Ink & Elm
Ink & Elm
  • Address:
    1577 North Decatur Road Northeast
    Atlanta, GA 30307
    Neighborhood:
    Druid Hills / Emory
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary Southern
    Price: $31 to $50

Ink & Elm

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://inkandelmatlanta.com/
  • Phone: 6782447050x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm. Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Wine Bar, Contemporary Southern
  • Executive Chef: Stephen Sharp
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Oxford
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Self Parking:
    A shared lot is available at all hours immediately behind the restaurant.


    Valet Parking:
    Tuesday through Saturday starting at 5:30 pm. Please pull your car directly in front of the restaurant on North Decatur Road.
A word from Ink & Elm
Simultaneously a lounge, restaurant, and tavern, Ink & Elm is a culinary enterprise that celebrates the deep history of Atlanta's Druid Hills neighborhood and the cultural legacy of its original designer: Frederick Law Olmsted. Drawing inspiration from Southern traditions and food culture, and showcasing the contemporaneous dimension and eclecticism of Executive Chef Stephen Sharp, Ink & Elm's food program revolves around local, organic, sustainable and responsible procurement. The menu cycles are seasonal and offer a modern take on Southern, American cuisine. The restaurant offers two unique dining options: the convivial Tavern, which is perfect for a casual bite and drink and features a menu ranging from snacks to more substantial entrees; and the dining room, with a more structured menu, and ideal for a relaxed, refined meal.

Ink & Elm is pleased to offer reservations in the Main Dining Room through OpenTable. Reservations are not available for the Tavern or the Lounge.
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Ink & Elm reviews from OpenTable diners
164 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (109)neighborhood gem (96)special occasion (92)romantic (71)great for brunch (53)notable wine list (52)good for groups (43)vibrant bar scene (30)hot spot (26)great for lunch (14)late-night find (7)kid-friendly (4)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Will go back
    RakeshVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Fantastic food, decor and staff. This was my second time there for brunch, and it was just as delicious and pleasant of an experience. The only potential issue I have had is parking can sometimes be tough when going to brunch there on Sunday. Also, they're not open for brunch or anything until 4:00 pm. on Saturday for some reason.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The service was not up to par and this made the overall experience very disappointing.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Flawless service, fabfood&hotdrinks
    Abahm123
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Big fan of Ink & Elm. Love the decor and vibe, as much as the food and drinks. If there is any critique, or a reason not to frequent regularly, it is the price. Definitely not cheap. Not expected to be cheap, but it's actual spendy for nice dining in Atlanta, IMO. Otherwise, perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite
    sfarmer1228VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We love Ink and Elm. Every time we go, we are treated like family. The food is beautifully prepared. the whole experience of dining there is always wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • Amazing Service and Food
    cape1144VIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I'm not a seafood person, so they had great options for meat eaters such as NY strip & duck. Amazing pole beans & burrata, zucchini & squash casserole and to top off the meal, nutella gelato. Our waitress Anna was amazing and was able to help us out with selections for all courses, including wine pairings. Great gem in the Emory area!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellet restaurant
    rosiebell
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Who would have thought that such an exquisite restaurant would be on a "strip" across from the the campus of Emory University?! As a member of the university community, this restaurant is superb (and impressive as well) for entertaining university guests. It is also a wonderful way to celebrate a special occasion. Thank you, Ink and Elm, for being such a gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Emory Gem
    gene
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Outstanding restaurant with great food and service. Buckhead dining in Emory area.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gordita
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Although the food was mostly excellent, my red snapper was not. It lacked flavor and it was overcooked. The other choices at the table were the duck and trout and both were thoughfully, skillfully, tastefully prepared. The heirloom salad was a favorite among our table guests.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A pleasant surprise
    RichardVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    First time dining here. But will not be the last. A refreshing atmosphere. Great service. And the food was innovative and delicious. Very talented kitchen. My heirloom tomatoe salad was unlike any I have had. Simply an explosion of flavor. New York steak with a sauce that included boiled peanuts. Who knew how good they would taste ? A side of mixed peas and beans with habanero butter. Very spicy so ask for less if you prefer a hint of heat. But very good. The chocolate dessert was outstanding and a tad mixed with the coconut gelato...impressive. Enjoy a good bourbon ? One of the most extensive selections available.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    Atlantian
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Went there for our 3 year anni. Loved every second of the dinner.
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    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Good food, but overpriced
    MC522
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I took my girlfriend there for a nice dinner . We were satisfied with the food quality . However , portion sizes were small , cocktails were watered down and we felt that everything was a bit overpriced.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ehh
    gggg
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Expensive when the food was just ok and the kitchen made lots of mistakes such as sending out chewy octopus and giving my gluten free friend a meal with bread on it.
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    good for groups
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Was disappointed with our experience at Ink & Elm. We went for brunch on Sunday and while the restaurant wasn't too crowded, our server was pretty slow to greet us and remained slow for the rest of service. We had to ask a couple of times for our drinks which we could see sitting on the bar. The cocktails were excellent, especially the Corpse Revier, but we were both disappointed with our entrees. The shrimp entree didn't have a lot of flavor and the Fried Green Tomato Benedict was heavy on the breading and the eggs were over-cooked. Not sure it is worth the price or the drive...
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  • Disappointed
    KimberlyCS
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    It was our first visit. The decor was lovely. We were given the window view, which was nice and bright. The waitress was short, unfriendly, and abrupt from the start. To diffuse her attitude, I asked her if our experience could be pleasant. It was obvious that she was angry when the host seated us. The host who seated us was in another world. He didn't notice that I had a blind man on my arm. I helped my friend with his seat first. The restaurant was not crowded, there were no other customers waiting to be seated. The host persisted in trying to give the blind man a menu, until I finally got his attention. The waitress was curt and obviously angry. I had to ask her to be pleasant. (Seriously.) The food was good, but not exceptional.
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  • 5-Star Across the Board
    Food4pleasureVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I had just arrived in Atlanta form out of town and met my wife at Ink & Elm for dinner. Service was top notch. The food: Par excellence. Noteworthy was the Veal Sweetbreads appetizer. From a person who has a difficult time passing up ordering sweetbreads when given the opportunity, this particular dish was cooked to perfection and amazing! The profiteroles, which were a lagniappe from the chef, somewhat reminiscent of a herb infused Yorkshire pudding were warm, savory and a wonderful complement to the meal (Chef Sharp: You can sign me up for the profiterole-of-the-month club!). I had the Whole Stuffed Trout and my wife the Duo of Lamb - both of which were excellent. Fresh, quality ingredients and a well thought out presentation! 5- Stars!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Weird name great food
    Burghfoodies
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Had a wonderful time enjoying good wine, great food and fantastic service. Will go back whenever I visit Emory
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Luvtodineindecatur
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Loved being able to valet park, warmly greeted as we entered, server was low energy and not engaging, our food was very good but disappointed in the limited menu.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Phenomenal ambience, good food
    EmoryVillage
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Absolutely great service, and an ambience that cannot be beat. We didn't order A TON of items off of the menu (we had a charcuterie plate at the Tavern bar before dinner - highly recommended), but what we did order was a little underseasoned (heirloom tomato plate and steak tartare). Will absolutely be going back to try again. The service and atmosphere made the dining experience worth every penny.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    FoodieGirl
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I was very impressed, they support the community by using local products. The food and atmosphere were awesome.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lavender gelato
    MissFrizzle007
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My mom, great-aunt, and I had a very nice dinner at Ink & Elm on Friday night. My oysters-on-the-half-shell appetizer and pork three-ways entree were great, but the lavender gelato with my blueberry and lavender cake dessert was out of this world! I love the lavender scent and flavor, and this gelato was amazing! I was in heaven! My mom had a scoop of the three gelato flavors of the evening, and she agreed that the lavender gelato was superb. I could go on and on about it!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Can't wait to go back!
    DinosDish
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    It's one of those rare places where everything has come together to create the perfect dining experience - Service by Anna was superb - the food was delicious & the ambiance is phenomenal - I'm looking forward to returning
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good
    tcmeats
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Our recent visit to Ink and Elm was to bring out of towners to the Emory area for dinner. The pork was overdone and tough. The duck was very, very greasy. Our friends seemed to enjoy their dinners, but left much on their plates. Dessert was very good and served beautifully. Maybe the chef was off duty that evening. Very disappointed in the pork, especially.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ink and Elm
    Noodle
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Beautiful restaurant and bar much needed in the Emory neighborhood. The food was okay, but I was expecting outstanding.....the ambience certainly was!
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    neighborhood gem
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  • food was good, not outstanding
    ALEAV
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    we had brunch here recently (largely driven by Scoutmob, though we had heard some buzz) and had a fine meal, but the food wasn't spectacular. the shrimp and grits sounded like a sure winner, but found that there was so much going on in the dish that it a bit overwhelming. the same goes for the trout. the scones, on the other hand, were very tasty, and the cinnamon roll was above average. drinks-wise, i found the brunch cocktail list a little underwhelming, particularly given how central the bar seems to be to the space.
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  • Great Experience
    ednhenderson
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    My husband and I came in for brunch and it was delicious! I had the fried green tomato benedict and my husband had the shrimp and grits, both of which were fantastic! The scones were also amazing! The reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5 for the food rating was because the cinnamon roll that we shared was a little hard. However, that will not deter us from coming back again. Great experience and great food!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of Decatur/Emory's best
    Flyguy
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    This is a refreshing change from the Restaurants in Atlanta. Very quiet, local and polished. The food and wines are some of the best I've had. The staff is very knowledgeable. The location is outstanding. I recommend this for everyone. The rooms and seating are perfect for two or twenty.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Brunch in The Village
    CAZ485
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We came for Brunch on Sunday - we arrived early, so it was very quiet. Menu is interesting with breakfast-type items and lunch-type as well. The atmosphere is good, the staff is helpful. This is our 5th visit to Ink and Elm and it seems to be getting better and better. A very positive addition to the neighborhood.
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    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great birthday dinner
    newtoiande
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My wife and I celebrated her birthday here and had a wonderful time. Great food and great service. Arrive early and have a drink in the bar before dinner - well worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ginny
    GinnyVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The gazpacho with corn panacotta was one of the best dishes ever. A real standout. Excellent food, well informed and pleasant server, quiet well appointed atmosphere.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service and Delicious Food
    Kspecial
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    My husband and I bought a scout mob brunch for two. I have been dying to try Ink & Elm. Its a really pretty space. Our server was so friendly -- in fact, everyone was friendly. The food was fabulous! I had shrimp and grits which was perfectly done. My husband had fried green tomato benedict which I think I need a whole plate of that next time. We both also had a bloody mary. They make their own mix and its delish. Parking here is tough. That is really the only issue. We had to park way down on a residential street and hike back up to the restaurant. I have a feeling this place has a really good dinner scene. The bar is beautiful!
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PhillipM
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Excellent food, friendly, attentive service, great bar, good but not extensive wine list, sommelier was spot-on with recommendations. We really loved the spacious open dining area and the unhurried but timely atmosphere. We would highly recommend Ink & Elm for any occasion. It's a real find.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely brunch
    CowboiMindyVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We've been to I&E for dinner. This was our first brunch visit. The prices were very reasonable, and the food was delicious. I love that the food is sourced locally, and nearly any sauce, butter, jam, etc are made in house. Both the regular and scotch bloody marys are a must. Jackie was fantastic at educating us on the menu and the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Great place to dine.
    Polver
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Enjoy a great meal without yelling across the table. So nice to enjoy a fantastic meal without your throat feeling like you just left a college football game. Get there and hour before your reservation and enjoy a fantastic bar. If you love cheese, it a must start. The sweet breads were awesome, and the meal exceeded our expectations. We hade the duck, pork, and grouper. We usually don't order dessert, but glad we did! Don't wait any longer, get to Ink and Elm as soon as possible.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Emory Village now has an anchor!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I've been enjoying emory Village since my freshman year in 1996. I was absolutely shocked when I walked into the beautiful space that is Ink & Elm. The service was educated and patient and informed. The food was impeccable farm to table.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • nice place ok food
    cbennett7
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Ink and Elm has a cool look, isn't too loud, and has an excellent staff, but the food is just a little strange for this Atlanta native.
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    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Neighborhood brunch spot
    over50butfun
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Nice open feel upscale neighborhood restaurant. Good food in small to reasonable portions. The food and Bloody Mary had good flavor and spice (a thing it seems many restaurants are afraid of). Enjoyed our conversations with the wait staff and manager/operator. Clientele was a diverse mix of ages, couples and families. There is a separate bar area if you really just want to chill.
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    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of Atlanta's Best
    JohnHVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Ink & Elm continues to be one of our top 5 favorite restaurants in Atlanta. The food and service are always right on target. The cocktail and wine list are well thought out. This time our party loved everything we ordered including the lamb shank, duck and NY Strip Steak. Fantastic and all cooked and prepared to perfection. We have dined at Ink & Elm five times and the service is perfect each and every time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Great!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Loved the food and service. It's just hard to get to that area of town :(
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LocalVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    I was very disappointed. The food was just OK, but the prices reflected a much better meal.
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  • CAFoodie
    CAFoodie
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The menu changes which is fun and the food is fresh and local. The drinks and food had character. Service was stellar and our waiter was knowledgable and very helpful. Bill for 4 was affordable. Can not wait to dine at Ink & Elm again soon. We were very impressed that the three owners are very involved in the restaurant and it was great to hear the story about how the name was chosen. The restaurant was open and very comfortable. You can drink/dine in the tavern that has it's own menu or you can make reservations in the dining room that has a different menu. We enjoying having drinks in the tavern before being seated for our meal. The bartender was fun and made great suggestions. Complementary parking is a bonus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.