Metro Lafayette
Metro Lafayette

Metro Lafayette

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.metrolafayette.com/
  • Phone: 9252844422x3
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily 11:00am - 3:30pm
    Brunch: Weekends 11:00am - 3:30pm Dinner: Daily 3:30 - 11:00pm
    Late Night Menu: 9:00pm - 11:00pm
    Bar: Until at least midnight
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Steve Jaramillo
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: Metro offers a private dining space with fireplace for up to 70 guests. On Friday and Saturday evenings, a $5,000 minimum food and beverage charge applies. For smaller groups, our garden room seats up to 45 guests, as does our semi-private sunroom. During summer months, our outdoor patio can accommodate groups of up to 175. Please call for additional details.
  • Private Party Contact: Erika Pringsheim-Moore 9252845069x
  • Special Events: Metro offers four distinct dining areas for special events ranging from 25 to 300 guests. Please call Erika at 925/284-5069 or visit www.metrolafayette.com for more information. Sample special event menus are available on our Private Functions page.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: between 1st Street and Moraga Road
  • Public Transit: Lafayette BART is within 10 minutes walking distance
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Metro is located in the Plaza Center between Moraga Road and First Street, across the parking lot from Whole Foods Market, in between Jackson's Wine and Spirits and Bank of America. Parking is in front of the building on the plaza side.
A word from Metro Lafayette
Metro Lafayette has received a prestigious Michelin Guide Recommendation the past four years and is Zagat-rated. Merging urban sophistication with a relaxed suburban attitude, the restaurant is a stylish destination serving big city food. With the largest outdoor patio in the East Bay, it's the perfect place for al fresco dining. The menu features an eclectic mix of dishes, such as Gnocchi Parisienne with roasted winter squash, caramelized onions, brown butter & sage; Cassoulet
of duck leg & pork confit, house-made Toulouse sausage & cannellini beans; Roasted Sea Bass with fingerling potatoes & piquillo pepper sauce; and Pan-roasted Prince Edward Island Mussels in white wine-herb broth with Acme toast. With a raw bar, full bar, small plates, entrees and late night menu, Metro offers something delicious for all occasions.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Metro Lafayette reviews from OpenTable diners
119 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (100)neighborhood gem (60)great for lunch (58)fit for foodies (49)great for brunch (38)good for groups (34)special occasion (33)vibrant bar scene (29)kid-friendly (20)romantic (19)notable wine list (17)hot spot (13)late-night find (7)scenic view (4)Show More
  • great time
    duffy
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Had lunch with a friend! We both loved the food we ordered (fish and chips; crab salad; peach and blueberry crumble; and sundae) while eating on the outside patio. Server was perfect in all aspects. This experience made our day! Will be back again soon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Patio dining
    MsFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Eating inside is practically unbearable because of the high decibel level, but the outdoor patio is perfect. We indulged in burgers (fish and beef) and the servings were very generous. The fries were thin and crispy. We've had the salads in the past, and they have always been good. Service was spotty. We waited a long time for someone to bring menus and check back with us for orders, but the water server came around exactly as we needed refills.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LoveLafayetteVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    You will always have a great time at Metro. Great food, great service, great restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Explorer
    explorerVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    My friend and I went there for lunch. It was our first time. Parking was good as it backs up to the Safeway/Whole Foods "Mall" shopping area. Since the weather was good we ate outside. The service was excellent. I had a vegetable salad which consisted of a number of vegetables cut up very finely and mixed with greens and then with a very tasty salad dressing. We were very pleased and hope to go back in the future.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Waitress
    QueenBee
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I loved the waitress we had Jennifer she was awesome, took time to explain all the great dishes on teh menu and lefy my and my friend to chat for 3 hours. Best services ever and drinks were good!!! I will be coming back again this summer to enjoy the outdoor patio.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful, BUT so noisy.
    KathieVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Best bet is to sit outside. Impossible to have a normal conversation inside - just so loud.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lafayette's best
    FindAdventure
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I've been a regular at Metro's since it opened. The food is always fresh and tasty. My favorite place for dinner in Lafayette.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall great spot!
    MimiVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We had very good food and great service here for lunch this week.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • reliable food with outdoor seating
    Ca1ifornia
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The gnocchi was terrific; the fish tacos okay. Nice to have outdoor dining with umbrellas on a warm summer day.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect lunch in courtyard
    LovebirdsVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Very pleasant experience on our first visit. Great food, friendly service, and perfect spot for our relaxing special lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sugarpie
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Food was delicious and the service was terrific. I met a friend for lunch and we had a years with of life to catch up on so our server was accommodating in giving us plenty of time to visit. He also made great menu recommendations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A nice quiet delicious lunch
    BenthereB4VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    My guest and I were seated in the inside patio as it was too warm to sit outside. Our server was prompt with water, bread and drink orders. The Chalone Chardonnay was delicious I ordered the Poke which was served with baked Won Ton chips as was very tasty. Even though the Poke was presented as an appetizer it was very filling and made a lovely meal. My guest had the fish tacos that were made with Ono. The serving of two was very good and contained the right amount of seasoning and sauces to make them delicious. We were having a late 2PM lunch the restaurnat had their afternoon rush over and the atomosphere was quiet and soothing. I would definitely dine there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    MelanieVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Saw it on "Check Please!" and it didn't disappoint. The patio is spacious, vibrant, and totally lovely for outdoor dining. Fun cocktails and solid wine list (including well-priced by-the-glass options that are actually good). Lots of variety among apps, small plates, and entrees - loved the padron peppers, watermelon/feta salad, mac n cheese. Very friendly and attentive service. Went back the very next week.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb
    1967
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Celebrate anniversary with family (5 of us) on a Saturday evening. Lovely weather. Dined outside. Food was excellent. Tried small plates and entrees. Pork chop tasty. Small plate fruit/cheese very nice. Seated next to a large party of 24+. Outside dining full to capacity @ 8.30pm. Service a little slow after ordering, but remained reasonable. One glitch- busboy cleared wine glass that had a bit of wine! Noticed it too late. Mentioned to waitress. Never had that happen before at any restaurant!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely lunch
    SPS1
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I brought my friend there for a birthday lunch. When Donna came to take our drink order, my friend requested a very smooth red. Donna took this request very seriously and worked with the bar tender to find the perfect one. We split two salads.... the Crab Salad and the Tuna Confit Nicoise. When they arrive they were plated separately and looked, not really like one salad split but a more generous portion of each. Both were delicious. When we decided not to order dessert because we were too full, Donna still brought us a lovely birthday candled ice cream filled profiterole to share. All in all, it was a totally delightful meal on the lovely patio with superb service!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Heavy food to go with drink..
    sfswim
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We sat outside, which was lovely and quiet. Inside it was very noisy, however. The food was very fresh and tasty, but too heavy for me. Each small dish had enough oil for a whole meal. The menu description didn't suggest this, so we were fooled. I'll try the salads next time, light on the dressing.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Still Great Food
    LafayetteFoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We 'be been going here occasionally since they opened and the food is still great. Small plate of lobster spaghetti was rich and creamy with lobster you could taste. Salads always good but heirloom tomato and burrata was outstanding. Husband's sea bass also great. Nice variety on wine list. Albariño refreshing. Try the rose; not sweet and nice for summer meal. Love the pleasant patio and service has always been professional. Really love this place!
    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.
  • metro, eh
    alysiabVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    lovely setting and vibrant crowd led to an enjoyable evening out at Metro Maybe needs a name change to So So apps were very good, wine great choices, BUt main courses disappointed chicken dish pure rubber, string beans steamed ( like I do at home) pork chop boring my suggestion is to drink and eat a lot of apps to share all around did not sample desert
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Disappointing
    FoodfortheSoul
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We dined at Metro at the recommendation of old friends. After being seated we waited 10 minutes w/o seeing a waitperson; one came only at my request. Throughout the meal, inordinate amounts of time elapsed between waitperson visits - perhaps understaffed on a Friday night? As for the food, nothing raised above mediocrity...and at above-mediocrity prices. The most disturbing dish was a butterscotch pot du creme. Where the apparent intent was to enhance the butterscotch with salted caramel, the resulting dish was barely edible and probably elevated our blood pressure levels dangerously high due to the salt crust hiding under the whipped cream Return? NOT ON OUR LIVES!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Metro with friends
    george
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    In a rare meeting, six good friends from four different states had brunch at Metro on a lovely Sunday. We sat on the patio and had not only a lovely visit but also a delightful brunch. The other five people had never been to Metro; however, all of them want to return! It was such a pleasant visit. Thanks to Metro for helping us to enjoy the day fully.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Breakfast Brunch
    Jimflip
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We were exceptionally well taken care of - the food was good, but the service was truly exceptional. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NummVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    This was our first visit to Metro and the food and service were great. The price point was a bit higher than I expected, but we will be back for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a find!
    juliagulia
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    How did I not discover this before? Great food, lovely decor, and their bar selections and wine list are fabulous. Will definitely go here again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gret service
    Jimreview
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    We were warmly welcomed, and were able to sit before our Open Table RSVP which we preferred. Nice ambience and eating outside was perfect.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • RickVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    It had been a while since we'd been to Metro Lafayette - - our loss. Great food, excellent service. Dining on the patio is a real treat. No more gaps in visits here - this place is a 'must visit' on a regular basis.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I made reservations through Open Table - the table was ready, in a great location and as a result, we had a wonderful Father's Day lunch. I highly recommend Metro Lafayette - the food was outstanding and our server was excellent!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent restaurant in Lafayette
    Hugh
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The food and service were both great. We ate outside but were a bit concerned that since the outside area is next to Mt. Diablo Blvd we would have road noise but if there was any it wasn't noticeable. Excellent place for an outdoor meal.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ally
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Expensive for such a small salad. For an luncheon salad there were few items that were listed in the description. No bread served with it. We thought it was overpriced and just okay. Would not order it again. We were not rushed and had a leisurely lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • All is very yummy
    helloVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    we came for lunch and sat outside. very pleasant and not too loud. the peach brushetta was outstanding. caramelized onions, goat cheese on grilled sourdough with grilled peaches!!! fabulous--great combination. Salads were very nice, and pastrami was very tasty as well. they also make a very good french fry but ask them to be crispy. service was very nice.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyed our dinner very much,
    Dine4us
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We ate outdoors on a beautiful warm evening. Service, food, the weather all made this a delightful evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pleasant Dining
    teetime
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Nice setting in a busy location. Menu above average and service excellent. Oyster selection good, but on the pricey side. Good choice for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding as always.
    JTBESQ
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    On a warm summer evening there are few places as appealing as the patio at Metro. The salmon was cooked perfectly and the service was well-informed and attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Birthday Dinner
    LoveToBrunch
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    We love Metro Lafayette because the food is excellent. They open early in the evening and we like to go for quiet birthday dinners. The crab cakes are always good to start and there is always a new and trendy main course that we will love. Also, the pear martinis are really great!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good for lunch
    Eloise
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We went on a Saturday and ate outside. Our waiter was attentive and patient, as there was a group of us who hadn't seen each other in a very long time. The brussel sprouts were delicious. My meal, not so much so. My poached egg was hard. The waiter did bring me another egg which I was able to slide onto the toast. But by then, the tartine was a bit cold and hard. A friend's salad had no dressing on it. Again, our waiter brought some on the side when asked. The fish sandwiches were reported to be excellent. I would go again for lunch outside, but not order the same dishes. Also, we went to dinner there one time with 2 other couples. The noise level at that time was so loud, we could not hear each other. Haven't been back inside since.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Metro - Lafayette, CA
    Julie
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    We had a nice lunch at Metro. The food was good but overall rating was down because two of our party thought it was bland. Great for outdoor dining in good weather. The service was very good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • george
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We were early (11:30) on a Sunday. The restaurant was quiet; however, the service and food were excellent. Our dishes had poached eggs, perfectly done. All in all, it was an excellent brunch. I've been to Metro for brunch on other occasions, dinner, and at the bar for drinks/bites. It has been excellent each time. And parking is simple and BART is less than 10 minutes walk.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Usually Metro has a great Brunch - and I've been there several times - but this day they were definately off - I ordered the Eggs Benedict, and it came out with soggy toast - barely toasted.......the eggs were watery - and a very small drop of hollandaise - i don't like a lot of hollandaise, but do want to have enough to taste it - the staff was also out of it, maybe a late Saturday night of partying - as they were not super attentive - and our waiter had to keep telling the bus staff to do their job - as they were just hanging out chatting. My daughter had the gnocchi, which was very good - so no complaints there - Will go back again, as hopefully it was just one of those days -
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh!!
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Went early on a Sunday. There were quite a few people outdoors but only one couple inside, where we sat. With those few people, it seemed service was a bit slow. I think they did not have their full staff yet. Had to ask a couple of times for bread, and asked for some cocktail napkins for a very full drink, but I had to finally walk over to the bar and get them. I realize the menu they have online is probably a sample, but the 2 things I mainly went there for, were not even on the menu, so I was a bit displeased. The décor inside is kind of cold and sparse. . The staff did seem friendly but just a so-so experience. As aside note, I had a better experience on an earlier trip to the Metro in Montclair. The service there was more attentive.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outside seemed nice
    VeryMeh
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Unfortunately, we were indoors. The food was okay, but our server was pretty curt and distrated. Seemed like he was having a bad day. The food could have been better, but it wasn't bad. I'd give the place a resounding meh.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Potential but working out the kinks
    Orinda
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    To be fair, we went on Mother's Day and it was crazy busy. Our order took forever and the toasted sandwich bread was black at the edges, the fries were cold, and the burger was over done. This place seems to have great potential but may still be working out the newness kinks.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall