French Meadow Cafe & Bluestem Bar
French Meadow Cafe & Bluestem Bar

French Meadow Cafe & Bluestem Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://bluestembarandtable.com/
  • Phone: 6128707855x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Breakfast: Monday - Thursday: 6:30am - 2:00pm

    Breakfast: Friday- Sunday: 6:30am - 3:00pm


    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm,
    Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, American
  • Executive Chef: George Lohr
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 26th Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Bluestem now has two parking lots adjacent to the North and South sides of the building for your convenience.
A word from French Meadow Cafe & Bluestem Bar
Extended patio now open! We are an urban watering hole where carnivores, vegans, & vegetarians can free range together serving wine with a conscience, 16 local craft taps, artisan & organic food pairings. We offer a range of innovative dessert & pastry items that are traditional, gluten free, & vegan.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
French Meadow Cafe & Bluestem Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
88 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (52)fit for foodies (47)great for brunch (28)great for lunch (25)good for groups (21)special occasion (21)great for outdoor dining (20)romantic (18)kid-friendly (11)notable wine list (10)hot spot (9)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Healthy and beautiful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    In my experience it's challenging to find great dining with salad offerings that are large enough to satisfy my desire for lots of greens. After a hiatus from French Meadow for a long while because I thought they took my old favorite (a large Ceasar, over-the-counter) off the menu, I returned to celebrate my birthday. It was a wonderful surprise to be able to order a fancy, delicious sandwich, AND a side salad that was in fact quite large. The new ambiance (in the Blue Stem area), with curvy booths, was also a happy surprise. Just how lovely and beautiful it was, made me intend to return. The only improvement I'd like is even less noise and sound in the room. It's a priority to me to be able to talk and listen with voices easily audible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • French Meadow Cafe - Minneapolis
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The brunch menu was enticing with so many items that I want to go back and try more. Tough to make a choice. I ate like I hadn't eaten in a month! Everything was absolutely delicious. Loved the cinnamon roll, the breakfast croissant, the hashbrowns were perfect, the hot chocolate incredible, and the yogurt/granola/fruit parfait yummy. Atmoshphere was warm and attractive. Our waiter was attentive and fun. We really enjoyed our first experience at French Meadow!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Up to Par
    SlatsVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Menu on OpenTable is not updated so the meal I wanted to order is no longer available. Same for the wine. Prices on wine have increased and they don't even provide a vintage for the bottles they do have. Our meals came while we were eating our appetizers and the mussel shells sat on the table while we ate our dinner. We always enjoyed French Meadow but it seems to be going downhill.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice brunch spot
    TeamRachel
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Several reviews complain about giving your order at the counter and then having to find a seat. The Cafe has finessed this by having table service at the attached Bluestem Cafe. We had a booth and a great conversation, excellent service and very good food. Only disappointment was that the tomatoes in the special omelette were canned. Perhaps they have trouble getting organic fresh tomatoes, but it was mid October, and I would have thought they could still be had at the Farmers' Market. If not, why have them in the omelette? Use red peppers instead.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • French Meadow on Friday 10/17
    psonnen33
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We have been to French Meadow a few times and it is always good food and service. This is our first visit since they expanded. The new bar area is very comfortable and energetic. We try something new every visit. Food is good here but not spectacular but it is a good value. We ordered an appetizer that we did not get served. Service was very fast and we had plenty of food so we did not ask for it and it was not on our bill. They have some unique cocktails on their menu - the one I tried was awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place.
    nickname
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Blue Stem is the best combination of healthy, delicious, and has awesome portion sizes that actually fill you up. Dishes I've tried and loved so far: curry with chicken, the zen salad (maybe the best salad ever. not a wimpy salad), and I asked for the steak sandwich in a salad from with saurkraut it was so good. Love the atmosphere. Super cute, not too loud, not to quiet. Perfect for dates, family dinners, girls nights.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will be back
    thatsemms
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Group of 4 went for brunch on a Sunday morning. Quiche was pretty good. Egg benny can be better. Love the organic coffee. You can order from their bakery if you want.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • weekday lunch
    Explorer59
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    A good place for week day lunch. Not as crowded as during weekends. They also have a decent selection of glutin free food.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect setting for us
    Bubbles
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    We were a small group of 5 and I was happy when we were seated at a round table with banquette seating. My vegan niece cleaned up her veggie burger. My husband is still raving about the duck although the trout had been his first choice; they didn't have trout that evening. 😟. My steak sandwich was good enough, but I think I'll have the walleye next time. The gin and tonic was weak and I should have said something. I am eager to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Bluestem Bar and Table is vegetarian/vegan friendly. Several good options for meat-free dining on all parts of the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow But Pretty Good
    hgdinerVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We've been to the French Meadow many times but this was the first time in the full-service restaurant and, I believe, the first time for dinner. My conclusion is that it's a better breakfast, brunch, lunch restaurant than dinner restaurant. The menu is a little contrived (although, of course, it's all about healthy and vegetarian offerings which they do quite well), the food was solid but not outstanding and the service was incredibly slow. Our server did a fine job and they did acknowledge the slow service by buying us dessert but we would have preferred simply having our food served in a more timely way - especially since we had salads, etc.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not impressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We went here for our anniversary and picked it because it was highly rated, it had several gluten free selections and outdoor seating. The waitress acted uninterested and dismissive. My husband really liked the "rachel" sandwich. I got chicken and it was tough, but edible. Great ambiance. Prices average. I might go again someday, but wouldn't rush back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not what it use to be
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We hadn't been to the French Meadow in a while & I must say it's not anything like what it use to be. The food was really disappointing. With the cheese plate being ok however we both had sandwiches & they were very mediocre at best. Although we had reservations & it was not very busy, they sat us way in the back where the serious was horrendous. All in all I would not run back here in that both the food & service was not good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Understaffed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    My server was exceptional, despite how clearly understaffed the restaurant was. The bartender, which I understood to also be very overworked, however, did not provide the quality of service my server later provided that I would have expected. I was having a drinking waiting for my table to be cleared and for my friend to join me. Not only did it take the bartender 25 minutes to ask me if I wanted anything to drink, he was flat and not very personable or interested in trying to meet my needs (to order 1 drink).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BEST brunch menu
    rchrisVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    About 30 "breakfast" items on the menu! Noise level however very high when crowded plus they add background music that makes it worse.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely Brunch Experience
    Romapu
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Making reservations for a brunch time on Saturday was easy and, despite the fact that there was a line out the door when we arrived, our table was promptly ready and waiting for us. The Blue Stem bar was lively but we were able to carry on a conversation without having to raise our voices and were seated comfortably in a round booth. We enjoyed our server who had a relaxed manner and all of our dishes were prepared beautifully. The wait time for food was about as long as it typically takes at other busy or upscale restaurants, and we enjoyed having a little extra time to talk. Overall, we enjoyed the food and experience at French Meadow in Minneapolis and would recommend to any group looking for a unique brunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Something for all appetites
    AfoodiesincebirthVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    One of us was hungry, the other not so much. We both left satisfied. The caramelized brussels sprouts in particular were delicious--perfect for a late summer day that felt like fall.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fun place to celebrate
    sherlock
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had guests in from out-of-town who appreciate good food and look for vegetarian/local food options. This was a perfect fit. Wait staff was prompt, courteous and attentive. Only negative was that the background music (not live) was so loud as to make conversation a bit challenging. We asked that it be adjusted, and it was some.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Outdoor Space
    cls2013VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We very much enjoyed our experience at French Meadow/Bluestem. Keep up the good work.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Betty
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The beet salad was outstanding, the duck was good. The mussels where tasty, however, just to salty. Overall, it was a good experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always great food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    If your with a big group I definitely recommend getting reservations at Bluestem. Same menu as French Meadow, but you are guaranteed a table when you want to. French Meadow is order at the counter and seat yourself; can get very busy especially at peak breakfast/brunch time. Great food though, especially for people with food allergies/intollerances.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • doesn't disapoint
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great flavors. good portions, solid service. great bar and fantastic for dietary restrictions. This place is a consistent joy to visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a night!
    scrbev
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    My family and I had a wonderful dinner together here. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Service was great. I loved that I could go on line and make the reservation. see the menu for ingredients and prices. My daughter-in-law is allergic to all grains, and it was great to know that she could get grass feed meats, and many dishes without any grains.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food-and organic too
    ready4dinnerVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Great menu and reasonable prices. Everything we had was delicious!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food but slow service.
    Michael
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    My wife and I ate here for brunch. The food was absolutely delicious, but we sat for 20 minutes before talking to a waitor, and another 20 minutes before getting our drink order in. I finished my Blood Mary during the next hour that we waited for our meals. The ambience was unexpectedly loud. The waitress did apologize for the delay after she gave me the check. I will say that the food was absolutely scrumptious. I had Crab Cakes Benedict, a bagel with cream cheese and side of hash browns. However, there are so many choices for food with better atmosphere and service that we are unlikely to come back except in the hope that the kitchen was having an off day. There was a large take out line and I wonder if that delayed our meals.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • French Meadow usually a favorite
    FrMeadowregular
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We eat here a couple of times per month. It is our first choice for a nice dinner in the neighborhood The food is always excellent but the service is spotty. The waitstaff has very high turnover and when you get someone new the evening can be torturous. I wish this restaurant would focus on retaining wait staff and training the new ones for a longer time before they set them loose. Our waiter was not familiar with the menu, mixed up our order, and didn't even give us plates for appetizers. She needed lots of help. I don't think she has ever waited tables before.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oh no!
    UrbandinerVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This has always been my go to restaurant, but my last visits have me worried. We haven't been allowed to sit in the main dining room either time as they are "short staffed". The time before we had to ask for the bread basket, it was smaller and none of their fabulous crackers. This time they were out of bread, it's a BAKERY! I got my Niçoise salad without any potatoes. I brought this up to the server, and she said they were out of potatoes also! I unfortunately think this is a case of French Meadow over extending themselves with new business enterprises. I am sad.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I had been here many times before but was having a group get together to celebrate my birthday chose French Meadow because of proximity to my home and because I knew their food to be well done. My entire table LOVED their dishes. Most hadn't been there before and raved about their choices, the decor and the experience. The waitress was super friendly and even gave us a head's up that the kitchen was super busy and therefore, our orders might take awhile (I LOVE it when places say that up front instead of making excuses when the food isn't out 'on time'). I have loved this place and will definitely continue to go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lily
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    All was lovely except that the sweet potato Gnocchi was dry and very unappealing. Gnocchi is really hard to make as it is often dry, like this was, or slimy due to too much or too little flour, potatoes, kneading, etc. Making Ggocchi is truly an art and this time they missed the mark. The Shrimp and grits were wonderful - almost like soft polenta. Yum. The seafood paella was fabulous and the fried chicken and waffles were so delightful I could have eaten another plateful........................if I wasn't so stuffed. Portions were very generous and presentation was beautiful, even for the ill-fated gnocchi. I look forward to bringing friends and relatives to this delicious restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fondafood
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We ate at the outdoor area and although it was a bit noisy because of the traffic, it was pleasant, nonetheless. I had the Apple Bleu Salad, which was very good and the Butternut Squash Ravioli, which was EXCELLENT - one of the best pasta dishes I've ever had! Although I don't recall what my friend ordered, she did remark that the food was wonderful. Our server was very pleasant and attentive. All in all, a perfect dinner experience. We both look forward to dining there again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friday night
    liketwodineoutVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We have been eating at French Meadow for 15 years and have always found the food to be excellent. Friday was a different experience. I ordered the fish tacos which I have ordered many times. I hardly recognized them. They had very little fish or taste and the tortillas were soggy. The house salad was limp and warm sitting in the bowl next next to the tacos. Very disappointing. My husband had the steak sandwich which he said was very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Angela
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    French Meadow is my favorite restaurant in the Twin Cities. First, the food is outstanding and, equally important, it is sourced with care. Animal products come from local, small-scale organic farms that treat animals and the environment well. Great vegetarian/vegan options for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert! I have ordered the vegan special on several occasions and it was excellent each time. This restaurant is ahead of the curve in the Twin Cities and I hope others will follow their exemplary model.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • French Meadow review
    good4friends
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Their menu has a very nice variety of choices. The prices are a bit high seeing that most items are ala carte. The patio on the side is very nice. Wait service was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    VegDiner
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Appetizers were great. But the organic tempeh cutlet dinner was bland, overcooked and poorly presented. Don't bother with reservations; the reserved dining area was small and noisy; the open seating area in the front of the restaurant has a much more appealing ambiance.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Delicious
    AudyGodwech
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Wanted to show off the great uptown to my friends visiting, they loved this place and the food! I had the cajun hashbrowns that I split with a friend who ordered the Belgian waffle, perfect combo!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lovely brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    bluestem makes all the deliciousness of frenchmeadow available with a waiter .... I love the French meadow but hate the line.. now I can sit down and order great food.. I wish it was a little more bustling.. and the service could be a little more crisp.. but the food was great.. and it was wonderful to have a reservation and not have to wait or fight for a table....
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 52 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 63 reviews are from the French Meadow Cafe & Bluestem Bar reviews archive.
  • Where'd she go?
    Lindsay
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    This was my first time to French Meadow since the revamp. The space inside is beautiful. The seating outside is tucked back in a corner enough that you don't hear the Lyndale traffic. Our waitress was ok at the beginning but then she disappeared for at least 20 minutes. My burger had interesting ingredients (St Pete's bleu, red onion marmalade) but the flavors were really strong. The highlights were the cocktails (pricy but tasty), the fries and the aioli.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Locally grown, lovingly prepared
    DeeLish
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The food is obviously locally grown - absolutely delicious, creatively flavoured and beautifully presented. Coffee was a little weak but the desserts made up for that. We had several servers which was a little confusing but they were all very friendly. Even servers who weren't responsible for us made eye contact and smiled when we walked through the restaurant. The TV above the bar was a little jarring - the restaurant has a rustic yet sophisticated feel to it and the TV seemed out of place. Next time we'll sit somewhere where we can't see the TV; it's a creatively laid out restaurant with a variety of seating options. We'll definitely eat there again, as there are many vegetarian items.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A night out
    Goodfood
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Couldn't have picked a better place for a reunion with some high school friends. Servers were friendly and accommodating. Food was delicious and the ambiance was perfect for good conversation. It wasn't too noisy and it wasn't too quiet- a good balance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Location was perfect.
    Kathy
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The food was very good, the outdoor patio was very relaxing but the service was average
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate