MENU/MBK
MENU/MBK

MENU/MBK

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.menumbk.com/
  • Phone: 2023477491x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner Monday - Thursday 5pm - 10pm; Friday - Saturday 5pm - 11pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, Bistro
  • Executive Chef: Frederik De Pue
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: Available

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 8th & D Street
  • Public Transit: Gallery Place Chinatown Metro/ Judiciary Square Metro/ Archives Metro
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available Thursday - Saturday, and is offered for $12 per vehicle.
A word from MENU/MBK
MENU/MBK is a casual gathering place boasting thoughtful bistro fare and a diverse menu of beer, wine and cocktails. During the day, enjoy coffee or lunch purchased from the market and enjoy our free Wi-Fi.
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MENU/MBK reviews from OpenTable diners
103 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.7
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
67% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (41)neighborhood gem (31)special occasion (24)romantic (16)great for lunch (14)notable wine list (10)vibrant bar scene (10)good for groups (9)great for brunch (8)hot spot (6)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Hidden gem. Cool concept - market, lounge, bar, restaurant - all in one. Great food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    THAITASTICVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Mussels were off tasting. To their credit, they offered to change to a different dish, which was fine, but not special. Bread was terrible.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • meh
    foodindc
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Visited Menu MBK for the dinner during the restaurant week. Having read reviews and other coverages of the restaurant and the chef in the local media outlets, I had high hopes for the food. My dining companion and I shared escargot, caramelized scallops, moules frites, bass bouillabaisse, and beinet and clafouti for desserts. Probably the best part of the meal was the fries that came with mussels. Really good. Most foods were kinda lukewarm; it seemed like they had sat for a while before being served. Bouillabaisse was the reason I wanted to eat here but it was not the soupy bouillabaisse I imagined. It was just bass fillet sitting on a bed of cooked vegetables and a little soup on the plate. Overall good but nothing to write home about.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cool setup
    Azay
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Went here w/ my sister and cousin for a 'Europe Trip" planning dinner during restaurant week. The hostess was really nice as soon as we walked in. The bar scene was energetic and cozy with a co bartender! Food was delicious - get the steak frites!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DCDinnerVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Restaurant was out of our first wine selection and our first appetizer selection. They took a long time with our steaks and the waitor finally came over and said they had to remake them. The atmosphere is excellent.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disorganized but Good
    Jessica
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Some friends and I came for restaurant and were not disappointed (except that they were out of a few of the items). Menu/MBK is an ambitious spot with a lot going on and good food. But I have to wonder if they are perhaps trying to do too many things with a market and a bar and a restaurant. A lot of the staff, as friendly as they were, seemed a bit stressed. Anyway, the food was good, even if it wasn't always at the right temperature. I had the escargot and the salmon with the pot de crème. The escargot was good but perhaps a little flavorless, and the grilled baguette (as well as the escargot themselves) was no longer warm when it arrived at my table. Same goes for the salmon. Menu/MBK really shines with its desserts. All were delicious!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great little spot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    It is close dining so you will get to know the people beside you. The food was great. We went for restaurant week and no one had a bad dish. The guy beside me wasn't overly kicked up about his main entree, but I had the same thing and thought it was good. It was the mussells and while they weren't swimming in sauce I actually thought that allowed you to taste more of the mussel, which I loved. All in all it was a great dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • sseatsVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Nothing special or memorable here. Waiter was knowledgeable about the dishes, but kept using "we" as in how are "we" and are "we" ready to order. That is irritating.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Steak Frites Ever!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    This is a unique place combining sit-down (rather fine) dining, with a bistro, and small market. Brilliant, really. Had the steak frites which I have enjoyed many times at Bistrot du Coin. This was better! It has something to do with the bone marrow reduction that they use. And the cows, I'm told, are happy cows (grass-fed, pasture raised without antibiotics or other hormones). This comes through in the flavor. Oh, and the mayonnaise (for the fries), is laced with garlic! It was a pleasant surprise :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Check MENU/MBK out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We decided to go to MENU for a birthday dinner on a friday night. Initially we were a little worried about how empty it was, but our worry turned to amazement as we started our meal. The food, drinks, and service were all excellent. Once word of mouth starts to spread about this place, its going to be a hard to get reservation, so get in now. Be sure to save room for dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • maryVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This is the second of two great meals at MBK Bistro in the last few months. The menu seems short but there are many great items to choose from. Highlights this time were a smoked cod salad with peas and pea pods, a wonderful pate, great fries and a lovely steak au poivre with green peppercorns. The wine and beer lists are interesting with many good choices by the glass. The service was great both times. Great place for before theatre.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Flights of Food Fantasy...
    RestaurantWeekRW
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Wanted to try Menu/MBK since I'd heard great things about it and was not disappointed by lunch last Friday. After climbing up several flights of stairs to the third floor was delighted to find an intimate dining space and innovative menu with an appealing lunch special. My friends and I enjoyed tasty, creative food featuring fresh ingredients and both flair and flare. Don't know if it would be noisy at night but it was great for a quiet lunch catch up with busy friends. Would love to try the tasting table for 6 or book it for a special party. Enjoyed a chat with the chef and visit to the first floor gourmet market on the way out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    Jane
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    MBK is an excellent restaurant. The service is always topnotch and the food, drinks, atmosphere are great. We feel its better than a lot of the "foodie" hot spots. You can always get a table, because it is more of a hidden gem. This location has had several failed restaurants before MBK, and we hope it breaks the pattern. Love the market and the chef's kitchen, but the bistro, is warm, chic, and comfortable. Beautifully designed and the food is wonderful. Even the side dishes, which at some places are more afterthoughts, at MBK they were phenomenal. What sounded like a typcial mixed vegetable for the daily, was anything but typical. Kudos to the chef, our table at 4 of the sides and they were as great as our main course.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Menu /MBK = Oasis near the Mall
    tted117
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Very hot day and I was parched and starving after long meetings. Booked a table for one and walked across the Mall. Menu/MBK is 4 floors, high end charcuterie on #1, sushi bar seating on #2, bar and lounge on #3 and table seating on top. (Don't take aged relatives for a sit down dinner, too many stairs). It is beautiful to look at and a lot of vertical space used to good effect. I was greeted and seated warmly. My server was prompt and friendly. She provided a tall cold glass of sparkling water and a perfect vodka tonic within a moment of request. Menu is seasonal bistro. I had a fantastic croque provençal with a little lightly dressed green salad on the side. In layman's terms it was the best grilled ham & cheese of my life. Eat here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • small portions
    mpeano
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Food was OK but very small portions. We have asked for a table of cheese with 3 that came with 2. We finished the donner hungry.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner
    TMacVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We enjoyed high quality, interesting food on a Saturday night in Penn Quarter without feeling rush to turn the table. Great steaks! We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • sseatsVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    This place was quiet because we were the only diners. I don't know if it is noisy when others are there. The food was tasty, but nothing notable/must have again. A bit of a disappointment.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    the service and atmosphere were great, the food was mediocre and overpriced for the quality.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting- Not Sure Yet
    smilenenjoyVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    The food was really good and interesting - presented well and flavorful. The restaurant itself is awkward to get to - there was no one downstairs on the entry level to greet diners and the staff behind the store counter didn't even take notice of guests wandering around and not finding where to go. Once on the second level the bar was so crowded it was nearly impossible to get to the restaurant level without disrupting and interrupting lots of cocktail-goers. Once in the restaurant area, the restaurant was casual an intriguing. The staff seems green, not sure of their menu, and barely able to speak to the menu.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    MattVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Great service, amazing food, I would definitely recommend going there for a drink or dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food
    Marti
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The menu does not do justice to the craftsmanship and execution of their food. The restau is a little pricey but the food is so incredibly fresh and perfectly cooked.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gilt Deal Letdown
    ElBee
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We used the Gilt lunch deal and were disappointed. Our menu was set with zero selection, which was unknown to us at the time of purchase. We were served a green gazpacho, which was fantastic, and a salad and croque monsieur which were pretty average. My take-away impression is that the place thinks too highly of itself to actually give you a choice with any kind of deal. MBK, don't offer the deals then. For a place so pretentious, the service was mediocre. The waitress initially served us sparkling water without saying anything. This was fine with me, but not with my companion. It was less fine when she mixed regular water into it. We also ate bread without any plates. Sloppy service at a high end place means I probably won't be back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner Saturday evening
    Rally
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The fame to claim of this restaurant is the Mussels & French fries. Always goood! Unfortunately there were not enough mussels left for our 7pm table of two. So one of us had the Bouillabaisse, which was good, well balanced, not too salty or greasy. Just the right way. The beer (belgian made in Canada) and wine (French) were excellent! The only weakness was the dessert. Advertised as a Tiramisu, was just a short uninteresting version of it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch with Flair
    SirBrunchALot
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    This place has real ambiance! You'll swear that you're in a friend's DC rowhouse. The tables in the bistro at the top level are extremely close together. We started off our brunch with a couple of Bloody Mary's. Blech. Tasted like tomato juice and vodka, that's all. No spices at all. Tried the sangria. Not good. Then we tried the mimosas, which were excellent! Just enough oj to give it color, without making it too sweet (or diluted!). I suggest going straight to mimosas! For our main course we chose the Corned beef hash with poached egg, and steak and eggs. Both were very under-seasoned. The meat was fork-tender, tho. The egg yolk was not runny like a correct poached egg, but rather sticky. Overall, a nice experience, but very pricey!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not very crowded on a Friday...
    dceater82VIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Read about this place on a few food blogs and expected more of a crowd on a Friday night. The food was OK but a little pricey for the portion size. Not sure I would visit again for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hits and misses
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The biggest hit was perfectly prepared steak au poivre. The vegetable plate contained mostly peas (snap & shelled) with good truffle flavor. Boston lettuce salad w/walnuts, blue cheese, and watermelon radish was also good, just not $14 good. The seafood vol au vent contained mostly mussels and had a disk of puff pastry balanced on the top--good flavor, but odd deconstruction. The tiramisu was also oddly deconstructed, although tasty. The entree mussels were large and plump, but the broth wasn't savory enough to give them much flavor. Frites were small (2-3") and soggy. Beignet dessert got raves. Wine and beer selection good; Negroni Afrique also interesting, but mainly for cinnamon lovers. Service was pleasant & professional.
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  • LucyCVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Friendly, but inconsistent service (forgot our side dish, and to bring any bread). Bar area is really nice, but in desperate need of A/C. Could be a really great place, but needs more oversight.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, excellent service
    SaraT
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The food is lovely. The food is very well done - I would recommend following the recommendations of the watistaff for drinks, food and dessert.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nothing special for the price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    My group started with the smoked lamb and lentil appetizers. For entrees, I tried the porgy, my friend had the fennel gratin, and my fiance had the cod. The appetizers were much more interesting than the entrees themselves. The entrees tasted fine and they were presented well, but they tasted like something I could make at home with minimal effort. I was disappointed considering the prices they were charging. I would not go back.
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  • Great option for drinks or dinner
    Brian
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    It's a space over a market, with both a creative bar and ample table space. Definitely try the bacon bread. They sell it downstairs as well.
    Special Features:
    romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    I came to Menu MBK for Brunch and would absolutely recommend it to anyone interested in a great new foodie place that is still a secret among DC Brunchers. MBK recently opened up and they do everything right. Chef Keith is an extremely talented artist and prepared exquisite pastries, homemade yogurt parfaits, deviled eggs, crepes, and lochs for the started buffet. The meal only got better with the second course options (The Steak and Eggs is rotating, but a must if offered when you are there). You finish off the experience with a dessert choice, which would wisely be concluded with the cheesescake. Please go here.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • foodmeVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Maybe the word isn't out yet about Menu/MBK, because nobody else was there for lunch when we went. Our server was new to lunch, and kept forgetting what dishes were on the lunch menu. The prices were sky-high as well. $14 for small apps, and either $20 or $30+ for lunch mains. I got the $20 meatballs: 3 veal meatballs with some tasty relish, along with veggies. Seems a bit steep. For apps/sides, we got the calamari, which our server assured us was "the best calamari in town" -- I didn't have it, but my lunchmates said it was nothing that merited the hyperbole. Then, we ordered the smoked goat appetizer, which our server assured us would leave us with "a hint of smoke on our palate." None to be found. If this keeps up, could flop like Azur.
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  • nones
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Great place for a nontraditional brunch. Food was wonderful.
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy choice
    Skips
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Good food! Many choices and everything was well received. Good Service A multi generation group of food lovers had a good evening. Special favorite was beef Tatar and the deserts were delicious. Attentive wait staff in a small space
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Didn't stay to eat..
    foodiedcgirlVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We went for brunch - it was a fixed price with 3 courses for $35 (no drinks included). The menu only had 5 options for the main course, the first course just said chef's choice and the 3rd was "dessert" so really you have no idea what you are getting. They should at least post this online that it's only fixed price....they are not going to make it if they keep with this ambiguous and limited of a menu. It was also very hot upstairs!
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  • Nothing to write home about
    Swtpea387
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    When we arrived, the air conditioning wasn't working. It eventually kicked in, but the bathroom never received any air. The service was slow- I think our server had too many tables. I ordered a drink on the cocktail menu that the bartender didn't have the ingredients for, my friend ordered a beer on the bottled list that they didn't have, and I ordered the soft-shell crab which they didn't have. It would have lessened the blow had our server told us what was not available before we looked at the menu. I didn't like the drink I did get, and luckily the server took it off the bill (although he forgot and put it on the bill, then realized it). Our starters were all fair, and our entrees were better. I thought it was overpriced.
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  • Will Never Go Back
    LindeoEats2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Waited to be seated (30 min even though I had an 11:30 reservation) and were seated at a cramped table next to another group of three. Weird "chef's table" for first course. You had to walk down two levels to get there and the selection was too much for a first course. Plus nothing was chilled even though there were dairy products (deviled eggs, cheese, cream). I saw a hair in the fruit salad, so I passed on that. The bed of greens under the deviled eggs was wilted. Offered water by server but had to wait 30 min for coffee. Ordered second course and waited 45 min. When it arrived egg Benedict dish was cold. At that point we had been there 2.5 hours and we just wanted out. Check was comped but who cares? I'll never get that time back!
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Mothers Day...Seated late and then waited for menus to be printed. Out of champagne we wanted. Food was fair.
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  • Fabulous new comer!
    foodfan
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Took a group of 5 to Menu/MBK for a birthday dinner. Food was FABULOUS! Terrific variety, lots of options for vegetarians, the kitchen was also willing to accommodate us in making one of the sides into an entree (on a Saturday night!). Very well priced. Staff were all poised, polite, informative, pleasant, and responsive but not intrusive. Highly recommend Menu/MBK! The market on the first floor also had wonderful take out and add ons in case you want to continue your feasting the next day or need to have ready dinner instead of cooking one night. Definitely a gem.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Menu-Market Bar Kitchen-Very Good!
    Takoma33
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We'd made rsv for Sat night. We arrived & were surprised to learn our table was not ready. We checked out market area on street level for 15 mins. Our table still wasn't ready so we went to 2nd floor there's a lounge & small bar. It was very busy with biz group pretty much taken over the bar and most of the lounge. But were able to find seats. We had wonderful cocktails (mgr graciously comped). Table was ready 30-40 mins past rsv. We were fine about the delay just hungry. Server was great (forgot her name, from SF). She was very knowledgeable & friendly. Food was excellent. Our only complaints: very small wine pours; rabbit sausage entree should have more pasta and better rsv organization. In time, Menu will be 100% outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 63 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 8 reviews are from the MENU/MBK reviews archive.