Mamma Melina
Mamma Melina

Mamma Melina

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://mammamelina.com/
  • Phone: 2066322271
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm

    Happy Hour: Sunday-Thursday: 3:00pm-7:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm-6:00pm; Monday: 11:30am-11:00pm (all day).
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizzeria
  • Executive Chef: Tim Clancy
  • 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, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Please contact the restaurant for more details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Crystal chandeliers and beautiful mirrors surround our private rooms that accommodate 15 to 40 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Roberto 2062404604

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Blakeley
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Attached private garage with free parking.
A word from Mamma Melina
The Seattle Times, August 26th 2010: So thoroughly have the three Varchetta brothers re-imagined the relocated Mamma Melina their own mother would hardly recognize the place even though that's her name above the door.
The new Mamma Melina, occupying the south end of the Corydon Apartments near University Village, has more in common with the Varchetta's stylish Barolo downtown.
On a summer day you'd think it was Rodeo Drive and not the Burke-Gilman Trail that runs alongside the broad front patio. Amid shallow pools holding silver globes that glint in the sun, beautiful people in oversized sunglasses sip wine on thickly cushioned sofas or sup on house-made pasta under canvas umbrellas at white-clothed tables.Price points are moderate and the cooking is assured.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Mamma Melina reviews from OpenTable diners
115 reviews since July 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (77)great for outdoor dining (63)fit for foodies (48)good for groups (48)great for lunch (43)special occasion (34)romantic (31)notable wine list (21)kid-friendly (19)hot spot (16)late-night find (11)vibrant bar scene (9)great for brunch (4)scenic view (1)Show More
  • wonderful!
    RoseSeattleVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    We took a friend who is visiting from Europe - he was absolutely thrilled with his meal, as were we. I've enjoyed every meal I've had at Mamma Melina's, it's one of my favorite restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love it every time
    bmoreseattle
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Went to Mamma Melina twice for restaurant week, once during lunch and the other time during dinner. Usually, it's not worthwhile to go to the same restaurant twice for restaurant week because of the limited options on the menu specific for the week. However, I was not disappointed. The food was delicious, flavorful, well-cooked, and maintained its presentation as well. The service was friendly. During dinner, the music was a bit discordant and more suited for the bar area than the rest of the restaurant. However, the food more than made up for it. I had the flat iron steak, with a prosciutto salad as an appetizer and fruit with cream dessert. Decadent, filling, but completely worthwhile.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surpassed expectations!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    My girlfriend and I went here to eat an early dinner before a Huskies game. We splurged on great 50 yard-line tickets, so I wanted to have an affordable meal but not splurge. My girlfriend recommended MM. We walked in and I immediately felt like we were going to spend $200. We sat down, ordered a couple of drinks, which arrived promptly, and let our server Heather guide us through our meal based on her recommendations. And EVERY suggestion she made was perfect for what we wanted. The ambiance was excellent, and I noted couples, groups, families and friends all dining and having a wonderful time. And to top it off, the prices were so affordable. We will be back and this will get into our rotation of favorite haunts. Thank You to the staff!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I hate being rushed!
    JanS
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    This is a favorite restaurant of ours. However when we were there to celebrate the birthday of a close friend of ours, the 4 of us were rushed horribly by the waiter. This, even though there were a few empty tables. Service was not as attentive as usual. This particular evening, a Thursday, there were several very noisy larger tables that made our experience a big disappointment. Fortunately the food was the outstanding quality we have come to expect from Mama Melina's. So, we will be back and hope that the service and noise issues are addressed by the management.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and Energy
    iheartrestaurants
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    This is the 3rd time I've been to this restaurant and I cannot say enough good things about it. The restaurant week menu isn't as good as the regular menu, but the ambience and energy of the restaurant is great. Whether it be for a romantic dinner for 2, or a group dining experience, you're sure to enjoy yourself. The bar is also small and inviting where you're sure to make new friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Ballarddiner
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    the food was fabulous, our drinks were made to perfection, our server was the BEST we've ever had, hands down....and we were celebrating 2 birthdays and were treated royally!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Rest. Week
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We have a couple of time with family and as a couple. The food is always excellent and the waiters are there to please you. You are always in our list
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a nice experience
    Foodie2heart
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    This is such a pretty restaurant and the food is generally good. This time I had a chicken dish and the chicken was kind of dry, but tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seattle Restaurant Week lunch
    davidheppVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Mamma Melina didn't hold back at all for Restaurant Week. 3 courses, including dessert, all generously sized. Good choices throughout. $5 red wine pour was generous and tasty. It's a lovely spot too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Comfort Food for me.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Went for the restaurant week deal. The restaurant has lots of natural light so it felt cheery even at one of those very raining and grey day in Seattle. The beet salad was fresh. My Canneloni came piping hot and delicious. Dessert was just ok.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wendy
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    A bit loud and dim for my usual but a good local dinner pick.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Large Group - No Problem
    Turtles9
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We had a group of 12, including children. They met the challenge and exceeded our expectations with delightful service. The food presentation was pleasing and the taste was splendid. We enjoyed the $15 entree plus appetizer or dessert choice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service and food
    Yummy
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Although we had reservations we were sat about 15 minutes late. However, once we sat down at our table a pizza was given to us without us even asking, because of our wait. The pizza was delicious and so was the rest of the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just Okay
    BellevueMom
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    I made a special trip into the U District to meet a friend for lunch & it was good, just not great. Good enough neighborhood spot if you live close by.
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  • great food and wine
    mapmaker
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    great pick for an anniversary dinner. Outdoor seating was a bit noisy, near the busy street, but food and service was fantastic
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FrankVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We have been to this restaurant a number of times and have had consistent good service and excellent food
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian bistro
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Hadn't been to new Mamma Melina's since it moved from Roosevelt. Hip, edgy and friendly place. Good food and service. Seated us right at our reservation time. Would go back tomorrow....
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time....
    Fireman692
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Excellent dining, great food, modest prices, would definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ambiance Matches Food
    DineWell
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We had made 2:30pm reservations for four.While waiting a half hour for one couple, the waiters generously attended the other couple. Our orders were promptly attended and the food was lovely. This is a wonderful find for us, as many of the other popular restaurants are noisy, not particularly attentive and seem to serve only the noisy "foodies" at the bar. Though far from "stuffy", this restaurant truly values not only the food they serve, but ambiance and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Dinner and Great Service
    JDub
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This was definitely not an inexpensive dinner, but was thoroughly enjoyable and everything was prepared perfectly. Our waiter was a delight and was very engaging and helpful. The restaurant has a nice vibe. I wish we had come sooner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We appreciated that service was excellent with complementary birthday cake. Only thing is because I have been a long time customer since you were at 50th, I noticed one of my favorite pasta dis was gone. Different seafood with tomato sauce pasta was my favorite. I hope you get that dish back on the menu. So I ordered lobster pasta. Lobster was good but the pasta was a little too soft for me. I like more of the al dente. I love your place and please stay in business.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service was lackluster
    AshtauVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Our server seemed wholly disinterested in us, and didn't seem to understand vegan diet restrictions (which is surprising in Seattle). We also made the reservation noting that we were celebrating our 1st wedding anniversary, but no one mentioned it. I would expect at least a "thank you for choosing to celebrate your special occasion with us".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Restaurant
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Great good. Great wine. Great ambiance. All around, a great choice for delicious food and wine. We had a wonderful experience and will definitely be returning to Mamma Melina's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, terrible service
    Troderick
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    It was my moms first visit to Seattle and I wanted to take her to a highly recommended restaurant. Seriously, my co workers and friends have raved about this place, so I was excited to try it out. There's no doubt that this restaurant is beautiful. The good was delicious (and quick?!?! Which is good!) what was so seriously disappointing was the fact that our server just kind of ditched us. He never checked in about how the food was, we ran out of water, and we would have loved to order more drinks. A very disappointing end to a great night.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice ambiance, Okay food
    Ikke
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Nice trendy contemporary setting with large outdoor terrace. Service is correct and cordial. Food decent however misses some refinement, several items were served too cold. Food too expensive for the price.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing this visit.
    pansyollieVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    It may have been the holiday - we went on Labor Day. Perhaps the chef(s) were in vacation. Our food was not well prepared as it usually is at this restaurant. I opted for salmon with shrimp. It was so dry and over cooked I could not eat it. The pasta and pizza at our table was also underwhelming. Our favorite dish was the gnocchi. Wine was great and the service was outstanding. We'll be back eventually because our prior visits have all been very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • THANKS!!
    MRJD
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We went to this restaurant on the recommendation of friends and we were not disappointed. It was a special birthday occasion and we were treated great, good service and very attentive staff, and AWESOME food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT FOOD!
    seattlemom
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great local Laurelhurst restaurant; usually pretty busy, so good to book a reservation. The food is typically very well done. We have had only one bad experience here and have dined here on many occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never ever disappoints
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Amazing food. Fabulous drinks. Friendly staff. Mamma Melina is always a first choice whenever I dine out in the neighborhood. Over the years I've been there on date night with my hubby, lunch / dinner with my kids, cocktails with friends and group parties. Whatever the event, it's always a 5 star experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great outdoor seating in summer
    LariatVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Antipasto Misto always gives a good varieties smoked meat & marinated vegetable. Ossu Buco is my favorite. Reasonably price pasta dishes. Service was attentive. The outdoor seat is perfect for these summer night. Go there before the summer is over.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't go after 8
    travelingthecountry
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    So disappointing. We had 8 o'clock reservations. The variety on the menus had several interesting choices. We were brought a plate of bread and olive oil vinegar dip. There was a standard menu and page of specials. The server rushed over and asked for our drink order. Then she said she was ready to take our dinner order. No explanation of specials. No pleasantries. We had a friendlier server at IHOP! She rushed off. We waited. No offer of more bread or anything. My husband's salmon was barely cooked. My ravioli was good and hot. Small portions. No effort to dress it up. Although on a busy corner it was quiet. We felt like we were being pushed to get in and out. Entire time from entering the restaurant to exiting was 45 minutes.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful
    JessZee
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food was excellent I loved everything from the menu to ambience of the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Could have been great, but...
    Dinerblogger
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I ordered the lasagnette and was fairly disappointed. The pasta itself was very fresh and light, with great flavor, but the sauce was a bit bland. This made the dish ordinary. The meat was also sparse. I was left longing for more meat. The others I was with wondered if the meat was blended into the sauce? Otherwise, their Caesar salad was amazing! I could tell the dressing was freshly made. Also, the table bread was very good. My only complaint with service was I was in the middle of eating my bread and the waitress came and took the oil/balsamic bowl right as I was about to dip my bread into it. The whole table saw what happened and laughed as my face fell. I would go again, but probably just to give them another shot. Great atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian in a modern setting
    CinnamonNorth
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I have returned here many times. Not only is the Happy Hour excellent with generous appetizers, I keep finding gems on the regular menu. Such was the case Saturday night when I tried veal and mushrooms which I had missed on previous visits. The veal was tender, not tough, and the mushrooms were an excellent accompaniment.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mamma Melina
    David
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Again another excellent meal...never disappointed!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • No disappoints at all
    Tenn
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Took mother-in-law there and sat outside. Service and food was spot on. Underground parking with easy handicap access. Cool white interior open to patio area with lovely small ponds between tables. One of our favorites!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service
    Stacey
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We were seated outside and I had to flag a bus girl down to notify her we had not been seen by our waiter. We had waited close to 20 minutes before being seen by our waiter. No apology from him. Also eyes were rolled at us by bus gWe were seated outside and I had to flag a bus girl down to notify her we had not been seen by our waiter. We had waited close to 20 minutes before being seen by our waiter. No apology from him. Also eyes were rolled at us by bus girl when notifying her if our wait. irl when notifying her if our wait.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as always!
    foodiejohn
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Always can count on Mamma Melina's for a great night. We eat our frequently and are picky about both service and quality. Thankfully they deliver on both plus an amazing patio to enjoy these great summer nights.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Neighborhood gem
    Eatwell
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Consistently good quality italien food, great service and friendly staff; we keep on coming back. The whole family (17 - 86 years of age) loves Mama Melina's und it has become a staple for birthday celebrations. The restaurant is run well, always looks pristine and has a good atmosphere. On warm days the outdoor seating is pleasant despite being close to main street traffic light - it makes for a somewhat metropolitan vibe. The menu offers enough choices and does not change often but specials are available. I love the gluten free pasta option. In the evening reservations are recommended.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Second Lovely Meal
    MaggieVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Nice atmosphere and ambience. Great food and wine list. Lovely indior/outdoor space.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic