Nia Mediterranean
Nia Mediterranean

Nia Mediterranean

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://niarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 3122263110x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:
    Mon - Sat 11:30 - 3pm
    Dinner:
    Sun - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm,
    Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, Mediterranean, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Catering list & other party options available at niarestaurant.com
  • Special Events: Sun-Sat $33pp eight course prix fixe menu

    Sun-Sat $28pp eight course prix fixe menu, before 6pm

    Sunday- $25 eight course prix fixe menu all day

    Monday - 1/2 Price Pitchers of Sangria

    Tuesday - 1/2 Price Select Bottles of Wine

    Wednesday - $4 12oz Premium Craft Beer
    $15 25oz Premium Craft Beer

    Thursday - $8 Signature Cocktails

    Friday - $8 Signature Sangria
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Getting there

  • Cross Street: Halsted St.
  • Public Transit: #8 Halsted bus, stop at Randolph. Grand / Blue Line or Clinton/Green & Pink Line.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: $11 Valet
A word from Nia Mediterranean
Mediterranean inspired small plates in the heart of "Restaurant Row" conveniently located in the West Loop on Randolph St. Extensive Mediterranean Wine List In Chicago's Most Romantic Restaurant. Where food is heart and soul.
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Nia Mediterranean reviews from OpenTable diners
43 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (22)neighborhood gem (19)great for outdoor dining (19)romantic (11)special occasion (9)good for groups (8)late-night find (6)notable wine list (4)great for lunch (4)hot spot (3)great for brunch (3)vibrant bar scene (2)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • TeamLoweVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Lovely meal again! We will return. The waitress also remembered us, so considerate!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mediterranean Feast
    WinedudeVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Nia is a taps style spot in the west loop that specializes in Eastern Mediterranean cuisine. Everything we sampled was really tasty. Try the lamb and feta meatballs, the cauliflower gratin, and the beef brochette. Really friendly service. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love this place
    Ajtv
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Always good! Your Bacon Wrapped Dates brought my friend and I from the otherside of town; we'd already had dinner at another cafe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A lovely evening for my birthday
    ConstructiveCritic
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We had a group of 9 and knew about the prix fixe ordering requirements for groups. I was going to be selfish and just choose for the table (since it was my birthday), but Betsy had the great idea for one end of the table to choose the odd-numbered courses, and the other end choose the even-numbered. Everyone was happy. The food was good, and the service--by Marty--was wonderful, charming and accommodating. We would definitely return. Thanks for a wondering night, Nia!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nia with friends
    Saucedo
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I joined friends for a dinner on Randolph Street on a Thursday night. It was fairly empty at just before 7pm. Great atmosphere and we all got the prix fix dinner per our waitress' suggestion. All plates were a hit with the group- delectable flavors and large portions to share. The bread pudding topped with vanilla ice cream was undoubtedly the standout favorite. Only disappointment was that we couldn't redeem a Yelp offer for a complimentary glass of sangria. Waitress said it was good only before 6pm but that was not explicitly stated in the Yelp offer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Bash
    LyndaVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We had dinner with 6 people and it was a great we all got to try so many things. The food came out so fast and it just kept on coming. Everyone loved getting to try so many things. We will be back !
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nia shines again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I joined a friend for dinner at Nia, the Mediterranean small plates restaurant. The evening was pleasant so we sat outside. Waitstaff were pleasant, prompt in providing olives, water and taking orders, and periodic in checking on our needs. Though there is an eight course prix fixe dinner for two, neither of us was that hungry. My friend ordered pork medallions with potatoes; I ordered the Nia salad and seafood ceviche and a glass of Spanish white wine. The 'small plates' were large enough to provide two persons an ample portion each. Each dish was lovely in its presentation and looked delicious. I was pleased with my choices. My friend was too. The proof of our pleasure: nothing left on our plates/ Come and be surprised and delighted.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simple comfort food
    TeamLoweVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We loved Nia and the simplicity of the small plate menu! We will be returning! My husband said "this will be our new regular" Thanks
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great tapas and Ambiance!
    ProfTK
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I chose this place again because it has great tapas to share....so many that there are items everyone likes! So many to chose from! Also it is a place to get together with friends, catch up, leisurely dine and hang out together. Randolph Street is happening!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVE LOVE LOVED my first visit
    ForknFun
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Nia's Full filled our evening with laughter, great wine and TERRIFIC food. As well Nia herself offered up GREAT HOSPITALITY and was an added gem.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden gem
    YittleSkittle
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I have passed this place so many times and never gone in until last Friday. The food is spectacular and so is the 8-course dinner menu. The Bacon wrapped dates are to die for!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Underwhelming dining experience
    foodieMIVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The food was very underwhelming in terms of flavors. I didn't sense much mediteranean flavors. Service was okay. Cocktails were not impressive either.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Food was excellent. Service a little slow, but water was good, may have been short-staffed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty Tapas
    RaReVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Well executed tapas. Good value. Attentive service with great recommendations. Great for a casual date or a group of friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great neighborhood tapas
    FoodieFam
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We are always on the lookout for good tapas and Nia fit the bill. Delicious lamb balls, salad, and gnocchi to die for. The place was empty at six o'clock which was surprising but perhaps that was because it was Sunday. Service was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ginsey
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Had 8 courses and all were delicious! The service was the right amount of attentiveness and very friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great outdoor dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Went with a group of 6 and did the pre fix menu. The food was delicious and the outdoor dining experience was great- nice spot that we'll be back to on Randolph St.!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed it!
    Gailo
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Excellent lunch, good fresh food, attentive service. I will go again.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Ecellent Dinner - Excellent Service
    GreatExpectations
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Excellent and diverse slelctions, very well prepared; everything came to our table hot and fresh. The selectios were all nicely seasoned and very tastey. We never felt rushed. It was a very enjoyable dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappointed
    OU812VIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    I have eaten here for lunch several times and a couple of times for dinner. Nia never disappoints! Exceptional food each time. The pre fixe option for lunch is an especially good deal, and even better for groups. I recommend just letting them pick which plates of goodness to bring you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Glad we picked this place
    Mollys99
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    My friend saw this placed reviewed in the Red Eye and with all the Positive things about them, we were sure that we'd get a great experience as well. We did. Amazing food, flavors and the free Birthday shot was the best! The Jumbo Shrimp and the Mushroom dishes were my favorite! Creme Brule was by far the best I have ever had!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best place for a date
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    I took a friend to a date there and had one of the most amazon dates ever, without spending a lot of money.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Happy
    ziggy
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We dined here on 06.20.14 and had a very nice time. The eight course dinner was great and the service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great hidden gem
    cindyzee
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Girls night out - foodie girls - everything was fabulous! Portions are perfect for sharing and gabbing. Great wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 19 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 351 reviews are from the Nia Mediterranean reviews archive.
  • Great service and food
    RobinVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    As a vegan I often find it challenging to eat out. Nia offered both my meat eating husband and myself many choices. Both the service and food have put Nia on our 'go to' list
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Please come - fantastic place !
    CandyVIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    My husband and I arrived about 5:45 pm on Thursday evening prior to going to the Lyric Opera House to see Sound of Music. We were the only people present. I know that is early for dinner in downtown Chicago, but when we left at 6:45 pm we were still the only patrons. People - this place was fantastic. Tapas style menu with tons of options. We shared the Nia salad - perfection. Also shared the meat and cheese board, once again - delicious. Topped it ff with the bacon wrapped dates for dessert. All of this accompanied with a large carafe of their mango white sangria. I don't know if we were just too early, but this place is definitely a place we would return to. Please try it - you won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bad case of the Wednesdays
    HateMeanWaitersVIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Although the food was of an ok quality the service at this restaurant was absolutely horrible. I am hoping that he just happened to have a bad day, but our waiter was one of the rudest waiters I have encountered. First, we were with a group of 6 so he was going to have an aromatic tip no matter what. He pushed us towards the $33 tasting menu which did not make any sense for what kind of dinner we told him we wanted; when we said we wanted to order off of the normal menu he once again advised against it with a large attitude. (Our meal ended up being $40 each with two bottles of wine, tasting menu, go punt) Then when a waiter brought out our food there was an extra side which he insisted we ordered - we didn't. Go somewhere else for tapas...
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  • Great Food and Decor!
    Dgbrown52
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We loved our first visit to Nia Mediterranean and will definitely return. On our server's recommendation, we tried the 8 course "tasting" menu and it was fantastic! 3-5 options for each course and the quantities were more than enough for two people...a great way to sample the entire menu and the price was very reasonable...$33 per person. The food was well presented and very delicious, and the Greek wine selections were great, also reasonably priced. The decor is lovely and tastefully done. We will be back...often!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Generally Disappointed
    exfed11
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Had the salmon. Was dry and tasteless and dissappointing. Martini's are small and pricey but then again it is in a downtown trendy restaurant. The restaurant is small, maybe seats 50 at street level but there is a lower level that I did not visit. Service was fine, but the restaurant was not busy.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • experience the mediterranean
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    the food was exceptional. step back to the sea, with attentive service willing to please the customer. the is truly a gem with a selection that will delight everyone in attendance. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Had visitors from England and took them to a favorite neighborhood spot. We actually went twice in one week because it was their favorite of the places we had been to. One of them was vegetarian and we chose mainly vegetarian tapas for the three of us and tried different things each time. It can sometimes be slim pickings for non meat/fish eaters but they thought both the variety and quality of the selections were excellent. Order a few things at a time so everything doesn't arrive at once. It's always so hard for me to chose because I love everything but some of my favorites are the Orzo Salad, Diver Scallops, Lamb Loin Chops, Wild Mushrooms, Red Pepper Gnocchi and Wild Mushroom Risotto. Just give me one of everything!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Kato
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    I lived in Europe for the last 9 years and recently moved home to Chicago. I have been looking for a restaurant like this for 6 months! The food is wonderful - small portions, great for sharing; tasty options for vegetarians and meat lovers. The atmosphere is relaxed and quiet enough to hear the people at your table!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good tapas and drinks, very fair $
    BillyBar406
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Nia's has an extensive Mediterranean-style menu, however we selected their Tapas special menu where for $33 per person we had 3-4 tapas choices from each of 8 categories, creating a customized 8 course tapas meal - salad through dessert. The choices were difficult since most sounded very good. The ones we selected, several based on recommendations from our server, were excellent and the portions were a good size. They also have a nice assortment of specialty cocktails, sangria and a good wine list. If you like this style of food and dining, I highly recommend NIa's for a nice, affordable dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So nice
    Druminmonkey
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Very good food and service! Food comes out so fast and very attentive staff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Internet gamble paysoff
    Brownie
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Picking a restaurant online from out of state can be tricky, but it turned out being the highlight of our day. I had seen the 4 or 6 course price fixe menu option online and planned on that until our excellent waiter mentioned an 8 course option was available as well. For only a few dollars more than we would have paid for pizza or BBQ, we enjoyed a spectacular Mediterranean feast, and I was able to try foods I'd been wanting to, and to introduce my great niece to foods she'd never tried, or in some cases, never heard of, that we both enjoyed immensely. We had Sangria, the Nia's salad, bacon wrapped dates, orzo salad, saganaki, ceviche, the cauliflower with cheese, lamb chops with fingerling potatoes, and tiramisu for dessert! Wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    Consistent terrific service, food, wine, room, music, experience - you name it. We're loyal diners who live just a few blocks away and always find it to be an oasis and shelter from the storm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal at Nia's
    artist1552VIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We took our daughter and her boyfriend to Nia's for a fabulous dinner last night. They were visiting from St. Louis and we wanted to go somewhere where we could get great food and have a conversation. We have taken many friends and family members to Nia's and every visit has been a great dining experience. I don't know where to start with the menu, since everything was delicious, but my favorites are the bacon wrapped dates, Nia salad, pumpkin gnocci, the meatballs and the salmon with bok choy. We also love the Santorini White Wine. The service was also wonderful, very cordial and friendly with the food coming out at perfect intervals. If you want small plates in the West Loop, Nia's is the best. We keep going back and it is always good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice staff, so-so food
    dearlizkim
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    The staff was super accommodating and very kind considering our reservation kept changing. Restaurant was very quiet on a Tuesday night. The six of us decided to eat off the large group party menu for $33 a head which is great value, however the quantity of food is probably better for eight or more. Food does not come out in the order they are on the menu. Generally, everything tasted okay. The tastiest thing was the arugula salad with goat cheese medallions. The other girls I was with wished the restaurant was more flexible about the three credit card limit per bill considering the restaurant was not that busy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • quality varied
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    A group of 4 of us came here as a celebration after an event. Service was very good, but we were also the only ones in the restaurant, so...it should be. We ordered several dishes because we had a variety of nutritional restrictions. I think with dessert we ordered 14 or 15 dishes. We were satisfied. The server was very accommodating to our nutritional needs, gladly modifying dishes as necessary. A few of the dishes were delicious, most others were not memorable, and a couple actually required the addition of salt because they were bland. All-in-all, the service was great but the food and drinks were expensive and mediocre.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice surprise
    Rock
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    Good menu with a lot of options. I would have like to try the prix fixe but that requires the entire table to join in. As it was, they offer a good selection of dishes for the vegan, vegetarian, and omnivore. The servings are good sized for tapas, so you can probably get by with two or three at the most.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.