Galisteo Bistro
Galisteo Bistro

Galisteo Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.galisteobistro.com/
  • Phone: (505) 982-3700
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Creole / Cajun / Southern, Global, International
  • Executive Chef: Tomas Allan Keller
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: The Galisteo Bistro is happy to host your fine dining experience, weddings, graduations, travel parties, large and small please call
    Customized menus available.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Water & Alameda
  • Public Transit: Bus stop at end of the block; Railrunner station nearby.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Ample street parking nearby; parking garage one block away on Water Street. Municipal parking one block away on Don Gaspar.
A word from Galisteo Bistro
A graduate from Le Cordon Bleu, Chef Tomas Allan Keller creates a tasty assortment of international cuisine, specializing in flown in daily seafood from the East Coast. Everything is fresh, made by hand. Organic, naturally sourced from New Mexico or regional ranchers, farmers, provide a culinary delight not found anywhere else in Santa Fe. Experience casual fine dining at it's best. Extensive wine list.
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Galisteo Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
182 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (117)neighborhood gem (83)special occasion (81)romantic (60)notable wine list (56)hot spot (22)good for groups (12)great for lunch (4)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • Well Prepared, Flavorful Dinner
    TomSVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Located in the heart of old Santa Fe, the Galisteo Bistro offers a nice selection of dishes, including seafood. The lamb dish I ordered was excellent, including flavorful sides that accompanied the entrée. Their special desert for this evening was a chocolate pecan pie, which was one of the best I've had. All told, a very enjoyable meal and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food and Services
    Jeweber
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We went to this restaurant because we had won 2 gift cards and now we will go back because it was so good! The food was wonderful with the exception of the potatoes that came as a side with our filets. The potatoes were overdone and not very tasty. Everything else was amazingly good. Our appetizers were shrimp and tuna...both delicious. Our desserts were also really good. Our server, Luis, was also excellent. Attentive but not hovering. The owner is delightful and makes sure everyone has what they need. The restaurant is small so make a reservation. Every seat was taken the night we were there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seafood! Seafood! Seafood!
    SeasideStephVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    We were skeptical because we live in an area that has some of the best seafood in the world, But, WOW! It was amazing. And, more so our server LaRoy completely made our evening with a beautiful wine suggestion and perfect service. We will be back next year for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was better than the service
    RossVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    The steak and veggies were delicious, but the service was very inattentive. No one offered to pour another glass of prosecco from the bottle we ordered. We had to do that ourselves. . No offer for additional bread or water. At their prices, paying attention to the customer's basic needs is normal. We had much better service at the Ziad Diner. Everything we ordered was "perfect" in the waiter's opinion. When we wanted something, the waiter was nowhere to be found. The busboy was more helpful and friendly than the waiter. Two food exceptions: the salad had not been properly dried and so the salad dressing was watery; and the ice cream dessert looked lovely but was served in a ridiculous bowl that was precariously balanced on a bed of ice - everytime we wanted a spoonful of ice cream, my wife or I had to hold the bowl so it would not tip over. This was not a typical Santa Fe experience where the wait staff is friendly and helpful.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quite a catch
    wineanddineVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Excellent food and good service. Perhaps the best preparation of snapper I have ever had.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent but not amazing
    alacarte
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Attentive service but the food was just OK. Came here with a restaurant.com coupon; probably wouldn't have found the restaurant otherwise.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • No Longer Good
    AltaSkierVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    My husband and I have been fans of this restaurant since it opened several years ago. It was sold this year, so we wanted try out the new ownership. We were terribly disappointed by the food. I ordered a salad of fennel and roasted artichokes. It consisted of plain undressed shaved fennel with small roasted artichoke hearts laid on top. The sole two ingredients had nothing to do with one another other than being in the same bowl. To be fair, the artichokes were warm and tasty by themselves. The new menu has an emphasis on fresh fish, and my Florida snapper was pretty good, although overly gooey with sauce. The veggies that came with it were totally devoid of taste. My husband had a mediocre and tiny serving of elk. Not good!
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  • ChrisVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    This was our first visit since the change in ownership last summer. The bistro still has the same charm and the service was excellent and friendly. Our meals were good and simply prepared. The cut of lamb was very nice and the portion generous. The lamb was prepared with a rub, but came without any sauce. The pork ribs were flavorful. The portion was small with just 3 thin ribs. The bbq sauce was good. Overall, a nice meal, but without much flare or creativity. The atmosphere remains comfortable and friendly.
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  • DoubleSF
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Food preparation was not creative or special. Good but could have prepared at home
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  • great restaurant
    mew2150
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    unpretentious but delicious; price is not exorbitant for the quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Big disappointement
    Blanche14
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    We were very fond of GB under the former owners and this was our first visit under the new. The food was "good" but certainly not of the caliber to justify their new prices. We ordered the crab entrée as an appetizer for the table of four and it must have been frozen and then thawed, not a fresh texture or taste. My duck breast was tasty, but the wild rice on my plate was cold and watery. The Ahi Tuna dish was very thin and to me looked overcooked. The seafood pasta and the Grouper were quite good. We had taken friends there for a B.day celebration for their first time at GB and were somewhat embarrassed, a bad nite perhaps?
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 1st Visit w/ New Ownership
    1stVisit
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Excellent food, creative menu, friendly atmosphere, very good service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A little more fancy than a bistro!
    radiantfire
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We had reservations, arrived about 45 minutes early for reservations, they happily sat us anyway. We enjoyed crab cake for appetizer--the best crab cake I have ever eaten. Perfect portion, not too rich, very authentic crab cake! Wine was delicious. I got seafood pasta for entree, husband got filet mignon, both dishes were to die for. Pasta was not too rich or too creamy, seafood was cooked just right, sauce was flavorful but not heavy. Husband's filet was also cooked just right, melted in your mouth. Garlic mashed potatoes and broccoli rabe were fresh, light, full of flavor, not heavy, not chewy. Dessert was crepe chocolate cake--not too sweet, hearty serving, we could not finish it. We will be back
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good!
    KimT
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Our table of four each had something different, and we ALL enjoyed our meal very much. The service was attentive but not hovering, and don't forget to try a dessert. We had the tiramisu--served in a glass, not too sweet but yummy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service/Food
    gisdiner
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    The waiter really pushed the $25 glass of wine. The Caesar salad was mediocre at best. It consisted of the outer leaves of the Romaine letter and not the hearts of the lettuce.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Elegant Seafood Spot
    20feet
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Servings were a little small for the seafood but it was cooked wonderfully. Excellent service. The restaurant was a little cold inside and pieces are steep but flying in fresh tuna and crab daily means you get the freshest ingredients.
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent meal, friendly service
    internettieVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We had not been since the new owners took over. The room was lighter in tone w/colorful big paintings on white walls. We were greeted in a very friendly manner by owner/host. The waiter asked us if we liked seafood- then talked about various choices on offer. We had stone crab and a gigantic grilled shrimp as appetizers. Both really delicious. We had quail and red snapper for main courses. Only disappointment was the seafood risotto served with the snapper -- just not enough flavor. Good choices for wine by the glass, but the prices were a bit high ($12 -18 per glass). A new style tiramisu (with ice cream, not ricotta) was pronounced excellent by my partner. I had the almond hazelnut curd -- amazingly light and unusual flavor. Do try it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey
    Hurri
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Pricey. Food was ok. Calamari had no flavor. Better restaurants in the area. Waiter was very nice, good service.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good value for Santa Fe
    WillTVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Finding good eats in Santa Fe is not difficult, but you usually wind up spending alot for a quality meal. Our party of 6 really enjoyed the menu and staff at Galisteo Bistro. We had a great time. While quite limited, the menu offers tasty options with a seafood slant. I had the Diablo Shrimp which is a dish containing one shrimp - easily the biggest shrimp I've ever seen. I've seen lobsters smaller than this shrimp. While the texture of the shrimp is what you'd expect for such a huge specimen, the accompanying sauce was delicious and the presentation could not be beat! Given the 3 bottles of wine and coffee and dessert, I was quite pleased when I saw the bill. All-in-all, I feel it was a good dining value for Santa Fe.
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    good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love Galisteo Bistro!
    MACK
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This was a fourth or fifth visit to Galisteo Bistro each when visiting Santa Fe and taking guests. All my guests have enjoyed it as well as myself.
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine Dining in Santa Fe
    Harold
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    What a great find! Visiting Santa Fe, checked out the reviews on Trip Advisor, and picked this spot. We loved the place. It is relatively small, so make reservations. If you get the chance the two tables by the front window are nice. One of the things we loved about this place was the open view into the kitchen. It was amazing to watch how hard the cooks worked to keep everything running smoothly. Food was fantastic, service was excellent, and the hostess a real sweetheart. HIGHLY recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • very enjoyable meal!
    DBABQVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Our second time at the restaurant, this time for a full meal (first was just for a couple appetizers). I had the rib-eye and Mrs had the crab trio, both dishes were superb.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Lina
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    This was one of the best dinners I had in the last year. Sophisticated and excellent food, with a little menu, but perfect. Service was fast, attentive and really nice people. I will recommend this restaurant to everyone that loved a different and really high cuisine.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The steaks were great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Enjoyed our experience at Galisteo Bistro. It was very busy on a Thursday evening, and everyone seemed to be having a good time. The filet mignon was excellent. Not so one of the shrimp appetizers. The presentation of this appetizer was impressive, but the sauce was strange.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food Great Service
    AmarilloCruiseCatVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Wife and I were in Santa Fe for our anniversary and wanted to try something new near our hotel. This was a nice find. The service was great. The food was very good, but the portion sizes were too big. Wine list is just OK.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprising neighborhood gem
    BobbieVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    The room had only about a dozen tables and some had views of the kitchen. The food was extremely fresh and artist ally prepared. I had the crab cakes for an appetizer and the short ribs for the main course. The sauces were so delicious. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for anyone coming to the downtown area of Sante Fe.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Wonderful celebration!
    santafefoodie
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    My sister and I had dinner there this past weekend to celebrate a birthday. We had early dinner reservations, and were greeted professionally by the host, who gave us a pick of our table. Our waiter was attentive and knowledgeable. Our water glasses were never empty and our coffee was pressed for us at our table when it was ready. We had a certificate in payment for some of the bill and no one batted an eye. The food was superb - probably the best filet mignon I have ever tasted.
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    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't mess with success.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    While under the previous ownership, this was our favorite restaurant in Santa Fe. However,the new owner has removed one of the signature dishes from the previous owner's menu-Chicken Saltimbocca. They have substituted a chicken dish in its place which pales in comparison. In fact my wife and I both ordered it and the chicken came out undercooked and was gray in the middle. While we understand that the new owners will want to put their own stamp on the menu, why mess with success? Maybe it would be wiser to keep the trie and proven dishes and experiment elsewhere on the menu. That being said, the wine list is great and the staff very good.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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  • Generally very good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Exceptions: wahoo was over-baked; service extremely slow - a Wednesday
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great find!
    bugsyVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We tend to revisit our favorite restaurants, but decided to try something new. We will definitely be adding Galisteo Bistro to our list! The food and service were beyond our expectations. It is obvious that they take much time and great pride in their preparation and delivery.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    CaptainTed
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Out of the two signature dishes early Sunday evening Unacceptable for restaurant advertising itself as a place for fresh fish
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  • Terrific!
    tjpdallasVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Killer food and incredible service. Great location ... loved the bread and evoo infused with special spices and lots of garlic. The prawn and the eggplant were exceptional. The salad dressing was a perfect compliment to the baby spinach. Well Done!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Most Excellent
    AmileVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The food was impeccable and our service was perfection; would go back again and highly recommend.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New owners doing well!
    SgenesVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    First visit to Galisteo Bistro since the new owners took over in June. Completely new menu now and lots of fresh fish. I had a wonderful piece of swordfish that tasted as though it was just caught. My wife had a steak done to perfection. And the choice of wines continues what Rob had started with different and exciting wines along with some very well known names.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Santa Fe Must
    GuinnessToot
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I would highly recommend that you give this restaurant a try if you are visiting Santa Fe.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Doris
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I had the best duck breast I have ever had. My husband also really enjoyed the swordfish.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bustling, good food
    SmitchelVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We went to Galisteo Bistro on a trip to Santa Fe and found the food to be very good. The place was hopping which is always a good sign. The kitchen was efficient and produced each course quickly. The wait staff were helpful and attentive.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Affordable elegance...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Great find. For the elegance and ambiance, the food was excellent and no entree was over $30. Service was top notch and we had a great experience. Definitely we'll be back.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ONE OF THE BEST
    SFFoodScene34
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I imagine that many people here in Santa Fe have been worried about the transition from Robert's excellent restaurant and hospitality -- but we have now been to the "new" Galisteo Bistro twice and, frankly, find the food and wine list even better than before. I certainly would rank this restaurant as one of the best in Santa Fe and one of our favorites.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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  • Great food...long wait
    Foodee
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We were one of just two groups at the restaurant when we arrived. Appetizers and wine came on a timely basis. After the app, the entrées to 45 minutes and then they served one of us the wrong entrée and claimed we may have ordered wrong. After another wait, we received the correct entrée. The manager said he'd comp the entrée and then did not. At these prices, mediocre service hurts the work of the great chef. The food was delicious! The management needs a better attitude and recovery level.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.