In Riva
In Riva

In Riva

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.in-riva.com/
  • Phone: 2154384848x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:
    Tuesday - Thursday: NOON - 2:30pm
    Friday: NOON - 5:00pm

    Dinner:
    Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Saturday: NOON - 11:00pm
    Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm

    Brunch:
    Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Arthur Cavaliere
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Special Events: Contact us at (215)438-4848 or email events@in-riva.com for your Special Event!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: N Ferry Rd.
  • Public Transit: K
    61
    R-6 Regional Rail
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a small private lot in front of the restaurant, as well as a large self-pay city lot just across North Ferry Road. Street parking is also available.
A word from In Riva
In Riva is the first venture by Philadelphia-born chef Arthur Cavaliere who has combined the similarities of his two favorite cities—Naples and Philadelphia—to deliver an unparalleled culinary experience. Sticking with the Italian translation of its name, In Riva is located "along the banks" of the Schuylkill River in East Falls.

In Riva is a Southern Italian inspired restaurant with urban flair, specializing in Napoletana style pizza, house-made pasta and contemporary antipasti. In Riva also offers an eclectic array of new and old world wines, Italian craft beers and racy specialty cocktails.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
In Riva reviews from OpenTable diners
115 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (100)neighborhood gem (75)fit for foodies (61)good for groups (52)scenic view (47)kid-friendly (32)hot spot (26)great for lunch (22)special occasion (15)vibrant bar scene (15)late-night find (14)great for brunch (11)notable wine list (10)romantic (10)Show More
  • Best pizza in East Falls!
    Swarthmore97grads
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    It took 6-7 months after moving to East Falls from Durham, North Carolina, but we finally found the BEST PIZZA around. Wood fired. Doughy, bubbly, charred crust -- delicious. Generous gourmet toppings that are flavorful and (literally) mouthwatering (I've had the pepperoni and the spicy ham pizzas -- both great). And, the whipped ricotta vasi (spread) with sourdough bread toast was very unique, very tasty, and creative presentation, too. Though we didn't try any of the other vasi varieties, we plan to in the future now. We've sat indoors and outside on the patio, and both were fun. Service has been okay, not great. Call ahead for reservations, or reserve with Open Table. This place is usually crowded...for GOOD reason. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lunch today...always a great time
    karbase
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I dined at In Riva with my friend for lunch on 10/18/2014 and it was very good as always. My only disappointment is that the Greco salad was taking off the menu because I am obessed with it! We had the Argula and mushroom salad, whipped ricotta and ravoli I share. All were very good and the service was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    In Riva was great. The food, the service, the drinks and specials. Good choice and a hidden gem that should be exposed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous!
    Kimbo
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    My girlfriend and I met up here for dinner and we loved it! The menu is a little different for sure, but we both enjoyed our meals! Even the chick peas served prior to the dinner!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great First Experience
    smbeatty21
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The food was delicious. The wait staff was WONDERFUL. Will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Puppies & Pizza
    luv2dine2VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We love coming to In Riva for the outside, doggie-friendly, eating area. Our little Yorkie loves it too!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but loud
    WellesleyVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Had been looking forward to eating here for a while. Décor is nice, service was, very loud and hard to hear my dinner partner. Food was very good and the pizzas look really good. nice place for outside dining though parking can be difficult.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NYStylePizza
    NYtoPhilly
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Some of the best pizza I have had in Philly. I am from NY and organized a large group of 14 of us last week and everyone loved the food and the prices. I nice night out that doesn't break the bank and you can enjoy top quality Italian food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Different and Enjoyable
    DaisyVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Our waiter TJ was the best so our experience was a good one. The spicy chick peas and pistachios on the table were great. Loved the fried artichoke. Drinks wonderful
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    NYCPHLVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Second time there. Greco salad unique and wonderful, broccoli misti pizza was wonderful. Thanks for vegetarian selections. Thomas was genuinely nice and friendly. He gave me a great beer suggestion!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My go-to restaurant
    christinaVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I highly recommend for any meal, brunch, lunch or dinner. This place never gets old. They always have great service, wonderful, rustic atmosphere, and their menu changes seasonally. The ricotta spread is the best, I start with it every time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • In Riva
    mermax127VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Have been here many times, as you can see. Sat at the bar, it was very crowded, granted, but we were barely noticed, it took over 15 minutes for the bartender to acknowledge us. The food was good, but I have to say that, the pizza I normally like, the zucchini, mushroom truffle pizza, actually made me feel ill this time... The dining experience this time at In Riva fell short this time, sad to say.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome Italian!
    NewZagats2VIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Awesome! Especially, the asparagus! The 2nd favorite: 3 different flavors of cannoli!! YUM! Then, the pizza with mushroom, truffle, zucchini and corn! LOVED it!!! Then, the pistachio ice cream! … Also loved the ravioli… but the sauce is a bit salty… we got so thirsty!! Then, we asked for extra sauce on the side for the (White) pizza! Excellent!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lind
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Had salad and pizza with 8 adults and 4 kiddos (2-6 yrs) on the deck. Very kid friendly - even had kids' cups! Arugula and mushroom salad was tasty, as were the pizzas.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Blake was awesome!!!!! Great food!!
    Lesbihonest
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Our waiter Blake was awesome! Very helpful and very observant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Pizza!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Great little spot with a beautiful view. Bike, kid and dog friendly! Delicious pizzas and small but good wine list. All servers we've had have been very knowledgeable about the menu and all have provided outstanding service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great time!
    livinglargeVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    This is one of our favorite places to go. Love the half price pizza specials on Tuesday nights. Pizza, pasta and wine...how can you go wrong?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time there...wonderful!
    NYCPHLVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Great atmosphere on a weekday night. Able to accommodate vegetarian changes to pasta. Highly recommend the agnolotti. Ravioli was ok but pomodoro sauce too sweet. Service was friendly and a great complement to the meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfect place to hang with friends
    foodfunfamilyVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Had a wonderful time at In Rival! We had a group of 6 and we all shared small plates. We let our waiter pick a selection of cheeses/meats as well as pasta dishes. We also had the whipped ricotta bruschetta and two pizzas. The thin crust was the best I've had in a long time. I highly recommend In Riva and can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Laid back, good time
    TaproomTomsMom
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We enjoyed the most delicious food and drinks while relishing our final family outing before sending kids back to college. We were never rushed and we just kept ordering one spectacular dish after another to share. The waitress was very helpful, always informing us of the size/quantity of the dishes we were ordering to make sharing easy, and fair! We will definitely go back for the 3 or 5 course chef selected meal with wine pairings.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent
    nickdsr
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The restaurant was great and the service was awesome. Tim our server was will informed and made great suggestions. A bit loud under the outside canopy.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Notch Pizza for Big Bucks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The only time we go to In Riva is when they have deals on their food. It can be a very expensive evening otherwise. While food is good, unique and different, in the end it is pizza and pasta. While it is our favorite pizza, $14 for a six slice pie is expensive! And while the other offerings are fun and interesting, they are always OVER salted. In fact, we won't ever order pasta there again. So, while the food is good and the atmosphere fun and relaxed, you need to take advantage of deals here, or you spend a lot of dough for good dough.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Inside out
    freshair
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We made reservations four days in advance and requested a table for 6 at 7:30 outside. When we arrived, tables inside were empty and we were told we would have to wait 30-40 minutes for an outside table. The reason I made the reservations at In Riva was that I wanted an ouside dining experience. I see no reason why In Riva can't makes reservations for ouside tables like other Center City restuarants.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Real Food!
    MarriedAChefVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I love In Riva! The food is real!!! Delicious, and nothing is processed!!! Pizza is always a great choice, along with the salads. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loud; waitress was insensitive
    MountieV
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Food was good, but the table next to us was yelling loudly as the waitress introduced the menu. No wonder I couldn't hear her. She, however, probably thought I was just old and probably partially deaf, which I am not. Her "little" high voice, and her attitude made me not want to return despite the good food and attractive setting.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • WimmieVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    This is a very nice place to go and eat outside. While there is only pizza and salads, they have small dishes which are very good and fun to share.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AlexBVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Stopped in for a quick bite for a late lunch and we were able to sit on the patio overlooking Kelly Dr and the Schuylkill. We ordered the Pepperonata as an appetizer and the Spicy Ham pizza. The crab appetizer was pretty good, and the pizza was great. I really like that they have a place to lock up bicycles outside, and also a place where you can sit outside with your dog (fenced in). They have a decent beer and wine selection as well. I would like to go back for an evening meal.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A GREAT Philadelphia Restaurant
    JoeyP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We have been to In Riva a few times now. Each time back we continue to be impressed. The service was friendly, efficient, and thorough by all standards. Normally we pick a la carte but this time we did the 5 course chefs meal. We were blown away by the creamy ricotta jar with caramelized onions and toasted tuscan bread. The scallops and octopus were also really good. I don't even like octopus normally and I enjoyed it. The meat and cheese plate was excellent. We ordered cocktails as well. I tried the Dotti which was like an Italian take on the Margherita. The drinks were delicious and made well. I really can't say enough about this place and we already are looking forward to returning!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great experience at In Riva
    mermax127VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We came here on Sat eve with a friend who had never been here before. She LOVED it! Celebrated a beated birthaday and had a great time.... ordered a variety of small dishes and enjoyed.our favorite pizza...the zucchini mushroom truffle oil....even my friend, who, I forgot did not like mushrooms, loved it! We love the nice staff at In Riva.... ambiance...easy parking....great view...thanks! :-)
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit pricey
    Sallydine
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The only entrees are pizza. Everything else is small plates that are the same price as pizza. So if you want to have pizza outside its a good place. I also booked fir 5 with high chair on open table, the hostess called and confirmed. When we got there, they tried to put us on a 4 top. We waited 15 min for a table to be set up.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good experience at In Riva
    karbase
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I dined In Riva on 7/19. I had made a reservation with Open Table only an hour before and was able to sit outdoors. There is a picnic area where you can bring your dogs and we were seated near a group of people with two sweet dogs. We ordered the Greco Salad which I highly recommend and was delicious with creamy feta, cucumbers and pickled tomatoes. We then ordered the Ravoli's. They were just ok and seems a little stale. We ordered the Sausage and Peppers pizza which was delicious, but a little spicy, but that is to be excpected. We had a male server who was very attentive. It is a little loud sitting outside but it's an enjoyable and fun experience!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great plates by the river
    Suzen
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I've passed by In Riva a million times and every time I do I think, I really want to try that place. Finally we made reservations and went last Saturday. The food was excellent. I'd highly recommend the meatballs....the sauce was delicious. The margherita pizza was also great. I enjoyed how they served the bruchetta toast separate from the topping so that you can add as much or as little as you'd like. The leftover ricotta from ours was also a great dipper for the pizza crust. Overall, I was very satisfied and I'm sure we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a treat!
    Jcg728VIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    It was my birthday dinner mid-week...a birthday that has had way too many "birthday dinners" and we just wanted something casual, close and different. In Riva fit the bill in more ways than one! We were seated on the terrific outdoor terrace on what was a beautiful night with a front row seat to the Schuylkill River. We then ordered a bottle of delicious Pinto Grigio which was half price as it was half price wine night(bonus!). We didn't order any entrees per se, but rather just a bunch of apps and a pizza. Everything we ordered was amazing! The kale salad, the artichokes, the aspargus, the scallops...all deliciously prepared...as was the margarita pizza. This is a real gem, especially when you can sit outside.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Noise level
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    I have eaten inside and outside at this fantastic restaurant. However, eating inside is something I will try to avoid when I go back. It was TOO noisy - I was with a party of 7 and we had to shout to be heard, even at our table amongst our own group.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • In Riva
    cathy
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Great food. Great service. I don't recommend for large group. I couldn't hear what the other end of the table was talking about.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great first time
    tjargerVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Were very very happy with our over the top good appetizers and our 3 pizzas. In Riva has a great concept which is perfect for couples or groups to share food and try different items. The drinks were well made and not "light" on alcohol in a good way. I hate getting a mixed drink and having be mostly mixer, that did not happen here. Drinks were great and were unique cocktail recipes. Service was terrific and speedy until there was a rush when we ordered dessert. Our waiter was running ragged, probably because they were short suddenly handed. That didn't spoil our meal. We discussed with our friends that this may become our "regular" spot to go before plays.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Philly
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Have been here numerous times. Food is always terrific. We love the appetizers, pizza, really everything. Normally we have children and older adults with us, and their customer service is fabulous. Always a pleasure to come here! My mom actually chose this for her last birthday celebration!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not bad
    Easy2Please
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The food was pretty good but the portions were quite small. Good thing my date wasn't all that hungry--I ate all the bread. We ate inside and the noise level was quite high. If I go back, I'll probably eat outside. Serving staff was very friendly and food arrived quickly.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Love the outside space. Easy to take our kids there. Food was good but is a little pricey for the neighborhood. If we go again we will stick to wine & pizza.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummers!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Amazing food and well crafted specialty drinks. Who could ask for anything more!?!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic