Maximiliano
Maximiliano

Maximiliano

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.maximilianohp.com/
  • Phone: (323) 739-6125
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner

    Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Italian, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Andre Guerrero
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Our outdoor patio is a perfect place to host any intimate event. We offer many different private dining options, call during normal business hours to inquire.
  • Private Party Contact: Spencer Cox 3237396125x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Aldama St.
  • Public Transit: Right off the Metro Bus 83 line at Aldama & York
    A few blocks away from the Gold line in Highland Park
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet is offered Thurs-Mon after 6:00pm
    Street parking is also abundant
A word from Maximiliano
On the corner of York Blvd and Aldama Street, in Highland Park Los Angeles, there is a place where “Kinda” feels progressive, where the “Old School” is recognized as a source of inspiration and where a chef’s ideas of quality and playfulness redefine what a neighborhood Italian American restaurant and pizzeria ought to be. Chef Andre Guerrero challenges assumptions about Italian American fare, satisfying cravings for quality while remaining affordable. With Maximiliano, Guerrero continues on his mission to elevate classic dining traditions by doing things the right way; with care, creativity and above all a respect for great food.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Maximiliano reviews from OpenTable diners
97 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (77)fit for foodies (52)great for outdoor dining (39)good for groups (38)kid-friendly (26)hot spot (24)great for brunch (21)special occasion (16)great for lunch (14)notable wine list (11)romantic (7)late-night find (7)vibrant bar scene (4)Show More
  • Disappointing
    jdel
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We have loved Maximiliano's since it opened and always look forward to a chance to eat there and gather with friends. But this visit was truly disappointing. Did they change chefs? Was it an off-night? It was the usual lively, rather loud, but fun ambiance. The service was excellent. I enjoy their wine list. But the food was so disappointing I'm not sure we'll be back. I love their bread plate, with butter, tapenade and a few slices of flatbread pizza. The tapenade arrived in it's usual metal cup but was almost completely OIL. I sent it back and when the waiter returned with a new cup, he said that he "picked one with the least oil". It was still about half oil. Hello? Tapenade is chopped up olives. It's practically a paste. Very unhappy. I know it's a small thing, but it's my favorite thing. My husband ordered his favorite Orecchiette, which came swimming in an oily pool of sauce - not the usual at all. I had the capellini, which is usually wonderful. It, too, came in an oily sauce that really tasted like it came from a jar. Very little basil, very little tomato. The best I can say is that it was hot. It's been so nice to have a restaurant in the neighborhood, but I don't think we will be going back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Always great!
    Maxndd
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    The fact that they're open on Monday did factor into our decision but it's wonderful on any day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family Favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Everything here is consistently good. Easy family restaurant with lots of kid friendly choices and more sophisticated dishes for adults. We saw lots of families dining and a few couples on dates.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    This is a great neighborhood restaurant. Food is very good and you can always rely on good service, great food choices, good wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A gem of a restaurant
    SoCalGirl
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    This was my 2nd time at Maximiliano's. We invited 2 friends who had never been here before. They loved it and all of us had wonderful meals. We sat on the patio and had a very relaxing and great visit. I would definitely come again and recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoys good food done perfectly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DanielVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    great neighborhood find. the food, service, and atmosphere is well worth the visit
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    I came with high expectations but was disappointed. Our $15 deluxe pizza was lacking the main ingredient - it only had a few pieces of sausages and pepperoni. The special short rib ravioli was very salty (tasted like soy sauce). Pasta was fresh, al dente and hot but the meatballs were lukewarm and very bland. There was an interesting difference in temperature. Tiramisu was good.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We love this restaurant!
    Maxndd
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Although eating inside is fine, we "discovered" the patio. A lower-key experience. We've heard the brunch is great and we'll try it soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Italian spot in North East LA
    patronjeff
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I was SO happy to finally get an Italian spot in my neighborhood; but I was thrilled when I actually tasted the pasta....it is Amazing! Great staff as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over rated Italian restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I went to this restaurant because of all the good reviews it gets. It is in the middle of not a nice neighborhood. I thought the food was just ok, it was really noisy and atmosphere very basic kind of like a warehouse . To me there are a lot of restaurants that are better for Italian food in Pasadena , silverlake , glendale that you do not need to drive to a not so nice area to eat
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Delish!
    lisa
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Yeah, it's worth fighting traffic during rush hour for dinner if you don't live in the hood. The pasta is so fresh and tasty...I get why they call it Bombolino!!! Homemade icecream so worth eating...The noise gets a bit loud but the design and style makes up for it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seated 45 minutes AFTER res time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Seated 45 minutes AFTER our reservation time. Nobody there cared or pretended, bothered to apologize or say "i am sorry, can we treat you to a glass of wine to hold you over." Nothing.When we arrived (5 minutes prior to our reservation time) we were told they were waiting for our table. Saw the hostess giving said table away 20 minutes later. When asked she said it was her colleague that gave it away. When finally seated we asked the waiter if we could please order quickly and he said no bc he had to take 2 other large table orders first. We explained we were going to be late for an event and he gave us a firm NO & walked away. Ours was a table for 2. Got an apology &offer to comp check after we paid. Food was ok. Not worth the wait.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Noisiest Restaurant Ever
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The good food and very good service of this restaurant is greatly compromised by the horrific noise level (Friday night); certainly something could be done with floor coverings and/or other architectural choices to help this problem, but the large number of SCREAMING children, many who were allowed to run around the restaurant, made it a very unpleasant experience for my guest and me. I left with a sore throat from hollering across the table.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DanielVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The menu is wonderful and the service is good. Parking is a big issue unless you don't mind walking 2-3 blocks which is actually a good thing after a heavy dinner. Never understand why folks with little children allow them to run free in the restaurant. It's dangerous for the children and the customers. Need to have some set rules about that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ClayBauer
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Been here often. Always enjoy it and so do my out-of-town guests who often accompany me. Love that it's in my neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Michael
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We have been here several times since it opened. It has remained consistently good, except for dessert. An appetizer and a pizza make for an excellent meal. The menu has evolved which keeps it fresh, but also has maintained old favorites. It is a place where you can relax, fair prices, no pressure (at least later in the evening) and I am always surprised that there is not a line out the door at all hours. I always recommend it and will continue to do so.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a good experience
    Arroyo
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Have been here several times, and food, service great. Beet salad! Orechiette!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sorry Iwaited so long...
    LAdinerVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I don't know what took us so long to try this restaurant a few minutes from home. Menu is simple and varied and based upon what we ordered and saw others eating, whatever they serve, they do a great job. The watermelon salad was a refreshing way to start the meal. The Bianca Verde pizza was unique and delicious. We also tried the polenta appetizer...next time it will be the meatballs which appeared to be very popular. The frozen lemon dessert was a delicious way to end the meal. We can't wait to go back and try the rest of the menu. The room is colorful industrial and puts one in a good mood. We sat inside, but found the patio as we left. It has the feel of sitting in someone's backyard!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this local place
    DanielVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    As usual the food was wonderful and the atmosphere pleasant. Exception for parents who let their children run and scream through the restaurant unattended. Our server was pleasant and friendly but not present enough.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything I had Imagined
    Traci
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    A friend and I went for my birthday. I really was craving spaghetti and meatballs, so we decided to try Maximiliano for the first time. It was everything I had imagined. Both of our dishes were outstanding. The Bombolotti pasta was flavored wonderfully, mushrooms inside was a great ingredient. My spaghetti and meatballs was delicious. Although I thought the portion was a little small, it made every bite difficult because I did not want to finish it to fast. I am not a huge beer drinker but saw on their menu that Craftsman created a special brew just for Maximiliano. It was supposed to pair well with my spaghetti and meatballs and it did. I was very happy with my birthday dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our Favorite Dinner Spot
    LuvRspot
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We've eaten here many times. The food is always great. It's so nice to have this gem right in our neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fablous
    TinaVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Once Again Andre The Owner Of This Restaurant Maximiliano Has Outdone Himself.. With A New Chef, The Paella Was AMAZING I WAS Totally Blow Away. We Are Of Spaniards, And Not Even My Sister Can Top This She Was Fighting With Me To Give Her More.. No Way Everything Was Great Patio Dinning Is Number One Number One When Making Reservation Enjoy This Great Little Gem
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Dependable Delight
    LuvDiningOutVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Artsy, trendy, fresh and vibrant, Maxmiliano's is most importantly a great Italian restaurant with incredible pizzas, delicious pastas and flavorful, tasty entrees, mainly seafood. Open airy ambiance with spartan but colorful and handsome decor, their service is consistently top notch. A fun and fulfilling experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highland Park Hot Spot
    Chopper
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    In case there is somebody who has not noticed, Highland Park has experienced a renaissance these past couple of years. What used to be a place to avoid, HP is now alive with new restaurants, bars, shops, and spas, all good. It's the new to-go-to place. One definite highlight is Maximiliano Restaurant on York, owned and operated by the owner/chef of the Oinkster in Eagle Rock (and now Hollywood). The food is the main reason to visit Maximiliano. I particularly like any of the pasta dishes, but the chef, Andre, cooks a mean pork chop. The pizza is a sure bet too. I can't think of anything negative. Maybe the parking? Maybe they will add valet parking one day. Probably not. No matter, just go there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • love this place
    JG14VIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    great restaurant. food and service are always awesome.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It only takes one person
    BobGVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The noise level at Maximiliano is always on the "energetic" side. There are no sound-deadening surfaces in the place and usually that is OK. But it only takes one unusually loud table, with a couple of individuals who only had one volume level (shout) to make it miserable for us at the next table. I tried and tried, but could not carry on any conversation at our table. In a room that was already pretty loud, it was impossible to hear anything beyond the high decibel noise from the next table. The place was packed so moving tables was not an option. Sadly, this was so frustrating that I think we will avoid Maximiliano in the future.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Pizza & salad
    JandM
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Food is creative & very good. Service is great, had a great time with the family!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food, but flies!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    ate outdoors, very pleasant, but lots of flies near dusk. food was very good, everyone very happy. water was never refilled. server nice. pizza good, short ribs great, burrata nice, watermelon salad good, tagliatelle was very good, calcio e pepe was a bit dry. desserts were good. overall excellent will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very good and consistent
    chilefood
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I have been eating at Maximiiano's on and off for a couple of years and the food is consistently good. I had the special ink pasta with seafood and it was delicious, with a good portion of mussels, clams, shrimp, calamari, tiny scallops and spanish chorizo. Jalapeño gave it a spicy touch but not too much. Hope it's on the menu next time I go!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Nice Little Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We had dinner here a few weeks ago and it was pretty good. The waiter seemed a bit hurried and distracted, and I was weirded out by the way the bartender (owner?) just stood behind the bar, staring at everyone eating. (The place was not that crowded, so this was very obvious.) The food was pretty good but nothing I'd go out of my way for, with a few exceptions... the roasted asparagus and spinach were very good. The pasta was ok (a B+). The salad was excellent, and the pizza was ok. This seemed to be a good place for kids and it is in a cute little location - very neighborhoody. Give it a try - maybe you'll love it!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food Scene Alive in Highland Park
    ScottDines
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    So proud that Maximiliano's continues to wow food fans in Highland Park. The food is terrific - elevated without being fussy - and the neighborhood vibe is so electric that you can feel that you're part of a simmering geographic hotspot. If it's on the special menu, you must try the mushroom soup with truffle oil, so, so, so good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go for the food!
    LisaMVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Go here for the food, not the ambiance (which is not bad, just nothing special). We all loved our entrees, the roast chicken and salmon were terrific. Portion sizes are generous here and everything was cooked to perfection. I wanted to order everything on the menu - starters, sides, entrees and dessert. I will definitely be back to try something else next time, especially the seafood pasta dish that the person at the table next to us ordered. It looked amazing!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Firstbite
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This is my 8th visit to Maximilliano and it just gets better all around. Food , service, ambiance, drinks, dessert, etc. My biggest problem with Maximilliano is that they do not duplicate this restaurant in my neighborhood in the South Park area of downtown. I have to fight a lot of traffic to get to them for an early dinner, but I have to admit it all works when I have my first sip of their Italian Red and one of their delicious appetizers to start the magic. I grew up in Highland Partk and never imagined such a place could exist there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently good
    Stenojan
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Every time I go back it's as good as I remember it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food good atmosphere
    Foodlover
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Maximiliano is a great neighborhood restaurant. It has a diverse clientele, a wonderful staff, very good food, and a small, but nice wine list. We've been with both family and friends and always gave a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Slow Day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I had been to Maximiliano's before, and they have amazing food and service. The only issue this time was that for brunch they took a long time to get our food out. My friend who had arrived ahead of me, let me know that they opened late because they said they had an issue with the kitchen. So this probably explains their delay with the food. But I would visit again because I have been before and they've had great food and service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty Good!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Been wanting to try this place for a while now and so had dinner here past Saturday. The service was good - our waiter was funny and nice. The manager though I was kind of disappointed because he checked on diners next to us but not once on us...that was kind of disappointing. The food was good - the pizza - was thin crust so very crispy. the baked polenta was delicious and also the baked fennel was very tasty. Overall I enjoyed the food and service here. We didn't think it was worth it to valet so we just parked across the street.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Joseph & Mary @ Maximiliano's
    JandM
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Been there twice & we will continue to go. Great Highland Park gem. Pizza & pasta are very tasty, the meatballs are fantastic. Watermelon salad is refreshing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gross scones. Food good
    RealTalk
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The Ricotta lemon pancake was the best! Everything else was good Except the scone!! The baker must have messed up it had waaaay to much baking soda in it and tasted matallic and nasty. It's too bad when a place doesn't even taste their own cooking. Everything else was good but not unique, portions were big but you paid for it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 58 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 67 reviews are from the Maximiliano reviews archive.
  • Great meal
    ClayBauer
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Took my out-of-town nephew here and we both really enjoyed the food and the ambience. We ate outdoors which is much quieter than inside. I've been here many times and always enjoy it. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet