Friday night. The food has gone way downhill - the mushroom gnocchi was flavorless (and covered in filler vegetables where it hadn't become soggy). The brick chicken was dry and overcooked. The halibut was bland. The scallops were ok, but and came out cold, as did the lobster chowder. The service was horrible - it took 10+ minutes to reheat the soup, and the waitress forgot my order entirely, brought the wrong thing, and never admitted it was a mistake (took another 10 minutes). "TGI Fridays at twice the price" according to one person in our party.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brunch and People Watching
    Louvrelover
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Took some out of town friends to brunch on a Sarurday afternoon. First of all: How great to find someplace that does brunch on Sunday! It was a warm and sunny day, and we sat by the windows, which were open. It was pretty noisy, since we had the sights and sounds of Boylston Street on a Saturday afternoon, but we expected it and just spoke louder! I had am the house special omelette. It was very good, with roasted potatoes on the side. Others in my party had the chicken sandwich, pancakes, tomato soup with grilled cheese, and a salad with strawberries. All the food was tasty, beautifully served, and the portions were nice sized. Our server was attentive and happily adjusted a couple of modifications to our meal. I'll be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, good food
    luvstxVIP
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    We met a friend who was visiting from out of town and staying at the Sheraton. I chose Forum as I wanted to give them support given all they suffered through during Marathon '13. It was a good choice. The hostess staff was very friendly and our waitress was very attentive. When we first arrived, there was a large group in the bar area and it was quite noisy so I was afraid we'd have trouble hearing each other. But once we got settled into our booth, I didn't notice the din. We liked our food but I have to say that I thought the halibut portion was very small. We would definitely go back.
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  • Great brunch.
    foodforthought
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We met out of town friends for brunch and it was great. Clean plates all around! My husband and I also enjoy delicious liquid brunch too! The prices were very reasonable as well.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Our server was wonderful. She was attentive, accommodating, and informative. The food was delicious and portions were a perfect size.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, for what was available
    LME12
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We arrived early and were seated right away, which was great. We had a nice large space in the upstairs dining area and we appreciated it since we had our 6 month old in tow. The big disappointment was that we were told a large portion of their menu was unavailable due to seasonality. Half of their beers on tap weren't in stock, and at least half a dozen menu items. It left only a handful of dishes to choose from. Luckily once we received our food, it was delicious and well cooked. Service was great also. It would be helpful if they had at least a little area available in the bathroom for changing children.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing exceptional
    SEfoodieVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    After wanting to dine at Forum since it opened, I finally made it in recently. We were greeted at the door and promptly brought to a table upstairs (our choice as the first floor lounge area was very active). What followed was a good, average dining experience. The service was OK - friendly, mostly prompt, and attentive. The menu had a decent variety but they were out of several items early in the evening, and the drinks OK. The food was OK as well but nothing stood out as noteworthy. The halibut was delicious and cooked perfectly but the risotto was loaded with sausage and barely had any lobster. The dinner rolls were what you see at large scale banquets - boring. Not a bad experience overall but not worth the price.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Okay food - great service
    DelishDish08
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    I went to Forum to support them on the anniversary of the bombings. Here's the good and the bad. The GOOD: The service was great. My lamb chops were great. The Israeli couscous and Rice pilaf were amazing. The Bacon wrapped shrimp were to die for. The BAD: The grilled eggplant has a funny aftertaste. The scallops were undercooked and tasted bad. The music was way too loud for 7pm. On the first floor they only have high tops. It's really uncomfortable if you're short. I'm 5' tall and my dad is 5'7". We were both uncomfortable and they didn't have any other tables to switch us to. If you want a cool place to stand around and grab a drink with friends, then this would be a great spot. But for a family dinner, it's really not ideal.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easter Brunch on Boylston
    Steph
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    In hindsight, going to Boylston St the day before the marathon probably wasn't the smartest of moves, but the experience was great! Although it was a beautiful day, the restaurant itself was a little dark for my taste, but probably helped for other people to see the one or two TV's in the back. Food was great, drinks were ok (a little sweet for my taste), and brunch was very fun. I'd recommend it as a moderate value, but nothing to write home about.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Forum with a Heart
    Perkins
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We went to The Forum as a gesture of support because of The Boston Marathon tragedy. Their comeback is laudable. The food was very good, though I believe on the day we went (two days before the race) they were in a terrible rush to prepare everything. The service, however was very good despite the size of the crowds. The restaurant is beautiful and the staff is wonderful.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A great dinner with a great view
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We tried Forum after seeing an afternoon show at the Opera House. We had an early reservation so the restaurant was not crowded because it was only 6:00pm. We were seated on the second floor overlooking Boylston Street. The food was great! We started with the mussels. My dinner companion had the Halibut served over lobster risotto. It was fantastic. I had the Scallops that were a special that evening. The service and the meal were really great and I would recommend Forum to anyone who loves really well prepared food.
    Special Features:
    Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Forum was a great dining experience
    Frank
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Great food, good wine/beer selection, excellent service, what a great experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Experience
    bdaydinner
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    I took my husband to Forum for his birthday on a Friday night. The staff was accommodating, attentive, and extremely professional. The food was delicious. My husband got the wild boar pasta dish, and it rivaled that of which we had in Italy. For dessert we enjoyed the peanut butter chocolate cheesecake (as they were out of their typical coconut cheesecake). I was thrilled with the substitution! It was amazing. After dinner we went down to the bar for a drink. It was busy enough to create a fun atmosphere, but not so crowded that we couldn't get a seat. I would definitely go back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service
    BIB28VIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    I have been to Forum a few times for both lunch and dinner. The food and service is always really good. I had the steak and cheese egg rolls and lobster chowder. Very filling and I took my leftovers home. The number of times I have gone, the place has been emptier than expected for the times I have been there. The meals are in the $25-$40 range and the wine is on the expensive side. I feel this place would excel even more if they offered some inexpensive options - especially during happy hour or on the first floor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice restaurant and good food
    AnneVIP
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Nice restaurant and good food but not for Sunday morning brunch. It seems to be something new that they are doing but they are not yet together on this especially when seated downstairs.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had a really good time.
    Dani
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We had a really good time. just a great place with great food.
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  • Will be back again
    Laura
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    I made a reservation for dinner with two friends on a Friday night. It was surprising not crowded upstairs, although the bar looked busy downstairs. We ordered an appetizer and salad to split and then entrees. I had one of the specialty cocktails and it was perfection. All the food was delicious. I will be back again with my husband sometime soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • "Meh" at best
    Michael
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    I have been to this restaurant in the past and loved it. Went back after a while and the food was INCREDIBLY bland. The waiter came over and saw that both of our plates were practically full still and didn't ask if everything was alright, nor did he ask if we wanted it boxed up. Granted, we didn't want it boxed up because it was just so "blah" but still... For the money, I was beyond disappointed and will never go back.
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