Osteria
Osteria

Osteria

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.osteriaphilly.com/
  • Phone: 2157630920x
  • Hours of Operation:
    This Mother's Day, Osteria will be open from 4PM to 10PM: Sunday, May 11th, 2014.

    Lunch: Thursday and Friday 11:30-2:00 p.m. Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5:00-10:00 Friday and Saturday 5:00-11:00

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Jeffrey Michaud
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer two private dining rooms. The Wine Room, cozy with a view into the wine cellar, seats up to 30. The glass enclosed Patio offers the ambience of outdoor dining with the comfort of being indoors and seats up to 50. The Chef's Table located in our kitchen is perfect for groups 8-14. The whole restaurant is available for groups 50-150. Several menu options, all parties are served family style.
  • Private Party Contact: events@vetrifamily.com 2157630920x
  • Special Events: Osteria frequently hosts demonstration dinners, wine and beer dinners and tastings as well as hands on cooking classes. For a schedule of events please go to www.osteriaphilly.com/events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wallace Street
  • Public Transit: Septa Subway Broad Street Line Spring Garden Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet and metered parking on Broad Street free after 6pm. Free parking on Mt.Vernon and Wallace Streets.
A word from Osteria
Rustic Northern Italian featuring homemade pastas, thin crust pizzas and wood grilled meats and fish. An all Italian wine list highlights small producers and an international beer list focuses on artisinal brews. A traditional Italian Osteria nestled on North Broad Street.
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Osteria reviews from OpenTable diners
244 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (177)special occasion (115)notable wine list (95)neighborhood gem (83)good for groups (81)hot spot (67)romantic (60)vibrant bar scene (25)kid-friendly (17)great for lunch (15)great for outdoor dining (12)late-night find (11)great for brunch (7)scenic view (6)Show More
  • outstanding service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We loved the service and the dessert was amazing. The ambiance is great as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Creative Italian
    MofoodVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Creative dishes make Osteria a must try. The menu offers a mix of authentic traditional Italian dishes and entrees that have an original spin. We tried several appetizers: ricotta with melon, sausage with egg over polenta and grilled octopus, they were all perfectly prepared. Entrees were equally as good: but I would highlight the rabbit over polenta. The rabbit was cooked perfectly and blended very well with the polenta. The pasta with sausage was also very flavorful. Service was attentive without being intrusive. The décor has a farm-house feel, with high ceilings and rough wood tables, which are well spaced in the corners of the room, but tightly placed in the middle. Would strongly recommend Osteria, it is worth the trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wouldn't go back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    There were many empty tables but they kept us waiting at the bar while they supposedly prepared our table. After 15 minutes I approached the hostess send she spool gushed, pushed two tables together and sat us down. The server seemed to gave too many tables to handle us properly and we waited another long time before we could order. And this was at 9 PM. The food was greasy and very salty. It seemed that the only spice they had was salt. I had been here before for lunch and had a better experience. Not sure if this was an off night but I wouldn't go back.
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  • Great place for dinner !
    Doc11
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We took the gnoccheti mushroom and fried mozarella and shared a margaritta as main dish. Everything was great. Excellent quality of products and waiters perfect. As a dessert, the italian gelato was also a nice moment. All together we were very happy about the experience and definitely recommend Osteria.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Wanted to try this place for a few years, finally made it for a birthday dinner. Osteria came highly reccommended by a couple friends. The aps/entrees/desserts were OUTSTANDING. I literally can't wait to go back and enjoy another meal here! Service was outstanding as well, our waitress was knowledgeable and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • You Have to Like Salt and Cheese
    BarbaraMan
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I know that Italian restaurants use a lot of cheese, but I think the Vetri restaurants use more than most. The bread was great. We had the special vegetable antipasto salad. The variety and selection of vegetables was excellent but there was too much salt on the arugula. My rigatoni with chicken livers was very good. My friend had one of the pasta specials which had too much cheese and pepper for me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    As always Osteria never disappoints. Amazing food paired with wonderful wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Emily
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Restaurant isn't nearly as good as it used to be. Not planning on going back anymore.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious
    Babette
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The menu is a bit pretentious, and, for example a simple green salad is not available. Ingredients are prepared in an inventive way and the results are positive. The food is delicious. A variety of unusual pizzas and pasta dishes is offered and the ones we had turned out to be outstanding as was the yummy dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful all around
    MPfromPAVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We arrived on the early side for dinner on a Thursday eve and the restaurant was quiet..within 45 minutes it was full and lively. Our server was very attentive from the minute we sat down, brought us wines we loved without even having to look at the menu...we told him what we liked in wine and he brought us two glasses. He helped us choose our menu items ...pizza and pasta dishes ...and everything was fresh and delicious. He was very knowledgeable and the restaurant had a cool, lively, welcoming vibe...highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I Ate Brains
    cheers
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The sweet corn and calves brain ravioli was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Wonderful food and service. Only issue was that we had a table bumped up next to the service station where orders where being entered at all times. The person I went with pretty much only had the wall and the server station to look at. Overall I recommend it. Food was out of this world.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overrated & overpriced
    Silverfox
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Famous for eclectic pizza but they were overrated and not very good. We got two to share before dinner and both were average. Crowded and noisy as local hang out. Dinners were served with dried up roasted potatoes, with a pork entree and the blue crab in a pasta like ravioli was okay. The desserts were great and the service was very good with a knowledgeable wine presentation but we will not be back as there is better food elsewhere.
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  • foodhappyVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We were never told the specials or that you could mix and match the menu. We found out too late when we heard it from the waitperson telling other diners
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • North Philly Gem
    Don1
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Best restaurant relatively close to the Temple Campus. Wish this quality could be in walking distance to the campus. Good food, great service and pleasant place to be.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Snazzy place
    ShanaynayVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We loved the Parma pizza - arugula, prosciutto, and shaved Parmesan drizzled in olive oil. So darn good, and the fresh prosciutto really made it spectacular! I had the polenta gnocchini with mushrooms and Parmesan as well, a very unique take on gnocchi! A little softer than traditional gnocchi, and definitely the polenta taste, it was so good. Once again their wine (and champagne) list was out of this world and they are so happy to accommodate you and allow you to taste any wine! I had the boudino dessert which was really special and I absolutely loved it, it was just the perfect little size for a sweet treat to complete another glorious meal. Who wants to take me back next time? So many more things I want to try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GeneVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Outstanding restaurant with a wonderful Manager. She gave great guidance in working our way through a complex, partially in Italian,menu. The rabbit in polenta,the ravioli with brains and the veal (?) heart sausage were exotic but delicious The sommelier was also very patient as we worked our way through the moderate selection in their "wine by the glass program." Started off with a preliminary lively Vermintino followedby a red wine from Puglia. Topped it off with a remarkable glass of Limoncello; best I've ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    surf
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Heard much about how great it is Always it seems when expectations are high reality dose not meet it Server (I wish I remembered her name) was the main reason for Low star rating. She seem disengaged, unfriendly, was not hospitable , she should not work in the industry. Managment need to better examin their staff motives to work it makes the huge difference. Manager never stopped at our table even when we brought up an issue with food. I can see around happy people but with that miss service and so so food this will most likely not last long. Wishing I could have experienced the hype of this place. Disappointing !
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Just oustanding food -- from start to finish -without being "snooty"!!
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    fit for foodies
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  • Disappointed
    MJ70
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Our antipasti was fabulous as was the truffle pizza but when it came to the main course our party of 4 was underwhelmed. The service was mediocre it felt like they were rushing us out even though it was sat night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Enjoyable meal. Server was most accommodating and the food was very tasty
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for Birthday Celebration
    Kehayezee
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My mom, my sister and I went to celebrate mine and my mother's birthdays. I noted in my open table reservation that it was our birthday, and that my sister was just coming back from abroad, and they put us in the back room, which was much more intimate and quiet than the main restaurant. The server was just attentive enough and very knowledgeable about the menu and wine list. At the end of our meal, she brought out one of each of the specialty gelatos with candles on the house, and the kitchen held our leftovers until we had paid so that we didn't have to hold on to them during the dessert course. We had a wonderful experience and will definitely be going back again and recommending it to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Fantastic Food and beautiful ambiance. Service was great, but a little stuffy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Moose
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Menu is outstanding. The pizzas (Polpo, Mortadella, and Prosciutto) were all wonderful. The server recommended several dishes: pasta and roasted baby pig as well as a rabbit/polenta dish. They were all fantastic. We had a reasonable chianti with dinner that complemented the food perfectly.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Lived Up
    ExpertDiner
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The restaurant lived up to everything I had heard. The only confusing part was how to combine the various types of food. I wanted to try the pizza, which I had heard so much about, but wasn't sure whether to have pizza and appetizer, pizza and pasta, appetizer and entree, etc, etc. I ended up having pizza as an appetizer and a pasta dish. Shared the octopus and smoked mozzarella pizza. It was intensely smokey and delicious. I had the rigatoni with chicken livers, cippolini onions and sage, which had been mentioned in several reviews, as well as recommended by friends, as well the waiter. It was incredible! I expected to find whole cippolini onions in the dish, but didn't so perhaps they were part of the sauce. Loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrific food and service but loud
    FabFoodie
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We went to Osteria on a Monday and the food was wonderful and the waiter and wait staff were attentive. The only complaint was the music was avant garde jazz and was loud enough that conversation was slightly difficult. I would only suggest a music selection more suitable for dining vs. a "hip bar scene".
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The service was incredible, the environment was spectacular and the food was amazing!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good But Didn't Live up to the Hype
    Roochman
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Parma Pizza and grilled vegetable platter were great. Entrees - pork chop, pasta special &, brisket were good but not great. We arrived @6:30. Two of us ordered a dinner special but were later told that they had run out. It was only 6:30? Later I ordered a bottle of Italian beer and a glass of port. Each time our server returned to the table to inform me that they were out. For desert we ordered the gelato sampler and the sorbet sampler. Each was to include 3 flavors. We got one flavor of gelato and 2 flavors of sorbet. They were very good but not what we ordered. The bill came to over $400 for 4 people. For that price I would expect the food to be excellent and the selections on the menu (especially the daily specials) adequately stocked.
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  • Molto bene!
    CrustyCurmudgeonVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Osteria's always a pleasure - this meal was no exception. After enjoying a leisurely drink at the bar & great conversation with the bartenders, we headed to our table for a procession of delights. The grilled vegetable antipasti were largely green this time around, fresh & done perfectly. A polpo pizza was exactly as we like it - thin, crisp crust with nicely grilled octopus just to the point of char. We enjoyed course after course of great but simple dishes like perfectly al dente pastas (chicken liver rigatoni with onions & sage for me, one of the specials for my wife - I don't know what it was because she didn't share a single bite with me!). With a great Italian red new to us (recommended by the sommelier, also great), it was so fine!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still the best in Philly
    FoodLionessVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Osteria remains my go-to restaurant for any special occasion. They do everything right, from perfectly dressed salads, grilled vegetables and meats that melt in your mouth, great wine selections by the glass, portion sizes just right--not skimpy, but modest enough to leave room for dessert. I do wish restaurants would have a selection of desserts without dairy, but the sorbets were heavenly so I didn't feel too deprived. Wait staff informed without being too chatty, and only one person tried to remove a plate while another diner was still eating. Dining perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum
    Finey8
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Excellent food with friendly prompt service. Loved eating in glass covered area
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    This place was great. The waiter explained the menu in great detail when asked and clearly he was a great fan of the food. The food was creative and delicious. We all agreed we would return eagerly. Very unique menu and everything beautifully prepared. Go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • First time at Osteria
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Most of us got the Back from the Shore 4 for $44 deal and it was really a great deal. You got a nice antipasti plate, a pizze of your choosing, a primi piatti if your choosing and 3 scoops of sorbet and/or gelato. The pizze and pistachio gelato were my faves!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A romantic gateaway
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    A great place for a romantic dinner. We were seated on a back room which was better the main area can be noisy. Food was fantastik!!!
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    romantic
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  • Fine restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We just spent two weeks all over Italy, and this restaurant stood up as well or better to any fine dining we experienced abroad. The creativity of Osteria's pasta dishes is unsurpassed. We have explored much of the menu, and have yet to find any dish that was less than excellent. We will continue to use this as one of our two "go-to" restaurants for special occasions.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • SMOKED BRISKET W/PEACH
    MoltoMerrill
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I thought I died and went to heaven when I ate Might Quinn's brisket in my hometown of NYC, but I was wrong. If I could transport this meal onto my plate every evening in NYC--along with the peaches & radicchio--I finally would have found Nirvana! And Osteria's never-ending choices of Italian wines amazes. As does their non-alcoholic Punch for those who don't imbibe. Get thee to Osteria before the brisket smoking seasons ends!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never lets me down
    twelVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I have yet to have a bad meal at Osteria. And in this era of expensive, small plates, Osteria's portions match the price they charge. And they now have 3 oz tasting of their wines by the glass. Great option to pair different wines.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, late-night find
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Good
    cwnarberth
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    They seated us in the back room, which kind of kills the ambiance, but the food was, as always, delicious, fresh and different. We stick with the antipasti, pasta and pizza and it is amazing that that it can be so satisfying, interesting and fun. For awhile we were the only ones in the back room--which made it very quiet--but a couple of times I thought they forgot about us.
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  • Overall Good, but I Had Better
    tlina069
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Hubs & I went to Osteria for our 10th year wed. anniv. GREAT ambience, friendly service, loved our surprise watermelon sorbet with a candle at the end of the dinner. Very much appreciate it. However, food wise, I expected more. All in all they're good, but I felt like I had better. LOVE grilled clams w/ charred squid, lemon & chilies and the fusili special of the day (w. anchovies). Had the pork spec. - tasty, perfectly cooked, but a bit too salty. Hubs ordered beef fiorentina, beautiful perfectly cooked, but I don't think it should be paired with such a strong side. The sorbets are AMAZING (lemon verbena and watermelon), but the raspberry tart was very sour. Also had the Sicilian Lemonade, too sweet. Maybe better luck next time for me. :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Poor Service
    ebar8
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We came here for a birthday dinner and were disappointed with the service, especially at the price point. Dinner for two was nearly $200, and the service was poor, we waited longer than necessary for menus, courses, drinks, and check; our waiter was also not very friendly. The food was good, but ultimately the service put a damper on the evening.
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