Lowcountry Bistro
Lowcountry Bistro

Lowcountry Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lowcountrybistro.com/
  • Phone: 8433020290
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch:

    Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm


    Dinner:

    Daily: 4:00pm - 10:00pm



    Brunch

    Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Low Country, Southern
  • Executive Chef: Steven Lusby
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Church Street and South Market
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is parking on the street as well as many convenient parking garages nearby.
A word from Lowcountry Bistro
SIMPLY LOWCOUNTRY: Lowcountry Bistro focuses only on the freshest ingredients since all of the food we cook is from scratch. On the menu you will find cult favorites like Chicken and Waffles to Lowcountry classics like Shrimp and Grits. We also believe that great food can be affordable. Many of our lunch dishes are under $10.

Our goal as a restaurant is to serve high quality, delicious food, at a fair price. We hope you agree after your meal at Lowcountry Bistro.

SISTER RESTAURANT TO 82 QUEEN
As an icon of the city for over 30 years, we have seen restaurants come and go. We pride ourselves on the fact that we were one of the first original Lowcountry cuisine restaurants to open their doors in the city. We know Lowcountry and after diligently researching Market Street restaurants, have come to the conclusion that what the area needs is a true, authentic Lowcountry restaurant.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSouthern
Lowcountry Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
161 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (74)neighborhood gem (61)great for lunch (48)great for brunch (39)great for outdoor dining (37)good for groups (37)kid-friendly (23)special occasion (22)romantic (21)hot spot (19)scenic view (16)late-night find (9)notable wine list (8)vibrant bar scene (3)Show More
  • Great BUT ALL PORK!
    CheriCoCoVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Went for brunch and it was great except EVERYTHING on the menu included pork. Some people don't eat meat nor eat pork. Where are the options for those people?!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food, Reasonably Priced
    dinner42
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My wife and I stayed in Chrl;eston for a weekend getaway. After a day of much walking marveling at this beautiful city we were tired and cancelled or reservations at another restaurant in the city. We had noticed the Lowcountry Bistro on our walk and made a quick reservation for the evening. We were not disappointed. Although the ambiance is not much and the table we were sitting at had a precaroius, the food and service made uop for these shortcomings. Our table did overlook the Charleston Market, which was nice and they do have outdoor balcony seating. My wife had the shrimnp and Grts while I opted for the Chicken and Waffles. Both were well presented and had wonderful flavor. Would recommend them to anyone looking for very good reasonably priced food in downtown Charleston.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable dining experience
    Erinl
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We ate here for a late brunch when we were in town on vacation. It was an easy walk to get to the restaurant. We were looking for good old southern food and they provided what we were looking for. They even made sure the tv channel could show the game we wanted to watch and that we were sitting in a good position.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better than expected
    bdayboy
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Though reviews indicated that the service was lacking in this restaurant, we found that it was quite good - prompt and friendly. The food was very good, though we did not order a lot of it. We sat downstairs, which is the quiet alternative. It seemed much noisier upstairs. This is not really a very fancy place but the food and service were great.
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  • Wonderful
    Biketheboat
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We were a group of four in town for a business meeting. We shared most of the appetizers on the menu and all were wonderful. Terrific food and wonderful service. Highly recommend !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Wow! Totally impressed by the food and service at this restaurant. At first glance, its not all that impressive, but I would 100% return without hesitation. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meals, and their specialty drinks are delicious as well. I recommend the Big Bubba. Waitress was very friendly and had lots of recommendations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb Food & Service
    proplaw
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We arrived on a busy Friday night with reservations. Our table was ready. She-Crab soup, trout special, and appetizers were all excellent. The waitress did a fine job and made helpful recommendations concerning the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor service
    Luvthefood
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Our waiter "Garret" was condescending, obnoxious and delivered poor service. We waited for drinks or acknowledgement after we were seated for 15 minutes. He responded to other tables first that were seated after us. Other staff realized the problem and dropped off water to the table. Refills were slow, follow up was poor. We won't be back and we will tell friends.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great homemade dressings
    eatsout
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We started with a salad and the dressing was delicious. We also had the lobster hush puppies and they were excellent. Frogmore stew was good but more bland than I had expected. All and all a good meal.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lowcountry NOT low quality!
    Tennesseefoodie
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    First time eating at Lowcountry Bistro. We will definitely add it to our list of " must go" restaurants when we visit Charleston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not recommended
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Gigantic portions of mediocre food, with added sugar in everything. If you want good soul food - head to Justines Kitchen. It's authentic and half the price of Low Country Bistro.
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  • Delicious!
    bsmith
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Had lunch reservation between tours. Was seated immediately. Food and service were excellent. Would definitely recommend!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So-so
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Service started out well, our server was friendly, answered questions & made suggestions. Food was okay. Husband has duck breast over risotto which was underwhelming. Risotto was really dry & very undercooked, little flavor. Seafood bouillabaisse was so-so, a little skimpy on seafood although broth was decent. Server got a large party inside & we didn't really see him again. Will probably not be back. Brunch experience a few months ago was much better.
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  • Very good southern fare
    NancyD
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We had a late dinner on a Saturday and the food was very good. There are lots of choices for seafood lovers, not as much for the non-seafood lover but the pulled pork was awesome, nice large pieces of pork, not the really fine kind. The trout special was also prepared with a sweet potato base that was excellent. Fried green tomato appetizers were also good. I would definitely recommend to out-of-towners who want to try some typically southern food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Shrimp and Grits
    Benny
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I made a reservation to Low Country Bistro and had read on-line about a nice balcony area. We were greeted by the hostess and told her we had a reservation. She said we could sit anywhere in the front room. I asked her about the balcony and she told me it was full and it would be a long wait to be seated there. The restaurant was not crowded at all and having a reservation made me think that we would get a decent table. The ambiance of this restaurant isn't much. Our waitress was great and almost made up for the lack of care the hostess exhibited. I had the shrimp and grits and they were delicious. My husband had the same as an appetizer and also the crab cake appetizer. I probably wouldn't go back to eat here - nothing special.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    While others in our group enjoyed their meals of chicken and waffles and sword fish, I was disappointed in the "special" duck dish that night. I have been to this restaurant before and enjoyed the braised short rib special. The duck, however was really over the top salty and I couldn't eat it. I did enjoy the appetizers we had of lobster/crab hush puppies and spinach dip. I will not try duck for a long time! Service was good and we do enjoy the atmosphere here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok But Not Memorable
    lfordsii
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Facility is old Charleston charm. Market Street setting is a great location. Atmosphere was welcoming, laid back, and friendly. Service was excellent from the hostess to the waiter. Problem: food was good but unremarkable, somewhat bland.
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  • Best shrimp and grits hands down SC
    Katemc422
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Traveling to charleston the first time all I wanted to eat was authentic "shrimp and grits". I'm a natural born "foodie" and work as a line cook in a Houston TX restaurant... All I can say is- this place delivered. Farm to table restaurant, knowledgable staff and great food as well as plating. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must for eating in Chraleston
    Sandy
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    A wonderful choice for dinner in Charleston - the Shecrab soup is the best ever and the shrimp and grits was delicious - great spicy Bloody Mary's - I would highly recommend it for a dinner on the veranda
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great intro to low country cooking
    birthdaygirl
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We went here on our first night in Charleston. They have all the low country staples on the menu: Shrimp and grits (you can get an appetizer portion or a dinner portion), fried okra, fried green tomatoes, chicken and waffles, etc. Also some yummy seafood (we ordered the swordfish), and good beef (steak or burgers). The waitstaff is friendly and informative. Salads are excellent and a bit different from the usual menu fare. Decor is basic pub style, with lots of wood. The restaurant is right next to the Market, a great place to wander after dinner on the weekend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A good dinner experience
    iluv2eat
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Although we had seen some mixed reviews, our experience was quite good. Service was attentive. Food was very decent. Fried okra and shrimp and grits were quite good. Atmosphere is simple and pleasant. I would return for a good solid meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Brunch
    Pickyeater
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Low County Bistro is a nice place to have brunch. My girlfriend and I ate outside. The chicken and waffles were delicious. My girlfriend loved the fish and grits as well. The background music was very soothing. The service was great. I would go back and I'll be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Had a wonderful evening and dinner for our 10th anniversary. Our waiter was great as well as the food. They held the best table in the place for us on the veranda overlooking Market Street. A great evening all around.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Don't go by the look and location. The food is very good. We were suspicious of the bar/pub appearance and the location in the midst of the Charleston tourist area. But we went by other Open Table recommendations and gave it a try for dinner. We were very glad we we did. We had a table on the second floor patio on a lovely evening. The shrimp and grits, and the scallops were excellent. The service was good, but not fussy. We went back a few days later for lunch. Also very good.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food pleasant surroundings
    chucktwnfoodie
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Well prepared food in nice surroundings. Reasonable prices and attentive staff. Upstairs is nicer than the bottom floor. There is a small balcony that they serve tables for two also. A mix of Mediterranean and southern food,
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ho Hum entrees
    Localyocal
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    My husband and I went here for Restaurant Week. Both of us agreed the appetizers were above average. He got the she-crab soup, and I ordered the lobster crab cake. For our entrees, I ordered the shrimp and grits, and he ordered chicken and waffles. I thought the shrimp and grits was just average. It was too tomato-ey and quite honestly I prefer smaller shrimp. The fried green tomato was a nice addition, but the extra tomatoes all over it was too much. He wasn't super excited about chicken and waffles to begin with, but didn't see anything else on the entree selection he wanted. I'm not sure it was the restaurant here; he just doesn't seem to like this combination in general. The desserts we ordered were both tasty.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lowcountry favorite
    Southernatheart
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We ate at Lowcountry Bistro twice during our five night stay in Charleston and loved it both times. Personal favorites were the green fried tomatoes, shecrab soup and shrimp and grits. Would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for delicious Lowcountry food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Lowcountry cuisine!
    Dee55
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The chicken and waffle was outstanding, and the service was very good. I appreciated my server's advice on several items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bland Food
    MemberVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Not what I expected of low country cuisine. Food was not all fried (thank goodness), but was very bland. The vegetarian mushroom dish was a joke. Looked like the chef created it but did not taste it. My dining partner could not find anything interesting in the Restaurant Week menu, so ended up getting a hamburger.
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  • Shrimp & grits
    thenotsopickyeater
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    While I haven't done exhaustive research on who has the best shrimp and grits - I've only compared about 3-4 places - in my opinioin, LCB has the best. The grits are creamy and flavorful, they add fried green tomatoes with some kind of red sauce and the combination is wonderful. We had the pulled pork tacos and the pork belly sandwich for the restaurant week lunch. It was my first time trying pork belly, and while I'm not sure what I had expected, the reality wasn't to my liking. My pulled pork tacos were good - a sizeable quantity and well-flavored. The hit was really the potato salad which had a little kick & very interesting spices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and fun
    cuisineart
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Every taste was memorable. The cornbread was the tastiest and densest I have ever tried. Everyone in our party (6) raved about their entrees.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant food week!
    foodlove
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Absolutely delicious meal! We lucked out and got 4 courses for $30 since it was restaurant food week. Highly suggest ANY dish with the grits. Making a reservation is a must as we saw several people turned away with moderate size groups.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • "THE" Charleston Experience
    2inCharlestonMinusKids
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My wife and I have been visiting Charleston multiple times annually for the past 15 years. Never have we had a meal and experience this fantastic. The staff were very attentive and welcoming. The food was superb (three words: Shrimp and Grits). The atmosphere was electric. We recommend dining on the upstairs balcony for the ultimate Charleston experience. Kudos to Executive Chef Matt Paul and his team! We will be returning and recommending Low Country Bistro to our friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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  • Very Enjoyable
    Suze
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great meal and the service was excellent. Plenty of food and we also enjoyed sitting outside upstairs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Impressed!!
    cshell
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    My husband & I have done "Restaurant Week" before without much success. But we still believed there would be that "diamond in the rough" place to say we would definitely go again...It was Lowcountry Bistro. We were very impressed 1st of all with our server Nichole, she was friendly & knew about the food options. 2nd, the listed food was also on the regular menu, this tells me the restaurant wants you to return, so you can enjoy the food served not only for restaurant week but again later. Our dinner was exceptional! We also are very impressed with the idea of "farm to table". My husband also commented the shrimp "were local". I would & have recommend to my friends to go there. Thank you for a great experience for "Restaurant Week".
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    fit for foodies, late-night find, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No disappointments here!
    MakeItSpecial
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    It was so good, we came back a couple days later to experience some of the other delights available. Like it says, No Disappointments! Both were for lunch times, first was lucky to be seated without a reservation, the 2nd time, we were 5 minutes late, they called to see where we were (getting out of the car), and was grateful we made the reservations with OpenTable.com. The Sue Crab Soup was delicious, the Short Rib sandwich special was equally as good, the salads were fresh, crisp and dressings ample. The Mahi Mahi Taco fantastic. The side of Mac n Cheese was very good and just the right portion. Loved the house made chips.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Very loud
    Kathy
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Food was just so so. Waitress never asked how everything was. Location was perfect for where we were staying. We had reservations and got in quickly but very shortly after being seated a very large party was seated next to us and they were very loud.
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  • Best Bistro
    Lowcountrygent1
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Having sampled many items from the Bistro during local events such as a Taste of Market Street, I was eager to visit the restaurant for a full-fledged dining experience. Unfortunately, I had to do this on my lunch break from work on a Friday, and was really worried about getting in and out in time. My guest and I were greeted promptly by our server, a friendly young woman who put our order in quickly so we could make the most of our time there. The food was excellent, we had the southern tacos and crab cakes - both of which were a pleasure to view and even more so to eat! Our server brought our checks shortly after the food came out, and I was able to make it back to work in time with no problems! Bar downstairs was really cool!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect location, good food
    SusanwithaGoodBook
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We had eaten at the sister restaurant, 82 Queen, so we were interested to see how this compared. The menu was simpler, but really good... maybe even better. The pork chops at 82 Queen needed seasoning. Everything I tasted at LCB was seasoned well. Will recommend for anyone traveling to Charleston.
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    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • First time at LBs
    SParfrey
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My husband and I took my parents to LBs to celebrate my father's 62nd birthday who is quite the foodie. We had a great table on the 2nd floor and started with a few sangrias and the calamari and mussels (on special) to start. Our entrees included ciopinno, stuffed flounder, and the scallops which all lived up to our "picky" standards when it comes to seafood. We definitely plan on returning. My only complaint is that I wish they had done something special for my father's birthday which we mentioned in the OpenTable reservation and while at the table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic