Garces Trading Company
Garces Trading Company

Garces Trading Company

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.garcestradingcompany.com/
  • Phone: 215-574-1099
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm, Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Dessert, European, Contemporary European
  • Executive Chef: Jose Garces
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Delivery, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Bring your favorite Garces Trading Co. specialties to your next event. Garces Catering brings the joy of sharing special occasions with our restaurant guests to any celebration, anywhere. Please call, 215-670-2381 for more information or email catering@garcesgroup.com
  • Entertainment: If you book a private event at Garces Trading Co, our event coordinators can provide you with unique entertainment options for your party.
  • Special Events: Designed to reflect the style of chic European markets, the multi-purpose space features a wide open floor plan that can accommodate events both large and small. If you’re looking for a creative gift for your attendees, Garces Trading Company has a unique selection of house-made and imported foods to select from. Wine from the adjacent boutique provides the perfect complement to your European bistro-style event.

    The Salon
    Capacity: 32 seated / 40 standing

    Retail Corridor
    Capacity: 30 standing reception

    The Salon & Retail Corridor
    Capacity: 55 standing reception

    Window Seating
    Capacity: 18 seated

    Full Restaurant
    Capacity: 90 seated / 120 standing reception

    For parties of 12 or more, please call our private events team to schedule your reservation at 267-284-7979 or email events@garcesgroup.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Locust & Quince
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Garces Trading Company
Garces Trading Company is a gourmet market/cafe with a European flair. Perfect for a quick in-and-out or a casual sit down meal. This multi-purpose space features a host of house made and imported foods under the Garces Trading Company label including olive oils and vinegars, charcuterie and Chef Garces’ signature coffee

House Specialties
Paella Valenciana, El Cubano Clásico, Charcuterie & Cheese, Coq au Vin, Carbonated cocktails, fresh fruit sangrias and an extensive European wine list.

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Garces Trading Company reviews from OpenTable diners
264 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (167)neighborhood gem (106)good for groups (93)notable wine list (67)great for lunch (63)great for outdoor dining (59)special occasion (59)great for brunch (52)hot spot (46)romantic (24)kid-friendly (22)vibrant bar scene (18)late-night find (10)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Steak Frites!
    JeanVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Garces provided the kind of Restaurant Week dining experience that others should emulate! Wonderful 4 course meal for $35 including a variety of salads, soups, charcuterie, cheeses, and flatbreads. My dining partner and I had steak frites for the main course and it was fabulous - the best I've had in any Philly restaurant. Of course, a light and delicious almond panna cotta ended a perfect meal. I have been to Garces many time and have never been disappointed. Though they now have full bar offerings including cocktails, wine and beer, dine on Tuesdays and there is no corkage fee for your BYO.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 3/5 because....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Food great, Service polite, restaurant clean&friendly, Time for food to come out HORRENDOUS. Everyone who greeted us or served my family of 6 was outstanding, except for one girl who dropped a fork on my niece. Griffin, our waiter was great. Food was fantastic--leek soup, cheese plate, flatbread pizza, scallops risotto, carbonarra (wow!!), steak frites--amazing!! But we were seated BEFORE two tables of 6, and those people were served at a MUCH faster pace--at least a HALF HOUR faster!!--than us. how do I know? b/c we were STARVING waiting for our food, and couldn't believe that they were either on dessert or leaving before we got our entrees! I read previous reviews saying the same--they're right. I don't understand how this happens...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mediocre Restaurant Week offering
    MbreakirVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I had been looking forward to trying this restaurant and so met friends for lunch before going to the theatre. It was restaurant week and the fixed price/limited option was $20. It was uninspired and not even particularly tasty - a yogurt with some granola on top as first course, a tasteless frittata second, and a very small bite of chocolate cake to finish. The chocolate was good but tiny. Not a good demo of what I imagine they can do here. I won't bother going back. Probably better not to participate in restaurant week if not going to do it well.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service great meal
    Jhaverdi
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I Went here during restaurant week with my boyfriend and had an amazing time. The service was great and the good was absolutely amazing. One of the best steaks I've ever had. I deffinatly reccomend this restaurant!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Only Ok
    MB93VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I was expecting a lot from Garces Trading Company and went for restaurant week. First, the service was incredibly slow which is a bad way to start the meal. Then, the salad I ordered had only one tiny slice of tomato on top of the lettuce and none of the other things that were supposed to be there. The kitchen took almost 20 minutes to remake the salad. The desserts were cloyingly sweet. All in all, though there were some good corses, I was disappointed. I won't be going back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good fine dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Great fine dining place with wide selection of olive oils/vinegar e.g. truffle oil. Enjoyed the experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Extremely Slow Service
    Susanb
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Having never been to Garces and hearing about it, I hoped they lived up to the hype. We started our evening w/Pear Sangria; it was great. The bartenders suggested we stay and dine at the bar because they would be more attentive; after the service we received, the bartenders were probably right. Our server took his time getting our order, forgot silverware and didn't bring what was forgotten. The Vichyssoise Chaud was spectacular; The Saffron Trenette was tasty despite the grit and a half hour wait for Cadeau that sadly arrived in a bed of melted ice cream left me underwhelmed. We ordered bottled water that another server topped off with tap water. Our service wasn't the best and this jaded my entire dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pre Theatre
    KAP35VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Had tickets to the theatre which is right around the corner, it was also restaurant week menu limited but selections offered were varied. Service was excellent and our waiter knew we were going to the show and made sure we were not rushed with our meal. He was knowledgeable and attentive. Would love to go back when full menu selection is available. Scallop Risota was awesome as was the fresh mozzarella!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food Allergy
    TheLeg
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    My wife is allergic to asparagus, the dish she ordered had it in it, but it was not listed on the menu! Otherwise, it was very good & the waiter was very apologetic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Restaurant Week
    alwaysup4goodfood
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Really enjoyed Garces Trading Company during Restaurant Week. The food was delicious. Have gone a couple of times since it opened, and the food has always been good. The wine selection is interesting and what we ordered tasted great. Only complaint is it's a little too noisy and feels crowded when the restaurant is full. It's lively and upbeat, but I just prefer it when it's not as crowded and not too noisy. Always look forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great little gem!!
    Flyerfanrn
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    This place was great to try for Restaurant Week. Mike the bartender was amazing! Service was a little slow at the beginning but it stepped up after finally acing our order. Everything was delicious!! Would definitely recommend!!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh...
    bandb
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Ate outside on the first day of Restaurant Week. We were looking forward to a great meal from the Garces Group. The service was not good. They forgot various silverware (soup & dessert spoons, replacement fork) and had to go inside to get them, taking forever while the food sat in front of us. I kept having to remind random servers that I had ordered bottled water and asking for bread. The food was so-so. Charcuterie and cheese were good, flat bread pizza was ordinary, vichyssoise chaud was good (but why call it vichyssoise if it wasn't cold?), scallops in the risotto were gritty. If this was just a regular restaurant I would be more forgiving, but this was my guest's first time at a Garces restaurant. Needles to say he was not impressed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great RW Menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I've previously been to Garces Trading Co and had a wonderful experience so wanted to dine there for Restaurant Week. The menu was extensive and offered 4+ choices for each course. The service was fantastic, the food was delicious and the energy in Garces Trading Co is a great spot to catch up with friends, have a romantic evening or for any occassion that encourages a night out in the city!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Sunday Brunch in Philly!
    4goldenlife
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Enjoyed a delicious outside brunch with my husband this weekend. The food was high quality and super delicious! Staff was attentive and we liked the fact we didn't feel rushed between our food courses. Will definitely consider going back in the future!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Shrimp risotto was excellent. Pasta with pancetta and corn was bland. Cheeses were excellent.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    Jpd2VIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Although we informed our server as soon we were seated that we were going to the theater and had a definite time by which we had to leave we waited for close to an hour for our dinners to be served. Prior to that it took quite a while until anyone took our beverage order and even longer until it was filled ( partially correct). We were told repeatedly that our dinners were on their way...from where?
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing
    DebbyVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We had 5:45 reservations because we were going to the Forrest Theater at 7:30. Both the hostess and our server were told about our show tickets and each said "no problem" and that they would "expedite" our entrees. Drinks and appetizers showed up around 6:30 so we reminded our server and a manager of our time frame. After repeated requests, our entrees were finally served at 7:00, leaving us only 20 minutes to finish dinner and pay our bill. The food was not what we expected from a Garces kitchen, over salted and only fair in quality. This was a disappointing evening which was poorly handled by management and no one in our party will return to Garces Trading Company.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Really great lunch spot
    StarvingartistVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I think the dinner's overshadow the lunches which is a shame. It's a great place to have lunch- especially the salads and flat breads.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JackieVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The food was OK here, but I should note that I am biased because I am a vegetarian. Unlike many restaurants in Philadelphia, when we asked about accommodating their tasting menu to suit one vegetarian and one non-vegetarian, they had difficulty with this task, resulting in my fiance having to eat mostly vegetarian food except for the final course before dessert. He loved his chicken dish, but overall, neither of us were very impressed with the vegetarian food.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Old macarons
    Mimmi
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The food was good, nothing special. The service was good, but we ordered macarons for dessert and they were old, Very hard and dry! When I took a bite the rest of the macaron fell in ten small pieces. A perfect macaron is going to be soft and chewy! I told the waitress but he didnt offer us new ones or removed the macarons from the check! We are not coming back after this incident, I expect more and better service when Im at a restaurant!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Scene
    njseadooerVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Our first visit to the Trading Co and must say that even thought the menu was limited and on Sunday there were no specials, the food and service was great. I had one of their Cabernets which was great. they also have a small little wine store within the restaurant as well. i would definitely go back on a night that they have specials. I also noticed that they had great happy hour specials at the bar. they were also accommodating to my daughters tree nut allergy considering most items had nuts in them. Unfortunately we could not have any dessert because every items had nuts in the recipe
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as usual
    JudeWest
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We have been visiting The Trading Company since it opened. The food is good, (not great these days) and other things have taken a slide and it robs so much from the dining experience now. The menu seemed so limited this weekend. No specials, no warm appetizers, and the bread was not of the high quality we remember. The kitchen staff must have been in need of a few extra hands as we waited for 45 minutes for my husband's lamb chops. We miss the special bakery section and the more friendly atmosphere the entire restaurant used to generate. Now, sadly, when my husband asks me where would you like to go to eat? ... I highly doubt Garces Trading Company will be the first words to leave my lips.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Need to go again
    NBH86
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    It's my fault I only left an hour to eat and couldn't do the tasting menu. I'll certainly be back with a better plan for timing. The wine I had (urban - Reisling) was perfect. I'd had it years ago but is tough to find in PA so that was great. And there is a wine store (closed on Sunday when I went) but I'll be in there in the future too. I had the lamb, it was spot on. Only detraction was waiting on the bartender while I waited for my date to arrive.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Glad we tried it!
    eagereater
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Menu choices smaller than we expected and lacking some info - we had to ask if protein could be added to a salad and whether we could order duck fat fries as a side order. But food was fresh and delicious. Try the pear margherita! Our waiter kindly asked if we were on our way to the theater to make sure our meal was served in a timely manner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Starting to think its a brand issue
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I must say my partner and I were very disappointed. I'm starting to think perhaps its a brand issue. I was at Mercat in Chicago and the food was good but the service was horrible. GTC was unfortunately a horrid combination of bad food and bad service.
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  • Great spot near theater
    Mikita
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Nice spot right near the Forrest Theater. We went for a light meal before the show. Home made mozzarella is awesome. Try all the different oils and vinegars for your bread. Flatbread and duck salad great as well. Dessert was ok.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I loved their brunch but...
    EstroVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I was there for brunch and was so amazed so i said i have to come back for dinner. such disappointment... the service was amazing. no complains on that level. but the food was fair, small portions that are overpriced and to be honest was not worth the experience. such contradiction to their amazing brunch. it's a pity their dinner didn't live up to my expectations.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect on Tuesday
    FoodGuyVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Food is really well prepared and I have never had a dish that was not impressive. Show up with an appetite and have the all you can eat steak frittes for the table. The steak is a delicious flat iron with choice of sauces, and they do keep it coming. Within Garces is a wine store that has a number of reasonably priced, quality options. On Tuesday they have no corkage fee if you choose to purchase the wine and bring it to your table. This is a fantastic value for such a nice convenience. I will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mpsanford
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    My boyfriend and I went to Garces Trading Company for a dinner date and had a great experience. The service was excellent and the food was divine. I have already recommended the restaurant to many friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good this time
    manger123VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I wax and wan on this place. The service can be spotty--not so this time. On previous visits, the place was packed--for whatever reason, this time it was fairly empty (Thurs. p.m. at 8), and that may have been the reason that there was better service. I would eat here again, but it would not be on my top 10 lists of places to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Okay food and okay service
    Gabby
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I had very high expectations for this restaurant and I was truly disappointed. The food was good; I had the short rib, which was okay, but it came with a delicious vegetable purée. The service was very slow and we were severely neglected by the served several times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another Garces Gem
    visitor
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    3 for 3 on Jose Garces restaurants. Food fabulous, well prepared, unique, priced fairly. It was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it!
    EmmebeeVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Everything we had was delicious. Definitely get the house made mozzarella. And the staff was super friendly, too. The manager came over, said hello, asked how we were doing. Overall delicious food and friendly service. Will definitely go back again. And I thought it was inexpensive, especially considering the high caliber of food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great pre show spot
    MoeatsVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We enjoy going here before shows in the area. The scallop risotto was wonderful and just enough.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good menu, Tight seating
    Ronald
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food was good, the service was prompt if a bit impersonal (our waiter was all-business, not a lot of personality). Was a very good tasting menu for people who maybe don't want the "adventure" that some other tasting menus might offer. Unique and delicious items, but nothing too intimidating for the less adventurous eater. We did not partake in the wine, but the wine list was extensive and impressive. The beer selection was good, not great if you're really into trying different craft beers.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good food, small portions
    Grubby
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Appetizers of flatbread pizza and cheese plate were sovery skimpy for the price. Entrees of shortribs and roast chicken were very good but not large. Good for small appetites or big wallets.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasty bits & cocktails pre-theater
    foodiegal
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Wonderful small plates and cocktails - perfect before catching an 8pm show. We had wonderful service - we only had 90 mins and the friendly staff got us in and out without ever feeling rushed. We will go back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but expected better
    Pete
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food was good, and reasonably priced (except for alcohol), but I was expecting something better from an Iron Chef owned restaurant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Iron Chef didn't disappoint.
    cherryhilldinerVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    What a great surprise. Had tickets to theater around the corner and decided to try Iron Chef Jose Garces restaurant. Had a wonderful meal, fabulous service! Were smart enough to make an early reservation since by the time we were finished, every table was filled with diners.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definatley will return
    meenapts
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Check out this restaurant, it's awesome. The service is fantastic; knowledgable and friendly. We had the homemade mozzarella, pappardelle with lamb ragu and for dessert the chocolate cake with pistachio buttercream and pistachio ice cream. The food was fabulous. This is a must try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.