Old Angler's Inn
Old Angler's Inn

Old Angler's Inn

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.oldanglersinn.com/
  • Phone: 3012999097x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday- Sunday: 11:30pm - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday-Friday 5:30-9:30 pm - Saturday: 5:00pm -10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Happy Hour: 4:30-6:30pm Tues-Friday
    High Tea Tuesday-Saturday by reservation only 3:00pm to 5:00pm
    Bar: Tuesday- Saturday open to 1:30 am or to last guest whichever occurs first :)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Beer Garden, Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Nick Palermo
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cigar Room, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Let Old Anglers cater your next event. We will make your next party, whether it is a casual affair or formal an event to remember. We offer over 50 years experience that is reflected in every aspect of what we do. Call our main number 301.299.9097 and speak with our event planner. We accommodate most any budget. If you are having a small event or a large event we will provide the intimacy that is unmatched.
  • Entertainment: Happy Hour $5 drinks and food. All under the stars. Fantastic sounds....great food and drink....casual fare
  • Special Events: Having a special event? No better spot in Washington then the Old Anglers Inn. 8 acres of beautiful grounds right across from the Potomac river. During the winter Old Anglers is perfect with our roaring REAL fire place and old world feel.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Brickyard
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Gravel parking lot in a country setting. Periodic complimentary valet
A word from Old Angler's Inn
A most charming dining spot, the Old Angler's Inn has been immortalized in countless Washington D.C. novels as a romantic winter getaway, sitting before the fireplace and perusing the menu. It is equally glorious in the summer when the main action moves to the incomparable terrace.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Old Angler's Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
201 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (185)special occasion (120)romantic (115)neighborhood gem (83)scenic view (72)fit for foodies (66)great for lunch (61)great for brunch (56)good for groups (34)notable wine list (23)kid-friendly (11)hot spot (8)vibrant bar scene (6)late-night find (4)Show More
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The setting on a lovely day for brunch was unbeatable. Unfortunately the experience did not match the setting. The menu described gourmet French toast, applewood smoked bacon, and fresh fruit. I received 3 halves of soggy French toast, 1 slice of bacon!, and fresh fruit that tasted like it came from a grocery store salad bar -- unripe watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew with one! blackberry. I have had better brunches at a local diner for far less than the $15 charged here. On the other hand, the apple tatin ordered for dessert was clearly homemade and fresh. This restaurant has the ability to serve good food. They just choose to rest on the allure of their outdoor setting, at least for brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Easy to enjoy experience
    paullinator
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We went to Angler's for my wife's birthday. The meal was pricey for us, so my expectations were high and I tend to be a critic. However, we left very happy with our food and experience. Service was spot on, and the outdoor patio provided a pleasant setting. The food didn't knock our socks off, but it was really good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They earned an A this time
    LLV2VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Sometimes the service at Old Anglers is "spotty". This time, it was outstanding and consistently so all evening. I took my future daughter in law to dinner and it was her first time at Old Anglers and she fell in love with the place. A late September evening for dinner outside, heat lamps making it wonderful to enjoy outdoor dining. Foie Gras and Caesar salad starts were excellent. My scallops and her meatballs were delicious and we shared a crème brulee for dessert. Wines by the glass were more than passable. Because they carded my 25 year old FDiL, which was a bit embarrassing, they brought two tawny ports to the table with our desserts on the house. It was "sweet" to do so and a perfect sweet end to finish our evening. Nice job!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • davidthediner
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We had not been to Old Angelers for 20 years..... boy have we been missing a real DC gem. We dine out about once a week. We went to Old Angelers for a B Day. We were VERY Impresd with the service. Better than ANY nice restaurant we have been to in a long time. We will be back in 2015. Thank you for a great evening
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place!
    CrazeeebabyVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This is a great place to eat outside when it is nice. Wonderful ambience, great service and food. Perfect location for lunch or dinner before or after a hike along the canal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, and better service!
    Mizviz
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We went early on a lovely Friday night, and sat outdoors on the patio. The service was top notch from our first cocktail to the ending dessert of excellent creme brûlée. Many of us got the harvest salad, and the fabulous short ribs, really delicious. The vibe started out quiet and romantic, but as the evening went on, the place was hopping! Lots of celebrations, but also intimate tables for two. They had great patio heaters, so sitting outdoors perfect! Our water glasses were always filled, and dining pace was perfect. Enjoyed this new version of a great classic place. One reminder, it is near the Potomac, and if you attract Mosquitos like I do, don't forget some bug spray. No one else in our party complained but they found me!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romantic evening
    Adventurer
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Beautiful evening for outdoor dining right next to the fountain. Food and service were fantastic as usual. Highly recommended for a special occasion or romantic evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lunch on the patio
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Wonderful lunch, and fabulous service… Wonderful to get back to the Old Angler's..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Washington institution
    Kristina
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Old Anglers has been around for a while and the food is still quite good (don't forget to order dessert!). Nice wine list and great service and you can't beat the outdoor venue.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfect for C&O Canal Hikers
    NewOldAnglers
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Old Anglers has always been a great location for hikers, but now the food and service are great too. We parked in their lot, with a dashboard note saying we had a dinner reservation, and hiked the Canal all day, then ate outside at a peaceful table by the fountain. Tomato panzanella salad beautiful; kale + greens + corn salad delicious. Excellent hamburger and soft shell crabs (liked the big slices of yellow tomato but not so much the mushy anise green). Tasty beer and Malbec. Service friendly but very professional. We'll be back soon.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • still a winner
    2leosVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We hadn't been to the Old Angler's Inn for several years just due to schedules, but on a recent sunny Sunday afternoon, we were pleased to find that it is still charming, with good food and reliable service. We love the terrace, and on a rainy, wintry day, the interior is wonderfully cozy. We'll come back much sooner this time!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely!
    joanieVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    It is always a pleasure to be here...my husband enjoyed delicious halibut served on a bed of interesting vegetables, while I stayed with my favorite cheeseburger. The just-extensive-enough menu has something for everyone, including the always delicious crème brulee for dessert. Service is great - just a charming, unique place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food & Service - I'd go back!
    Denise
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I went for Sunday brunch and I def enjoyed my smoked salmon appetizer and the crab cake entrée. I do wish they had more/different dessert selections, but overall I enjoyed my meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    best thing is the outdoor ambiance - food is fine, service too.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Always wanted to try, and went to celebrate a special family occasion. The restaurant was *way* too hot and humid; the service didn't have the rhythm you would expect; cocktails and food very overpriced for the quality. The location is wonderful, the experience was not. Certainly not worth the money and will choose another venue for the next celebration.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Celebration
    Star
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We were celebrating a home sale in the neighborhood. It was perfect
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Dining!
    RandyVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This was our first time to OAI and we'll be back. Everything was quite nice, from the outdoor table on a perfect night to the service and food. We split a salad and an appetizer, and that was no problem for the restaurant. Both were different and quite tasty: a peach salad and a duck confit linguini dish. Main courses, duck breast and filet were both prepared perfectly and very tasty. The place is quite popular, apparently. Valet parking was helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worst experience in a long time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Received main course one hour and forty minutes after seating. My meal (chicken) was significantly was undercooked and am expensive peach salad was underwhelming. Peaches were tasteless at the height of the season. In return, we're given a gift credit which we will never use. However, they did not charge for undercooked dish and provided desert on the house. Waiter was friendly and apologetic.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous
    Star
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Salmon and lobster were perfect. Service couldn't have been better.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • New chef has stepped it up
    LittleDavey
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Old Angler's Inn has always been a great choice for dining al fresco. The ambiance is so superb that one could overlook the capable but largely uninspired menu. Pleased to say that the ambiance is still best in class but the dining has greatly improved. Kudos to the new chef for freshening up the menu without straying too far from the comfort zone of the customer base.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • richl705VIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Excellent food and service. We go quite often and have everything to be better than most high end restaurants and less expensive.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with an old friend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Thank you for an excellent experience ! We really enjoyed the food and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Change your wine policy
    MBushVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Very nice outdoor atmosphere. Food was good but service was just ok. They do not allow you to bring your own wine. They need to change this policy before I would go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place on a summer evening
    DinerVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Four of us ate outdoors in the lovely patio. A salad of heirloom tomatoes was wonderful, and the soft shell crabs were perfectly prepared. Others had various fish dishes, equally well prepared. The wine list is short, inexpensive by DC standards, and quite good. A wonderful place for a leisurely meal on a summer evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • enjoyable dinner
    DCVisitorVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Being able to dine outdoors here is a real treat. It was ver peaceful. They did a great job of making my husband's birthday special.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great setting, Excellent Food
    Loms
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Although the service was quite slow, the staff are extremely friendly and the food was excellent. The setting is also very nice. Great for a lovely outdoor brunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The long wait
    Disorganizedservice
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had an 8:00 reservation and were told they were clearing the table so it would be just a few minutes. I did not see any tables in process and it took 25 min to be seated. Then we sat for almost 20 minutes before I got the waiter's attention that we were now there 45 min. He apologized and said he thought someone else was serving us. After getting water we waited another 15 minutes before we could order. The food took another 20 minutes and was OK but not great. At the end we waited over 10 minutes for somone to pick up my credit card which I started waving in the air which took 10 minutes to get back. 2 hours for a salad and main course. We have had better experiences there before and I would go back but this night was a mess.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another beautiful evening..
    Washington1
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Since I live nearby, going here is not a problem . We love the ambiance and the soft feeling you get sitting outside on a beautiful evening and sipping your wine and having the best soft shelled crabs I have had in a long time.Kudos to staff and the management for making a beautiful spot on the Potomac even better.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful place
    chowdowner
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    a perfect weather evening and most diners were outside. Attentive staff, excellent food, fun atmosphere - who could ask for anything more?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Continues to get better
    JBeeVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    After many years of observing the ongoing improvements, Old Angler's Inn has never been better. The beer garden in the back is great for casual drinking & eating if you've been on the canal or at great falls.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Less Than Anticipated
    DanS
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    It's a pleasant enough "expensive casual Potomac" place for lunch or dinner, but don't expect fine dining or quiet elegance. It was a beautiful Saturday evening and were seated outside, which is pleasant, but gets noisy when crowded as it was. Asked to be re-seated further from a loud couple, the new table was near the path to the beer garden where people may bring their dogs, so there were dogs with owners passing by our table. Would have preferred being inside, but they were reluctant to honor that request. The food was generally good, if not exciting, but the menu choices did not accord with the menu shown on their web site. The service was a bit slow and indifferent, and our waiter did not know the right soup of the day for that day.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Evening
    Adventurer
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Our daughter leaves to be a freshman at college in a few days. We took her out to Old Anglers for a special treat. We sat outdoors on a beautiful evening next to their fountain - a very bucolic setting. The food and service were outstanding, as was the sine - an Argentinean Malbec. We highly recommend Old Anglers for such occasions.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening
    Roberto
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Was somewhat put off by the negative reviews, but thought it might still be a good place to take a friend. It was even better. It is a "great" place. The food was outstanding (i.e., the oysters were a bit too fleshy, the halibut was terrific and the banana mousse was memorable), the setting magical and the service just right--attentive but not too attentive. The only slight problem was the over-priced wine list, but there were other less expensive wines that we might try another time. Although I am tempted to say it is primarily for older clientele, even some younger folks would be entranced by the outdoor setting, the candlelight ambience, the fountain, etc. And we could talk without shouting at each other. 4 and 1/2 stars.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic Dinner for Two
    TSFLDinners42
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We loved our romantic dinner with our table right by the waterfall. Although the prices were extreme, we enjoyed the special treat, and the food and service were outstanding. I loved that the local farms were used and listed on the menu. The vegetables were delicious! The outdoor seating was charming as was the inn. We will dine here again when in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Brunch
    DCDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Soft shell crabs with peaches was delicious! Not to be missed!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not worth the price
    hungry
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    There was nice outdoor seating options for a group without reservations on this Saturday night. The food was tasty, but the price for the experience was not worth it to us for any type of regular visits to this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect evening
    Nance
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Nothing could be better than sharing good company while dining in this setting on a comfortable summer night. Well it actually can get better. Everyone was very pleased with their meal. The dishes were fresh and inventive. Our waiter was excellent. He understood that we wanted a leisurely meal with friends and timed everything beautifully. We will be back. We also love this restaurant in the winter sitting by one of the fireplaces.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pan roasted salmon
    billfant
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The composed salad with salmon, heirloom tomatoes, and peaches was extraordinarily good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • uneven
    Fasteddy
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I really want to like this place . It's 5 minutes from home and lovely in good weather. But sometimes the food is very good and sometimes it's quite bad. The other evening two of us ordered sauteed calamari. We wondered just how old it was...as it smelled so "fishy". Another two ordered pasta with Bolognese sauce that was the worst Bolognese ever....too much spice and tomatoes but just a hint of meat. Those dishes were also barely eaten. (We did get credit for one appetizer) Maybe the chef is on vacation ? And they should serve a choice of bread...not everyone loves focaccia. The service was friendly and efficient and it was quiet and comfortable; so not all was lost
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • off night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I have been here when this restaurant was much better! Three out of four dishes were simply awful. (My adult son's burger was inedible. They did take it off the bill, at least, after I complained.) Our waiter was basically MIA all night. We won't be going back anytime soon.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate