Noto's Old World Italian Dining

Noto's Old World Italian Dining

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.notosoldworld.com/
  • Phone: 6164936686
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm Facility available for non-scheduled hours by special arrangement. This also includes special holiday gatherings!
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, Italian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We have a complete catering menu on our website at www.notosoldworld.com. Many dishes can be prepared for take-out for small groups & off-site catering for large groups is available.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our beautiful banquet facility can accommodate many styles of parties or events. We have small spaces perfect for parties of 10 and larger spaces for up to 2000 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Joann Noto 6164936686
  • Entertainment: Noto's has live entertainment in the lounge Wednesday through Saturday evenings from 7:00pm - 10:00pm. The Tommy Hagen Trio entertains guests on Wednesday evenings (visit www.notosoldworld.com for details on The Tommy Hagen Trio); please call Noto's for more information regarding Thursday through Saturday night entertainment. Our guests will be entertained with class, professionalism, versatility & fun! Reservation Confirmation Message: As Aristotle said, "Excellence is not an act it's a habit." The Noto Family translation - When you visit and experience Noto's once, you'll have to come back! Thank you for choosing Noto's Old World Italian Dining. Should your plans change please let us know. We look forward to serving you. If you are not dining in the new Wine Cellar, don't leave before seeing it! We would be delighted to show you for your next visit to West Michigan! www.notosoldworld.com
  • Special Events: Please see the "Private Dining" tab in the top right corner for details regarding our special event options in our gorgeous, spacious, banquet facilities.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: West of Cascade Road
  • Public Transit: Local cab services, along with town car and limousine services can provide transportation. Many nearby hotels will provide transportation to Noto's on request. Please call us if you need assistance in making local arrangements.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Noto's has ample parking for most events. When needed there is street parking available, along with municipal parking for evening events within walking distance.
A word from Noto's Old World Italian Dining
"Where good taste never ends, you know it's Noto's!" Because first impressions count, the Noto's family has given special attention to making a strong, solid & respectable statement with the building's exterior & entry. You'll find a grand stone building with multiple entries. Noto's is not only a fine-dining restaurant, but a large banquet facility. The old world atmosphere of the interior speaks of quality & care. Noto's lounge has live music, a gracious but casually elegant dining room with a massive wine list recognized by Wine Spectator Magazine, & spectacular authentic Italian foods! A new banquet entryway features a white marble spiral staircase with a glistening chandelier. The staircase ascends to a ballroom & descends into the newly completed Wine Cellar with thousands of bottles of wine & a new dining area for our Chef's Dinners. Dining spaces in the cellar are semi-private brick arched spaces with individual chandeliers. A must see!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Noto's Old World Italian Dining reviews from OpenTable diners
28 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelQuiet
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (24)notable wine list (21)romantic (19)fit for foodies (14)good for groups (12)neighborhood gem (5)late-night find (3)great for brunch (1)kid-friendly (1)vibrant bar scene (1)scenic view (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Food was delicious. Waiter was wonderful. Went out of his way to help us figure out how to use our coupon with our phone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Patron
    NaTe
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Noto's is my favorite place to dine in greater Grand Rapids area. The ambience is wonderful and the dishes are superb. The wait staff is very attentive without being overwhelming. Questions regarding the contents or preparation of any dish are promptly referred to the chef and the wait person relays that information. There is such a wide variety of dishes to choose from, that everyone's palate should be accommodated and satisfied. If you have not tried Noto's, you are missing a wonderful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at Noto's on 9/13/14
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Everything about our dining experience was excellent except our waiter, James. It took 20 minutes from the time we were seated for him to arrive at our table (and the dining room was about 15% full). He arrived only after we asked the host to find our waiter, and when he did get there, he had an attitude. Cocktails and appetizers were served with just a hint of arrogance. There was considerable delay (another 20 minutes) after cocktails and before our dinner arrived. Food was excellent, ambiance was outstanding...service poor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice First Visit
    lakeshorefoodie
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Our visit to Noto's was prompted by an Amazon Local coupon, and the $30 for $60 made our meal a great value. Our food (rib-eye steak and halibut) was excellent, and our server was friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Italian cuisine
    harryg
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Very nice atmosphere , excellent food and an outstanding wine list .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful evening.
    Navybikermom
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Tony Noto met us at the door and offered a tour of the wine cellar. The wine I wanted was out of stock but they offered a comparable type, so I was happy with that. Next time we'll try the prix fixe in the wine cellar!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dining.
    bubbsterVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Very good food was served, the wine list is enormous, service is very good too. Comfortable, family owned restaurant is enjoyable and they often have live music.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Ordered a medium rare fillet and it came out raw with a seared bit on the outside. Then they microwaved it. Would definitely not suggest this restaurant. Overpriced and the food at Applebee's is better. Which is saying that it was pretty awful. It's decor looks like something from the 70's.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Kevin
    Kevin
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Delightful dinner and the restaurant was private enough to have a great conversation!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Entertaining Evening
    italiansfinest
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Thanks for the great evening. I was entertaining some clients from Chicago and they did nothing but rave about the food, service and ambiance of this fantastic little gem in eastern Grand Rapids. Can't wait to get back and take my wife to this local find!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Passion for Italian Food
    PnCKevin
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Noto's is the finest Italian food in West Michigan. The family has a great passion for cuisine and for service. The wine list is more of an encyclopedia than a list, and they have terrific expertise in pairing wine with delicious entrees.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant was filthy
    Enjoy2dine
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    My wife and I went to Noto's for our Wedding Anniversary and we were very disappointed. The white table cloth on the table was dirty. The white napkin at my seat looked like it was used. The silverware looked like it was purchased at a Dollar Store. When the server brought out our bread she had 2 plates with her and the bottom one had food crumbs all over it. The bread tasted like it was warmed up in the microwave. We ordered the Calamari and it tasted very gummy. The rest of the meal was good. We spent over $100.00 in the restaurant and I thought we would have been able to get a much better experience. I was surprised to see the restaurant was so empty but after going here for the first time, I now see why.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 16 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 325 reviews are from the Noto's Old World Italian Dining reviews archive.
  • Nice find in Grand Rapids
    Kiel
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    This a nice place, nicely decorated and comfortable. Menu choice was good and food was excellent. Service was a little slow as it is also a banquet place and they seemed a bit understaffed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    1Charliesfan
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The food was fantastic and the service was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food, Great Service
    catface
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    The food at Noto's is AMAZING. Fine-dining quality, blended perfectly with home-cooked taste. Their wine list is extensive, and they also have a fine selection of scotch. They seem to make most of their money as a wedding venue, and the restaurant itself is usually *surprisingly* empty. Don't let this fool you, though - the food and service are wonderful. I recommend this as a nice place to go on a romantic date. It's expensive, though. Bring money.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous Dinner
    Luv2dineout
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    We went to Noto's to celebrate or 29th wedding anniversary and we were not disappointed. The food was fabulous. We were undecided between two different bottles of wine. JoAnne Noto was extremely helpful in explaining the differences between the two, even down to the different Regions of Italy they came from. She also had wonderful recommendations for dinner as a paring for each. We will be back!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Elegant but not pretentious
    TanisAtTheTable
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    This was a wonderful dining experience. I had my 13 year old nephew at the table and he was treated well. A good fine dining experience. I asked him on the way home how he would describe the experience and he said "elegant!" His parents and foodie uncle (me) agreed!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Needs updating -outstanding service
    kdamghani
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Restaurant was good. Food was good, not great - needed a bit more pizazz. The service was outstanding and the owner coming to the table was a great and personal touch. The ambiance in the building is fantastic but in the main dining room, it needs to be updated. The wine list is 140 pages of unbelievable Italian wines! The cellar is truly a sight to see.
    Special Features:
    Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Classy but over priced
    grandvillefoodie
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Food was good. Restaurant was Classy. But you will end up dropping a lot of money for something that you can get at carabbas.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great old style Italian
    CafeyVino22VIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    This was an amazing experience not only is the service great the wine and food are amazing! They have one of the best wine list I have ever seen. So many Barolo's! Can't wait to go back for a visit. The owners walked to our table and talked with us like family it felt like being back in Italy. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    My husband and I were wanting a romantic place that had really good food, so we decided to try Noto's. I simply had no idea just how warm & romantic the environment would be or just how wonderful the food was. It was an incredible dining experience all the way around, and we will definitely be going back for our Anniversary!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Food!
    Di9Sig
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    I purchased a Groupon for $50, which resulted in $100 worth of food. The food was excellent. Our table was right by the kitchen with a lot of traffic of the serving staff. Many tables were available, wondered if because it was a Groupon, that's why we were seated by the kitchen. While speaking to our table of four, the waiter challenged me on the correct usage of a term. We had a great time. Opentable was the best reservation website I've ever used. Awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second Time still a Charm
    WormVIP
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Whenever we visit Grand Rapids Noto is on our must do list. Good food, excellent wine selection and the waiter was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This was a great find. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    This was a great find. The food, ambience and service was outstanding. As we left we were offered a tour of their wine cellar and their banquet facilities by one of the owners. His enthusiasm and friendliness will bring us back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thank you!
    Loveit
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    Great food and wonderful service! Tony, thank you for the private tour.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Motown in GR
    Motown
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Recently purchased a home in the area, had some friends visit over the weekend. We were looking for a place to take them for dinner and found Noto's. We had a GREAT time!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything was terrific. Very
    Hungrynomore
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Everything was terrific. Very cordial and accomodating staff, great food and service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice valentine night
    Rocky
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Noto's is one of the loveliest restaurants in the area. It definitely makes a great 1st impression. We went on Valentine's night & the ambience is perfect for that. The rooms were filled with almost nothing but couples. In short: The service was excellent. The wine list great. My wife's Caesar salad was as bland as Wonder bread. Thankfully, she was able to exchange it for a very good spinach salad. We are vegetarians who occasionally eat fish. Do note that the menu is limited is rather limited in either. She ordered the mussels & I had risotto with crab/shrimp. The sauce for the mussels was out of this world. I would pour it over anything & enjoy it. I kept sopping it up with bread. My dish was probably a 3.5 out of 5.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced with strange odor
    MemberVIP
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    The menu has variety, but $10 for wilted lettuce is hard to stomach (literally). Eggplant parmesan was doused with tomato sauce to hide the lack of flavor. The lamb was beautifully presented and the duck ravioli was unusual but very oily. The waitress did not listen, and messed up our salad order as well as the wine. The waitress two tables over was so loud, half the restaurant could hear her. Made the ambiance less than pleasant. The owner's son was aimlessly stopping at tables, but ours he just looked at and continued to the next table. The atmosphere the night before Valentine's Day was like a morgue. No one in the bar and the lobby had the strangest odor emanating. We noticed immediately upon arrival.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • almost great
    4friends
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    We enjoyed a very nice evening at Noto's. Our waiter, William, was very good. Appetizers, soups, pasta and desserts all met or surpassed our expectations. Our entrees were seasoned and prepared well, but were cold or lukewarm by the time they made it to our table. One of us received a steak ordered medium that was still red and cold inside. For the price, we were a little disappointed.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My husband and I were visiting
    NotPleased
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    My husband and I were visiting Grand Rapids for our anniversary. We had booked a reservation at Noto's for dinner time. I wanted to surprise my husband, since Italian is his very type of food and I saw there was a jazz band playing there. I had looked up the best places to eat in the area, and decided upon Noto's. However, it didn't work out. The restaurant called us Saturday afternoon to let us know they were not going to be open due to a pipe leak. Needless to say, we were very disappointed. We aren't from around the area and was really looking forward to dining at your restaurant. We made reservations so we could plan ahead. It definitely put a damper on our evening and ruined our plans.
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  • Reserved this sometime ago
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Reserved this sometime ago to go with friends. Drove over an hour on bad roads. They had a pipe burst in their banquet area so moved the party to the restaurant and did not accommodate us or offer us anything for our troubles. Disappointed over this.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic experience at Noto's!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Fantastic experience at Noto's! William was the perfect server; knowledgeable and his timing between courses was impeccable. The food was so authentic. Having been to a cooking school in Tuscany we recognize really good Italian food. The wine list is the most extensive I have ever seen. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noto himself was horribly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Noto himself was horribly rude to our table. I've never been treated like that before and was horribly offended by his behavior. I expect that if I pay that amount for a meal that I be treated with respect. I have told all of my friends and acquaintances not to eat at this restaurant as well as written reviews about the matter. Noto needs to learn how to be respectful of people and that people pay the extra money not just for the food but the experience. I had considered Noto's for a wedding venue but I will take my business else where.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noto's
    Timothy
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    My wife and I went to Noto's for the first time on January 11, 2014. This was in celebration of our 29th wedding anniversary. We found the atmosphere to be quiet and romantic. It was a great place to go. The staff was very friendly and made us feel welcome, almost like coming home after a long absence. They were very courteous and went out of their way to make the evening a special one for us. The only drawback is that our eyes anot what they used to be and wad to borrow a led light from our hostess in order to see the menu. Overall, we had a great time and I would recommend this restaurant to anyone.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noto's: Great Menu and Winelist
    Bruce
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    We celebrated a special occasion with two other couples at Noto's, and we all left wondering why we don't enjoy this family-run establishment more regularly. The menu was extensive and pleasing, and the wine list even more so. Tommy Noto came by to greet us and give us the tour of the catacomb-like private dining area below, a truly remarkable spot that we have to try some night. All the members of our party raved about the food, from a selection of appetizers through the main courses and the desserts. And the Mazzoni Toscano Rosso wine was a beautiful choice. Bravo, Noto's! We shall return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful restaurant
    CWey
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    Had a wonderful dinner with family. Great food, awesome service, reasonably priced. The Friday night we went there was a gentleman playing the guitar. Noise level even with music was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Take your time elegance
    Pino
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    Dining is still available in Grand Rapids. This is a memorable treat that will satiate all your senses and desires of ambience, service and leisure affording you the enjoyment of a real meal at a relaxed pace and environment . Mangia!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent night
    Mitchell
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Everyone in our group said this was the best time they had in a long time. Thanks for everything you do
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My wife and I LOVE not being
    2ndcomers
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    My wife and I LOVE not being rushed to order in the casual atmosphere. This was a return visit date night with my wife. We came back because of the excellent treatment we received last year by the family there ,especially by Tom Noto, who had showed us around the whole place graciously complete with the history and quaint stories surrounding The restaurant. We felt like family. It was great.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.