ORO
ORO

ORO

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ororaleigh.com/
  • Phone: (919) 239-4010
  • Hours of Operation:
    SERVING LUNCH AND DINNER Monday: 11am - 10pm Tuesday: 11am - 10pm Wednesday: 11am - 10pm Thursday: 11am - 10pm Friday: 11am - 2am Saturday: 5pm - 2am Sunday: 4pm - 9pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Christopher Hylton
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: ORO can cater your next event whether it be a business lunch or a wedding reception! Catering menus are available by contacting us through our website.
  • Private Party Facilities: Boasting an upstairs mezzanine with a 9-foot fireplace that can accommodate up to 40 guests seated and 60 guests for a standing reception, ORO can exceed your expectation for any business meeting or social gathering. For larger parties who desire the use of the entire ORO space, the facility can accommodate up to 80 guests seated and 150 guests for a standing reception.
  • Private Party Contact: Cara Hylton 9192394010

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wilmington
  • Parking: No
A word from ORO
ORO Restaurant & Lounge located in the heart of Downtown Raleigh, is a fun, chic, and casual restaurant in the PNC Building at the corner of Martin and Wilmington Streets. Rather than offering individual starters and main courses, ORO serves dishes that are designed for sharing among friends and are brought to the table steadily and continuously throughout the meal. Offering 16 wines-on-tap; ORO's wine list, cocktail selection, and variety of local beer is diverse and exciting to please all palates.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
ORO reviews from OpenTable diners
99 reviews since July 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (73)special occasion (49)romantic (35)hot spot (34)good for groups (29)neighborhood gem (27)notable wine list (26)late-night find (16)great for lunch (11)vibrant bar scene (10)scenic view (6)great for brunch (4)great for outdoor dining (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Small But Packs a Punch!
    gnusul
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    This little restaurant was a great find for a last minute Saturday night dinner. Me and my best friend was looking to try something new and break the monotony of our usual haunts. I looked up tapas raleigh on google and Oro was suggested in Yelp. I barely scanned the menu before making a reservation on Open Table which was good I did because the place was packed. We were sat upstairs and could see most of the restaurant with a great view of the windows where you can see the street as well. The menu is small (on page) but well rounded on choices and flavors no matter your dietary needs. I chose two light dishes (Corn Fritters & Seared Scallops) and was not disappointed. The corn fritters were light and airy crispy but not friend to oblivion served on top of a chipotle bacon jam, perfection!!! The seared scallops were absolutely the best in the state, far too often scallops are overcooked but these were so good that I was sad only because there were only two in the dish. They were served over Israeli couscous and orange with a drizzle of olive oil. I took my time eating this dish because I didn't want the flavor to leave. Great meal, great staff and great food what else could we try....I didn't try the wine just wasn't in the mood but I was ready for something sweet. So we tried the Campfire, its make you own s'mores! Served to your table is a small platter with fire in the center ready for you to make your roasted marshmallow creation with melted chocolate and crush graham crackers and an added bonus of fresh fruit. With hot herbal tea and honey it didn't matter that we asked to move to accommodate a large table. The food and experience were marvelous my compliments to the chef and his staff for a well played Raleigh Tapas night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • what a ride.......!
    KenF
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    ORO is unique in this area, small plates meant to be shared. The 3 of us did just that, sharing 6 "main" dishes and 2 desserts and all were excellent in every way. From service to presentation to taste the gnochihi, bison, spring rolls, pork belly, dumplings, and rock shrimp were all equally excellent and the desserts to die for. Despite it's somewhat stark, two tiered layout we found the restaurant to be warm and inviting. True, tables were close together but on a Sunday night this wasn't a problem. The goings-on in the open kitchen were a show in themself since the menu is practically a world tour of types and styles of food all done on a small scale. ORO is highly recommended... we will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent food, small portions
    Mickey
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Service and ambiance were great, but food was only ok and the portions are pretty small for the price.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little disappointed
    triathletecece
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    This was my second time dining here and this visit was a little disappointing. After being shuffled upstairs, we had to stand there and wait while the hostess and waiter argued over where to sit us. We were finally seated after several minutes of being stuck in the middle of the seating crisis. We were deciding on wine when we were told we had to move to another table downstairs to accommodate a reservation...note we had made a reservation as well. The service was slow and after all the moving us around, I would have expected at least an apology or a visit from the manager to our table. I won't be dining here again for a while.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great idea - well executed
    lel4866
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    I really like the idea of many interesting dishes designed for sharing (about 2 people per dish). They pulled it off well. Obviously, when you get lots of different things, not all of them are going to match your tastes perfectly, but that's kind of the point - discover how you like various new combinations. I thought the price was somewhat inexpensive compared to the quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Absolutely wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Delicious food,great atmosphere highly recommended
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great except for portion size
    LotsOfriends
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The place is beautiful! The service is really good as well! The food taste great! I could see it being good for a date night, but it is definitely not the place for group dining. The style of the restaurant makes it so you share plates of food as they are brought out. The only problem is that the plates are so small that when you have a group you literally would only get like one bite of eat plate. It's really awkward to have to ration off each plate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect pre-theater dinner
    Volunteer81VIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    This was my second visit to ORO. A great downtown Raleigh find, very modern design, open kitchen, and enough variety on the menu to satisfy almost everyone. The portions on the sharing plates are generous, and paired with an extensive wine selection, makes an enjoyable pre-theater dinner choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellent food and service
    Shelley
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I met some friends here for dinner and drinks and it did not disappoint. We shared several smalls plates and had some delicious wine. The portions sizes even for the small plates was very generous. I highly recommend this place to anyone, especially if you dig a lively bar scene and lots of energy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but not great...
    Meg1591
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    My boyfriend and I went to Oro as a Friday night treat. I was expecting excellent food for the price, and I ended up a little disappointed. My favorite was the Truffle Mac and Cheese and the duck gnocchi, both which I would get again. We also got the hummus plate, spring rolls, and the potstickers all of which were not to the standards I expected for the price. We finished with the mango chocolate cheesecake and the s'mores dessert. The cheesecake was small and not great, but the s'mores were very fun and was good for the price. It provided something new to enjoy. The meals were sub-par for the price, but the decor was stylish and a great date place. Overall, I enjoyed the experience, but for the money will likely not be going back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • noisy & mediocre food
    Jazzygirl
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Then noise level was close to unbearable. The wine , which was a Bordeaux style blend was ice cold and when we mentioned it to our wait staff, her comment was no one has ever complained before. The Veal ravioli was ok, the Gnocchi was bland and the prociutto in the gnocchi was stringy and fatty. The bison was not flavorful but the sauce was good. We skipped dessert after the disappointment of the other 3 courses and headed up the street to Joule and had a delicious cake & coffee
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Oro
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We went at 630 pm on a Friday Night. Our waitress Ann was great. We got 4 shared plates - 1. Gnocchi with Duck 2. Pork Belly 3. Bison Tenderloin w Potatoes, 4. Fish Taco's - we got the Salted Caramel Brownie for dessert and I had a glass of Riesling -- with tip the bill was about $90. The Pork Belly was Great! The chef came out to speak with us and asked us how we heard about the restaurant. As it got later and more crowded the noise level was almost deafening. We couldn't talk to each other across a very small table, and when I left my ears were hurting. We waited a good 15+ minutes for our check after we asked for it. I would go back but only when they weren't so busy. The noise was from people talking not music.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ORO review
    Kyle
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    It is a little hard to classify this place, but it was great! The food was incredible; the atmosphere is very modern, cool, a lot of activity yet the privacy was still very good; The service and staff were incredible....... A fun group and very attentive as this was our first time. Highly recommend this place as both the food and service were well above what I was expecting- an absolute great place and great experience!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome!
    Njfoodie
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Amazing tapas! Every bite was so tasty. Service was excellent too. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun evening!
    nocarolinagirl
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Took some friends and had a great evening. Food meant to share so we had a number of small courses. We like to eat that way. Everything we ordered was superb, and you don't overeat. Only complaint is that it was a little loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great tapas-ish dining
    theleighVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Something about this place has always made me a little leery to try it, like it looks cold and intimidating almost, but the food and service more than makes up for it. A friend and I split 4 "small plates" and two deserts and it was perfect- we both enjoyed every single dish and the seasonal NY Strip was amazing. It is the first meal I have had in a long time where every dish was better than I was expecting. Contrary to the sterile feel of the decor, the server was extremely friendly and helpful and a manager stopped by twice to see how we were doing. I was very impressed with the experience overall and we felt like our business was appreciated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great restaurant
    woystahVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My wif and I ate supper here. The food was excellent. Service was friendly and flawless. Fun to order and share the small plates.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yummy experience
    Fine2dineVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    I frequent this restaurant and the food is always delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    Raleighfoodie
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    What an amazing variety of small plates they offer. The veal ravioli and pesto gnocchi were brilliant. The server was unenthusiastic, to say the least, and didn't do much to explain menu items, even when we asked.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Options - Big Tapas Portions
    ajkline
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My wife and I enjoy the tapas experience of ordering a bunch of different plates to share so that we can try smaller portions of multiple different dishes. The portion sizes at ORO were a little larger I would say than most tapas restaurants though. We had eyed up 5 different plates to try but started with just 3 and were stuffed after the first round. The fish tacos, truffle mac & cheese, and sauteed bok choy were all on point though! Definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Third time, still very good
    cnorman99
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Took our out-of-town niece here. Great meal. Sharing tapas plates was good for conversation and fun. All the dishes were tasty. Gnocchi and duck dish was outstanding. And so was the Truffle Mac/Cheese. Having a wine list that includes Cakebread by the glass is wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food, but LOUD!!
    Hungry
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    My friend and I enjoyed the food at ORO and the service was good. It was so loud in there, though, I had a headache by the end of my meal. I was thinking of coming here with my husband on Valentine's Day, but I'm probably gong to select another place because I don't want to have to yell across the table just so he can hear me. Too bad...I had high hopes for this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food 9 / Atmosphere 4
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Several groups dining that evening made for a loud environment and seemed to stretch the wait staff. Very good food at a reasonable price.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Maybe an off night
    JustOkay
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I have been to Oro on several occasions and have enjoyed the food and lively atmosphere. I took a friend there for her first visit a few days ago and was a little embarrassed by the quality of the food. The gnocchi seemed bland and under-seasoned, although the duck that was mixed in was tasty. The nightly special, halibut I think, was $28.00 for a "six ounce" portion with lobster on top. It seemed more like four ounces and there was very little lobster. Like the gnocchi, the fish was under-seasoned and bland. I have had better dishes there and will give it another chance in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Date Night Go-To
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This was our second time at ORO, both having been for a double date night. The small plates menu and extensive wine listing makes for the perfect environment to dine the night away. For 3 hours of fantastic food, drink, and laughter, the bill was well worth it. It took a little while for the waiter to attend to us, but once we were on his radar, there were no complaints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bit disappointed / Wife's Bday
    regaleagle
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Food was very good and service (Beth) was excellent. My wife specifically asked me to take her to this restaurant for her birthday. When making the reservations on line I specifically put in the "comment" section that it was her birthday and she wanted to try this place...it was our first time eating there. I asked if they read all their comments online and she said absolutely! The disappointment came when NOBODY wished her a happy birthday :-( Also, when we were leaving I asked the young lady at the front that I thought I remember seeing carriage rinds in downtown Raleigh and did she know where they started from. Quickly, AND her only response was you can always check Google!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • ehhhhh
    leftwantingmore
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    It wasn't busy, we had reservations and we were sat at undoubtedly the worst seat in the restaurant. We were sandwiched between a loud, large group and a wall...even though there were lots of other more secluded, less intrusive seats available. This left lots to be desired. The pork belly was amazing, the scallops were great but overpriced (two and a sea of noodles for almost $20) but the worst part about the night was the duck gnocchi. Soooooo bland!!!! I would give this place another shot for sure bc there were several things on the menu I'd like to give a go but maybe just a seat at the bar next time...and NO gnocchi!!!
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  • The food is very excellent
    Fine2dineVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    If you are a picky and expect high quality food prepared by a world class chef look no further. My new favorite place. Fish tacos and shrimp and grits were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good Food
    M1SSCVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I will certainly return for the spring rolls and seared scallops!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • deliciously awsome
    HorribleVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    All of the above ...great place to eat !!! Give them a chance if you've never had the dining experience !! You will not be disappointed !!! They have something for everyone's taste desires !!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Choice
    gordon9487
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    A few of us went to Oro for restaurant week, and it was very good. We chose off the pre-set menu and everything was great. The service was fine, and the restaurant itself is very nice. The only problem was they ran out of the desert we were all hoping to get when we looked at the menu before choosing ORO, so obviously it was good. Otherwise everything was great!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We left hungry...
    happyeaters
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Oro is a beautiful restaurant with a nice atmosphere. The food was very tasty, however, for the amount of money we paid, we were very disappointed in the value. We ordered off the "pick 3 for $30" menu. The appetizer, main dish, and dessert were all delicious, but the portions were extremely small. In addition, the waitress was not very happy, but that might be due to climbing up and down the stairs so much.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food was just ok for the price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The peppercorn sauce in the ny strip steak was flavorful. However, the steak itself was not tender even when it was cooked to rare. The smoky ribs were crispy but dry. The caramelized pork has good flavor, but it was almost all fat and no meat. The only items that are worth trying are the salmon and the flan. the jicama sauce in the salmon dish was good. The flan was very creamy and made the trip worth while.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Eating at Oro's
    Alexis
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Out of all the restaurant week places, we chose to eat at Oro's. 2 of us ordered from the 3 course meal menu and one person ordered from the menu. The ribs and pear salad were flavorful and amazing. The women at the table loved the Truffle Mac & Cheese. The actual entrees from the restaurant menu were not as flavorful as the appetizers. It made me a little sad. NY Steak should not remind me of country style steak in bites. The Shrimp Risotto was blah. I think they could have been awesome but the apps were so amazing, that the flavors were just underwhelming. We tried the orzo and duck and the fried chicken entrees as well. They were both well received. The service was ok. My water stayed empty for long stretches, and she seemed in a rush.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Night Out
    nclkb123VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    A fun night out with my sweetie! The LOBSTER RAVIOLI with sage butter was out of the world! :-) My salmon and his steak was prepared to perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not great value for restaurant week
    SBRgal
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Paid same price as other restaurants for three courses but not much good. Oro great taste and if you like tapas but we won't use it for restaurant week again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Katie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The restaurant has a very cool ambiance and our waitress was on point. We went for restaurant week and I must admit I was slightly disappointed in the value compared to other restaurant week options. The food was good but if you are looking to take advantage of the prices at restaurant week, the limited menu at this price wasn't worth it. The portions are much smaller than other restaurants that participated and the prices is still $30. If you are looking to take advantage of the value of restaurant weeks, I would go to other restaurants, BUT the food is still delicious and is worth giving a shot any other night.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Our kids went for their first anniversary and liked it so much they gave us a gift certificate for ours. Great food, good portions. Scallops with noodles were great. Don't skip the caramel brownie. Will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great!
    lovvit
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food was wonderful. I definitely plan to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food is good
    ChefCindy
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I enjoyed the small plates. I did like that you can share and have a variety of tasting with your dinner guests. Wine and beer menu nothing to complain about. Over all an enjoyable evening and I will be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic