John Davenport's at the Top of the Park - Omni New Haven
John Davenport's at the Top of the Park - Omni New Haven

John Davenport's at the Top of the Park - Omni New Haven

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.johndavenports.com/
  • Phone: 2039746858x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 11:00am,

    Saturday - Sunday: 7:00am - 11:00am;

    Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm;

    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm;

    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Grand View on the Side.
    Experience the outstanding contemporary New England cuisine
    in one of John Davenport’s private dining rooms while enjoying the breathtaking panoramic rooftop views of one of the nation’s oldest university campuses and the Long Island Sound.
  • Private Party Contact: Wayne Kirsten 2039746858
  • Special Events: Grand View on the Side.
    Experience the outstanding contemporary New England cuisine
    in one of John Davenport’s private dining rooms while enjoying the breathtaking panoramic rooftop views of one of the nation’s oldest university campuses and the Long Island Sound.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Temple and Crown
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: We validate up to three hours of self parking below the hotel with a dining or bar receipt.
A word from John Davenport's at the Top of the Park - Omni New Haven
Our premier, 19th-floor restaurant welcomes you in an upscale atmosphere where you can enjoy an elegant dinner, a light breakfast or a cocktail in Bar19. Specializing in creative regional cuisine, we bring you fresh products from Hudson Valley to Prince Edward Island. A selection of fine wines is available.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
John Davenport's at the Top of the Park - Omni New Haven reviews from OpenTable diners
22 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelQuiet
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (21)romantic (12)special occasion (12)fit for foodies (8)neighborhood gem (3)great for brunch (3)good for groups (2)notable wine list (2)kid-friendly (2)great for lunch (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • A night to remember
    DininginConnecticut
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    From reservation--through Open Table—concluding with an evening sunset over New Haven, which produced spectacular views as the day transitioned into a skyline of city lights and world renowned architecture, the staff at John Davenport's at the Top of the Park - Omni New Haven, made our anniversary exceptional, and truly a night to remember. The staff was attentive, professional and went beyond all that we could have imagined. In addition, from presentation to portion size, we were treated to culinary excellence at its finest. We would highly recommend John Davenport’s for your next special occasion.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Secret gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    How have I, a 25 year resident of New Haven, not been more frequently to this gem atop the Omni? The view is the most impressive in New Haven, by a mile, and the service is really delightful. But the food brings it home. I had a tuna/cold noodle/peanut sauce first course, then the scallops over polenta second, both of which were perfectly prepared. A new regular for this long-time lover of New Haven.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • ilovefinediningVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    This was a great discovery ~ we were in town looking for a great vegan meal for one guest and steak for another, it was perfect on all fronts. The view is stunning. The service was attentive, friendly and personable. I was amazed at the reasonable prices as well ~ excellent food, service and selection. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Night Out
    Aussiediner
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    I had been to this restaurant as a visitor 3 years ago. I brought my wife with me this time and she loved every minute, the food, wine an to my surprise Robin was still there delivering 5 star service, advice and conversation. A great night out.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great view, great food
    Mack
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    My party of four went to John Davenport's on a Wednesday night. It had a fair crowd when we got there but thinned out almost completely before we left. Two of us had the steak and scallops entre which was superb with steak you could cut with you fork and a zesty au poivre sauce. The service was very attentive and friendly. The view of the city from the 19th floor was impressive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 39 reviews are from the John Davenport's at the Top of the Park - Omni New Haven reviews archive.
  • Top of the City
    NOVagirlVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Great brunch and amazing view of the city! Be sure to ask for parking validation.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Blue Crab Eggs Benedict -must have!
    RobArmstrong
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    I brought my parents here for a scenic breakfast the morning after Yale graduation. Though Davenport's was 15 minutes late seating us at our reserved table, I was lucky to find curb parking and only had to interrupt my meal once to feed the parking meter. Why don't they validate? Anyhow, my dad loved his smoked salmon platter, my mom loved her vegeterian quiche, and I was stunned and enamoured of the blue crab Eggs Benedict! While I am not a fan of English Muffin underneath, the blue crab made the whole outing worthwhile. Do not miss this deliciousness if you are in New Haven! I have also frequently eaten Davenport's deliciously diverse Breakfast Buffet on Saturdays, and I must say the bacon is always PERFECT.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful View
    jwat
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Five of us had breakfast here the morning after Yale graduation and it was not busy. The buffet was very nice and the omelet station particularly well done. We were seated on the harbor side and it was great, but because of the angle of morning sun, the side facing the green is much better this time of day. Good service, bagel and lox very good indeed (salmon billed as 'local'). A perfect ending for a very special weekend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another delicious meal!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    This was our second time at this restaurant. We had a 6:45 reservation, and we were seated promptly. The service is very good. Friendly, attentive staff. The restaurant itself is very pretty, decorated nicely with candles and flowers on each table, nice linens, etc. The food is very good, although the menu is quite small. The choices, though, have all been excellent and from appetizers to dessert, we have never been disappointed with the quality, presentation or taste. The view from this restaurant is also very nice. We arrived in daylight, and left in the dark, so you had lots to look at as the sun was setting over the city, and then the night sky, with the city lights is also very pretty. We will absolutely be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Relaxed Dining with Beautiful View
    Audreyambiance
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    We had a table for four overlooking the New Haven Green and the Yale Campus. It was quiet enough to enjoy a conversation, and the service was excellent. I had Greens with Artic Chard--excellent for a light supper, and plenty of room then, to share Bananas Foster with my husband.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING GEM!
    firsttimer14
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    First time for an anniversary dinner and we will be back! Service was great Food was amazing, and the atmosphere plus view set the tone!! Highly recommend it!!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    TantaVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Brunch not what it used to be. No waffles. Only a few side salads. Lack of adequate $ of servers. Twice had to go get the coffee/orange juice carafes on our own.
    Special Features:
    Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointed
    TucsoneaterVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    We were looking forward to brunch here on Sunday. The views were unbeatable. Don't think one can get better views in all of New Haven. But it stops there. Service was pretty much nonexistent. Brunch buffet was bad. Bad food, few choices, often out and took forever to bring in new fresh food, cold when it got there and EXPENSIVE. I say go up, look at the views, then go somewhere else to eat.
    Special Features:
    Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Top of the world at John Davenports
    Edwrd
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    A fantastic fine dining experience. Robin was a super friendly and attentive waitress. Her menu recommendations were spot on. The specialty menu featuring Washington state was unique and full of wonderful flavors. We tried an appetizer, entree and dessert from this menu, and we were so glad we did. Did I forget to mention, the view over New Haven made us feel like we were on top of the world!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for a Relaxed Brunch w View
    kate68
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    I was heading to New Haven for a Sunday brunch with our two children and my son had insisted we wouldn't need reservations anywhere. But as I checked with a series of restaurants from the train they were all full. I was able to book a table at John Davenport's and I remembered they had a spectacular view. I showed up half an hour earlier than the reservation I had booked on Open Table and the hostess was very gracious about allowing me to be seated before my two kids arrived. I was very relieved and had a pleasant time looking out over the view with coffee. They have a fixed price Sunday brunch and it was quite good. We had smoked salmon, fruits, quiche and an excellent blueberry muffin. It's a good atmosphere, bright and relatively quiet.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent service, very friendly,
    cliff
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Excellent service, very friendly, beautiful scenic view.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Romantic 30th Birthday
    TaraS
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    My husband and I had dinner for the first time at JD's this week for my 30th birthday. I had been wanting to try the restaurant for some time now and I can't believe what we've been missing out on! From the moment we arrived I knew that the atmosphere was just what we needed for this momentous occasion and despite the rain that evening, we still had a spectacular view of the city and, being a week night, it was so cozy, quiet and romantic. The waiter, Chris, was very pleasant and service was wonderful the entire evening-we thoroughly enjoyed that we were not rushed at all that night, and his recommendation of dessert was phenomenal! Tim checked on our meals & brought us complimentary champagne for my big day-so thoughtful! Thank you!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely experience
    JeffVIP
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    The setting, the hospitality, the outtstanding service made for a really pleasant experience for this solo diner. Excellent drink service and great French bread helped too! I had the roast chicken entrée. It was better than average, while not spectacular. I expected a traditional roast chicken on the bone... this was actually a large de-boned, breaded breast, thinly sliced with a good reduction for a sauce and three roast heirloom (?) carrots. Overall, the meal was sort of average, BUT the waitress was so absolutely wonderful that I'd return in a heartbeat!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • can't beat the view!
    brittany
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    We went on a Sunday night and it was not crowded, quiet and serene. The view was fantastic as light snowflakes floated down. Very romantic.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Quinnipiac U visitors
    Barry
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Although John Davenport's overlooks Yale U it's a great place if you're visiting Quinnipiac University too. Our two sons attend QU so we're often looking for a good spot, there isn't too much in Hamden. John Davenport's is 12 miles from QU. The meal we booked on OpenTable was for one of my son's birthday's. Because of a snowstorm we had dinner that night and breakfast the following morning at JD's too. Lunch was great. I had Halibut, my wife had Arctic Char, and my son's had the Tenderloin. We also had the Lobster Tempura as an appetizer. That evening I had the Diver Scallops and my wife had the Butter Salad. Dinner was great too. I found all our servers to be very attentive. Good spot, very scenic day or night, not hotel food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Valentines
    Foodie5
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This was our first time trying the restuaraunt. After making reservations i got a call about 3 days before valentinea day telling me there was a prefixed menu. With it being almost last minute we had no time to change places. I felt like it had too much of the same option vs. A meat from each group.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Letdown
    Disappointed
    Dined on 1/1/2014
    I spoke with staff prior to making reservation and changed plans to bring my group to Davenports for New Years brunch based on the menu. Although the place was practically empty our table was not ready. Then we were informed - no brunch - but we were welcome to choose from the regular menu, rather unappetizing at 11am on a holiday. What was supposed to be seething special for a family that just lost it's Patriarch, was just okay. Nice view, but there was a reason you could here a pin drop - no patrons. Should have left.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing Food!
    toddlovesfood
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    John Davenport's has a breathtaking view overlooking all of New Haven providing a romantic ambiance. The food was absolutely amazing and were perfect portions. Our waitress was very pleasant and even remembered having myself at one of her tables a few months back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Christmas Eve romance
    User
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    Delicious and paced, one of the best butternut squash bisques out there. We had a lovely view of the New Haven green and a nice quiet table.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An excellent Steak
    AJ00
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    We at here for late lunch/early dinner on Christmas Eve. The staff was very attentive, and the view is one of the best of New Haven going off in almost every direction. The server made good recommendations when asked. My dad and I each had steaks and were happy with how they came out. In my case I think it was the best tenderloin I have had in a long time. Vegetable sides were ala-carte, but reasonable, and very well done. My mom ordered the Grilled Cheese Sandwich and was pleased, she especially liked the cherry jam that came on the side.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worse than average
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Food was nothing special. Waitress frequently apologized for bad service stating, "she was extremely busy". Overpriced for what you get.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A must
    YupDine
    Dined on 12/9/2013
    Nice atmosphere, nice service, we liked everything but the main course could be better. Wine was delicious and views stunning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good 2nd time
    cjspa
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    We were disappopinted. It was our 2nd time in 1 month and there were some problems. They were out of the wine we selected as well as 1 of their few specialty drinks which we had the last time and really wanted again. We ended spending more on the wine than we wanted to. Also 2 people ordered the char with eggplant tian. It was fabulous the first time this time the eggplant was unedible. Instead of soft, rich and creamy melt in your mouth it was tough and chewy. The side of asparagus and spinach much smaller than the 1st time we were there.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor choice
    4goodfood
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    Buffet Thanksgiving dinner was cold and tasteless. People at next table agreed. Very few vegetables offered. Staff kind but slow as understaffed. View is nice.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • John Davenport
    Rick200
    Dined on 11/26/2013
    The restaurant is on the 19th floor of the Omni Hotel and has floor to ceiling windows for great views of New Haven and surrounding towns. Modest decoration in muted tones provides an understated elegance that make it perfect for business or romantic dining. The wait staff is warm, amiable and professional. The food is excellent in both taste & presentation which is simple and not an "art project" as you may find in other high end eateries. Recommend highly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect
    CherieVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    Although the menu is somewhat limited every dish was fabulous and the ambiance was exactly what we were looking for. Excellent, unobtrusive service complemented by a fantastic view. A sure bet for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Night
    adottori
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    We had a wonderful evening and we dine out often. Our waiter was exceptional and the lobster appetizer was over the top. Can't wait to go again. It was a little too much food for us. The salad and app was more than enough. We shared a dinner but felt uncomfortable not ordering dinner in such a nice place. Next time would not order dinner and maybe share a dessert instead. Had no room for dessert. Bar area looked interesting. Will try it next time
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Oh the View
    xoxirishrose
    Dined on 11/5/2013
    Ambiance: The view of New Haven in the fall was breathtaking. Service: Overall attentive solid service, nothing to complain about but wasn't a "wow" either. Food: -Taste: Greek salad was good, the burger and crab cake sandwich were amazing! Best hot sandwiches in New Haven and the cookie dough spring roll was innovative and spectacular. -Presentation: Gorgeous
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • stunning view+cookie dough dessert!
    Alex
    Dined on 11/3/2013
    Dinner is reasonably priced and high quality. Surprisingly doesn't attract too much traffic, so quiet and seats close to the window (with stunning views of New Haven) always seem available. Service is enthusiastic and excited about the food. The cookie dough spring rolls are one of the can't-be-missed food items in New Haven.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed Messages
    Lovely
    Dined on 11/3/2013
    Scenic view; tasteful, understated decor and quiet surroundings. Much confusion regarding brunch offerings. We confirmed with telephone call that pancakes and crab eggs benedict available at Sunday buffet after 11AM. No pancakes or eggs benedict at buffet. "Egg table chef" said they could be ordered from kitchen. Waitress checked with manager and said we were misinformed but when I pointed out online and telephone confirmation, they made what we wanted. Couple seated as we were paying our bill had similar experience but were not accommodated and left restaurant without being served. Not sure if we would return. I indicated "YES" on review because they did provide us with breakfast.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent spot for a special
    Peach
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    Excellent spot for a special occasion....The food, service and atmosphere are outstanding.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easy to miss, but don't.
    HKP1
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    The restaurant is on the top floor of the Omni Hotel and easy to overlook, don't because it has great food along with a lovely view of New Haven and beyond. Unlike many restaurants, it is also calm and quiet so a good place to have a conversation while you dine.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Sunday brunch
    YaleParentVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2013
    The views can't be beat, and the Sunday brunch was delicious. The food was fresh. The selection was wonderful and there were some really nice gluten-free options. For egg lovers, there was a chef preparing custom omelets.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Scenic Restaurant
    Lymejuicer
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    What a wonderful little restaurant I found. I was looking for a place to go for dinner and a friend recomended The John Davenport. I was amazed at the Place. The wait staff were so friendly and kind. I had the scallops and I received a generous portion. It was great!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worst Breakfast Experience
    NJ49er
    Dined on 9/15/2013
    Our waiter was horrible. He was late with our drinks the first time, and we had to ask busser to fill up other times because our waiter basically didn't come back around until we got food, almost 30 mins later, which is crazy because there are only like 15 tables in the restaurant. I had the omelet, and it was actually really good. So was the cinnamon rolls, except he forgot we order them and we had them boxed up because he remembered when we brought the check. As a former restaurant employee, I am usually forgiving of service when things are busy or when difficult situations occur, but unfortunately in a week long trip, it was by far the worst eating experience, and I would not go back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic