Jardenea
Jardenea

Jardenea

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.melrosehoteldc.com/washington-dc-restaurants.aspx
  • Phone: (202) 955-3863
  • Hours of Operation:


    Breakfast:

    Monday - Sunday: 6:30am - 11:00am


    Lunch:

    Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 2:00pm


    Dinner:

    Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Global, International, Contemporary European, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Nate Lindsay
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: we offer banquet rooms and are willing to close the restaurant for private functions up to 80 people
  • Private Party Contact: Rodolfo Campos x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Inside The Melrose Georgetown Hotel
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available for $7 for guest who dine at the Jardenea.
A word from Jardenea
Jardenea is a freshly new, “Farm to Fork Concept,” that practices sustainable environmentally friendly techniques. Our goal is to bring a better awareness of food, health, and well-being to your life while insuring to leave the land a better place for the next generation. We strive to give the complete dining experience with not only the cuisine but our signature cocktails and our seasonally changed wine list. The Cuisine that we create is globally influenced and locally produced whenever possible. Our chefs have a deep appreciation for farm fresh products but also realize these products could come at a great cost and leave a large carbon footprint. While keeping this in the forefront we only source products from the finest farms, fisheries, foragers and artisans that believe in the same vision. The menus are changes with the season and reflect the regional flavors to maximize freshness and minimize the carbon footprint.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Jardenea reviews from OpenTable diners
27 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelQuiet
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (14)neighborhood gem (11)special occasion (8)romantic (7)good for groups (6)great for outdoor dining (2)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • Great Fare & Service
    Julian
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Showed up on Wednesday night for an anniversary dinner with my girlfriend. As expected, based on prior reviews, the restaurant was empty. However, we were quickly re-assured when we met the friendly staff and engrossing menu. Needless to say, the fare was excellent and worth multiple visits. Nothing too snobby and over-the-top, and yet nothing that you would easily find in other establishments, especially with respect to quality. The wine selection was great as well. By the time we were done, the place had become vibrant, with at least half the tables occupied. The dinner was a quality experience and we look forward to returning again soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another choice for pre-Kennedy Center performances
    B4theaterVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Jardenea was overall a pleasant experience and a good find for a decent choice before a Kennedy Center performance. The parsnip soup was excellent, if a bit over-decorated, while the Caesar salad was a strange, though tasty, construction. The pappardelle were sticky and heavy. The taste was good, but the noodles needed tossing with sauce to keep them separate. The creme brûlée was topped with berries - an unnecessary addition. In general, the dishes are a tad over-thought with just that one added fillip that isn't needed or strikes a strange note. Nevertheless, this is a good addition to the possibilities in the general Foggy Bottom area and, it should be noted, the chef and server were very flexible and vigilant about my dining partner's dairy allergy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth It!
    Pleased2share
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Fresh ingredients, prompt service, reasonable prices, and an elegant atmosphere make this a place for the serious diner to experience. It is located in The Melrose Hotel.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Hidden Gem!
    EatingOutRox
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    My husband and I were staying at the hotel and decided to eat "in". What a great decision! The service was wonderful - Jose was our server at the lounge and the restaurant. The food was incredible. My husband had the crab cake and filet - the filet was "melt in your mouth" good. I had the Caesar salad and scallops - yum! The food was plated like works of art. All around a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant surprise
    winedine
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Still fairly new and so below the radar that my concierge had never heard of it, it was really a pleasant surprise. Despite a busy Sat. night in DC, the place was only about half full. We had a lovely table and could actually hear our entire conversation without raising our voices or overhearing three other tables. There was no intrusive music. At this point they could have served PB&J and I would have been happy! The ingredients were "farm fresh" as advertised. all of the dishes, bar one, were very good with unique preparations. For a great meal with the right ambience, check it out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner
    JenniBee
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The food was excellent and the staff very friendly. The dessert was the only thing a little subpar (we had the creme brûlée) but the entrees and wine were spot on (we had the pork chops with apple butter and the chicken with BBQ sauce and corn bread dressing). I would definitely eat here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food and Service
    DebfromDCVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Came here for the first time with several business colleagues. The service and the food were wonderful. Our server Joe was one the best servers I've had in DC in a long time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific dinner
    OregonDuck
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Beautiful presentation, fresh ingredients, nice range of options. Scene was quiet so we were actually able to hold a conversation without shouting, and the service was prompt and friendly. It was a really pleasant experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Jardenea
    PeteVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    A very good hotel restaurant. They stress their farm-to-table background. We didn't see that highlighted when we ate there, but we still enjoyed a very good meal. The menu on Open Table had changed when we sat at the restaurant...not entirely unusual. There's lots of dining competition in the neighborhood. So, overall a good restaurant and a pleasant evening.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    salsalover
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I went to this place for restaurant week because it looked new and had good reviews. I was very impressed with the food and the chef was very accommodating given my special diet. I loved every single dish I ordered and what my husband ordered. I would definitely eat here again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyable evening
    calypsoVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Solid performance given by the team at Jardenea. Fish was perfectly cooked (lamb slightly over cooked, but still tasty!), recommendation on wine was spot on. Staff was helpful without being intrusive.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 16 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.6
    • Food3.6
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 125 reviews are from the Jardenea reviews archive.
  • Surprising for location
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Not often that you find a really nice restaurant in a hotel, but this is one. Farm to fork, and done very well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • LiloVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This was the first time we dine at Jardenea, we reserved our table early so we can go to the Kennedy Centre for a show. We got confuse reaching there, since there's no sign for the place, we got greeted and seated, we did explained about the timing. Food came on time, little salty (Crab Soup) but entrees were delicious, service was impeccable (first time in DC that our water glasses never got emptied), Wine list was great but the Sommelier shared with us a seasonal bottles that was not on menu, we had it and loved it. Thank you, you will definitely see us again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • FANTASTIC! Great find!
    Cinnay
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    My husband and I were going to be in DC for the night to see a show at the Kennedy Center. We booked a room at the Melrose Georgetown Hotel specifically because we liked the offerings on the menu at Jardenea. They had what appeared to be very high quality ingredients with many options available for gluten-free diners like myself. Their menu specifically states that they are accommodating of individual dietary needs, so we were hopeful. We were NOT disappointed. The food, the service, and the atmosphere were all perfect. Our waiter, checked specifically with me about my food allergies, as did the manager. We found the service to be friendly and the food… as fresh as it gets! We went back for breakfast the next morning.. again, fantastic!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Fabulous restaurant!
    LadyZ
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Food was great, service was fabulous and menu was terrific. We had a great waiter, great appetizer (avocado with crab), amazing dinner (sea bass) and terrific drinks too! Hotel has a great feel; restaurant is tucked away but really cool look and vibe and the service was impeccable. Try it out, great place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LiloVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    First time there and we enjoyed the quality of farm to table concept, food was little salty for me but very tasty, we enjoyed our dinner and we will come back. Service was very good and efficient,
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    LiloVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Second time we visited the place and had a great experience, thus t I me we sat outside, weather was very nice and we enjoyed every bite, soup was a bit salty but salmon and filet came out perfect, professional service and great wine.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LiloVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Great find that my husband found, it took us a while to find it, lack of signage, but when we did everything went smoothly. The service was very professional and courteous, wine list is accommodating to both of our tastes and a special help from manager we found a great one, the food was well presented but a bit salty, when manager asked about the food we told him and he insisted on getting a us a sweet treat, it was a very nice gesture. For appetizers we had the bisque and goat cheese salad, for entrée we had the duck and the beef (husband loved the beef). We will definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Good only if a quiet venue is one's top priority. We spent over two hours, virtually alone. Food (a seafood Cobb salad) was at best mediocre -- unimaginative with mostly wilted ingredients. Good thing we weren't in a hurry because service was desultory. The price/value ratio was almost infinite. Never again....
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  • Interesting Found
    LiloVIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    We found the place through the internet so we decided to pay a visit. Wondered about 5 minutes to figure out where's the place located, no signage, anyway, we got greeted and sat by the Director, we were a bit worried since we were the only 2 people there, not even few more minutes the place got busier, anyway the service was beyond excellent, we love the combination of food, the Crab Tian was amazingly good, but the soup was salty, Entree were delicious as good as it was described, we had the Filet and the Salmon and both came out perfect. We had a good experience and we would come back again but tell the chef easy on the salt
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost there
    GlobalCitizen
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Booked a group business dinner at Jardenea because it was convenient and the time was right. The hotel lobby, bar and decor was what attracted me. The menu was innovative, the service was professional and the presentation of the food left with me high expectations. I have to admit the wine was better than the food and that seemed to be a group consensus. But, it was clear that every other attempt to compete with other notable restaurants was being made. I admired the service and the courtesies extended. Almost there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food. Ok service
    Bigred
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We were impressed by the quality of the food. Both fish entrees and the crab and avacado appetizer were exceptional. The cocktails were delicious. The service was however lacking. The restaurant was understaffed which led to gaps in service throughout the night.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We will return
    Marie
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    This restaurant was selected for several reasons: 1. it had very good reviews, 2. conveniently located to the Kennedy Ctr, and 3. Valet service is $5 when you dine there. Although the menu is limited, the quality in preparation and presentation was appreciated. The wine list was also limited because several selections were no longer available; list had not been updated. Service was splendid. We arrived early, were seated and attended to rapidly. During our time there, noise level was very low. All in all, it provides a satisfying dining spot before going to the theatre.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and Excellent Service
    ALSnycVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Very nice place with excellent service. Had great rockfish crusted with coriander. It is in the Melros Hotel which makes the ambience a little harder but they do a great job with fresh local food. Try the avocado and crab and some of the Virginia wines.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious and Delightful
    RestaurantAdventurerVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I was a lone diner looking for something tasty in the DC area and came upon Jardenea on OpenTable/Yelp. I'm glad I did, because I was one of only a few tables in the restaurant (hidden in a hotel), and the food and service were excellent! The hot rolls were fresh and tasty, and I'm pretty sure they knew I was coming because the dish I got had all my favorites: Duo of duck confit with a good portion of duck and 3 fried duck raviolis, crunchy brussel sprouts, and a few delicate garnishes. I gobbled everything up and was too full to try the very tempting s'mores dessert. Would come back here again. It's an unassuming place, but a hidden gem in the neighborhood!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Appreciate farm to fork
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    I'm a huge fan of farm to fork and needed to find a place for 6 people on a Friday night at the last minute. For the price, I wish the food had been a little better. I do appreciate the concept. If the prices were a bit lower or the food were a bit better then it would be worth it.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Flavors, Deceiving Look
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    The food was tasty and the portions right. Server was inattentive, but friendly. Not many folks there on a Thursday eve - made one wonder why.
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    Fit For Foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Great food. It was a real find in dc. Not a huge place but really wonderful to talk and great happy hour and valet parking a huge convenience.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great kithen and empty dining room
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Came over for a business dinner, was surprised by finding the place absolutely empty, but even more surprised by absolutely outstanding food that was served.
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    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is what dining out should be!
    lisa
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Excellent service, incredible tapas, fun atmosphere. I only wish I could have eaten more because there were so many awesome choices!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    LiloVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Good food with an amazing service, we had crab tian and caesor (loved the presentation on the caesor), for entrée we had Seabass and Filet, filet is very tender, tasty and well seasoned, the seabass was good but my partner didn't like the grits. Service did exceeded our expectation, it was a busy Saturday, servers and managers were on top of it. the wine list is very impressive with some great prices (Chimney Rock Cab for cheap price), anyway, we will definitely come back and spread the word. Thanks to Jose, Zsolt and the Director (I think William)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Such a treat!
    AliD
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    I took myself out to dinner (just me) while I was in Washington, DC, and, after some research, chose Jardenea. What a great choice. It was early and I was alone in the restaurant and the wait staff really took care of me. Plus, the food was fabulous: fresh, well-prepared and delicious. Highly recommended.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Hidden gem - thank you OpenTable!
    Shardede
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    I found Jardenea on OpenTable when looking to make a reservation at Founding Farmer's in DC. OpenTable showed nearby restaurants and Jardenea sounded perfect, with a fresh, seasonal,"farm to fork" menu. We had a wonderful meal, everyone was raving over the food. The prices were reasonable for such high quality, averaging just under $30 per entree. Appetizers, desserts, drinks, and service were all excellent. They have vegetarian, gluten-free and can accommodate vegan. If you aren't looking for Jardenea, you won't know it's there... and maybe even if you are! It's located inside the Melrose Hotel, and even when walking in, there are no signs telling you where it is! I hope they pick up advertising, because they deserve incredible success.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great All Around!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Great food. I had the sea bass which was outstanding. A must try!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed the food
    LiloVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Went there with some friends and we enjoyed every moment in there, at first the location is inside Melrose hotel, there's no signs so prepare to look or ask where's the place. Service was excellent, the food took time to come out but once it did, it was actually nice and worth the wait, managers came out and checked on us few times, water always refilled and wine were terrific. The place was a bit busy, so we didn't not felt like we were rushed on anything. We liked the place and we are planning to visit in near future
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Didn't see a sign out front
    SnowmomVIP
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    Didn't see a sign out front and very quiet once we found our way in. Some interesting choices on tme menu and our dinners from sea bass to risotto were very good.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved it
    LiloVIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Great Food, Great Service, enjoyed every moment of it
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Work Lunch
    George
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    We work few blocks away from the place. from reviews on Yelp and OT we decided to pay Jardenea a visit. Little odd to have a Restaurant with no signage and don't know where it's located, but when we arrived at Melrose hotel, doorman walked us to restaurant . got greeted with server who gave us menus and asked for drinks, menu is small (not use to it) but we found what we need with few suggestion from server. Food came out on time and service was perfectly executed, manager pass by and thanked us for the business (that was nice) but the four stars for the food was the soup (oily and salty not my type).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The service and ambience were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    The service and ambience were great! We loved the whole "look" of the restaurant & bar - would love to go back for happy hour. Food at lunch time was ok, We had the crab bisque soup - too much olive oil and I had the mussels - they were ok. The fish and chips looked a little over cooked.
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  • Painfully understaffed
    NJEater
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Took a chance on a recommendation and at first sight, was not clear we were there. No sign, no mention that it is within a hotel nor anywhere other than the street address. No one greeted us and after finding someone, waited for them to set up table for 15 minutes, then was unclear who was serving us. When we requested water, only half the glasses were filled, when we requested a server, different people appeared periodically and our order was not taken until well after an hour after our reservation. If we were not otherwise occupied meeting an old friend, I would have left. The only saving grace was that the food and coffee were not bad at all, but we were also starving by the time we ate. Would advise to hire and train some staff.
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    • Noise LevelModerate