Il Fornaio - Pasadena
Il Fornaio - Pasadena

Il Fornaio - Pasadena

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ilfornaio.com/
  • Phone: (626) 683-9797
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Sunday, 9:00am - 11:00am. Lunch: Daily, 11:30am - 3:00pm. Dinner: Monday - Thursday, 3:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday - Saturday, 3:00pm - 11:00pm. Sunday, 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean, Pizzeria
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catering menu and banquet menu are available for events in the San Gabriel Valley area.
  • Special Events: Monthly Wine Dinners and Saturday Cooking classes. Please call for upcoming dates

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fair Oaks Blvd.
  • Public Transit: Metrolink and Gold Line
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available on Colorado Blvd., with validation it is $8.00.
A word from Il Fornaio - Pasadena
Step inside Il Fornaio and take a culinary journey through Italy. Early mornings bring rustic, crisp crusted bread hot from the oven accompanied by the scent of fresh brewed espresso. During lunch and dinner hours, pastas and flavorful sauces simmer while meats and vegetables roast over hot coals. Bottles of wine from small, regional wineries are uncorked to complement the dishes, which have been crafted in the custom of Italy's chefs, bakers and homemakers.
Specialties include wood-fired rotisserie and grilled meats, poultry and game; housemade pastas; pizzas from an oak wood burning oven; fresh salads and housemade soups; a wide variety of desserts; and fresh baked bread made daily from scratch. Winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2007.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Il Fornaio - Pasadena reviews from OpenTable diners
140 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (90)good for groups (80)special occasion (78)great for lunch (63)fit for foodies (62)neighborhood gem (56)romantic (53)great for brunch (50)notable wine list (43)kid-friendly (42)vibrant bar scene (33)hot spot (31)late-night find (28)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Twofordinner
    TwofordinnerVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Il Fornaio Pasadena is always a special treat. We've been on their Festa Passport program for a few years and have always enjoyed our meals. The service is great and the variety of dishes we've had have been terrific. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend this restaurant or their other locations to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for groups
    Solewine
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    We had a group of 12 and requested a small private dining room. The room was perfect because we could close the door and have a working lunch. The food was very good, as was the service. I would gladly recommend the restaurant for others in need of group dining.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A special place
    Sydney
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I've been going with my wife and family to Il Fornaio in Pasadena for years. It's been our preferred special event restaurant. Family events such as birthdays, after baptism lunches, and sometimes even Thanksgivings when the idea of cooking seems just to much. Most importantly, no one, not the staff or the customers have ever been up tight about our grandchildren, which I may add is rare at any upscale establishment. I can honestly say I've never had a bad meal, and sometimes on their special regional menus, some dishes have been extroadinary. The bar scene can be hopping, and has the now obligatory t.v.'s but the sound is muted.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nothing stood out sadly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    We went for my husband's birthday and was expecting a romantic yummy dinner together. Our waitress took a very long time to greet us. She explained all the italian words with spanish accents to them instead of italian (thought that was a little funny). My food was just so-so, being a vegetarian when I go to nice restaurants I expect a higher level of food but my dinner was an after thought of the chef. Simple tomato sauce and cut up carrots filled my plate. A complete let down. My husband had an expensive steak that was not that great. Our dessert was a bit skimpy on what it promised. It was so loud in the restaurant we couldn't hear well. And the prices were so far above reasonable for what we got. loved the area though! great location but hard to find.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • First class!
    RJCSLM
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    All around excellent-food , service, wine list all top notch. Not easily topped.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent all the way around
    Carla
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Great service. Waiter was attentive and willing to help in researching menu ingredients for us. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little dissapointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    This is a restaurant that we've dined at multiple times. This visit, however, was disappointing as the quality of the food was not good. My dish, risotto was tasteless. My husbands pasta dish was served barely lukewarm. Dessert, key lime pie, was just okay. The highlight of the evening was the service.The wait staff was efficient and friendly. There was never a need to request refills of water or coffee. The server didn't push the purchase of any alcoholic drinks though our table did order wine and beer. The restaurant was packed (Saturday night) yet the service was timely and professional. Kudos tho the wait staff! If/when we return to dine here I hope the kitchen improves on it's use of seasoning e.g. salt.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Home Away From Home
    lenoreVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Friendly attentive and loving staff !! Regional directorFrance know , Elena , Maanger and Carla made our visit one step above. Ruben our server was right on !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Spot
    Love2eat
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Il Fornio's always a sure bet! Love their food and service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Total experience was delightful. We come to pasadena twice a year and look forward to your regional Italian offerings. We have yet to be disappointed. As a vegetarian, I can always look forward to interesting selections, well prepared and presented.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • WONDERFUL
    krys
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Celebrated my husbands birthday and we sat outside. The heaters were great and we were very comfortable. The service was wonderful and made us feel special with the frequent attention to our comfort and needs. I will definitely go back. The waiter was awesome.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spinach salad
    TKAdine
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Spinch salad not as good as I remember and too many chunky red onions.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • elainejVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Wonderful Brunch, food was perfectly cooked and presented. Server was exceptional! Will always return to this standout in Pasadena.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Il Fornaio - Pasadena
    HowardVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    One of our favorite restaurants. Great food and service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Welcoming bday spot w kids
    Pasadena
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    I brought a family group to celebrate a bday. They seated us in a private room with one big round table that was perfect with kids in the group. We weren't bothering anyone and felt quite special. Service was very attentive. Great bread and food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I love the happy feeling of this place – like a comfortable dining room I definitely would return to try more dishes. The food was amazing and salad was refreshing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, great service
    WinW
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I've been to Il Fornaio many times and every time they have great food and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alfresco Dinner is the way to go!
    EverGreen407
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    I came here for my birthday and had such an amazing dinner. We had reservations and were seated immediately. The waiter took a bit of time to get us our menus and drinks, but once we ordered our food came out quick! I started with a Caesar salad, which was pretty good and a very generous portion. We ordered a bottle of the Madonna wine, which was also fabulous. For my main course I ordered the penne in vodka sauce with bacon. It was by far one of the tastiest things I have ever tried. Everyone at my table tried it as well and agreed I had ordered the best dish on the menu. If the weather is right, I recommend sitting outside. I had a lovely time and cannot wait to return to Il Fornaio
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good family relax dining experience
    SpaghettiniVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We had a wonderful family meal. The swai was excellent. Service was great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A little disappointed
    pickyaboutrestaurants
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We have eaten at Il Fornaio, including other locations, many times. The food is always good and it was this time as well. I was disappointed, however, with one thing. When I made the reservation, I included a comment that we were celebrating my son's 12th birthday. When the hostess seated us, she wished my son a happy birthday. At the end of the meal, my husband and I asked the kids if they wanted to order dessert and my son said, "well, they know it's my birthday, so won't they bring dessert? Isn't that an obligation or something?" I thought his comment was funny, but not so funny after the waiter brought him nothing and didn't even mention his birthday at all. Why not? They obviously knew it was a special occasion. Too bad.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Glad I remembered Il Fornaio
    Zugah
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I had kind of forgotten Il Fornaio - it was one of the first nice restaurants in Old Town Pasadena when that area was developed back in the 80's, but since then the area has been overrun with so many good restaurants. A friend visiting from London wanted to have dinner outside, and at the last minute I remembered Il Fornaio's terrace on the One Colorado plaza. It was perfect - a nice table overlooking the plaza where we could watch everyone coming and going. A breeze even on a hot evening. And I love their butternut squash ravioli. Our waiter was a little grumpy, but otherwise it was a very nice evening and I'll definitely go back more often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We were in a rush on our way to a concert at the Rose Bowl. The staff was amazing, the service was excellent and the food was really delicious. We will be come back very soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome
    Preacher
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Such a great pleasure. My granddaughters really were treated like princesses and they thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience. I loved as usual. Thank you so much.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner with our daughters before 1D
    foodlove
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We came to Pasadena for the 1D concert at the Rose Bowl. The service was very warm and inviting and the food was delish. Will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chaotic dining experience
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    So many people waiting on us, no one was actually intent on making sure we got what we needed. Our 20 min wait turned into an hr, they brought a appetizer compliments of the chef because of our long wait, then put it on our bill lol! Had to ask for refills 3 times before we actually got it. Too bad, nice atmosphere. Food was ok.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice afternoon
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We went for a family lunch for my dad's 85th birthday. The food and the atmosphere were great.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • weRspecial
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We were greeted warmly, seated immediately and was assigned a personable but not invasive server, who made us feel very welcome. Our guests arrived and they too were made to feel special and comfortable. The meals were all delicious as were the desserts. All in all, a very pleasant experience. We look forward to returning and highly recommend Il Fornaio.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Clark
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    very nice place. Food and Service was exceptional!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Very tasty meal in a quaint outdoor patio. Music in the courtyard added to a great night. Spinach filled ravioli was great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food good service
    Tes176
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I enjoyed my experience at Il Fornaio. The food was very good; they gave us a complimentary appetizer--bruschetta--which was really yummy. The service was excellent. The staff was very attentive and friendly. They explained their menu options well and helped me and my date decide what we should try. The only thing I didn't like was that it felt a bit crowded in restaurant. The tables were way too close, so my dinner for two, felt more like a dinner for 10 with the surrounding tables set so close.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jeannieVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Il Fornaio did not live up to our past visits. Service was mildly lacking: customer not being offered cheese with food. A bottle of wine was purchased and delivered to the table, however, not offered to be served after initial pouring. Dessert was almost finished when coffee arrived. My meal was fine, however, husband complained that second pasta course was dry and had three very small, untasty meatballs, his fish entre lacked flavor. We have eaten at this restaurant many times in the past and will return. We chalk this up as an "off" night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but overrated?
    Seaborn7VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I've resorted to comparing Italian restaurants with the restaurants in Italy and those in Boston's North End (the best in America, In my opinion) by having lasagna at each one. The entree here doesn't hold up that well: bland, bland, bland. The North End's lasagna literally explodes in your mouth, the flavor is so superlative. Here, nothing...not a bad dish necessarily, but certainly nothing to return for. Same feeling on the bruschetta and the dessert. That said, everything else was fine, but for a restaurant that gets more than four stars on this site, I expected more. Perhaps its in the other entrees, but give me Ugo in CC anytime. And, perhaps this place is overrated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything was Yummy
    4oaks
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We had a party of 7 and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meals. They have a great wine list, but since very few people in our group like wine, we ordered by the glass. Most restaurants don't offer a large selection by the glass, Il Fornaio has a great by the glass selection. I asked for a taste of one of the wines, since I had never had that particular varietal before, no problem. Very accommodating and friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always enjoyable
    jubee
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Always a nice time and great cuisine, friendly service and lovely ambiance.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GRAZIA
    lenoreVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Great service,wait staff,chef Nacho and managers ,Elena and Angela
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not special
    feedmeseymour
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We went to Il Fornaio before an event at the Rose Bowl. Everything tasted pretty good, but the whole experience was much more chain-like than I expected. Big portions, pretty straightforward dishes, etc. I was expecting a smaller, more intimate, cuter Italian restaurant. The bread was of course delicious though!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tough, tasteless pasta
    jeanl
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I brought two guests to Il Forniao. I didn't dare ask them how they liked their food because my own, pasta with chicken and broccoli, was pretty terrible. It was absolutely tasteless, and the pasta was downright tough -- not simply el dente. The noise level made it virtually impossible to talk. Couldn't wait to escape the noise and the need to shout to people sitting two feet across the table from me.
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  • Wonderful evening
    wissyVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Some of our party were attending the Beyoncé-JZ Rose Bowl concert and the restaurant was jumping--full inside and out--but our table was ready and waiting, our server was gracious and accommodating with dietary restrictions and our meal was delicious on all counts. The concert-goers were able to finish and still get to the Rose Bowl on time. The rest of us enjoyed leisurely dessert and coffee. This was our first visit to this location (our local Il Fornaio in Santa Monica is no more :(() and next time we head east we'll remember what a delightful dinner we enjoyed here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trendy atmosphere
    Ndiggity
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Nice place to meet for dinner. Good bar area. Good food. The service could have been a bit more personable. Our waiter seemed to be overloaded.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is good, service not so much
    socalBill
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner and the food was great, however we did not receive good service from our waiter (I think he was covering to many tables), hopefully it was a fluke, but not sure.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.