Murray Circle
Murray Circle

Murray Circle

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cavallopoint.com/dine.html
  • Phone: (415) 339-4750
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday – Sunday, 7am – 11am
    Brunch: Sunday, 11:30am – 2:30pm
    Lunch: Monday – Friday, 11:30am – 2pm
    Saturday, 11:30am – 2:30pm
    Dinner: Sunday – Thursday, 5:30pm – 9pm
    Friday & Saturday, 5:30pm – 10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, French American
  • Executive Chef: Justin Everett
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Join us in Farley Bar every Monday, 7pm - 9:30pm for an evening of vibrant live music. Complimentary – all are welcome.

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
A word from Murray Circle
Cavallo Point's acclaimed restaurant, Murray Circle, under the direction of Executive Chef Justin Everett is one of the Bay Area's top culinary destinations. Murray Circle features a locally sourced, down to earth menu served in an elegant and historic dining room with casual and attentive service. Whether escaping your home kitchen mid-week or celebrating a special occasion, Murray Circle and Farley Bar offer a personable retreat. Located above Farley Bar, The Cooking School at Cavallo Point offers hands-on, demonstration and celebrity guest chef classes for cooks of all levels.

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Murray Circle reviews from OpenTable diners
196 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (122)special occasion (115)romantic (95)fit for foodies (90)great for outdoor dining (80)notable wine list (68)great for lunch (67)great for brunch (61)good for groups (46)vibrant bar scene (31)neighborhood gem (24)kid-friendly (23)hot spot (19)late-night find (10)Show More
  • 4 course tasting menu very
    LocalVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2008
    4 course tasting menu very good. Very small portions of each, just a couple of bites, but with dessert, enough. I asked if I could switch the dessert for another, and they were accomodating. The server asked how my husband would like his burger cooked, and it came too well done, he commented that it was difficult to get the burgers done to order. If that is true, perhaps a choice of doneness should not be offered. Small issue. We will return.
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    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved it. Have the chef's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/7/2008
    Loved it. Have the chef's tasting menu if you can: the 10-courses we enjoyed for $75 was an incredible steal. We dined on chicken, foie-gras, lobster, crab, squab and rib-eye, plus a cheese course and TWO dessert courses. Salt and pepper ice cream was amazing. Everything was amazing. Can't recommend enough.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The chef's tasting menu at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 8/6/2008
    The chef's tasting menu at Murray Circle has to be the best dining value in the Bay Area. The dishes prepared by chef Joseph Humphrey retain the quality that earned him two stars at Meadowood, but this time they're delivered in a casual (but refined) atmosphere. We opted for the wine pairings, but the wine list is extensive and the "market" section has some great values. Arrive early for drinks outside -- they are blessed with a great view of the City and the Golden Gate Bridge. Despite what some early reviews claimed, we found the service excellent: extremely knowledgeable, and friendly without being overly familiar.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I just LOVE this place --
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/6/2008
    I just LOVE this place -- everything about our meal, other than the high prices for wine and liquor, was awesome. I will return often.
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  • Lunch:Poor value. Gummy version
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/6/2008
    Lunch:Poor value. Gummy version of Blackout cake. Greasy housemade chips. Overcooked white fish.Waiter seemed distracted. Had to flag down another waiter to get soup spoon. Rolls tasted turned into gummy little balls in the mouth. Great corn soup and salad on mini plate. How it received a 4 1/2 star rating is a mystery to me. Most likely referring to dinner experiences.
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  • I don't know if I'd go back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/4/2008
    I don't know if I'd go back unless I wanted to show somone the view outside of the restaurant.
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    great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food well presented.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/3/2008
    Excellent food well presented. Waitstaff good, but a bit overzealous (assume you don't know much about food). Was rather baffled by sommelier's admission that bar had no amontillado or fino sherry -- only cream (wich is not suitable as an aperitif). Would visit again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We enjoyed our visit to Cavallo
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/3/2008
    We enjoyed our visit to Cavallo Point and Murray Circle. The restaurant ambiance and waiter were wonderful. The other wait staff seemed young and inexperienced. For example, one of our guests was celebrating her birthday. A special dessert plate arrived and the waiter put it in the middle of the table! Some of the dishes we ordered were outstanding (sturgeon, ravioli, chicken). Others were disappointing (overly sweet and rare lamb with apricots) or terrible (soggy shrimp). The bread was wonderful. The chef needs to even out his cooking. The prices were very fair. We'll return.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, special occasion, scenic view
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  • Occasion: Birthday Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2008
    Occasion: Birthday Brunch Celebration Setting: Beautifully appointed room. Food: mostly misses; burger was average and did not match the description in the menu; sea bass was dry and without any real flavor; halibut was adequate but uninteresting; corn soup was delicious; pea soup was salty; french toast was soggy. Service: very poor. waitress had to be tracked down often; waitress has to be constantly reminded to refill water, refill champagne(she spilled the champagne on herself when she opened the bottle), replace silverware(which often came out after the arrvial of the food; she rarely checked in to see how we may be enjoying the food; corkrage was waived for us, which we appreciated. Overall: Disappointing. Cannot recommend.
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  • The dish I had was mediocre.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/3/2008
    The dish I had was mediocre. The fish was over-cooked and at $19 for the brunch entree I was hoping it would be just right. Service was a bit slow. The environment is just lovely, though. I'll go back and check out the bar area some evening.
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    great for brunch
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  • Great food with some innovative
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/2/2008
    Great food with some innovative dishes and interesting flavors. Certainly a spot worth crossing the bridge for if you are a foodie. In addition the the top-notch food there is an awesome wine list - it had a great selection of reasonably priced half bottles which is rare. The service was disappointing however. It took about 15 minutes after we were seated for our server to visit us (which was especially frustrating given that by the time she arrived, they were out of one of the dishes that I wanted). She gave extremely poor descriptions of the entrees. She mumbled. There was a large gap between our 1st and 2nd course (30 minutes). It wasn't enough to ruin the meal, but it certainly put a damper on things.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I love the atmosphere, a fireplace
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 8/2/2008
    I love the atmosphere, a fireplace in each dining room, and tables arranged in such a manner that you feel you are almost dining in private. I liked all 3 areas, main dining room, outer dining room and the bar, and, of course, dining on the terrace. Service was attentive although it seems the wait staff is still getting the bugs out. One of the bartenders poured a bottle of wine to a customer without letting him taste it and the white wine was served at room temperature, a definite minus. The pea gazpacho was outstanding and I shall order this dish each time that I visit. The 90 or so page wine list is impressive, but the waiter said half of the wines are not currently available. The wines are a bit pricey as are the a la carte items.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • What a wonderful addition
    HappyDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2008
    What a wonderful addition to the Bay area dining scene. The atmoshere is quiet and pleasant. The menu was very both different and enticing. You want to try everything, and the food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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  • Comfortable seating, tables
    dannydetroit
    Dined on 7/31/2008
    Comfortable seating, tables nicely spaced, low noise level but it was late in the evening.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We loved it. We will definately
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 7/31/2008
    We loved it. We will definately return. Great food and service.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • The food was great. Some
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/31/2008
    The food was great. Some of the plating was strange (for example, the container for the soup was much too small on the lunch tasting menu, making it impossible to eat more than 75% of the soup). The service, while friendly, was very amateurish. No one seemed to be coordinated. Waitstaff forgot to bring water, bread, cutlery, you name it. It seems that the restaurant has been open long enough now for these sorts of errors to have been corrected. But other than that, the experience was very pleasant and we will return often, I'm sure. A lovely spot.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch
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  • A wonderful addition to the
    crit
    Dined on 7/30/2008
    A wonderful addition to the dining scene in a spectacular setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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  • I havew been to this restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2008
    I havew been to this restaurant three times; twice for lunch and once for brunch. While the place is lovely, the restaurant has major service problems. Getit figured out!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very enjoyable dining experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 7/28/2008
    Very enjoyable dining experience. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • We had a lovely, relaxing,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/28/2008
    We had a lovely, relaxing, fortunately VERY QUIET and peaceful lunch is a beautiful setting. Would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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  • Staff was great, food was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/27/2008
    Staff was great, food was exceptional, and could not be more pleased with the little lunch I hosted there. Our server Misha, is a rare find.
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    fit for foodies, scenic view
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  • I'm hoping it is just because
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000
    Dined on 7/27/2008
    I'm hoping it is just because they are new, but we were disappointed. I will give them another try. We were there for brunch and hour after they opened. The place was about one-third full, yet they had already run out of orange juice. An hour into being open! The portions are about the smallest I have encountered in any San Francisco area restaurant.
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  • The greeting was unprofessional
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/27/2008
    The greeting was unprofessional and it took 10 minutes to be seated even though there were only 2 couples waiting. Overpriced, stingy portions. Eggs Benedict came on such a small plate that you could not put your knife down without it slipping off. A tiny ramekin of hollandaise was served on the side for 2 orders. Had to ask for more. No salad or side on plate at $15 or $16. Just the two eggs tarragon on top) some kind of roast pork & muffins. Ordered spinach on the side which helped. No bread brought to table. Our waitress warmed up after we were super nice to her. She got a croissant for us to try. More of a sense of abundance would help. The same $ at Nick's Cove netted Eggs Benedict overflowing with fresh crab, salad, bread.
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  • Thought the hostess could
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/26/2008
    Thought the hostess could use some work (0 customer service/politeness training). Had a terrible martini at the bar. Food was excellent as was the service. When they turned the lights down each hour the change was significant and everyone in the restaurant looked at the lights to see what was going on (an that happened a few times during the night). The lights should be brought down gradually not in one full sweep. Outstanding Wine Guy too. He stayed and talked to us and was helpful!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Service was excruciatingly
    YumyumgivemesomeVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2008
    Service was excruciatingly terrible. We waited 20 minutes for our table, service at the bar was slow and the bartenders not knowledgeable. Table service was also slow. We never received water after asking two servers for it, we constantly had to try to flag down people for attention, food timing was slow, and when we requested condiments twice, it never came. Overall service was inattentive, lacked coordination, and was not knowledgeable. Food portions were small, food was okay to good. The burgers were above average though small, and the duck confit was bland and boring. The setting is absolutely beautiful though and the wine list is amazing.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
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  • Ao (I hope I spelled her name
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/25/2008
    Ao (I hope I spelled her name right) took care of us at our table, and recommended the Chef Tasting menu. She was right on the money! It was absolutely perfect. The entire staff treated us 1st class. We cannot wait to return. Thank you, Ao, for making it such a special evening for us. Sincerely, Ralph and Dawn Baja
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    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • too expensive and really small
    pauladavidVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2008
    too expensive and really small portions; juvenile service
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  • food was outstanding, setting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2008
    food was outstanding, setting is beautiful; service was extremely uneven, not up to the quality of the food. Seemed chaotic & even a bit unprofessional. I've been there once for lunch, when the service was abysmal, but it was a gorgeous day, the food was outstanding, we sat outside & had a good time, despite the outrageously bad service (amateurish, servers seemed poorly trained, nothing was coordinated, we received wrong items or no items, took way too long for everything). At dinner, it was better, servers seemed smarter & more professional, but still chaotic & very, very slow -- shouldn't take over 1/2 hour to get drinks.
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  • Very enjoyable meal. Two
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/23/2008
    Very enjoyable meal. Two people loved their mussels. I had Halibut wrapped in bacon which was very good but the bacon seemed somewhat slimey and greasy, but I suppose it can't be helped or the fish would be overdone! The broccoli rabe was very tough! We'll try dinner next time.
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    great for lunch
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  • While attentive, there was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2008
    While attentive, there was a long pause between the first and second courses. The dinner portions are small, but the desserts are normal sized.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service slow and inattentive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/20/2008
    Service slow and inattentive - lots of staff walking around, but challenging to get their attention. We were seated at 7:30 and didn't get the wine we ordered, or even have the opportunity to place a food order, until a little after 8:00. Sweet Pea Gazpacho and Sweet Pea Ravioli outstanding - sturgeon and steak entrees good, not great, but tomatoes on salad lacked flavor, halibut very overcooked and desserts adequate.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Excellent offering of food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/20/2008
    Excellent offering of food. All was wonderful. Service was excellent. Waitress was charming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • They were out of quiche for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 7/20/2008
    They were out of quiche for brunch and we got there when the restaurant opened! We were seated in the middle of the dining room when all the tables around us were empty. Had 11:30am reservations and got seated at 11:50am. Restaurant too fussy for the vibe of the entire lodge. Needs work.
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  • At this time we could not
    nonameVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2008
    At this time we could not recommend this restaurant to anyone! The service was painfully slow and only two out of the five dishes we had were acceptable. The kitchen and management do not seem to understand how to accommodate both hotel guests and the general public. They accepted too many reservations for the peak time and the kitchen and waiters were unable to keep up with the demand. Just because they have a large dining room does not mean they can serve that many people. It is new, so lets hope they get their act together. Although we were staying there, our first dinner was so unpleasant we chose to go into to town fo all subsequent meals including breakfast and lunch.
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  • I requestd a table w/ a view.
    4tourists
    Dined on 7/19/2008
    I requestd a table w/ a view. My guest had a partial and I had none. Food was very mediocre. Service was very slow. Had told hostess it was my guest's birthday which I also indicated on my reservation, and no candle or anything was done to celebrate the day. For an upscale, expensive restaurant that has the former Meadowwood Chef from Napa , it was very disappointing. Omelet didn't come w/ bread. Parkerhouse roll served. Dinnerware didn't match anything on the table. Nice bread and butter plates from Heath but the sugar, creamer, coffe cup and saucer didn't match anything else on the table. Some pieces still had tags on the bottom and were from Costs Plus or Pier 1. I would not recommend this restaurarant! Not for foodies
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    scenic view
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  • Our previous (and first) experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/19/2008
    Our previous (and first) experience at dinner some weeks ago was a transporting experience. This brunch was just "good". The attention from our dinner server, Sierra (sp?), far outshone the very competent service at brunch. The ear-piercing fire alarm malfunction certainly didn't add to the experience, as we all sat with fingers in our ears while our food went cold. Apologies and explanations came quickly and sincerely, but something more (a glass of bubbly on the house ?) would have made a much bolder statement. Apart from the gorgeous vichyssoise and the unique split pea gaspacho, the food was fine, but not brilliant. We will be back... but only for dinner or a late lunch in the bar.
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    vibrant bar scene
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  • Outdoor space is really limited
    dineoftenVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2008
    Outdoor space is really limited and just for drinks, but RIGHT THERE is the Golden Gate Bridge!! Inside, the food is local and inventive; the historic details are marvelous.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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  • Exquisite beauty of the dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 7/18/2008
    Exquisite beauty of the dining room, view, and surroundings combined with the great service and delicious food and drinks made for a very enjoyable and memorable dining experience.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
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  • Good food,very scenic. The
    LJK1
    Dined on 7/17/2008
    Good food,very scenic. The bread was excellent. Halibut was a little dry. The quail was excellent. Our server disappared for a good part of the evening--perhaps he was assigned to too many tables. Two of the wines we ordered did not seem to have been stored properly--the champagne "needed" to be iced down--unacceptable for a fine restaurant.
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch menu was somewhat limited,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/17/2008
    Lunch menu was somewhat limited, though everything we had was good. The squab and lobster salad was delicious, but for $21, the portion was one of the tiniest I've ever seen - I understand why there were only three small medallions of lobster and a comparable amount of squab, but there were about 6 leaves of spinach. I was hungry by 4 o'clock.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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