Home Tasting Room
Home Tasting Room

Home Tasting Room

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.hometastingroom.ca/
  • Phone: (403) 262-8100
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Friday: 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM, Saturday: 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Wine Bar, Canadian
  • Executive Chef: Daniel Pizarro-Munn
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: "Home" has 75 seats in various configurations and can comfortably accommodate up to 120 guests in a stand-up cocktail party setting.
  • Private Party Contact: info@hometastingroom.ca 4032628100x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Centre Street
  • Public Transit: Home Tasting Room is located one block South of both the 1st Street and Centre Street C-Train Line stops.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: -Free street parking on Stephen Avenue in front of Home Tasting Room after 6pm

    -Directly behind Home Tasting Room, between 7th and 8th Avenue off of 1st Street or Centre Street, there is a private parking lot, as well
    as a Calgary Impark Lot

    -Lot 60: Telus Convention Centre parking at 727 1st SE, 24 hours,
    Monday to Sunday

    -Lot 7: Pay and Display Lot at 208 9th Avenue SW, 24 hours,
    Monday to Sunday
A word from Home Tasting Room
Home Tasting Room is a wine-centric restaurant serving market–fresh sustainable food, with an "Old made New" twist. The warm and inviting ambiance will make you feel as if you are at "HOME".
With over 50 selections in our wine inventory at any given time, we want you to experience and taste as many wonderful wines as possible. This process should never be intimidating and you should feel right at "HOME". Home's wines by the glass program offers guests 2.5oz and 5oz glass pours to promote sampling and discovery of our wine list.
Come and enjoy one of the freshest dining experiences as you immerse yourself in all the wonderful smells and sizzles from our open kitchen.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCanadian
Home Tasting Room reviews from OpenTable diners
84 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (55)special occasion (32)great for lunch (31)good for groups (24)romantic (21)neighborhood gem (18)notable wine list (15)great for outdoor dining (9)late-night find (6)hot spot (5)great for brunch (4)vibrant bar scene (2)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Yummy in my tummy!
    LeslieVIP
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    I absolutely enjoyed this restaurant! The food was incredible and I was completely satisfied. Our hostess was attentive. The chef prepared an incredible lunch. I recommend this Home Tasting to anyone. I'm excited to attend the new opening restaurant in the south west.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't wait to go back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    This was our first trip to Home Tasting Room, and we can't wait to go back. Loved the decor, and really appreciated that the tables weren't jammed together. Our server was knowledgeable and very attentive. The food was outstanding. The apple and celery root soup was delicious. My husband had a burger from the feature menu, which he felt should be on the menu all of the time. The mac and cheese with peas and proscuitto was creamy and wonderful. We also tried the feature dessert, an incredibly light chocolate mousse with sponge toffee. Looking forward to a return visit to try more things on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Calgary Big Taste 2014
    Renee
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We went during the Big Taste 2014 and 3 out of the four of us had the special five course menu and it was fabulous. I had the wine pairing and it was delicious and really well matched. The service was excellent too. We had a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful evening
    Fred
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Went for a romantic evening. Food was amazing. Had a great friendly server. Would definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Before the Theatre
    Caldine
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    I found the Home Tasting Room a very pleasurable experience. A friend and I dined before the theatre. She had Arctic Char and I had Duck L'Orange. Both were very tasty. We also had the pavlova, which was fine, but not something I would order again, mainly as the meringue was not the traditional crust style, but came in small buttons, which were hard. The portions are not large, but we both felt satisfied with our two courses. Dinner with tip cost about $70 each.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing Home about the food...
    wonderwoman
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Food was well presented and delicious for example:innovative use of baby turnips cooked in beet water making them a pale rose colour. We had the 5 course tasting so hard to comment on the portion size but the menu had a variety of sharing and mains, many of which I would choose. Generally service was fine for Calgary, friendly but not overly knowledgeable. overall rating 4/5 ( I would go again) My dinner companion did comment that "all the restaurants are starting to look a bit alike" meaning muted tones, open kitchen, exposed brick wall….
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience except for...
    LunchEats
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    I've been to Home Tasting Room many times and have always been happy with the service and the food quality. I took a friend there who needed gluten free choices and choose to have a burger with the recommended gluten free bun. The gluten free bun was horrific, it fell completely apart and became pretty much inedible. When the waitress came by to take our plates, it was impossible not to notice the giant pile of crumbs that once was a bun, but did not even ask what happened. We were in a rush and didn't have time to complain about it, but we were more than disappointed with the bun itself then the failure of the staff to notice the damage. Home, please revisit your gluten free buns and either offer something better or nothing at all!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • space & place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    enjoyed my visit back to a place I built Canadian Art Gallery in the 90's the gallery closed due to high rent and greed, then turned into an awful tourist shop, thankfully it closed and low and behold Home opened re vitalizing a great building, room and the history. good on you folks keep it up. thanks doug maclean.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • James Water is Fabulous
    RootyTooty
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    If you haven't tried out James Water's menu yet, get with it. Very dish is unique and heavenly.... you will close you eyes with delight.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food and great service
    Jehad
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    Loved my lamp burger.....amazing friendly service....I appreciated the fact they accommodate the four of us even though our reservation was for two people..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful food
    AnUrbansimpleton
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    This is my second time at Home Tasting Room, and both times we've asked to sit at the bar where we could watch the chefs in action, and sometimes harass them with questions, which they always gracefully answered. My favourites from both experiences were the gnocchi, scallops and the beef bourguignon plates. The service was great, but I would've liked the plates to come a little quicker. I know (and overheard) a lot of attention going into how the timing, but there were moments where we got a little impatient. Overall, I enjoyed HOME and will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great dinner
    FoodBabyMamaVIP
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    Nothing but great things about this place - great wine list, service, atmosphere and food. Loved the tartar starter and the dessert, and not often where you can get a (delicious) old vine zinf by the glass. There isn't a ton of natural light given the location on Stephen Ave but they've made the setting wonderful, bright and warm nonetheless. Music is great, folky and at the right volume, room was not overly busy, food is fresh and server made great recommendations. A reminder that I really don't come here as often as I should!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gnocchi was excellent
    Dominator
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    We ordered the gnocchi from the tasting menu as an appetizer and it was amazing. Our main courses, unfortunately, failed to live up to that same standard. Overall, given the price of the meal, there are better values to be had.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • limited menu but food had
    lunchgirl
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    limited menu but food had great flavor and a bit of a twist. Appreciated the lactose free creamy soup, very good! Service personable and accomodating!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impeccable food. What a find!
    thomasgrant72
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Heard about Home Tasting Room from a friend last year and had forgotten about it until The Big Taste and saw it listed so jumped at the opportunity to give it a try -- the food almost brought tears to my eyes it was so good. I 'upgraded' by adding the wine pairing to each course and it was well worth it. If you're looking to try something new, give this a try -- you won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Phenomenal
    Arlene
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We enjoyed the Gourmet Feast. A five course meal that delighted our taste buds. We also coupled the food experience with a pairing of wines with each course. It was perfect. The food was well done, beautifully presented and the wines were perfect compliments to the course. Our server was delightful and attentive. We will be back again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Average, not great
    Gourmand77
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    The ambiance at HTR is nice- the decor is simple, lighting is good, the open kitchen is fun to watch, and you can actually hear the people you are talking to, which for me is a huge plus! The food here is decent, but it is not fantastic. I have yet to be wowed by either the flavours or preparation, although the presentation of the food is very nicely done. A bit more seasoning and use of spices in the food would go a long way in elevating the flavours. The portions for some dishes are definitely on the small side. If I didn't order an appetizer, main and dessert each time, I would come away hungry. Overall it is fine for a night out, just don't expect to be wowed if you are a foodie.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Divine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    Simply divine food. I am thrilled to have found such a place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food!
    Breg0816
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    I went to the Home Tasting Room with 3 friends am had an amazing experience. We ordered a cheese tasting plate and spinach and artichoke dip with house made chips to start. It was fantastic. Next time I want to try the bison tartar as it is their most popular share plate. For mains 2 of is had the seared pork loin, 1 the article char and 1 the ravioli. All were perfect! We finished off with expresso mousse and chocalate peanut butter amore for dessert! The service was great! We loved the open kitchen where we could see all the food being prepared. I will be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasted so good
    brownbear
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    A nice find on 8th Ave, everything was cooked well and tasted good, portions just enough and like the idea of the tasting plates, the service was excellent all in all will go back again, could not fault it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food - Good service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    My wife and I had an excelllent evening at the Home Tasting Room. It was nice to see professional cooks getting about their business with obvious care for the quality of the food they served. Service was great, the wait staff were there when you needed them, and not there when you didn't. Perfect timing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food.
    Traveller4Food
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Great ambiance, great service, great food but a little expensive. Regardless, it's a fun place to go with you significant other for a special occasion or as a group.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine's set menu
    moreplease
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Not being a fan of dining from a set menu we were sceptical about what choices we might have. The menu was fantastic, food great, loved that the tables were farther apart than many restaurants making our experience more intimate. We had only dined at Home Tasting for brunch in the past but will be back for dinner. The menu is small as is the wine list but from our Valentine's experience if each item is as well done less is more. The background music was just that, in the background, making it easy to converse yet enjoy the atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed Duo
    tlt13
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We had great expectations for this restaurant given the reviews we have received from friends. Sadly our dining experience wasn't great as we were rushed - four courses stuffed into us or so it felt. Our server broke the cork in our wine and swore when it happened. Then he took my main course plate before I was finished. He didn't give us any suggestions or greater details on the menu like the other servers. Service was poor but the food was good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    PalatePleaser
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    From beginning to end, we had a delightful experience. Two things stopped this from being a 5 star food destination. The sweet potato soup of the day was a touch bland and the roasted red pepper puree accompanying my scallops was overly sweet. Still, I would return to the Home Tasting Room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always amazing
    HTRFan
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    We go here at least once a season and it is always absolutely amazing, the food, the service and the ambiance. Every night has been a little different and every one is exactly the night we need.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    I had the lamb burger for lunch and it was outstanding!! :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food, good service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    Went for lunch with a friend, was really good. We really enjoyed the lamb burger and it's not a huge portion, so suitable for those looking for a smaller burger. great service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service!
    Ollie
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    We shared a few plate and were very happy with the quality; everything was amazing. This is the second time I have been here and both times were beyond happy with the service. The only negative was that the food came all at once despite indicating we wanted to take our time but overall we were very impressed and will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Dietary Restrictions Friendly
    morgz
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    I made a last minute reservation to Home Tasting room giving only 40 minutes notice that they should expect 1 vegan guest. When I arrived my friend and I were seated immediately and our hostess asked who was the vegan. She had already spoken with the chef and they were able to put together a vegan risotto. They also made a carrot and beet soup that I could eat. My friend and I split a bottle of wine which was reasonably priced and tasty. They had a great selection of wines. The dinner lasted about 2 hours as the food does take a bit of time to come out, however that's the way I like to dine when I'm out with friends most of the time! I would recommend this restaurant to everyone and definitely for those that have dietary restrictions
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!!! Highly recommended.
    Isabelle
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Home Tasting Room is a perfect restaurant for a great night out. We loved everything we ate and loved the sharing plates. We had the scallops, perfectly cooked, the prawn special was perfectly balanced with the sauces and side salad and the pulled ham was the best ham I have ever had it was crispy on the outside but mouth watering juicy on the inside. It was perfection with root winter vegetables in a creamy sauce. We had a glass of red wine, Cabernet called Cult, smooth easy drinking we would definitely order it again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasting Platters
    Luvlunches
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    I know the menu says "tasting plates" but it should say platter. There was 6 of us and we each order a lunch item and 3 tasting plates. There was more than enough food. The pulled pork hock and gnocchi were to die for and the Mac and cheese was out of this world.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cant wait to return
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    went for the first time, with a group for lunch. ordered off the tasting menu so we could share plates. The Beet salad was fresh and well matched with the cheese. Scallops were amazing with the sauteed cabbage. The bison carpaccio was a reallly big hit, we actually ordered a second round! Service was prompt and professional, we were served all our dishes within 15 minutes of ordering. Already looking to go back and try something else!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always highly enjoyable!
    yycdineguy
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    Great food, great ambience, great service! This wonderful downtown gem has become a staple for me both for clients and personal entertaining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Come here often!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    I've introduced a number of friends to this restaurant and all have been very impressed. The staff is always professional, but happy to chat and have a laugh with you too. The food is not only delish, but beautiful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Food
    FreshSeekerVIP
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    Always top notch food with fantastic flavour and presentation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Succint menu with some interesting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    Succint menu with some interesting choices. Food took a while to come out, but this was good for discussion. Restaurant looks to make effort for local ingredients when possible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reviewer
    ReviewerVIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Great restaurant. Keep going back. Nice, varied menu, great wine list-unpretentious service. Good presentation. Love it here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Couldn't decide what to eat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    There were so many choices that appealed to me that I has trouble picking an entree. My wife and I ordered different things and just shared them. The server was amazing and we say in front of the kitchen, which have us a chance to see all of the food options before committing to the entree. Awesome experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to eat on 8th
    DiningDebbie
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Great place to eat on 8th ave close to Epcor Nice big tables so lots of room to share dinner with friends. Good sharing plates Fun to watch the chefs cooking up front. Menu has interest and diversity. Have never had a dish that I didn't really like.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate