Lidia's Restaurant

Lidia's Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lidias-kc.com/
  • Phone: 8162213722
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm. Weekend Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:30am - 2:00pm Bar Menu available daily 2:00 - 5:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Dan Swinney
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, 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, Smoking Area (bar only), Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 20th and Baltimore
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is located on the south side of the Freighthouse. There is no fee for parking.
A word from Lidia's Restaurant
Lidia's features authentic, regional Italian cuisine. Every item at the restaurant is house-made, entirely from scratch, with the best ingredients available. Breads and desserts are baked in house daily and each salad and entree is prepared fresh. Every day Lidia's offer a sampling of seasonal, daily-made pastas. We also feature many seafood, chicken, pork & beef options. We are happy to accommodate your dietary needs, including gluten free items. Lidia's is located in the Historic Freighthouse, a beautiful 19th century building. The stunning decor includes 3 hand-blown chandeliers, a 3 story slate fireplace and cozy, New York style seating.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Lidia's Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
322 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (212)fit for foodies (178)romantic (127)good for groups (116)notable wine list (113)neighborhood gem (80)great for outdoor dining (77)great for lunch (63)great for brunch (62)scenic view (26)hot spot (23)kid-friendly (22)late-night find (14)vibrant bar scene (7)Show More
  • Brunch at Lidia's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    This was our first time enjoying the Sunday brunch at Lidia's. The food was delicious and beautifully prepared. Our server was attentive but not overly so. You won't feel rushed to vacate your table. You'll start with a lovely basket of breads, then enjoy the antipasto table with salads, fruits, etc. After that you'll choose one of about 12 entree choices. The meal is finished at the dessert table. I had the pork chop and my husband had the lemon chicken. Our guest had the pasta trio (which is served at the table) and she was extremely pleased with the fresh pasta that "melted in her mouth." We highly recommend you try Lidia's - you won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding but we didn't try pasta
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Grilled octopus was wonderful, salad was excellent, grilled salmon was very good. We did not try the pasta...and so we will be looking for an excuse to go back soon. It looks wonderful and much if not all is made on premises fresh. Amber is an outstanding waitress and her selection of a full bodied red was spot on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful
    TopekaDiner
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    From the outstanding wait staff to the delicious pasta and yummy dessert, Lidia's is a delight. The decor is inviting and service is unhurried. Don't overlook this gem tucked into Kansas City's Freight House District just north of Union Station.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AWESOME Find in Kansas City
    Scatchie
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    I was here for a conference and was so excited to be at a Lidia's restaurant. I have all her cookbooks and enjoy her cooking programs. I was in heaven enjoying the restaurant! It exceeded my expectations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • An Amazing Experience
    CC5472
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    My mother and I went to Lidia's for dinner after a Sunday performance at the Kauffman Center. The restaurant really continues her tradition of experimentation and creativity while retaining the culinary excellence that makes this style of Italian cuisine worth enjoying.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Choice for Brunch
    Lefthunt
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Love going to Lidia's for brunch. A bit pricey for an average Sunday, this is more of a special occasion restaurant. Only issue I had was the long line at the antipasta and dessert tables. Maybe consider setting up two stations?
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sad service
    ltsexpressions
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Unfortunately our service this visit was not up to the usual par of Lidia's, but our wait staff was also very busy with more tables that maybe they usually have.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The best ever
    MeetmeinSTL
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Dining at Lidia's was remarkable. The food was delicious the wine divine. Dessert as they say was to die for. I highly recommend you trying Lidia's in KC>
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A KC gem
    GenFJD
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Lidias is our favorite Kansas City restaurant. We live in St Louis, but whenever we are in KC for business or pleasure we make it a priority to fit in dinner there. The restaurant has a great ambiance and the staff is wonderful. The food is excellent but reasonably priced. My husband loved the pasta trio option.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Party of 5 Celebration
    OnTheTracks
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We enjoyed dining at the round table near the large window, could see trains pull away on the tracks & night fall come. Dinner choices were Wed night special Beef Short Ribs on bed of mashed potatoes, absolutely delicious. Breaded pork chop was served, thick cut with topping of sweet apples, excellent choice for our white pork meat lover. The trio was the selection of the birthday person. He enjoyed the 3 varieties of pastas & service at the table from the hot skillets. Dessert was tiramisu which was delightful, delicate, flavorful & perfect. Cups of coffee were served after dinner, special selected coffee beans only for Lidia's from our local coffee company, The Roasterie. It was a delightful evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't miss this restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    I have eaten many times at Lidia's...this time with a group of 12 other ladies. We all came from about 25 miles away and all had an excellent meal/time. If you haven't eaten here...put it on your bucket list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious!
    Josh
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We came here based upon my wife's love of Lidia's shows and cookbooks, and we're not disappointed. Great food and desserts, and the entire staff was friendly, knowledgeable, and hospitable. We did not try any of their wines, but the list was quite extensive (including wines from Lidia's family's Italian vineyard). Would visit again, and would recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Brunch!
    MDC2014
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Our brunch meal was delicious! We particulary enjoyed the Pasta Tasting entree. The beef tenderloin of the Bistecca entree was a tougher cut of meat than what I would expect but it did have a good flavor. The desserts focussing on blackberries was wonderful! We will definitely be back for dinner or brunch whenever we are in Kansas City. The wait staff was very pleasant, too. Thank you for a delicious meal!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!
    savoringthemoment
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    My husband and I just enjoyed our second visit to Lidia's Restaurant in KC. In August we opted to be served on the patio. This time we dined indoors and it was lovely. Every aspect of the evening was totally enjoyable…the food, atmosphere, service. Our waitress was extremely knowledgeable about the food, wine, and even the upcoming renovations planned for the building! Can't wait to return with friends and family. Thank you, Lidia, for being in KC!!! We are so fortunate!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    My husband and I reserved a meal at Lidia's while on a short trip to KC. While everything on the menu looked amazing, we both chose the Pasta Trio. My husband added the Caesar salad. While you wouldn't think there would be much differences between one Caesar salad and another, he said it was probably the best he had. The Pasta Trio included a seasonal specialty, butternut squash ravioli with brown butter and almonds, which was incredible. It was paired with fettuccine in pesto sauce, and a shrimp with pasta in a spicy red sauce. The service was excellent and our waiter was very knowledgeable suggesting a wine pairing that worked well with our meal. Atmosphere was very nice, but I felt we were a bit close to the table next to us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Food NOTwork
    LidiasDiddlely0
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    "Not Up-to-Mustard Chef" is what the television show should be renamed. I love to watch Lidia's Italy cooking show and I like watching Joe Bastianich on television's MasterChef, but neither lived up to their boastful claims. I ordered the duck breast, my daughter and sister-in-law ordered the pasta trio and my brother ordered the heritage pork chop. My duck breast was chewy, the pork chop was under-cooked and only one flavor of the pasta trio dish was a soloist. All of our dishes were under-seasoned--- lacking any "wow" flavors. The food presentation looked like the "Wednesday Night Nothing Special". Yes, we did enjoy the lusciously delicious gelato and ice cream desserts. The Hostess was professional and wonderful-Oct.2. Waiters, ok.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • steady dining experience
    casualdiner
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    sounds a bit bland, but that's the thing with Lydia's, it's good time after time. Doesn't disappoint, and menu changes enough to be familiar yet present new choices.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • You will enjoy eating here
    andietom
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Lidia's is elegantly designed with exposed brick and contemporary accents. The wait staff is super. After sharing a nice antipasti, we both ordered the Signature dish, the Pasta Trio. Only one ordered the salad and dessert option-both large enough to share. The trio included chicken ravioli, fusilli pasta with red sauce, and linguini with garlic, shrimp, and butternut squash. The ravioli portion was exquisite; the linguini unique and tasty. The fusilli was rather ordinary with an almost bitter red sauce. Taste is subjective, so others may love it. We chose the chocolate mint bombe for dessert, and loved every bite. I wish at least one of us had chosen something else from the menu to get a true feel for the possibilities.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bill
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    This is my favorite restaurant for Sunday Brunch. The antipasto table always has a wonderful selection. The service is top shelf.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still a great dining experience!
    wineanddine
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I had not been to Lidia's for quite a while and wondered if the experience would still be the same. We had late reservations, but the service was excellent and the food very good. The grilled octopus has always been a favorite and I was happy that it is still delicious. It was an enjoyable night and I would recommend the restaurant to others.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lidia's in Kansas City
    Nissyann
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Our lunch experience at Lidia's in Kansas City was wonderful! The service, food, and atmosphere was tremendous! We would recommend this restaurant with a 5 star! We watch Lidia's cooking program on PBS and enjoy every minute. My husband's family (both sides) are Tuscan Italians and this was a treat for him to dine at Lidia's (mine too.) We have 3 of her books.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always great
    HojawettVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Been many times and still my favorite place in Kansas City
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    As always great food and service-the special is a mix or dishes which allow for a variety of flavors
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Joshm009
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Get the pasta trio or the sirloin! Great service as well. Beautiful modern rustic interior.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lou2ieVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Did not like the way you didn't have a choice on wines by the glass except for the house brand. When we inquired we could get others by the glass but didn't get a price. Ended up 2 glasses for $32.00, we would have gotten a bottle for that price. Food was bland too.
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  • Nice, but not great in a way!
    Plc1986
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Let me be clear the experience at Lidia's is top notch! But it just lacks in some small way which detract from the experience. First, the place is noisy! I was in a party of 5 and felt like I was screaming or struggling to hear all night. No bueno! The desert was top freaking notch. The lidia trio scored a 2 out 3 all around the table!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Davet
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Went for my Wife's birthday, there was a group of 6 of us, the watiress was excellent along with the food as always. Did not know there was an upstairs, we had been there 2 times before and was always downstairs. The upstairs was enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Raised expectations
    foodamateur
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I took my husband here for his birthday, which means we spent much more than we usually do for dinner. And, when you spend more you tend to expect more, especially from the chain of the esteemed Lidia Bastianich (her show and her son's palate and cooking ability are quite amazing). I ordered the pasta trio (their speciality), and my husband had the Saturday special herb roasted pork shoulder. Of course, when the food is anywhere from $20-35 per entree and Lidia Bastianich's name is on the restaurant, you have higher expectations. My husband said he loved his dish, but mine left much to be desired. The sweet potato ravioli was really good, but the other two pastas were just, like great for Olive Garden, but ok for here (boring).
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Annual Birthday dinner
    lisa
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We visited Lidia's this week for the second year in a row for my birthday. I loved the food just as much (pasta trio) and my husband had the braised short ribs which were so tender and flavorful. Megan was our server and she is the type of server you hope for at a special occasion dinner - attentive, but not overly, didn't miss a single step, very in tune with our needs. Wine list is so interesting - I love that they keep it true to the italian side - we had a very good sangiovese from the value list ($32) which was perfect for both entrees. Love the decor, and the restaurant is easy to get to from anywhere in the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for special occasion
    MPinKC
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Went there the first time for wedding anniversary. Service was excellent and the food was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Woo Hoo
    GoodTimeDiner
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This was everything I hoped for. Waited a long time to go to Lidias anywhere. Everyone from the greeters, waitstaff and bussers were terrific. A memorable first stop on our vacation
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    willbegoingback
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We have never been to this establishment before and I must say;Well worth it! Very beautiful inside and out the staff was very friendly from start to finish our waiter knew excatly what he was talking about which speaks volumes in my eyes. The food was beyond outstanding, we will definitely be coming back soon!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rick
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We were seated at a small table for two across from the wait station. Loud, high activity, constant traffic past our table. Service was slow we were seated at 6:05 and barely made it to an 8:00 performance at Kauffman Center. The food was very good, but there was not enough room for everything on this small table! The temp. Of white wine should be maintained during the meal rather than setting exposed on the table. Again not enough room on this tiny table! The water boy reached across the table, to fill my water glass, and knocked the menu from my hands. Very rude, but provided a good laugh for his coworkers . They should know enough English to say Excuse Me!! Overall not a good experience!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • great food
    familyof6
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed the food! Service was okay. Our server was great... But each part of dinner seemed to take just a bit too long...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional
    JenB
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Dinner and the service were exceptional. We enjoyed a pasta trio with Cesar salad and dessert. Always delicious.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent, as always...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Lidia's is my wife's favorite restaurant in Kansas City. We go for all special occasions - her birthday and our anniversary. Saturday's visit was on-par with our previous experiences - excellent as always.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and atmosphere
    rabbideskin
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food and atmosphere where excellent. Loved the antipasto and dessert bars. We were there at lunch and the service was not so good, which was quickly rectified by the manager. Will definately go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Find
    souzjo
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Was very impressed with Lidia's... although not located in an area of KC that one would expect to find a trendy, upscale restaurant, that is exactly what Lidia's is; excellent food, great service, and classy ambiance. The food represented a good mix of traditional Italian cooking infused with touches of the unexpected. The suggested wine pairings were also spot-on. I found the service to be very good, as well. Although we were there early and the restaurant was not very busy when we arrived, the service did not suffer after the tables started filling up. We appreciated the time the staff took to make us feel comfortable, and Lidia's will certainly be a regular stop when in KC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Experience
    LvGrtFood
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary and felt special from our arrival at a special table. Meghan took great care of us with a special glass of Champagne to start. Our dinners (Osso Bucco & Pasta Trio) were excellent. We were also presented with a special dessert with Happy 50th Anniversary written on the plate. They even took a photo for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Higher quality place
    Rachel
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We went here to try Lidia's food because we watch her show on PBS and wanted to know if authentic Italian is a style we should cook with. Even though we are the t-shirt and jeans kind of people, it seemed like a casual dress kind of place, but no one said anything about how we were dressed. Our server was very polite, helpful, pleasant, she checked up on us often. The courses didn't take too long in between, our steak was very high quality (at medium rare, it was the second best steak I've ever had- should have ordered it rare), and everything tasted great. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone. Do check out the prices online before you go, it is somewhat expensive. But they change up their dishes to keep things fresh.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate