Line & Lariat
Line & Lariat

Line & Lariat

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.hotelicon.com/
  • Phone: 8326674470
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast:



    Monday - Friday 6:30 am - 11:00 am

    Saturday & Sunday 7:00am - 11:00 am



    Lunch:



    Now open daily 11:30 am - 2:00 pm



    Dinner:



    Daily: 5:30pm - 10:00pm





    L & L Bar



    Monday - Saturday: 11:00 am to Midnight

    Sunday: Noon to Midnight

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Tyler Malson
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Please call 832-667-4452 to book your special event.
  • Private Party Facilities: Four separate private rooms including the Wine Vault (32 guests) and the Arcadia Room (24 guests).
  • Private Party Contact: Mary Taube (832)667-4464

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Congress
  • Public Transit: We are conveniently located just north of the Metro Rail's Preston exit on Main St. We are at the corner of Main Street and Congress.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet is $6 when dining with us and is located on Congress Street entrance.
A word from Line & Lariat
LINE & LARIAT specializes in modern Texan cuisine. LINE & LARIAT is located at Hotel ICON (the historical former Union National Bank building). With its intimate alcoves and vaulted ceilings it is sure to offer a memorable dining experience.

Experience LINE & LARIAT for a quick bite before the ballet or ballgame; New Happy Hour $5 (House Wine, Draft Beer or Well Drinks) 2pm - 7pm Monday through Friday. Celebrate a special occasion with dinner and drinks in one of the city's most unique turn-of-the-century venues.
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Line & Lariat reviews from OpenTable diners
34 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.7
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
55% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (14)fit for foodies (9)romantic (7)notable wine list (6)neighborhood gem (5)vibrant bar scene (5)good for groups (4)great for lunch (4)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (2)hot spot (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • excellent evening
    renthoutx
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    the drinks, absinthe ( yes, they can make one!) we had two each with appetizers which were great- we had the coconut shrimp , 4 shrimp with a nice mango salsa 9.95, and the crab cake with micro greens , i nice size cake, 8.99. with dinner had a moderate priced bottle of wine 49.95 and the filet, 8 oz. cooked perfectly with potato croquette and asparagus. 28.00, and lamb chops, 3 chops with potato puree 31.00. expresso and dessert ,which was 2 chocolate lava cakes . total bill was 182.00 but well worth it for a nice evening out in downtown houston. they have valet parking, 6.00 or you can just find a spot on the street which is free after 6 pm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Breath taking discovery: Wow!
    FoodieGarudaVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    It is not often that you find a magnificent location, with a young smart staff and a menu full of extraordinary quality of food. Since you get there, the hostess takes care of you flawlessly; and don't' expect him to disengage as 99% of hostesses do, if he sees that you need something throughout the meal, he will be helping you right away. The ambiance is second to none, whoever decorated this hotel lobby-ish restaurant, they knew very well what they were doing. Layout of tables is flawless, you feel welcome, comfortable and at the same time private and always taken care of. Tim, server tonight, did an amazing job, proper of the top restaurants in the city, if not the country. If I had more space, I would tell you so much ..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Good food, very slow service . Painfully slow. I had the stuffed chiles and they were delicious . My husband had the filet mignon and that was also very good. Cheese plate and crab cakes were also very good. Delicious cucumber and tomato salad. One annoying fact: They say they validate your parking at the restaurant for the valet, but then the valet told us it only covers half the fee. We still had to pay $6 . Oh well, still enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just completely lacking in service
    Slinknet10
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We both tried the filet and both of ours were pretty good But we just couldn't get over the fact that we never even had a waiter. The manager came around asking how things were and that's who ended up taking our order. It was pretty bizarre.
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  • Horrible service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I should have listened to all of the reviews online regarding the bad service here. Food was decent, but way too much to pay to be ignored for way too long/often and lied to.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yippee-kiyo-kiyay!
    3BBB
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    What a diamond in the rough! We always enjoy a romantic getaway at the Hotel Icon (an oldtime, downtown renovated bank) and this invariably includes a delicious meal at the Line & Lariat! High-backed compfy chairs in secluded pockets surrounding the central bar create ambience and romance. The service is swift and unobtrusive, initially and throughout the meal. Excellent wine/cocktail options and a varied menu create anticipation that consistently satisfies. We can't wait to return; just being at the Hotel Icon is a special occasion!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Good Food and Quiet
    BruceVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Their restaurant weeks offering was very good and very reasonably priced. One of the listed items wasn't available and they made an excellent substitution. Good service, very pleasant experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Needs work
    Houstonfoodie
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Service was very amateurish. Waiter brought out small champagne flutes for our bottle of red wine. Then replaced them with tiny wine glasses. Noticed later that a different waiter brought proper size glasses to the table next to us. Scallops were good but fish was totally over cooked. My wife's filet mignon was cooked to medium but it was without any juice/moisture. Both came with a pile of greenery on top that made for a complete lack of presentation. This is all too bad because it is a nice room. The bar seemed to be having fun.
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  • EEEHHH
    aandsmendoza
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    This place definitely needs some improvement. The hotel is gorgeous but the restaurant lacks quite a bit. The appetizers tasted like they were straight out of the freezer; especially the coconut shrimp. The main courses were fairly decent but the desserts were terrible! We had a party of 4 and nobody enjoyed their desserts. We were told numerous times that they were updating the menu so hopefully they'll have some improvements made soon! Our waiter was quick and friendly.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Suprisingly good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Great food- Loved my scallop appetizer; they melted in my mouth. Filet was cooked perfectly medium rare. Desserts could use a bit of an overhaul; not horrible, but not great either. Beautiful interior of an old 1920's bank with huge high ceilings and the original bank vault. Servers could use a bit more training but they were courteous and always available.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very enjoyable evening
    RaderRog
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Since it is a downtown establishment, Friday night was lightly attended. The Happy Hour drinks and menu was killer, and don't miss the scallops!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Average
    Nativehoustonian
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We came here on a whim. It was close to where we were in Downtown. The food was okay. They seemed to be trying to hard with the menu. The prices for the mains were just too much for what they were offering. We ended up with 4 appetizers to share. The quail was alright but the "salad" that went with it was just odd. The shrimp was good but the relish wasn't very complementary. We enjoyed the scallops and the Mini Campechana. The restaurant itself was nearly empty and the clientele looked like they were guests of the hotel. I would only recommend going here if you're in the area and can't find a table elsewhere.
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  • First time
    TimMc
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Dinner with my daughter before a show. Food and service were great. Red snapper was a tad over done. Will go back again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Pre-Theater Pick
    libeats
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    I was looking for a place downtown to dine before going to a performance at Hobby Theater. Line & Lariat was a good pick and they even offered shuttle service to/from the venue when we parked in valet parking. The menu was good for a variety of tastes. The only miss was a tuna tartar small plate. The tuna was cut into tiny cubes which closely resembled a canned cat food. I'm confident the chef will have that one shaped up in no time!
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  • Another Great Experience
    TeamCasonVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Visited this restaurant for the 2nd time. Had exactly the same dishes including lamb chops and scallops. Was a good as the first time. My wife and I enjoyed the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mothers Day gotcha
    AvoidVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Unremarkable in every respect. Then they hit you with a 36% tip/service charge for a Buffet ! They validate your parking ticket, then the valet hits you up for another manditory 50% charge. Avoid this place if you can.
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  • Line & Lariat is Okay
    SusanAnn13
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Husband and I had dinner here prior to attending an HGO performance. We were seated in the gorgeous dining room early at 5:30 p.m. Our server was polite, but poorly trained, as in we had to suggest the wine list to him, etc. Our $7 artisinal local cheese platter was mild - all 3 cheeses seemed to be of the same taste profile and our server did not identify them - this dish was on special for Saturday night. I wouldn't want to pay the full fare of $12 for it. Our entrees were mixed: my gulf snapper dish was delicious, while Husband had the scallops. He felt they were good, but overall the dish needed more seasoning. Dessert was lovely - I had strawberry shortcake and Husband had the pear tart. Overall, good, but not great.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING
    cackieVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    We are still talking about how wonderful our food was the other evening. The Red Snapper has the best topping and sides ever! The lamb was perfect (need mint jelly on the side). The shrimp appetizer was great!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 16 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 591 reviews are from the Line & Lariat reviews archive.
  • Wonderful place
    houstonfoodieVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Unlike the usual noisy establishments this place is one where you can actually carry on a conversation.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dreary
    Whitey
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Line and Lariat continue to disappoint. Try as they might, it still looks, feels and behaves like a hotel standard restaurant. The service is good, if uneven, the food is ok, rushed and kind of pedestrian. The ambience is, well, dismal. It feels like you are eating in a hotel lobby (which you are).
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  • Surprisingly good
    SpringsteenFan
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Downtown eating in the north end is a challenge. Having walked by the restaurant sign in the Hotel Icon, we finally decided to try it out. Very pleasant staff, efficient lunch service, and the food was good. Not a huge selection .. But everything we got was well done. I have already extolled its praises to coworkers who went today and also loved it.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch
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  • Wonderful Holiday
    Roo1
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    My husband and I had a holiday all to ourselves and thought we would drive to Houston to the theater. We had the best time. The food was wonderful and the service was outstanding. Everyone was so friendly. The prime rib was perfect as was everything else. We will be back and recommend it to our friends!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easter brunch
    Easygoing
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    The ambience was lovely and very comfortable.The noise level was just right for a group of five adults.The food was excellent and there was a very nice selection. We were not crammed beside another table as so often happens on holidays. My only two complaints are that 1. The omelet/ waffle bar was so busy that some in our party never got theirs (seemed inefficient and maybe understaffed)and 2. It was very expensive. I have been to a lot of brunches that were comparable in selection and quality and this was probably $15 to $20 more expensive. (I guess we were paying for that elbow room.)You also had to pay to valet park,another $10 or $15 dollars. I was late making reservations so I had to take what I could get but we did have a lovely time.
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    Great for Brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    The food was bland. They piled way too much garnish on my meat. My wife and mother in law were not happy with the taste of their food. The bartender could not get the drink orders right. When we asked the server to take one of the drinks back because it was not made properly the bartender gave us a dirty look.
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    kid-friendly
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  • Line & Lariat is located inside
    hrwfoodie
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Line & Lariat is located inside the beautiful hotel icon, and we had a superb early Saturday evening meal. The jalapeno cornbread was delicious, as was both the lamb and ribeye. The dress ranged anywhere from very casual to very formal and everyone seemed quite comfortable in the elegant dining room. We really enjoyed it!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing going on here!
    ljs8887
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    There were 2 other tables with people. This was 6:30 on a Friday night. The food was mediocre and nothing special. The waiter only had our table so he hovered next to it during the entire meal. He was almost impossible to understand due to a heavy Asian accent. Ona a side note, the upstairs bar was closed for a private affair and seemed to be a lot of fun!
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  • Quiet Sunday Evening
    LoveStruckVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    We enjoyed dinner at this place after seeing a show late Sunday afternoon. It was a very pleasant, romantic experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • L & L
    Date
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We purchased a Travelzoo Coupon and enjoyed the food, the service of the main waiter was not very good. but the assistant waiter was excellent. The waiter could not speak english very well and was very hard to understand, We presented him with the travel zoo coupon We ordered exactly what was on the Travel zoo coupon, at the end of the dinner we were presented with an 80+ dollar check which we perceived was the full amount of what the dinner what cost, so we left a moderate tip and left for the Valet to receive our car. Another waitress ran after us saying we did not pay the bill which was embarrassing for there were other patrons around, we told her we gave the coupon to our waiter and since we prepaid for it, the Bill was taken care of.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food & Ambiance..Eh Waitress
    BusinessTraveller2014
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We went for an early Saturday dinner before a concert downtown. The food and the restaurant were awesome, our waitress, not so much. We waited for about 15 minutes until she came to our table. Meanwhile another waiter had been back to his table 2 times. We ordered a bottle of wine and also said that we were ready for our food order. She told us to hold on. She was gone for another 10 minutes. We saw her carrying our wine bottle around to other tables before she made it our way. She poured our first glass, way over what a normal glass of white should be. Then she left to find an ice bucket still not taking our food order. We finally got our food but we managed to miss almost the entire opening act. But the food was good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    Thanksgiving
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    Went on a Monday with my boyfriend for dinner. We shared the Mini Campechana. It was very good and fresh. I ordered the pan seared scallops. I was impressed with the size of the scallops and grilled to perfection. Great combination with the Texmati rice and mushrooms. My boyfriend ordered the rack of lamb. Delish! For dessert we ordered the dark chocolate cupcake. I was not impressed with this. But I did like how they wrote Happy Birthday on the plate (I briefly mentioned earlier that it was my boyfriend's birthday). Great detail. The service was excellent. I was extremely pleased and my boyfriend had a wonderful birthday dinner.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Pleased - Can't Wait To Return
    TeamCasonVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Affter much deliberation, this was a last minute switch based reviews spouted great acclaim upon this restaurant. And they DEFINITELY delivered. Wait staff was very attentive. Ambiance and decor was very nice. Food was AMAZING and out of the world. The cerviche is a must have; I'll go back just for that. The lamb chops, even well done as my wife requested, was too good for me to not assist her eating --great aroma, great taste, nice light char. And my pan seared scallops with some sort of creamy rice with mushrooms was unique and very, very tasty. I couldn't have been more pleased. For dessert,, the Gingerbead pig (cookie) with ice cream was good. Bu I'll try another dessert next time. As you can tell, we can't wait to go back
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Pre-theater dinner
    BillVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Elizabeth provided great service. We had an early dinner and left to go to Theater Under the Stars.She was very attentive and made sure we were out in time without feeling rushed. I had the lamb abd my wife had the. Both were excellent. The wine prices were reasonable.
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  • Great food but
    Ahmesha
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    The food and the ambience are absolutely great! The valet receipt has a text feature so you are not waiting forever for your car. The attendant texts you when you can come out. The service has work to do. There was not a lot of people and it took forever for the waiter to comeback to the table to check on us. The food was also slow to come out...otherwise it was great!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, attentive staff
    TxMalek
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    We went here for our anniversary. The atmosphere was excellent. The steaks were good. Our server, Jacqueline, was simply amazing. She es very attentive and had a great attitude. I definitely recommend it.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I really enjoyed my meal at
    DeliciousVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    I really enjoyed my meal at Line and Lariat. The filet was perfectly cooked. I had the cupcake with a chocolate covered jalapeno pepper surprise and ice cream for dessert. The formula #4 cocktail also hit the spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I was disappointed mainly
    Karen
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    I was disappointed mainly with the quality of the food. My pork tenderloin was dry and not that tasty. My husband said his fish was just OK. The restaurant is really just an extension of the lobby/sports bar. I did not like that. To advertise as an upscale restaurant, it did not deliver.
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  • Overall Rating
    EKwilson36VIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    The service was a bit disconnected - three people seemed to be managing us, with very little communication amongst themselves. It was a very big night in downtown Houston with the Eagles Concert and other Art Performances occurring. No one ever asked if we were on a time limit. I had also indicated that it was our 10th anniversary when making the reservation, but that seemed to go unnoticed. My food was mediocre at best, but my husband did enjoy his steak and said it made up for the lower level hotel experience we were having.
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  • WOW
    strohjVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    I cant believe how bad it was.. It was so bad you want to go back just to get your mind around it
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  • Disappointed
    InsertName
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The appetizer was adequate and the steak was overlooked and had a large amount of fat, which is odd for a filet. It seemed to be a poor grade of beef. I could not eat the desert, as it was very dry and flavorless. Based on the restaurant's reputation, I expected a better experience.
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lackluster
    Heath
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Lackluster. Inattentive service other than the bartenders. Unadvertised fixed menu that was just as unimpressive as the waiter serving it. Bread was forgotten and never offered. They could have reused the plates. Water was not filled until the check was dropped. The worst tip I have given a server in 5+ years, and he earned it.
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