Old Town Social
Old Town Social

Old Town Social

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.oldtownsocial.com/
  • Phone: 3122662277
  • Hours of Operation:


    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm

    Lunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm

    Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jared Van Camp
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cleveland St.
  • Public Transit: CTA Brown Line: Exit at the Sedgwick stop and head north to North Ave. Proceed west to the corner of North and Cleveland.


    CTA Red Line: Exit at the North & Clybourn stop. Upon exiting the station head east (right) and proceed 4 blocks east past Larabee until reaching Cleveland.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Neighborhood parking available. Valet available Thursday through Saturday after 6pm.
A word from Old Town Social
Unassuming, understated simplicity. What makes an eatery great - and timeless - is its ability to create an ambiance that evokes an emotional response. At Old Town Social, we aim to offer a handcrafted return to the basics; a focus on the simple, yet often overlooked, aspects of a neighborhood favorite. In today's current climate, a night to celebrate life's simple pleasures with tasty food, handcrafted cocktails, great beer and wine, and a devil-may-care attitude is indeed a rare gift. So - to those who shun "the scene", welcome. To those who lead a sporting lifestyle, we offer a hearty embrace. We humbly hope you enjoy our rakish tip-of-the-hat...
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Old Town Social reviews from OpenTable diners
41 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (22)neighborhood gem (19)vibrant bar scene (18)fit for foodies (14)great for outdoor dining (14)late-night find (13)hot spot (12)great for brunch (9)romantic (7)special occasion (6)kid-friendly (4)notable wine list (4)great for lunch (3)Show More
  • Not as good as last year
    Jamie
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    My husband and I went here to watch football when we visited Chicago last year. It was great! The staff was excellent. The food menu was good and all food very fresh. The bathrooms were clean. The wine, beer and drink menu was strong. We returned this year and were disappointed. Service was ok but they had problems setting up the tvs for NFL games and we nearly missed kick-off of the Bears game! The food menu was disappointing and the food was not as fresh or special. The bathrooms were not particularly dirty but not especially clean; the soap dispensers were broken and the place felt run down. The wine, beer and drink lists were still strong. We will not be back and cannot recommend it.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the atmosphere and fresh food
    AMYCVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Loved the bohemian/shabby chic environment with delicious fresh food; very friendly service and helpful in finding the best craft beer
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place to show a friend
    Jessica
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My friend was in from out of town and Old Town Social was a great place to start our night. They had interesting twists on regular American fare, such as the 3 kinds of deviled eggs, and the grilled cheese with tomato soup. I, unfortunately, was not impressed with how crisp the pork belly tacos were, but that could be a fluke. The ambiance is wonderful, the decor is also very unique and interesting. Love the lighting and the old photos, although they're creepy! Haha! I, also, unfortunately did not enjoy our waitress but we were also a larger group which is more difficult to manage. Overall, I would definitely come back but with a bit of a smaller crowd.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ehh
    lovedining
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Came here with a large group for brunch. Our waitress was great, and we loved the atmosphere at the restaurant! The outdoor patio is lovely. However, the food and service from the kitchen fell flat. Half our party got food 15 minutes before the other half! Totally not our waitress's fault, but you'd think the manager would apologize for the discrepancy. Moving onto the food, ordered a plain side of pancakes that came out literally uncooked. My boyfriend bit into the pancakes and said "Mmm they put some sort of cream in the middle!" And I informed him that this was actually RAW PANCAKE BATTER! Disgusting. The turkey confit was OK, I hated the dressing and the turkey was a bit dry though. Highlight of the meal was the bloody mary.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved it!
    KGayS
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Has a great outside space (good for taking the kids) and great indoor space which is very adult and inviting. Loved the place and the brunch menu was tasty and varied. We had a great time and will go back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, so-so service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We went here with a group before an event. Service took forever, but food and drinks were wonderful
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really good experience
    carod
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I loved it. I went on a saturday. I read bad reviews about service on yelp but I had no issues. Food was awesome! Great variety, indicate gluten free and vegan on menu. Nice vintage vibe in there. It was a young crowd. I definitely recco it to anyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hooked at the first bite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Food was great, perfect for elevated food without a multicourse, multihour experience. Great to chat over a good cocktail and delicious food, prepared without drama!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chicagofoodfreak
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The food was delcious, the theme of the resturant and ambiance were spectular! We came right when the doors opened at 11 and had a quiet, quick and wonderful brunch. I had the eggs Sardu which were fantastic! The hashbrown casserole that comes with some dishes was also amazing! I will be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch was amazing
    chicagolovesfoodVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    We went with a group of 6 -- 3 of our group was late, but the hostess station didn't mind at all. We all ordered our drinks and food -- food came a little slow, but once it came, we were happy. We'll always come back because of the fun location and the great food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for dinner before a show
    Coach
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    This was our first time at Old Town Social. I thought the space was great, a crowd came in half way thru our meal, but I didn't feel like it got more crowded or even necessarily more loud. The food was great, as was the beer list. We enjoyed our meal, had a great view of the TVs, and overall thought it was a fantastic place, and would definitely return. Within walking distance to shows at North and Wells as well!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nice enough
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    nice evening - dining outside. chicago summer. the beet salad was fantastic. the kale salad was ok. the burgers were burnt! no one came over for a while after they were served, so we picked off the black parts and ate them. at least when i mentioned the problem, the server brought us a free batch of donut holes for dessert! nice treat. the tacos (a mix of kinds) were truly underwhelming. i think you go here for drinks/outdoor real estate. too bad, cuz i had heard the food was especially good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best burgers and amazing menu!
    LM2014
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We stumbled upon OTS when going to Second City for a show. We lOVED it! We were wishing we lived in Chicago so we could visit it more. There are great options for the delicious burgers and the chopped salad is wonderful. Honestly there are so many unique twists on standard bar food that we could hardly decide. The booths are cozy and the western-industrial decor is very cool.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 80 reviews are from the Old Town Social reviews archive.
  • Great Brunch
    HappyDinerVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    The Bloody Mary is a work of art! The food was so good I am going back next weekend! Can't wait!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Afer Theater Dining
    Lisabe
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I had read a review on the OTS burger in Timeout and thought we would give the restaurant a try. Especially, since it is walking distance from Steppenwolf. The staff was wonderful. Since it was a beautiful night we waited to sit outside, apart from the L going by, it was great. Our waitress Trish was great. My husband had the burger, I had the Chicken Banh Mi sandwich and our friends had the Po'boy sandwich and a salad. I thought the food had a lot of flavor. Outstanding cocktails, too.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great space, great food
    smg123
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Went here for brunch and had a great time. The space is awesome -- large and open with a comfortable feel. The food was also great, but the bloody mary left something to be desired. I appreciate the appetizer size accompaniments, but the drink itself was pretty plain. Also, the draft beer selection was also pretty plain. But the bottle list was better. I'd definitely recommend this place for a date. They also have well-placed TVs for game-watching, but they do not dominate the space -- this is not a sports bar.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kentucky Derby Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We came to OTS for their Kentucky Derby pig roast that we had seen advertised on the website as well in a CBS piece on the top Kentucky Derby Parties in Chicago. However, to our disappointment the pig had not been ordered... thus no pig roast. When we arrived for reservation a little before noon we asked if we could dine on the outdoor patio - we were informed there would be no service out there today. As we were leaving we noticed this had changed as their were several diners on their side patio. We did stay for several mimosas, appetizers, and their brunch menu which was tasty.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Needs to be more social!
    ChicGourmetVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Brunch at Old Town was a bit of a mixed experience. Our food was tasty, but not fabulous. Our server was friendly, after she first brusquely informed us "it's a game day, we're geared up for crowds, and we won't do anything special" when one of us requested the "Bananas Foster French Toast" ordinarily on the menu. She rallied, however, and offered to ask the chef who in fact assented: the French toast was good. Our table neighbors fared less well: one had an allergy and required help to assess what she could eat there; the servers argued "it's a game day~can't change a thing. After waiting 45 minutes for their meal, the folks left. Our server forgot one of our items altogether; the last, Turkey Pastrami Hash was odd but okay.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • extremely poor service
    PaulVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    I went here with my girlfriend and another couple. I've heard both great things about the bar as well as really bad things about the sit-down area. The food was OK, but the service was absolutely horrendous. The waitress clearly just wanted us to order drinks, and we had to ask the waitress 3x to order our food. The first two times she left without taking our order (this took about 40 min.). When we got the bill at the end of the night, we asked her if she could split it two ways as there were two couples and one friend. She said b/c we "didn't ask for it to be split in the beginning that I can't split it." Then she screwed up the bill. I'm not going to go on and on about it but you can be sure I will never come here again.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rude staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Every time I've eaten dinner here we're had extremely rude waitresses and hostesses. I think this place is much better for late night drinks only
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solid place
    SpikelawVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Old town social is a good place which is appealing to the eye, having some nice, large rounded booths, a long bar with tvs, and an outdoor seating area. I would imagine it could crossover into a but more of a club later I. The evening, however, we were there earlier. The deviled eggs were tasty and have a couple of different flavored on each plate. My salad was my favorite, being very fresh. No food was crazy good but all was solid. The best aspect of our experience was the service. From the hostess, to the bartender, to our server, all were polite, friendly and seemed to really care about us having a good time.
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  • Awesome brunch with as the group
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    We had a great time and the food was awesome. Service was a little slow. Overall great experience for brunch on a Sunday with energetic atmosphere and a DJ.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is a bar atmosphere,
    JennB
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    This is a bar atmosphere, drinks are pricey, food is excellent as far as bat good goes. Burgers were great!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is really over-hyped.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Food is really over-hyped. It was mediocre pub food at best. All show, no punch.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Highly disappointed with service
    Chicagorestaurantgoer
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    I dined with 2 other guests on a slow, Sunday night. Our water glasses were empty throughout most of our meal, no one came to check on us once we had our food or offer to bring us more drinks, and some parts of our order came late. Not once did our waitress apologize or offer an explanation as to why we were so neglected. In the end, after waiting 20 minutes for our bill once we asked for it, our waitress miscounted the cash we gave her and overcharged one of our credit cards until we brought that to her attention. All 3 members of our party have worked in the restaurant industry, so initially we tried to be understanding. However, in the end, what happened (and what didn't happen) throughout our dining experience was inexcusable.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Friday Night Out
    Elcsp19
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Made a reservation but was seated in the bar area (boo). Date night seated in the bar area for two non-drinkers wasn't what I thought I reserved on Open Table. Food was good and atmosphere was nice.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Great atmosphere at this place but we made reservations for dinner and we were seated at a couch and chair. Made eating even appetizers difficult. Food was okay but we left after appetizers due to the smoke coming from the fireplace. Too much smoke was coming back into the room - it made it a bit uncomfortable for us. Left smelling like we were at a campfire all night. Sending the coats and sweaters to the cleaners.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not what expected from description
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    Little more than a hangout for 20 somethings. Not really a tapas bar, not a comfy neighborhood gathering spot, not a foodie destination ... not satisfying on any level. Sterile decor, bland 'edgy' music in the background, many LCD screens built into the walls for what purpose? Server didn't know the menu or bar stock. A big meh.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cool place
    newbie
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Ambiance is cool foods good burgers were undercooked though. Everything else was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yum!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    burgers, fries, charcuterie - all delish! lamb ragu special was small, but also yummy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth a visit
    Paged
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    I have had both dinner and brunch and both were excellent . Their Bloody Mary is a meal in and of its self.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food!
    absbrit
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Great food, great selection of fun drinks. Loved the beer list which reads more like a beer novel. However, our service was extremely unattentive. We were there at 6:00 on a Saturday night and the restaurant was very empty. Our waitress was cold and never cracked a smile. She didn't introduce herself, or ask if we had been there before, or talk about the menu, or the cocktail list. Our food runner was much more pleasant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • More than a Bar
    Haley
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Great food - I had only had drinks here prior to making a reservation for dinner on Valentine's Day. The noise level was pretty high even in the fireplace area, but it was a great atmosphere nonetheless. The bar was alive afterward!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent brunch! Food was
    emilyVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Excellent brunch! Food was great and the bloody Mary's were awesome
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    khosch
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Old Town Social was great. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was very fun. I will definitely be coming back here in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old town social
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    Great ambience and even better food/customer service. I love how they make it seem like a throwback bdubs with all the tv's but keep it lookig retro. A great place for people 20-45.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not bad
    Jacob
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    For a Thursday night I wish it was a little more busy but the drinks were made good, food wasn't bad and they played great music and had a coat check which was convienent. Worked for me.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and drinks
    NickieN
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    I had never been to Old Town Social and I had wanted to go for some time. The food was excellent. Thinking about it now makes my mouth water. We went for brunch and it was a great time. It was very loud because everyone was watching soccer but for the most part it was great.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but too loud
    RussellVIP
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    I thought the bruch was excellent. The room was pretty full and the service a little slow but all worth waitng for. A really disappointing aspect was the music volume level which made it impossible to talk comfortably and left me with a sore throat for two days trying to speak over the music- we were only a table of 3. It was brunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere for groups.
    Girl21VIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Great atmosphere for groups. Food was good and the service was outstanding!! I made the reservations back in October for our family of five. I was disappointed with the the first table they gave us in the VERY loud bar. The were definitely table available in the restaurant area. We asked to be moved there and the did need some persuading to do so.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic