La Sen Bistro
La Sen Bistro

La Sen Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lasenbistro.com/
  • Phone: 9253637870
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Sunday - Thursday : 05:00pm - 9:00pm
    Friday -Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00 pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, French
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Concord & Galindo Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from La Sen Bistro
La Sen Bistro is an offshoot of Berkeley's La Rose Bistro. After many years of serving to loyal customers of theater go-ers and the nearby UC Berkeley patrons, La Rose Bistro transplanted itself to downtown Concord to become La Sen Bistro.

With the same vision of serving great food, you will enjoy the classic California-French samples of duck confit, salmon in saffron sauce, lamb racks, and escargot - just to name a few. Our great food was recognized by the Michelin Guide in 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012 as well as the Zagat survey. Come join us at La Sen Bistro for a glass of wine and a taste of California-French cuisine.


Cheers to good food and great companies. Bon Appetit!

Check out our feature in the Contra Costa Times!


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La Sen Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
109 reviews since April 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (75)fit for foodies (57)special occasion (41)romantic (37)great for lunch (30)good for groups (10)notable wine list (10)great for brunch (7)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (2)hot spot (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    good variety of dishes reasonably priced for French restaurant, everything was delicious and cooked just right. We tried lamb and duck breast,alsp french soup and salad. Deserts were delicious. Do not expect fast service - it is a place to sit down and relax.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Artichoke330
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We have eaten here several times before, and each time seems to be better than the last The food is wonderful, the staff pleasant, and the decor is tasteful and comfortable. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Choice
    dine4fun
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I come here often for no reason, but it is equally perfect to celebrate a special occasion. I took my sister here for lunch for her birthday, and it was a hit! Everything is always made from the freshest ingredients and presented as elegantly as any top-rated restaurant in the city. We each had one of the salads regularly on the menu, and the salmon with saffron and the vegetarian lasagne entrees. My sister chose the Strawberry Napoleon for her birthday dessert, and it was impressive. You absolutely cannot go wrong with anything on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the food!
    joy2dine
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I had to give this one a less than stellar review. If you are going to go...go for the food! It is fabulous, and the service can be too...but they are very understaffed. I had a business luncheon table for 10, and than goodness only 8 showed-up because with my table and the other tables in the restaurant...there was only 1 server. YES, he was good, but there was no way he could manage all these tables (as well as the walk in's) alone. Later on, one other server came to help, but it was too late to make a good impression. However, the food was excellent, so again...if you go, go for the food! I will be back for dinner, and a smaller group for lunch because it really is that good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Dining Experience
    dine4fun
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We came here for a ladies' night out, and everything was wonderful. We split the appetizer special which involved a duck pate and shredded duck meat. It was absolutely incredible. We then split/shared salads - a salad with crab cakes and a salad with a mix of lettuce, sliced pear, and pine nuts, followed by the lamb sirloin special, scallops, and the lamb chops entrees. Everything was beautifully presented and expertly cooked. They just had the one waiter this evening, but he did an excellent job taking good care of everyone with what appeared to me to be equal time and care. I cannot say enough good things about this restaurant! It truly provides an outstanding dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gem in Town
    WaterGirl
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Lovely bistro with quality service, wonderful menu and very good food.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We were visiting a friend in Concord and she recommended this nice restaurant. The food was very nice, the onion soup tasted great, not salty as at other places, I finished every last drop. The crab cakes were simply scrumptious! The ribeye could use a better quality. Service needed improvement. The bottle of wine was just poured into glasses, we did not get to taste it first. And the waiter must practice gender equality, the ladies were served last! Yup, exactly the same dishes, but the lady got hers after the men. We were not used to that at all! But we will return. The atmosphere and the food were good enough for us to ignore the service faux pas.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service is much better
    concordlocal
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We stopped going to La Sen because the service was sooooooo bad - one time the server didn't even notice I didn't get my food until 25 minutes after all others at the table got theirs - multiple attempts to get her attention failed. BUT - we tried again and were very impressed - the food has always been excellent and this time, well, the service matched the food. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • French Bistro...pleasant discovery
    TabT
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    What one would hope to find when walking through a Parisian neighborhood...someplace with a nice menu, good service and great food with good ambiance and reasonable prices. Admittedly, we were most interested in the food part... - french onion soup (great), - calamari (with a nice aioli on the side), - escargot (a little disappointing), - coq au vin (very good), - duck confit (duck was tasty; accompanying ratatouille was ok), - steak and pomme frites (both very good). - desserts - nice presentations très bon...highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Such a gem
    Allen
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    As always we had an outstanding meal. This is a great place for foodies.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great neighborhood place
    tazmom9
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We've been here a few times, and always enjoy it. The service is friendly and the food is very good. It's close to home too!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing food; slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The food was, as always, amazing. The only frustration is the slow service. The servers are super nice friendly and happy to please. I just think they perhaps need another server.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what we ordered
    Nottohappy
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Ordered the duck breast cooked rare and without the polenta, the waiter asked her if my wife wanted roasted potatoes and she said yes, we'll she got ducked cooked well done and polenta. I had the mussels and it was ok, to much heavy cream in the sauce.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The service ruined the meal
    Julia
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    I ate here for dinner once and had such a lovely experience that I wanted to come back. So I brought two friends back for lunch. The service was horrendous. A lackadaisical waitress who screwed up too many things and not once was pro-active about anything. Yet, she was not rushed off her feet at all. Several items on the menu weren't available.... naturally all the items we first tried to order. I had to ask for bread, more water repeatedly, ketchup, a correction on the bill, refusal of coffee in a dirty cup, etc. It's a shame, because the food is good. I ordered the same dessert as before and it was melt-in-your-mouth delicious. If their service could improve and match the level of food, then I would recommend it.
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  • Excellent Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The food at La Sen is outstanding. I had the salmon and my friend had the crab cakes. Also, the topping for the bread was amazing! Unfortunately, out service was a little less than desirable, but the food made up for it.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I took my daughter here to celebrate her 38th birthday. We were pleasantly surprised. Thus vis an award winning restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sophistication in the suburbs
    Eduardo
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The French brassiere is the type of restaurant you'd expect to find tucked away in an ally in San Francisco or Berkeley -- understated sophistication. The food is outstanding. The steaks are cooked to melt-in-your-mouth perfection. The same can be said for the lamb. a little crispy near the bone and medium rare throughout. Leave room for dessert. They're amazing! The prices are not your pub-level prices - there is a pelthora of places nearby if you're on a budget, but the extra attention to detail is worth it and really, the prices are fair for the quality you receive. I guess word is getting out because even during a mid-week visit it filled up. Reservations recommended. La Sen is my new go-to place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Marty M
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    First time here, my wife and I thoroughly enjoy the experience. Great service, great food, will be back for future special occasions
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, inexperienced server
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The food was outstanding. The calamari frites, green salad and the duck breast were all outstanding. However, the server was very inexperienced and rushed us through this otherwise enjoyable dinner. He must be new as: - He came to ask for drink order almost as soon as we sat down - We told him that we would split our salads, but no plates were provided for the split (we ended up using the small plates intended for our bread.... - ...which did not come until we asked the server - I finished my main course first. The server came to collect my plate and asked me whether I would like any dessert. I was full, and told him that there was no room for dessert. He came back with the bill before my companions actually finished their meals.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Bouliabaisse!
    LivetoEat
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The Chef must be one of those quirky people who makes wonderful food at his own pace. So what if our entrees didn't arrive at the same time? They were delicious! So drink some wine and relax. Be sure to order an appetizer with your wine, in case your meal doesn't arrive quickly. And take someone with you that enjoys good food and has a sense of humor!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous Dining Experience
    dine4fun
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    I have been here for lunch and dinner many times, and I have never been disappointed. The chef is incredible, and everything that comes out of his kitchen is award winning quality. Today I had the seared salmon in a saffron sauce with cherry tomatoes, artichokes, spinach, and olives. It was beautifully presented and perfectly prepared. My companion had the soup of the day, a sweet potato bisque, and was equally impressed. Speaking from experience, everything is consistently good, uses the freshest ingredients, and wows you from the first taste. All this at reasonable prices.The service is not rushed, all the better to enjoy the food and the company. So, if time is an issue, you may want to mention it to your server. They aim to please here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Slow evening, Great service
    CharlesH
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Have been to La Sen many times, the food was great as usual; however it was an off night and we had exceptional service -- practically had the place to ourselves. Three solid courses; I highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • An exceptional meal!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    The food was delicious and a very good value. Loved the salad niciois
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful!
    LuvParis
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    My "dining partner" and I decided that we would work our way through the entire menu following our first visit to La Sen, but we keep returning to some favorites...the salmon, carnard, crab cakes, onion soup, lamb, and salads. The moules were delicious, but I prefer them with a light wine sauce rather than a creamy wine sauce...wish that was an option. The pommes frites are never greasy and are always served piping hot and are crisp and delicious. The sauces are rich and full flavored, everything is beautifully and carefully presented; the prices are more than fair. The service is good, especially when one of the gracious co-owners is serving. We love La Sen for brunch, lunch and dinner!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Biscuit
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We have dined here before and always had a good meal. We were seated immediately and our appetizer and drinks came promptly. We then waited 45 min for our entrees and one had to be sent back because it was only tepid. During that time we had no one refill our water glasses or tell us when our food would arrive. I am not certain we will return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • unhappydiner
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Service was off. It took a lot to get our staff person's attention. Most of the good was good but my husband's medium rare prime rib was way too thin and overdone. I'd give it another chance because the rest of the meal was good.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner 0626
    mxie2001
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Entering the restaurant, mentioned we had a reservation, the waiter seems no response and just let us choose whatever table we like, it seems they don't reserve any table for customer made a reservation. All the nice table were occupied, we had to sit a big table at the rear. And also no recommendation, due to only one waiter for service, lack of service. We asked for help for picture taking, one woman worked behind the bar, she looked like the owner, we waived to her for help, she told the waiter to take picture for us, and never smiled.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A favorite!
    Theatremaven
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    La Sen is consistently friendly, serves delicious food, and now provides attentive, prompt service. My group of seven was very happy with all the evening's specials (appetizer, soup, main course), the wine list, the bread... Everything! We love this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice quiet place for dinner
    Jeff
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The food was very good, particularly the mushroom soup, but they were out of the beef bourgiognon. Nice quiet place for dinner
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • dizzy24
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    lovely food and very friendly place in downtown concord. i'd go back in a heartbeat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    A great place to enjoy a special meal. The food was sophisticated and delicious, however didn't earn 5 stars with me because the boeuf berganon was over salted. We were on a tight schedule and they did a great job getting our graduate out on time, however once he had left service crawled to a standstill. The waiter did an otherwise excellent job. We plan to return and try some of the other very yummy sounding dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • frequentdiner
    frequentdiner
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Good food. Nice ambience. The service was friendly, but not very sophisticated. For example, the dessert menus were brought to our table before my wife had finished her meal and we had to ask for bread instead of it being offered or brought to us while we were deciding on our meal. We will be back because of the food and ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantasic Dinner
    Trixie
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    My husband and I both found the restaurant online independently and it's menu stood out to us. We loved every bite. It will be a must do each time in Concord.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oddly inconsistent
    PoorMax
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We want to local and run into SF all the time, however, by in large this meal was very inconsistent. Although the wait staff was very nice, and the fact that this is a small restaurant, they were not in sync. They seem to spend a lot of time in front of machines at the bar typing a lot. Plates were not pick up, almost an after thought as they were bringing the next dish. Food: the Caesar salad had a nice anchovy taste but thick bottled dressing. The French onion soup had way too much bread, and very light taste...hardly tasted the onion The entres however, DID NOT disappoint. Stake and chops were wonderfully prepared. A 630 reservation on the summer requires asking for a table toward the rear. Too much sun pouring in and it was very hot.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food
    onopupu
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    This is our third time back to the restaurant within two months because we just love the food. Their Caesar Salad always leaves us wanting more. The Duck Breast, Duck Confit, lamb chops, and filet mignon were all very moist and tender. The wait staff was very helpful in both wine and food suggestions. The ambiance is very warm with a European feel. We could talk at length with our guests and never felt rushed to leave. I can hardly wait to go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great French Cuisine
    David
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    After sharing a pleasant appetizer of Calamari, we both had the excellent Beef Bourguignon -- tender meat, savory sauce and mixed vegetables not overcooked. Excellent hard-crust sour dough bread served with a cilantro spread (butter on request). This smallish restaurant provides an intimate setting with low noise level, making conversation effortless. Attentive service, pleasant waitstaff. Reasonable prices. Foodies won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • come back place
    ninav364
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    It was our first dinner here on the way to the concert in Concord Pavilion, and we'll come when in this area again. Bread is excellent with cilantro spread, Cesar salad was very good, one crab cake (appetizer came with a salad) was enough for my main dish; tomato bisque was more like a carrot soup, and still delicious. Service was very friendly without overpowering. Well decorated place was full by 6 pm, so we were lucky to have an OpenTable reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Gem
    eatingout
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    French food is not prevalent in Contra Costa. This place is a great find. Food is excellent with great portions. Everything to order. Sharing is encouraged. Service is attentive without being obtrusive. Try it soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    MissSharksFan
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    I bought a Travelzoo Voucher and I was very happy that I did. This was a great place!!! The service was outstanding. The host (Sam) was very nice and very happy to be there. The food was also very good! We also very much enjoyed the bread dip! We live in San Jose so it was a bit of a drive for us. We wish this place was a little closer to us! Great vibe, Great place! Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    Andy
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    A small neighborhood French restaurant. The atmosphere is very pleasant, the staff is very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable about the wines, and the food is great. Our second visit, and we will go back again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet