Indigo Grill
Indigo Grill

Indigo Grill

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cohnrestaurants.com/indigogrill
  • Phone: 6192346802x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Social Hour nightly from 4-6pm Late night Sunday - Wednesday 10pm-11pm Thursday - Saturday 10pm-12am. Dinner nightly from 5pm-10pm Weekends till 11pm. We will not be taking web reservations after 10:00pm; Closed Christmas and New Year Day.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Deborah Scott
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catering available. Please call and ask for Jason or go to indigogrill.com for more info.
  • Private Party Facilities: Offer pre-set menus with limited menu. Weekend and weekday price ranges will differ.
  • Private Party Contact: Reservations 6192346802x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cedar
  • Public Transit: Trolley stop at Little Italy
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Valet parking available to our guests Thursday through Saturday evenings for $7 with validation.
A word from Indigo Grill
Enjoy a warm vibe with shared courses, main dishes and a full creative bar. An inviting atmosphere where family and new friends can congregate. A warm and rustic feeling with ritual and spiritual undertones.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Indigo Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
80 reviews since April 30, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (50)neighborhood gem (42)hot spot (29)special occasion (28)great for outdoor dining (22)good for groups (20)late-night find (19)vibrant bar scene (17)romantic (13)great for lunch (7)great for brunch (4)notable wine list (4)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Change is not always for the better
    DaleVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Indigo Grill was always on my go to list but it has now changed. The new decor is great and much better than before, the service was great as usual. Those are the only reasons this got 3 stars. The food and menu would have only rated 2 stars at best. The menu itself is difficult to read and understand, the options are odd to say the least and most of what made me want to go there is now gone. While what I had was okay - not great - it was not what would make me want to go back. Even the waitress had a hard time explaining the menu and several of the options. There are a lot of great eating establishments in San Diego and sadly this one has now fallen from the list of places on my list.
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  • OMG!
    ArtistkayVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    What was once my favorite restaurant has become my AB FAB favorite restaurant!! I don't know why I worried about the changes....everything is just terrific. Chef Jason Maitland has done a fine job with the new menu. The skewers are excellent....I couldn't eat all my meal and just warmed up the chicken skewer tonight for dinner. Who eats leftover chicken? Well, this was delicious. I can't wait to go back again and again to try everything on the menu!!!!! Thank you Deb Scott and the Cohn Family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food not as good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I didn't realize the new format was family style dishes, and had my heart set on one of my old factories anyway, the flat iron steak. I ordered it and was very disappointed. I had expected it to be the same, since it was billed as one of the classics from the older format, but this time it tasted more like steak fajitas. I didn't care for it and was bummed to have wasted a rare dinner away from the kids on a blah meal.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Missing the old menu
    ranchogrlVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The menu is now Peruvian, skimpy on the portions and exaggerated in price. I desperately miss the old Indigo menu. Unfortunately I won't be returning, the food is just not worth it.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Indigo Grill Revisited
    sansan
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This was our first trip back to Indigo Grill after its remodel and revamping of menu. Needless to say, I liked the old Indigo Grill's menu better. Our first course sharing of small plates were good...roasted peaches and beef filet. The break down came with our second course. Arugula and Quinoa Salad was downright bad...too much oil so you tasted nothing else. Korean bowl was a great concept, but just too much rice and not enough of other stuff considering the cost and our steak entree was good on the steak and just a heap of potatoes with a spattering of roasted carrots. No flavor and coloring like Indigo previous menu steak dish. We use to come here quite a bit...not sure if we will make the drive from Oceanside anymore.
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  • Good food, confusing menu
    Alsmo
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The menu is limited and our server needed to explain it. Some of the menu is not in English.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    Sergio
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Ambiance, food, and service was wonderful! My mom is a little hard of hearing, so they gave our group a table outside that was comfortable and quiet. We followed our server's suggestions and everything again was great! I would definitely recommend this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    Mimi
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Perhaps they are still working on the menu but the "new"Indiago Grill is not as good as the former one was. Yes, it was nice to have skirts on fire again however it lacked the heat that it used to have. We were intrigued by ahi ribs, unfortunately they were dry and salty. The pork rib tips were ok but nothing to rave about. Will I return, perhaps but not for a while.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New Menu
    Newchoices
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I loved Deborah's old menu but was pleasantly surprised at the new choices. Everything was interesting and the flavors blended perfectly. Will definitely go back to try other items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I liked the old Indigo Grill menu
    nonmag
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The resteraunt was renovated to a peruvean style with a menu of mostly tapas. They still have some of the older popular entrees, but for the most part everything changed. We tried some of the most popular tapas they offered which were pretty good. We also tried the mussels and clams, which were from the old menu, seemed like they changed the ingredients because it wasnt as spicy and tasty as I remember. Overall it was good but not as good as the old Indigo Grill.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food.. Shame about the wait!
    FabioVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great ambience, good food and attentive service. However, our reservation was for 8.30 and we had to wait for over 40 minutes for our table which spoiled the experience especially since we never got even an apology. I will have to think twice before going again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • zelli
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great spot! We came here to celebrate a birthday. We had a table for 8. The food was fantastic - all small plates for the table to share…they came out staggered, in perfect timing. The waitress always knew when we wanted to order drinks or food. Wonderful experience. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Changes in the menu
    foreveryoung
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We've been coming to Indigo Grill for over 5 years and were disappointed in the menu changes. Still a great place but more for small plate dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Change didn't work
    rickVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    They changed there empty .... Fish had no flavor .chicken dry steak good but small portion ,Service good.. Used to be my 2nd favorite to island prime . Used to be full they need change...All other restaurants in LIttle Italy full
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Everything was fine, and more than fine, *except* for the excessively abrasive canned music. Why does the good descriptive "energetic" have to include loud--almost too loud for talk--music? "Hot spot" and "vibrant bar scene" really equal big back beat and (occasionally) screechy voice? It is impossible to match let alone complement everyone's particular taste in music. Why do even very good restaurants feel they have to have any music at all, when just the activity of waiters and the buzz of conversation make for a music themselves? "Excellent" restaurants usually have no music at all and never the recorded stuff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nicely done w/remodel
    sddiner
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Great Latin flair. Can be as adventurous as one wants to be, or not. Very flavorful dishes, good wine/craft beer selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Return to Indigo
    WileC
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Choose the Indigo Grill for an anniversary nite out. I started out with a "specialty" cocktail that had absolutely no flavor. My sweetie had a glass of white wine that was very good ( I switched to the same). Appetizers of beef, chicken and pork belly were presented very nicely. The pork belly was probably the worst thing that I had ever tasted, like soft jello texture....just gross! Entrees were good but after the apps it was just too much.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I thought the food was too salty. It was a bit challenging to know what to order and share, especially with a group who weren't close friends and felt funny about sharing. Service was VERY helpful discerning the menu and making suggestions. Beer list great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Branzino.
    BMan1008
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Loved everything but the Branzino. It was my first time eating that dish without a fish knife so I found myself having to remove a lot of the bones from my mouth at the table. Since the lighting in the restaurant was very dim, you can't see the bones at all. The sauce served with the Branzino is not tasty either. Next time I just know to stick to the bucket of chicken. Everything else was delicious though and I'll definately be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique food options
    Neighbor
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Unique food options make this worth while to visit. The ambiance is new and interesting if a bit cold. Inexpensive for the level of food preparation. Food is high end drama. Food comes mostly in small "hors d'oeuvre" portions for sharing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Neighborhood Gem
    SpiceGirl
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Great location in the heart of Little Italy. The new menu is fabulous! All of our dishes were cooked to perfection with just the right seasoning. Yummy cocktails. One of our "go to" places when we want a special night out.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Indigo Grill
    EandR
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We used to love this restaurant, but were not impressed with the food or service since the remodel. Probably won't be going back any time soon.
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  • It's good but not great.
    Walkman
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I've always wanted to love this restaurant but it's just ok in my opinion. I want it to have the amazing food and personality of Kemo Sabe but it doesn't. I want there to be something that I crave and I just don't. I'm a Deborah Scott fan and a dedicated Cohen Group patron.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best eclectic dinner i've ever had!
    ArinMac
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The amazingly wide range of interesting foods and combinations were a pleasure to my palette. We enjoyed grapefruit and avacado salad, sea bass and lime cebiche, marinated pork belly, grilled nectarine skeeers, and churros with Mexican hot chocolate. Oh my!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Fun...great flavors...interesting plates. This was a great find...many small plates with different flavors and spices. The Korean fried rice ( bibimbap ) was outstanding...the soap de Lima was very different. Fun fun place!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Indigo Grill
    Jojo
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    As long time patrons of Indigo Grill we were truly disappointed in the newly refurbished restaurant. The noise level was deafening, the food was mediocre while the service was great. Small appetizers and drinks aren't our idea of dinner. We chose small plates to try them out but were disappointed. Perhaps we chose the wrong appetizers but the chicken was bland and the beef tough. The manager was very accommodating when we spoke to him . While he explained the new concept for the restaurant we came to the conclusion this isn't the place for us. We loved the old menu and even though the scene was vibrant if the food had been top notch like it usually is perhaps we could have accepted Friday night enthusiastic bar scene type of noise.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was disappointing
    UpscalehealthynaturalVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Fish was a little dry and not particularly flavorful. Miss some items from old menu like "Good Things Growing". This restaurant is not as good as it used to be.
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  • Great rencarnation
    DowntownDweller
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We love this new version of Indigo Grill. If only we could have heard each other better, we would be perfectly happy. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pipian Rojo Chicken Breast
    MissDecember
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We decided to see what the hype was all about with the new renovation of Indigo Grill, definitely a great bar scene and love the warm colors. Amanda was our server, she was friendly and busy helping additional tables yet she took the time to see how we were doing. The salt & pepper shrimp appetizer was delicious, the dipping sauce flavorful! As far as my dinner entree it was bland, lacking flavor the Pipian Rojo Chicken Breast was not what I expected, first of all it was not a whole full breast, spaghetti squash should be spaghetti form. Kudos to Jason, GM he personally went out of his way to make it perfect.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    What made this outstanding was the quality of the food-fantastic, and the ability to share small plates, so one is not tied to a main entree. It's a bit loud for a relaxing dinner (personal preference) and the wait staff rushed to clear the tables, bordering on annoying. It's a great restaurant, let people enjoy and relax. If the answer is, "leave that so we can pick at it", it should not have to be said 4 times. That is the ONLY negative. Hostess and bar staff great! But...the food-just fantastic!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Opt for another restaurant
    Pablo
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    First disappointment in Cohn's eateries helmed by Deborah Scott, who personally invited us to visit. Admired its contemporary gothic décor but disappointed with menu, food, service. While they bill the rather odd menu as something like Latin Fusion, it might more appropriately be called Latin Confusion--too cute and mysterious in descriptions of food items. Even our waiter made it more confusing when he tried to explain things to us. Frankly, not sure what we ordered or received. After fits and starts, we muddled through a few courses, waiting indefinitely for each serving. We are crossing Indigo Grill off our list of restaurants. Bumpy service, bizarre menu, fairly pricey for a casual restaurant in Little Italy: $70 plus tip. Diner beware.
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  • BETTER THAN EVER!
    JaimiVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We always liked this place before the remodel, but we LOVE it now. The small plates and the added fish entrees make this a new favorite. I didn't get to try the rice because we ordered it with the sausage, but from what I hear, it was amazing too.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot
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  • A taste for every palate
    BMan1008
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I wanted to take my friend to dinner to celebrate his birthday. I haven't been to Indigo Grill in quite some time. Their new menu along with Chef Scott's classic menu give the diner a variety of culinary creations to choose from. For appetizers we had the Shrimp which was artfully displayed with its head and 2 dipping sauces. The Bibimbap which is one of my favorite Korean dishes was served in a 500F clay bowl which they cooked the rice table side. For our main course, I had the bucket of Fried Chicken and my guest had the skewers of beef and chicken. Both were playfully attractive, however the Bucket of Fried Chicken was amazing.It was juicy from being brined and there was no breading at all. Served over a delicious law but watch for chili
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Very different food items. Tasty! The service was great. I would go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
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  • Love the makeover!
    SoCalEnthuVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We visited the newly updated Indigo Grill and the interior is nicer and the food is fantastic. We really enjoyed the new items on the menu and they still have some of the old standbys that we've enjoyed in the past. Highly recommended.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Indigo Grill, a little disappointed
    HappyFoodLove
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We were so excited to eat at the newly renovated Indigo Grill!! We have been following Chef Deborah Scott for over 10 years. We LOVED Kemo Sabe, we love Vintana and Island Prime/C Level. Amazing, amazing, and oh so Delicious (yes, with a capital "D")! We have celebrated many special occasions in front of Chef Scotts delicious food and even celebrated our rehearsal dinner 3 years ago at Indigo Grill :) With all that being said, we were disappointed with the "new" Indigo Grill. The food was exciting to look at, and came out perfectly hot, however, everything tasted bland and didn't leave us with the usual, "that was incredible .... so, when are we going back." Overall, we will continue to dine at Vintana and Island Prime/C Level.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • unique & trendy
    birdy11
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Our dining experience was very good with just a couple of minor exceptions. Very interesting menu, although almost "too" eclectic. It's a great place to try new dishes. We had three boards which were tasty, although the chicken was overly salty. Our salad was very good with a lovely dressing; wines were delicious; desert was extraordinary...rice pudding brule with berries...every bite was luscious. Overall, a very good experience. We would recommend.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great new vibe
    smeredithsVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The menu was revised, so we decided to try new appetizers. I started with the Local Bass Teridito- it was very interesting. Great bass on a salt block, coupled with avocado and corn nuts. Nice fresh fish. He had the Baby Kale & Quinoa salad and added chicken skewers, 2 were included with the add-on. He said he enjoyed the flavor. Then we had our standby of Alderwood Plank Salmon. Thankful it was still on the menu. I'm trying to observe gluten-free when I can, so he subbed the squid-ink pasta with spaghetti squash for me. He kept his order as-is and thoroughly enjoyed the pasta (I sure miss that - it has so much flavor). I really enjoyed my squash as well! Back to the salmon: it was great. It was a thicker piece than usual ++ !
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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  • Outstanding Make Over in Every Way!
    Fishlovinsue
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I was so excited to try the new Indigo Grill once it reopened and I was blown away! Everything was beyond delicious! From Hawaiian Ahi Cebiche to sashimi style bass tiradito followed byCamaron double order of Anticucho Board was beyond mouth watering!! Also had to double up on La Fresca Cocktail! Can't wait to return and try all different things!
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie
    foodie
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This restaurants' "redo" is fabulous!! The food is outstanding - everything we tried we had never tasted before. The waiter was very knowledgeable about the dishes and described them all beautifully. Even the server was knowledgable and took the time to point out which items would likely taste best with the various sauces. The food was fresh and delicious - Deborah Scott never fails to amaze and satisfy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate