House of Tricks
House of Tricks

House of Tricks

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.houseoftricks.com/
  • Phone: 4809681114x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm;
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

    House of Tricks will be closed from June 29-July 23 for our annual summer break. Our regular business hours will resume on Thursday, July 24th.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Kelly Fletcher
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (bar only), Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: House of Tricks is a unique setting for meetings, receptions and all types of celebrations. Whether dining indoors with elegant turn-of-the century ambiance or outdoors on candlelit patios, your guests will be delighted by our gracious staff and mouth-watering cuisine.
  • Private Party Contact: Janis Brown 8774875613

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mill Avenue and University Drive
  • Public Transit: House of Tricks is located 2 short blocks from the Veteran"s Way Metro Light Rail stop. Just cross Fifth Street at Forest Avenue and head south to Seventh Street. Turn right on Seventh, and we are on your right. The Veteran's Way station is also the home of the Tempe Transportation Center and the hub of public transportation in Tempe.
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from House of Tricks
Welcome to award-winning House of Tricks restaurant, nestled in the heart of downtown Tempe near popular Mill Avenue, Gammage Auditorium and the ASU campus. Retreat to this charming oasis for mouth-watering cuisine, gracious service and a relaxed atmosphere that will leave you delighted and refreshed. Let us serve you on our sun-dappled patio, at our outdoor tree-covered bar, or inside one of our two historic bungalows. Perfect for a getaway lunch, intimate gathering, private business meeting, romantic dinner or happy hour celebration, House of Tricks has been a favorite treasure of locals and visitors alike for almost 25 years.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
House of Tricks reviews from OpenTable diners
173 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (144)special occasion (106)neighborhood gem (104)romantic (103)fit for foodies (97)great for lunch (68)notable wine list (54)great for brunch (44)good for groups (34)hot spot (19)scenic view (18)late-night find (13)vibrant bar scene (7)kid-friendly (6)Show More
  • Not worth the money
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The House of Tricks has a unique ambiance and provides a nice setting. The service was good, but the food was extremely underwhelming especially for the price. As an aside, I took my husband there for his birthday and they didn't even provide a complementary birthday dessert. I understand that they don't have to, but I don't think I've ever been to a restaurant that didn't (including those that are much cheaper and those that are much more expensive). Overall a disappointment. In talking to others, the consensus seems to be good atmosphere, lousy food (I should have talked to them before I went).
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  • 10th Visit and they still have "it"
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Love this place. Menu changes regularly. Food is always a great ride for the taste buds. Will definitely return again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    House of Tricks is a lovely setting with excellent service. Staff are attentive with a quick response to any request. Would definitely recommend for special occasion, date night or a pleasant setting for quality evening with family and or friends.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Outdoor Dining
    Harazona
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We loved the menu choices and the outdoor dining area. Service was very good as was our lunch. Everything was fresh well prepared. I would go back for lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable
    jbphx
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great location, great atmosphere, great food, great wine and friendly service. Could not ask for more.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All great except tuna
    Antonio
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    So a great experience overall, second time we were there. Mussels and drinks fantastic, main entree tuna very disappointing. Split it. Too much rice, way too salty, wasabi cream has no wasabi, sweet and sour sauce nicely presented but strange tasting, not enough tuna. This dish needs to be fixed. Everything else exceeded expectations. Excellent spot for date night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Salt killed it!!
    trubluaz
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This was our second visit here. First since they parted with their longtime chef Kelly Fletcher. We started with the Caesar Salad and Wild Boar appetizer. Boar was very appetizing. Cod special with the potatoes au gratin very flavorful and nicely prepared. I went with the Seared Ahi Tuna, Sticky Rice Cake, and Sesame Kale. Ahi was nicely prepared but when bit into the kale it was "OVERLY" salted ruined the entire dinner. Waitress apologized and took it off the bill offered to make another entrée my appetite was ruined by the amount of salt used. NO APOLOGY FROM MNGR OR CHEF??? Not the same place at all. Why is it so hard for a Restaurant MNGR or Chef to accept responsibility anymore? Shame was a favorite not anymore though.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Customer Dinner Spot
    Chrism
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Brought customers from Europe to House of Tricks for a business dinner recently. They really enjoyed the outside dining experience and found the meal and wine excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over abundance of ingredients
    Fresh
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Too much focus on how many ingredients can be put on one plate and not enough focus on preparation and presentation. I am really bored with servers taking a full minute to describe what's in a soup or two minutes to describe an appetizer. I have to order an extra cocktail just to get through the litany of ingredients in the specials. The service was mediocre. The noise level was like a college bar.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A good lunch
    Delt
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Decided to try this restaurant on a whim and it was a wonderful experience. Great find and a very nice atmosphere
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Tempe landmark restaurant.
    JimyMac
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We don't come here as often as we did when we lived closer, but it is still a favorite. We chose to celebrate our anniversary here this year and it measured up to our expectations. Complementary champagne with our desert was a pleasant surprise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food and experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    As usual our meal was outstanding the appetizer and delicious. We have been coming here for years and always enjoy our meals and the service is always outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Delicious
    MsVickiT
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We were seated in one of the cottages for lunch (it's too hot to eat outside this time of year). The wine specials are always a great value, as are all the lunch priced entrees. My husband had the burger special and I had the trout. I was worried that it might be too spicy from the description but everything was seasoned perfectly as was the portion size. At first I thought it might be too much, but it disappeared quickly with me feeling satisfied but not overly full (which I hate). I love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely time
    Lovelynight
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    My husband and went for our 15th anniversary. The food was wonderful and the staff was attentive and yet unobtrusive. It was a fabulous and meal and the perfect romantic atmosphere for our big night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining Experience
    AZJamies
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The menu is delightful and the service was wonderful. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, nice ambience - a
    JanefromPeoria
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    A fun, relaxing place to enjoy with a friend for lunch. Good food, great service!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Experience at House of Tricks
    Spot
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Before I had mostly gone to House of Tricks for a glass of wine or cocktail. This time I was heading to a party in Tempe and decided to have dinner there. What a phenomenal experience! Our waiter was superb, and the food was beyond compare. The entire hostess & wait staff were very warm and efficient. Overall a great experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a Foodie Favorite!
    MikieEats
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    House of Tricks has been a favorite of ours for many years and our recent visit found the kitchen continues to do a wonderful, yummy job and the service is personable! The daily special salad was delightful, the seared fois gras on a tamale was sinfully rich, and the lamb rack was perfect. After starting with a couple of excellent mixed drinks (if you like Hendrick's gin, there are several concoctions featuring it), we enjoyed a bottle of Sean Minor pinot with the fois gras and the lamb. Given the heat we ate inside - the romantic choice - but with the misters the patio and bar would have been ok and as it cools off the patio is best for larger parties - and the patio bar is great for drinks & nibbles. Definitely recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Delicious food, wonderful atmosphere, and great service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    Callie
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Great restaurant! Wonderful menu and excellent food!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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  • Great Outdoors - Weather Permitting
    LongTimeFansVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This was our first visit. We had heard great reviews about the relaxing and beautiful outdoor seating area. It definitely is as good as we had heard, but probably not for AZ monsoon/humidity season. The patio has plenty of shade, and the restaurant has misters to help cool things off, but despite that on this sticky day we should have asked to sit inside. Everything else about our experience was wonderful. The food was as visually appealing as it was tasty, service was excellent, and the menu had a great variety of brunch options. The wine list (more like a book) is comprehensive, and they offer a very good white and red special selection by the glass. This is a must-visit if you are looking for great food and atmosphere in Tempe.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great as always
    dotnetnate
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Just had a business lunch on a surprisingly perfect day in the middle of summer in AZ so we sat outside. Nobody was around (perhaps they missed the "we're open after the summer break" memo) so it was dead quiet, not that it's ever obscenely loud for lunch. At any rate, I had the grilled chicken sandwich which was absurdly fantastic. A colleague had the PB&J which he raved about. Forgot what our third diner had since I was too engrossed in mine to really pay attention and was slightly envious of the PB&J.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Average
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Average sums up the experience at House of Tricks. My dinner companion and I had a fish dish, shared a salad and a scallop appetizer. All the food was good but not great considering the cost of the dinner. I requested indoor dining to avoid being bothered by bugs and during the whole dinner we were swatting away a fly. It was very annoying. I chose House of Tricks because of the reviews and proximity to Gammage Theater as we were going to see a show after dinner. It satisfied our hunger but the experience and food were unremarkable.
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  • Have loved Trick's since it opened
    FussyBarbie
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Probably 25+ years ago, Tricks arrived near ASU. I suspect more business has been conducted at Trick's than any board/bored room at the University! But it's perfect for Date Night, group celebrations, Girl Talk and Boy Talk. I have always loved Trick's (again, since it opened) and still do! They can handle any event that you can imagine!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Outstanding
    DKWalser
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    We went to the House of Tricks for our anniversary dinner. It was a perfect choice. For appetizers, we had the smoked salmon and the foie gras. Each was superbly prepared. We both enjoyed the roasted beet and shaved Brussels sprout salad. It had a well balanced pallet of contrasting textures and flavors. The entrees were also well prepared. I had the roasted beed tenderloin and my wife had the sea bass. Each was accompanied by nicely prepared vegetables and starches. My wife enjoyed the bread pudding for desert while I had the Mexican chocolate brownie. In between each course, we were allowed time to talk. Yet, we never felt neglected by the friendly wait staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Unique
    Jeanniesthoughts
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    We love the food at House of Tricks and the ambiance of the old house makes it a unique place to bring friends. Best Tuna Melt in the Universe. We also like to support family owned (not chain) businesses. We brought friends from Florida who own a huge restaurant supply business and they loved it. Believe me, they have restaurant experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Artsy decor & extraordinary food
    FlyingGirl
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We visited for lunch on Saturday and had a lovely table indoors. The restoration of these historic homes is faithful without being dated and the artworks on the walls are outstanding, worth walking through the buildings to see. Our meals were creative and so tasty! I appreciate their super fresh ingredients and terrific food pairings.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Food, Great Service!
    Keira
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    House of Tricks is one of my all time favorite restaurants. The food is superb and the service is excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner & a show
    alpine3
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Had an early dinner because we were going to see "Jersey Boys". They were sensitive to our time restraints. Offered a special on a wine we liked, which was excellent. Food was excellent. My husband said his beef tenderloin was the best he's ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • chewy
    chewy
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I have been many times and always look forward to it. The food is exceptional and it's close to the theaters. It's a cute little old house with old place settings (but nice).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I have been eating here for years and chose it for our 28th wedding anniversary dinner this past week. The food was a disappointment. The cheese plate had burnt bread, the cheese did not taste very good, especially in a pool of sauce. The salad was fine. My husband said his serving was too little for his meal. It was a disappointment and I may not return. Given that it was a cheese plate for my meal, I was rather surprised it could be that bad! More variety of cheeses, in smaller pieces, crackers would work fine and perhaps put the sauce in a small bowl in case it is not wanted, rather than ruin the cheese with it. My brother in law is a professional chef and would have done a much better job.
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  • Great good choices
    Flowers
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Had brunch on Saturday and food was excellent. I selected the quiche and soup with fresh fruit and thoroughly enjoyed every bite. Close quarters inside so conversations tend to overlap . Great service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and ambiance!
    jenswen
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    This restaurant is so unique and full of character. The food and wine options are amazing. I hadn't been here for a few years and was so happy that it was as great as I had remembered it. Amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Only A Treat at The House Of Tricks
    Manero
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    From the momet we entered The House Of Tricks we knew we found a gem! The food was amazing, and truly the Muessels will spoil you for life! We have enjoyed nothing their equal; the portion is so generous my husband made it his meal! I would also recommend the Salmon, and the Brussel sprouts perfection! Our waitress, Naomi, was the treat of the night. She had such positive energy, made excellent recommendations, and perfect timing! She made our dining experience memorable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Guest since the 80's
    YayaVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I have been coming to House of Tricks since they opened for business in the late 1980's. It is a very rare occasion for the food to disappoint. I have loved their garlicky Ceaser salad for years but the dressing tasted a little off this time. However the special of the day, a pork belly and caramelized onion stuffed chicken was the bomb. Amazing combination of favors assisted by a peach Bellini gastrique. The salted caramel apple bread pudding was moist and yummy. Service was attentive and waiter very well informed. Because of the heat we choice to eat inside which is never a good decision because of the cramped space. The beautiful patio is where you need to be to best appreciate House of Tricks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Not Impressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    I ve been to the house of tricks several times and ive been impressed before, but for some reason i wasnt impressed this time. I took my boyfriend for dinner, Ive been talking about this restaurant for months and now that we finally went, it wasnt that great. I loved the mussels, Fish of the day was extremely salty, short ribs were ok and the chocolate cake was dry and nothing special about it. I had this cake before and I remember that it was better last time I had it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    ASKWHYNOT
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I love Tricks ....and I needed a good spot for a first date in the Tempe area and they did not disappoint. I had the Mediterranean platter this time and a few glasses of wine - the hummus was some of the best I've ever had. My only complaint was that the main hostess seemed a little frigid....but maybe she was having a bad day. Our waiter was pretty awesome - he could tell we weren't in a hurry - checked on us but gave us some space.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Always a favorite
    RKentVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    House of tricks never disappoints. The food is outstanding and the presentation is artful. The staff does most everything in their power to make you content, happy and satisfied. The setting is great. If you are indoors in one of the old houses or outside on their extensive patio you have the sense that the whole staff cares about you. No matter where you sit you can be guaranteed that your experience will be outstanding. Must have: the bread pudding. Short ribs melt in your mouth. Salmon is to die for!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Friendly, excellent service. Waitress was knowledgeable regarding menu and wine list
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Notch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    House of Tricks is always an excellent dining experience. The food is delicious and beautifully presented.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet