Jimmy V's Osteria + Bar - Downtown Raleigh
Jimmy V's Osteria + Bar - Downtown Raleigh

Jimmy V's Osteria + Bar - Downtown Raleigh

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.jimmyvsraleigh.com/
  • Phone: 9192561451x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 11:00am, Saturday - Sunday: 7:00am - 11:00am

    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 5:00pm

    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Michael Kuilan
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Contact: Jim Henning 9192561451x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: City Center
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
A word from Jimmy V's Osteria + Bar - Downtown Raleigh
Jimmy V’s Osteria + Bar is a unique and modern restaurant was created with Jimmy Valvano’s passion and commitment to excellence, and a percentage of the restaurant’s revenue will be donated to the V Foundation. Jimmy Valvano’s love for food is the influence behind our menu creation featuring local and seasonal dishes with an emphasis on delicious Italian/American down to earth and traditional comfort foods using local farm grown ingredients and straightforward preparations. Also, Executive Chef Scott Chatterton focuses on shareable small-plates, to encourage groups to socialize in a convivial atmosphere, which is warm and inviting for family gatherings, a night on the town or toasting drinks with friends.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Jimmy V's Osteria + Bar - Downtown Raleigh reviews from OpenTable diners
81 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.8
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
76% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (46)good for groups (34)fit for foodies (20)special occasion (19)hot spot (19)vibrant bar scene (18)great for lunch (16)late-night find (15)romantic (13)neighborhood gem (9)scenic view (7)great for brunch (7)notable wine list (6)kid-friendly (4)Show More
  • Resturant losing momentum
    Raleeintown
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We have dined at Jimmy Vs numerous times since it opened the past few visits have left us disappointed. We like the ambience and wanted to give the restaurant a second and third chance. The issues have been around the food prep and quality. Cold or undercooked sides & entrees are not acceptable in any restaurant especially one with the prices that Vs charges. Our most recent visit there were only a few tables seated, so there is no excuse for the food temperature or quality. There seems to be a malaise in the restaurant. As I left I noticed a 91 sanitary grade which confirms my suspesions of an unenthusiastic organization. It’s too bad, with all of the competition of good resturants in downtown Raleigh Jimmy Vs is turning into hotel food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    FunNightsOut
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We had an 11 am reservation on Sunday and learned it was the transition between breakfast and lunch. We thought we could get breakfast but couldn't and lunch was do slow that they wound up giving us two free appetizers - that WAS good. Mainly it was all just average. I suspect weekend mornings aren't their best time! Might try at night with a group.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quality/quantity below average :(
    NCSuzeeQ
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Very disappointed. Went for a birthday celebration. Was expecting a great experience, but instead had very slow service and mediocre food (and drinks, too). I am happy to pay high prices for good food, but that was not what was the case here. We had a party of 6, and each of us agreed that the quality and quantity if the food we ordered did not live up to our expectations, and was not worth what we paid. I will say that I really like the atmosphere of the restaurant, and the location. The server was pleasant enough, but the service was VERY slow.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • overpriced
    LovesgoodfoodVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Cool dining area and location. Waiter (Steven) was very nice. Food was good but we thought that prices were higher than what they should be for what you receive.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disapointed
    Disappointed
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We arrived at 5pm and was immediately seated. When the food finally arrived my chicken was dry and my friends spaghetti noodles were hard. The couple beside us had to send their pizza back because it was burned and their chicken was not done.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun place and easy walk to Ballet!
    OnTheTown2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We wanted a good restaurant withing walking distance of the Duke Energy Concert Hall and were very pleased with our choice of Jimmy V's. Fun place and such an easy walk to the theater!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, medium service
    mandyrh16
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    My sister and I visited for her birthday dinner. It was a rainy Monday so the restaurant wasn't very busy. We each enjoyed our food very much, but it took an hour to receive the entree. Overall a nice experience and a place we'd try again, hopefully with a bit speedier service!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed our first visit
    raleighlady1114
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    It was a rather busy evening in downtown Raleigh so the restaurant was buzzing but the staff was very accommodating in making sure that we had a nice, quiet area of the restaurant for our family dinner. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Experience was a plus. ...
    HOPE
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Dinner menu can be pricey. Drinks may be a little over priced. But the money they give to the Jimmy V foundation makes it worth it. It's like making a donation and being rewarded for it. I had eaten lunch here and was good. Decided to give dinner with friends a try. For 4 of us with and drinks was a little over $100. Definitely will try there again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disasterous waste of time and money
    GuppyVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Overbooked, understaffed with at best, mediocre food. I had seared tuna as an appetizer that was solid brick, clearly pre-processed, tasteless, dry and WAY overdone. Another guest had Arancini balls that were tasteless and grossly under-seasoned. Bread was not offered, nor brought when asked. Wrong wines and beers were served the table on three separate occasions. Dishes were served inconsistently, and one guest waited over an hour. Deceptive menus: They offered an ELITE menu with wine/beer parings clearly identified on the menu, but were told after the order was in that they are not included. Felt like a bait-and-switch. An overpriced noisy place that tries to rest on the laurels of a past college sports hero.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Stay Away!
    Underwhelmed
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We choose Jimmy V's with enthusiasm after previewing the Elite Experience menu for Raleigh Restaurant Week 2014. Down hill from the moment we were seated. The meals selected included pairings of beer or wine according to the Elite Experience menu. Our server admitted she was not familiar with the concept, she did not serve the pairings. The manager also refused to serve the pairings. We endured an embarrassing exchange of information, in front of our invited guests. Service was careless. 15 minutes for a beverage re-fill. Our main course arrived 2 hrs after we were seated. Dessert was not fresh. So embarrassed my guests experienced Raleigh in such an underwhelming fashion. The floor manager admitted negative feedback from other customers.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Long wait time, decent food.
    Wfncfoodie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We came here to celebrate a special occasion. We probably won't be coming back. The food sounded delicious, but we were disappointed. My wife's appetizer was cold. Mine was hot. We ordered the same thing. We waited 50 minutes for our entree and unfortunately it was good but not good enough for the wait. The waiter kept aplogizing, we hitch we appreciated, but it only made the wait seem longer. We will only come back if we have a lot of time to kill and aren't very hungry. Great ambiance, decent food, long wait time.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Theo
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had heard positive reviews about Jimmy V's in downtown Raleigh. I always knew it as a steakhouse in Cary. My first impression was a waiter throwing the menus down on the table, mumbling his name and clearly being in a hurry to move us along from the beginning. I had informed the restaurant it was our 27th wedding anniversary when I made the reservation- he had no clue (I know this is expecting a lot but that's what exceptional restaurants do). The food selections were disappointing. There was one steak on the menu. It was just too, what I will call, "Macaroni-Grillish". Not that that is always bad, just not what I expected. One word- diappointing. I would go back and sit at the bar for a drink, it looked very inviting.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    There are so many better places in Downtown Raleigh to go to. This was nothing more than an overpriced hotel restaurant. And DON'T go for Restaurant Week. You'll end up paying more by ordering off the regular menu because their Restaurant Week menu is so awful. If you're visiting Raleigh, eat somewhere else. I'd hate for this place to be your only impression of Raleigh cuisine.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pre Concert Dinner
    JeannieEss
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had tickets to BOSTON concert at RED HAT AMPHITHEATER and wanted to eat dinner nearby. Found Jimmy V's - they are very convenient to the venue. Our table was ready we were seated promptly. Wait staff were attentive & pleasant. We were asked if we were attending a particular event so that they could advise the chef if there were any time constraints.nice! Lighting is just right and cozy,very comfortable atmosphere. Drink menu - very nice selection - food menu --just enough variety to please everyone without being overwhelmingly extensive. Drinks and appetizer arrived swiftly. Food all around was excellent, All were very satisfied (party of 6) mission accomplished thanks to Jimmy V's. We went on to our concert with happy tummies!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, not great
    NCMots
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We went for Restaurant Week dinner. Attracted by donation to Jimmie V Foundation with each meal. Appetizers of deep fried rizotto and bruchetta were well prepared and tasty. After that the meal fizzled faster than the NC State football team in a conference match up. Salmon entre was overcooked and salty over a bed of underdone sweet potato chop. For dessert the cheese cake must have been popular because they could not keep it coming from the freezer fast enough. The teremasu was a much better choice. Cooks: Don't give up. Don't ever give up.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Evening
    PBJ1
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Food was very good . I had the blue cheese steak salad; the steak was done perfectly. The rest of the group had one of the prix fixe menus offered for restaurant week - all was good with the exception of the bruschetta. The brushchetta was pretty bland testing and served on thick white bread. Service was good at a relaxed pace. A tad difficult to hold a conversation among the four of us with the noise level, but we did enjoy the energy of a downtown restaurant during a week night.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Another good experience. Food was as high quality as our experiences last year. We were visiting from out of town and made it a point to have one dinner here. Staff are very well trained and professional. Great setting with the outdoor option. The only slight negative was the night was a bit slow, perhaps because of rapid approaching thunder storm which was a distraction for the staff to protect the customers outside. The menu has also been slimmed down from last year with a bit less creativity. However, we would still make it a point to go back on our next trip to Raleigh.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We enjoyed the small plates!
    4fordinner
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We tried the chopped salad, wings, Jimmy V's meatballs and the Tuscan pizza. All were delicious!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Again I brought my friend with me to Jimmy V's the staff is always spot on, especially the hostess Judy, I always see the staff members working at a fast speed, and with a friendly smile, the food is fast a very good, the music helps the overall feel and laid back fun atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great!
    LuvItalian
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Each visit has been such a good evening of food and ambience. We enjoy it every time. Usually we are on our way to a show at Memorial Auditorium and dinner at Jimmy V's makes the evening complete. Thank yoU!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • overrated
    carolinadinerVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We went here based on a recommendation and our experience was obviously not the same as that of our friends. The restaurant was extremely noisy and the service was sub par. Unfortunately the weather was not conducive to sitting on the patio so we didn't enjoy that aspect of the venue. The food was average; certainly not good enough to bring us back for a second visit or to recommend this restaurant to anyone else.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Great outdoor area and the staff were very nice. The only complaint I had was that the salad portion was small and many of us were a touch still hungry when we left. But I noticed that the sandwiches others had were wonderful and hearty.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best place in town
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Jimmy vs is truely a great place to dine with friends and family. Loved the service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Timers at Jimmy V's
    NotHappyFirstTimers
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Heard many good things about the restaurant. I order a filet & my boyfriend order the pork chops. Our waiter barely visited our table at all. He did not deliver our food nor did he check up on us immediately after the filet was delivered to check to see if it was cooked properly or if we needed anything. The filet was not cooked the way I wanted so I could not eat it. I ended up having to eat my boyfriends pork chop becuz no one bother to come back to the table for about 20 minutes after the food was delivered & w/Jimmy V's being a top end restaurant I felt that the wait staff should be more educated on the proper timing of when to visit a table after food is delivered, especially when it involves any type of meat.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We were a party of 7 in Raleigh for a convention at the Civic Center. Everyone of our group ordered something different and everyone was well pleased with the food. Our server provided top knotch service throughout the evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience
    JustinCase
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Food and atmosphere were great. Middle of downtown on a busy Thursday night. Good times.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and vibe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Another great experence at Jimmy V's, the pizza is absolutely the best in the city, love the draft beer selection and it always seems to be very busy and kind just always packed. Love bringing friends here
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great night at jimmy v's
    Vonnie
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We ate there this week with two other couples who had never been to jimmy vs. Everyone had a great time and enjoyed their entrees! Several people had the local chop, one had the pizza, one had the salmon, one filet, and a pasta dish. Drinks were also great. We sat outside and enjoyed the weather. When we left, everyone said it was a good choice and any would come back again sometime.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a Foodie place
    Foodie29
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Chicken wings were bland-like they thawed them and threw them on a plate. Burger-beef was good, bun was on the Stale side, tasted made yesterday. Service was ok-server was ok-needed to know his menu.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wait staff needs better training
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    The wait staff is the face of the business. If they can't work with a smile and be excited to welcome and cater to their customers, then you'll have a business that's going to loose their customers pretty fast. Our waiter brought us our checks without evening asking if we wanted dessert. We were celebrating my wife's birthday. We ended up going elsewhere for dessert and coffee.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noise from the plaza ruined dinner
    Barbandginger
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I've been to Jimmy V's quite a few times and I really like it, but this past Saturday evening our experience wasn't so good. It's not the restaurant's fault but being a nice summer evening they had the doors to the patio wide open and lots of folks were seated out there. We were seated on the patio and about 3 minutes after being seated a plaza performance of drummers started up. Between the techno music playing on the patio and the drummers, it was not a pleasant experience. Our server seemed somewhat distracted as well. Food was good however. One observation I have for the restaurant however is that they serve their water in carafes with no ice and they ought to just get over themselves and give you a glass of water with ice.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food, Atmosphere
    melcal725
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    The atmosphere of is fantastic - indoors and out. It's an impressive place for a business lunch or dinner or happy hour. I made a reservation for 9 and we sat in "Jimmy's Den", a semi-private alcove. Making the reservation was so easy - and the hostess was incredibly accomodating. The other 8 diners were from all over the East Coast (work) and they all were impressed with the meal and atmosphere. However, we unfortunately had fair-to-poor, SLOW service which put a bit of a damper on the whole meal. At one point, one member of our party actually went to retrieve her own set of silverware - and drink refills seemed to take forever. Unfortunatley, that will make me think twice for coming back with a large, out-of-town group.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • meh.
    MgarrinVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    My salmon was ok but the seafood risotto had zero flavor. How is that even possible? The outdoor area gave a great view of Fayetteville and with the live band and people watching, it was great. Service was terrible though, we saw our server maybe three times the whole meal.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Become a regular
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    I have become a regular to Jimmy V's, the business is always busy, the food is very good, while I have my favorites, but the staff is always welcoming and friendly, my group of friends really enjoy going to Jimmy V's as well as it is affordable. The Salmon is my favorite, as well a the Italian dishes
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best pizza
    Dan101
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The pizza is the best, they make it right in front of you, service fast and friendly, we go regularly now, mainly for pizza and drinks, but the new menu has caught on, love the new crab cake too, always great music and fast friendly southern hospitality service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, mediocre service
    bjw0715
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    I work downtown and have had Jimmy V's for lunch on a regular basis and the food is great, however over the last few times I've gone the service from the servers was...lacking. The icing on the cake occurred when my wife and I decided to visit for dinner on our Anniversary and the server was inattentive, scattered, and spent little to no time doing other than getting us in and out with a little work as possible. As always the food was great, and the restaurant itself has a great atmosphere, however the service seems to slowly taking a turn for the worse.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    On this visit the service was beyond slow. Our order was taken and we did not see our waiter for almost a half hour. We finally talked to the hostess and when we said that we were leaving the food showed up. The excuse for lack of service was that the restaurant had two large parties. If we had been told this we could have made other arrangements.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A little surprise
    Family
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    We were surprise that they didn't have enough staff or food at the time we arrived there. The food was okay, but the services was too slow. I ordered an Egg Benedict and after 1 hour, I cancelled. My family was already done with their breakfast and mine never arrived. Not sure if I will give them another opportunity. The location is great and the atmosphere is relaxing.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great restaurant
    ncsudiva
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Food was great! Best service we have had in a long time anywhere!! Highly recommend the arancini-delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic