La Biblioteca
La Biblioteca

La Biblioteca

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.richardsandoval.com/labibliotecadenver/
  • Phone: (720) 904-0965
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am.
  • Payment Options: Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Andrew Robitaille
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room
  • Catering: Private and semi-private areas available for groups of all sizes. Both reception or seated dinner options are available with customized menus and full bar capabilities.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private Events Steps from the Millennium Bridge in the heart of Denver’s RiverFront Park neighborhood, La Biblioteca comes to Denver by way of internationally-recognized Chef Richard Sandoval. Modeled after Chef's esteemed New York City concept, "the Library of Tequila," serves up a collection of his personal favorite tequila selections and a menu of Latin-Asian chef inspired cuisine ranging from sushi, wok dishes to carefully-curated small plates, tacos, and salads. Your Event For your next gathering, choose one of our signature dining experiences or let us help you customize your own! CLASSIC BAR Unlimited selection of house wines, selected beers, standard spirits, and non-alcoholic beverages SIGNATURE BAR Wines, signature cocktails, selected beers, premium spirits and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Private Party Contact: Jennie Dendorfer 7209461443
  • Entertainment: FRIDAYS Ladies drink FREE from 10 - 11PM *Select cocktails* SATURDAYS DJ spins Top 40 Hits from 9PM on LATE NIGHT EATS FRIDAY & SATURDAY UNTIL MIDNIGHT $3 - $9 bites

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 16th St
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: There is valet and street parking available.
A word from La Biblioteca
La Biblioteca Denver

Steps from the Millennium Bridge in the heart of Denver’s RiverFront Park neighborhood, La Biblioteca comes to Denver by way of internationally-recognized Chef Richard Sandoval. Modeled after Chef's esteemed New York City concept, "the Library of Tequila," serves up a collection of his personal favorite tequila selections and a menu of Latin-Asian chef inspired cuisine ranging from sushi, wok dishes to carefully-curated small plates, tacos, and salads.

Boasting one of the largest collections of tequilas, mezcals, and agave spirits in the nation, with over 350 to choose from, La Biblioteca is intimate, with a hint of mystery. Bottles align the walls.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
La Biblioteca reviews from OpenTable diners
58 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (31)neighborhood gem (23)vibrant bar scene (22)hot spot (20)special occasion (16)romantic (14)late-night find (14)great for brunch (10)good for groups (10)great for lunch (3)scenic view (2)notable wine list (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Good happy hour deals and tequila
    Nicki
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    With the name, their focus is obviously their massive selection of tequila - the margarita we ordered was good as a result. The happy hour deals every day of the week are great - not sure if the food merits a visit on it's own at another time. We had chicken wings (not that crispy), albondigas (excellent), chicken buns (great) and salt and pepper roll (not that good) for about $20 during happy hour which was plenty. The real downside is the location on the far end of the 16th street mall - not enough over there to make that area busy so it feels a little remote. Overall good happy hour/bar.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best of the Sandoval trifecta
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I've eaten at Zengo, Tamayo, and now La Biblioteca. I'm not quite clear on the purpose of having three restaurants that do some things great and others not so much versus having one powerhouse. The empanadas, xo edamame, and chorizo tacos were huge wins. The modern mexican bar, which I've had at Zengo, and the flourless chocolate cake were both delicious. Service was spotty at best which was odd as the restaurant is small and wasn't busy. The menu was tiny, so I guess it was good that the items we got, which was most of the menu, were good. The "large" plates aren't btw. One person could easily finish the lomo saltado and still have room for more. This would be my preference of the three restaurants though as the other two have become forgettable less the items that are across all three restaurants.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lonely Stepchild
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Unfortunately this restaurant seemed like an afterthought to it's parent restaurant, Zengo next door. I love tequila and was excited to try something different. Unfortunately the waiter clearly had a "party line" response when I tried to discuss the tequila menu with him. The food was good, because it's Zengo's. But perhaps it was still the service that was mediocre. We ordered chips and guac and when we asked for salsa with it, they acted surprised. He finally said "so you want an order of chips and salsa". He ended up just bringing salsa and charging us for a whole order of chips and salsa. In the end, it was an expensive check with poor service and a disappointing experience.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • awesome experience
    Glutenfreegirl
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Thank you for making this dining experience memorable. It was a friend's birthday and we really loved the unexpected birthday dessert. Great food. Great staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night
    luvtequilatasting
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    well if you want to taste tequila this is the place to go with 350 to choose from - it was difficult to decide ! Tried my first flight of flight of infused and aged- great experience and great food and happy service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quick Bites
    Amarie
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    A friend and I stopped by during our conference week. The restaurant was cozy and bustling but not full. We were seated immediately. It's a nice spot to grab small plates with a drink. The alcohol menu is overwhelming, and I do recommend knowing your mezcal before arriving. But, the service person(s) were helpful and patient with our questions. A nice experience overall.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tequila bar
    everwiley
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    This is the best tequila bar in town, with surprisingly good small plates offerings. The food is exceptional, and is very reasonably priced at happy hour and on taco Tuesdays. Also a great bottomless eat and drink brunch on Saturday and Sunday.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thoroughly enjoyed
    TomThom
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We definitely enjoyed our time here. The food was excellent and the waitress had perfect timing. I mean that in the sense that she wasn't constantly in our face, nor was she ever late or missing. She was there exactly when we needed her and was gone when there was no need. I have no idea about drinks so when I gave her a vague generalization about what we liked, she made a recommendation for us and it was spot on. We mentioned that it was our wedding anniversary and she brought out a dessert that was on the house. She also double-checked with us regarding our gift certificate (we had used a portion of it earlier) when it looked like it had been partially used. an absolutely perfect evening. We will go there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunday Brunch
    HORRIFICVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Great brunch and bloody marys. Service was terrific!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good the first time
    DinnerVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    So good the first time we went back 2 days later on our trip to Denver. The second time was horrible, the food was not as good and the service was appauling. Won't be back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • woderfully attentive staff
    justme
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    as well as delish food and drink specials! Yay! going back SOON!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Attractive menu
    Stork
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The menu is very enticing and makes everything sound delicious. However, i was disappointed by the execution.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good food, service was poor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    While the food we ordered was good, especially the beef skewers and ceviche, the service was lacking. My fiancé and I ordered a few small plates. Everything we ordered came and the same time, which made it difficult to eat with the small tables. The only exception was one plate which arrived almost and hour after we ordered. After about 30 min of waiting, I had to ask our server if it was still coming. He never came over on his own to see how we were doing. Once we got the check, nothing was done to compensate for the very long wait in a mostly empty restaurant. Just a poor excuse that our server was new. They have a very extensive tequila selection and the mixed drinks were good (although we were served the wrong drink as well).
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative, Delicious, Beautiful
    MayfairFoodie
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Although it was clear that La Biblioteca still has a few things to iron out on very busy nights [and during Restaurant Week], the food was creative, delicious and beautifully presented, albeit a bit slow in arriving. I can't help but see a bright future for this still nascent "tapas" restaurant (only eight months old) and will definitely be back. All the best on Sandoval's new venture! A great start!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 8 Months , Still Working Out Bugs??
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    6 PM, half full, Wed. night. Initial drink order - 2 house wines came out white, not red, mixed drinks came out 10 min. later. Salads OK. Second course served to one guest, since it was warm, she started and finished long before the rest of us got ours. Long wait for the entrees. Second round of drinks the wine was out way before the mixed drink. Summonded the mgr. to find out why things were not going well. He said they were only open for 8 months and were still working out the bugs. Desert was good, but tardy. The bill overcharged for 2 drinks. The waitress said that was the way the 'system' was, that she couldn't change it. Manager summoned again, comped the 2 drinks. We all left with a bad taste in our mouth.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Meh
    Denverite
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We had a good time at this place for restaurant week, but the theme seems kind of all over the place... latin american/asian/mexican. The dessert was AMAZING, but the rest of the courses were so/so. Our server seemed quite confused whenever we were ordering a course- I couldn't tell if he was new or just not with it.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good But Not Outstanding
    KleatusVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    A fan of Sandoval restaurants so I was anxious to try Biblioteca for the first time. The food and drinks were very good, but the service left something to be desired. Two of us dined on a Monday night for a birthday celebration during restaurant week. The restaurant week deal was a good one, and allowed us to try some great, unique dishes. Drinks specials were very attractive as well. But just like Zengo, things adds up quickly and it's impossible to leave without dropping well over $100 on dinner, drinks, and dessert for two, even with special offers. Server was friendly and pleasant, but not attentive enough for the cost of it all. She offered a birthday "shot" but never came through with it. Almost indifferent to our patronage.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pretty good
    Pride232
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Great concept, food was what I expected for a restaurant week menu, had the potential to be really amazing, but just slightly missed the mark. Happy hour specials were pretty good though. Want to go back on a normal night
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, unexpected mix of flavors
    ilovemargs
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Went here for Denver Restaurant Week and they gave us more than our fair share of food! Love the decor and feel of this restaurant, feels modern, hip and romantic. Interesting mix of food on the menu. We had good sushi rolls and edamame. Then on the Mexican food spectrum - easy to drink Margs, delicious coconut/pineapple ceviche with delicious tortilla chips. And topped it off with a decadent flourless chocolate cake that is not to be missed. Service was a little slow I think just because it was Restaurant week. We didn't mind because we were having a relaxed date night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food vs. noise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    food and service were excellent; our first visit was Friday evening as happy hour was coming to a close and the noise level was quite high; even as those who were only drinking began to depart the noise level didn't subside much because of the design of the restaurant. will definitely return but will go much later (or for lunch) in hopes of a quieter experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad service and marginal food
    Saraj
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Our drinks took forever and couldn't order a 2nd round because nobody was around to help, I had to stand up and chase the waiter when she got our order wrong.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent food
    COtraveler
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Food at La Biblioteca was excellent. Service was great as well. We would definitely recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty darn good
    Margman2
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great food, amazing margaritas and tequila selection, fun and friendly bartenders - Thank you to Ben and Rita! We will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great tapas and creative drinks.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food is wonderful, though of course the portions aren't huge. Creative cocktails are interesting even for those who don't normally love tequila. Find a Groupon or Travelzoo deal and it's a good value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 34 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 20 reviews are from the La Biblioteca reviews archive.
  • Authentic!!
    Jim1947
    Dined on 9/24/2013
    Great tappas and wines...pretty darn authentic. Service was excellent...going back again and it's a 50 mile drive to get there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food was good, tables too small
    wwooddmmaann
    Dined on 9/18/2013
    I went with 2 others and we got a few tapas that could barely fit on our table, although they were all very tasty. unfortunately they were also out of the first two beers I ordered off of their menu :( would definitely give it another try
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Don't go.
    Mouche
    Dined on 9/17/2013
    Thought we would try another Sandoval restaurant, since I love Zengo, a big mistake! Service horrible, Had to get the manager to serve us after 20 minutes of no service. Loud space, odds having a television in the bar, distracting diners. Tapas cheese plate and lamb stew were top notch, but atmosphere & poor service, will prevent us from returning.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • skipped dinner because appetizer
    ken1VIP
    Dined on 9/17/2013
    skipped dinner because appetizer and salad took too long
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nice spot, good food and service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/8/2013
    nice spot, good food and service. Only negative is why they allow animals in their restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the wine & tappas!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    I took a friend there on Saturday night visiting from California and we had a blast! The patron peppers, olives, frittata & shrimp made for a perfect dinner! The highlight though was the wine that our waiter suggested "Luberri 'Orlegi' Tempranillo! OMG! Best Tempranillo I've ever tasted!!!! Love everything about Al Lado!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Al Lado
    TanglewoodVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    First time here, we loved it! Unique small plates, we have four of them, all very tasty and nicely presented. The small plates are perfect for two people, we also had a "large" plate of the salmon which was excellent. Service was spot-on, not too attentive but always there when you needed something or wanted to order more small plates. Great place to just take your time and order what and whenever you want. PLUS, they have wine on tap, way to go Al Lado!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was NOT GOOD
    AAndersenVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    Probably great if you are drinking wine but since I am pregnant, that was not an option. So instead we ordered about four different things from the menu and each course was increasingly disappointing. We ended up grabbing drive thru on the way home.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Terrific experience
    BajaazulVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2013
    We had a wonderful bar tender. All the staff was Great. The Dates with Bacon, fresh salad, salmon And flatbread made a filling meal for 2. Try this Casual place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Hidden Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2013
    Al Lado is a great hidden gem that's not too busy so it's great to have a private conversation with friends or bring a whole big group! Great location too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bachelorette Party - MEH.
    FriendofBachelorette
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    I was happy to have found a place that would accommodate a large group at such short notice. However, the service by our server left a lot to be desired. He was only half attentive and didn't answer many questions about the menu. He acted a bit elite-ist, snooty -- especially if we didn't know how to pronounce some of the menu items correctly (it's a Spanish Tapas bar). The food came out with weird timing - like a grilled pork skewer before a vegetarian flat bread pizza. The dishes were all pretty good, but nothing to go crazy over. The best thing we had was the Bacon Wrapped Dates and Lamb Meat Balls. Great wine list is a major plus! The manager provided better service than our server! Overall it's a meh for me. I could go back or not.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Little Gem in Riverfront
    Stephen5280VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    Al Lado is a hidden treasure in Riverfront Park, just behind Zengo. The Spanish tapas menu is excellent and perfect for sharing, and the happy hour pricing makes for an affordable treat. The Deviled Eggs w/yellowfin tuna are delicious, and the Chorizo & Clams Cazuela makes for an odd but tasty pairing. Happy Hour has creative wines by the glass, and they have a great Spanish/South American wine list (one of the best selections of Rias Baixas Albarino in Denver). Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday they offer 50% off ALL bottles of wine, a bargain that puts the bottle price barely above liquor store prices, give or take a few bucks. Service was perfect, with just enough attention to make you glad you came, while still giving you privacy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We went during happy hour
    EP89VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2013
    We went during happy hour and had great cocktails and appetizers! Good HH prices and fair portion sizes. I would go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very limited food menu...
    ken1VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2013
    very limited food menu... couple of items were very tasty, and a couple were blah. wines were pricey
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food poor service
    Pepperbowman1
    Dined on 6/22/2013
    Very relaxing great food, enjoyed ever bit. If only we didn't have to wait almost 20 minutes for our wine or any beverage to be served. Our food arrived before the wine, and since food and wine paring is important to us it was a disappointment
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced Appetizers
    FreqDiner
    Dined on 6/1/2013
    I felt the food was mediocre at best. The small plates were VERY small and the food was more like overpriced appetizers. All of us agreed the food was a disappointment but the atmosphere was good and it allowed for our group of 7 to hear each other well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic