Larkin's on the River
Larkin's on the River

Larkin's on the River

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.larkinsontheriver.com/
  • Phone: 8644679777x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30m - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Alex Castro
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Gluten-free Menu, 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, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: At Larkin’s on the River every event is our most exciting event. A Larkin’s representative will treat you as if you were the only guest in the house! Your special event will be the best, most elegant, fun & exciting event you have ever hosted!

    All of our venues all offer distinct special attractions for any taste…

    Larkin’s Culinary Team is Skilled to prepare any type of meal you can dream up, and our service specialists will make your guests feel well taken care of!
  • Private Party Facilities: Larkin's is the exclusive caterer for the Peace Center's Wyche Pavilion on the banks of the Reedy River in downtown Greenville.

    Larkin's also caters in the coach factory building in the Shirley Roe Cabaret Room as well as the Founder's Room.
  • Private Party Contact: Billy Watson 864-467-3020x
  • Entertainment: From mid May through Labor day, Larkin's hosts "Larkin's Rhythm on the River" on Thursday evenings from 7PM to 10PM, featuring the best "Beach" music available in the Carolinas.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Broad & Main
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Proceed to Japanese Dogwood Lane off of Falls Street (Behind the Greenville News), guests may be able to find parallel parking along Main or Broad.
A word from Larkin's on the River
Larkin’s on the River is an award-winning restaurant serving premium cut steaks, fresh seafood, and fine wines. Every menu item is created with the freshest ingredients and served with a creative flair.

Larkin’s on the River at the Peace Center for the performing arts, is situated in the heart of downtown Greenville, along the banks of the Reedy River, in the old Gower Coach Factory. This is the only building remaining of the original eleven dating back to Civil War. With beautiful preserved exposed brick walls and open ceilings, the history of the building serves as the perfect backdrop to the modern and hip atmosphere Larkin’s on the River offers.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Larkin's on the River reviews from OpenTable diners
194 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (138)great for outdoor dining (110)scenic view (89)romantic (74)fit for foodies (72)notable wine list (70)neighborhood gem (49)good for groups (45)great for lunch (27)great for brunch (23)hot spot (20)late-night find (8)vibrant bar scene (5)kid-friendly (4)Show More
  • Birthday celebration!
    Larkinslunch
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I celebrated my birthday at Larkin's on Saturday night. When we arrived they had a handwritten note wishing me a happy birthday and provided great service throughout the evening. We ordered a variety of things but the highlights were the she crab soup, filet, and chocolate dessert. Since the weather was great we sat outside and enjoyed the great music from a reception at the event center. Wonderful evening and we will be back!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at Larkins' - special
    Lastchance
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Although we had had brunch at Larkin's on a previous visit to Greeville, we had never had dinner there. We were pleasantly surprised by the variety on the menu as well as the wine list. Our steak and pork tenderloin dinners were excellent and a great value. Husband ordered from the fixed three-course meny and was totally satisfied and impressed. We will definitely plan to dine at Larkin's again when we visit Greenville!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • REDEEMED!!!!
    bbnsc
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I know I wrote a somewhat negative review of our last visit and you totally redeemed yourselves!! You knew we wanted Ed to serve, seated us promptly and the food and service were superb! Thanks for listening. We'll be back sooner. Steaks were amazing. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    As usual our dining experience was excellent. We have only one suggestion it would be a nice and convenient to have valet parking for brunch. Thank you and look forward to our next viist.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary dinner
    rating
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Food was delicious. A little noisy due to fall for Greenville but we enjoyed nonetheless.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice special occasion place.
    Happyfoodie
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    The best deal is the three course meal (soup or salad, entree, dessert). Excellent wait staff. A bit pricey, but nice for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SUPER!!
    GolferSC
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    This is a great restaurant, the food, the wine choices, the setting overlooking the Reedy River, the service, and the people was just wonderful. My wife and I would say Larkin's by the River is comparable to any of the fine restaurants of New York City which we have dined in frequently having been long time residents of that area and Washington DC (having family there). You would be hard pressed to find such a fine restaurnt within 200 miles of Greenville, including Charleston and Atlanta.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • awesome dinner before show
    kcrogers
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    I took my friend to Larkin's before a show at the peace center. She is moving to Chicago. She is 87 years old and they did everything possible to accommodate us. Our meal was excellent. We had the surf and turf that was on the 3 course menu. Choice of soup or salad for the first course. She had the she crab soup and I had the salad. The soup had abundant crab and the salad was so crisp and tasty. We both had the surf and turf and for the 3rd course of dessert we were too full to eat it so the waitress was so kind to offer to put it in a box plus what we had left over and said she would put it under refrigeration for us till after the show. We couldnt have had a better experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • World Class Experience
    Iwillbeback
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    My recent di ing experience at Larkin's on the River is one that I must say has been the best I have ever experienced. The downtown area of Greenville, SC is simply an awesome atmosphere in its own right, but to pair it with such a fantastic restaraunt experience is unbelievable. The food was magnificent and the service was truly world class.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday celebration
    flagfoodies
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Came to Larkin's for a birthday celebration. For appetizers we had oysters on the half shell, shrimp cocktail, tenderloin & goat cheese quesadilla, & bacon wrapped scallops for a combo platter. All were delicious, most notable were the quesadilla and scallops. The She Crab soup was unbelievable as promised. Steaks were cooked to exact temps, the salmon and shrimp & grits made for happy diners. Side dishes of Brussel Sprout hash & smoked Gouda mashed potatoes were favorites. The only things that weren't a big hit were the asparagus (tough) & non-descript mashed potatoes served with some entrees. Finished with creme brûlée, key lime tart, chocolate hazelnut torte & chocolate cake. Becky, our server, was attentive, knowledgable & perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Our table was much too close to a wooden column. First white wine ordered was not available. One guest did not get her food with the rest of the group.
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mr. Kevin Dyck
    kjd66
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Outstanding seafood, cooked to perfection. Sauces and broth were well prepared. Very nice high level wine list. Outdoor seating made for a wonderful view and a great dining experience. Wait staff was available at all the right times and kept coming back as a team to make sure we had all we needed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Batter than expected
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    This restaurant over delivered in every way. From their house selections of liquor and wine to the waiters attentive service and finally the food. You know when you order something like calamari, creamed spinach or a steak and you have an expectation or a pre notion of what you hope it to taste like? It is not often when that expectation is exceeded and that is exactly what happened at larkins, their flavors and takes on certain dishes are now what I expect which is going to leave me disappointed at other restaurants. Disregard any bad reviews on the food, some people like the people behind us will never be happy with anything. They were being ridiculous, the manager and the server bent over backward to make them happy. Great great place!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • most pleasant
    Harrie
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Food was very good. Not too many options for being gluten and lactose intolerant. Service was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't miss this restaurant !
    pickyfisheater
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Love Larkins! I am not real fond of eating fish....but the salmon with the mushroom sauce was just so good ! You forget you are eating something that is good for you ! And you can just relax and enjoy a delicious dish ! Thank you to the Chef ! Perfect before going to the Peace Center. Can't wait to return !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous find
    Honeyjos
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We were visiting Greenville to attend a play at the Peace Center. I found Larkin's online, close to the Peace center. We were able to sit outside on a beautiful day. We watched families strolling along the river. Our server was attentive, but did not hurry us. The brunch menu had a nice variety. The eggs Larkin were good, but the filet was more medium than rare ( as ordered). The stuffed french toast was sublime. Luckily, our server noted we were not given our maple syrup. The creme brûlée was a perfect ending to our meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunday brunch
    CarolineVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We had eaten here several times for dinner and always had good service and food. We made a 11:00 a.m. reservation. Service was rather slow, but we were in no hurry. Then it took almost 45 minutes to get our food. The waiter kept saying it was coming right out. When it finally did, several of the dishes had obviously been sitting for awhile. Both of the egg dishes were hard on the outside and barely warm. At this point we were in somewhat of a hurry, so didn't send the foot back. It was basically inedible.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    The service was impeccable! The food was divine. We had tickets to a play but almost decided to stay longer at the restaurant (missing The play)! We were pleased that we could split our meal! Can't wait to have another special occasion to celebrate at Larkins!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • dandon6766
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We really enjoyed our lunch...the food was very tasty. We picked a great time to go since there was only a couple of other tables. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable evening
    EngrdadVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Went on a Sunday evening with a first date. First time for me at Larkins. Great atmosphere and the food was good. While the filet mignon was tender and cooked as ordered, it was not as flavorful as I expected from Larkin's reputation for steaks. However, I will very likely be back to give it another try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunday Afternoon
    MiddayDiner
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    A great spot to drop in for a Sunday afternoon bite. Food is good, service is always great and the wine selection complements the food offering.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch could be better
    TheaterGoer
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I guess we were on the late side of brunch time that day as we were going to a matinee. Dry waffles with dry chicken for chicken and waffles. Adequate shrimp and grits. Two rather small cheese biscuits for two people served on a cold plate. Guess we missed the main service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of the prettiest settings!
    Michelle
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We LOVED the setting of this restaurant in downtown Greenville. Waterfalls, green lawns, right alongside the river, brick buildings, all beautiful. Wait staff attentive, the menu was very good but the kitchen had a hard time with eggs that morning. Highly recommend going to Larkins!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Restaurant
    RevKev
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We went to Larkin's to celebrate our wedding anniversary and the experience was wonderful. The food was delicious, the staff went out of their way to congratulate us and make us feel welcome, and they gave us a special dessert in honor of our anniversary.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very long food preparation.
    YoungatHeart
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The atmosphere, food and server were great but we had to wait over an 90 minutes for our food. This was at lunch and there were only about 5 other small tables of people.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Took my wife there for lunch on her birthday. We sat outside on the patio and the ambiance was great. Food was very good but not outstanding. There was a large group on the patio so our service was not great because they spent more time with them.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch at Larkin's
    Larkinslunch
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    My niece and nephew were in town and we wanted to take them to lunch in downtown Greenville. We had eaten dinner at Larkin's and enjoyed it so we decided to give it a try for lunch. The atmosphere was great and we loved the food. We ordered everything from salads to sandwiches. The steak salad was the favorite at the table. Lunch is a great way to experience Larkin's for a less expensive meal than dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always fantastic
    Susi
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Great for a romantic dinner, dinner with friends or taking a client out for a special dinner. Great menu, many delicious options for gluten free meals too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Special occasion or business dinner
    MrFinicky
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Larkin's is definitely a classy restaurant sporting an impressive menu and excellent wine selection. I would certainly come again if a special occasion arises or if I have access to company funds for a business dinner as I did this time. Appetizers for our group of 5 were very good except for the fried fish bites which had an off taste and the watery, unpleasantly bitter horseradish dipping sauce. No complaints about the beautifully done filet mignon. It did look very lonely on my dinner plate, however being accompanied only by a small dollop of delicious garlic mashed potatoes and 3 pieces of asparagus. My overall impression is one of confusion. Some things were done with excellence while other things were leaning towards mediocrity.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was horrible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Let's first say this restaurant was quite difficult to locate. Can't really tell where the main entrance was. Upon arriving to the restaurant, several (4) waiters standing around talking totally ignored us. Waitress took our order and then disappeared. Didn't seem to care in explaining the menu and the dinner special. Asked for to-go box for leftover steak thru all the other leftover fatty steak that was left on the side inside the box. Really gross! After she gave us to-go box disappeared again. Did not come back with our check. We had to pay with another server. Nothing special with this restaurant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My wife and I went to Larkins for our anniversary and the entire experience was fantastic. We both had the filet and they were done to perfection. The French onion soup was delicious. Absolutely loved everything we will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food
    wannaBfoodcritic
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    There were four people in our group and three had the osso bucco which they each reported was outstanding. I had the sea bass and it was a little over-salted. Also, I find a green pepper medley a rather strange choice to serve with sea bass---obviously something I should have taken into account before ordering but I so love sea bass. The calamari appetizer is not to be missed---and my husband says the same of the crème brulee. This is our favorite go-to special-occasion restaurant in Greenville.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wines
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    wine prices are a bit high. Selected wine was not available
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 3-course signature menu
    DeeDee
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Enjoyed a get-together with friends for dinner and ordered from the 3-course menu. I selected the she crab soup, free-range chicken and creme brulee. Larkin's she crab is some of the best anywhere, chicken was very tender, creme brulee delicious. Only complaint was cold mashed potatoes and a few bothersome flies that are inevitable when eating outside.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    It was our 28th wedding anniversary. Visiting Greenville we took the locals suggestions that this was the nicest place to eat. Made reservations for may husband and I. A couple of friends also attended. I think maybe the locals suggested it because of the expensive menu. When the prices are high you assume its great, but not always. It was just ok. Food was just ok. The steaks were not the best quality I have ever had. We might try again next month for our friends anniversary if they want to go back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Changes to the menu
    Eclark
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Mark, We absolutely love Larkins. It is a treat for us to come to Sunday brunch.latkins is social to our family. We always bring our out of town guests to Larkins. I must admit I am disappointed with the changes to the omelette buffet. While you have decreased the price; the options for the omelette bar dramatically decreased. Please consider adding fruit back. Also the man who cooks at the omelette station is one of your best assets. I am embarrassed that I can't remember his name. Kudos to him! I appreciate him! He welcomes us and remembers our preferences. Then when we leave often he comes to the door to tell us to come back. Thanks for making Sundays so special.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprised
    Spbgfoodie
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Always love to eat here. Was concerned that someone at our table had to wait 10 minutes for her meal while we already had ours. Even though she had an appetizer for her entree the waiter should have been very specific with the kitchen. We ate VERY slowly until hers came but ours was stone cold by then. Though apologetic the management did not offer to comp her wine or give a discount for the less than stellar service. Highlight was that the food was prepared wonderfully.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricy, but Food/Service Measure Up
    mauricec
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The check in was disorganized (new hostess), but everything else about the meal was spot on. The table service was just right -- knowledgeable, attentive, friendly, but not overdone. Food and drinks are pricy, but top quality and nice portions. We particularly enjoyed the ceasar salad made tableside and the she-crab soup. Sea bass was very tasty; salmon just a little over-done for our taste. But, well seasoned and presented. It was too warm/humid to enjoy the patio, but the views across the river are very nice. Good location for outdoor dining in the fall, spring, or on a mild winter night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WONDERFUL experience
    2Tlkrs
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This restaurant is absolutely SUPERB! Fantastic food, great atmosphere, and wonderful wait staff. It is pricey, but SO worth it, especially for important occasions. We dined here for our anniversary, and will remember our dining experience as one of the best....highly recommend!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Lunch
    Sweet
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Ate outdoors for lunch. Great service, outstanding quality of food. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.