Funky Monkey Wine Company
Funky Monkey Wine Company

Funky Monkey Wine Company

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.nicksitaliankitchen.com/
  • Phone: 4074271447x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner:
    Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

    Weekend: Friday and Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

    Closed Sunday

    Lunch & Brunch: Available for private events.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Italian, Wine Bar
  • Executive Chef: Ashley Nickell - Chef D Cuisine
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Funky Monkey Wine Company's Nick's Italian Kitchen offers a full selection of catering menus. We can cater your events from 5 people to 500 people. Corporate, weddings, parties we can take care of every detail. Nick's Italian Kitchen is available for private and group events for lunch and brunch. contact sales@fmirestaurantgroup.com
  • Private Party Facilities: Nick's Italian Kitchen can be reserved for your group please contact restaurant directly for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Eddie Nickell 407-480-5650x
  • Entertainment: Monthly Wine Dinners featuring guest speakers from around the world
    For more information and event dates visit www.nicksitaliankitchen.com.
  • Special Events: Monthly Tasters Guild Orlando Wine Dinners. See www.nicksitaliankitchen.com for schedule.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Colonial and Mills
  • Public Transit: Directly in front of restaurant.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Street parking available; use valet when available; plenty of street parking park in Mills Brewpub & Eatery (same company) 2 doors down.
A word from Funky Monkey Wine Company
Restaurant Description: Funky Monkey Wine Company’s Nick’s Italian Kitchen is a relaxed neighborhood wine bar and eatery near downtown Orlando in the Mills50 District. This restaurant and wine bar is beautifully decorated with hard wood floors, tablecloths, and warm candlelight where earth tones, a stylish wine themed decor and beautiful bar set the mood. This "stylish yet unconventional" wine bar serves 130-wines by the bottle; 40-wines by the glass all served in beautiful Diva Glassware and offers diners a classic Italian fare. An extensive menu offering delectable salads, unique appetizers, entrees ranging from Steak to our house made Lasagna and wine and cheese pairings are just a sample of what this hot spot offers locals and tourists alike. Monthly Wine Dinners featuring guest speakers from around the world and nightly specials keep the Nick’s exciting and new; everything about this place is fun and pleasantly Funky Monkey. Visit us online at www.nicksitaliankitchen.com.
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Funky Monkey Wine Company reviews from OpenTable diners
24 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.8
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
60% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (16)neighborhood gem (10)fit for foodies (8)notable wine list (7)special occasion (5)late-night find (1)Show More
  • great food
    Amanda
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    For Italian food it was great the mahi with pea risotto was delightful and the pork dish was yummy too. The bread was good but the olive oil needed help.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the Funky Monkey....
    StephenVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My husband and I have been to The Funky Monkey on Mills Avenue on a few occasions and thought we would bring our daughter with us because I heard the menu had changed. It is now Italian - Nick's Italian Kitchen, which was fine with us. She ordered the mussels appetizer which was just ok. The mussels were overcooked. I had the eggplant rollatini which was also just ok. Very soupy. My husband had the fettuccine with clams. His clams were also overcooked. Service was slow which I didn't understand because there were only 2 other tables on a saturday night but there were also just 2 people working. They did everything themselves. We were there for almost 2 hours. May try it again in the future to see if they got it together.....?
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Changed menu
    MaryKelp
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    They changed the menu And owners. The food was not good and service was slow. They were out of half the menu items we ordered.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Alone but happy
    Amafoodie
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    When we arrived there were 2 other people in the restaurant. When we left over an hour later those 2 left and were replaced by 2 others. Despite the very slow business, food took more than 30 minutes from order to service. Food was delicious - actually worth the wait.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Smaller than expected but nice atmosphere. Food was good portion size was perfect.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • TrishaKay
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    At first we were very disappointed when we arrived as we did not realize the menu had changed and they no longer offered sushi, but it was now Italian food. That's quite a jump for your taste buds... However we decided to stay and have to say the food was delicious, the service was wonderful. It was a very nice, quiet, romantic dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional
    Luv2luv
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Elegant, yet affordable. A hidden gem for sure. The food was exceptional, the staff was great. Definitely a date night spot for my husband and myself.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Hidden Gem
    cruzluversVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We enjoyed an early dinner before a concert at Funky Monkey. Tempest, our very personable server, took very good care of us throughout the meal without being obtrusive. The restaurant exudes ambience and is a perfect setting for a relaxing dinner. Our two pasta dishes were delicious (though one could have been a lot hotter) and just the right size. We definitely will return again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unfortunately, a miss....
    WillnGarrickVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    They have a long way to go to make this work. Our Caesar salad was unimpressive, the croutons were cut bread and not crunchy as a crouton should be. The salad dressing was unimaginative and bland. Our pasta entrées were good however small in portion size. The restaurant itself was nice, however, the bathroom had a significant odor and the other bathroom was out of service.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great little restaurant
    Smiles
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    If you are looking for a quiet dinner out, Funky monkey ia great a choice! Food and service were very good. They have some unusual menu items, and everything we tried was yummy! I do think the prices were a bit high though, and they only have beer and wine, otherwise would definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Place
    abrook65
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    There is a nice selection of inexpensive wines. We had the mushroom appetizer. It was very tasty. The bison burger was perfect and served with homemade potato chips. The music was a little too loud. The service was great. It would be nice if they added a couple more salads to the menu but the food and service was very good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Surprisingly good!
    Floridagirl
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Our party of 5 with varying food preferences all enjoyed our meal at Funky Monkey this past week. Everyone was able to share in a number of tapas style appetizers and then had their own entree. Menu was eclectic, ranging from sushi to filet mignon. All was delicious! It was a relatively quiet weeknight, the manager was our server and did a great job! He recommended a wine not on the wine list and we had 2 bottles of it (re-corked #2 to enjoy at home.). Outstanding selections: avocado/tuna appetizer, lobster bisque, spicy sushi perparations - all delicious! They also thoughtfully provided a dessert with candle for the birthday girl.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food good, service well...
    livelaughdine
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    I'd say that if you're looking for a great meal for an occasion this is the place. Both my companion and I were impressed. The service however was rather unusual. It seemed that the servers were not communicating well at all. It's not like the restaurant was busy either, we were one of two tables occupied.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 11 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 640 reviews are from the Funky Monkey Wine Company reviews archive.
  • Consistantly great!
    sas1
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    Funky Monkey can always be counted on fro great food, great service and a terrific wine list.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great Birthday dinner
    worthmydime
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    All I wanted was a nice calm meal for my birthday. And that's what I got. A perfect balance of attentiveness from my server without being overbearing. The food came out of the kitchen at a nice pace and everything was fresh and delicious. I will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice but tasteless food
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    The decor was nice but the food was just fair. The lobster bisque tasted like Cheery and not lobster and the sliders were all breading and not lobster, shrimp and salmon. Therefore, I would only say the food was fair.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome!
    epilot
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Not the first, not the last time we will go there, as the quality of the food just wows you over, and affable attention from servers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Funky Monkey lost its Funky
    TinkerWatch
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    We dined at Funky Monkey on a Friday night at 7:30PM. Upon arriving the restaurant was barely operating, only one table of customers. We ordered drinks, only to find that half of our choices, the restaurant was out of most Beers. The portion sizes were so tiny that we decided the restaurant should change the name to Micro Monkey. The price point would have been fine if the portion sizes were close to normal gourmet portion sizes. Taste was good, but ambiance was closer to hotel dining. No funky here. Would not recommend, will not return. Sushi Pop Oviedo is superior to Funky Monkey.
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  • Redemption
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    First attempt at dining with Funky Monkey back during magical dining month was an absolute shame but this time we gave their sushi another try and it was fantastic! Service and atmosphere were great too. Glad we gave it a second chance. Anoop was a good server; can't wait to come back for some more sushi! Our party also enjoyed the tequila shrimp dish and burger.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Friday evening
    HrrgatorVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Had a great early dinner at Funky Monkey this past Friday after work. Parking can be a challenge, but the food, ambience, and service were all excellent. My girlfriend and I enjoyed the pork and chicken dishes with a nice bottle of wine. It was relatively quiet when we first got there (6:30ish), but the crowd picked up by the time we were finished. Anoob, our sever, took excellent care of us and it was a great evening overall. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    KkRobi51
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Portions were huge. Would have been fine with two appetizers. Best lobster bisque ever ! Wine selections were great a very knowledgable server
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    local restaurant for us and brought out of town guests, the food was awesome, the service was paced perfectly for us. I have already recommended this place to several of my work colleagues and friends. Will certainly do this again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Small but "Funky" Menu
    ADVEsq
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    The food menu is quite limited, but the selections are different from many restaurants. The selections we chose were DELICIOUS! Beware the website was not updated when we went... so the half of sushi Mondays is GONE. They have half off of wine instead. We were already there, so we stayed, but we spent significantly more than we had been expecting to spend on a Monday night outing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just a great little place!!
    perfski
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Great food....not too fancy.....great service.....quiet so you can talk....just great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Orlando Mainstay
    MattVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Do you like wine? Do you like well paired food with wine? Go to the Funky Monkey tonight! This spot is in constant battle for my favorite restaurant in Orlando. The wine list is always refreshing and of high quality, the starter dishes are home runs, and the opportunity for variety is very nice - sushi, salads, steakhouse quality meats. I'm vegetarian, and I'm commonly restricted to the starters list...but there is always something delicious there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cozy up with a bottle
    AJones
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    The wine is very good and the waitstaff knows what they are doing. The entrees and appetizers are good. Stuffed avocado? Yes. Skip dessert here, it lacks the freshness and inventiveness of the rest of the menu. Funky Monkey is a great little surprise in Mills-50.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Been there, done that!
    Siverangel1964
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Ambiance was good. Ahi tuna sushi rolls and wine were very good. Because it is a small restaurant it has a limited menu. That is not a big problem except when you are out of one of your main dishes on a saturday night at 7:30pm. Kitchen service slow. We asked for lemon, never got it. Main dishes were okay but nothing to brag about. Plate presentation was lacking. Did not order dessert because did not want to wait any longer. Tables around us complaining of food wait and asking for more bread to tie them over. Food and wine reasonably priced. All in all, been there and done that. Not impressed and will not be returning.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A little too funky
    Champ24VIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We had a horrible experience on Saturday night at Funky Monkey.. We arrived at 7:00 for our reservation and there was two other tables with diners. Our appetizers (sushi rolls) took over an hour to come out of the kitchen despite many pleas with the waiter. He had to go in the kitchen and help prepare food. Our dinner took another hour and a half to arrive at our table. The restaurant had filled up and people were yelling at the wait staff at the slow service. Two large parties gave up and walked out after waiting for their food for well over an hour. WHEN the food arrived it was as delicious as always. We were so embrassed as we had convinced some friends to join us based on our recommendation for what is normally a great meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lovely
    silvanafv
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Lovely hostess, our server was good too. The food was tasty and had good options. The service was somewhat slow but that is expected on valentines day
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine's Day Dinner
    Richard
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We went for valentine's day dinner. The food was pretty good. The lobster bisque was best I've ever had. The rest - steak, salad, etc. was consistent with a higher end restaurant. I was surprised at the limited wine list, but that may have been a different menu for valentine's day. The tables were a bit small and the chairs weren't very comfortable. I would definitely go again if i were in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad Service
    Mimi
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We had a reservation and had to wait 40 minutes for our table. After 20 minutes we asked the hostess what the wait was and she said there was a confusion earlier and we gave your table to someone else. When we complained about that she said I am just a volunteer tonight. When we finally got seated we had to flag the waiter over to take our drink order and 25 minutes later flagged him over again to take our food order. All of our food was good and tasty except for my husbands dish. It was supposed to be grouper. It looked awful and tasted awful. He could not eat it. Not once did the waiter ever come back to our table to see how our food was or if we needed anything. At this point my husband had lost his appetite. Where was the manager?
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Divine lobster bisque
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    They first served a nice bite of salmon on rye, then the appetizers arrived. Something, perhaps the Crete fraisch, made it the best lobster bisque either of us ever had. My appetizer was good, also---a small avocado with cream cheese, capers, tuna tartare. Our grouper, on a bed of creamy potatoes, was a little dry but nicely flavored. The chocolate cake was so rich and yummy we wished we could eat more, but we simply could not manage that much food. The price for a four course Valentine's meal was surprisingly low.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impressive Menu!
    Amanda
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    My husband and I love tapas and small plates! The menu offers SO many choices it was very hard to decide what to pick next. ALL of our choices we were very happy with and had a hard time picking a favorite! The wine list has great choices and eel look forward to going back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Missed Expectations/Great Service
    FOODDUDE23VIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    They had some wins on food quality but really won with service. The Goat Cheese bruschetta and Lobster bisque were phenomenal. The sushi was average and the Tres Lechs desert seemed to be Sarah Lee frozen deserts. With the expectations prior I felt they lost in my perception. However the food quality was the experience was solidified by phenomenal service. Really a gem of a waiter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a great find
    outstandingVIP
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    We were in Orlando to visit my mother in law and were trying to find a restaurant in Downtown Orlando that had options for both her and us. The menu was so interesting and varied and we were able to please all three of us. The wine selections were fantastic and the entrees were each prepared with fresh ingredients. We finished the meal with a hot brownie with chocolate sauce and loved this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I dined at Funky Monkey Wine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    I dined at Funky Monkey Wine Company on New Year's Eve. They had a special menu for the occasion with great sounding offerings. While there, another patron sent back her dish. The stuffed avocado appetizer that my date and I had was really good. The entrees however were sub-par. My scallops were luke-warm, and my date's steak flavoring was not impressive. We still enjoyed the experience however. Good wines.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Declining over time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    New Year's Eve was my boyfriend and my 5th visit to this restaurant. The first time we went, we thought it was wonderful and we left raving about pretty much everything. Since then it has just gone downhill. When we arrived on NYE not only did it take several minutes for the host to seat us, but the bread came without plates, and the both entrees came out rare (filet and duck). Even after sending them back, only duck was edible. We gave up on the filet and requested scallops instead, which was mediocre at best. The only staff who seemed to care about our bad experience was our waiter who comped us 2 glasses of bubbly. I feel that it is completely unacceptable that no manager ever even apologized for the terrible experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing divorce
    Jeremy
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    In our party of 8 there was 5 adults and 3 children all if whom loved the messy divorce sushi! That was the highlight of the evening, along with the amazing help from Anoop. Very knowledgable about wines and all the food listed. Had great dinners. And excellent wine recommendations. Will advise everyone to stop in and get a messy divorce!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a great dinner. Lots of
    Mike
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Had a great dinner. Lots of food well prepared. Great service. They gave my wife cake and ice cream since it was her birthday. The appetizers are large so one is enough for 2 people. Soup was great. Will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What's there to say....
    Marc
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    Funky Monkey is absolutely fabulous. Have always felt this way and have never been disappointed! Great food, great staff - an all around Great Restaurant!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet