Libertine
Libertine

Libertine

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://libertinempls.com/
  • Phone: 6128777263x
  • Hours of Operation:
    We’re Open:
    Monday – Thursday 3 PM - 1 AM
    Friday 3 PM - 2 AM
    Saturday 3 PM - 2 AM
    Sunday 3 PM - 1 AM
    Roof Top 3 PM - 1 AM

    Weekend Brunch Coming August 16th
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Steve Hesse
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lake Street
  • Public Transit: Metro Transit routes: 6, 17, 21, & 23
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Public parking ramp adjacent to Calhoun Square (rates listed in link below) or free street parking beginning at 33rd and Girard and South.

    http://www.calhounsquare.com/parking/
A word from Libertine
Traditional butcher cuts of meat dominate the food offerings at James Beard winner Tim McKee’s casual, accessibly priced neighborhood bar and restaurant. Master drinkmaker Johnny Michaels’ collection of cocktails, spirits and beers complements McKee’s à la carte, shareable dishes, creating an environment that’s equal parts restaurant, bar, lounge and neighborhood hangout.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Libertine reviews from OpenTable diners
122 reviews since May 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (87)hot spot (61)vibrant bar scene (61)good for groups (47)special occasion (37)neighborhood gem (34)great for outdoor dining (27)late-night find (24)scenic view (22)romantic (14)great for brunch (9)notable wine list (4)kid-friendly (4)great for lunch (3)Show More
  • Really Special
    Agiocambos
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    What's really interesting about Libertine is the deceptive simplicity of the dishes. Many are indeed not very complicated, with only a few ingredients or seasonings beyond the base protein or vegetable, but you can tell that overarching talent went into their creation, because each dish is interesting, each burst with flavor. Some of my favorites: the Korean-style pork ribs, the lamb saddle chop, the pork shoulder and the tofu. In fact, the non-meat dishes are spectacular here, from the beets and kale to the sweet corn and the charred cauliflower. I love the Calamansi dessert, too -- it's second only to the smoked chocolate tart. I also like Libertine's relaxed vibe -- how the decor doesn't try too hard, and how the staff are so friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Decent Uptown Brunch Choice
    FoodieGurlVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    This was our first time here since the changeover from Uptown Cafeteria. The change in decor is just so-so, but the food is what matters and it was good. Just like Uptown, Libertine is a nice place to brunch with tried and true standard. There were four of us and we had the banana bread (a bit crumbly, but flavorful). The chicken and waffles were good, as was the crispy tofu, eggs benedict, lemon crepes, and banana bread french toast. The new menu is a bit confusing at first, and it makes no sense to not have a sides option with reasonably priced bacon, eggs, or sausage but don't let that dissuade you. The Libertine is a decent brunch choice for the uptown area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Spot - Great Night
    Rockingrooftop
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We had a great night - the staff was extremely accommodating - this was a great meal and a great date with my lovely wife. Highly recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Slow, unapologetic service
    notimpressed
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We waited over an hour for our entrees and when they came one of us had to wait 15 minutes longer for his 21 dollar steak that came out as a piece of meat sitting on a plate no garnish nothing. When we mentored the wait to the manager he said, "well what are you going to do? " no offer to make it right, nothing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BACON CHOP.
    ErinP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Our server was a peach! (She was very knowledgeable about the menu and gave us great recommendations. The drinks were delightfully interesting (the pineapple habanero margarita and the 'girl named Billie' were both delicious) and we will definitely be back to try more items from the menu. I'm still drooling over the kale and that bacon chop. (It's 10am. I'm embarrassed.) It was a little chilly in the main dining room, but it was also storming outside and we were soaking wet, so that very well could have been the main issue. I can't wait to check out the roof on a nicer night. Well done, Tim!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Even better than what he had hoped.
    Jann
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    On the recommendation of a relative, we ventured out to Libertine on a Friday night. We are so glad we didi! The steak tartare was so delicious, as were the fried artichokes with yummy curry dip. When the avocado and romaine salads came, we were even more impressed with the freshness and clean flavors and ventured on to the rich, decadent bone marrow toast! We will be returning and trying dishes we had no room for after our onglet and lamb and brie lucy.........attentive and not pushy service...though it does get a bit loud at around 8 pm....but we didn't notice because everything was so tasty! We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food but unappealing service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    First the food….everything we had was great and the lamb & brie lucy burger is probably the best burger I have EVER had. Ever. The problems we had were with the service. Our 4 main dishes all came out at different times, which forces people to start eating before everyone has their food. They also were clearing our plates and handing us a dessert menu before 2 of us had even finished our dinner. It's not a good feeling when everyone seems to want you out of the restaurant as soon as possible. It was also extremely loud in the restaurant and I couldn't even hear what was coming out of my own mouth. Might have to wait to return until next summer when we can sit outside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Foodie
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food was great but we did not like the concept of the entrees being delivered at different times. Quite frankly, it is a lazy attitude to tell the patrons that the concept of the dining experience is that the food just comes to the table when it's ready and that the food is meant to be shared by the entire table. If that is truly the concept, then the entrees should be portioned as 'small bites'. We ordered burgers, sandwiches, and steaks individually and they arrived on the plate as 'whole' entrees. It is a bit hard to 'share' a burger with a group. Very poor planning on the kitchen staff who thought of that idea......I think it is just lazy to not have to time the food for each table. I would not return to this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Long wait and sub part food
    dn35
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We waited for more than 45 min for our table. We asked the host how long it would take and she said "it shouldn't take too long", would've appreciate it if she told us that it would take a while because 45 min doesn't really fit "shouldn't take too long". We were then told we were next in line and then they took a group of about 6 before us, once again I would've appreciate it if the host just told us the truth. They gave us an appetizer on the house and the food came out at a decent time, but it wasn't anything spectacular.
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    good for groups
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  • Unbelievable Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Recommend the charcuterie plate (chicken liver mousse is amazing), bacon chop, carmelized cauliflower, kale
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FANTASTIC
    whitewolfjx
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    One of the best new restaurants in the area. The food was outstanding. I love the menu. The service was topnotch. The cocktail list is creative and invites you to try all sorts of drinks. I recommend going with a small group and sharing everything you get and for god's sake, try the prawns!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • CasualDiner
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Great ambiance, modern & energetic restaurant. Tried a couple of their house specialty cocktails, they were fantastic.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Went there with 3 others and of course had to do the bone marrow toast to start. We ended up splitting the point steak, lamb ribs, korean spare ribs and the fried chicken and all were amazing. Many good cocktails as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too good to stay away
    Foodie
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food must be good. I work at Libertine and come in on my days off with friends/family. So delicious.
    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, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cool Place!
    firsttimer
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We were very well taken care of! The food was amazing! Would recommend to everyone:)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodnobVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Vibrant & fun but food was was rich, salty and poorly balanced. Doubt I would return.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We thought that they had terrible food but great drinks
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome
    MeatVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Great food. Lots of meat. Don't forget about the veges they are amazing
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Kalen our server was the best. She made the dinner a great experience. Highly recommend this restaurant.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Libertine is a hit!
    NancySGVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Loved loved this place! Food was great, service was super. Lots of options for Gluten Free diners also, Our table (2 adults/2 teenage boys) had the artichokes and prawns for starters; the point steak, bacon chop, ahi tuna, lamb and brie Lucy, and kale and baby potatoes for sides. More than enough food, but my kids still wanted dessert (which they loved). Cocktails were good, but not quite as good as other places in town. Wine is reasonably priced. Food arrives when it is ready (similar to Chino Latino) so the set up works great for sharing with the table (not that I ever got a bite of that ahi from my 16 year old though... We had a great server & all staff we came in contact knew the ins and outs of the menu well. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious from First to Last Bite
    FoodiesWithChildren
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Libertine's menu is spectacular and is perfect for sharing many small plates. My wife and I brought our daughters, 7 and 10. The staff was great with the girls. The drink menu was inspired, and the food was as good as it gets. We've eaten all over the world, and Libertine is near the top. Eat and drink here. You won't be disappointed. It's made our short list of restaurants to repeat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great vegies!
    Cindy
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Loved the preparation of the vegies - beets, tomatoes, cauliflower and potatoes were all fantastic! Also loved the selection of hard ciders.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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  • Great food, good service, fun vibe!
    MinnMEVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Interesting menu, lots of great things to share. Our group loved the tuna poke tacos, fried artichoke hearts, smoked trout potatoes, lamb sausage, oysters. Delicious coctails, and great desserts. A fun evening! Great addition to the Minneapolis restaurant scene.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • An actual meat market
    Ryan
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Libertine is a great new find and really emphasizes the snout to tail approach of dining. The charcuterie plate was very well done with a selection of prosciutto, spanish chorizo, a house made mousse and terrine and house made pickled vegetables. The entrees were wonderful, and every cut has a diagram showing where on the respective animal your meal came from. Portions are large and plates come out whenever they are ready, so plan on sharing. Definitely worth another trip!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Everything wonderful!
    SuburbsGirl
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We ended up with a table up on the rooftop and beautiful weather. Although the menu was a bit intimidating, in the sense that we were unsure what somethings were, the food was fabulous! Our waiter was great, so no complaints! Would definitely recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary
    0314
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Went to Libertine to celebrate anniversary. Food was OK but seriously overpriced as were the drinks.Everything was ala-carte. Nothing special, no reason to return. One more check off of the bucket list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bacon Pork Chop worth the visit
    MJfoodies
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We wanted to try something new and notable for our Twin's birthday and landed on the Libertine. A gimmicky, but must try is the bone marrow toast where you carve the marrow out and spread it on the toast (delicious) then the manager comes around and has you hold the bone to your mouth while pouring a shot down it. Pretty comical! The side dishes we tried were delicious (potatoes with crème fresh, scallions with lime and kale with cheese) but the crown jewel was the pork chop with the bacon end left on it - a must try. I'd recommend it, although I'm not sure I'd go back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We were really impressed with everything we ordered at Libertine. The Bacon Chop is a must! Our server, Emily, was one of the best servers we've experienced in a while. We go out to dinner a lot, and she truly blew us away- very personable, knowledgeable and entertaining. The ambiance wasn't my favorite. Considering the quality and level of the food, I felt the environment didn't quite fit, but it's certainly not bad. Will definitely be back!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Much worse than disappointing!!
    MrSnoopyVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This has to be one of the most disappointing dining experiences in the Twin Cities. Food is mediocre at best, and service is even less impressive. Believe everything you read about food not coming for the table...our side orders arrived AFTER we had finished our entree. If this is the best Tim McKee has to offer, he should retire. And they should take his James Beard award away from him permanently if this is an example of his work. Apparently, our opinion is not unique as the place was more than half empty at 8:30 on Saturday night. There are too many really outstanding restaurants in the area, with much better service, to ever think about going back here again. If you go, I can assure you that you will be disappointed.
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  • Great New Place
    PlanetRVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Food was delicious! Unique and eclectic, but not over the top. Really enjoyed it.
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  • wonderful dinning experience
    outstandingVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    we had the tomatoes excellent, potatoes excellent, feather steak very good service was prompt and pleasant. cocktails energetic, and fun. view and eating outside on the roof is a wonderful way to spend the evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good for Vegetarians
    Tim4Uptown
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Not a ton of options but good ones. Veg side dishes are fantastic!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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  • Outstanding Food and Service
    WinkVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My wife and I went to Libertine when we were in Minneapolis for one night. We were impressed by their enthusiastic and knowledgable service. Chef/Restauranteur Tim McKee was working the room, answering questions, making recommendations, educating patrons, and supervising his team. Most impressive, however, was the food on the plate. The avacado & crab salad, smoked salmon, fried oysters with Remoulade, Korean ribs, smoked chocolate torte, and fresh fruit with meringue were ALL outstanding. Libertine is not a wine-centric eatery, but there are plenty to worthy selections on their wine list. I strongly recommend this place!
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    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dissapointed diners
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Poor service and food not up to par with competition. Not at all what we were expecting. Waitress criticized our selections and rudely continued to tell us what her favorites were. Restaurant is not a good concept. Dessert was very good.
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  • Amazing new place
    mplsfoodie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Love, love, loved Libertine! Went there for a Friday night dinner and was expecting quite a bit given all that I had heard about Tim McKee opening a new hot spot. Libertine definitely delivered on my expectations - amazing cocktails and a great menu with so many things that were outstanding. Definitely recommend the Cheddar Bratwurst burger, the various oysters, and the smoked tart for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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  • Relies too heavy on hot spices
    Riley007VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We went to Libertine for Brunch and were disappointed. The menu has a few unspoiled staples, but most dishes are a mess. I want to ask Tim Mckee to try to cook breakfast without using jalapenos, habenaros or any other peppers. I order the Hemingway Rum Colins, which was terrible, my wife got the Kickstarter which she liked. She ordered the Dutch Baby and wasn't pleased. I got the Ham steak, which had an odd taste to it. We split Pancakes and bacon, which were both very good. We have been impressed with dinner so far, even with the hit or miss menu, but Brunch was a bust.
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  • Great experience
    Caj89VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    This was our first visit to Libertine and it hasn't been open long. We began in the bar while waiting for friends. Our bartender, Dave, was amazing. We asked him about the food and his recommendations...he talked like a chef! His descriptions were exciting and delivered with culinary excellence. It blew us away. The food WAS wonderful and the drinks different and innovative. We particularly enjoyed The Shadow Knows. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything Is Interesting & worthy
    Agiocambos
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Libertine has one of the most appealing menus I've ever come across. It seems to be very meat-heavy, but there are actually quite a few non-meat choices -- and each holds its own against all the others. My favorite dish is the lamb saddle chop -- which is a steak more than chop, and is everything a lamb lover like I could want. Also love the crispy pigs ears, which are basically a meat calamari, and the pork shoulder steak, and the charbroiled oysters. What's great about Libertine, too, is that it's super casual, yet stylish and very food-forward, and the small-to-medium plate format (with the exception of the ham steak, which is enormous) allows you to try a lot of different things without breaking the bank.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Parasole Fail
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Including dessert, we tried about a dozen items on the menu. Only one, the Bacon Chop was decent. Everything else suffered from the same thing all Parasole restaurants suffer from. Poorly attempted food in a nice space. We tried oysters three different ways, and I still don't remember tasting oysters-even the raw ones. Don't even get me started on the fried oysters that allegedly had chorizo in it. Anyway, this place should be a pass if you are a person that likes good food. If you are one of the lemmings that thinks the Parasole formula is right for you, then you'll fit right in here as they have pulled that scam on you once again. At least I won't have to worry about you taking up a seat in a really good restaurant around town.
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  • Food with Friends
    ReRe
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I like the overall concept of this restaurant--I think it's perfect for the area it's in. This restaurant is designed for groups of people. You can dine side by side with folks you've never met at communal tables. The dishes are meant to be shared. The food of course is outstanding (I had the flank steak and cauliflower dishes). The cocktails are delicious, too. Tim Mckee even swung by our table to greet us, which was really nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic