John Palmer's Bistro 44
John Palmer's Bistro 44

John Palmer's Bistro 44

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.johnpalmers.com/
  • Phone: 4403500793
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: John Palmer DeJoy
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Personalized catering services available to accommodate any party size & event.
  • Private Party Facilities: John Palmer's Bistro 44 offers private space for 20 to 25 guests. A $50 room charge applies.
  • Private Party Contact: Nancy or Michelle 4403500793

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from John Palmer's Bistro 44
John Palmer's Bistro 44 offers contemporary American & Comfort Food cuisine featuring a "scratch kitchen" where all items are made in-house using the freshest products available. John Palmer's Bistro 44 features a cozy environment with a warm fireplace, private room & a comfortable couch lounge.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
John Palmer's Bistro 44 reviews from OpenTable diners
61 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (37)fit for foodies (33)great for outdoor dining (33)romantic (31)neighborhood gem (27)notable wine list (17)good for groups (14)vibrant bar scene (13)hot spot (6)late-night find (4)Show More
  • Disappointing
    Swift
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This is the third or fourth time we've been here, but it was rather disappointing this time. The food was OK, but nothing special. I had this pork loin and it was a little dull and a little dry. The salads were kind of bland, short on dressing, and limp. Nothing was terrible, but nothing was very good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice place
    Locomotion
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This place is upscale with the prices to prove it. The service was great with friendly staff. My only criticism is I wish there were booths so you could have a romantic dinner with your special someone. If they do I could not tell. The food is excellent and you don't need to wear a suit to be there. Make reservations first.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AN OUTSTANDING DINING EXPERIENCE!
    lucylocket
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This is our 3rd visit to John Palmer's Bistro 44 to celebrate our wedding anniversary. It is one of our favorite restaurants. The menu offers an variety to accommodate your appetite and budget. One of the must haves is the Shrimp Cocktail. Although the shrimp are priced at $4 ea. they are huge and prepared to perfection. We enjoyed the Salmon entre' and fish special of the night. Both dishes were just delicious! To top off our dinner, we enjoyed the Trio Crème Brulee and a perfect cup of coffee. The service was very attentive. The ambience is calming with good music piped in the background for easy listening. AN OUTSTANDING DINING EXPERIENCE!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another great meal
    DavideVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Dinner with 2 of my favorite ladies. All the appetizers and entrées were wonderful. John and his crew are running on all cylinders. A very enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    lkaCleveland
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Our visit was superb. We spent our 35th anniversary in one of the circular booths (recommended). Our server was outstanding and very knowledgable concerning the menu. The lobster nachos and pork belly was wonderful. We had Kobe sirloin and tuna filet which were also incredible. Trio of lemon-lime creme brûlée topped off this amazing dinner. Definitely a superb meal and we will be returning soon
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • average at best.
    bartender
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    phil the server was excellent until he brought my beer to the table. I had to ask for napkins. why would the bartender let something leave her bar that way? he seemed rather oblivious to the situation; as was he with our complaints of the 'not very warm onion rings' or the fudge trying to be passed off as mousse. he seemed to have no idea how to react to any issue. but he knew the menu and specials very well. and he was attentive; stopping by often to check on us. in hindsight, it appears to be an empty concern. I had the bbq trio....ordinary at best. mac n cheese was bland. her salmon was very good. atmosphere is good. the only reason to ever go back is to listen to alex bevan play. btw, where was our stone dragon bread, phil?
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  • Great Business Dinner
    BigBen
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Came in after a round of Golf with a group of four. Service was excellent, food very very good. Outstanding selection of Appetizers, Main courses were very good as well. The Sides were okay, wasn't over the moon about my quattro formagi Mac and Cheese, but overall a very pleaseant experience! Highly recommend the place.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Food & Great Service
    cruiseaddict
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We celebrated my husband's birthday here. There were 5 of us. We all enjoyed our meals. We shared a couple of appetizers and all had an entree. Everything was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Always love our meals and took the kids this time. They loved the upscale kids menu and cleared their plates.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, good food
    Mediocre
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The food was all very good. Lobster nachos, grilled tuna, ribeye. We were with another couple. The restaurant acoustics make it loud. It was ard to talk to one another. Our waiter was perfect. Knowledgeable and just attentive enough to meet our needs without being invasive.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never fails
    budronVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We visit this establishment quite a bit and it is always dependable for a nice evening. There was music and the food was very good
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what we expected
    October2
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Menu is way too limited. No chicken choices for those who don't eat meat or fish. Too much sauce - smothered the entre. Waitress was very knowledgeable and helpful.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dining experience
    2happydiners
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We've been dining at John Palmer's since it first opened in Chardon and we've followed it to Bistro 44. Always wonderful food and service. We HIGHLY recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AlsirVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Great food as always; the Rhode Island oysters were superb; the filet was perfect; good service and reasonable pricing for wine by the glass
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Lobster nachos were amazing! Waitress was very nice, BBQ trio was enormous that my husband ordered and my salmon was perfect!
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth the trip
    TimmyDVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Wasn't horrible. Food was good, although not prepared the way it was requested. Steak came medium well to well done when ordered medium. Chicken and waffles, waffle was extremely dry. Maybe that is the way the waffle is supposed to be. Just not worth the drive.
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  • Always good - but slight fall down
    RayandJVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    We've been to John Palmer's a number of times and always find it delightful. Service is always excellent - food is always great. There is a new menu that leans more to steaks (which we've had in the past and are always excellent) however there are some very unique items that we were anxious to try. The foi gras with ice wine jelly appetizer was very, very good - we enjoyed it immensely! I had the gnocchi, veal pasta dish which was perfect - could not have been better. Paired nicely with the DeJoy Wine. My wife ordered the chicken and waffles. This was not good. The waffle was bready and dry - truly uneatable. The chicken was also dry. We did offer this feedback to our waitress to relay to the chef.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • emperorVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Overall this is a fine restaurant. My wife had the Tuna which was done perfectly and with great presentation. My dish was the Trio BBQ. Two of the three meats wrere very dry and overdone. The pulled pork and the sausage were well below parr. Then there was not . Enough BBQ sauce. Tonight it was off the mark.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dogpile
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Slight delay is being seated, despite empty tables. Could not believe that they were out of oysters on a Saturday night of a holiday weekend-whomever does their ordering is an idiot! They were also out of one dessert. Seriously? Steak was very nice and cooked perfectly, same for the tuna steak. Plate presentation-totally lacking-just toss the food on the plate seems to be their motto.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 42 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.8
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance4.7
    • Service4.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 162 reviews are from the John Palmer's Bistro 44 reviews archive.
  • Still a gem
    Sandee
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Food prep is excellent, always to our specifications. Chef is talented. Service is best around. Always an enjoyable evening. Would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Gem
    Foodbozz
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    An evening out without kids and this is the place to be. From the moment you step in until you leave a truly memorable experience. True fine cuisine prepared with the finest ingredients. Service was outstanding. Appetizers are a must try. We had the salmon and cod and it was prepared beautifully! Planning on another trip back soon!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OUTSTANDING
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    A weekday evening for dinner with friends that haven't been together in a long time - perfect place - perfect evening. The food was wonderful and enough (appetizers) to share. It was hard to choose an entree because of the great selection. The waitress was attentive, helpful and timely. Great time
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • emperorVIP
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Always excellent. The food is prepared as ordered and its quality is perfect. A nice blend of flavors and presentation shows the overall concern for doing things well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • John Palmer's Bistro 44 Delivers
    KelBel
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The delicious kobe beef egg rolls got our evening off to a delicious start. Crunchy and savory and not the least bit greasy. Could have made a meal of a couple orders of these! We were eating a bit later so my companion and I chose lighter options. I enjoyed the salad special which included delicious greens, toasted pecans, blue cheese and a lovely vinaigrette. I topped it with grilled salmon that was expertly prepared. My companion chose the Palmer salad - a fave of his - because he loves sundried tomatoes. He also chose grilled salmon to accompany the salad and a vinaigrette. Just enough bread and some wine made for a delicious meal. We also enjoyed the live music by a duo that complemented the ambiance perfectly.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite for special occasions!
    Enjoysgoodfood
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Love John Palmers. Exquisite cuisine. This is our go to place for special occasions or when we feel like splurging on a great meal. The kitchen bar is perfect for a night out with the girls... Enjoying cocktails, chatting with the chef, and watching food being prepared.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anniversary special
    sparkles
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We dined at John Palmers Bistro on a Saturday night at 6pm. We were instantly amazed at how a restaurant in a strip mall could be so inviting and classy when we walked through the door. The lighting was low but we were still able to see the menu and each other. The waitress was friendly and helpful and gave us very good service. We settled on the filet mignon with side salad. the salad was the best we've had in a long time. Mine had the tomatoes, feta cheese, pine nuts, and greens. The portions were adequate and left us just enough room for the creme brulee trio for desset with coffee. Very enjoyable and tasty. I'd say a bit decadent. My luxury cosmo maritni was good to the last drop. My husband's wine was very good too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Short drive… great food!
    TracyS
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Have never visited this location for dinner, although we live about 10 minutes away. We were very surprised at how amazing the food was. Delicious appetizers and great halibut on special. A little pricey, but you don't mind as much when the dining experience is excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice Special Occasion Experience
    hp73
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Enjoyed a terrific meal with good service for a birthday celebration. Prices are steep across the board. Otherwise, would dine there more frequently as we live nearby.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never Disappointed
    Sandee
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Quickly became a fave of ours. Their chef is amazing & the service is excellent. Our last visit I ordered the salmon, med. rare. It was glazed with Grand Marnier, juicy & flavorful, sitting on a bed of creamy lobster & cilantro orzo with fresh broccoli on the side. My husband ordered the scallops. He said they were very tender & seared to perfection. A black pepper fettuccini with spinach & shallots in a lemon cream sauce were a nice accompaniment. Great wine list, great service, great food. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    Sandee
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    Our most recent visit was exceptional. We started with the bacon wrapped scallops & a lovely sweet & sour sauce the chef prepared specifically for my husband's taste. Next we indulged in oysters on the half shell, slightly on the smaller side but definitely fresh. I chose the filet mignon, rare, redskins, asparagus & pearl onion merlot reduction. All were done to perfection. My husband decided on the bison which was "fall off the bone" good. It came with homemade polenta & creamy escarole. Just mouth-watering. Our waitress, Barb, never missed a beat. She's knowledgable & makes sure you have a pleasant dining experience. We'll definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday Night
    Ilene
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Consistently enjoy my dining experience here every time. Great food, great service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Experience
    Lifeistooshort
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Had a wonderful experience at this restaurant. We shared the risotto balls and the crab cakes. Both were delicious, although the crab cakes were a little overpriced. Then we both had the Kobe beef, medium rare, and it was incredible. It was half price for wine that night, which was a nice surprise. We definitely will be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow!
    johnpoge
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    Lived up in east side for many years, and was always tempted to go. Glad we did! My wife and I both attended culinary school, and I must admit that we were both VERY pleasantly surprised with the quality of food. Well done; we would choose here again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is always great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We love this restaurant, have never been disappointed with the food. Service can be spotty, but not bad enough to warrant staying away. We went with a group of friends for Valentines, everyone had a great time. There was a musician who played guitar, her music was great- good selection of songs and not too loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable Evening
    Corbfield2VIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Went out on Sat 2/15. My wife and I got lost and called. The front staff was most helpful in helping us find our way. They had music that night and it was pleasant. Nice but not loud and was very approriate for the evening. My wife had the salmon which was excellent and I had Chicken Kung Pao. Nicely spiced without affecting the taste of the food. The side veggies were nice also. Also to note on the food was the lobster bisque. Had good sized chunks of lobster in it which was a nice surprise as opposed to other restaurants. Bananas Churros was a nice desertw/ the ice cream. Was too much and had to take home to finish it. Very nice evening and will be back again. A nice surprise and find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    great little gem, the food is ALWAYS excellent and constantly changing. Our waitress was younger and a little ditsy but overall the meal was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Wonderful
    Lovetoeat
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    For a crowded Valentines Day this place did a great job! The Kobe Sirloin was done just right and very tasty. The Cod my husband had was also delicious and very generous portion. Our server was efficient and friendly. Look forward to going again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food Show
    Amazing
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Spent a wonderful evening here. Great West coast oysters to start, some raw and some cooked on the open flame. Pomme frites next were oh so tasty. Then main courses- fillet and bison short ribs- amazing! Nice red by the glass to wash it down. No room for dessert. Loved sitting at the kitchen bar- like being in a food show with a front row seat. Lots of activity and seeing how to prepare different courses. Yum
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was our first time at
    Wellzy
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    This was our first time at John Palmer's, we found it very friendly and inviting. We expected a restaurant of this quality to offer freshly ground pepper and sea salt, it offered neither. We had to ask for salt and was handed a salt shaker with regular salt. We gave it a 4 star for the quality of food only because the potato leek soup was very poorly seasoned, It had very little flavor. My husband's steak was perfection and my cod was amazing! I ate every bit of it, which is unusual for me. I gave service 3 stars because our waitress served our food and didn't return to the table for quite awhile leaving us to wait for salt for the asparagus.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant!!
    Alyse
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    You walk in to the amazing smell of a fireplace, the restaurant has a really cool look to it, the server was awesome and very on top of things! They were incredibly accommodating to all of our requests. Food was excellent! Looking forward to going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet