Morada
Morada

Morada

  • Dining Style: Home Style
  • Website: http://www.theinnatrsf.com/dining
  • Phone: (858) 381-8289
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Daily: 7:00am - 11:00am;
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm;
    Dinner: 5:00pm - 9:30pm Sun - Thurs
    5:00pm - 9:30pm Fri - Sun

    Brunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm Sat - Sun

    Bar: 11:30am - 10:30pm Sun - Thurs
    11:30am - 11:00pm Fri - Sat
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French / American, Californian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Todd Allison
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Privacy, Attentive Service & Outstanding Cuisine. For intimate dining events, uninterrupted business dinners or special family celebrations, the Library and The Vintage Room offer the perfect mix of privacy, attentive service and outstanding cuisine. Let Chef Todd Allison create a custom multi-course meal with wine pairings for the occasion or enjoy his daily menu of California seasonal cuisine. The cozy fireside ambiance of the Library with its book-lined shelves, historic antiques and old-school charm will delight your guests, as will the tasteful art and stylish decor of The Vintage Room.
  • Private Party Contact: Lauren Mandler, Catering Manager 8583818205
  • Entertainment: Join us every Friday and Saturday nights for well know Guitarist Bill Coleman, as he combines jazz, classical, latin and contemporary influences into a highly listenable style uniquely his own. Come and join us for a taste of Morada.
  • Special Events: Engage With an Unassuming Tone of Country Comfort. Removed from distractions, The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe is your ideal destination. From 20 to 350, and from interior ranch warmth to famously manicured lawns, you’ll also enjoy perfect planning that’s as personal as it is professional.

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Morada
Morada restaurant takes its name from Lilian Rice’s 1923 moniker for The Inn, itself, meaning “house of many rooms.” Locally sourced California cuisine and a comfortable sophistication carry on the feel, welcoming locals and guests to gather, share old stories and fresh selections, and feel at home.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Morada reviews from OpenTable diners
40 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (30)special occasion (22)neighborhood gem (21)romantic (20)fit for foodies (20)scenic view (19)great for lunch (14)great for brunch (12)notable wine list (10)good for groups (8)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (2)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Amazing!
    Donna
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We found this lovely restaurant for our 4 year anniversary. It was perfect from beginning to end. The setting was so beautiful! We sat outside and enjoyed the warm night. The food was amazing! I had the sea bass and my husband ordered the filet. Both were cooked to perfection! At the end of the night I declared that this is my new favorite restaurant! Can't wait to go again soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place, great food
    DFW4U
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We recently had the chance to return to the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe and to experience their new menu at La Morada. We had an outside table where the ambiance and view are great and always have been. In the past the food was always good but never great. What a surprise this time! I tried the meatloaf (it was "Meatloaf Monday") and my wife had the salmon. Both were superb. It's unusual when a great location also has great food. Of all the meals during our stay in San Diego, this was by far the best.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ok but food below expectations
    Eatingwell
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Food came cold. Ordered mussels - yummy but tiny. Server was not paying attn to table. Lots of employees milling around. Felt like a typical hotel restaurant - not like Market, San Diego's best restaurant ...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, Nice Location
    QCommVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Service here can be unpolished…not at Mille Fleurs level. There are some good dishes here. Lamb and fish are usually quite good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Low point of our weekend
    NightOutVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Had three nice dinners out this past weekend, Morada was definitely the low point. The items we ordered had odd flavor combos, and mediocre preparation. Disappointing and over-priced to boot!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Outdorr Setting
    highexpectationsVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Drove down to enjoy an outdoor breakfast on a beautiful Sunday morning. The setting is serene, the food very good for breakfast. The only drawback was the barking dog sitting at the table behind us. I have three dogs and love them very much, but would never think about having them join me at a restaurant. Probably won't go back for that reason.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • stlglg
    STLfan
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Morada has a lovely area for outdoor patio dining. The limited menu offered several interesting, unique and tasty items. For dessert the cobbler was delicious. The restaurant offers a comprehensive wine list at all prices and fine cocktail selections. This is an excellent addition to the Rancho Santa Fe dining scene.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful spot
    WinendineVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Our food was just delicious. In fact, our only complaint was that it took about 15 minutes for us to get any service at all, then once we ordered our wine, another 10. (Our waitress stopped & took the dinner order at the next table before turning in our wine order.) Everything else was great. We love the beautiful setting & the redo.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch at Morada
    live2eatandrink
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Took a friend to lunch for her birthday. I had read the review after the remodel. Was not disappointed--decor is lovely--service was great and the apple dessert was one of the best desserts I have ever had! I'm looking forward to going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was a little lacking
    diner
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    While the servers were very attentive and courteous when present, they were a bit slow in tending to our needs. For example, our waiter (who apologized for the delay) was slow in taking our initial cocktail order even though there were only five or six other diners in the restaurant at the time. I had to ask for my table setting area to be cleaned because of spillage even though servers had cleared the dishes and refilled water more than a couple of times (somehow, none of them noticed; but when i pointed out the problem, our server was apologetic for not cleaning the area sooner). It seems the servers were knowledgeable and acknowledged their deficits, but they had to be asked to do things that are automatically done in other restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special
    SeanVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    My wife and I are blessed to eat out frequently, so it takes a lot to surprise us. Our dinner there the other night, of blue crusted flank steak and grilled diver scallops was amazing. Very complex, lots of flavors and really delicious. The staff was attentive, as usual, with recommendations that hit the spot. A special evening for sure.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Beautiful and historic setting. The halibut was the best I'd ever ordered. Although we didn't have wine, the list was diverse and all encompassing from around the world. Our cocktails were perfect. Would definitely recommend this renovated venue. Simply fantastic!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great remodel
    WinendineVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We love the way they have remodeled the public areas of this hotel. The former ballroom has been converted into a charming bar & restaurant, & it flows beautifully onto the outside veranda. The food was delicious, & we had a great overall experience. We'll definitely be back soon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A special surprise
    DollfaceLVIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Thrilled to find this charming spot. Ordered the arugula salad (totally fresh), the tenderloin and asparagus (both were over cooked, but still good), salmon and spring veggies (perfectly cooked and delicious), Creme brûlée (best part of the meal), and apple cobbler (very good). The prices are great and the atmosphere is delightful. A lot of locals eat at this spot and I know why. I will return again
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect lunch
    truffles
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    The Morada lunch recently couldn't have been more perfect. From the sunny delightful summer day to the exquisite lunch and attentive service. One of us had the sea bass with fried rice and was cooked and presented beautifully, as was the steak entree. Will back over and over.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    it was our first dining experience at Morada, had been hearing from friends & neighbors that the restaurant had been remodeled and food was really good. we ate in the dining room and I think next time we will try the bar or patio - nice to see doggies are allowed. The food was good especially my entrée of Chilean Sea Bass. I like the concept of being able to order your entree and aside separately. Service was excellent - we really enjoyed our server "Kieren" ??
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Service
    johnVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Service was slow. First bottle of wine was Corked. The look of the bottle should have been a clue for staff. Fish was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 48 reviews are from the Morada reviews archive.
  • Delightful Lunch
    foodfinder
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    We sat on the terrace for lunch and truly enjoyed the view overlooking the lawn and downtown area.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Terrific!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Drinks, dinner and dessert were all delicious. In a lovely spot and the newly renovated space is tasteful and stylish. Will definitely go back and prefer this to other local favorites like Mille Fleurs and Market!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Surprised my friend for her 60th birthday dinner, which we both enjoyed thoroughly. We usually have salmon when we go out, but we had the halibut which was excellent. I had not found a rose champayne that I liked to date, but they introduced me to the Scharffenberger Brut Rose that was wonderful. The Inn and restaurant was lovely and we could not have asked for a better server. Thank you for a wonderful experience and I look forrward to returning for another wonderful dinner and a nites stay at the Inn.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Needs Polish
    QCommVIP
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Service and attentiveness needs a boost here…walk down the street and observe Mille Fleurs for some pointers. Some dishes can ge good.
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  • Morada, The Inn @ RSF
    Paperchase
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    The Inn is an institution. People will always go there for its unique location and history. It doesn't have to be 5-star.
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    special occasion, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Morada -- Surprise & Delight!
    xxxx
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    While the food was unique, delicious, and memorable and the ambience pleasant at Morada (had been a while since I had been at the Inn), it was the service (Rob, our waiter, most of all but also the sommelier and others) that made the evening due to their friendliness, solicitousness, and knowledge. I'm spreading the word about this gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Remodel a Dissapointment
    Tiger
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    My husband, a friend and I had Sunday brunch at Morada recently. The new decor was very depressing--overscaled, uncomfortable furniture with taupe, brown & dark gray interiors. Although the patio was sunny and inviting, the restaurant was psychologically bleak. There were few people, no apparent bar service, no music and no social zing. The menu was OK, but we all had difficulty deciding what to order since nothing appealed to us. The pressed coffee arrived tepid, although the waiter supplied a hotter batch and even warmed the cups for us, and the food nicely presented but not outstanding. Don't know what they did to the place but Julia Morgan must be rolling over in her grave.
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    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I like having a leisurely
    DispleasedVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    I like having a leisurely lunch thought the service was a little slow though and would have preferred a little faster pace
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • When in RSF
    HowardB
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    We enjoy quiet enjoyment of meals with friends and family at this friendly establishment often.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at the Inn
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    We thought the food was fabulous! I ordered the sea bass and a side of mushrooms with leeks. The fish was sweet and moist with a perfect texture. My husband picked the cobia dinner and as promiced the flavors worked together perfectly. They brought us the s'mores to finish our evening--a playful and yummy rich chocolate treat. We sat outside for breakfast the next morning and would recommend anything with bread or bacon. Lovely setting and attentive service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service +
    leweser
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    Our experience at Morada was memorable.. The food was very good, but what made it special was the wonderful service we received from our waitress, Alma. She should give classes on how to wait tables and make guests feel very welcome. What a lovely night we had. Thank you!
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • service
    SeanVIP
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    Christopher was an excellent waiter, as were his recommendations. The fish was prepared perfectly and uniquely. Thank you Morada.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Secret gem in SD
    SDgal23VIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Like an upscale Vail lodge decked out in Restoration Hardware design, it was cozy and classy with unexpectedly great cuisine. Ahi tartare was perfection, as were the scallop entree and sea bass. Hidden gem in Rancho Santa Fe, absolutely worth the drive. As a former SF foodie, Morada makes it in to the small group of SD restaurants with SF-level cuisine. Will definitely be returning!!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really nice valentine dinner
    DavethedinerVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    People were great and food was great -we rwLly enjoyed our time here - only thing that prevented from being outstanding was the creativity of the menu
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice
    waketim95
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    I took my wife here for date night and to honor her on her 40th birthday and announcement of her retirement. The food, service and atmosphere were perfect. Very nice and worth every penny!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal.
    SeanVIP
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Great dishes, really great with a nice selection of several fish, beef, other choices. Amazing service from a waiter with valuable recommendations. Only negative is kids eating in the bar??
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Morada top notch
    ShawnE
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    We thought the experience was wonderful. A great fireplace in the lobby boasts to be the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail in a cozy atmosphere. Once seated and the dinner began, our service was first rate and attentive. My wife had the scallops and I had the lamb loin. We both agreed that it was the best of each type we have had in San Diego. We will definitely frequent this restaurant in the future. Once the night temperatures heat up, this will also be great for outside dining.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love The Food. Don't Love The Decor
    DaCoda
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    We've been coming here for 15 years and we love the changes to the food and the service. The Inn has really upped their game with top quality dishes and a great serving staff - and could now easily be one of the top restaurants in San Diego if they keep at it. Just had their shortribs the other night and they were amazing. My husband always enjoys the burger (not on the dinner menu but you can always get it if you ask). The only thing we don't love is what they've done to the interiors of this historic little Inn. Instead of redecorating the place in the warm, elegant charm of the Ranch, it looks more like Restoration Hardware meets Texas brothel. So we usually go elsewhere for dinner, but still love to come here and sit OUTSIDE for lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cozy Inn with Delightful Taste!
    luv2eatout
    Dined on 11/24/2013
    The menu at Morada has changed with the seasons and the new flavors are just wonderful. I had a shrimp appetizer recommended by Elizabeth, our server, that was full of rich flavors and a chopped veggie base. Tomato basil soup with a little wedge of grilled cheese sandwich hit the spot. Shaved carrot and apple salad was tasty and healthy! Great hearty fall tastes with reasonable portions!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • confused decor
    keepingtabs
    Dined on 11/21/2013
    We wanted to see the remodel. Moving the restaurant and bar to the front of the Inn with lots of windows was a great choice. However the crystal chandeliers totally defeated the Old World flooring, distressed hanging barn doors, plank floors of this historic hacienda look. The menu was diverse and the preparation and presentation were very good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't read this review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    I feel as though La Morada is a well-kept secret that I'd rather keep to myself; but I also think that the restaurant deserves well-earned recognition, as it has some stiff competition in its midst. Our entire dining experience, from start to finish, was outstanding. The menu was well conceived, every choice was creatively prepared and delicious. The server and staff were professional and attentive. The ambiance was lovely -- the crystal chandeliers are beautiful, and the down-filled pillows are a nice touch. Even the place setting was gorgeous, with much attention paid to every detail - glassware, napkins, silverware, plates - situated atop a beautiful dark wood table. Congratulations to the chef for creating a superior dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem In RSF
    RSFTravelerVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2013
    We love this restaurant. The steaks are amazing, and they have a nice variety of ever changing fish and seafood dishes. For dessert the strawberry shortcake a definite standout. The flatbreads and salads are very good as well. The wine list is very lacking for a restaurant of this caliber. If you are hoping for a diverse and interesting wine list you won't find it here. The servers are fun, engaging and well informed about the menu, however, the support staff is weak and you will often find yourself with nothing to drink for long periods of time in your water, soft drink or iced tea glasses. If they could improve their wine list and train the support staff to not forget about checking on drink refills, it would be a five star experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was amazing!
    DebbeeVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2013
    The Lobster Carbonara was one of the best dishes I've had in a long while.. lots of Lobster and pancetta with housemade pasta with a very "light" carbonara sauce.. Don't know how they did that! Also had the Gnudi for appetizer and they were delicious.. plenty to share for the table.. melt in your mouth pillows... Skip the strawberry shortcake...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.