Halcyon, Flavors from the Earth
Halcyon, Flavors from the Earth

Halcyon, Flavors from the Earth

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.halcyonflavors.com/
  • Phone: 7049100865
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Marc Jacksina
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Levine Avenue of the Arts
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Halcyon is directly connected to the Levine Center for Arts parking garage, which is accessible from both South Church Street and Stonewall Street. Park in Visitor Parking and take the Plaza Elevators to level 2, the entry hall.
A word from Halcyon, Flavors from the Earth
Halcyon is a refined new restaurant dedicated to sustainability and a community perspective of food. Elegant presentation of rustic dishes, composed of locally sourced produce and proteins and served in an atmosphere of tranquil farmhouse chic, cements our place in the "locavore movement" and Charlotte"s palate. Our dining room showcases a stunning view of the Charlotte cityscape through a wall of windows. Bask in candlelight beneath a painting of mythological Halcyon at a table sculpted from natural wood and enjoy a magical combination of ambiance, ingredients, and the techniques of Chef Marc Jacksina.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Halcyon, Flavors from the Earth reviews from OpenTable diners
87 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (65)great for outdoor dining (49)scenic view (48)special occasion (44)romantic (29)great for lunch (24)notable wine list (21)good for groups (18)great for brunch (17)neighborhood gem (13)hot spot (10)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Wine List
    jazzman
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We had a very nice experience at Halcyon. This was my second time and the food and ambience were wonderful. The wine list is a bit of a challenge. They serve pretty much all boutique wines . . . which in my opinion is great! Since there is no sommelier we asked our waiter for recommendations for a big cab-like red under $100 ($60 to $80-ish), and what the waiter recommended was really not at all what we would have expected. He offered to take it back and said that the only big reds were well over $100. Its surprising to me that a restaurant of this level would have that limited of a wine list . . . and no sommelier to help to help customers walk through it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GingerVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    The farm salad I had was a bit skimpy for the money and the server was only adequate. My friend had a fabulous tuna salad however.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • rosenbudVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    wonderfully crafted food, a dining delight! never fails to please~
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • "Never disappoints"
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I was very pleased to introduce yet another guest to Halcyon. They were delighted with ambiance, their meal and the attentive service. Thank You AJ for the warm & professional welcome! Noel
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Food was great. Service was fine, but the waitress was not particularly friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dovita1
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    I enjoyed very much the time there. Delicious food, great service and ambience! Our waiter was very kind, patient and helpful with a great demeanor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    Ttas1214
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    It took a couple of minutes to figure out its located above the Mint museum, after that everything was lovely. A beautiful restaurant with a great view of the downtown. The food was wonderful and the craft cocktails are worth a look. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I was very disappointed in our meals this weekend. One fundamental flaw is that the entrees/snacks are over prepared. For example, the babagounoush was terrible as the seasoning was horrible and not needed needed. Also food presentation was sloppy and uneven. Service was good but were overshadowed by the poor skills in the kitchen.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pre-theater dinner
    Yankee
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We had tickets for the ballet next door at the Knight Theater and let the waitress know. As we got there early we had time for a leisurely dinner. All went well, we shared a warm Caesar salad which was excellent and had the rabbit and lamb entrees. We decided to order dessert as plenty of time remained and waited, and waited , and waited. Finally my husband found the waitress and asked her to cancel the order. It evidently had turned very busy back there (or she forgot to submit the order). So a good dinner if you like beautifully plated dishes but small servings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love at First Bite
    JDavis
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This was our first trip to Halcyon, but it won't be our last. My wife and I sampled 6 items from the menu and all were perfect. Beautiful presentation and a flavor explosion with each bite. We have dined at all of the top restaurants in Uptown, and this is by far our favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view from the balcony!
    FoodieMeVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Took my Mom for brunch to this uptown Charlotte spot. Got there around noon on a Saturday and was pleasantly surprised to see no long brunch patron lines. The restaurant is light, modern, with smart accents. We were promptly seated on the balcony overlooking Tryon. It was a clear sunny day which allowed for great views of the Green, the church and uptown. The fried chicken with buscuits, the chicken pate, and the bouillon were scrumptious. The mimosas packed a punch. Place got busy as we were leaving, but still plenty of room to navigate around tables. Only drawback is paying for parking (unless you secure a spot on the street), but it was not bad at $4.00. The restaurant probably validates parking, but I forgot to ask. :-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Small servings
    Imlus
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Great food but very small servings. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I had a reservation for a party of two for lunch, but arrived with +1 and they were extremely accommodating. Service was unnecessarily slow, lunch took nearly two hours and our server was lackadaisical. However, the food and atmosphere more than made up for this.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An artful dining experience.
    artfulmeal
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Every time I visit Charlotte, NC, and the Mint Museum, I make reservations at Halcyon. Located just outside the museum, this restaurant offers great farm to table dining options, a great view of the city and friendly service in an artful setting. Go and experience it yourself!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Charlotte Favorite
    peh2m9VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I've been to Halcyon four times now and after each experience I like it more! The setting is calming, open and intimate but the Uptown location gives it a fun city vibe. Weather permitting, I prefer to sit outside. The service is consistently good but the food is what keeps bringing me back. The flavors are rich, but healthy and the options change with the seasons and availability, which I like. If you go soon, be sure to order the braised bison. When I went this weekend the chef shaved fresh truffle on top and it was heavenly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love new lighter menu
    Lightfoodlover
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We have dined here many times but especially loved the new lighter menu. There were several fish/seafood entrees and finally a sashimi app (hamachi) that was very nice. The fruit (fresh berries) sabayon dessert with marscapone was also very light and the drinks were very unique. I especially loved the coriander Prosecco moonshine cocktail, but wish it was not quite so sweet. Prosecco is almost (but not quite) sweet enough to carry the other ingredients. A lovely view of downtown charlotte and a great matre 'd who knows how to please. Would love to see more light items. With such a great chef I'm sure they could be ultra creative with ceviche.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodiemama
    Foodiemama
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Excellent food, service and overall experience. Ordered tapas style to sample many tastes and all were amazing. Highly seasoned and very different in taste. The blue cheese soufflé and risotto grits were over the top. Service was exceptional and assistance with a very good wine list was perfect. The pineapple cake was not what I expected. It was better. One suggestion. If you order tapas size and style they bring it all at once. Tables are small. Serving dishes are large. Doesn't work. Ask your server to bring out one at a time since normally you are sharing. I will return on my next trip to Charlotte. Will be first on my list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a pleasure
    langberrydining
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    I've had the opportunity to have lunch at Halcyon on two different occasions. Each time the food and service was spectacular. The setting/decor couldn't be any more lovely (ok maybe the view could be less concrete but it is "uptown"). If you can find this place; it's not quite visible from street level (one story up!) it's worth the staircase many times over!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great dining experience
    Jrme
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We have now been to Halcyon for brunch, lunch, and dinner. Each time has been a great experience. Superb food, great service and just a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High hopes, but not fully met
    JustMyThoughts
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We chose Halcyon to celebrate an important wedding anniversary. All went well but not outstanding. A special for the night was squab which the waiter said was mild. It wasn't mild and at least as strong and red as duck; I enjoyed it but my wife did not and asked to send it back. The rest of the food was good, but with the exception of the soufflé was good but not great. As was the rest of the experience good but not great: our special anniversary which I mentioned in making the reservations was mentioned but nothing special done for it. A special flower at the table or comp desert or something else would have been nice. Also no Merlot by the glass. From my perspective, it's the kind of restaurant for a corporate dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AWESOME SPOT
    nania38VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This is an amazing restaurant right in uptown Charlotte. Really cute outdoor space to sit and enjoy a glass of wine and an espresso after the meal. Our server was really sweet and when we asked for advice on whiskey the bartender came over and gave us some to try and really helped us. It made us feel special. There are VERY original menu items - we had the lamb, the pork belly and scallops, the zucchini blossoms with ricotta and the veggie platter. All were to die for and super tasty - Everything was very fresh and absolutely delicious. The wine was delicious and the ambiance is fantastic and it felt very romantic. Cant say enough positive comments about this place. LOVED IT.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A memorable feast!
    FabFood
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Perhaps the best meal I've ever had! Tasty wines and superb "small plates" makes Halcyon a sure bet for a fabulous evening. And imagine this!? You can afford "fabulous" at Halcyon. Doesn't get any better than this.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    experiencediner
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Everything a fine restaurant should be. Service was attentive and the food was inventive and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food is awesome
    cltfood
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    You will love this farm to table style upscale resturant. Burger is out of this world. Eclectic dishes like the trout salad are one of a kind.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was pretty good
    NotAFoodie
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    This review is for the second time I went for dinner. I ordered the steak and it was OK, definitely not within my top ten steak dinner experiences. And I would have expected it to be given the price. The service was really very very good though. It was loud in there because of a couple of boisterous groups, so next time I'll pick a different spot to take a date.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Service
    Hannah91380
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I recently went to Halycon for dinner. We had a reservation and were promptly seated in a table with a beautiful view of the city. Incidentally, all tables have a beautiful view because of the amazing windows. The ambience and food were good, but what was especially outstanding was the service. Our server was Adam, and he was warm, funny, knowledgable, and helpful. He gave us great descriptions and recommendations on food as well as attending to us throughout the meal. Our food was very good as well. We had a variety of things but our favorites were the flatbread appetizer and the chicken feta sausage that accompanied one of the dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good imaginative menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The food was good, presentation was fine, service was attentive but not overbearing. Expensive.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely view, unique cuisine
    Carol
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We had lunch at Halcyon this week and the food was fabulous as usual. Grouper salad was unique and the perfect balance of flavors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AQS Quilt Show Week
    OneLooseThreadVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Amazing food and fabulous service. We had a party of 4 and everyone was very happy with our choice for dinner. Don't miss this wonderful little gem in Charlotte, NC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great pick
    Davcla
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Had a real nice dining experience, really enjoyed our waiter and host. Food was excellent.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food!
    OJazzVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Not overly crowded for dinner when there is not an event next door. That makes an excellent opportunity to dine at Halcyon! They can accommodate all diets (vegan, gluten free...) and still keep a good flavor profile. Only downsides: the steps getting there for elderly folks; a wait for rest rooms; somewhat slow service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    DubzLuvGrubz
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Out of town visitors. Loved the food and the dessert was great. An amazing atmosphere to eat. Will return next time we're in Charlotte. Georgia (our waitress) was awesome!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Brunch
    GOUNC
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Great location/view/menu/service and very clean.We had Sunday Brunch. made reservations on open table. We were seated as soon as we arrived.The only thing I can say about the food is that I had the bouillabaisse and it was excellent, I was expecting Clams, Mussels or octopus. After finishing it all. I was very satisfied. Being a chef I thought That needed to be said. Greg Owens
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Urig
    urig
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This is the best restaurant my wife and have been to in Charlotte. The food was out standing the portions were perfect. Great dinning experience. We will tell our friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definitely something different...
    Dave1966VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    This is pretty much unlike any dining experience I've ever had & I don't mean that in a good or bad way, just different. The food is very fresh & the preparation is very minimal. This is definitely not comfort food or any particular traditional genre of food. If you like earthy food that is relatively healthy & prepared in a very creative method, then you will love this. Most of the wines (& I'm a wino) I've never heard of. The menu was a bit confusing as the descriptions were so fancy that I could barely understand them. The food portions are relatively small & presented with an artistic flare. Service was very good, atmosphere is great, price point is $$$$; would I be back? Probably not, but I'm glad I got to experience it once. :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Terrible Service. Blah Food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    This was my third visit to Halcyon. I recommended we go there for a birthday lunch. We were literally the LAST table served even AFTER others arrived. Not sure if another table got our food or what but the server was never around. We watched as others got their pre-meal popcorn and we never got any. When asked, the server informed there wasn't any left?? Then we watched as every other table got their food but ours. We waited nearly 40 minutes for food to arrive. When it did it was bland. The salad had zero dressing on it. It took us 1.5 hours to have lunch. We were all very disappointed and I was embarrassed for recommending Halcyon. My previous two visits were good, but after this one, I wont be back.
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  • Very tasty!
    Jess
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    My mixed drink was missing a main intense flavor so it just tasted like booze. The salad was very good but too much dressing. My appetizer/main course was excellent - the scallops and pork belly. My desert the lemon cake with strawberries tasted liked cardboard. Dessert was the only bad element of the meal, otherwise it was a 3.5 out of 5.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 50 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 665 reviews are from the Halcyon, Flavors from the Earth reviews archive.
  • good food mediocre service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The food was fresh and certainly enjoyable however the service incredibly subpar for a restaurant of this calibre.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GhobbyVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Liked it - did not love it. The starters were my favorites. Cheese trio and snack board were both interesting. I had the duck breast - ok but had a sauce the had no real taste. Drinks were interesting.
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    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Earthy and yummy!
    yummy
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Delicious food, very unique and different. Not large portions, but great quality. There are plenty of unique cocktails as well. Pricey, but worth it for the quality and experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet