Mission Beach Cafe
Mission Beach Cafe

Mission Beach Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.missionbeachcafesf.com/
  • Phone: 4158610198
  • Hours of Operation:
    PASTRY, DESSERT, & BLUE BOTTLE COFFEE: Monday - Thursday: 7:00am - 10:00pm Friday: 7:00am - 11:00pm, Saturday: 9:00am - 11:00pm, Sunday: 9:00am - 4:30pm LUNCH/BRUNCH Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 2:30pm BRUNCH: Saturday 9:00am - 2:30pm, Sunday 9:00am - 3:30pm DINNER: Monday - Thursday 5:30pm - 10:00pm Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm SUNDAY DINNER: Closed
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Mission Beach offers catering for private events from cocktail parties to small, full course dinners, luncheons, etc.
  • Private Party Facilities: -
  • Private Party Contact: Bill Clark 4158610198

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 14th
  • Public Transit: Muni: Church & Market
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking available one block away at 14th & Valencia. Sun. - Thurs. $8., Fri. - Sat. $10. Mention Mission Beach for a $2 discount.
A word from Mission Beach Cafe
Mission Beach Cafe is a true San Francisco neighborhood cafe. Offering Blue Bottle Coffee, Alan Carter's amazing morning pastries and desserts, Thomas Martinez's "Seasonal Progressive" cuisine at lunch, brunch, and dinner, or a glass of wine from our California-only wine list, Mission Beach is open throughout the day and evening to serve you. Come relax in our beautifully appointed, modernist environment designed to revive and replenish whether it be for a casual latte and piece of pie or full course, candlelit dinner.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Mission Beach Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
47 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (31)neighborhood gem (29)great for brunch (18)special occasion (13)romantic (13)notable wine list (6)good for groups (4)great for lunch (3)hot spot (2)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • very innovative menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    waitress was a little brittle, less than welcoming
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • terrific
    laura
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Fantastic experience. Service was excellent - attentive when needed and patient since we were waiting for our friends, who arrived quite late, took a while to order and lingered afterward. Food was delicious - tuna crudo, melon salad and pot pie appetizers, burgers, sole and cannelloni entrees, and chocolate pecan pie for dessert. Only complaint is that it gets quite loud when the restaurant fills up. In sum, we eat out a ton and have extremely high standards for restaurants - this was a winner!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • New favorite place
    cabgoesleft
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    it starts with really nice people that make you feel at home in what seems like an unlikely place for a comfortable culinary gem. you feel sincerely welcome. the menu is california fresh with a dash of comfort. lots of good options for starters and mains. wine list is also very good with a focus on california. Having "found" MBC only recenty, I've been only a couple of times, but I plan to become a regular.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    Newbie
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Often weekend brunch wait long so I head here for dinner frequently. A favorite consistently great place!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Place Ever!
    vbrown
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    MBC was my fav brunch spot, and now it's one of my fav dinner places as well. Delicious food, speedy service, amazing chocolate chip cookies for dessert. Perfect size, not too big and noisy, but big enough for 4-6 people to dine together. Love it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not just breakfast. Go for dinner
    cabgoesleft
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    I always thought of MBC as a breakfast/brunch place, which isn't my thing. So, I'd never been. On a friend's recommendation, I tried it for dinner. It was excellent! The food was great. The people were super nice and gave good advice. It's a really nice space. And again, the food is excellent. I will definitely go back. I might even go for brunch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Mission restaurant
    larkin
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We went here for dinner even though it's best known for brunch, and the dinner was great. I got the vegetarian option, which was sauteed vegetables and a grain, seemingly fairly straightforward, and they managed to make it unique and very good. We were a bit surprised by some of the smaller portion sizes (like the ribs) and a fairly short menu, but each item we tried was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Nice amibiance
    msjrenae
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    My friends and I came here for dinner. It was a nice, relaxed spot. Food is good. Standard SF style.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I had really been looking forward to eating at this restaurant for a while after all the rave reviews I've read about it. They're obviously using quality ingredients and there were some elements that were very good but overall, the food was WAY too salty. I limit my salt intake for health reasons and never add salt to my food so I am most likely over sensitive to it but my husband found it too salty as well. I prefer pepper, personally, but no fresh ground pepper was offered or on the table. We also found the desserts to be generic and too sweet, no complex flavors at all, kind of like grocery store bakery desserts. Given the price, the meal just didn't measure up to the hype. We won't be going back.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Wine Complimented Lovely Food
    cwilson
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I was delighted and surprised by a good, inexpensive, selection of wines. The food was quite fresh and seasonal specials, I had the squash, were delicious. What a treat to see cream pies on the dessert menu. The butterscotch banana did not disappoint. We will return for an affordable, high quality meal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood dinner spot
    goodfoodwins
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    I have always been a fan of MBC - brunch is too crazy, but dinner was always a guarantee - friendly service and yummy food in a warm cozy dining room. I hadn't been here in a awhile and was disappointed by my visit earlier this week. The server and host seemed distracted and not happy about us requesting a table move from the spot they tried to sit us in - right next to the swinging kitchen door where you can see the trash in the back and hot air blowing out. Overall, the place needs some sprucing up - bathroom was full of left over chairs and was more of a disorganized storage space, the chairs are extremely uncomfortable and starting to look grungy. Food was 'okay'. I will give the lavender cheesecake 5 stars though!
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  • Consistently wonderful
    inhousemark
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    It was our second visit to Mission Beach Cafe. We were very impressed the first time with the food and the intimacy of the restaurant. This time we brought friends who were equally taken with the place. Our friend had recently broken a bone in her foot and had a knee scooter. The waiter could not have been more accommodating letting us try out several tables to see which one could best accommodate her. All in all another pleasant evening and we will return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not just a brunch spot
    VHung08
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I came here for dinner although I usually come for brunch, which is amazing. I had the chicken, which was surprisingly good. Not too dry, which is the case with a lot of places. Great wine selection as well. Glad I finally got to try the dinner menu. Now I know why the place fills up so quickly!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always an amazing meal!
    MelNem
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Time and time again we are always blown away by how wonderful Mission Beach Café is.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Past Sell By Date
    Avoidit
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Mission Beach is a restaurant that used to have great food and great deserts. Today, the food is almost unchanged in 5 years. The paper menus are emblematic of this restaurant. They are dirty and have been used so many times they even have drip marks on them. Putting out new menus is not difficult, it is about having the will or the interest to do so. The same goes with the deserts. They used to have 10-15. Now they have 5 and no sorbets. The white walls have smudge marks (look at the light switches). A once great restaurant whose chef has lost the energy and enthusiasm that once made this a great restaurant. They don't even appear to care enough to wipe the dirt off the walls.
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  • Mission Beach Cafe
    Fromoutside
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I had dinner with my son on Saturday, June 21st at Mission Beach Cafe. The staff is warm, friendly, responsive, timely, in short excellent. I had a brace on my leg due to an accident, and our waitress did everything to make me comfortable. Much appreciated. The food was wonderful without exception. The ambience friendly, convivial. I don't particularly like the art work on the walls; a subjective opinion. I appreciated that the music was muted so that conversation, the main ingredient next to food, was possible, encouraged and enjoyed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great atmosphere and but very loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Had dinner there on a Friday night. Very lively, but easy to get a table on opentable. Beautiful room. Great food, but the room was very loud and the way the table was set up I was physically closer to the people on each side at neighboring tables than my husband across on my table. So I learned more about what the neighboring tables were talking and laughing about than being able to hear my husband. We caught up nicely on the walk home and agreed that the food was great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flatbread very soggy
    GamsNEggs
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    I ate one bite of my flatbread because it was so soggy. It was really a tortilla and it was limp. I left the rest. The waiter knew, but I still paid for it, so I won't be back. The last time I was here the food was great. This time was disappointing. I call this the SF Bait-and-switch. Happens a lot. A man and a woman get better service than two women. A Friday night is generally better than a Tuesday. It's not like this in San Diego or Suzhou, China. What makes SF so special?
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 29 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 556 reviews are from the Mission Beach Cafe reviews archive.
  • Disappointed this time
    Eric
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I really like Mission Beach Cafe, however, they had an off night the evening we went. Food was very good, but unfortunately, the kitchen didn't have their act together. The servers did their best, but couldn't make up for it. Many tables around us got served way before we did and they got there way after we did. They did try to save it by giving us a free sampler of dessert at the end. I will give them another shot because it is a very quaint place and more often than not, it is really good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was fantastic!
    Hbros16
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    My boyfriend and I try to go on a date night every weekend to a new restaurant. I've been seeing a buzz for this place online but mainly for brunch. It was impossible for me to get a brunch reservation so we opted for dinner. We were not disappointed! The food was fantastic! Wine was great. And the dessert was out of this world (banana butterscotch pie). Can't wait to go back; hopefully for brunch next time!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Joeindamission
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    I'm relatively new to the neighborhood, and walk by daily. Decided to give it a shot for dinner and it was outstanding. The hamachi crudo appetizer was great, the chicken was lovely, and overall had a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful surprise
    inhousemark
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    We decided to try Mission Beach Cafe after seeing the wonderful reviews on Open Table. We were cautiously optimistic. What a wonderful evening. The restaurant was rather empty so it was not too noisy. The food was exceptional (one of us had salmon, the other filet mignon) as was the service. We had the banana butterscotch cream pie for dessert and it was memorable....all in all a great evening. Prices were also reasonable for what you got. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    the food was awesome!! we sat down at 6:30 and didn't leave until 9:30 because we enjoyed so more wine after dinner. however, the waiter set down our entrees and literally never came back. another man had to clear our table and pour our second glass of wine. our actual waiter never even asked us how our main meal was... was nice enough when he was waiting on us, but i guess he kind of just got busy with other tables.
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  • Consistently excellent!
    Adisa
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    My default special occasion restaurant for me and my out of town guests. Love. Never disappoints. The noise level was uncharacteristically loud last Thursday, but there was a party of 20. That's not typical. You won't be disappointed.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always satisfying
    lblicher
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    We have been many times to Mission Beach for brunch and always found it very satisfying. Everything is delicious, the menu choices are varied and interesting, the setting is pleasant but not overdone. This was our first dinner experience and we loved it. It was my son's 25th birthday and we wanted great food but not too much of a scene as I was not feeling very well. This was the perfect place. Great food options for all four of us (even for me with a limited palate that night), the best crab cakes ever, good help from the staff on drink choices and a really nice experience. And reasonable prices as well! Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid dining experience
    krissal
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    I've been to MBC for their fantastic brunch before, but this was my first dinner visit. Overall the food was quite good, as was the service. It wasn't a mind-blowing culinary experience, but everything was tasty (especially my pork chop)! Will definitely come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Brunch, Very Good Dinner
    Elliott
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Came to Mission Beach for dinner for the first time. It was quite good, but didn't quite hit the same (albeit astronomical) highs as they do for brunch. Rabbit gumbo was the highlight. Other diners had the tagliatelle, halibut, pork chop, and roasted chicken. Every plate was scraped clean, so they couldn't have been doing too much wrong, but the gumbo was the only truly memorable entree. Started with Brussels sprouts to share and split chocolate pecan pie, banana butterscotch cream pie, and Brooklyn blackout cake for dessert. Desserts were good, though all were quite rich and it seemed a chore to polish off all three between the five of us. Perhaps we should've ordered better. I'll be glad to return but not waiting with bated breath.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK, but better in the past...
    JLeo
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    Just wasn't outstanding like the few times we had eaten here before.
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    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!!
    icybeta
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    Totally recommend the restaurant for dinner for anyone who loves their brunch. The restaurant has great food, pleasant service on a quiet mid-week evening. I would come to this restaurant each visit to SF!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Burger!!
    Danielle
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    These burgers will take you to another place. I keep coming back for more. The ingredients in all the food is fresh and interesting. I particularly liked the fried capers in the hamachi appetizer for a salty crunch. As well as the parsnip chip topped Brussel sprouts. YUMMM YUMMM
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing Better
    Meshman
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    One of the best SF finds. Welcoming environment. Superb chef. Fantastic service. What more could you ask for?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food.... Slow service
    BrunchMunch
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    I came here for dinner with friends on a weeknight. The restaurant was half empty when we got there (guess I didn't need a reservation!) and didn't get that much busier. (I think they're mostly known for brunch.) The food was amazing -- my burger was the best I've ever had, and the truffle fries were delish. Friends got filet mignon and halibut, which they raved about. Only really problem was the service. Our food took over an hour to come after we ordered. (And it came after other parties who had arrived later.) Nothing we ordered was especially complex, and the restaurant was half full. Food, though, was amazing... So I'll still be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • More than delicious pies….
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    I have always loved Mission Bay Cafe, but had not been in a while. So when were looking last minute for Friday night in the neighborhood it popped up as available, and I am so happy it did. My friends and I very much enjoyed our meal and wines, and the service was warm and attentive. The pies were as delicious as I remembered and the perfect finish to a hearty dinner.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Recent Discovery
    Mattegray
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    I've just discovered Company and keep coming back in since it's everything I want in a restaurant: fine food, good service, and a pleasant ambiance. I especially recommend the Kale Chips and Chicken Wing Confit appetizers, and the lamb shank entree.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FABULOUS!!
    Yvonne
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Best restaurant we have tried in a long time. Can't say enough about food and service. Wonderful evening.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vday dinner review
    AD1982
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Have been to MBC for brunch and on a regular night - the V-day Prix Fixe was not as great as either, but was still good. Not my ideal menu but food was great. However service wasn't so good - waitress was only interested in selling us more booze, I was brought the wrong dessert, long wait between courses (and to get the right dessert, which was sorbet - should have taken 2 seconds). Also it took awhile to get the check, and as we walked out we realized we'd missed out on an extra sweet at the end. Bummer!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great meal
    out2eatinSF
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Once again, Mission Beach Cafe offered the perfect food, drink, and atmosphere for hosting out of town guests. The food selection is always expertly prepared. I love the relaxed local atmosphere of the restaurant. The wine and beer list is always local and current. Their innovative dishes are seasonal and delicious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal
    RobertM
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    This place is known for brunch and is really hard to get into for that meal. It comes up all the time on Opentable for me for dinner, and I finally tried it. Really a pleasant surprise. Everything was delicious. We had the brussels sprouts appetizer, the beet salad, mushroom ravioli and filet mignon. Not a bad dish in the bunch. Don't miss the pies for dessert, really top notch too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just a gem
    Simplesusan
    Dined on 12/4/2013
    Best burger in town - best brunch in town - best pies in town. What more does a person need?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great burger
    David
    Dined on 11/26/2013
    We came here for the Pot Pie Tuesday advertised on their website but they don't do it anymore. Disappointed that I could not get a pot pie so we had a burger which was very good. However they need to update their website. The waitress said they have not been doing Pot Pie Tuesday for a year!!! I felt like it was a bit of false advertising.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate