Lovells of Lake Forest
Lovells of Lake Forest

Lovells of Lake Forest

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lovellsoflakeforest.com/
  • Phone: 8472348013
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Jay Lovell Chef/Owner
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Off Premise Catering for up to 150 people. Rehearsal Dinners, Weddings, Bridal and Baby Showers. Summer picnics and Upscale Pig Roast or just Steaks & Shrimp on the grill. What ever you desire.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private Events up to 300 people. Specializing in Corporate Events, Cocktail Receptions, Weddings and Rehearsal.
  • Private Party Contact: Faye 8472348043
  • Entertainment: Live Music on Friday Nights starting at 8pm. Half price on certain Martinis, all day and all night. Live Music on Saturday Nights starting at 8pm.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Everett Road
  • Public Transit: Metra, Northshore Station
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Free Valet Parking during the evenings, Valet Parking during the day upon request.
A word from Lovells of Lake Forest
Midwestern Steaks and Chops, Dryed Aged and Hand Trimmed on Premise by Chef Lovell. Fresh Seafood from Around the World. Enjoying our Eighth Year Serving the North Shore and Surrounding Communities with Casual Dinning at its Best. "We want to make Lovells a one stop dinning experience in Lake County." Says Chef Lovell. "A Fabulous Steak House Dinner, Cocktails and on the weekends, Live Music in the Captains Quarters. We will wine, dine and entertain you. Relax and enjoy!"
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Lovells of Lake Forest reviews from OpenTable diners
87 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelQuiet
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (63)romantic (36)neighborhood gem (35)great for outdoor dining (26)fit for foodies (25)notable wine list (24)great for lunch (17)good for groups (14)scenic view (4)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (3)vibrant bar scene (2)late-night find (2)Show More
  • Disappointed and Disgusted
    frequentdinerVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    The asparagus and prosciutto appetizer was gross. It arrived undressed and the prosciutto was so stringy it could not be eaten. The beef stroganoff can only be described as a pile of gelatinous, flavorless glop on over-cooked noodles. It actually tasted of nothing. No amount of salt could help it. Really disgusting and unappetizing. The Mediterranean Village Salad was fresh and delicious. The cognac sauce served with the beef filet was also tasteless. At these prices this place is a bad joke.
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  • Lovells needs a chef
    dinnerout
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    the food was very bland. I had the steak and shrimp and my wife had the seared Halibut. Both dishes were just bland, very little taste. The vibe is like a nursing home... very quiet, avg age is over 70. Service was excellent though.
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  • Not so great
    FromIllinois42VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This beautiful restaurant is on the decline chiefly because of the quality of the food (out of five people no one thought food was anything but average, two thought it was less than average ). The noise level on a very busy night was over the top.
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    good for groups
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  • Special!
    GoodToGo
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Beautiful restaurant and a great place for a quiet romantic dinner! The food was absolutely delicious. Was also a joy to look at all the pictures for CAPT Lovell's adventures and of Apollo 8 and 13. Make sure and visit the downstairs to look at some of his memorbilia on display. Son Jay is an outstanding Chef/Owner!!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Meh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    A fancy fine dining place that's been around for years, yet you never hear anyone talking about it. Took clients there for lunch because one customer was a 'foodie' and it was a good location. Pulled pork, smoked brisket, hamburgers and a marinated chicken breast sandwich? If it was the best marinated chicken sandwich ever made I could understand it, but it was no better than what you could find anywhere else. Was expecting food that was a bit more interesting. Decor is a tired old money mansion-look with brass chandeliers, dark wood tables and chairs. Prices on the salads an sandwiches were $14-15 and there were entrees in the $26 range. It was quiet and worked well for our meeting and I could see going back for that reason.
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  • Too Quiet
    Food4fun
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Our first time at Lovell's, and the food did not disappoint. Excellent quality ingredients and delicious salads. We enjoyed the beautiful spaces, with lovely linens, nice china and glassware. But I would suggest eating early unless you like being the last ones in the restaurant. Our reservation was for 7:30 on Saturday night, and there was a nice crowd at that time, but by 8:15-8:30, it was practically empty. Maybe Lake Forest is an early dining town?
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    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful meal
    linareva
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Our server Kevin was exceptional. When I was unsure about which appetizer to order, he asked what entree I was getting, then made his suggestion based on my entrée choice. While there is no outside view to speak of, the interior is very nice and the mural over the bar AMAZING. My husband said the Mt Marilyn(chocolate martini) was the best he's had. My own "splashdown" concoction was outstanding.
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • average plus
    bobby
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The overall meal was excellent and the oysters were outstanding but my steak ordered med rare came med well and the potato was not what I ordered. they did offer to replace the steak but everyone else was eating and and I did not want to wait another 20 minutes. The quality of the meat was excellent and I loved the red wine sauce , but over cooked, They did replace the potato quickly. For the prices you Pay you should get it right the first time. Not sure if it was the waiter getting it wrong or the kitchen. Would return and this is not what usually happens at this beautiful restaurant since they are known for their steaks, The others all said their meals were excellent and they all had nights the fish special.
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    special occasion
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  • Lovells of Lake Forest a must visit
    JIMMYBOY
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    What a great restaurant. I had been there on previous occasions, for both lunch and dinner, but many years ago. Had dinner with out of town guests who had never been there. All entrees were excellent and the service was very good. Will definitely return. Glad to see that everything at the restaurant had remained the same status over the years.
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    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My lunch at Lovells
    Dooku1996
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I went to the restaurant Lovell's of Lake Forest because I had a meeting with Jim Lovell! It was seriously one of the greatest restaurants I have ever ate at! All in all I loved the experience!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TomA
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    dLove this place. Just sorry to know that it will be closing.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Always a delightful place to meet my friends for a delicious lunch and a relaxing chat. Your staff is pleasant and very efficient
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful outdoor lunch!
    wjmrVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I have been to Lovell's for dinner and greatly enjoyed it. Lunch was new to me. It was relaxing and quite delicious. The service was great and the outdoor tables were far apart and we felt as though we were having a leisurely lunch in someone's yard. I would highly recommend it to anyone!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Business Lunch
    Walt
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    This is a great spot for a business lunch. The food is excellent and it is quiet enough to speak and be heard. The service is always excellent. I bring customers here often and have never been disapointed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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  • Out of this world...
    BankerBob
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    With an astronaut's name on the door, you might expect something like "Galaxy Pizza" from the movie Toy Story. That would be a terribly wrong assumption. The atmosphere at Lovells was upscale, sophisticated and tasteful; the food was delicious and my business lunch was an absolute success.
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    great for lunch
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  • We were positively impressed
    Simo
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We went there for our anniversary, but we will be back for sure: great food , good wine selection, personal very attentive , live music was a plus. We will definitely recommend this all our friends. thank you
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • July 9, 2014
    Sunshine
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We were a party of two celebrating a Birthday. We did not hear other tables near us; the acoustics was fantastic. Staff was more than attentive, our meal outstanding. Our entire our dining experience was beautiful. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful evening
    oneairdale
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We were there to celebrate two events and it could not have been more perfect! I especial appreciated the special vegetarian dish for my son-in-law.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Fantastic
    MSNYCVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    My first visit to Lovell's and certainly not my last. Excellent all around. Fun decor with memorable and historic artifacts positioned tastefully throughout the large sprawling restaurant. Menu varied and caters to all taste. Refined dining, and yet people comfortable in both formal and casual attair. Service on par with the best restaurants in the city. Food was perfectly prepared and outstanding. I would definitely recommend for any special occasion or for those just desiring a very nice night out.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Lunch with an Astronaut
    169ASLoad
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    My fiancee and I have been to Lovell's a few times, but on this occasion we were joined by some friends visiting form out of town. I have always been a huge fan of the space program, and after reading a magazine article I knew I had to go. As I said before my fiancee and I had been to Lovell's in the past and those were all dinner visits. This time we wanted to try lunch. All I can say is that Lovell's has never disappointed. The food, service, and atmosphere are outstanding. We were also lucky enough to meet the owner Astronaut Jim Lovell himself. Such and kind and amazing man. This truly is a great place to go for any occasion.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • suzie
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We had not been to Lovells in several years, but were looking for somewhere to go to to celebrate our anniversary without going downtown. We certainly made the right choice, the room was beautiful. our waiter was very good, helpful, very attentive without being intrusive and the dinner was delicious. It will now be a restaurant we will return to!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Navy Graduation
    Navy
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Our son graduated from Great Lakes Navy bootcamp and we took him to lunch here. It was a great time and Jim Lovell stopped by our table and welcomed my son into the Navy. You couldn't ask for a better welcome and my son will never forget it. The atmosphere was very interesting and the food was great.
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    special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely evening
    DivagourmetVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    I had another enjoyable dinner with clients, and they were very pleased. My gazpacho soup was fabulous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • MichelleVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Really enjoyed a special anniversary dinner at Lovells. There are a lot of pictures and artifacts to see on the walls too. We discovered live music downstairs after dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    Daddooafloat
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Lovell's was a great dining experience. The food was excellent and the atmosphere was top notch. It was a great place to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The prices were a little higher than the resturants we normally go to, but the portion sizes were huge and tasted great.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Consistently Good
    Foodlover
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    As always, Lovells delivers on service, presentation and outstanding food. Great Atmosphere. Truly a great spot for a special occasion
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Food was mediocre
    DennyVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    My salad didn't taste very fresh and the chicken was very dry. My companion had a meal with three different fish and thought it was quite good. Great service and lovely place.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Always great food, and great service.Go downstairs on a weekend night for a musical treat
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed - not going back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    After recently moving to Lake Forest and having heard about Lovell's my wife and I had out 10 year anniversary dinner there. After requesting a nice table and noting the special night to them in the reservation, we were placed at a small side table against a wall even thought the place was nearly empty. The service was horrendous. It just seemed like the owner/manager had taken the day off and the staff were just sitting around talking to each other. Food was ok, but portions were small. My vegetable served with the main dish was almost twice the size of the meat portion. All in all, the whole time I was just wishing I had taken my wife somewhere else for our anniversary dinner.
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  • Birthday dinner
    BG2Connection
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    This is the fourth time I have been to the restaurant. The appetizer, mango salad and bread, were good. The main course pistachio crusted halibut was a small piece of dried fish with very salty mash potatoes. The vegetables, carrots and green beans were excellent. Dessert which was complimentary, since it was my boyfriend's birthday, was delicious, best part of the meal. The restaurant has a large selection of wines, but a limited number of by the glass. $14.00 was outrageous for a glass of cab. I guess I was paying for the prestige of Lake Forest. I'd rather go to Wildfire for comparable prices, because the halibut and mash potatoes are so much tastier, and the wine is cheaper in price but not brand. I probably will not return.
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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  • Incredible!
    DeLish
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We celebrated our wedding anniversary at Lovell's and it was a wonderful experience! The meal was served by a very informative, engaging server who really knows his surroundings and regaled us with many stories! The restaurant is filled with fascinating Apollo 8 and 13 artifacts and oh, the FOOD! I highly recommend the salmon, the flavors melded together to create an incredible meal! My husband's surf & turf was equally delicious. Can't wait for our next special occasion!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Finally
    Budman
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Finally an excellent restaurant in a beautiful room where people are not sitting on top of each other. You can actually enjoy the quiet and carry on a conversation without shouting. The food was excellent and prepared as ordered. The wait staff was attentive and very knowledgable about the food and the wine
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    A lovely night with great service from our waiter Kevin. Steaks and Veal were perfect and the salad selection terrific. We will go back!
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    The restaurant is impeccably decked out. Seating comfortable. Food and wine list outstanding. Service was even better than outstanding. Waiters take their time explaining the meal fully. All staff is well versed in the decadence of the place and know the history of every picture, emblem, etc.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Graduation dinner
    NavyAunt
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Our family has a history with the Apollo program, so we jumped on the recommendation to take our new Sailor to a nice dinner. Our server prefaced his intro of the specials with some nice words for my nephew, thanking him for his service and informing us that Capt. Lovell would buy his dinner. The meal was beautifully presented with excellent service, if a bit pricey. We were hoping to meet Capt. Lovell, but he wasn't there. We did enjoy the memorabilia on the lower level, and the bar had live music, but we had to get our sailor back to base. Recommend for a special occasion.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Food and Service
    momoftwins71
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    This is my 3rd visit to Lovells. Food was delicious, as always! It's always a pleasurable experience! It was a great way to celebrate my birthday!
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  • Great Staff
    SailorMom
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We made a reservation to celebrate my sailor's graduation from Navy bootcamp. Half of our party got lost and arrived an hour late. The staff was very understanding, helped the lost party find their way, and held our table. Couldn't have asked for nicer people. Also, it was wonderful that Captain Lovell pays for the sailor's meal.
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tljmomof3
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Great anniversary dinner - fabulous adult evening!!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 49 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 701 reviews are from the Lovells of Lake Forest reviews archive.
  • Lovells is my favorite restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    I have been to Lovells many times in the past years since it has been open. We go there for special family dinners, on holidays, for Mother's Day brunch, for special wine dinners, and for a fun Friday night in the Captain's Quarters. The food is great; the ambience is exceptional; the waitstaff is very competent and friendly. I know of no place in Chicago's North Shore that offers the same as Lovells. The atmosphere is very elegant but very comfortable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Yummy and Great Service!
    Skaterbabe
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We took my mom here for dinner last week and it was really great. We had the oysters and calimari to start. Both really good. Then for dinner, my mom and sister in law had the veal medallians, my brother the trout, my husband the chicken and I had the pork chop. Everything was delicious, however my pork chop was a tiny bit dry. For dessert we had the Creme Brulee and the Muca-Muca cake. Both delicious! My only complaint is that we really wanted to view the moon memorabilia but all the really cool stuff was in a case in a downstairs dining room. We would have had to disrupt other diners to take a look. I would come back!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate