Graffiato
Graffiato

Graffiato

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://graffiatodc.com/
  • Phone: (202) 289-3600
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday - Wednesday: 11:30am - 10:00pm (Bar & Pizza Oven Open Until 11:00pm), Thursday -Saturday: 11:30am - 11:00pm (Bar & Pizza Oven Open Until 12:00am), Bar Happy Hour: Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 7:00pm ($5 drink specials and "bites" for $3, $4, $5)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Italian
  • Executive Chef: Chef Mike Isabella
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Graffiato
Chef Isabella serves seasonal, artisanal pizzas and small plates inspired by the food he grew up eating in New Jersey prepared by his Italian-American grandmother. With heavy influence from Chef Isabella’s Mediterranean and Latin culinary training, Graffiato is anything but a traditional Italian eatery. Roasted potato gnocchi with pork ragu, chicken thighs with pepperoni sauce, charred octopus with tomato mostarda and mint, and hanger steak with pancetta and wild mushrooms are a few of the signature wood oven roasted dishes. Broccolini with red pepper relish and smoked beets with sheep’s milk ricotta are popular first plates. When the kitchen closes, the oven will stay fired to feed Washingtonians looking for a late-night bite.
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Graffiato reviews from OpenTable diners
508 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelEnergetic
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (349)hot spot (191)neighborhood gem (138)good for groups (133)vibrant bar scene (131)great for lunch (90)special occasion (73)late-night find (43)notable wine list (41)great for brunch (41)romantic (27)kid-friendly (21)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Once was enough
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Flavorful food (edging close to the too salty side), but ambiance and attitude too "hipster"/"grungy" for my taste.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place to bring out of towners!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    This is a fun and lively place to bring out of town guests! it's always a big hit and the food is good too!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and drinks
    midtowndinerVIP
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    We ordered a bunch of things here but our favorites were the brussel sprouts, the greek pizza, and the hocus pocus pizza. All the food was delicious. I got an old fashioned, which was good, but was oddly only filled halfway up the glass. I'm not sure if that's supposed to be "cool-looking" but it made it seem like I was getting less than I paid for. To be fair, the old-fashioned was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for 2 or for Groups!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    It was our second time at Graffiato (first time since 2012) & it was just as amazing as we remember. We went with the Chef's Tasting menu - which I think is the only way to go! Everything is share-able small plates - and the tasting menu is the perfect way to try things you may not have ordered on your own! We make it a must to stop in every time we are in DC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Brunch with 3 girlfriends and the dishes were similar to tapas style. Which worked great for us as we drank mimosas and nibbled on our food. Every dish we ordered was a bit of a surprised. Who hasn't had steak and eggs before....but it had spicy Asian flare to it to get our taste buds to dance a bit. Overall the favorite dish at the table were the Potato Gnocchi and Baked Eggs. The only negative experience we encountered is the wait time on our drinks. Mimosas were bottomless but we had to chase someone down to get a refill and one of us ordered a cocktail once seated and it did not arrive until after all the food was served. We had started eating two dishes before it came. If the drink was no spectacular, I would have already cancelled but the DC Mule here is very refreshing.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh...too expensive for what it is
    Serifina
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Atmosphere is nice (cool murals, light and airy), service was ok, food was good, but the dishes are tiny and quite expensive for small plates (like $15 each). This wasn't what I was looking for at brunch at all—it's hard to justify paying that much for eggs or miniature french toast—and probably not for dinner either... I just think there are better dinner places at this price range, and better brunches can definitely be had for less.
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  • Fantastic
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    we had a party oif 7 and had a great time. Food was amazing, service was perfect. We never felt rushed or pushed for time. Brunch went great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always amazing
    Kristamx
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    This is one of the few places I can go and always be happy with what I have ordered. As a result I am never afraid to try new things, which is good since they have a seasonal menu. I also love that the plates are small, so my husband and I can order a bunch of different things and get to try a large portion of the menu. Always a good choice! Mike isabella is one of my favorite chefs and this is one of my favorite places.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, really bad service
    Isabel
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The food was good, to be expected since Mike Isabella is a known chef. Nonetheless the service was really bad. It wasn't full and they took a very, very long time to even take the order for drinks and bring water. Then we ordered a Bellini and a coffee and 18 min later (we timed it just for fun since they took so long to come to begin with) we had to remind them of both. We ordered food and it took so long they came and told us they were sorry and that there was a delay in the kitchen (which seems weird when it wasn't even close to full). Anyhow, they brought us some doughnuts (that were really good) while we wait, but then they also brought a side order of bacon I had ordered to have with frittata. It wasn't even warm and it was no use to have it alone. A while later they brought one of the 2 plates we ordered and good 10 min later they brought the other plate... so really not a great meal. Food was brought at completely different times (only 2 plates and only 2 people so that was weird one is eating and the other waiting). We thought of ordering something else at that point because after all the wait we were really hungry but just the thought of having to wait 30 min for something made us change our mind. The food was good when it arrived, but the whole experience was disappointing. Probably wont be going back.
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  • One of my DC favorites
    Caligirlinmass
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    I absolutely love this restaurant! I have been there twice now. We have done the chef choice both times and it's been phenomenal. The server made sure to double check everything and had the chef prepare a dairy free menu for us. You would never know there was no dairy. The food was outstanding. They also have some really cool delicious cocktails. It was a perfect place for my birthday dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Famfoodies
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Interesting selection of small plates. Everything we tried was tasty. Fun dinner with good food and good service. I would recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    Bderiggi
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    As always, wonderful food and perfect service. Love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fabulous and creative menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    served tapas style - suggest a group of 4 perfect so you can try more things. Best restaurant I have eaten in this year.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Caroline
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    My family and I went for brunch- really great small plates. I got the breakfast pizza which was great and we shared dishes like the steak & eggs, gnocchi, and cookies&cream waffles, all of which were so yummy! Our server was really nice and friendly, and we really liked the music that was playing, great ambiance.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    Jac2222
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We had terrible service and the drinks were way over priced for what we got. I don't mind paying good money for things that are worth it but 15 dollars for a drink that isn't even full is unacceptable. No one checked on us or cleared our plates and our overall service experience was horrible. BUT, the food was excellent.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Great food, poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The food at Graffiato is absolutely delicious! Creative, savory, different from what you'll see on other restaurants around DC. Get the pepperoni sauce for sure, Mike Isabella's signature sauce! While the food was excellent, our service was pretty terrible. Several friends had warned us about the poor service, but we were optimistic. Our waitress came over about 10 mins after we sat down, and then she sort of disappeared after we placed our drink order. She totally forgot one dish, which she brought out only after we reminded her. Honestly, she didn't really seem very capable or interested in being a waitress. Management should do what they can to motivate staff -- this restaurant will lose clientele if they don't step up the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Love love love ...as a big Top Chef fan I was excited to try one of the contestants restaurants on our trip to DC we decidea to give Graffiato's a try...the food was amazing it tapas style which is perfect for me seeing as I don't eat that much anyway lol. We had the red snapper and charred brussels....flavor combos I would habe never thought of but loved!!!! Just found out there is a location in Richmond VA which is 45 minutes from me ...I will be telling everyone I know to try this place.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • popular restaurant, so-so for us
    Pink
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We chose Graffiato for a birthday celebration because we were eager to try Mike Isabella's food. If this is the best he can do, well, that's just too bad. Except for the octopus, which was excellent, I could have prepared everything else as well or better at home. The specialty-of-the-house Brussels sprouts were cloaked in a much-too-sweet sauce, the macaroni and cheese was not at all comforting - way too spicy and the pasta was unaccountably tiny. I love gnocchi and mine are waaaay better than the ones were were served. They were pasty and not consistent in size. I did ask for a different sauce since I don't eat meat but the butter and pepper sauce was too rich with butter and lacking in salt. We won't return.
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  • Small plates Italian?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Small plates Italian...who would have thought? But it works. Delicious, but atmosphere is kind of dumpy.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So good
    DCDiner
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Always outstanding and continues to impress! The brussel sprouts are one of my favorite dishes anywhere in the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Drinks were horrible, definitely not top shelf liquor used as requested, wine list limited (no pinot grigio!), definitely not kid friendly, menu is limited and tapas style. Pizzas were decent, but one was forgotten and took too long. Servers were not overly friendly. Atmosphere is nice, clean and nice open kitchen.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Graffiato
    Lola
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    I enjoyed my meal at Graffiato. The gnocchi were delicious although the rosemary flavor was not as strong as my last visit. The pizza was great. I like the vibe of the restaurant. I would suggest changing the background music. Tunes such as Led Zeppelin can be distracting and irritating when trying to have a conversation. But, I did enjoy the food b
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, Awful Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Overall, food was pretty good. Gnocchi not impressive but rest of dishes and pizzas were quite good. However, the service left a lot to be desired. Waitress not friendly at all - seemed annoyed that needed time to review menu. Back wait staff arrived at table, motioned for water glasses with his hand and said "give me your glasses". Then he repeatedly did the same thing again when clearing empty plates. Food runners barely looked at table and did not speak loudly enough to hear the names of the dishes they were bringing over. Will not return to restaurant in the future
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  • Both high and low notes but fun
    Ajax
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We were excited about going- love a small plates concept. Highlights were Carmelized brussels and mussels. Low was hanger steak that tasted like lighter fluid and the tiniest piece of Bronzino. Portions are quite small but priced only slightly lower than entrees so it's actually expensive. Chocolate budino was very good and the goat cheesecake not bad. Like the energy but would not return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brunch, no. Maybe a different meal.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The restaurant itself is cool. The brunch was not good. I had the eggs benedict and a side of sausage. The person I was with had the broccolini and biscuits and gravy. The broccolini and the sausage were the only really good things about the meal. The white of the egg was so runny it slid off the dish. It was more slimy than any kind I've ever had. The sauce on the eggs benedict was also subpar. Just overall not great. I also had a peach mimosa, and while the pour was generous, the flavor wasn't great. It was all definitely overpriced for what it was. All of that being said, I would go back to try their lunch or dinner because I'm thinking that you don't go to an Italian restaurant for brunch! I would like to try some of their specialties.
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  • nice food but...
    yumyum8
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    It was a lovely dinner, however, the restaurant was very empty by 10 PM and the hostess did not let us sit downstairs at the bar. The food was great, recommended for vegetarians!
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    fit for foodies
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  • The Perfect Pair
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    My second visit to Graffiato, tied to a concert at Verizon Center. My reservation was perfect, even honored my request for the same table! And the music was a preview of what we would hear later that evening. This attention to detail shows a real interest by the restaurant in satisfying its customers and making the visit a memorable one. Food was once again outstanding. Graffiato is our 'go to' when we are going to events at the Verizon Center!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great location and food
    Dinnerguest
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Across from the Verizon Center just makes this restaurant even better. Great small plate selections easy to share with friends and family. Great wine list.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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  • pre concert dining
    luv2eatout
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We went here before a concert at Verizon Center. We did make reservations. We were sat instantly. Our server was prompt and very helpful since we had never dined there before. All the dishes are meant to be shared, like appetizers. Our favorite was the charred octopus and a close second would be the pimento Mac n cheese that had Lamb in it. Loved it and we will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Weeknight dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Pretty good crowd for a Wednesday. Though a caps fans pre-game gathering. Tables upstairs are pretty close together so be ready to get cozy with your neighbors. Great food and wine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • outstanding value
    chrissieVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    The $20 lunch menu is a fantastic value- very good food and a lot of it.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • express lunch gone long
    RajprasVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Neat place, fun atmosphere and a very upbeat waiter. He gave great suggestions and made us laugh. They have a decent deal for the express lunch which we ordered. Food is good (I enjoy the cream cheese croutons on the Caesar ... Who wouldn't? and the Jersey shore pizza is quite decadent.) But it took way too long to be called "express". Took quite some time to get each course. After an hour and half we were still waiting for dessert so we asked for it wrapped up. Other times I love the prosecco on tap and the white house pizza!
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner Date
    Vicb
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Went here for a first date. The drinks at the bar are very good, and surprisingly, the food was really excellent (I'd heard mixed reviews. Get the Brussell Sprouts if they are on the menu, you'll thank me later! Overall and excellent dining experience with good service, atmosphere and food. I will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I'm All About the Pasta
    ImpatientVulture
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    I met a couple of friends at Graffiato for lunch. Graffiato has been on my list of places to eat for a while. After eating a few sandwiches at G at Nationals park, it was nice to finally dine at Graffiato. We had reservations, but did not really need them for lunch. The menu choices all look good. We all went with pasta dishes and were not disappointed. My friends both had the potato gnocchi and were very pleased with their choices. The noise level was low, but the place was not crowded. Based on design of the space and the large number of tables, it is easy to imagine a high noise level when Graffiato's fills up. I will be back. I saw a number of items on the menu that I want to try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Everything was fine but other than the mushroom soup, which was excellent, nothing really seemed worth the price service was a little spotty. For small plates in that part of town there's no shortage of competition, Daikaya, all the Jose Andres places ... So a lackluster meal just isn't going to earn repeat visits.
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  • Solid Mid-Grade Fare
    AubergineVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    A bit pricey but nice food. Nothing surprising or out of the ordinary.
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  • Enjoyable
    dss123
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    As a Top Chef fan, I try and hit as many restaurants as possible by the participants. Mike Isabella was always a favorite and this mean didn't change my opinion. Went for brunch with kids and everyone enjoyed it. Particularly notable were the pizzas, my hangar steak and the gnocci. The chocolate dessert was excellent as were the donuts. The goat cheesecake was not very well received, however.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly
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  • Delicious tasting menu
    Jackie
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We went for the tasting menu and it did not disappoint! We loved the meat and cheese plate, the White House pizza, the carrot agnolotti, and the lamb mac and cheese. Definitely a must!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First date anyone?!
    ashevillefun
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    It struck me that this would be a great place for a first date. There is a lot going on, the menu would provide lots of conversation and you get to share! New twist on Italian. We loved almost all of our selections and appreciated the many interesting dishes we tried. Fun night at an obviously very popular place.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful food, aweseom wait staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We ask the waitress for recommendations and the food was wonderful! The ravioli was so outstanding, we almost ordered another! But instead we got desserts and, oh my gosh, just wonderful. Everyone was so terrific and the water glasses were never empty. Excellent service. I'd go back in a heartbeat and recommend everyone tries it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate