Occidental Grill and Seafood
Occidental Grill and Seafood

Occidental Grill and Seafood

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.occidentaldc.com/
  • Phone: (202) 783-1475
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday – Friday 11:30am – 10:00pm
    Saturday 11:00am – 10:00pm
    Sunday 11:00am - 9:00pm
    Happy Hour: Monday - Friday / 4:00pm - 7:00pm / Exclusively at the Bar
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Rodney Scruggs
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 14th
  • Public Transit: Metrocenter 13 & F
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available at The Willard Hotel for a $6.00 fee.
A word from Occidental Grill and Seafood
The Occidental Grill & Seafood blends modern creativity with time-honored tradition in D.C.'s most stunning setting. Explore a comprehensive photography collection of famous 20th Century personalities, while choosing from over 200 wines to compliment Chef Rodney Scruggs's innovative Classic American menu. Just steps away from the White House and the Warner and National Theatre's.
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Occidental Grill and Seafood reviews from OpenTable diners
97 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
76% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (45)great for outdoor dining (43)fit for foodies (27)romantic (24)notable wine list (21)great for lunch (19)scenic view (17)good for groups (16)neighborhood gem (14)hot spot (10)great for brunch (9)kid-friendly (4)late-night find (4)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • We won't go again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    I selected the Occidental for a celebratory evening with friends, one of whom is hearing- and mobility-challenged. The Open Table review listed the restaurant as "quiet." It is NOT quiet. The staff were accommodating and attentive, but we had to shout through the meal. The food was uneven: lovely squash soup as a starter, but only so-so halibut, pasta, and shellfish entrees -- two of which arrived cold. To add insult to injury, the tab for this disappointing evening was way out of kilter with its quality, and they passed on to us a parking fee for the Willard Garage (which the Cafe du Parc next door does not do).
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  • Disappointed and hungry
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Dinner before the theatre turned into a horrible experience. First, the prices were outrageous. Second, the restaurant was deserted, except for one table - warning sign! Third, the seafood was not cooked thoroughly, and my husband sent his meal back twice. Since we had to leave for curtain rising at the Warner, he went hungry. They did remove his entrée from the bill, but $50 for 2 crab cakes ....?
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional Service and Food
    mjsandfjs
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We dined (four of us) on a Sunday night, and the restaurant was as quiet as I have ever seen it! This contributed to the attentive service that we received. The server described the food items in detail and with patience and answered all our questions. All four of us had positive comments about the food. We return here whenever we are in DC .
    Special Features:
    late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Old D.C. Style
    Andy
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    So much history. Great food. Really a treasure. we hope to go back soon. Best kept secret in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nobody is perfect
    DCregularVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Considering my many visits to the Occidental, this was the first time I was disappointed. We arrived at approximately 5:30pm and were the only customers in the restaurant. As always, the service was outstanding. However, the food was not up to Occidental's normal standards. The cornbread didn't taste fresh, the soup (lobster bisque) was served cold, and the fish was "average" at best. Again, I've been to the Occidental many times and always left there happy. It is ordinarily one of the best restaurants in DC. For my guests from overseas who had never been to DC before, this experience did not live up to the world-class experience I tried to give them.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful setting, great food
    RegiVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We (3) thoroughly enjoyed our dinner in this beautiful spot. Food was creative, beautifully presented and delicious. We had a nice bottle of wine that was moderately priced, considering the setting. Only complaint was that the wait staff removed the wine before the bottle was empty! We had to ask for it back but it was sealed for leaving the restaurant. This was a surprising gaff in such a classy place.
    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.
  • Delicious Dinner, Entertaining End
    Deanne
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    I recently treated two dear friends from the West Coast to dinner here. We enjoyed a number of delicious and interesting menu options, including a scallops appetizer, duck and tuna entrees, and lobster mashed potatoes and mushroom sides. My only concern was that I'd pre-arranged by phone for a surprise birthday-celebration chocolate-pecan tart to be delivered at the end of our meal. When the time came, I watched in amusement as a desert with a candle was delivered to a nearby table where all there seemed surprised. The waiter left it anyway, and I then caught his eye and mouthed, "That was meant for us." He did eventually bring us a desert with a candle, although not the tart I'd ordered. Since we were not charged for this, I let it slide.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding food and service!
    JamieVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Avant garde food, old world grace and grand tradition and history all around you! Ask for Table 142 where a key part of defusing the Cuban Missile Crisis occurred.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Belgie
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    The stalls are too small and not very comfortable, we waited a long time for the entrées (crab cakes), which were good but not warm enough, and then I got quite a shock when I received the bill (some prices are just ridiculous). However, the service (waiter) was pretty good.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing menu selection.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Considering the restaurant is considered a classic DC establishment only choice of two steaks on menu. Burgers were supposed to come with truffle oil but when arrived at table we were told they were out.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tradition with cutting edge food!
    JamieVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    One of my favorite restaurants in DC and beyond! Great food, service and ambience! We came back for brunch outside the next day and it was fabulous too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Historic Dining
    CaltagVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Great location, great history with the thousands of historic photos on the wall. A bit too pricy for us to be a normal stop. French onion soup OK, but the lamb and clam chowder was delicious. Swordfish was very, very good, duck breast also good. I do recommend a visit, for the history if nothing else.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RichRVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Great food and service. A necessary stop in Washington
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Deeply Disappointing
    RickVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Been here many times before, this time it was awful. The terrible service embarrassed me in front of an important business client. Server failed to bring the client's drinks, served client's dinner cold (and it had to be sent back, which took at least fifteen minutes--when the food was returned to the table it was hot but had not been reset on the plate and it looked unappetizing), and served the wrong side dish which we brought to the server's attention. Another fifteen minute wait for the correct side dish. They were very efficient in bringing the $400 check, though. If you have an important dinner, go elsewhere.
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  • Worth the Drive
    SaraVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We stopped at the Occidental on our way from Dulles Airport to Annapolis. It has been a longtime favorite and did not disappoint. We live in California where fois gras is now illegal, so I was delighted to see it on the menu. It was perfection - perfect with a crisp salad and excellent Pinot Gris. Our waiter was attentive and personable without hovering. All in all, the Occidental Grill continues to delight.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Meal and Great Service
    KateMVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Or I might say great service and excellent meal because Momo made dining at the Occidental Grill a fabulous experience. He knew my friend and I were having a catch up after not seeing each other for almost ten years, and he gave us our privacy while still being instantly available if we needed anything. He also was very knowledgeable about the menu and made fabulous suggestions in terms of both food and drink. The restaurant has just switched to their fall menu--lobster mashed potatoes and seared yellow fin tuna -- how can one go wrong! It was one of the most perfect evenings I have had in very, very long time -- ten years probably.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Way over-rated!
    DavisfolksVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We are huge foodies and this was supposed to be an incredible experience--what a waste. Everything sounded great but the food drastically underperformed. Most importantly, the meat was really dry even though it was ordered and cooked medium. A filet mignon and beef short rib that are dry--yuk! The scallops appetizer was good-not great. The salmon mousse was nothing special. The lobster bisque had poor taste. The lobster mashed potatoes as the only 5 star dish. For $150 without drinks for 2 adults, I would expect so much more. Service was great but the food way underperformed for what is supposed to be a top level restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Go for the Ambiance, Not the Food
    Eagle779VIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Dinner on the outdoor patio on a nice night with live music was delightful. Service was very good, and the wine list was adequate but uninspired. The biggest problem with Occidental Grill is the menu. Choices are very limited, and nothing is particularly appetizing. I ordered a special, which was grilled tuna. The tuna was good, and prepared rare (I asked for medium rare, but rare was fine). It was ok, but could have used a wasabi sauce or other spicy flavoring to relieve the blandness. The lobster mashed potatoes were generously laced with lobster, and were an excellent side dish.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Setting, Food Disappointing
    Candi935VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We were excited to eat at the Occidential for dinner. Reviews were good. Just it wasn't that good. Asked about tasting menu on a SaturdY night...informed they did not have it. Salad was good. Entrees were not. Won't go back. Does not really have seafood. }.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OMG for Occidental Grill!
    Buck
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Went here for 37th anniversary. Shannon was great. Had the filet with lobster mashed potatoes. Fabulous! The reduction sauce and black lentils surrounded the filet, cooked to a perfect medium rare, was outstanding. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overrated
    Panacea
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The food was very basic, no surprises and the meats were significantly undercooked service was also very basic. For such a well known & historic place, this was disappointing.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a pleasure
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I've been dining at the Occidental for decades. It is always a treat for my guests and I
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    An exceptional meal by any standard. The smoked salmon trio was novel and delicious. The surf & turf special was very expensive but excellent. The highlight of the dinner was our waiter, Mo, who was professional and so knowledgeable.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DisappointedTourist
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    It was regrettable that I was contacted 3x on the day of the reservation to make sure that my guests and I would be there. The right hand clearly did not know what the left hand was doing. It also would help in ordering a $38 rare steak to have it served rare, not with just a little pink in the center. The highlight was the best cornbread I have had for a long time.
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  • Fantastic Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The food was fabulous. The service was impeccable. It is a very easy 3 minute walk to the national theater.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Needs more seafood
    Michael
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    While the food was excellent, the best seafood was in the appetizers. There was only one seafood dish among the entrees. They should include more seafood or change the name of the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DC Institution Falls Flat
    ChocoholicVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    This DC institution is resting on its laurels.The roast chicken was mediocre.I didn't want the kale, but they didn't permit substitutions.In other words, they said, "Screw you, customer!" We were sitting outdoors, and I saw a rat run through the restaurant. That's happened to me twice this summer at other restaurants, so I guess it's just part of city living.Finally, this is the second time I've dined eat The Occidental in the last year and both times there were problems with the food. The first time we complained, and the manager did an OUTSTANDING job of making up for the problem.This time I didn't complain. I was too busy talking to my friend. I'm unlikely to go back to The Occidental anytime soon.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sarita19th
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Beautiful outdoor setting, which was welcoming to our whole family!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beautiful ambiance.
    finediner42VIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Choose to sit outside on the couch chairs. They're very comfortable and are set up in a semi-secluded area. The short ribs for brunch with grits, braised kale, and egg were amazing. One of the best brunches I've had in DC.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent service
    kmo13VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The restaurant was very accommodating. They responded to us with no fuss when we increased our group size & pushed back our reservation an hour. Wait staff was also very good, seeming to anticipate our needs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No "Occident"
    KulinaryKidVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Excellent service ! Food was fresh, tasty, and unique. great experience, just be aware that it is pricey
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wonderful evening
    marine
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Everything worked Saturday night … from handy valet parking, choice of seating, quiet but vibrant atmosphere, outstanding waiter, an excellent dry martini made to my specifications and correctly presented and excellent food. This was to be a night for convivial grown-up family conversation over good food and drinks … the Occidental delivered on all counts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Iconic setting, still wonderful
    HomerJ
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    No outdoor cafe says Washington, DC more than the Occidental, with the view of the Washington Monument and the Treasury Department, next to the White House. Wonderful setting, excellent food, attentive service. We had an absolutely splendid Saturday night dinner outdoors, on an August evening, and it was perfect in every way.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The food was fine, but the service disappointed on many levels. I didn't realize that the guitar player's speaker would point to our table a few minutes after sitting down. It's already a very noisy patio with the traffic, tour buses un/loading and regular helicopter buzz. "Butter" was not the answer I expected when I asked what was in the butter. Turns out it's apricot and honey, which was delicious. I shouldn't have had to ask for silverware, more water, etc. in my opinion. The pacing of the courses could improve. This was restaurant week, so some things can be overlooked. But, there are many other choices in the area. There seemed to be no interest, on the part of the waitstaff, in making sure I'd be excited to return.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ocidental
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I walk with a cane and steps are difficult. When I arrived at the outside hostess station I asked to be seated inside. I was sent up a long ramp to the entrance only too find that the only way into the dinning room was down a flight of steps. I was then sent back to the outside hostess station (down the ramp again). When I was offered an outside table I asked to be seated inside it seemed to be a problem for the hostess. Finally they remembered there was a way inside at street level By this time I am really loosing my desire to stay. The noise level was a turnoff, but the table I was given was in a surprisingly quiet area. The evening was saved by a very helpful waiter and busboy. The food was great with enough for a doggie bag.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Blending tradition with the new
    PigsFly
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    This is traditional, high-style cooking in a historic, elegant setting, rather akin to Delmonico's in New York City when it was at its height. But know that there is a creative, thinking, expert in the kitchen who gives everything an ample coating of whatever is contemporary and fresh. Dishes are interesting and full of surprises without being pretentious or overly thought-out. Best of all, it won't take the waitstaff a half hour to explain your entree. Occidental keeps it simple and intriguing; this makes for a special night out. Masterful.
    Special Features:
    romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • M1M1M
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We went for DC restaurant week and had a fabulous birthday dinner! The regular menu is a bit pricey but our meal was well worth the deal. Depth and of flavors was delicious and creative. The inside of the restaurant (though still business/semi-formal attire-esque) was slightly more casual than I originally anticipated but still had a nice ambience. Our server was great and very attentive. Overall we really enjoyed a nice quiet dinner, my compliments to the chefs!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Quite Disappointing but Great Views
    dcoenophile
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I chose to dine at the Occidental Grill because I wanted to sit outdoors, and watch the Super Moon rise above the Capitol. The moon did not disappoint, but the Grill did. Service was good, but the food; not so much. I read the online menu, and was quite excited about a few listings. I ordered the Chilled Heirloom Gazpacho, and while it did have avocado and crab meat, the base more of a puree; similar to condensed tomato soup. It was quite bland. I then ordered the Prosciutto Wrapped Monkfish. The monkfish was overcooked, and the rest of the dish less than memorable. Nice wine by the glass list. After reading all the glowing reviews, I kept asking myself, if I was dining at the same restaurant that was reviewed so highly.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Almost perfect
    Almostperfect
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Easy to find, being right across the street from the White House. From the wine list to the appetizers, and chef's complimentary "starters", it was what you would expect from an upscale DC restaurant. The main course was superb as well! Service was very professional and on point all the way till I received my check...this is where I found DC's prejudice. The waiter had asked if my wife and I were locals to DC, to which I replied, we live near Hagerstown. He then hands me the check (for $220.00) without so much as a thank you, or have a good evening, or thanks for coming in, etc. you get the point. It was a big disappointment to conclude a wonderful dinner. I hope in the future the management will better train their staff appropriately.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Dinner, worth the price!
    Gammill
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We visited for our 5 year anniversary and enjoyed it! They were so considerate and even went the extra mile for us to celebrate! They had a congratulatory card waiting for us and also gave is complimentary dessert for our anniversary ! The bar tender was patient with us and we enjoyed talking with him while waiting on our reservation since we arrived early. Great experience!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.