Japango Sushi Restaurant
Japango Sushi Restaurant

Japango Sushi Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.boulderjapango.com/
  • Phone: (303) 938-0330
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00pm-10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Iwasa Yukigi
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Japango offers a range of catering options for all types of occasions and party sizes in and around the Boulder and Front Range area. We can provide you with freshly made Sushi catering in personalized trays for those important business luncheons all the way through to five course Japanese catering meals made at your Boulder home for special occasions with friends and family.

    If you’re local to Boulder, we can bring the Sushi Bar to your house for parties where you can watch our Chef make Japanese delicacies to order for you and your friends.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Broadway
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Off street and garage.
A word from Japango Sushi Restaurant
Japango, set in a historic building just West of Broadway on the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder, CO, offers a dynamic combination of traditional and contemporary Japanese cuisine. In many ways this wildly popular restaurant feels like a direct extension of Boulder itself--sophisticated, casual and healthy. Guests enjoy a relaxed atmosphere in an award winning space designed by nationally acclaimed architect Scott Rodwin. It’s a dynamic setting, the perfect place for a first date, a family gathering, or a night out with friends. The dining room is intimate and lively while unpretentiously elegant. Japango features a large central sushi bar, vibrant colors, and a rich material palette of wood, stone and metal, which always provides an upscale dining experience. In addition to offering one of the best happy hours in town, Japango is also home to Boulder's original all-you-can-eat sushi night. The restaurant's full bar hosts unique house cocktails and an extensive sake menu.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Japango Sushi Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
46 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (25)special occasion (21)hot spot (18)good for groups (15)neighborhood gem (12)vibrant bar scene (12)late-night find (10)romantic (9)great for lunch (6)great for outdoor dining (5)kid-friendly (4)notable wine list (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Better nearby
    PlaneCrazyVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    If you didn't have other options so close by, you'd be pretty happy you have Japengo. But in downtown Boulder there's Hapa, Sushi Zanmai, and Sushi Tora. In my opinion, all three have better Sushi. The prices seemed a bit elevated compared to the others as well. One of the things you do get for that extra money is a more elegant and chic Sushi experience. So in all, its not terrible sushi by any means, but with better options so close, we won't be back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This was my first time at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    This was my first time at the restaurant since the renovations. The ambience is much nicer now. The chef who made our sushi was not very good this time. The nigiri was cut too thin. Sometimes the fish did not touch the plate on either side of the rice. Sometimes it was too long and crumpled on the plate. The rice was not the right texture. It was too gummy. It seemed like the chefs were not being consceintious. We waited about 45 minutes for our food, so I would have liked it to be more appealing when it arrived. The service was good and the fish was fresh. Hopefully this was just an off night.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Japango Poorly Managed - Don't Go
    BillyStjohns
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    This poorly managed, restaurant is lucky to be situated in an area where pot-influenced students with the munchies and Mom and Dad's money - abound. The Denver Japango would never last with management like this one. -Five tables in the restaurant; Sunday evening; 25 minutes to get one drink order from the bar and only then when I went to the bar myself and asked for it after watching the ice melting as it set there for 10 minutes; -55 minutes after ordering food - no food had arrived. Manager only showed when we were leaving after paying for drink.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Vegetarian Options
    Queen4LifeLora
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Japango was wonderful. We had the vegetarian miso, Mile High Tofu (teriyaki tofu), and vegetarian sushi and thoroughly enjoyed it. Everything was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2SushiLovers
    2SushiLovers
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    My husband and I live northeast of Longmont, so use Japango once a year as our Valentines Day treat. This year though we decided to visit more often, as the food is always so exceptional and we love sitting at the sushi bar. Our Sushi Chef, Forrest did a great job this week and was such a pleasure to visit with! Between the food, people and the atmosphere, we love Japango and will be visiting more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best in Denver/Boulder
    AbrahamFroman
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I get to the finer Sushi restaurants in the Denver area whenever possible. In concise terms, experience is the best. Get the Himalayan roll, Tijuana roll(for something fun and different), the number one Tuna app, shrimp and pork shumai, pork belly small plate and any sashimi. The remodel is spectacular. I was there four days ago and can't stop talking about it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • valentines dinner
    mitch
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We had to go early due to heavy bookings and weren't told until we got there that valentines prix fixe wasn't available until later. The sushi was good, but everything else was much too salty.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wows my out-of-towners
    emochka
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I take my visiting colleagues who love sushi to Japango because I can count on the food and the service. The atmosphere is better than ever now with the remodel - they loved the jellyfish tank.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Japango
    gypsyjules
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    I took my husband and two sons to celebrate their respective birthdays. FABULOUS! We got the all you can eat that they offer on Tuesday nights. Those boys ordered one of each thing whether they knew what it was or not, and our server was extremely knowledgable and even brought out things for us to try. I have never seen my boys have so much fun. The quality of the food is stellar and fresh and just insanely delicious. Incredible experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We loved the new space!
    BoulderdinerVIP
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    We have always loved Japango - easily our favorite sushi spot in Boulder. We hadn't been there since they expanded and the new space made the experience even better. We enjoyed a completely relaxed meal on a Friday night. The place was hopping but we didn't feel rushed. The food was superb. We tried one of their special rolls, The Himalayan, and it was terrific. Please put that one on the menu. Our server was pretty busy and forgot a few things but she was so nice and delightful and we enjoyed the experience so much that it didn't matter. The only thing we would change is that we were seated in a spot where we could see the TVs. We just don't like the distraction when we are dining and next time we'll ask for the main dining room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Sushi Restaurant in Boulder
    Lishylove
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    Japango is our go to sushi restaurant. We love the food and the environment, and they have a pretty fun drink menu. Love the place and I am sure we will be back in a couple weeks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great New Look
    SamBolder
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    The food was very good, and the newly remodeled dining area and bar greatly contributed to the positive overall experience. The new Japango rocks!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food, Service Not So Much..
    YukonAl
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Was there for New Year's Eve and the food is great as always. However, the service was abysmal. Took forever to get drinks, food, and there would be long periods of time we would not see our waiter. Tables around us were complaining about him as well. The best part - him spilling my full glass of wine that was sitting on the table! Japango is really a great place. They just have at least one server that they should think about letting go...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, great service
    AandA
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    This place has recently had a makeover and looks great. The bar is much bigger and has a great vibe. Perfect dinner spot for a date, special occasion, or just a night out on the town with friends. The service was fantastic and the food was fresh and delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/8/2013
    The sushi was incredible. Hands down the best I've had in quite some time. We went late on a Sunday evening so it wasn't very busy but it still took too long for our waitress to come by for orders and water refills. Other than that the place is fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Sushi Place
    rjcs
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Japango is a great and reasonably affordable sushi place. The service was fast and exilent, and the restaurant as a whole vastly exceeded my expectations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Remodel looks great!
    Eater123VIP
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    The remodeled Japango is bright and fun. Love the new bar area and the jelly fish display. The food and service was great as usual. Although I don't think that this is the best sushi restaurant ever, it has good fish and innovative rolls. Very fun place to eat! We've been many times and will go back many more.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New and awesome
    SocialButterflly
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    Japango has revamped and expended and it is better than ever. I have always been a fan though, it is one of the first restaurants I dined at when I moved to Colorado five years ago. The ambience now is very cool and ultra lounge-ish. It is aesthetically stunning and the menu seems to have expanded and changed a little but all for the better. Tuna three ways was a spectacular appetizer. Cactus roll was on special (I've had it there a couple different times). It was good but a little over cooked. The spicy tuna inside was cooked rather than being raw like it should have been. A little too long in the fryer. Salmon nigiri was amazing. Really beautiful, fresh salmon. Everything was great and the bartenders were awesome!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ALL YOU CAN EAT SUSHI!
    TygerYoshi
    Dined on 11/12/2013
    Didn't realize this place had the all you can eat option on Tuesday nights until I got a tweet from them when they saw my sushi tag. Yeah i must admit it was a bit creepy, but well worth it. Great selection for the sushi/appetizer menu. Beautiful interior decor. Fish was fresh and our server was completely on it. Never had to wait for anything and it didn't hurt that he was super cute. Not sure I could afford the regular nights, but the all you can eat is completely worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love sushi
    ellanewt
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Really helpful suggestions for those who do not know sushi. The atmosphere was modern, relaxed and felt private because of the lighting. Reservations were taken and honored at the exact time requested. Service was attentive but not cloying. Food was fabulous. Many choices, though we stayed with the rolls which were beautiful, fresh and well crafted. It seemed that children were welcomed, but for our table of two, seated near the front of the restaurant, they were hardly noticed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fresh & good!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/5/2013
    Awesome fresh sushi, would definitely recommend going on all you can eat sushi night. Loved the Rainbow Roll and the Beef Tataki!
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good fish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    My husband and I went to Japango for a date night. Even though we had made reservations, they tried to sit us in a tight space next to a couple with a baby. I told the hostess that we preferred not sit at that table and she found us a place at the sushi bar which was perfect. We ordered the sashimi platter, seaweed salad and vegetable tempura. The food was fabulous. We had a great time and would definitely go there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A comment on your New & Improved
    KellyVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    We, as a regular family to your restaurant, have a few comments on your NEW and improved look. Love the new LOOK with the large bar and the middle with couches and chairs, The jellyfish tank is pretty cool as well as the blue lights under the new bar. The food was good as usual, but the salad dressing needs to have the sesame dressing NOT ranch. This is a Japanese place, please keep the dressing (love it). Disappointed in the significantly smaller appetizer menu. Please put the sesame dressing back on the mixed green salad. We were a little surprised with the reduced selection on the appetizer menu. We missed the shrimp & vegetable tempura and a few of our other favorites (tuna &chicken).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We still had to wait quite
    Boulder123
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    We still had to wait quite a while for a table despite the fact that I made a reservation. I was with my boyfriend who had ordered a tofu dish and I had ordered 2 vegetarian sushi rolls. His food came our after about 20 minutes and 20 minutes later, my 2 rolls came out w. It ended up being kind of an odd situation because in order to wait for my food to get to the table, all of his hot food would have been cold. The food in general was ok. I really liked the remodel though. I thought that it looked nice and updated in there. It was little tight having to walk through the bar area though.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Smallest sushi I have ever had
    yummyfood
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    Have lived all over the world and happy to be here in CO now but finding a great sushi restaurant is a task. The sushi here was the skinniest sushi I have ever had! Albacore did not even taste like Albacore! You can get better rolls at King Scooper. I am not kidding. To top it off charging 12.95 for a spicy tuna roll? Really , that is what you charge for a specialty roll , if that, ,spicy tuna roll is not a specialty roll, anywhere else in the country! The owners are clearly trying to pay for the new remodel which is great, however, food needs to match! I hope this is not the norm in Boulder?!
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  • great time
    zmarch
    Dined on 9/1/2013
    Extremely good service. Little pricey for the quality for overall great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding Japanese restauarant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    Outstanding food, wine (sake) list, great service and ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Found our new best sushi place!
    rtree
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    When Sushi Tora took all our favorites off its menu, we were really disappointed. So when we went looking for a replacement for our anniversary dinner, we decided to give Japango a try. Boy, are we glad we did! As soon as we walked in, we knew it would be a great dining experience. The nigiri was fresh, tender and subtly spiced, and - surprise - they had a wonderful gluten-free menu, with scrumptious appetizers, like the grilled whole squid, sliced into beautiful thin pieces. Our server was right on top of everything, and delightfully cheerful. And the interior design is simply genius! All in all, a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    foodnerds
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    Our experience at Japango was fantastic. We were looking for a special night out at the last minute, and decided to trust the reviews and head out. The sushi was spectacular! I'm not as much of a sushi fanatic as my husband, but even I continued eating piece after piece until we were all out. We will certainly return again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Corazon was amazing
    momc1118
    Dined on 6/21/2013
    We had never been there before, but had a special occasion to celebrate and wanted good sushi. We had good drinks and great crispy brussel sprouts and then the main courses came. The filet was super tender and melts in your mouth and the corazon was awesome. Thanks Japango!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We go to Japango quite often
    marco
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    We go to Japango quite often and the service and food have always been great!!
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Be sure and try the specials
    CindyJ
    Dined on 6/10/2013
    Interesting and delicious spins on traditional sushi.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love those Brussel sprouts
    Rebecca
    Dined on 6/1/2013
    We had an amazing dinner out!! The brussel sprout appetizer is to die for. The service was great and the sushi exceptional!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/1/2013
    Japango is a favorite place and where we usually go for our date nite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always pleases
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 5/13/2013
    The sushi is always fresh every day of the week. They have classic and innovative sushi rolls. Great happy hour ($2 off all sushi) and nice service (greet table with warm towel for your hands) never feel rushed an servers are very friendly. It's a causal upscale restaurant. Tasty drinks and a variety of sake as well. Much better than other boulder sushi spots.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good sushi, Japanese food
    srudgeco
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    We like Japango, the selection is good, the food is good, the service is good. We go there often as a family, there is something for everyone. We also like the specials and happy hour offers. There's nothing fancy or incredibly unique about Japango, it's just a solid, good at everything important kind of place where you can get in and out for about $100 to $120 for a family of 4 with some sake. Se we enjoy it very much and eat there often.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something for everyone
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    We were a party of five adults, with two vegetarians and two non-sushi eaters. Everyone found something on the menu. Nice selection, with a specials menu and "happy hour" prices on small plates and drinks before 6:30 PM, at least on the night we were there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Every time I go to Japango
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    Every time I go to Japango they have fresh fish. My only complaint about my last visit was that only one sushi chef was working during happy hour on a Saturday and the restaurant was busy. We had to wait an hour for our food. The waiter handled the situation very well and we were still pleased with our experience.
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  • The food and ambiance would
    jmidtboVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    The food and ambiance would bring me back. However, our sushi chef was so bored and potentially hung over that it mAde the experience of sitting at the sushi bar quite uncomfortable. He did not acknowledge us other than to give us our and did not smile one time. I'm hoping for a better bar experience next time and a higher rating.
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  • Very good, they were cheerful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    Very good, they were cheerful and attentive, even when we spilled something. Excellent food.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate