Girasol
Girasol

Girasol

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.girasolrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 8189242323x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Sunday Brunch:
    11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Dinner:
    Sunday-Wednesday - 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
    Thursday-Saturday - 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian
  • Executive Chef: CJ Jacobson
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities:
    - A stellar culinary experience for your guests
    - Custom menus by Top Chef CJ Jacobson
    - Perfect for business luncheons & holiday parties
    - Main dining room seats up to 40
    - Patio seats up to 26
    - Entire restaurant seats up to 100
  • Private Party Contact: info@girasolrestaurant.com 8189242323x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bakman
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: In addition to our valet service for your convenience, street parking is also available
A word from Girasol
At Girasol, the backbone of our refined-rustic cuisine is defined by the changing seasons, our relationship with local farmers, and Executive Chef CJ Jacobson’s interpretation of California cuisine. Girasol is focused on supporting local farmers and purveyors by using sustainable products to bring our guests a dining experience that is both approachable and unique. The design, inspired by our namesake, the sunflower, evokes a warm and inviting environment suitable for any occasion. We welcome you to experience our cuisine and hospitality in a neighborhood-friendly atmosphere.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Girasol reviews from OpenTable diners
233 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (188)neighborhood gem (160)special occasion (110)romantic (63)great for outdoor dining (54)hot spot (49)notable wine list (36)great for brunch (35)good for groups (28)vibrant bar scene (16)late-night find (12)great for lunch (6)kid-friendly (6)Show More
  • Girasol Gone Mediocre, No Top Chef
    ARoseVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great expectations but the total picture was mediocre at best. Mussels were fresh but preparation in a light tomato broth with a kick, really had little flavor.The soft shell crab was good, as was the special plum and burrata salad. The lentil "wrap"was delicious. We were expecting a wonderful bread,rated highly by other reviewers. It was nothing more than a few slices of a crusty bread on a plate. The $4.00 charge is insulting. In Europe we pay a covert for that, but this was hardly worth eating at all...a gimmick. Our friends shared the deep fried snapper which they shared,but it sort of small to share.The pork tenderloin was a tough porkchop with a tiny smeared puree.Unappealing. Desserts good. Top Chef did not deliver.Foraging failed.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Portions
    Andiamo
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Very small portions. For what they are charging they need to increase the size of the portions otherwise not worth the value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Girasol is good
    Laur
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    There seems to something for everyone on the menu. The small plates is the way to go so you can try and share more items. The service was great. Loved the patio. Inside can be a little noisy but it is a good spot for something fun and new.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, slooooow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Portions are small, but very quality is very good. The service, though, gets slower and slower each time I go. Appetizers came before our drinks, dessert before coffee. I'm going to give it another shot, but this is getting crazy.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious!!!
    pickylady8
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The food and the service was great!!!!I will be going there a lot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Westside quality grub in the valley
    DougnNancy
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    CJ is putting some terrific food on the table, with an unpretentious menu that you could stack up against any of the more well-regarded joints downtown (Bestia, Factory Kitchen) or on the Westside (Pica, Connie and Ted's etc.) Try the grilled octopus with roasted eggplant: layers of smoke flavor with some bright acid notes to cut through the fog. The Hamachi starter is also delicious, with the smooth, mild fish offset with just a few slices of slightly sour mouse melon. Everything is beautifully presented, and the room is contemporary and attractive. Our advice is a strong "go".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Incredible, affordable
    CConstable
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Chef CJ Jacobson has created one helluva gem with Girasol. Drawing on the techniques of an expert chef, combined with amazing ingredients that speak to Southern California, Girasol is an impeccable dining experience that I would highly recommend to any food lover. Our whole party walked away extremely happy and riding on the kind of high that truly great restaurants bring.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Laura
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The booths are comfortable, chairs are not. Could use some noise control because of the hard surfaces.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is a good one.
    ilovefood
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Took my daughter and her boyfriend for her birthday. The food was exquisite. I'm not an octopus fan, but my daughter and her bf are, and I have to say that it's the first time I've tasted octopus that didn't have the consistency of a rubber band - it was tender and flavorful and almost make me a convert. The special appetizer of the evening was a plate of ricotta with fresh figs, plums and a "warm hug" of red pepper, which was really lovely and was presented by the chef himself. Our server Briana was charming and knowledgeable. I had read reviews, so I was aware that this restaurant charges for bread and herb butter. It was very good, but I still question that practice. I would order it again, however, and everything else we tried.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful find in an unusual spot
    katemVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    My first time here and loved the food and the service. Nice wine list. Excellent vegetarian entree.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fresh Seasonal Fare with a Flair
    JShak
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    While I enjoyed trying Girasol, a lovely new restaurant, the menu was a bit limited for my taste. I liked the options but wasn't over the moon about them. Most items seemed a bit too pricey, especially since they didn't come with anythign. I ordered the chicken dish which the menu said came with potatoes; if you count two small potatoes as coming with potatoes, then okay, sure. It also had bitter greens on the side -- I couldn't cut them with my knife or, when I tasted them, with my teeth. The chicken was tender and juicy, however, and seasoned with a light and aromatic touch. My friend ordered the fish special, which she loved, though it seemed rather light (not much with it) for the price as well. The bread and desert were delish!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great combinations of tastes
    PLSS
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I went to Girasol for my 50th birthday with my daughter. The food was terrific, with some wonderful, interesting combinations of flavors and all beautifully presented. The wait staff was attentive. The room was crowded, and a little loud, but we could still talk comfortably. My only complaint was I had stated in my reservation that I was celebrating a birthday and that was confirmed when they called to confirm the reservation. No mention of this was made at the restaurant. No candle in the dessert we ordered or good wishes offered. I know they do that sort of thing because we saw other tables having celebrations. A small thing, but we left feeling a bit let down. It makes you wonder what else might be overlooked.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • overrated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food war goo but in my oponion really overrated. The restaurant is loud and you can't really talk there but this seem ok for most poeple. We had a couple appetizers, that actually were really delicious, the entree (rack of lamb was overpriced $40). Also,if you go to the website there are no prices displayed on the menue. Overall, good food but not memorable and not good enough wanting me to go back there.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Chef CJ came out and spoke with us. Very personable and his staf was great. The Lamb was one of the best I have ever had. We loved the Beets and fruit with Goat cheese. One of the best dinners we have had in years. We will be back and have already recommended it to others. Though not too many so it doesn't get soooo busy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Well Executed
    Petrarch
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Our meals were excellent; creatively presented dishes that were delicious. One quibble: the "Shared" items are really too small for two. Dessert was excellent and the wine list adequate, but a bit expensive. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super Yummy and Healthy!
    LNZReviewVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The food was so fresh and so local!! It was such a nice change to have subtle flavors that allow the real taste of the food to come out! Kudos to the chef and staff!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't wait to go back!!
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Went there for my third time and everything was soooo amazing!!! I tried some new things and they are definite keepers!! Looking forward to having them again. And the waiters are all very accommodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Dining
    Dick
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Top notch food and service. Very creative food preparation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DT
    Turner
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Service was excellent, the staff really know their business. Food was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A gem in Studio City
    Topchefjunkie
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I have been wanting to go to Girasol for a while now, and I'm glad that I finally was able to make it there for Brunch last Sunday. My friend and I got the bottomless mimosa and bellinis for $20.00 - not a bad deal when you're planning on having more than one. I got the eggs with bacon and probably the most delicious potatoes - almost like potato skins - fabulous bread with homemade jams and butter. I felt that the prices were reasonable for the quality of food. Totally satisfying on every level. The restaurant is very pretty and Chef C.J. even came over and let us take a picture with him. He kindly knelt down (as he is quite tall). We will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Luv2eat
    luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We have been to Girasol before, enjoyed the food, went back with friends who had never been there. Other than we would like more variety in the menu, everything we ordered was excellent. The service was not up to the standards that we had enjoyed on our other visits. The waitress took our order and then told us about the nightly special, should have been first. We ordered a second round of drinks that she brought when we were at the end of our meal. She did not even come back to let us know that drinks were delayed, she had an attitude when we told her it was too late. It took more than a half hour to get a glass of wine and vodka on the rocks. We do like this restaurant and will try it again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Crazy Good
    Flowers
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food was truly wonderful. Unique, tasty and delicious! Love, love, love it. The snapper, octopus, meatballs, panna cotta and bread were all fantastic. I'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it!
    Maggs
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    So happy that this place has opened in our neighborhood- it is beautiful, modern, has excellent service, and beyond delicious food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Generally excellent
    jeg3
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Very organized and efficient. Excellent service and food except for one disappointing dish - the pork satay - which was a bit tough, fatty and uninteresting compared with the variety of ingredients, tastes & textures in the other shared plates. Delicious dessert, which was like a lighter version of a sticky toffee pudding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • food good, chairs uncomfortable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    we will not be going back. we have been twice and enjoyed the food. the price point is very reasonable for the food being presented. we sat in a banquette once and the seats are so low we felt like children eating at the grown-up table. this time we sat on the patio in chairs that were so uncomfortable as to make lingering impossible and i left with a back ache since i couldn't sit back (and the front scoop of the chair dug painfully into the back of my knees). it's a real shame.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Delish!
    chefplus1VIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Very nice local/near local offerings. Creative menu, the specials are often intriguing. Portions are scaled to the small side; the flavors are generally large.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OUCHHHHH:(
    Lov3F00D
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The acoustics are the worst of any restaurant I've been to which I can't count both in the US and abroad.The noise was so unbearable that no food is worth eating. It's called a "dining experience," because ambience is part of it. My ears were ringing long after we left. I would not recommend going for this reason. I can just imagine the restaurants in NYC with decibels like this. They'd get ripped apart and close immediately. RIDICULOUS. The service wasn't great either.
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  • MandSM
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    After several visits: Great "au currant" cuisine and very pleasant, competent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • New and exciting
    Skates
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    A "top chef" restaurant. Flavor combinations unheard of but amazing. Great original cocktails.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A winner in more than one way
    SSSM
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    From Top Chef Duels on TV to The Yard in Santa Monica, CJ Jacobson has been a winner who makes a big impression with his creative cuisine and seasonally-inspired selections (like the terrific figs in chili oil and curry leaves). He offers a unique take on flavor combinations, and while I ordered pork loin, my dining partner ordered the whole fish and it was both delicious and awesome to look at. Girasol is a great addition to the LA fine dining scene. Loved it. Bring a date, bring a friend, bring the family and expect a great time and a great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Back on my radar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We haven't been to Girasol in awhile and so glad we went back. The food is so unique, due to the chef's foraging skills and ability to combine the most unusual flavors. It almost always works! Same with the cocktails. They make their own syrups and the balance is perfect! Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • herbwolas
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    A good restaurant,Local, good service. glad to have it available in the neighborhood
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Was looking forward to it BUT...
    allkindsoffood
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The service was so unprofessional/indifferent before we received our food that we all commented that we hoped the food was spectacular to overcome the service. When the entrees came (while we still had our app's and plates in front of us) the three dishes were good but nothing we tasted had a wow factor. I expect more than "yeah it was good" with a bit of shrug food and better service than I can get at a Norm's for the price and vibe niche they are going for. On the way out I asked the hostess if the manager was available because each of the 3 of us dine out often and when I know I will never be back somewhere I want to tell them why. "He might be in the office or something. Sorry" with her own shrug. Hope our waiter is better at acting.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Late dining has it's risks!
    TinoVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    They were about 15 minutes late in sitting us for an 8:45 pm reservation. We had pretty bad luck since they had run out of various dishes by the time we were ordering. Overall good food an experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed Girasolrestaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great decor, nice bar, interesting menu. Had a Black Bass special--beautiful filet cooked to perfection with good not great recipe. Plenty of choices making a return trip a definite option for me. Only complaint was the noise level-and I'm not sensitive about this. I'm used to shouting at concerts, not restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Second time been to this restaurant. Food is always good but very overpriced. Also wine list fairly limited on California wines and this too very overpiced. Glass of Wente Chardonnay with tax and tip around 16.00 and you can easily buy a bottle for this price. Beverly Hills pricing for neighborhood Valley restaurant.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing time
    DTLADogDad
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Gem of a restaurant that lives up to its reputation for creative farm to table dishes, of particular note the burata and peaches, the fried snapper and the octopus salad. These are not to be missed. The cocktail menu is inventive without being pretentious, particular kudos for the old-fashioned. Most importantly, the staff is lovely, and as a result is imbues a friendly spirit among the patrons, we ended up chatting with our neighbors quite a bit comparing notes about our favorites. Possibly one of the best Los Angeles dinners I have had all year.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite neighborhood restaurant
    Rick
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Pricey, so we only come for special occasions. The waiter was quiet, knowledgeable, with a wry sense of humor. They let us rotate the table so we could sit closer together. Girasol specializes in mixing unusual flavors, and there are always a few surprises on the menu. The softshell crab looked like it might leap off the plate. A blueberry salad was really creative. Didn't feel rushed at all through 90 minutes. Wonderful, as always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • girasol continues to please
    frankie
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    This was my second dinner at Girasol, the first being at one of their cozy tables and this most recent one at the bar. Menu is abbreviated but offered a wide range of choices originating from sea to land to air. Pricing is reasonable for level of care and presentation that clearly goes into entrees. Octopus salad was stellar and done in the style favored by Europeans. Dining at the bar was pleasant with a nice backdrop and made all the better by an engaging and very accommodating bartender.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Nan55
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Beautiful and stylish spot, interesting menu and tasty food, not ever item was excellent- rabbit a little disappointing, but most were very very good. Service was top notch and professional. Pricey. Some entrees seem a little overpriced but overall a wonderful experience and would go back- special occasion bc of prices, would go for drinks and small plates next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.