Hibiscus Restaurant
Hibiscus Restaurant

Hibiscus Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.hibiscusrestaurantnj.com/
  • Phone: (973) 359-0200
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 2:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: Open 12:00pm - 4:00pm. We will temporarily closed for dinner on Sundays until further notice. Sorry for any inconviences this causes.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Caribbean, American
  • Executive Chef: Orville Brandon
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, BYO Liquor, Delivery, Entertainment, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We offer full service catering on & off site. Our unique catering menus offer our patrons something truly different than the usual. We enjoy customizing menus as we are the only ones that can offer this combination of cuisines at the highest quality at the most competitive prices. We deliver drop off lunches for corporate clients & Pharmaceutical Sales reps.
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer banquet facilities for large & small parties, for private dining, social or corporate events.
  • Private Party Contact: Karlene Brandon 9733590200
  • Entertainment: Enjoy live entertainment by some of New Jersey’s best jazz performers and musicians, Rio Clemente, Bree Jackson, Tomoko Ohno, Champion Fulton & Norman Edge.Magic happen on the New Jersey Jazz Society’s baby grand piano, now in it's new home at the Hibiscus. Fridays: 7:00pm - 10:00pm, Tuesdays: 6:00pm - 9:00pm & Sundays for our Jazz Brunch 12pm - 3pm.
    Don't miss our other special annual events.

    …New Years Eve Celebration/Annual Jazz extravaganza

    …Special Valentine's Day Dinner

    …Mother's Day Brunch,

    …Fathers Day Dinner.
    There's always something new happening at the Hibiscus ....
  • Special Events: Come and enjoy our Sunday Jazz Brunch

Getting there

  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Ample parking available in the Morristown Inn parking lot.
A word from Hibiscus Restaurant
The Hibiscus is a unique find! Located in the heart of Morristown inside the Morristown Inn; a one of it’s kind, Hibiscus boasts a unique concept providing the first upscale but cozy Caribbean restaurant in New Jersey , the first in a hotel & the only place for Caribbean in town. Hibiscus prepares & presents for it's guests five star quality meals at unbelievably affordable prices. Never before have you had Traditional American & Authentic Island Cuisine (Jamaican) at it's best all in one place. Come & enjoy from Authentic Jamaican Jerk Chicken served with traditional rice & beans & fried plantains to our famous Rasta Pasta made with lightly seasoned Jerk chicken breast, sundried tomatoes & broccoli in a light cream sauce over penne or capellini to Steak House quality steaks, perfectly prepared & served with our gourmet mashed potatoes & vegetables al dente, Complete your evening with our to die for, Jamaican Rum flavored Bread Pudding & Cup of our renowned blue mountain peak coffee
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Hibiscus Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
23 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.3
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (14)fit for foodies (12)romantic (9)special occasion (6)great for brunch (4)good for groups (4)hot spot (2)great for lunch (2)late-night find (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Avoid this restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We had a 7 PM reservation. Restaurant is in the basement of a Best Western Motel. We were seated at 7:20. Service seemed friendly enough. Wine was opened, food order was taken. No one brought us an ice bucket to keep our white wine cool, although every other table had a bucket. (When we pointed this out, we got our ice bucket) Appetizers were brought. Then the wait for the entree. Must have waited about an hour for the entree. Two of us ordered one of the specials-Chilean Sea Bass. The dish was undercooked-couldn't cut it. Took us 10 minutes to get a waitress to bring back the dish. They apologized profusely. Said they would cook us new entrees. Said the chef was cooking only our dish. Waited another half hour. No entree. Then wait staff bring out six dishes for the table next to us. So much for the chef cooking only for us. We asked for the check. Left without eating the sea bass. Appetizers were good as were the dishes two others ate. I have to rate it one star because the dish I ordered was not cooked properly and when it was sent back we got put to the back of the que and had to wait another half hour.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Calypso so so
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Tried this Caribbean American restaurant based on favorable reviews. They definitely had a bad night. Waitress was way to familiar and chatty. Food was delivered haphazardly . I got mine first and my partner 5 minutes later. The food was average at best and spare. Wouldn't go here again.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Enjoyed the variety of foods, especially the Caribbean foods. Music an added treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • love this place
    bumtomd
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    i love this place - and i do not want to disparage the food in any way, but i did think the piano player was a little too loud for the room... although he was very good and we enjoyed him being there,,, just why does the restaurant music have to be so loud we had to scream to talk to the person across the table from us...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    FleaVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Great Caribbean food. Generous Portions. Attentive staff. Outstanding music.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A surprise in the rough
    Gr82eatVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    I travelled in from NY for a meeting and wanted to wait out the traffic and decided to eat at this restaurant after finding it on Open Table. It is located in the basement of the Best Western. When I arrived I was the only person there and was greeted friendly by Winston and was seated promptly. My waitress Toni-Ann was a real doll and she and Winston were very attentive during my stay. I had the complimentary festival bread and it was nice. I then had the Jamaican Seafood Run Down, wiich consisted of Lobster, shrimp, conch, sea bass, and scallops stewed in a luscious coconut curry sauce. It was a big portion and delicious. I finished off with the rum flavored bread pudding, which was to die for. I had enough left over for later.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very enjoyable
    JoeNJ
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    First time. We were looking for someplace new and decided to try Hibiscus. We went on a Wednesday. It was a quiet night. My wife and I had the oxtails and the seafood platter. We found both to be very good. We both agreed that we would like to comeback and try one of the music nights or the brunch.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great music and food
    jrzyj
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Overall; experience was nice. Service is extremely slow so we were seated a long time before our order was taken and food arrived.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Thoroughly enjoyed
    roblessolVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We were unsure what to expect at the Best Western, but the food was terrific, our waitress was hysterical, beautiful voice of the piano player. All in all a lovely meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hidden Gem
    yummy
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Hibiscus was great! I was very skeptical since it’s in the basement of a Best Western. I read other reviews saying it was great, so took a chance. The food was delicious. I had the Oxtail, another in our group had the Curry Shrimp and someone else had the Chicken Strew. All were delicious. The flavors were great and something I’ve never had before. The chocolate cake was AMAZING too! It was more of chocolate truffle than a cake. 2 cons: (1) location takes away from the mood, but once we are seated you forget where you are and it feels like a nice restaurant. (2) Wait time-it took a long time before we were served. We didn’t get appetizers, which was a mistake. Get some apps to hold you over until the wonderful food comes out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food
    Chris
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food is well prepared and delicious. The music was excellent and suited the mood. The service is slow
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Random but great find.
    Divablue5VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Don't be deceived when you arrive to the restaurant because it is located downstairs of the Morristown hotel. The food was fantastic and the service was great. The BYOB was perfectly fitting because that is one less thing you need to worry about, especially when you are looking to have a relaxing evening with a date or friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food Good, but Service Real Slow
    CeeBee
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    It took almost an hour before we recieved our food. This was the second time going to the resturant and our last. The food was good but the seafood was overcooked. I was so hungry, it didn't matter. Nevertheless, the ambience was very nice (ligting, live musician), but that all was lost in the fact that the service was so slow. Everyone complained. If you have an hour to blow, then check it out.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I didn't know what to expect when I walked into the small, hidden restaurant. What I found was a hidden treasure. The food was amazing, the service was great. And I always enjoy places that are BYOB. Truly authentic Jamaican cuisine. Definitely try the bread pudding, it is worth the calories. I will be coming back again and again!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OUTSTANDING
    Luvcaribbeanfood
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I was looking for a West Indian restaurant to get some good food for my birthday all I can say about this spot is OMG: the food was fantastic, every dish was delicious and seasoned with just enough spice, I will recommend this restaurant to anyone and I will be a frequent customer.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Carribean in Morristown NJ
    raywall
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Don't make the initial look fool you. Located downstair in the Best Western.The food was great (oxtail and stew chicken), Atmosphere was great and the entertaiment was great !!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 7 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 259 reviews are from the Hibiscus Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Disappointed
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I really disappointed that Hibiscus has not done something with their service problems. The service is so bad that it takes away from the food and the entertainment. I've had this problem with them in the past but I decided to let time past and try them again. True to form, the people have changed but they still have the same issues. Maybe it's the management.
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  • Excellent Caribbean Food
    JohnS
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Hidden gem in morristown. Excellent, high end Caribbean menu. Chilean sea bass special with mashed potatoes was very tasty.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Eats, Great Service
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Excellent Caribbean food, generous portions, terrific service. The location in the basement of the Best Western was a little daunting at first...but the space is nicely done giving a sense of intimacy and class. If you love tasty food, excellent service, and proximity to Morristown's exciting downtown offerings, Hibiscus is the place to go. Bring Your Own Wine...they don't have a liquor license.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Too many drummers
    ldy1
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We go to Hibiscus to enjoy a lovely meal-diver scallops are an exquisite appetizer. The piano music performed by Rio Clemente is excellent. When he has an occasional vocalist accompany him, that's wonderful. We don't enjoy additional musicians, as they detract and interrupt the piano. Two drummers, were two too many.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • hidden gem
    FleaVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Not far from downtown Morristown, a quiet unpretentious Caribbean restaurant sits in, of all places the basement of the Best Western hotel. Delicious food, great service and reasonably priced -this place won't stay a secret long.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Started with "A" ended w/ "MAZING"
    smoothperry1
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    If you have never been to this restaurant, you absolutely HAVE TO GO. Literally EVERYTHING on the menu is delectable. NO matter your specific taste buds, you will be satisfied to the highest degree. On select nights they have live jazz playing which makes for a great atmosphere. There are simply not enough words to describe how awesome this place is!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • loved it!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    When we first showed up, my family was a little concerned about the restaurant hidden in the basement, but the food was outstanding and the wait staff was very helpful and personable. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves Caribbean food!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    wonderful to sit in with Rio Clemente and a surprised vocalist
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Have a Bite to Eat
    HandyAndi
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Our brunch recently at Hibiscus was a delight. The food was across the hall for this brunch so the restaurant was spacious and beautiful as almost every table was filled. We had champagne which we brought and Karlene's able servers supplied the orange juice for our mimosas to start the day off right. The entertainment - Pam Purvis and Bob Ackerman and friends - was, as always, wonderful. The NJ Jazz Society on this day was very well represented and new members are always welcome at www.njjs.org. Check out Hibiscus - ample parking and you won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Hibiscus is surprisingly deceptive. I think it doubles as a Continental Breakfast venue for Best Western Plus Hotel. But the wait staff are excellent and engaging and the food was incredibly delightful. However, when booking on line, the reservation criteria should mention that it's a BYOB. The waitstaff were quick on their feet and rounded up a bottle of wine from the Hotel cache so it worked out. I plan to return the next time I'm in Morristown for a concert at the Mayo Performing Arts Center.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mouth Watering
    Andre
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Great service. Food is made fresh. I have taken my aunts who are retired chefs and the loved the food, the ambiance and the live music. Recently I took my friends and their children visiting from Michigan and they really liked their meals. I live about 45 minutes away otherwise I would dine there weekly. My favorite meal is the vegetarian Rasta Pasta.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Hank
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Not clear that it was essentially a BYO. Limited wine selection was terrible. Couldn't wait to finish eating and get out of there.
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  • Dinner with a tune
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Variety of food was good. We decided on rasta pasta, oxtails, and curried chicken, all good. Piano music in the background provided by Rio Clemente was a delightful touch.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MillaVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We received three ox tails..... Adults not children we are.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great food
    luvtaeat
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Great food and nice atmosphere. It's a must go. Wonderful little gem. Service is wonderful. So nice and friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • overpriced
    wonderwips
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Price of the food is way above the quality and preparation. $30 for a small piece of sea bass over a large mound of cold too salty mashed potatoes is unreasonable even for Morristown. The service was inconsistent and the waitress disrespectful during the music set. I think she was trying to be the loud comic. Overall not worth a return trip
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  • downtoearth
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    service was a bit slow and the piano was too loud. Food was well prepared and delicious. Friendly service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great time!
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    I had a wonderful time. The brunch was delicious and the staff was attentive. The location is surprising. It's in the basement but if you can get passed that you will have a good meal!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food - bad ambience
    1happyeater
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Went here for Mother's Day brunch. Food was varied and delicious. Setting was dreadful - in the basement of a hotel and it felt like a basement. Dining rooms were too small - you couldn't get in or out of the separate room where food was served. Had to wait half an hour before the buffet was ready. Very expensive for lack of pleasant environment. If I was interested only in sampling carribean food I would return otherwise not.
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  • good food-but service lacking
    alpha81
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Heard of the restaurant from the hotel sales rep. My husband and I got to the restaurant at about 720pm, waited about 10mins for a server to get to our table. She did not seem at all knowledgeable of the menu options. When asked if we could substitute rice and beans for something else, we were told not really, or we'd have to wait 20mins-though items were listed on the menu as sides. Dinner was finally brought to the table at 850pm. The owner/manager did apologize for the wait but by then I was ready to go. After dinner, which was REALLY GOOD, I asked for coffee. The server wandered around for about 10mins..no coffee. We asked for the check, she brought it over-not asking if I no longer wanted coffee.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will not return...
    RUSHFan0612VIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I came here on the Saturday night before Mother's Day to hopefully enjoy a nice dinner out with my parents. Well to get to the point, we did not enjoy ourselves at all. For some strange reason, the restaurant thinks that it's a good idea to have a live musician in a fairly small place to be playing during the prime dinner period (6PM-8PM) at an almost deafening volume level. My parents are 80 & 72 respectively, and my father (80) has a very hard time hearing to begin with. The music was so loud that we could barely converse. On top of that, I must say that the food was just average, really nothing to write home about...my father did not enjoy the oxtails and I thought my dish (Seafood Rundown) was bland. So I will not be back, sorry.
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  • Awesome
    Ladyice
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    I was looking for something new to celebrate my bday. I came across this Resturant on the internet and decided to try it out. I'm so glad I did the owner and the rest if the staff were wonderful and the food was amazing glad I went ibwill defintely be returning
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • restaurant week visit
    bluescoot
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    restaurant week in morristown this week. should have surprised as needed to specifically ask for the special menu which was not offered freely. service was absolutely awful. we ordered the rest. week special (salad, entree) also added appetizer (add'l chg.) which was fine with us. never received salad (which would have been ok) until I noticed they added 18% serv chg and increased the check as the waitress undercharged us $4 which made me mad. I then complained and told mgr we didn't receive our salads. she reduced the check by $4 and didn't include gratuity. my head was spinning at this point. anyway, gave a tip to the guy who brought ALL the food and came to pour wine for us. such a bad experience I just have to shake my head.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Excelente food! I will totally go back to this place. They need more than one waitress tho. Thann you
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.