Kitchen on Cary
Kitchen on Cary

Kitchen on Cary

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.kitchenoncary.com/
  • Phone: (804) 643-1315
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday Lunch: 11:30 am - 2 pm Dinner: 4:30 pm - 10 pm
    Friday Lunch: 11:30 am - 2 pm Dinner: 4:30 pm - 11 pm
    Saturday: Dinner: 4:30 pm - 11 pm
    Sunday Brunch 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: David Hughes
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Tuesday's we offer a 3 Course Wine & Dinner Pairing Menu for $30 in addition to our regular menu. Dinner Pairing Menu changes weekly.

    Thursday's is Unplugged & Uncorked! The Acoustic sounds of Richmond Legendary Guitarist Thomas Coleman & 1/2 Priced Select Bottles of Wine from 4:30 - 10 pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 14th Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: We validate parking after 5 P.M. at the parking garage at the corner of 14th St. and E. Cary, diagonally across the street from the restaurant. (dine in only, purchase of dinner entree.)
A word from Kitchen on Cary
Located in the Historic Shockoe Slip in downtown Richmond, Kitchen on Cary’s menu consists of a wide variety of local regionally sourced, contemporary American food, which guests can enjoy in small plates or bowls or as larger, traditional entrées.

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Kitchen on Cary reviews from OpenTable diners
51 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (28)neighborhood gem (22)romantic (16)good for groups (16)special occasion (14)great for lunch (7)notable wine list (7)hot spot (6)great for brunch (4)late-night find (4)vibrant bar scene (2)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Good food, great staff but has some hiccups...
    TheBaronessVIP
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    The food was good....not exceptional but good. Seems like they just need to find their niche in what they will specialize in....the gnocchi lobster and cheese was really good, the duck won tons were mediocre, and the seafood pasta was good but the shrimp were tiny and the past was underdone. The cheesecake was amazing though. The location at the corner or Cary and 14th has been plagued with restaurants that don't seem to make it but maybe with the new hotel there they will have more luck. The restaurant was practically empty but it was a holiday week...and they did not have a bartender...the staff that was there were lovely and very attentive. Allan the waiter is great...the decor is nice, sparse but lovely and the old photos of Richmond are divine and loads of fun to spot what you might recognize....the specialty cocktails on the menu sounded great but the one I ordered was very spicy and not really great....with a few "kinks" to work out this place could be a really great local haunt.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time in Richmond
    AngieV
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    This was my first time in Richmond, and I was so pleased to find a restaurant that sourced locally. On top of that, they work with the local university to train students in culinary arts. Love a business with a mission! We ordered the ahi tuna, truffle chips, and duck wontons to start. Delicious! I ordered the blackened fish tacos, which were made with salmon. Not what I usually find in a fish taco, but it was good. My brother really enjoyed the chicken two ways. We shared a tiramisu trifle that was excellent. Service was friendly, fast and helpful. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not flexible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    The two person party included a vegetarian. We arrived around 6:15 to an empty restaurant. They were out of the one vegetarian entree on their menu. Waitress didn't offer any alternatives other than pointing to the salads. We asked her to see if the chef could make something for us, and were told no. Needless to say, we finished our beers and salads, and went looking for dinner elsewhere.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Would not recommend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Service was good. Food left a lot to be desired. Only exception was the oyster appetizer which was phenomenal. Stay away from the crab cakes unless you like cat food, way undercooked and ice cold.
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  • first visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    food was great. oysters wonderful. shrimp and grits were outstanding. will be soon
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite Lunch Spot
    RLN1302
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Kitchen on Cary has been a favorite lunch spot of mine since it opened. I like the affiliation with the Culinard and have never been disappointed in the meal or service. Check it out if you haven't yet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Satisfing my wife's tastes
    JohnnC
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Kitchen on Cary was one of several restaurants my wife, a New York City architect, wanted to try when she was last in town. With our friend, Jeanne (also an architect) we made our way to KoC. Wines to start were several tastings before picking a very nice and balanced Merlot. Appetizers included the Shrimp and Grits, the Oysters and the Wonton. All greatly appreciated. The crab cake, we were told, was about 95% crab. Good, but oh that pesky 5%. The seared Ahi was quite tasty. Jean had a dish with Udon noodles, but thought the noodles a bit sweet. The management was attentive to our comments. Our wait staff was on top of her game. Atmosphere on a Saturday eve built as we ate, but was never over powering. A power lunch place for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fabulous food
    joanieb
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the fish tacos and the slip burger. My strawberry mojito was yummy, as well! The staff was super friendly. Our only major disappointment was my husband's drink. He had 2 bourbon's @ $9 a piece (would have been $11, if it wasn't Happy Hour). Both drinks were filled to the top with ice (not even enough bourbon to fill a shot glass). I would definitely go back...I will have to convince my husband!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent food, nice staff
    MookieNYCVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We're from New York City and real foodies so it's always hard to find food we love when traveling to smaller cities. Kitchen on Cary is a decent restaurant, nothing to get too excited about but the food was okay and the service very good. The salads were way over-dressed and the salmon a bit overcooked but otherwise we were pleased to find a restaurant that was more than edible...
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  • Excellent dinner venue!
    Maggie
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The food and service were excellent! We all had different entrees and it was all very tasty and well prepared. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another wonderful dinner,
    FlldinersVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    As I have experienced in the past, this restaurant does not displease. I brought my neighbors and they all loved it. Great salads, very fresh ingredients, wonderful entrees. I highly recommend the tuna - delightful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Dinner
    John3VIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Made our reservation to celebrate a birthday. Very pleasant dinning experience. Food was great, served at a perfect pace, not rushed, but served hot and as ordered. Nice menu with unique choices, but nothing over the top so everyone found something they wanted. Our server was awesome, very attentive. While the wine list was not extensive, it was very good and priced well. We will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Great food all the way. Nice and quiet during the week.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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  • A wonderful dinner
    FlldinersVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I have been here numerous times and the food and service is consistently great. This has become one of my favorite places to eat. You must try it!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was good.
    CarskiVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Went to the Kitchen for the first time with a group of colleagues. Very nice wine list, skimpy appetizers, food was good. Not sure if we will return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • frank
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    food was great but a limited choice, berry cobbler was outstanding
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Downtown Delight
    HungryItalian
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The ambiance is great from the minute you enter the open oversized doorway. Steps from downtown, the menu is full of flavor from the appetizers through the desserts. Portions are perfect and leave you satisfied but not stuffed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique menu.
    ckalicia55VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Nothing terribly fussy and not one dish that we tried was disappointing.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice!
    Jjscz
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We were new to town, picked Kitchen on Cary based on reviews and location. Great choice. Felt like newly opened? Good food! Not a big menu, but nice range of choices. Well prepared - Fish Tacos excellent (but I would pickle the cabbage!). Home made chips w truffle oil and blue cheese were wonderful. Noise level could use some toning down (add some soft wall /ceiling surfaces.). And the bar is not particularly stocked w choices... But overall, a very nice find! We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost stands out...but not quite
    phineasfinn
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Had a birthday dinner with my wife who had heard good things about the restaurant. Enjoyed fish tacos that could've used more blackened tuna. Shrimp and grits were tasty. Service was attentive but not intrusive. Had read so-so reviews about dessert so went elsewhere for that. It's a perfectly nice place, but the menu is full of staples that you order at restaurants if you're not sure about more adventurous options. Kitchen on Cary could use some of those more adventurous options...but provides a perfectly enjoyable night out all the same.
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  • I continue to be wowed!
    FlldinersVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Another fabulous dinner. I took a group of six and everyone loved their entrees. Komondors to this great place. I highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another spectacular meal
    FlldinersVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Put this on your list! I have been several times and I have had nothing but consistent, delicious food! Sean, the manager, runs a great establishment. I will return soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 29 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 75 reviews are from the Kitchen on Cary reviews archive.
  • Good but.....
    Rfg2obx
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Good food but service is still lacking. Group I went with has been there before. Experience has been service was slow each time - last time we had to wait almost 10 minutes for payments to be returned. Time before, group had to wait almost entire lunch hour for food and then one person who ordered veggie sandwich was served roast beef sandwich. They enjoyed sandwich but would have preferred what they ordered.
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    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyable Meal
    luv2eat
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    This restaurant supports the culinary school and uses local produce when available. It is a great location. It is not large, but does have the capability of moving tables together for a larger group. I didn't have wine or look at the wine list. There is a nice beer selection. We had a group of four and tried three different meals. All were very good. I would eat here again.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • debber44
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Lovely place, enjoyed it so much! My friends are gluten-free and they had a gluten free menu...wonderful!
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    RVAWmVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Reviews had been good. Tried with another couple (we're young 70s). Pleased on arrival finding live guitar playing. Noise level made it impossible to hear however. Ceiling sound proofing would certainly help. Menu was very limited, one step above bar grub. Wait staff was attentive yet somewhat aloof. Wine list adequate, however bill presented showed wrong wine from what was ordered and delivered (double the price for error bottle shown of course). Final insult came at parking lot (not restaurant problem I don't think) when coupon was not honored at exit. This represents the general problem utilizing downtown Richmond usually excellent restaurant scene = available PARKING poor & expensive. All told, just made for disappointing evening.
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  • Another wonderful experience
    FlldinersVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I had had dinner last week and it was very good. I decided to take a friend back this week and the experience was equally as wonderful. All of the food was done to perfection and the service was very good. Kudos to Sean, the manager, for running a consistently good restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely 90th birthday dinner
    Wluv2dine
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    My family was looking for a venue to celebrate our father's 90th birthday. We wanted space that provided relative privacy and quiet so it would be easier for all to engage in conversation and hear one another. There were 14 dining. The staff was excellent! They worked with us, provided a lovely space, service was excellent, cuisine varied and interesting, enjoyed by all. It was also excellent value. We have dined at many restaurants in Richmond offering up similar cuisine at much higher prices, and none of they more tasty and satisfying. I highly recommend Kitchen on Cary and will return soon, as will others from our family I feel certain.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • first visit
    Tnag86VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Loved Kitchen on Cary. A friend recommended it and we were not disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An incredible dinner
    FlldinersVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Wow. Was I blown away with my visit!! Service was good and the food was spectacular. I had the tuna and it was cooked to perfection. My salad was enough for two people so split a salad when you go.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty Brunch Spot
    klrose00
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We visited Kitchen on Cary for brunch and they didn't disappoint. I got the seasonal vegetable frittata which was delicious, but the highlight was the watermelon mojito which was perfectly refreshing on a warm summer morning. The bartender even gave us the recipe so we could make them at home.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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  • Pretty good but needs some work
    jb23225
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Service was superbly attentive, knowledgeable and professional. The food...needs improvement. The burger, although uniquely constructed, was overdone...for both of us. The house made ravioli too thick and actually too,tough to cut with a fork along its edges; and the sauce lacking in flavor. On Thursdays, they have select wines half price by the bottle; the selections were great and the wines quite good. Will return and give it another shot after a few weeks.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Anniversary dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    I found this restaurant online and read some pretty good things. There aren't enough photos. It's not quite fine dinning but it's definitely up there, and the price is respectable. For being affiliated with a culinary school, I would have expected more choices. I would definitely go back again if the menu is expanded or updated choices.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, needs ambiance makeover
    Sammyrva
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We loved the food, shrimp and grits, and seared ahi tuna was literally outstanding. We are sticklers for ambiance and it wasn't amazing. Not many people in there so it was quite and awkward music. Overall just for the food it is worth the time and money. It was very reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch Spot in Shockoe
    JoanieB
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We met some friends for brunch and were completely pleased with our experience at Kitchen on Cary. Our food was great--I had the biscuits and gravy and the gravy was on point and tasted great; the biscuits were fresh, clearly made in house, and very flavorful. The staff was also wonderful. They were great about keeping our drinks filled and were timely with appetizers and entrees. We were there to catch up with friends, and the staff, while attentive, did not hover or rush us out of the door. Would definitely go back and have already recommended Kitchen on Cary to friends. Can't wait to go back and try them for dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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  • Pleasantly Surprised
    Robs
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Friendly, welcoming atmosphere, easy parking in a deck across the street ( and they validate parking!). Understated, trendy decor; great open air feel. Service was friendly and attentive with helpful suggestions. Great cocktails, nice wine list, and food was great. The only negative was a flatbread that sounded enticing ( may have been a special) but fell short. It was bland and dry, not crispy at all as you'd expect. Everything else was very good. Notables included shrimp and grits, fish of the day with saffron rice and pinapple relish, seafood pasta. The fried oyster app was very good and desserts were a hit. Salads are huge. We will definitely be back and have recommended it already. Not sure why this little gem isn't busier!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok
    PeteyJ
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    This place is really just ok. We went on a Thursday evening and it was pretty dead, only like 2 other tables in the restaurant. Big plus, they had a guy playing live music, very nice! They also have half price wine on Thursdays so we got a nice bottle for $25; score! The food was consistently good around the table, but none of the entrees really wowed anyone in my party. Great space, nice ambiance. I would give it anther try.
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  • Good food with room for improvement
    speck13
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We enjoyed our dining experience recently at Kitchen on Cary. Food was interesting, creative, tasty (the truffle chips are really worth a trip) and offered at a terrific price point but a few dishes had room for improvement. The cioppino was too salty for our tastes and the chicken two ways- while good was diminished by an overly sweet pan sauce. On a positive note, the tuna was cooked perfectly and the oysters were a stand out. The kitchen easily and agreeably accommodated a request to make a small plate into a large/entree plate. We were able to taste a glass of wine before ordering - always a nice touch. Parking is easy.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 2nd Visit -Still Good!
    LoriBee
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    I returned to Kitchen on Cary for my Anniversary dinner. Again the food was beautifully prepared with fresh ingredients. This time I had the fish tacos. Although I love gourmet food I have difficulty eating rare meat and fish. They cooked the tuna to perfection for me when asked and the flavor was delicious! My husband had the Shrimp pasta and after tasting a bite I wanted his food as well. We shared the fabulously tangy key lime cheesecake for dessert. My husband had the 20 yr old port. This restaurant is not expensive. The portions are satisfying but not overwhelming. Service is attentive but not cloying. I will go again.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Enjoyable
    HollyT
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    I have been here several times and I am never disappointed. The food, service and atmosphere is such a delight. Alan was our server and he was excellent! The food is creative and the portions are generous. We really enjoyed the live acoustic guitar...nice touch. Thank you for another great experience! We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.