Gato

Gato

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.gatonyc.com/
  • Phone: 212-334-6400x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Saturday Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
    Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Bobby Flay
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bleecker St and Houston St
  • Public Transit: B,D F & M: To Broadway-Lafayette -
    6 to Bleecker Street -
    N,R to Prince Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street Parking:
    Mulberry St. bet Bleecker St and Houston St
    East Houston bet. Mulberry St and Mott St
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
Gato reviews from OpenTable diners
564 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelEnergetic
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (428)hot spot (355)special occasion (255)vibrant bar scene (231)neighborhood gem (188)good for groups (157)romantic (114)notable wine list (101)late-night find (56)great for lunch (14)great for brunch (14)kid-friendly (7)scenic view (4)great for outdoor dining (4)Show More
  • Fantastic Flay
    Willow
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Bobby Flay has a magic touch. Once again, he has opened a dynamite restaurant, with spectacular food. It is always packed, and hard to get into, but worth the trouble. We were very sad to see Mesa Grill close. But this one surpasses even that. Too bad the prickly pear margarita has been dropped from the bar offerings. We have now had most things on the menu. Not a bad dish among them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Definitely do the pick three bar bites - great way to try a few things! The paella was delicious. Wine was exceptional! Perfect spot for an anniversary or birthday dinner
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Service and Incredible Food
    cp123
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    When we had to book our reservation two weeks in advance and could only get a 5:45 time slot, we knew we were in for something special. Of course this is a new trendy, hotspot with incredible reviews but I thought it was well worth the hype. Two of us shared bar snacks (razor clam salad, yellowtail ceviche, eggplant), the spreads, the paella, roasted cauliflower, and octopus. Everything was delicious and so unique. Unfortunately we didn't sample the wine or drinks list but definitely will next time around. The blackberry crostata was also amazing but stained our teeth (good thing we two girls were heading home after) so I would pass on that for a date night. Gorgeous atmosphere as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Food was amazing especially the octopus appetizer. Waiter was great and explained everything on the menu. Definitely would go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nobody does flavor like Flay!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    This was my second visit to Gato, and it was every bit as memorable as the first time I dined there. I say with sincerity that I loved every dish I tried - the flavor combinations are exciting and I leave feeling so satisfied.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing food
    Rose
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Had the paella and pizza and they were delicious. Would definitely recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous
    Cypressbelle
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    First time athat a Bobby Flay restaurant. Noted for spicy cuisine (which my husband doesn't care for), he wanted to try it. The scrambled eggs served with toasted bread with tomato confit was delicious. Rabbit was cooked to perfection and broccolini had a wonderful sauce. The thing that impressed us was our waiters attention to helping pick out menu items that my husband could eat or adjusted so my husband could eat that didn't affect the integrity of the dish! Don't miss the blackberry crostata with peach gelato..wow.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting restaurant
    Sergie
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Although the entrée selection is rather limited, the dishes are rich and bold in flavor. The bar menu and one entree could easily make a meal for two. The rabbit and the paella are excellent dishes. Dessert was the only part of the meal that was just OK. The service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food was great. We were rushed with our meal. We had another bottle of wine picked out to order and the staff began rushing us and standing next to the table waiting for us to get up. It was obvious they had another booking coming up and they were done with us. We will not go back. We visit NYC often and enjoy eating in wonderful restaurants and going back to the ones that we enjoyed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AMAZEballs!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Bobby was playing in the kitchen and was gracious to all guests - food was delicious. Lamb pizza was fab. Crab risotto
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    J1letter
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    One of the best meals I ever had. Everything was flawless. We even,met Bobby!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantabulous
    rxmarilynrxVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    An excellent find with food fit for everyone's tastes! We had so much fun ordering a variety of dishes and sampling a little of everything; it made our dining expericence out of this world!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrific food, turbo charged vibe
    Terrificturbovibe
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Beautifully designed restaurant, creative and delicious food and a strong wait staff, but it falls a little short due to subway level noise near bar and wait staff at a frantic pace trying to keep up. Have to be up for a turbo charged experience which we are at times.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent early Dinner!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I took my parents on my last visit to NYC to Gato and they were impressed , the food was great! I was afraid the portions were small but they were just right to get us to desert and coffee. The only complain is that my reservation was 5:30pm and the restaurant opened at 5:30pm I was there 15 min before and had to wait outside. I think they could have open earlier and let you wait inside if you have reservation. Other than that the experience was fantastic. Service was excellent. I recommend this restaurant if you like spicy food and modern noise ambient.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing Special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Decent Restaurant, really in my opinion nothing special. Extremely small App's and the bar menu items are a joke. Over priced, but a Bobby Flay restaurant can and will get away with it. Il Bucco, much, much better
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE
    IZ817VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    celebrated a friend's birthday here the other nite. as my friend and i were being seated i congratulated her on her birthday. we went on to have our dinner (the octopus, cauliflower, scrambled eggs - all amazing; the pizza was a tad disappointing). at the end of dinner, the restaurant sent us complimentary glasses of wine and added a candle to the tarte we had ordered. it was an exceptionally thoughtful gesture and suggested the staff is trained to be responsive to guests' needs. i have been impressed by Gato on each visit but this experience really was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Cool
    MaxM
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Firstly, I should say the service was EXCELLENT. Server clearly explained everything on the menu, made great wine and food recommendations, and put up with my cranky older relatives which is always an impressive feat. The food itself was not incredible (though I HIGHLY recommend the lamb tenderloin bar dish and the charred broccolini side -- to die for), and I don't think it lived up to the Bobby Flay hype or to the prices, which were pretty steep. Personally I think service and ambiance are half of what make for a good meal, and both of those were spectacular at Gato, so I can't complain. I would definitely skip the Crab Risotto next time, though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too Loud
    Sambucca
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Loved the food but as the evening went on it got very loud in the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • How good can food taste?
    MattAdamsMagic
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I've always heard it said that "food can only taste so good." That is a lie. Chef Flay has taken my palate to a whole new level with this amazing experience. I've eaten in restaurants the world over, and Gato is now one of my top two restaurants. I ordered a "choose 3" as an appetizer and then got the tarragon chicken for my entree. The chicken was delicious, but I really loved the crispy potato and goat cheese side. However, my favorite part of the meal was the "choose 3" selections - I had the beef, lamb, and yellowtail. The lamb was the best thing I've ever placed into my mouth. I just wanted to keep eating and never stop! Only downside was that the server had some difficulty keeping my iced tea filled. But wonderful experience overall!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining with the Stars
    BestBite67
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Very good-looking space with appropriate emphasis on the showcase kitchen where Chef Flay can be seen doing what he does so well. Very attractive table settings, food prepared with focus and presented with flair. Outstanding service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Once again...thrilled..
    ericaVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    ... by our last dinner at Gato. Luciano, our preferred waiter, is always on point without ever being obtrusive. Each time I dine at Gato, I am amazed by the interplay of flavors created by the kitchen: Complexity of tastes and textures lassoed into every dish I've tried over multiple visits.. Salt, sweet, savory, sour...each element is there even in the tiny "bar dishes." .. Continuing on theme, the chicory salad is a symphony of textures and flavors that lofts it to the top rank of salads served in NY at this time. I adore the lavish use of Spanish ingredients that may be unfamiliar to many Americans. I did report on Chowhound about several of my dinners at Gato so far.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Blew away my expectations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We were excited to go to a Bobby Flay restaurant and this one going to be one of the highlights of our trip! We had HIGH expectations for the visit and were consistently blown away!We got seated and our waiter, whose name escapes me, was amazing! Everything he recommended was absolutely delicious! The roasted octopus is like butter! My wife got the kale & mushroom paella and I love meat, but that was amazing! I got the Fresh Fettuccine (with Spanish Prawns, Mussels all in Squid Ink*) It tasted like the sea! We also got the Crispy Potatoes (with poached egg, paprika, and fresh herbs) this was the star of the meal! It was a party of flavor in my mouth! Lastly we got the Blackberry Crostada with Strawberry Gelato! Delish! Loved it! Book now!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flay hits a home run
    NevilleNosherVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Our meal at Gato was absolutely excellent. Started with the crab risotto which was incredibly rich and flavorful as it had been prepared with a shellfish veloute (it seemed) as oppose to a simple stock. My wife had the rabbit which was delicious and i had the pork chop which was one of the best that i have had in recent memory. The potatoes with a poached egg were very rich and delicious. Deserts did not disappoint either. It is rare to have such a totally satisfying meal. The flavors are very bold and we will definitely return next time we are in NYC.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mediocre at best
    Mrpicky
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Uninspiring food. We had smoked shrimp (really bad), roasted tomato salad (good, not great), tarragon chicken (pretty good especially with the roasted potatoes) and pork shop (zero taste). Sad.
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  • Great food but otherwise just ok
    forkful1
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The food is first rate. The bar appetizers were outstanding. My wife and I each had three different selections and they were all to rave about. Likewise with our entrees. The pork porterhouse was cooked to perfection, as was the polenta which accompanied it. My wife's halibut with olives, mint and anchovies had a unique and delicious combination of flavors. Also tasty was the charred broccolini vegetables. The servicer was not up to par, trying several times to get my wife to order when we had just received our cocktails and were engaged in conversation. Later she removed our drinks and appetizer plates without asking and we were not finished. The restaurant is also quite noisy and hectic feeling, especially near the bar.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Dinner
    pauly34
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The bite size bar menu was great. We had several dishes and one was better than the other. The crab risotto appetizer had lots of crab and the rice was cooked perfectly. The halibut and chicken tarragon entrees were delicious. Our waiter, Stephen, could not have made the experience any better. We will be going back the next time we are in the area.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Xgf1
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Excellent restaurant, the food is awesome. And the price is perfect.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Be careful, it can get expeezy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Don't take a friend that likes to drink. The Bar menu will keep you there for longer than you anticipate, opening up the opportunity for additional rounds of drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Joe
    fishmash
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Bobby Flay has done it again. First time here but definitely will return. Food and service were outstanding. Busy but never rushed. An energetic and pleasant environment. Bobby Flay was there on this Wednesday evening working the kitchen and the crowd. That's one reason for his success.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was incredible
    Laura
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Mushroom ricotta and eggplant appetizers were absolutely amazing. Also loved the broccoli and the kale and artichoke paella. Some of the best food I've ever had!!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BEST MEAL OF MY LIFE!
    Shaeking
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Bobby! Bobby! Bobby! Are you kidding me? This is all I kept saying after every bite I put in my mouth on Monday evening. Every single thing we ordered and I ate was the most incredible thing I have eaten. I cannot wait to get back into this spot and eat here again and again. Oh and our waiter COREY was the most amazing waiter I have ever had in NYC. best experience, best food, best wine, best dessert and beautiful decor! wow!!!!
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    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food and experience
    Luvgreatfood12VIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Bobby Flay delivering again at the level that made him famous. A wonderful find with very intense flavors and great care in each dish including the side vegetables! Congrats
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gato
    mnbnycVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    This is definitely a real 'hot spot'. There is no doubt Flay has the formula in both food and service. It might be hard to get a reservation and there is a reason for that which is not the usual one of celebrity spotting but actually because the food is really good. How they manage to make the octopus so tender and tasty I don't know but I would like to. The vegetable side dishes are almost entrees on their own and definitely worth ordering if the appetite will take them. The mostly Spanish wine list is good if a bit pricey.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vibrant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Bobby Flay lives up to expectations with delicious food with flavors that pop. Combinations may sound complicated but always work. Staff was very welcoming and service was excellent.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AMAZING !!
    Foodie7387
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Will be visiting again soon. Kale paella is a must !!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Malina
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I enjoyed my experience at Gato. The service was very good and the food as well. The flavours were complex and so rich, overall it was quite delicious although on the salty side.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing!!
    LoulouVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I loved everything, food, place, service.... I'll recommend this restaurant for my friends.
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    fit for foodies, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was a great night out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The restaurant is composed mainly of wood, metal and brick. I liked the feel. The server was very friendly and patient with our questions. Although they had other servers helping with the tables I found our glasses of water were empty several times. As soon as you made contact with anyone they were happy to fill it. You can order 3 different appetizers for $17. It is really for individual portions. It was a great concept and allowed us try many different things. The chorizo under the apps was to die for!! The layered potatoe app was divine and melted in your mouth. I ordered the pork entree with polenta. It was suppose to come out medium and was fully cooked, so kind of tough. The polenta was creamy and I really liked it.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Everything was quite good, especially the octopus appetizer and rabbit entree. Service was friendly and helpful. Very pleasant experience.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beware the wine list
    xoxoxoVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The food was overall very good. The kitchen rushed our order and brought so much out there was no room at the table. They took it back to the kitchen but when they brought it back it was cold. The markup on the wine we ordered was 5 times the retail price. We will not be going back
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