Kitchen 4140
Kitchen 4140

Kitchen 4140

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://kitchen4140.com/
  • Phone: 8584834140x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm

    Dinner: Wednesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

    Brunch: Sunday: 9:00am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options:
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food, French American
  • Executive Chef: Kurt Metzger
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Avati Drive
  • Parking: No
A word from Kitchen 4140
Chef Kurt and team are forerunners of regional Americana cuisine with a twist. Quality produce and herbs are sourced from their on site Organic Garden. The Kitchen is where the passion begins. Serving Lunch, Dinner and Sunday Brunch.
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Kitchen 4140 reviews from OpenTable diners
46 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (32)great for outdoor dining (30)neighborhood gem (26)great for lunch (16)great for brunch (14)good for groups (10)romantic (9)notable wine list (8)special occasion (7)hot spot (4)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (2)scenic view (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Consistently awesome!
    gotforkwilleatVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    After multiple times at Kitchen4140, we are still amazed at the great food Chef Kurt and his team produce!! Nothing more satisfying than to be able to bring friends and family here knowing confidently they will love it like we do. The short rib continues to be the best short rib we have ever eaten in our life, and the specials were incredible...cream cheese risotto with scallops!! The staff also make this place delightful (thank you Matthew, Denise, Rebecca, Jake, etc) and the chefs in the kitchen with Chef Kurt are tremendous. We have obviously found a new restaurant love!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Limited, but adequate wine list. Food better than average. Also, more 'spendy' than average.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent service and fresh food!!
    sunedaze
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Our first time for Sunday brunch and couldn't be happier. Food so fresh tasting and farm to table so we love the food combinations. Food looks like artwork! They really take pride in the place, food, and service and that really comes across to the customers. Love the outdoor space and long tables for groups.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food but.....
    DinerGirl
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We were really looking forward to dining at this restaurant but found the location little to be desired. Further, we were told it was overbooked and changed our reservation time only to get there to find a majority of empty tables the rest of the evening. Hmmmm. The food and service was great and for once the noise level was dreamy as we didnt have to shout out our dinner choices and compete with head banging music. The prices are over the top as you can get a great meal such as this at any competitive restaurant in the area for much less. I dont know how they qualify their prices but..........Overall really nice place to dine. Not sure we would go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic Food - Poor Service
    Apparition
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The great reviews and unique menu made us want to try this restaurant. We were seated promptly but it took a while for a waiter to come by and take our drink order. We ordered a bottle of white wine which had to be chilled before they served it to us - around 25 minutes. Another server came by after about 15 minutes to tell us our wine was chilling. We asked if we could order appetizers and then she jumped into action. Noting that this could be a long night we asked to order entrees as well. 25 more minutes went by before we saw our appetizers - we rarely saw a waiter and were seated in the middle of the restaurant. Food finally started coming out of the back. 3 hours for dinner - food was great but took way too long. Will not be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A great addition to the Bay Ho area
    Juliev16VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Our server was extremely attentive and was helpful in making selections. I had the fried shrimp salad with an Asian wasabi dressing. A tad too much of the batter but good flavor. My friend had th asparagus soup which was enough for us to share. And she had the ahi salad nicoise and the tuna was seared to perfection. I will definite return for lunch again and plan on dinner there soon.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Micki
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Expensive; be sure and ask the price of the specials because I didn't. Knowledgeable waiter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cute place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I found this place on open table and didn't know it was in my hood! So we went for a late breakfast on Sunday . It was just ok for me food wise the potatoes are very hot like chili pepper hot! I can't eat spicey and my poached eggs tasted of vinegar :( bacon was good and service was great! We were inbetween times so it was spars as fat as people. My boyfriend loved his chicken fried steak ! Large portion! Think it's over priced! And the herb gardens described were next to nil ??? Think we will keep searching for a neighborhood gem
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummiest smoked salmon sandwich
    Salmonlover
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We were there for lunch during the week. I expected slivers of smoked salmon, as you usually find with lox. This sandwich was huge! It came on a long, crunchy roll with big chunks of fresh salmon, seasoned perfectly. The avocado creme friache and herb aioli in the sandwich was perfectly matched to the salmon flavors. Even the steak-sized fries were yummy with just enough seasoning. We were rushed a bit even though the restaurant was not filled, though the service was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and comfy, homey feel
    RiversideFlyer
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We stumbled upon Kitchen 4140 via a very popular social media site and are glad we did. The food was fantastic, as was the service. This is the kind of restaurant where you can go and relax in the outdoor seating area and enjoy one of their specialty dishes while enjoying the San Diego weather. A bonus for any family with small children: the servers went out of their way to help when our 2-year old and 8-month old started to get a little loud and impatient (thanks, guys).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Foodie Gem
    Agnieszka
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Loved the freshness of the food and variety of unique ingredients.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great farm to table meals
    kb722
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The good at Kitchen 4140 is innovative and flavored wonderfully! I highly recommend this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The food was good but the service was quite slow, which is tough to accommodate during a mid-week lunch when members of our party had to return to work.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The menu is so good ....
    frenchfoodie
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    ... It was difficult to make a choice. I love this restaurant. My Ahi tuna Nicoise salad was excellent. The ice tea special was refreshing and our waiter was attentive, friendly and helpful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fresh and beautiful
    Sammmom
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This is reasonably priced and beautifully presented local food. Knowledgeable servers who go out of their way to help. Lovely little spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never Disappoints Us
    PunkinsMamaVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We had another lovely meal here last week with friends who were first -timers. Everyone was pleased. Our waiter was super friendly & attentive. We brought our own bottle of Bordeaux which we enjoyed for reasonable corkage of $20. We greatly enjoyed the Brussels sprouts & also the Spanish Chicken to start. My seared Ahi was perfectly done as was my husband's rib eye. We enjoyed delicious Gelato (high marks for the salted caramel). Overall, a lovely meal that we were very grateful to have within a mile of our home. A real find that is a bright spot on the otherwise bleak landscape of north Morena Blvd!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place!
    Wonderwoman
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I've been here for brunch and dinner several times. I've never been disappointed. The staff, ambience, service and food is great! I took a friend of mine for the first time on her birthday and she LOVED it! I recommend the restaurant highly. They are pet-friendly, which we don't have enough restaurants that cater to pets. So worth trying.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worst dining experience here
    Indigo
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    My husband and I have been eating at Kitchen 4140 since the restaurant opened. The food is always good but the service is erratic, especially when they are busy during brunch. This past Sunday, we dined with a group of 7. We were seated promptly and the drinks came pretty quickly. Then the disaster started. We waited over 40 minutes for our food. No one checked on us in the mean time or even tried to apologized for the delay. We had to stopped servers to get ice tea refills and even that took a while to get. At the end of the meal, because we had a party of 7, we were automatically charged 20% service. I am appalled that after such horrendous experience that the restaurant had to nerve to charge 20% service charge.
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  • Great find
    jax3217VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Kitchen 4140 is a hidden gem. As soon as you arrive you get the scent of herbs growing in their garden. My friend and I had the NY steak which was delicious, my wife had the short ribs and my friend's wife the branzino. Everyone was uniformly pleased. Parking was easy and the waitress very affable. Only disappointment is they were out of the wine we wanted but she suggested a substitute which was fine. Definitely a place we intend to return to often as it is an unpretentious, comfortable locale with terrific food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Added to Our Favorites
    goodfoodwonoiseVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Nice, knowledgeable, pleasant staff. Very comfortable place in which to enjoy very fresh creatively prepared food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Lunch
    Callan
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The best Salad Nicoise I have ever had. Everything was fresh and flavorful. The iced tea needed more ice but beyond that, I have no complaints! The bread served with the salad was hot and yummy. Can't wait to come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 25 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 42 reviews are from the Kitchen 4140 reviews archive.
  • We are hooked!
    gotforkwilleatVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Found this restaurant miracle completely by surprise, and now we are committed followers! Chef Kurt has done an amazing job with the inside and outside of the place, even with its own gardens growing between the tables. Garden to table dining and fresh as can be. We were so pleasantly surprised by the food they produce in a small kitchen, and every single one of the staff were genuinely happy to be there because they love working for him--what a great compliment! The food was amazing (smoked Ahi bacon?!) and we never get short ribs anywhere because they are everywhere. But this short rib dish was the BEST on the PLANET!! Seriously no comparison. I would go back 100 times for it. His personal story is also riveting...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Korean style hash is really good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    The staff were really friendly and nice. I personally don't eat beef but I read the menu wrong and ordered Korean style hash (which has beef), the waiter was very nice and have the kitchen re-made one with chicken and did not charge me for the wrong order. Also my parents ordered a sandwich which comes with fries, the waiter let us substitute with salad, even though it says no substitution on the menu
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great find in a business park
    Thefallen1975VIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    So , I decided the other day to take two classmates of mine to lunch since we're all culinary students. Food was great. The steak on the steak sandwich was plentiful, cooked and seasoned perfectly. The braised short rib sandwich was magical. The short rib was tender and seemed to melt in your mouth, in the best possible way. I had the pulled pork sandwich special. The pork was tender and delicious, the sauce tangy, zippy, and just the right balance of sweet and tangy. The issue I had was the brioche bun. When I went to pick up my sandwich, it started falling apart. Minor issue but also big because it's the vehicle you chose to use for this meat. The service was great, if not just a bit long between ordering and getting our sandwiches.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New Menu
    SRM62
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The new menu is too expensive for what you get and the industrial location. Food is great but the hamburger is $22, thats just crazy!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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  • Another great meal!
    SueLup
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    We have been to Kitchen 4140 quite a few times and have never been disappointed! The food is always top notch and the service very attentive. The brunch menu has plenty of choices and each dish we've had has been delicious. There were four in our party this time and we all ordered something different. We had the grilled shrimp salad (a daily special,) the steak hash, the beast sandwich (which is truly large enough to qualify as a beast) and a short rib sandwich with a side order of the red velvet waffle for the table. Everything was excellent as always! We ate on the patio this time as it was a beautiful day and really enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere. We'll be back again soon!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Be Careful
    Ronbert
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Bad place: $38 dollar steak too full of gristle to eat, outdoor seating has no heaters, and illegal automatic (per the IRS 1/1/14) gratuity of 20% for two people. I won't be going back.
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  • Accommodated a last minute addition
    zipporahVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    We really enjoyed our Sunday brunch with friends at Kitchen 4140. They accommodated a last minute addition to our party with no problem. Food was very good (potatoes a little over seasoned, but everything else was delicious). Server was very friendly and took care of special requests quickly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rude hostess/clueless waitress
    Sweetie
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Overall ambience was great. Chef Kurt was cooking up a storm. Our disappointment came at the end and definitely left a bad impression. When our waitress came to pick up the bill please do not ask if we need change back. First of all it was a credit card and secondly, if it is cash, let us decide on the tip when we receive ALL of the change. Then, as we walked out of the restaurant we noticed a sign that gave the restaurant hours and we were commenting on the lunch/brunch hours to each other. The hostess then came up and asked if we "ladies needed any help". She said it in such a tone that made us very uncomfortable. She then put her hand on my friend's arm and made to escort her towards the front podium. Did she think we rushed in? Rude!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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  • Love the outdoor seating
    KathylynneVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    It's hard to believe a place in the middle of an industrial park can have such a pleasant setting and wonderful food. You are seated amongst organic herbs, fruits, lettuce and vegetables and some seats are shaded while others offer sun. I enjoy trying to spot the variety of edibles in the garden. I usually have the salmon salad sashimi style (rare), but they only had smoked salmon the other day, so they offered to substitute grilled shrimp or anything else I wanted. The shrimp was delicious. Their berry herbal tea is a favorite of mine. They even offered us a free dessert for my birthday. Thomas, who is frequently our server, is always smiling and has a wonderfully pleasant energy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disorganized service, stay away
    SauceonthesideVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    From the moment we sat down and requested a cushion for the bench(4 times) to getting our check without being asked if we wanted a dessert, this was a frustrating, disappointing dining experience. Not a user friendly restaurant. It's hard to evaluate the food when the service is disorganized and the servers keep changing and nobody knows the menu, i.e. what are the vegetables tonight? Tough question right? Answer: spring vegetables. What would those be? Getting the answer took several tries. And then it was crispy kale. When asked about the specials the haughty server pointed to the blackboard as if to say, read it. Can't read through a wall, can ya? When I said I couldn't see it, then he reluctantly recited it. The newbie was better.
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  • Delicious food
    Foodie116
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    The food was yummy and it came out faster than I expected :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Great food and service
    kona808
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Went for lunch because I purchased a deal through Living Social. I'm glad I did as I probably wouldn't have gone had I not, being that I don't get to that area of town often. Food was excellent! I had the short rib sandwich. It was so big I was full after eating half of it but finished it because I couldn't stop eating. My friend had a grilled shrimp salad that she really enjoyed. Both dishes were fresh and flavorful, I will definitely go again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Great Food, too slow!
    FogoFanVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    They have a very nice selection for brunch with interesting choices for plates but the service is incredibly slow specially for such a small place where you would think there's not that much room for confusion. When you have the chef sitting in front of you making sure everything goes smoothly, he should make sure everything does. on a quick brunch it took us 45 minutes to get half our order onto the table another 10 minutes for the rest of the party too get our food. who knows maybe once they have had time to train, they'll get it together.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Food great; service disappointing.
    JMS1VIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Our leftovers, which we had asked to take home, were thrown away and what they then provided to make up for it was much less than what we had purposely saved to take home and there was no shrimp or Brussels sprouts (both had been saved by us to take home). Food very good, but this was very disappointing part of the dining experience. Suggest asking container be brought to table and not let server take it away. I Contacted the restaurant and have yet to hear back.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch with friends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    My husband and I met our friends here for brunch on Sunday and it was fabulous! I got the nicoise salad and it was wonderful, tuna was cooked perfectly and the vegetables were so fresh! My husband got the chicken fried steak and biscuits and gravy and it was good as well! Our friends got the greek yogurt and fruit and the steak sandwich, overall everyone was so pleased! We sat outside and the wait staff was wonderful! My husband hates cucumbers so they brought him regular tap water instead of the delicious (in my opinion) cucumber water!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • luke warm beverage, boring potatoes
    JTSDVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    The steak hash had wonderful fresh baby vegetables, my friend's chicken fried steak very good and nice gravy. The disappointment comes when you order 2 cups of hot beverages: 1 peppermint mocha latte, 1 chai tea latte. Both came fairly quickly, but they were no warmer than hot tap water, AND $5 & $4 beverage mugs were less than 1/2 full. Mug was huge, but it just looked cheap and the temp was bad & no mint in PML. Server never made an appearance until delivering food and by then we'd drank most. The other bummer were the "breakfast potatoes" with each meal. They had boiled baby red potatoes sprinkled some sort of spice mixture on them and onto the plate. The idea of a breakfast potato is crusty with crisp on them...these were boring.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Creative unique hideaway
    GreenAcresVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We love this place! Its so delicious and the crew is so proud of what they have created, and they should be!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • rose9126
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    You can see the kitchen and the food is always changing and always amazing! such a great place to eat with a great atmosphere.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cute Spot in an Unlikely Location
    Raelin3
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Needed a half way spot between Downtown and UTC to meet a friend for lunch. This place was perfect! Very cute restaurant. Great food! Service was awesome!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet