Leaf
Leaf

Leaf

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.leafcharleston.com/
  • Phone: 8437932230
  • Hours of Operation:
    Daily: 11:00am - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

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A word from Leaf
Awaken your culinary senses to Leaf - Charleston's premier café + bar featuring a casually chic atmosphere with indoor and outdoor transitional dining, Southern cosmopolitan cuisine, and a fine selection of wines.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Leaf reviews from OpenTable diners
82 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.7
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
77% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (44)fit for foodies (28)good for groups (28)neighborhood gem (28)great for lunch (24)great for brunch (16)special occasion (16)romantic (15)vibrant bar scene (12)notable wine list (6)kid-friendly (5)late-night find (3)hot spot (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Very Good
    Chuck
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This was our second time at Leaf and again the food was very good. Two had the mac starter which they very much enjoyed and they also both had the crab cakes which were rated one of the best they had had. I had the grilled Caesar salad which was very good and the Cuban sandwich which was out standing. The service was prompt but not intrusive. The only issue we had was the wine, for the secod time they didn't have the wine we ordered from the wine list so they provided us with a different wine which was inferior.
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    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at Leaf
    Goodeater
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We were very disappointed. Our appetizers arrived at the table at different times, rather than all together. My husband ordered the steak med rare and it arrived well done. I had the vegetable risotto. It was bland and not creamy and cheesy at all. Tasted more like plain rice.
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  • Hoff
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The hostess never did greets us the manager was rude and the wait staff was being mean to the Jazz band that they had playing that day. Our server was nice. Food was mediocre. Brunch includes mimosa or Bloody Mary with a short menu for $14.00 or more. I will not go back
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    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • restaurant week -hectic
    runthebridge
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    long delay receiving food because of large groups for restaurant week. great server, handled the delays very well, manager came to our table as well. Food was very good, drinks perfect and outdoor dining with the lights in the trees was wonderful. Our group had a very nice time! I visit Charleston often and will certainly dine at Leaf again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week
    mkarsten1982
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We normally love Leaf, but everything was off on Saturday. Arguing staff, extremely long wait times, awkward server, etc. We understand that it was restaurant week, but we waited over 45 minutes for our first course. Our server only told us "hey, the kitchen is backed up. I'm sorry" while we overheard the server at a table next to us say "I am so sorry for the wait, I went ahead and brought out some pimento cheese while you all wait." It's the little things! I hated giving our server a less than satisfactory tip, but that is unfortunately what he earned. While we enjoy Leaf and will be back, we will never head back during Restaurant Week, or any other "busy" night.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CPNC
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Beautiful dining room. Tall windows, romantic feeling. Shame about the food. End of restaurant week. Steak, fatty/sinewy - unappetizing. Asian kimchee shrimp was untouched by Asian ingredients of any kind - no flavor at all. Disappointing. Waiter failed to clear plates making it a comedy as he tried to clear and serve at the same time. No cutlery for one guest after clearing etc. Waiter did offer to take steaks off - said there had been several issues with it. Unfortunate, if trying to attract new customers. Not up to par. Bar was hopping and lively with fashionable 30's & 40's types. Best for the bar - forget the food.
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    vibrant bar scene
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  • Thanks for a great birthday!
    Anonymous3
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My friends and I had a great time. When two people weren't able to make it the waiter happily moved us to a smaller table so we could speak to each other better. The atmosphere was perfect and the food was amazing. I really appreciate that right now during restaurant week they had the special 3 for $30 menu as well as the regular menu available, which really was perfect to accommodate the different budgets of the people in our party. My birthday was mentioned when we made the reservation online but we never told the waiter or anyone about it in person. After the meal the waiter brought me chocolate mousse with a candle and sang to me, which was sweet and unexpected. Thanks again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent experience
    Chuck
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food was wonderful, we had 6 different courses and each one was as good as could be. Portions were large, cooked to perfection, and well seasoned. Service was excellent as well - there when needed but not intrusive.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Good to try on Restaurant Week
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Brussel sprouts and bacon a very good appetizer. Steaks were cooked as ordered and service was very good.
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  • Excellent Brunch Spot
    830Dinner
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Everything about our brunch experience was great! We had the grown up ham and cheese and the meat and cheese omelet. Both were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    KnootVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We went here for a group dinner. The decor was very nice, but the food was very disappointing. Decent appetizers but horrible entrees. Crab cakes were very small and full of bread crumbs. The "avocado" on the crab dish was brown old guacamole. The chicken on the salads was dry and hard. The arugula and beer salad was just a can of chopped up beets. Like I said, very disappointing.
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  • Pleasant group experience
    Foodfan
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Brought a group of 6 ladies here for a quick bite and some wine before a ghost tour. Staff was courteous and accommodating of time restrictions and gluten allergies. We tasted most small plates and the delicious crab avocado entree. Over salted pita chips were the only unpleasant contribution to the evening. Definitely would recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thoroughly Enjoyable
    Beachgirl5835
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Love this place. First met it on a restaurant crawl with a large group. This time, our family of four. Couldn't pick from all the great appetizers and entrees. To make it a bit more perfect, wish there was more of a choice in desserts- only two! But they both were good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    One of my favorite places in Charleston, with sports bar, outdoor, and nicer dining area. Food is good and reasonably priced. Only complaint is beer prices are pretty steep. RAS
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    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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  • Plenty of Reasons to Come Back
    dine2day
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Dined at Leaf with 2 friends that had not been there before. They selected off the menu. I went with our server's recommendation; a wonderfully prepared summer scallop dish. All were excellent. Justin, our server, was attentive and pleasant. He shared that there's a new menu coming soon. This visit to Leaf confirmed for me why I keep coming back: a menu varied enough to satisfy everyone, nice wine list, consistent service and when our weather is more forgiving, a great outdoor dining space as well. Happy to have Leaf in my neighborhood whether for a meal or to meet with friends for cocktails; they have a great appetizer selection and also a tasty burger....don't pass up the truffle fries....yum!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Traveller
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The bar area where you enter the restaurant is a great space, nicely decorated, and the large open bar in the center just makes the room feel friendly and interesting. The dining area feels spacious, with high windows, but the decorating is not very interesting We had the salmon and the meatloaf. The salmon was tasty and nicely presented. In contrast, the meatloaf was not a success. It was a huge chunk, mostly brown on color and blackened all along the edges. It was only mildly seasoned, not very interesting. It came with mashed potatoes and collard greens, and the collard greens were blackened and (for me) just about inedible. The presentation was essentially monochrome and offputting I was expecting more from this restaurant.
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  • Wonderful and Diverse
    Strasbourg06
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Leaf was our destination to celebrate my daughters start at the College of Charleston and we were not disappointed. The choices were diverse and we passed all the meals around the table. While the Scallops came out on top, all dishes were enjoyed to the last crumb.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Leaf was great!
    Tmars
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Leaf was quiet, comfortable, and the staff was wonderful. We really enjoyed the food and the whole dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    LaurenlovestoeatVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I wish we found this place our first day of the trip so we could have come for dinner as well, we ended up here for Sunday brunch. The food was great and the place is so cute. You can tell it would be a great date night spot. They had live music at brunch! You get a mimosa or bloody Mary with your meal as well!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    Foodiefamily
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We love Charleston, especially the food, and this is one of the worst places we have encountered. Overpriced food and disappointing selection, we will not return.
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  • Don't go back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Salmon was overlooked, the linguine came out penne with a runny sauce, no steak knives were brought or small plates for the apps until we asked.
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  • Love it but disappointed this time
    greyfox
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We have been to Leaf many times in the last few years, and it became one of our favorites for a well prepared lunch or dinner restaurant. We usually take out of town guests to Leaf for that reason. Our visit on Aug 4 was disappointing. The Calamari we had was dried out and very tough and tasteless. The mussels were bland and some were dry and tough. The Risotto and Shrimp, usually one of our favorites, contained little shrimp. The bread was spongy and generic tasting. I do hope this experience was a one time event because we really like Leaf and would like to return.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch flop
    abbysue4u
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We went to Leaf for Sunday brunch after a wonderful weekend of food and fun in Charleston, and we were very disappointed that this was our final stop. The service was lazy and unfriendly, and the food wasn't much better. We got there right when they opened, but they ran out of hollandaise sauce so all of our eggs benedict dishes came out cold. The "side of fruit" was one slice of watermelon, and the portions were small for the price. The potatoes were the best thing on the plate, but we won't be going back for them any time soon.
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    good for groups
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  • Keep coming back
    tripleee
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Another great experience at Leaf. Brunch, lunch, or dinner, it's all delicious. We are always impressed with our servers. Very knowledgeable and attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Good food, great venue
    eperryb
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    A really lovely venue- good menu, decent wine list, helpful waitstaff, but the real star of the show is the space itself. It's open, airy, and well designed, with tables spaced far enough apart that you never feel you're on top of anyone else. Had family in town for the weekend and booked a reservation for 6 on Open Table an hour before we wanted to eat on a Friday night- met or exceeded my every hope.
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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  • Delicious Lunch with Office
    Foodie2VIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Sat outside and even during one of the hotter days of the summer, the shade from the massive, gorgeous tree in the courtyard provided a cool spot to enjoy. The Salmon BLT and Meat Loaf were favorites at the table - along with friend pickles for appetizer. Nice & quiet al fresco lunch, and we'll definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hurry before it's too late!
    TET62
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Four of us had dinner at Leaf. I should have seen it coming when every 15 minute interval was available. My calamari was ice box cold on top of an OK Ceasar Salad. My friends brussel sprouts were so firm she couldn't eat them and another friends pasta was bearable. The fourt item, a rib-eye was good. We were given water about 40 minutes into the meal. I used to love this place but there are way too many other better places to go.
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    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
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  • Nice restaurant with good food!
    Diningluvr
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Leaf was a really nice restaurant with well priced entrees and generous portions. Enjoyed the Leaf burgers and salad as well as the meatloaf. Our server was polite attentive and knowledgable
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Leaf for lunch
    Agreatdine
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    This was my second visit to Leaf, having had dinner there last November. The lunch menu had a great variety and each of our three choices were wonderful and definitely worthy of a return trip. The grilled ceasar salad was outstanding as was the grilled chicken and rice! All in all it was a very pleasant and relaxing dining experience.
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    great for lunch
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  • Great brunch spot (one caveat)
    JKPandFamily
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We really enjoyed brunch. There was a live two piece band, nice atmosphere, and the food was great, especially the croissant with Brie, Apple, and bacon. Yum. The portions were huge. There was one problem: it's a kid friendly place and there were tons of families, but the restaurant has a cigarette vending machine next to the bathroom where unsupervised minors could access it. This is very troubling and possibly illegal. I hope they will remove it.
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    great for brunch
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  • So so
    ChrisNJ
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Wife and a friend went here for dinner last week. Cesar salad (grilled lettuce head) was awesome, just needed more dressing. My steak was average, my wife's shrimp risotto was very good and I forget what our friend had. Overall a good meal and I'll give it another try.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice dinner
    Evergreen888VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We really enjoyed our dinner at Leaf. Several diners had commented that the quality had gone downhill recently, which I can't comment on, since we were just visiting Charleston, but the Lemon Chicken soup we shared was delicious, the salmon on my grilled Caesar salad was perfectly cooked, and my husband liked his crab cakes. I would definitely go back.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dissappointed
    Ashame
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    My wife and I went to leaf for Brunch on Father's Day. Tried something new and thought the menu looked good. Staff welcoming and good atmosphere. I ordered the leaf benedict with crabcake . My leaf benedict had cold crab on a small piece of toast that was cold as well. The poached eggs on top were also cold, so much so that the yolk was solid and not runny at all. My wife got the leaf croissant which was supposed to be toasted ( but was cold), egg overcooked, and the apple and brie were cold as well. I would think you would have warm ingredients if you are toasting the croissant? I. We would have complained but we had 2 small kids and had to go. I should have known something was up when the food came out 2 minutes after ordering.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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  • Surprised
    Andy
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Decided to try Leaf for date night. When we arrived we were worried as we were the only people on the patio on a Saturday night. But the more people showed up throughout the dinner and the food was outstanding. The eggroll appetizer was terrific and the rest of the meal did not disappoint. Off the King Street path but worth the visit.
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something has changed
    KathrynVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    I'm a regular at Leaf. I love the bacadillo, the cucumber lemonade and the overall feel of the place. But something has changed. The bocadillo used to be so gooey with cheese and butter on the bread and this great crispy bread. Friday night it was on texas toast with almost no butter and the cheese wasn't melty; it was just not nearly as good. I ordered the chicken under a brick, and although it was quite tasty, it was so tiny; literally a chicken thigh. The service was really bad. A nice guy, but extremely slow. I had to go to the bar to get waters and silverware. No anticipatory service. I tried to change the reservation and they acted like it was really difficult to do, but when we got there, there was almost no one in the restaurant.
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awful
    PoorVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Server was nice but inattentive; drinks stayed empty, food was late and cold. Burger was the only decent thing. Risotto was starchy and flavorless, salad had chewy chicken and the wrong (unadvertised) dressing and accoutrements, and atmosphere was blah. Wanted to like it because it seems like a great local place but it was just awful. Don't waste your money.
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  • Leaf Review
    DRLLVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    This is one of our favorite restaurants in Charleston. Great food and service. The bar is open to the patio and very welcoming when you walk in. We always sit there. The bartenders are very friendly.
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    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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  • Leaf Review
    Grapegirl
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    A great find, wonderful food, not a huge choice on the menu but plenty to suit all tastes. Ingredients were fresh and flavorful. Presentation excellent. Staff were helpful and attentive. Lighting was a little understated on the patio and the menu was difficult to read once it went dark. Certainly going on my list of favorites for Charleston.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect Location-Enjoyable Meal
    NYCSueVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Leaf was so conveniently located to dine well between Spoleto performances. The Shrimp Cocktail and Fried Oyster appetizers were perfect starters. Moussaka and Scallops were nice, lighter entrees. The patio is a very nice place to be on a late spring evening, so we were totally happy!
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    great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 43 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 297 reviews are from the Leaf reviews archive.
  • Perfect dinner before show
    starfire
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Service started a tad slow but once they realized we were trying to make a concert, really pulled out the stops to make sure we had quick service AND were able to enjoy our meal (very quick but not rushed). Duck egg roll was crisp and fresh and the roasted beet and arugula salad was perfectly executed with a nice balance of flavors.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate