Masa - Boston
Masa - Boston

Masa - Boston

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.masarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6173388884x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch is served every weekend: Saturdays 10am -3pm and Sundays 9am -3pm. Fiesta Brunch $7.95 Special offered Saturday Brunch from 10am -3pm and Sunday Brunch from 9am-11am.
    Dinner is served Sunday-Thursday: 5pm -10pm, Friday-Saturday: 5:00 -11:00pm. Bar & Tapas Menu is served an additional hour pre and post dinner service and till Midnight on Thursdays.
    Bar hours are Sunday-Wednesday until 12am, Thursday-Saturday until 1am. Reservations are accepted only for the dining room.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Southwest
  • Executive Chef: Philip Aviles
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catering Events are available through event coordinator for corporate luncheons, dinners and private events.
  • Private Party Facilities: Masa’s casually elegant Southwestern décor is inviting, filled with creams and natural tones and Mexican influenced mahogany accents. Lit with handmade light fixtures, beaded sconces and candles, the interior has an overall welcoming ambiance. Masa is the ideal spot to entertain for all occasions.
  • Private Party Contact: Erin Surprenant 6173388884x
  • Entertainment: Live Band every Thursday from 9:30pm-12:30am.
  • Special Events: Monday is Industry Night--Receive 20% off entire bill for those in the hospitality industry.
    Thursday nights--Live music by Los four (Latin, Reggae, Funk, Jazz, Classics). 1/2 off tapas all night long on Thursdays.
    Happy Hour--1/2 off tapas 4pm-7pm and 10pm-close every evening.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Arlington and Berkeley
  • Public Transit: Arlington T stop green line, or Back Bay station on the Orange Line
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Street parking is also available.
A word from Masa - Boston
Welcome to Masa, where the Southwest meets the South End. For over a decade we've been spicing up the palates of Boston's most sophisticated diners and serving up libations to the hip bar crowds from the South End, Back Bay, and Theater District. Our menu pairs the flavors and cooking styles of a Southwestern kitchen with fresh New England ingredients. Combine this with our carefully selected wine and tequila lists or our original award-winning cocktails and Margaritas to put the finishing touches on a memorable evening that feels like a short trip to Santa Fe.

For information about Private Events, please see our website below.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Masa - Boston reviews from OpenTable diners
104 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.8
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
76% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for brunch (50)neighborhood gem (37)fit for foodies (36)good for groups (26)romantic (21)special occasion (20)vibrant bar scene (19)great for outdoor dining (16)hot spot (13)great for lunch (7)notable wine list (6)kid-friendly (5)late-night find (3)Show More
  • Slightly Disappointed
    Reese
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I haven't been here in years....so I was excited to return but was sadly disappointed. The margaritas were not good at all. Tastes like they use sour mix from the gun- big no no. Was also disappointed in the food. The tapas tasted like they could have been frozen & reheated. We did have a great appetizer and our waitress, although very slow, was very nice. And the atmosphere is awesome. Such a nice place...I hope they make some changes to their food/drinks!
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  • good food, not-great service
    JenB
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Unfortunately, the service was not great at this visit to Masa. The waitstaff had to be repeatedly asked for me to get a single refill on my coffee. Our water glasses remained empty, even when we asked for more water. Our waitress did not check in on us during our brunch. The food was very tasty, but the service really put a damper on the meal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We like it here, but always feel like the meal could have been better. The dishes sound bolder on paper than they actually come out on the plate. Nice lighting (I have a thing about lighting), mellow atmosphere, but a few too many tables crammed in considering the restaurant is never full (although I hear it gets busy for brunch). Margs are, of course, very tasty. If we lived closer, we would stop in at the bar more often.
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  • Incredible Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Simply incredible service. Waiter was very patient and friendly. My friend and I did not feel rushed at all. The food was as delicious as ever.
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  • Overpriced and underwhelming
    SPGreen
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Not sure if the restaurant is under new management now, but Masa's quality has definitely gone down since we first visited last year. The waitress was rarely available, there was confusion with our tickets and the food left a lot to be desired. The tomato sauce tasted very strongly of "tin can" and the chicken "adobado," despite sounding delicious, was flavorless and dry. Others in my party felt similarly about their food. Paying close to $80 for a meal we barely enjoyed seemed a criminal waste, but we learned our lesson and will likely avoid this place in the future, unfortunately.
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    romantic
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  • Good food.
    Sams
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We recently tried this restaurant during the Boston's Dine out week. We enjoyed a 3 course meal for the price of $28. Ordered spinach and artichoke flautas which were delicious. For dinner, I ordered the coconut crusted mahi mahi, which was tasty, although the fish was overcooked and fairly dry. The coconut flan for dessert was amazing. Would definitely go back to try out some of their other options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Poor Service All That Lingers
    ctl5
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I went to Masa for the restaurant week special. After being seated (with an OpenTable reservation), nobody came for ten minutes. No water, nobody to take our drink order, nothing. When we reached out to the host (who was standing there the entire time, changing the song on his iPod), he sent over our waitress. We should have taken this as a sign that this meal was not going to be ideal. Our bread basket came before our drinks did, and while the food was fine, the service made the meal very unpleasant. Our drinks were taken away before they were finished (which for $12 a piece, was absurd) and the waitress seemed pained that we wanted items wrapped up. Finally, the cherry on top, was the 15minute wait before receiving our bill. Never again.
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  • Cool spot. Would maybe go back
    BerkerycVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Food wasn't agree as I heard and menu felt limited but it was a cool spot
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent brunch
    Bestbrunch
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I brought my inlaws from the UK here for a fun boston brunch and food to atmosphere, they loved it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the best brunch
    JaneVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Super creative and delicious brunch dishes. All the favorites are there but with fantastic Latin influences, plantain, mango, etc. The prices are very reasonable. My new fave!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hunter
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Best service from a lovely young man who just couldn't do enough and couldn't have been nicer! Would go back to sit in the bar area during their tapas happy hour ;)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best and worst food
    foodloversVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Masa serves some of the best and tastiest dishes around - but they also serve some mediocre food, and occasionally some terrible food. Typically the appetizers are outstanding, and we had a fantastic chilled green chili gazpacho. But we also had the mussels appetizer - usually very tasty, but this time with a very few and pathetically scrawny mussels, including an ok-looking but awful one. They quite properly took the mussels off the check (after one reminder). Our other dishes ranged from pretty good to bland and tasteless. We've been coming to Masa on and off for years - when we have a mixed experience, it takes a long time to consider trying it again, but the good dishes are really good. Too bad they can't be more consistent!
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I've been to Masa for brunch before and the food is always excellent. This time, we were hoping for a low-key night of drinking sangria. After we were seated, the waiter seemed frazzled and when we tried to put in a drink order, we were told we HAD to order food with it, per state law (I've since found that's not actually the case). He actually didn't even take our drink order until after we had to order food. The sangria pitcher took forever and he never checked in to ask if we wanted another, which we did. When we asked for it, we were told it was last call, and then told 'Nope, we done' at 11 even though the website states they are open until 12. Frustrating we had no warning and it put a damper on the night.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • What happened?
    MarcicVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I have always loved Masa- great food, tequila and fun vibe. We we arrived this time there was only one other table occupied. My husband said that we should leave and find another place to eat, but I had been looking forward to our meal and requested that we stay. MISTAKE. The Tuna appetizer was the best thing we ate. The Salmon Cevechi was tasteless and watery. Our meat was fatty and the service was just OK. The hostess kindly refunded our meat after admitting that they substituted a different cut that night (then why serve it?). Just the same it was nice of her to understand. I was so disappointed in the whole experience.
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  • great food and service!
    ksgshmoopsVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We went in on a Sunday around 8 and was surprised to be only one of two tables seated. It became even more surprising when we received our food because everything was amazing! Maybe it was just a slow night. Highly recommend the salmon ceviche, by far the best ceviche I have ever had. The boy loved his chicken with mole sauce and the beer battered eggplant rolls. I got the pork shoulder which was fall off the bone tender. Drinks were awesome, we even had the bartender surprise us with some concoctions of his own and he didn't disappoint! Ambiance is not memorable, but the food definitely is!
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    fit for foodies
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  • Incredibly cheap brunch
    brunchaholic14
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    I paid $7.95 for a main entree, appetizer and coffee, plus I got free cornbread and blueberry loaf with jams and maple butter. How do you beat that in Boston?
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lucked out
    Pickyeater
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We obviously went into Boston on the right day--no traffic and plenty of on street parking. Masa was empty, but this may not be the norm. Menu as a whole looked good and my salmon was excellent. Good spot before the theater (calderwood) as it is a short walk away.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food - mediocre experience
    TravelGirlVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    I was really looking forward to trying Masa. Their website looks hip and inviting. The restaurant on the other hand is dark and dismal - glasses had bits of dirty food all over them and the window sills were filth covered. Tables were clean as was floor. Food was okay - served with no thought to plating the bacon and french toast were excellent. Fruit bowl was very plain. The Huevos rancheros were bone dry - eggs and tortillas - no salsa, no sauce - just dry. It was hard getting drink refills and our server while nice acted like we were interrupting him from doing something more important every time we asked for something. The bottom line - we probably won't go back. The place is very popular but apparently we miss the attraction.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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  • Tapas Deal of the Year
    MorganVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    I met my friend here after work for margaritas and tapas on Thursday and all night the tapas are 50 cents each! Such a deal. It was different than any other tapas I had ordered since individual appetizers instead of more sharing platters but we got a combo platter which is one of everything and then decided what we liked. The bar area (only place they serve tapas, so it gets a bit crowded) was busy and vibrant but the bartender was so cool and attentive! I appreciate bartenders who can make a great margarita (I had the sangria margarita and she had classic margarita & we both enjoyed). I wish dining area also served tapas since bar area got crowded. I have heard great things about their brunch so would love to come back and check that out!
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    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Tequila!
    Elcee
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The best margaritas ever! Great tequila flights if your an aficianado as well as some of the best infused tequilas I've ever had try the habanero watermelon you won't regret it
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    great for brunch, good for groups
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  • ladybug
    ladybug
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Great food, small neighborhood gem... Good choice of brunch items
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • reliable for brunch
    adamVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    great corn bread and huevos rancheros! Can get a bit loud, but a great place
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything was amazing
    SmiffCakes
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Easily some of the best food ever - port shoulder, chimichangas and steak tips are absolutely to die for. White sangria was famazing and chocolate tacos hit the spot. Would definitely go back here and try more stuff!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent evening at Masa
    AriesmomVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    What a wonderful meal! We both had the prix fix - a great value at $35 for three courses. Everything was delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch Spot
    CherrypieVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    I've only ever been to Masa for their brunch menu but it never fails to deliver. One thing to note, the $7.95 brunch is only available till 11am on a sunday but even at full price its still worth it. I highly recommended the Habanero Watermelon Margarita
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent Experience
    Scott
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    My friend and I had Sunday brunch at Masa. It was a beautiful day and we were lucky enough to get outdoor seating, which was great. The service was good. I ordered the Brunch Fiesta and got the plantains and the huevos rancheros. They were pretty good, but definitely not the best I've ever had. My friend ordered the Eggs Benedict and she liked it, but didn't love it. Overall, I would say great atmosphere, decent food.
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    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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  • Will go back
    Geena
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    The food was fantastic! It's difficult to make something new and different with salmon but they pulled it off. My halibut special was worth the (somewhat exorbitant) $32. It's been a long time since I've enjoyed dining out this much. The noise level was energetic but not too loud to hear your friends at the table.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food; however......
    Foodie
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    the volume was minimal. I was shocked to receive a $26.96 dish with just three shrimp and 4 mussels on it. I have never eaten at a restaurant with such a small portion and I have been telling everyone. The Tapas at Masa are superb and great value. Nevertheless, 3 shrimp and 4 mussels with sauce for $26.95 is disgraceful and I would never return for dinner.
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  • always fun
    IlovespicyfoodVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Love Masa, one of my favorite South End spots. I went for brunch, all was good, service was on point, prices are very reasonable. Two things--I wish they had fresh squeezed juice. I can buy Tropicana at home--I don't need to pay $3 for 5 oz of it. I'd happily pay more for the same amount of fresh squeezed. Also, they have a prix-fixe brunch menu which looked very tasty, but I didn't see anywhere on their menu that they only service this until 11am. After I ordered it and the server told me I couldn't since it was past 11, I looked for a note indicating this, but didn't see it. This was a small thing and didn't negatively affect the meal--I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 75 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1573 reviews are from the Masa - Boston reviews archive.
  • Love Masa
    Kerry
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We have been going to Masa for a while now to enjoy the great tapas and the creative drinks at their bar. We brought some friends there to dine and were incredibly impressed with the food in the dining room. I had the filet mignon and it was the best. Great staff, great atmosphere and my guests were overwhelmed with the tequila selection. Thank you Masa.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find
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  • poor service
    southenddiner
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    there were three of us for dinner - we sat in a booth. the food was very good (it would have been better but we ended on a not-so-tasty eggplant dish). the server was just awful; she did not give us any space and was very abrasive. the service soured what could have been a great dining experience.
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  • Graduation celebration
    divadiner
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    My second time here. Decided to have my family experience the great food for our son's graduation from MassArt. Overall, our group of 5 had a very positive experience. Loved Rosa, our waitress. She was so gracious and patient with us, answering every question thoroughly and patiently. We went at 5:30, so it was quiet and peaceful. The margaritas were awesome! Tried a new teguila and it was great! My entree was a shrimp and mussel polenta. I'm a big fan of polenta, so I really wanted to try it here. I was disappointed. The shrimp and mussels were delicious, but there wasn't any distinction between the polenta and shrimp. The polenta was far too salty, sadly. Despite my dislike for the polenta, I would highly recommend Masa!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gary
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We've been here a number of times; the food is always good. On this visit, we we seated in between two large parties each celebrating a graduation so we could barely hear each other talk. It's usually not that noisy. It took a while to get food once we ordered, but when it came, it was very good, as usual. I'd go back. $17 to valet park is a drag, but that's the way it is in the South End.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    It was really loud inside so we sat outside. A couple was seated next to us. Waiter didn't come for 15min & other couple complained so much that we left. Never got to talk to a waiter. The staff seemed overwhelmed. Never got to try the food, wanted to leave that blank in the review, but it insists on a ranking.
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  • My go to brunch spot
    darlingdinerVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Masa never disappoints for brunch! The food is delicious (I can't get enough of the bread and assorted jams), and the brunch deals are fabulous ($7.95 for early risers). The eggs benedict is tasty, as are the pancakes! I've been here for drinks and tapas too, and it's been lively and fun each time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inattentive Waiter
    Unhappy
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Our waiter was not attentive. It took forever for drinks and the food was mediocre. We were a table of six and our dishes came out one at a time by a bus boy in training meanwhile 6 members of the wait staff were socializing in the corner. The restaurant was not even busy!
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    great for brunch
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  • Pre theater dinner was very good
    Winedine
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Went with friends prior to Masa. Enjoyed the menu. Service was fine and got us out in time for our show nearby. Wine selection was good and fusion dishes were especially enjoyed.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Andale
    Marie
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Great restaurant, food and staff. Walking distance from Theater District.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Servie
    Pancakes37
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Went there for Cinco de Mayo. Had a reservation for 7:15. The last member of our party was 5 minutes late, so they gave our table away. We weren't seated til 8:00. Our waitress didn't come with our drinks til 8:30. And all the while, she didn't check in on us, refilled our drinks. The food was ok and not worth the terrible service. I wouldn't go back there again. I have had better experiences at McDonalds!!!
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Great food and ambiance! Brunch is amazing but for dinner is a little pricey.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.