La Tavola - Baltimore
La Tavola - Baltimore

La Tavola - Baltimore

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.la-tavola.com/
  • Phone: 4106851859x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:30pm; Dinner: Monday- Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Dinner Friday and Saturday 4:00pm - 10:30pm, , Sunday: 11:30am - 9:30pm (Dinner Menu all day)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Carlo Vignotto
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Banquet space available: Virtual tour link http://tours.digispin.com/?sid=51893&tid=24173
    Banquet menu Link http://www.la-tavola.com/banquets.php
  • Private Party Facilities: With two second level private dining rooms, La Tavola offers an exclusive setting for groups of 20 – 140 people. The rooms are elegant and well suited for any occasion -sophisticated or casual, social or business and can be arranged to compliment your theme or ideas.
  • Private Party Contact: Michael Goldsmith 4106851859x
  • Special Events: Valentine's Day - We are only offering our prix fixe menus on this day. Guests can choose either from our $38 prix fixe menu or our $48 prix fixe menu.
    Half Priced Wine Wednesdays
    Every Wednesday Evening enjoy half bottles of wine up to $75 on our list

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking on Friday and Saturday evenings
A word from La Tavola - Baltimore
La Tavola, nestled in the heart of Baltimore’s famous Little Italy district, offers guests the finest in contemporary Italian cuisine set in an elegant, yet understated dining area. The aromas of freshly baked focaccia, garlic, oregano and seafood from the market waft from the kitchen where Chef Carlo Vignotto blends his classical training and innovative style to create memorable soups, delicious seafood, chicken, pasta and veal dishes as well as sinfully decadent desserts. And, every day Chef Carlo prepares delightful specials made with only the finest ingredients and spices of the season.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
La Tavola - Baltimore reviews from OpenTable diners
110 reviews since April 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (59)special occasion (53)romantic (47)fit for foodies (46)good for groups (33)notable wine list (25)great for lunch (12)kid-friendly (8)great for outdoor dining (7)great for brunch (6)hot spot (4)late-night find (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • I probably won't go back...
    Sailingfree
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We started with the Fritto Misto. I was unimpressed. Although the calamari was perfectly cooked as was the vegg the breading on the Calamari was flavorless, and the marinara sauce was surprising. It had a nice heat but you could still taste the acidity of the tomatos which made me think "tomato paste" while I was eating it. Perhaps a bit more garlic, sugar, and oregano and we'd have a winner. I ordered the Lasagna Bolognese. The homemade pasta was great but the meat and sauce was again, flavorless. I am a fan of simple seasoning but that was all I could taste. Meat and pasta; the sauce was the same marinara so over all I'd give the lasagna a 3, on a scale of 1-5. Not bad but not mind blowing.
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    good for groups, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simple Italian
    Veggiefoodie
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Went to La Tavola on a Saturday evening- we were seated quickly and the our meals came out very quickly. The pasta dishes are pretty good and you can tell that they are freshly made. If you are looking for simple Italian- La Tavola is the way to go.
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  • Good service but uninspired food.
    Bobbo
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My wife and I had two pasta dishes -- a vegetable dish and bolognese and they were okay, but nothing to boast about. Other places in Little Italy offer more taste and in similar dishes. Service was good, though, by a waiter that had a lot more character than the food.
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  • delicious and enjoyable
    doggonehounds
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Our group of 5 had a fantastic time. Everyone enjoyed their meal. The staff was friendly and personable. The desserts were sensational! This place is a tough act to follow!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome find
    luv2dine
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Everything was so good and fresh. Lasagna and the black spaghetti with crab were awesome. Not too heavy which I really liked and you should try the cheesecake with blueberry on top. So fluffy and delightful with chocolate chips inside and shavings on top!! I really liked the waitress Megan as well.
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  • Special Italian
    Valerie
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We loved it! The menu is interesting and different each time we go. The chef knows what he's doing. The portions are right! Not overwhelming but absolutely adequate.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service
    diningforpleasure
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Totally pleased with La Tavola. Food was fresh and cooked to perfection. Dessert was outstanding- best canolis beautifully presented- house made-like home. Nice ambience and attentive staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I had a great meal
    Brit
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Resturant week is always 50/50 re quality but La Travola did a nice job. I highly recommend the barramoni in parchment and the cheese cake was out of this world.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special place!
    Catwoman
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food was out of this world: the calamari/shrimp appetizer was wonderful and so was the black spaghetti with crabmeat! The only thing that could have been better was the server! He didn't speak clearly and didn't tell us about to nightly specials! Will be going back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Date Night
    Sally
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Admittedly, we made reservations early because we were afraid of Saturday night traffic in Baltimore. But when we got there, it was like a cozy corner of the busy city. We had the Gnocchi with a rabbit ragout, it was OUTSTANDING. We knew the gnocchi was hand made, as we could tell it was rolled up and cut into pieces. I'd never had rabbit before, but it was served in a white wine and rosemary sauce, herbaceous and hearty. I finished the meal with a delightful tiramisu, while my husband greatly enjoyed the cheesecake - so light and fuffy! Wonderful service, attentive, and well-versed in the menu - they could answer any question we had without double checking. Great place for a special occasion, a little pricy, but worth it.
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • dinner
    Charley
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Excellent food, atmosphere and hospitality! Love eating here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A good Little Italy find
    Jennifer
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Dined here while being in town for a convention where the after-party was on the streets of Little Italy. Food was good, cannoli was probably the best I've ever had. Waiter was just OK, but his support staff was outstanding (the water guy was always around). Would recommend.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Food was sublime
    Grendel
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    This Ian a classic Little Italy restaurant, it's charm is in its lack of charm. The wall paper has cheesy faux Itallian pictures, the music is a combo of Sinatra and snippets of well travelled and easily recognized opera, but the food is definitely not standard Little Italy pastas and red sauce, veal parm and chicken piccata. I had an incredible plate of spaghetti in a tallegio cream sauce, speck, porcini mushrooms and shaved black truffles. The dish also had two dollops of balsamic vinegar to cut the heavy gooeyness of the sauce, it was a great touch. My wife had black linguini with crab, spinach done in a nice light wine and garlic sauce that had the perfect Britney taste of the ocean. For crab fans there was tons of crab. Loved it.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, service, no greeting
    Jeff
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    F and B were great once we sat. We had a reservation but stood waiting over 5 minutes as multiple servers walked by but wouldn't make eye contact. Young man finally stopped and helped. Good experience, but the lack of attention was a turn off.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • La Tavola
    BobK
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We went to Baltimore in the late afternoon. We parked near the restaurant and went for a walk around the neighborhood. about an hour before our reservation we went to the bar at La Tavola for a drink. It was so pleasant that we ate in the bar and cancelled our table reservation. The food was wonderful and we had a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    camryncrazy34
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    This place is a gem in Little Italy. Everything was fantastic and I highly recommend the house cheesecake... outstanding and unique!
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date Night Done Right
    TheUndiscoveredFoodie
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    As I walked in I was welcomed by the clean, modern Italian decor. I was seated at a table in the middle of the small dining room. The atmosphere was nice though the noise level was a bit too loud. Our waiter was cordial and did an adequate job. I ordered the black spaghetti dish with crab meat, spinach, and tomatoes. The pasta was cooked al dente. The sauce and crab meat went well with the tomatoes creating a rich balance of salty and sweet. I would highly recommend this dish for seafood and hand-made pasta lovers. The little things like olive oil on the side for the bread and fresh cracked pepper on the pasta were simple but appreciated touches adding to the authentic and purposeful approach to food La Tavola has mastered.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brought clients for dinner
    Jpt1
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Brought clients for dinner and La Tavola and it did not disappoint! Food and service we both excellent.
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    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    Txplorer
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    A business trip to Baltimore wouldn't be complete without a dinner at this fine restaurant in Little Italy.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is Not Good
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Server Maria was very good, decor is simple, nice & clean. The menu was very scaled down, few choices, food is ok at best & more expensive than the $$ rating. Dined with 6 friends. Most of our food was disappointing. Stuffed veal was terrible, I couldn't eat it. The eggplant/chicken dish & lasagna dish were very bland. Tiramisu was sponge cake with mascarpone cream without the needed espresso soaking. Tartufo did not have a hard coating. Black pasta with crabmeat was the only ok item. My friends are NOT picky but they did not enjoy most of their food. I felt bad I recommended La Tavola. A 20% tip (on food & tax) was added to our bill, which is probably their written policy but it is a bad one. Thankfully the best part was our server!
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  • Really enjoyed!
    brillo8235
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Everything was superb -- food, service, ambience, location. We'll be back!
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    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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  • Very nice!
    Smpride
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We had a very nice experience at la Tavola. The food was great and the service was exceptional. I had the Dover sole which was great and the truffle butter sauce was even better. Would definitely recommend.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best of Baltimore's Little Italy
    Trww
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    On the basis of three dinners enjoyed at this restaurant during the past 9 months, I can say that La Tavola has assumed the mantle of best food and best value in Baltimore's Little Italy.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Affordable and Good in Little Italy
    Love2Dine67
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    So you're in Baltimore, you've been to the Inner Harbor, and you've been to Fells Point. You find Little Italy in-between, and TripAdvisor gives you recommendations with four dollar signs. This one gets two because the prices are reasonable -- full bottles of wine starting around $40 (and a good list), appetizers between $7-$11, entrees, $14 - $30. I had spaghetti neri with crab and tomatoes, and that was absolutely fantastic! My friends also enjoyed ravioli stuffed with ricotta and spinach in a marina sauce, and gnocchi with pesto. The gelatti were great. Go for the specials, and if you know your northern Italian cuisine, challenge the chef/owner to make that!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Rude server
    JerryVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I have been to la Tavola a lot in the past and enjoyed a wonderful meal and great service. Unfortunately we had a new manager (?) head waiter from Long Island who is rude and abrupt. I had a Groupon that was old and he did honor it, biu not without lots of attitude before, during and after the meal. We also overheard him on the phone being rude to people trying to make a reservation. This was Father's Day and one would think this would be a special day. I was tempted to leave without eating, it was so uncomfortable.
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  • Great find
    AlexandriaFoodie
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We've eaten almost everywhere in Baltimore's little Italy and this could be a new favorite. We took my dad for Fathers Day and we're quite pleased with the food. Service wasn't bad just weird. The servers kept changing throughout which just meant they didn't know who ordered what, etc. I'd definitely go back for the food and give service another chance.
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  • Great to be back !
    Carmichael
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Always a great evening at "The Table" Fantastic ambiance, from the warm "welcome back" to the friendly smiles at the bar, to the professional and courteous table service from the entire staff. And, of course, the food was simply fantastic !
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Great meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We had a fantastic dinner and overall fine time at La Tavola. Recommend highly.
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    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The food was excellent. From the veal, to the wine, and all the way to the cheesecake. The waiter was friendly, polite, and patient. Would highly recommend (although a bit pricey). Also, the owners (Mike & Mike) were both very friendly.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Always excellent
    lewisVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    I am writing another great review of La Tavola which is one of our favorite restaurant. Started with the insalata mista - fresh green salad with a delicious light vinaigrette. My wife and one friend had wahoo cooked in parchment paper. One had pasta primavera which was top notch. I had my usual - vitello alla norcina. Thin slices of veal cooked with olives, tomatoes and white wine. We all split an order of home made green and yellow fettucinne with marinara sauce. This is a northern Italian restaurant so pasta does not come with the dishes but you must order one for the table. Home made cannoli - Vaccaros eat your heart out! Service by Nick was top shelf and the visit from Michael one of the owners is always appreciated.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Solid Italian, solid 4
    Chet
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    This was our first visit to La Tavola and it was an excellent first impression. We came for a very early dinner, late lunch before a 5 PM affair so the restaurant was essentially empty and quiet. there were a few other tables that came in as we were dining. The menu is not extensive 3 veal dishes, a few fish dishes, a few baked pasta dishes as well as several pasta dishes. I had Fettucine alla Romana, homemade hearty noodles with a cream sauce, mushrooms, peas, and proscuitto which was very good, cream sauce was not heavy. Thje rest of the table had a fusilli with vegetables which she rated highly and a special tortellini stuffed with sea bass that was in a very light tomato sauce, also quite good. With wine the bill came to $45/person
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    neighborhood gem
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  • DMattVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    La Tavola remains my favorite Little Italy place. Fresh pasta, nice atmosphere, none of the pretense of Aldo's. Spaghetti Neri - squid ink pasta with crab - is sublime. One service goof - brought entree in the middle of the salad. A pet peeve - the "team" serving - leads to this sort of thing
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  • Great night out
    kevbop
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We stopped into La Tavola for dinner before a show at the Hippodrome. The service was very attentive and the food was great. I would recommend a visit.
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    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect every time!
    Fantastic
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    This is our 5th time here and every time the food is amazing and the service is perfect. Once you try this restaurant you'll never eat Italian any place else.
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem
    foodfellspt
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Excellent food and service from local owners that value their customers. Atmosphere quiet so that you can actually have a conversation. In other dining and small intimate bar for "adults".
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently excellent
    stud
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    As always, the food at this restaurant is excellent. Dishes are creatively prepared and presented. Specials consist of unusual combinations which are always surprising and perfectly blended. Everything is homemade here. The staff, from top to bottom, has been together for a very long time, so the pacing and timing of service is just right. The menu is not especially large, but all food groups are represented. I have eaten here dozens of times throughout the year and have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great choice for group dinner
    steve
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Arrived for a 5pm dinner and it was basically empty as it was so early. Standard menu offered great choices as did the daily specials. Even though the crowd at the restaurant was small, nothing was rushed. All of the food was tasty and well presented. Would definitely return.
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    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • La Tavola
    jmtt
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    While in Little Italy, go to the BEST -- go to THE LA TAVOLA. You will be treated as if you were an everyday guest.
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    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Mother's Day Celebration
    GiaDonna
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I had a wonderful Mother's Day lunch at La Tavola. The service was great and the food was perfect. The wine list is quite expansive as well. I would recommend La Tavola to all my friends and family. As an aside, the bar is a very quaint, relaxing place to have a drink. Great drinks!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, decent food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The service was excellent. Our waitress was very knowledgeable about the menu, and the staff was extremely attentive. We showed up early for our reservation and the manager was great about adjusting things so that we were able to be seated immediately. Our food came out very quickly. The food itself was good, but not great. No complaints, just did not blow us away. We had trouble hearing each other with the noise level, but that was mostly due to a family near us that was literally screaming at their table, nothing the restaurant could do about that!
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic