Lyon Hall
Lyon Hall

Lyon Hall

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lyonhallarlington.com/
  • Phone: (703) 741-7636
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:
    Monday - Friday: 1130AM-3PM

    Dinner:
    Sunday - Thursday: 5PM-10PM Friday & Saturday: 5PM-11PM

    Brunch:
    Saturday & Sunday: 9:30AM-3PM

    Happy Hour:
    Everyday: 3PM-7PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Belgian, German, French
  • Executive Chef: Liam LaCivita/Andy Bennett
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Near Clarendon Metro on Orange Line
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Lyon Hall
Lyon Hall is a modern bistro serving approachable Alsatian-inspired fare, including an extensive selection of house-made charcuterie and sausages. The menu changes with the season to highlight fresh produce from local farms, as do the pastries, desserts and fresh bread.The affordable wine list focuses on French selections, while the impressive beer list offers an extensive selection of European drafts and bottles. Located in an historic art deco building in the heart of downtown Clarendon, Lyon Hall is a vibrant neighborhood spot with a friendly, knowledgeable staff. Perfect for an elegant dinner in the stylish dining room, frankfurters and beer flights with friends at the lively bar, or enjoying a warm evening on the patio with a bottle of wine and selections from the dynamic cheese menu. The private room located in our mezzanine level offers a great spot for small to medium size groups enjoying a private meal or cocktail reception.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Lyon Hall reviews from OpenTable diners
255 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (152)fit for foodies (138)great for outdoor dining (110)vibrant bar scene (95)great for brunch (78)hot spot (68)great for lunch (60)good for groups (54)special occasion (52)notable wine list (45)romantic (38)late-night find (19)kid-friendly (17)scenic view (3)Show More
  • nothing special
    NotSoPickyPalate
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Great location w/ busy brunch vibe, including outdoor dining... but food and table service could use more attention. Twists on eggs benedict r not so memorable on taste and while donuts were just right on texture and melt in your mouth quality, couldn't tell one flavor from the next, really. Constant passing of dish cart on bumpy concrete, ok service, and costly coffee refills, make this a better meet up spot than "must-have" meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dineandwine
    Dineandwine
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Alsatian influenced food in an American Art Deco atmosphere. The three hot dog appetiser was unique and highly flavourful. My escargot dish was as good as I have ever experienced. I opted for the Charcuterie combo which is house made and outstandingly flavourful.mthis place has it all masterful drinks, great beer and wine selection, energetic atmosphere and fantastic food. I have previously visited during very cold days in the winter when the atmosphere was more sedate and homely, during a beautiful summer day the place is hopping with activity and yet the staff makes you feel like you are the only customer in the place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Get the mussels
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    My wife said that the mussels viet style were a religious experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is meh.
    DawnVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Very interesting and fun menu, but food not quite there. Medium prepared Steak was "bouncy", almost tough - a result from not cooking it properly. Oysters were very small. Side salad with steak had too much dressing. Bread is nothing to write home about. Twinkie dessert was dry and tasteless. But the fries and escargot were good.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place for brunch
    sebukovnVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Good mix of food and even offer an egg white omelet. Typically can get in for brunch whenever since the large crowds are up the street. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Reliable.
    GWR1VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This restaurant has been in our favorites since opening. Dining here is always an outstanding experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food and Friendly Staff
    LeeDVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This was our first time and we were very pleased with the service and the food. Lot's to choose from on the menu. I nice blend of French and German as well as a mix of other items and seafood. The nice thing is you have a choice of a lot of noise or a quieter dining experience. Downstairs is hopping, but if you like a quieter place we found you have the option of eating upstairs, which is what we did.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I am coming back!
    BrunchLoverVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I had lunch with a colleague, and we decided to sit outside. Food and service were very good. The beet salad with Bibb lettuce was delish! Not too much dressing, perfect for a summer day. My colleague tried the steak fritters, which he raved about.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed It
    KeithVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    We had dinner for my wife's birthday with our 30-something daughter. Luckily, we were seated upstairs because the noise level would have been too much for us downstairs. I like their selection of Alsatian-influenced dishes and the fairly extensive beer and wine lists. We weren't real hungry, so my wife and I shared a beet salad and a charcuterie platter. I particularly liked the trout rillette and enjoyed the pickled vegetables and other accompaniements to the platter. I think the service upstairs suffered a little because of the distance from the kitchen, but all-in-all, it was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Outdoor Dining Spot
    KathleenVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Lyon Hall's menu is great, as well as their setting. It was a beautiful day and the outside patio is great for Clarendon people-watching. The vegetarians in our group also loved the menu - plenty of options for everyone. They also have happy hour every day from 3-7, which is great on Sundays! The only downside was our server - she kept forgetting things for us, as well as everyone around us and basically acted indifferent - not rude, but she definitely brought the total experience down a couple of notches. I would definitely go back, but hope to have a different server next time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best casual dining option
    Chris
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    The food is amazingly, satisfyingly good. It is amazingly so because you can get it without spending a fortune or having to wear a suit. It is not a place to get a 7-course tasting menu of avant-garde dishes with tastes and textures you've never tried before. It is a place to get really good food done really well. Even the bread and the deserts are really good. Our service was good, too. Server was friendly, knowledgeable, affable, but maybe a little to busy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not bad for a last minute place
    Deskiech
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The menu does not have the greatest variety but the food came out tasting pretty good. I won't rave about it because it is not my favorite spot to bring guests to in the NOVA/DC area. BUT it is close by my house which makes it convenient and is one of the better choices in Clarendon for people who don't have much time to travel to a restaurant but appreciate good solid food. The service was pretty slow and the staff was mediocre as far as professionalism goes. It is really dark inside and the tables are almost uncomfortably close together.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great menu
    DCgal
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    I found that the menu was very interesting and the food was well prepared and savory. I highly recommend Lyon Hall if you want a more than ordinary lunch. Will definitely go again!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Chill Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Great location, outdoor seating and indoor both have a great atmosphere. The donuts are always a hit. Slightly rude waitress, but service good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, good service, great bar
    Becca
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    We had brunch at Lyon Hall. They honored our reservation and had our table waiting. Although we ate indoors, there also is a nice seating area outside. There were many good choices on the brunch menu. We had the egg white omelet, which was terrific, and the eggs with asparagus, also excellent. There's a full bar, as well as special brunch drinks. We enjoyed a kir royale. The only slight negative was that the coffee wasn't refillable. If you want a second cup, you have to pay for a second cup. The service was very good and the place was cute. We'd go again to try it for dinner -- they have an excellent selection of beers.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK neighborhood place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    I want to like Lyon Hall because it's in my neighborhood. But it is just OK --- service and food. I would go back because it is consistent. But I do not think this restaurant has gourmet food, or excellent service.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Open Early for Brunch
    SiouxsieVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Very few places in Arlington are open at 9:30 for brunch on Sunday, but this is one of them, and brunch was excellent. Don't miss the platter of donuts (the orange fennel and hazelnut were great, but the chocolate filled was incredible) or the brioche French toast. The pork schnitzel sandwich and bohemian platter (sausages) vanished quickly, too. Even the kids' meals are a little more interesting than the norm for brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Visit
    OakHillFoodie
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We don't venture inside the beltway to dine very often, but Lyon Hall received very good ratings when I googled "Best Restaurants". We were seated at a lovely outdoor table with plenty of interesting foot traffic (happened to be "July 4th Pub Crawl" in the area. Our wait-staff was wonderful, suggesting favorites and explaining some of their more unusual dishes. Delicious bread basket to enjoy with Happy Hour drinks. All 4 entrees, and our side of fries to share, were outstanding. All arrived very hot and well presented. But the tastes were really the big deal, absolutely delicious! And btw, our water glasses were continuously filled and empty dishes removed. We will most definitely return with foodie friends :-).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Probably better for meat lovers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Like most restaurants, it was too loud to converse easily until people started leaving (we arrived around 8pm). I kept making disappointing selections: a cocktail (Zombies in Paris--meh) instead of wine, and then the Rainbow trout meuniere, which was pretty flavorless (the trout was flavorless; the kale wasn't cooked down with any seasoning--very boring; the sauce and potatoes were good). Loved the starters, though: a Bavarian pretzel with dipping sauces (it's huge, enough for four) and roasted olives. I'd go back just for the starters, a glass of wine, a salad, and a cheese plate. The meat dishes are probably better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always good food
    Christina
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Lyon Hall recently changed their menu to not be focused so much on the different house made sausages. Although the sausages were all good in the past, the new menu offers more fish, pork, and a pasta option. The mussels were very good and complimented well with the fresh bread they serve, the sweet pea agnolotti pasta was delicious, and the bacon-wrapped swordfish was tasty. This is one of our favorites in Clarendon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Great time loved the happy hour deals especially the mussels
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch!!!
    letseatVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    One of the best omelettes i've had i a while! delicious fries. fun bloody mary's with a beer chaser.. would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday brunch
    DCfromSAVVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Endorsed by our concierge, Lyon Hall features a wonderful menu -- quiche to smoked salmon and more typical lunch fare. The portions are generous, too, with an impressive drink menu, especially beer and ale from around the world. We shall return!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good brunch experience
    DinArlington
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Wonderful brunch menu. Good service. Make sure to get under an umbrella for sitting outside!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner!
    Mike
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I went here with my parents for my Mom's birthday. We had a great dinner. The food was excellent. My Dad and I had the streak frites while my Mom had the mussels vin blanc. All of our meals tasted fresh and bursting with flavor. Service was excellent and I will definitely be going back to Lyon Hall again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Hamburger
    Chuck
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We think this restaurant has one of the best hamburgers in town. The french fries are great as well. And the beer selection has something for every taste. We like to drop by for lunch, but dinner is nice as well.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • rough night there
    usedtobegood
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Food was well below precious standards - different entrees none of them done very well. Big change from previous visits - won't race back unless we hear something has changed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Elena
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Nothing special and over priced. I think $20 for the cauliflower & quinoa a little too much , plus it didn't taste that good.
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  • Yumm!
    HealthyEaterVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The Lyon Hall pretzels and mini franks sre fantastic apps. Also recommend the cheese plate, especially the homemade cheeses, and the beet salad! Amazing beer and wine selection, plus a fantastic cocktail menu and gifted bartenders - check out the SJF, a spin in a mocsow mule. Simply delicious! Very hip, vibrant scene, yet kid friendly with a staff and kid menu that makes any family feel welcome.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    HelB
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We have enjoyed Lyon Hall many times in the past so I hope our experience on Sunday was an anomaly. Except for the cheerful hostess who took us to our table, the service was curt and unenthusiastic. It was a Father's Day brunch. We felt as though each of our requests was a burden. I do understand that people have days that aren't going well for any number of reasons, so we didn't complain. But, not due to our server, the meal was delivered after quite a long wait. We were offered apologies, and we didn't mind since we were enjoying Father's Day together. But the food was not as good or well prepared or well presented as we have experienced in the past. We left having enjoyed our family time, but uncertain about returning again.
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  • Never disappoints!
    Tnkwalla
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Started a new tradition this year, Fathers Day brunch! Brought the kids and had a fantastic meal! Mussels were particularly good this time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Father's Day
    RVABystander
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We went here with our future in-laws and our daughter. It was a thoroughly enjoyable meal sitting under an umbrella on the sidewalk. Our server was prompt and courteous. The food was delicious and served hot.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A bit too "me too"
    AgwaVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Nothing bad abiut Lyon Hall, but nothing exciting either. All fairly standard imitation French brasserie fare.
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  • Fantastic dinner spot
    DaveinDC
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    My girlfriend and I had a fantastic date night at Lyon Hall. We had a 9:30 reservation on a Friday night and it was still crowded and lively, a great casual atmosphere. One of the most impressive beer lists (20 on tap) that I've seen in a long time. Our waitress made some suggestions and we both really enjoyed our selections- I highly recommend the Saison Dupont. We started with the French onion soup, which was great and included some beef as a pleasant surprise. Many intriguing choices on the menu, in the end she had the steak and I had the swordfish, both were perfectly cooked and nicely portioned. Maybe next time we'll save some room for dessert. Will definitely return soon, at the very least for a beer on the patio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Standard Go-To
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Didn't care for the special I ordered this past visit especially for the price. However I always have good dining experiences there, the service is always great, the wine is good, and I've had plenty of really great meals there. Will definitely be back soon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't ask for healthy options
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    I understand from my guests that the good was good. However, when asked about healthy options all they would do was offer to remove indredients from existing dishes, not try to make something that might actually be heathy and taste good. The seafood options were either fried or wrapped in bacon.
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  • Delicious Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    My husband and I had such a wonderful brunch at Lyon Hall. He got the steak and eggs which was so delicious! I had scrambled eggs and a fruit salad. The price was very reasonable! Especially for the Clarendon area! We wanted the donuts, but they are only sold in bathes of 4 so between 2 of us, we wouldn't be able to finish them. I wish they offered just 1 or 2 at a time. Overall, we had a very pleasant experience and will definitely be going back soon!
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    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lyon is a gem
    mrkintuVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I love this place and come here all the time. It's excellent food is nicely paired with a coveted waitstaff. Sunday happy hour and Monday Oysters are two of my favorite times to go.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • arldinerVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I have been here many times and always enjoy the food and the beer selections. They also have a great happy hour menu that I was recently able to take advantage of. However, my last two visits I've sat outside and service was a little slow. Not sure if they are just getting their rhythm down now that the weather is warm but usually the service is great so its been a little disappointing but not so bad that I won't be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Re-energized with Matt Hill
    habap
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Lyon Hall has been very good since it opened, but the addition of Matt Hill has really improved the menu. If you enjoy good wine and good food, this is the place for you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.