Lusca
Lusca

Lusca

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://luscaatl.com/
  • Phone: (678) 705-1486
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Mon - Fri: 11:30am - 3pm

    Dinner: Mon - Sat: 5pm - 11pm

    Join us for Happy Hour Mon - Fri, 5-7pm. All oysters half off!
    Oysters are also half off every day for lunch.

    CLOSED SUNDAY
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Angus Brown
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pallisades
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Free Valet by front entrance
A word from Lusca
LUSCA (looh-ska): a mythical, colossal octopus in the Caribbean

Join us for Happy Hour Mon-Fri, 5-7pm
All Oysters 1/2 Off!

Since the inception of Octopus Bar, their celebrated late-night eatery, Nhan Le and Angus Brown have developed a shared culinary philosophy: simple preparations with thoughtfully chosen ingredients allowing the food to speak for itself. With LUSCA, the duo ups their game to bring Atlanta an innovative and meaningful dining experience in a lively setting.

LUSCA - timeless cuisine and thoughtful service; a dining experience.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Lusca reviews from OpenTable diners
104 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (82)neighborhood gem (51)hot spot (37)notable wine list (35)special occasion (34)good for groups (33)romantic (16)great for lunch (14)vibrant bar scene (12)late-night find (7)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • Different Experience
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/25/2014
    While the staff was vey nice and the restaurant is a cool place, the menu is too limited for us. Lots of sauces and gravies. However the sushi was very good, especially the octopus. It was sliced very thin and was not chewy. We reordered this after our initial round. I would not go back unless I wanted quality sushi.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So so good
    TagalongVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Second visit, solid both times. We went heavy in appetizers and side vegetables. Most excited we've been about an Atlanta restaurant in years, and we try them all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Impressed
    SatisfiedVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    I finally got a chance to check out Lusca, and I was a bit let down. I'd heard so much about the place and I'm at the sister restaurant, Octopus Bar, at least twice a month, so I was really excited and wanted EVERYTHING! The best things we ate were the cauliflower and confit duck. The big deal for me was the octopus. I love a well prepared tentacle. This thing was SOOOO rubbery and chewy- nothing at all like I was expecting from previous experiences with an octopus dish. Broccoli rabe was not tender at all- had good flavor, but texturally hard to eat. Very disappointing. I can't comment on service as it was our server's first day out of training. She was pleasant. Great wine list. Maybe I'll check them out again- it could have been a fluke.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting but not satisfying
    EclecticDJVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Start with the food. Occasionally it is exceptional. Especially the way sauces are handled. Intense and delicious. Oddly, the chicken is the best dish I've had here. The rock shrimp small plate was excellent as well. The Nigiri is fine. But the per piece price is nuts. Fine sushi places don't charge like this. And not to sound like a yelp review, it's just hard to fill up here. And the side dish shredded potatoes would be called potato skins in a bar. Nothing more. So what is the place? What is the theme and guiding food principle? I don't know. It seems they haven't found it yet either.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Date Night
    mouthofthesouth
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    To get out of our regular restaurant routine, we are embarking on trying every new restaurant of note that has opened in 2014. Lusco did not disappoint. We had Signature Cocktails, Oysters, Nigiri, Uni Pasta, a few sides, and a few bottles of wine. Over all: food quality is excellent and we had a great experience. The following are items were issues that we found during this experience. Wine List is a bit eclectic and not a value. I don't mind spending $80 for a bottle of wine, but not an albarino. Nigiri is priced per PC. not for 2pc. This should be noted. The sushi quality was the best I have tasted, but $6 for 1pc of AJI? Mignonette sauce was a bit off. We will come back, but we will order differently.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quite good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    This is probably one of the best spots in upper Midtown. The oyster bar is fairly well stocked and all of the dishes, particularly the butchered meats, are well-prepared with high-quality ingredients. Have only gone once, so far, but will gladly go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • fabulous
    asia
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    The food was sensational! Great service too ! Innovative combinations of flavors like the smoked trout with incredible crispy potatoes. Will return. .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Great meal, food cooked perfectly. A lot of interesting wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • FumosVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Probably the best part is the nigiri. Very fresh and sliced very well. We had the roasted Branzino which was very nice but it should be cleaned by the staff and not th guests. The grilled octopus was a little overdone too. Overall a nice mean. Pricey no duobt but will probably go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Salty food
    Salty
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Atmosphere was great, service was great, sadly nearly every dish was so over salted that it was either sent back, or simply left. The food quality was difficult to judge due to the sodium content. At these prices far more care should be taken
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful food. Pricey.
    FDSwVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Delicious food. Prepared with care. Very very quiet. Pricey for lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lusca is amazing
    Redwinelover
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Lusca is currently my favorite restaurant. The nigiri is so fresh. I am totally addicted to the rock crab. I take friends here when I want to impress them. I've never been disappointd.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So much potential...
    atlsushi
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    The quality of the food and the service could not be more different. Such a mixed range of emotions for us. The bad - The wait staff was nice and polite, just not very good with wine service. Champagne ordered when we sat down came out after the second course was delivered to the table and was warm to the touch. Whites poured within an inch of the lip! What is the point of having a great wine list if the wine service is going to be terrible? The good - The food on the other hand was fantastic! Every course delivered above expectations. I went back to have the Uni for dessert! We will be back, but only to sit at the bar. This place has so much potential. I hope they can figure it out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A bit disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Our European Sea Bass was tasty and cooked just right. It was my wife's birthday and I have indicated this on the open table reservation. However there was no acknowledgment. It would've been nice to have a taste of Champaign or a dessert. Too bad that this was the last impression we had as we walked out
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unique Menu, Great Scene
    HMoMo
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Menu had a unique selection of dishes and everything was delicious! Service was great. Valet is very convenient. Had a great time and will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • TejaVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Very nice modern setting in an appealing clean style. Excellent light and flavorful creations on the lunch menu. It's not busy yet, but it sure soon will be. The service was very friendly, but it felt a little understaffed.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Great experience. Delicious drinks and amazing food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • “Promising but not there yet”
    SugargalVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The service was outstanding -everyone is extremely kind and attentive, but the food was just OK. We were impressed with the appetizers (endive salad and Brussels sprout salad) but a bit disappointed with our entrees. The presentation was not visually-enticing at (I do a better job at home) and the side vegetables on the side were barely there (I had the salmon with 4 mushrooms, literally and my husband had the bronzino with a few leaves of spinach). If the sides are meant to be just garnish, they should let you know so that you can order a real side of something you like. The wine selection was very good but noise level was on the very 'energetic' side. I know it can improve - we will give it another try a few months.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful new option
    OTPFoodies
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We decided to try something new and different before theater and Lusca was a wonderful find. Great food and outstanding service, unique dishes and a charming environment. Definitely worth a visit. A little pricey...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quiet night
    Judson
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    There on a Thursday night and the restaurant was only about 40% full. Quiet but nice. First visit, unusual menu. Small bites to entrée size items. We weren't especially hungry. Each of the two of us ordered an appetizer, small plate and split a dessert. Everything was exceptionally well prepared (dessert was the weakest) and very inventive. Will go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Perfect Mix
    EWCWVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Tim and the crew at Lusca have got it all figured out. This place is the perfect mix. The location is great for just about anyone, the wait staff is informed, attentive, and not overbearing (thanks, Brian), the wine and cocktail list is interesting and different. The food is outstanding and has been each time we have come here. We had the shaved brussel sprouts with apples and pecans (a 10), the eggplant with rock shrimp (also a 10), the trout on lentils (enough for two), and an unbelievable dessert with grilled pound cake. Thanks, Lusca, for another great night out! See you again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An new ATL gem
    Palatepleased
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Charleston fine casual dining come to Atlanta! Everything has a fresh farm to table taste with a sophisticated chef's touch. Outstanding and friendly service. Casual, tasteful setting with a hint of whimsy. And Lusca has Two Hearted Ale! Went twice this week and hope to be back often. Great addition to the Midtown scene.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overrated
    BenK1985
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Nothing special but half price oysters for lunch though Price:portion size is way off Surely quality ingredients but still too expensive for the level of service and quantity of food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    foodiefreak
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    After a hot day in Atlanta the the oysters, nigiri, steak tar tar, and horchata ice cream were the perfect end to that day. The freshest, most succulent bluefin belly was pricey but worth it. It melted in my mouth. Not once will you smell or taste anything fishy or strong. The staff were awesome, attentive and friendly. No pretentiousness, just the perfect food and great people.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not inexpensive but excellent
    EclecticDJVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The location is great for us. But it is pricey. The nigiri is priced for one piece as a true sushi bar would charge for two. It is good but not that different. The small plates are outstanding. The main courses are good. The trout is especially nice but I would prefer a more flavorful accompaniment than lentils. More than a little boring. The chicken (in a decidedly seafood centric restaurant) was exceptional. The sweet corn sauce with the chicken was the best thing of the night. The eggplant with rock shrimp was so good. So it's a great food place. The service is good, not exceptional. The room is nice. It's a little on the pricey side at $135 for two. But enjoyed very much. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Fairly expensive but lovely space and staff and good food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Atlanta's heavy hitter
    nifer
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Food is a grand slam and redefines dining out in Atlanta
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SamS
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Housemade charcuterie continues to stand out and is exceptional! Relaxed atmosphere combined with quality food a hit-- enjoyable every time!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh fish
    ShelmarVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Great meal, very fresh fish. Staff is knowledgeable about menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The lunch menu was a bit limited in number of offerings, but the food was delicious. We will go again
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food, slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    waitress didn't seem as knowledgeable about the food and wine menu as we would have liked her to be (and would have expected her to be given the type of establishment this was), but the food was tasty, the nigiri was AWESOME and the drinks were very good.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • loved it!!
    buckheadfoodie
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great service and fabulous food. We will be back....will try soon for lunch too. Really liked the menu- we ordered appetizers and nigiri only as there were so many appetizers we wanted to try. Contrary to other reviews, the portions were plenty. The crab toast is to die for. We ordered it again for dessert. The only suggested improvement is the dessert menu- limited and uninteresting selections. But, then again there is the crab toast to fall back on.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Raw Bar & Service
    GoddessSpeed
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We had amazing oysters here, along with top notch live clam and mackerel nigiri. We followed that up with trout roe on honeyed toast points, squid and spicy potatoes, and finally, sea urchin-bacon tagliatelle and whole branzino. One friend said the pasta was honestly the best he had ever tasted in his life. The whole branzino is one of my favorites, too. Service is attentive, friendly, but non-intrusive. This is a great find - highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SamS
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Excellent food, well-prepared. Our server didn't know the details of how some of the food was prepared, which was different than in past times. But that won't stop me from going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 70 ratings-only reviews submitted since August 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 33 reviews are from the Lusca reviews archive.
  • Fresh Fun Food & Ambience
    pscan
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My wife and I dined at the sushi bar, and had a nice night out. The first thing that caught our eye were the fantastic hand painted murals of giant octopi against the white walls. Fun and interesting, but still clean and sleek. They had more unusual nigiri than your typical sushi bar, and the live scallops were a definite highlight. Don't come here expecting spicy tuna rolls and mayo sauce. This is where you want to come to broaden your sushi horizons and taste the true flavor of a fish - a rare find in Atlanta! So a 1/2 dozen east and west coast oysters, a pile of lemony fried sardines, and a hearty disc of toothsome beef tartare later, we left with a lasting impression. Looking forward to going back to try new dishes.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unsure
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Overall we enjoyed dinner. Some of the better tartare I have had for sure. The Monterey squid, a tiny thumb sized piece of squid is not an appetizer or small plate. Great flavors but ridiculous small.
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  • good food, great people
    rock2dine
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    where else do you get to enjoy nigiri and rabbit in the same restaurant! One of the finest new american cuisine I've ever had. We sat at the raw bar and truly enjoyed chef Le's skills in delighting us with his recommendation. Awesome food. Great wine list. Must check it out for yourself.
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    special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday celebration at Lusca
    Jenny
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    I took my husband to Lusca for his birthday we had an amazing dinner. The manager sat us in a great table by the window and brought us complimentary glasses of prosecco to start our celebration. Our waitress was super -- she did not rush us, but was attentive and gave detailed descriptions of dishes we asked about. We tried all of the mussels, some nigiri, and then split a pasta entree. Everything was fresh and delicious Excellent cocktails and wine selection as well. We will definitely return!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • A Great Experience
    AtlfoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    We just ate for the first time at Lusca and it is definitely a great new find. It was a small birthday celebration and it certainly lived up to the occasion. All the food was fabulous from the raw oysters (East and West Coast) to the charcuterie (heaven) to the inventive fish dishes. Possibly the best was the dry aged ribeye. Didn't know there was a fish I'd never heard of much less tried but it was wonderful. Sounds like the menu changes often as they definitely use fresh local ingredients (peach and avocado salad--yum). We will definitely go back to this gem!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    the entire experience was terrific, from entry to exiting very good food altho i did not partake of fish starters included chicken and dumplings--as good as previous reviews predicted as was the roast pork the baklava A++ extremely attentive service with enthusiasm.... a great decision for dinner last friday...7.11.014
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    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate