Local 121
Local 121

Local 121

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.local121.com/
  • Phone: (401) 274-2121
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 am - 2:30 pm



    Dinner:
    Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm



    TAPROOM
    12pm-1am, Monday - Thursday
    12pm-2am, Friday
    10am-2 am, Saturday
    10am-10pm - Sunday
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French / American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Tyler Demora
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Our "Speakeasy" is a private space for dinners, meetings and events that can accommodate up to 60 people. Please call or email with an inquiry for the space and to discuss needs.
  • Private Party Contact: Emily Carpentieri 4012742121x10
  • Entertainment: DJ Series Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 10pm - close, Friday and Saturday 11pm - close. No cover, 21+.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mathewson St.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We have complimentary valet parking from 5pm at the front entrance on Washington Street.
A word from Local 121
Local 121 believes that seasonal, regional, organic sustainable cuisine is not a trend - it is a method of creating beautiful, responsible, delicious dishes. By building relationships with local farmers and suppliers, we ensure not only that your food is fresh and healthful, but that it has been harvested in a way that pays respect to land and sea. When that food is combined with the exceptional efforts of local wineries and breweries, the result is a completely satisfying dining experience.
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Local 121 reviews from OpenTable diners
51 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.1
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (39)romantic (31)special occasion (26)neighborhood gem (17)notable wine list (11)good for groups (10)vibrant bar scene (8)hot spot (8)great for brunch (6)late-night find (3)Show More
  • great meal on a quiet fall night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    Went w/ a group of 4 on a quiet Monday. Service attentive, friendly and prompt. Bench seat was a bit uncomfortable at first, but I quickly forgot about it. Pace of meal was timed well - our enjoyment was read well by the wait staff. The Silver Fox Rabbit was excellent, and the accompanying veggies and sauces outstanding. I would order this again - highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ChowhoundVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Nice restaurant. Good food, good service and a reasonably priced wine list. The focus on local ingredients is something that we are seeing from a number of restaurants these days, and it sounds like this restaurant was ahead of the curve.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sarah
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    While my meal was not quite to my liking, my husband's was delicious and our charcuterie starter was outstanding. They also gave us free glasses of champagne for our anniversary, which was a very nice touch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great people, unimpressive food
    gourmoo
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    they tried very hard, soup very good. meat seriously underdone [served rare] despite request for medium and having sent it back twice....servers very solicitous, allowed for another selection. navajho flatbread hard to cut, bland sorry piece of chewy bread
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never disappoints
    VictoriaVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Once again, we had a fantastic meal!! My spouse and I have been here several times, but it was a first for our foodie son. He loved it. Can't say enough about the quality of the food, the creative preparation, the artistic presentation, and the highly professional service. Bravo to all who made it a memorable experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The grass looked greener
    Beeswax
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    A fantastic cocktail set the stage for a wonderful experience and a shared appetizer of short rib-stuffed calamari kept the expectation level high. The play of flavors and textures in the calamari was intense and surprising enough to both satisfy and to ratchet up anticipation for the entrees. Alas, the bland mess that lay beneath the composition of the wilted Caesar salad with lobster failed to meet the standard set. There are, it seems, subtleties that lay beyond my ability to appreciate. The charcuterie plate served to the neighboring table looked and smelled wonderful - they made the better choice that night.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique dinners and drinks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    This restaurant never disappoints. The menu is always interesting along with the seasonal cocktails. Service is attentive. Worth the trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable? What OpenTable?
    Chidawg
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Got a last minute table through OpenTable. Host said, "OpenTable always pushes reservations through when there are now tables." We were seated in the bar, which is not nearly as nice as the restaurant. It was my anniversary dinner with my wife, so was kind of a disappointment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Soup was very good, a little spicier than I like, but the basic flavor was superb. The sausage dish was good. The scallops were ordinary. We got stuck in traffic and were an hour late getting to the restaurant. The maitre d' bent over backwards to accommodate us and provide liaison with our dinner guest who was coming separately.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not hitting that high bar anymore
    SPVD
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Not a huge sample size, granted, but the last two meals here haven't hit the high bar that Local 121 used to. The atmosphere is still great, the dishes (in theory) are what you want them to be at Local 121, but the executions miss the mark. Examples: a gummy take on stuffies (you'd hope they would elevate them past their mainstream tendencies); a massive plate of calamari that looked awesome, and elements were awesome (like the sauce), but the thin slivers of squid end up buried by the batter and tired me out by bite #4; a straight ahead drinks order that was just ok -any place could do it - it lacked that extra mile I hope for here. Maybe it was the Saturday rush or perhaps the dining scene in PVD is passing the old front runner by.
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  • A nice find
    donotgetoutmuch
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Surprised by the luxe dining room (velvet booths and supper club feel) which made the night feel special (though we felt comfortable being casually dressed, as were most diners). Starters were super delicious (charcuterie plate, the calamari with an outrageous pair of sauces, plus a green salad with inspired touches, were the standouts); only misfire a tomatillo thing that was an ambitious reach between soup and salad and just did not quite get where it was headed. Mains were not as successful and a heavy hand with salt made it hard to find the subtleties in all the beautifully sourced and creatively combined ingredients.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect choice!
    Alli
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Decided to eat here because of the emphasis on locally grown and cultivated products.Was not disappointed. Food was outstanding, service was flawless, ambiance was perfect. Couldn't ask for a better, more comfortable and relaxing place to be after a hectic week and an arduous commute from Connecticut. Although we didn't stay for it - looked like the nightlife in the bar area was setting up to be fun as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food always great here
    5cats
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    The food was great as always, but I was disappointed in the service this time around. I was with business associates from a conference and wanted everything to go well. One of our diners did not get her entree for quite awhile. The waitress was good in all other aspects and she was very honest telling the diner that she had forgotten to put her order in with the rest of ours. The diner was very gracious, so we were all a bit surprised that she was not even comped on her desert...or something! I was a waitress for several years and I would definlitely had at least given her a free desert or some break on her check. That was disappointing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing This Time
    Joan
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I have eaten at Local 121 many times since they opened. The food has always been outstanding, except for September 27, 2014. My Mahi Mahi was disappointing, served at room temp with an unimpressive presentation. My dining companion ordered the pork. She was told that the dish was made with pork tenderloin which could not be accurate given the amount of tendon, fat and gristle that was obvious is the pork. The meat was not thoroughly cooked and she had to send her dish back for the raw center to be addressed. The smoked potatoes where a hit. Overall this experience was not a good example of what we know Local can produce. Will visit again in the future and hope we will be wow'ed similarly to the past.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local 121
    Jrabbit
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I went on a Friday night. The space is great and I found the waitstaff and hostess very friendly and accommodating. The food and wine were nicely presented. The only criticism is that the food was not served hot. Our calamari was very good but room temperature. I had the rabbit, which was also not hot enough. We didn't complain or send the food back because the overall experience was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very enjoyable!
    elptee
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Visiting Providence for the first time and found this gem in downtown! Great food, great service from Emily our waitress who was fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    LuvnewplacesVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I always rely on Open Table when we travel. Local 121 had great reviews and did not disappoint. We will definetly go back the next time were in RI. Our waitperson - Emily was excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal
    Rbradfo
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    When I arrived I noticed that the dining room was a bit too cozy for a table for one, so I opted to site at the bar and had a great dinner. The clam chowder soup was delicious (but almost a little too thick - flavors were spot on though and there were lots of clams) and the hamburger was unbelievably flavorful (although the patties may have been a little over worked in their preparation). Overall, these are minor issues for what was a solid meal in a nice space downtown. It should definitely be on the dinner to do list when in Providence.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gem
    FunandDining
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We celebrated out 26th Wedding Anniversary at Local 121 and had a wonderful time. The food was outstanding, the ambiance was terrific, our server, Emma, was attentive w/o being intrusive. Overall we had a WONDERFUL time. We loved the food. Portion sizes were perfect (not large, but enough to make us happy). The food, full of flavor (which is an understatement). We felt like we had an opportunity to try things that we'd never put together, which worked so perfectly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Providence Perfect
    1050Lynn
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Local 121, with its emphasis on local products and California inspired Nouvelle Cuisine and presentation delighted us. The simple yet refined salad dressing, fish, accompanied by a cream mustard sauce, chicken,cheeses and vegetables were prepared beautifully. While we rarely eat dessert, the star of the evening was the Chocolate Pave : rich, velvet chocolate , dark and not sweet. Perfect! Chef Ryan stopped by to accept our compliments.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Wonderful
    MommaSiefert
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We loved everything about our visit to Local 121. The food was not only locally sourced but also absolutely delicious. Try the calamari - the tomato butter sauce it comes in was unbelievable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anna
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I visit Local 121 each time I'm in downtown Providence and love this restaurant. The food and service never disappoint. The restaurant is elegant and romantic and it's a very special place. I look forward to my next visit.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a special night
    EverettCHoneyworth
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The menu, drink list, and service were all above expectations. It's a very quiet, so it's a great place to go with your significant other or small group to simply enjoy each others company.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service A+ Food C
    PVSBVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Local 121 was a mixed dining experience for us. The complimentary valet parking was appreciated. The service was simply outstanding. I loved the Velvet Jone srum cocktail. Where we came up short was with the food. The scallops appetiser was terrific but the other three small plates we order, zucchini soup, calamari and foie gras where, at best, adequate. We did not walk away dazzled by the culiary prowess in the kitchen. A shame given how well the front of the house was managed.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • August 4, 2014
    nhdiner
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We found the host very friendly. Both brunch dishes were delicious. We had the Eggs Benedict with smoked trout and the Pork Belly with grits and cheese. It was our anniversary, and even though the eggs came out at room temperature, it was replaced as quickly as possible, and we were rewarded with a wonderful blueberry dessert personally delivered by the pastry chef and no additional charge. The English Muffins used in the Eggs Benedict are made in the restaurant, and we were later given a hand-written copy of the recipe with the chef's personal phone number in case we had any questions. We will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Work lunch
    AS2222
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    In the past, my (brunch and dinner) experience at Local 121 had been great, but this (lunch) time it was mixed. The portion sizes were inconsistent -- some sandwiches required extra large plates, but the pasta and quiche were starter-size, even though there is a separate "small plates" section. When we asked about the tossed greens that were supposed to come with the quiche, we were brought two small plates with just green lettuce leaves, after we had finished the quiche. The quiche was quite tasty, but the presentation was disappointing and the portion left one of us hungry, while some of the sandwiches were not finished.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Went on the recommendation of a friend and it was a great recommendation. Fresh food, friendly service, great atmosphere. Went on a first date and they gave us plenty of time to talk, peruse the menu and had helpful hints about what would be the better choice. Food came quickly and was amazing. My date just kept saying how nice the place was, how delicious the food was and how great of a time it was. Made breaking the ice that much easier for me. Would recommend again and again to anyone looking for a fresh, locally grown meal.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 24 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 814 reviews are from the Local 121 reviews archive.
  • Beautiful yet a bit pricy
    Aljackdon
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The restaurant was great, much more classy than what we expected from the pictures! Perfect for romantic dinners. Price vary from 15 to 30+ $ so be careful what you order
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dining experience
    Cindy
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This was my second visit to Local 121, and it did not disappoint. We brought out of town guests for the first time. All concerns for us were exceptional.....atmosphere, service and food. This restaurant is a gem....from the moment you walk in the door and are greeted with a friendly smile, until you are so satisfied at the completion of your meal, and YOU walk out with the smile! I will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely night
    LocalLady
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Another lovely night in Providence at a neighborhood anchor. Delicious dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    Rob1764VIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Everything from the appetizer to the pork tenderloin to the dessert was outstanding...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mqwfVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Initially we were a bit reluctant because the restaurant was noyt rated at all. However, we decided that this is neither good nor bad news. The place was really nice and cozy and the food was absolutely delicious. Definitely ready to come back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    The food was excellent. My only complaint was the limited menu, but I understood going in that the menu would be limited because they serve only locally sourced food. Preparation was outstanding. I had the rabbit which was juicy and delicious. My wife had an the marinated squid and shellfish appetizer as her main course and loved it. The dining room has white table clothes and the bar is old mahogany - reminder of the fancy restaurants of years gone by. Now added to my favorite restaurant list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    RK17VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    All the dishes we had were delicious and very well presented. The portions were the right size and the desserts outstanding. The service was quick and professional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible Food, Great Ambience
    GJE1
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Local 121 is another of Providence's great culinary gems. The food is delicious, creatively developed, with excellent artistic plating. A night at Local 121 is one that should not be missed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Long time patrons very disappointed
    121diner
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Food quality has fallen dramatically. It's like the kitchen doesn't care any more, very sad.
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  • A Standout
    BillinVAVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    local 121 is very close to the convention center. We chose it for that reason but frankly expected to trade a quality experience for that convenience. We were wrong. It was a unique and varied menu, a lovely, elegant setting, with very good service and reasonable prices. They handle couples and large crowds equally well. Our group had pasta, two types of seafood, and vegitarian- everyone was delighted with their choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Experience
    JoJO
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    The tempura beans were very greasy, the calm chowder too salty, the service mediocre, the ambience very loud next room, out of Monk Fish early on a Monday evening... Bad choice... very pretentious... boss must have been out.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful
    MacPac
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We really enjoyed local 121. Staff, food and chef are great. It truly is a treat as the menu is unique.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    RIPharmie
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    My last visit here was over 5 years ago and I remember a delicious fresh local menu and great service. Sadly none of that was here anymore. We were conveniently seated quickly thanks to our reservation, however that might have been the only plus. The menu was strange and didn't have really anything exciting... The service was slow and messy (ie beer spills and fork dropping). Way too overpriced for a half non-edible monkfish and boring cod. Just a sad experience. Will not be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate