Justin's Restaurant
Justin's Restaurant

Justin's Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.chefjustinperez.com/
  • Phone: (408) 638-5300
  • Hours of Operation:


    Tuesday -Thursday 4:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    Friday 4:00 PM to 9:45 PM
    Saturday 4:00 PM to 9:45 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Justin Perez
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: If you consider yourself a foodie and dream of an out of the ordinary, sophisticated and unforgettable dining experience for your event or wedding, then Justins Catering and Event Production is the perfect fit. Not only do we specialize in unique and adventurous flavor pairings, wine-paired dinners using only the freshest, seasonal ingredients, but we also handle every fine detail of event planning. At Justins we are extremely passionate about what we do and pride ourselves on being able to provide you and your guests a truly memorable event.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our private wine room seats 30 comfortably and we can accommodate larger parties in a separate area of the restaurant. The Pizza room seats 50 and the main dining can accommodate 80 for seated dining and more for cocktail receptions. Give us a call and let us help plan for your special event.
  • Private Party Contact: Todd Kerkhof 4086385330x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Monroe Street
  • Public Transit: There is a bus stop on the Monroe Street side of the restaurant.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: We have a public lot behind the restaurant that is free after 6:00 pm
A word from Justin's Restaurant
The restaurant, four years in the making, just had its public opening on March 5, 2013. Located on Homestead Road in Santa Clara, the restaurant is a meeting of the quality of fine dining with the casualness and price of less-expensive restaurants. The seasonally rotating menu will feature items that would please any foodie there are even gourmet pizzas cooked in a custom wood-fire oven,the restaurant’s bar, features various microbrews on tap and hand-picked wines from local vintners, as well as a quality collection of spirits and wines offered by the glass. In the lobby, guests are greeted by items of cooking nostalgia, such as an old scale and collections of vintage cookbooks resting on shelves. The wine cellar and bar were also projects constructed with a specialized wine rack that holds the bottles neck-side-down. A board holding various antique bottle openers from Chef Perez’s late father’s collection hangs outside the cellar door for decoration.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Justin's Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
48 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (37)fit for foodies (34)good for groups (25)special occasion (23)romantic (15)vibrant bar scene (13)notable wine list (11)hot spot (5)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (4)great for lunch (2)Show More
  • Can't believe they're closing!
    RevSuz
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    So… my husband and I were looking for a last minute reservation on Open Table and found Justin's. Loved the bar, they made me a great Old Fashioned. Was pleasantly surprised at the menu. The roasted figs with bacon marmalade are amazing, and so was the Sriracha (sp?) roasted cashews and edamame. In fact, we were enjoying our appetizers and drinks so much, I called my son and said, "You should come meet us now!" and he did. The caesar salad had white anchovies (nice touch) and my husband loved the chicken & waffles. We told our waiter how happy we were to find Justin's, and he informed us the restaurant was closing in a week, and being turned into a catering venue. Stupidest idea ever. There must be a story behind it, I guess. Too bad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ann
    greatdish
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Jennifer provided excellent service. Food was delicious and all the wait staff attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Justins
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Great undiscovered gem! Wonderful menu selections that aren't the same old boring thing! Nice ambience, and great service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow! Tucked away in Santa Clara
    ShockVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We were surprised to see this in Santa Clara, and glad that we found this using Silicon Valley Restaurant Week. Justin's had great food, we were especially happy with the selections available on the SVRW Prix Fixe. A bonus is that almost all of it is gluten-free, but ask just to be sure. Service was good, but not great. With a group, its always hard since we are all desiring something at different times. Justin's has many spaces, some big, some small, that make group gatherings easy to accommodate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A gem
    LINKVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Our experience at Justin's was great. The food is delicious. The menu is fun. There is a twist on the name of each item on the menu and the chef is very creative in both the combination of food on the plate and its presentation. The tables are large and set far enough apart so that you actually have plenty of room for food and drink and can talk at a normal level because you are not on top of your neighbor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dissappointed diner
    birthdaygirl
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Reservations for 5 pm; place was empty but took 1 1/2 hrs for dinner and we had to request dessert to go since we had event at 7. Food more presentation and sauces than flavor. Potato chip crusted fish was potato chips on top with sweet sauce--not good. Oso Bucco was not as well cooked as raved about. Prices very high.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant Surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    The staff had a special kind of friendliness starting as soon as we walked in the door. My linguine was great, the steak was a little disappointing. I will go back again the chance I have
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tweaking Still Needed - Not All Bad
    SmithFamilyVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We visited Justin's on Friday evening and was able to get a reservation with no problem. Tables are large, but very close to other tables (it was difficult to get on the bench seat). Service was initially slow before even drinks orders were taken, but allowed for us to know what we wanted and we ordered at one time. The food was a hit or miss. Some of the dishes (the cream of broccoli) were spot on the best I had ever had, while others were just sustenance. My daughter ordered the pasta which came out uncooked (not al dente). Lastly, the service was slow, except the busing service. TOO FAST. Removing as you are finishing your last bite. Overall, I know that they are transforming and I will try again, but my antenna will be higher.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • B day
    Umeand
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    No birthday treat! We were told you get a birthday treat if you do not order a dessert! So, do not go there for special birthday gatherings. There are so many nice restaurants that have a little bday dessert!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome place
    FarmerSean
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great neighborhood dinning. The food is very tasty with pairings you would not normally see. The chicken and waffles was very good, but the star of the show was the fish and chips. Big chunk of Salmon with thin sliced potato chip broiled on top to make the crust! Awesome dish, awesome restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Check Out the New Menu!!!
    Rocky35VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The new menu is great!! They have added some small bites in addition to the appetizers that are large enough to share. The beet gnochi is FANTASTIC. They have lowered the price points for their main courses. Winners include the duck breast, pork osso bucco and the Garden Tower. Try it - you'll like it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful evening
    John
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Was there for speical occassion. Outstanding food with very good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • InSearchofFoods2Savor
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Terrific evening at Justin's with great service and food. Location's access is terrific. It sure beat trying to find parking in Santa Row on a Saturday night. I had the Osso Bucco with the strawberry rhubarb sauce that was tender and delicious. My wife had the Skirt steak which was equally as good. The taste I had of the Pork Tenderloin in a Raspberry Glace left me thinking I'll get that next time. I was glad to hear they will be making a seasonal menu change soon which will feature some American classics with a twist including lower price points. That's enough enticement for me to be back soon. I truly appreciate the casual/fine dining Justin's provides in the south part of Santa Clara.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday party
    disapointed
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I set an open table for a party of 7 for a birthday and requested a quiet spot and advised we would be bringing a cake if they didn't mind and was told that it was not a problem. I expected a cut or setup charge, but there was not one. We were seated in a spot which turned out to be perfect for a family birthday. No one near us at all. Our server handled our table as though we were the only ones in the place. Totally professional and our dishes were not only on time, but prepared to perfection and excellent in taste. Their presentation is over the top. All dishes were towered and a work of art. We have now been to Justin's on four occasions and they have all been 5 Star reviews.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the anniversary we wanted...
    TheBigRavioli
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Like the title says, "Not the anniversary we wanted..." I'm sorry but we have been here 3 other times before and they were good. Why on our anniversary do we get flat warm beer, poorly made cocktails, cold undercooked apps and a hair on my pate? This is very uncalled for and all we got was a sorry from the server and 4 free glasses of some really bad cold duck.. The manager Todd didn't even come to our table to say anything at all? Sorry to say this might just have been the last time we visit your restaurant.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SFvisitorVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I visited with my 4 grandsons. We were all very pleased with our choices. the waiter was knowledgeable about the menu. The dishes were beautifully presented and the combination of complex favors were outstanding. A glass of Justin's pinot noir was delightful. I hope to return again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • FoodandWineLover
    FoodandWineLover
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I have eaten here many times and will continue to do so. The menu changes quarterly or so which is a terrific way for the chef, Justin Perez, to incorporate seasonal ingredients and keep the menu fresh. On my most recent visit, I enjoyed the pan roasted mussels appetizer which seems to remain a staple on the menu. It's a very generous portion so I shared with a friend. Next I had the skirt steak in a delicious mushroom sauce topped with an arugula, cherry tomato & sweet onion salad in a light vinaigrette. It was great!! The sauce had lots of flavors going on but was not heavy which suited me well. The salad added a freshness. Dessert was blueberry lemon cake which was light and flavorful and also enough to share. I'll be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT FOOD
    Christine
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    This is our second visit and it was as good as the first...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 30 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 122 reviews are from the Justin's Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Pleasant experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We were excited to try Justin's as we were big fans of O's. We were not disappointed and had a wonderful dinner. The 4 of us tried the Risotto as an appetizer. The risotto was cooked perfectly and the blend of wild mushrooms and asparagus was great. One of the things I like is a menu that rotates seasonally and provides a new experience. It ended up that we had 2 of the lamp and 2 of the Halibut and the consistency of presentation made the first bite almost impossible, My lamb was cooked to perfection (MR) and the blackberry sauce delectable. The star of the plate was the garnish which was tempura shaved asparagus. My wife's Halibut was superb with a chili sauce that had the right amount of heat counterbalanced by the pickled pearl onions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One of our favorites!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We have been to Justins numerous times and have never been disappointed with the food. We've brought friends who have also really enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • YUMYUM
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This was a family celebration. Everyone ordered a different entree and everyone was pleased with their choice. The presentation is suburb as well as the food itself. Very nice service and pleasant atmosphere. Would definitely return and bring friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner
    Paul
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We really enjoyed the mussels; they were very flavorful and perfectly cooked. Our server was very attentive, and kept our cocktails replenished. The location has a lot of parking, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Gluten free choices
    GFlady
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This is our second visit to Justin's. The menu changes seasonally with favorites still available. Fresh local produce and well selected meats. One of our party said the risotto entree was the best he had ever had. The chef and staff are know what goes in the dishes. They will readily make substitutions to help those with allergies and have a number of entrees that will please gluten free dinners. The service is thoughtful, but not fussy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Totally Fantastic!
    GreggersVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    The halibut was phenomenal! It was outrageously good. Our service was great as well. We certainly will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Justins The Place
    BlueGoat
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Beautifully decorated inside with a modern touch. Friendly and informative server which knew the dinning choices very well. It was our anniversary and a desert with “Happy Anniversary” was brought to us complementary after the meal. Much appreciated! The meal was fantastic and the wine was great. The server knew exactly how to present and pour a great wine. It makes a difference. The cost was not inexpensive, but it was worth it and we plan on going again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great with special food needs
    GFlady
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Most of the people in our family group have special dietary needs. The wait staff was extremely knowledgeable about preparation and ingredients. There were lots of good things to choose from and everyone was very happy with the meals. The waiter also made suggestions of restaurant favorites. The mussels appetizer really delicious and large enough to share. We were a party of five. High fives! We will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ready4Din
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Overall, great food. Prices reasonable. Ambiance nice. Uncramped, nice decor. easy parking. service a bit spotty.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I love this place..but
    disapointed
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    I am really happy to have such a wonderful restaurant in Santa Clara again. My only negitive comment would be that the young lady who served us never made us feel welcome. She was never rude or late to check on us, she just was not very friendly...maybe a bad day. I am not disappoined>>>will definitely go again.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PartyOf4
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Very quiet at lunch time, wish they had more of a following for lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • catconsj
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Everything we had at Justin was delicious. The waitress was extremely knowledge regarding the menu items. She recommended the mussels and they were excellent. Would not have ordered them if she hadn't told us about them. Also had the ossa bucco . It was prepared perfectly.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Santa Clara Specialty!
    Lisa
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Justin's is a welcome addition to Santa Clara. The food is always good and plentiful. We'll be back for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable lunch
    DisappointingVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Although expensive (appetizer, two soft drinks, two entrees, two cappuccinos, 1 dessert for $100 without tip), it was worth every dollar! Food was fantastic - Shrimp wrapped in Italian Ham with jicama and a great light sauce, pastrami sandwich, quail, mascarpone pastries for dessert - everything was wonderful. It was not very crowded, and the service was excellent as well. I look forward to returning again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, weak desserts
    newbaysee
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Overall the good are excellent but the desserts were a little disappointing. The Gravlax is great, points for using lotus roots chips. The skirt steak is tender and flavorful, the bitterness of the arugula balanced the dish quite nicely. The creme burlee was good, but the color of it wasn't quite right. It wasn't a chocolate flavor creme burlee, so i wasn't sure why is was light brown. The chocolate covered strawberry have seen better days, the green stem was dry and turning brown. It probably sat in the frig for days.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for foodies in neighborhood
    FoodDiva
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    HI Wonderful dinner, experience and food. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars on the food, was the lamb chop was a little too salty for me...
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Great Dining for any occasion
    WeWillBeBack
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    We went to Justin's with a couple out of town guests. We all had different entrées, drinks, and desserts, but we were all completely satisfied with what we had, and are looking forward to coming back soon to try something new (as the menu changes over time, so there is always something unique). Justin's is a great addition to Santa Clara.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Five Stars!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Menu continues to change and impress! The seasonal choices are very imaginative. The service is the one area that could use a little improvement but overall we have been very impressed the two times we have dined at Justin’s.
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    fit for foodies
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  • No salt shaker needed.
    BayAreaBabe
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I give Justin's a star for creavity, and one for service, which was fine. But all the food was over salted.
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  • nothing special
    foodie62
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    I was so pleased at the service. We tried 2 wines before choosing. The bread baked in terra cotta pots was lovely. Unfortunately the food was trying hard but not very special. No plans to return.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice lunch!
    DietzVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Great service and food. Menu offers a little of something for everyone and changes seasonally. I enjoy going to this resturant.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch with firend.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    I took my best friend here for her birthday lunch. GREAT food.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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