Ottavio
Ottavio

Ottavio

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ottavio-osteria.com/
  • Phone: (925) 930-8008
  • Hours of Operation:
    Pranzo (Lunch): By request



    Cena (Dinner): Monday-Thursday 5:00PM - 9:30PM



    Friday and Saturday 5:00PM - 10:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Modern European, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Valentino Luchin
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Catering available upon request and consultation.
  • Private Party Facilities: The intimate atmosphere and exclusively designed menus make OTTAVIO the perfect venue for your private party! With the open kitchen as OTTAVIO's heart and soul, Executive Chef/Owner Valentino Luchin will delight and entertain guests as he passionately prepares innovative cuisine from his Veneto region. As a wonderful alternative to off-site catering, OTTAVIO is perfect for a restaurant buy out, accommodating 30-50 guests. Join us for an extraordinary private dining experience!
  • Private Party Contact: Michele Luchin 9259308008x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lincoln & Civic
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Public garages or street. Garages located at the corner of Civic & Locust - Regional Theater, and one at Broadway and Cypress.
A word from Ottavio
OTTAVIO, an Osteria from the Veneto region of Northern Italy, embraces culinary traditions innovatively interpreted by renowned native Executive Chef Valentino Luchin. House-cured wild boar, duck, and venison prosciuttos - earthy sugos - smoked fish and chops - fresh daily made pastas, gnocchi, and bread - and an ever changing seasonal bounty of local product are key elements in our delectable dining experience. Nestled in on bustling North Main, OTTAVIO's open kitchen is the heart and soul of our warm and intimate Osteria. We welcome you to join us and see for yourself what this award-winning and acclaimed establishment is all about!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Ottavio reviews from OpenTable diners
60 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (40)fit for foodies (39)special occasion (26)romantic (25)good for groups (7)notable wine list (6)hot spot (4)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Venezia
    OttavioVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    My party of four dined at this restaurant for the first time. The proprietor was extremely welcoming and gracious. Two in my party were vegetarians… no problem he went to work and viola they enjoyed their vegetarian entre. My meal was superbly prepared and had all the accoutrements. He also helped us with our wine selections and entre selections all were good choices. He checked on us several times to make sure we were taken care of. I will be returning for sure. Withbert Payne SPECIALIZING IN - FREE POLICY REVIEWS and EVALUATIONS Life Ins. - LONG TERM CARE INS. - Long Term Disability Ins. Annuities - College Planning - Retirement Planning Businesses: Buy Sell - Executive Bonus - Key Person
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Italian Cooking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Ottavio is a great place to dine and enjoy your food (come hungry). The Chef/Owner is a fantastic cook, his meats are superb, preparation excellent - very good northern Italian cooking, while we were eating we remembered our time in Europe and the food there. The first course of octopus and squid was superb, his signature dish I believe. Veal chop was excellent, duck with polenta also excellent. We did not try dessert as we were too full but we plan to come back and try the pasta and dessert. We do not go out for dinner often but if we do we will be coming back to this place first and soon.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy, unassuming, but first class
    dineamic
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Mother's Day. We were seated promptly. The menu is well-rounded, not too large. But all the dishes sounded so delicious, that it was still hard to choose. I had the duck over polenta, my son had the lamb with a pomegranate reduction. Both were phenomenal! Don't remember what my wife had(she split it with my daughter). Wait staff was super-attentive but not intrusive, pleasant, and efficient. The owner/chef made a visit to all the tables, which is a nice touch rarely seen these days. It's a small place, but warmly decorated and exudes class well above it's square footage. The bottom line is that Ottavio excels where a restaurant should: food quality that pleases the palate, and excellent service. A great find. We will definitely go back.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Meal
    Theophilos
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We had a wonderful lunch and dessert. Price was reasonable, food was very good, atmosphere was pleasant, and service was courteous and prompt.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I went on Mother's Day it wasn't a good idea -- they were by far too busy; however, my duck was lovely.
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  • Brunch for 6
    Botz
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Mother's Day brunch, for my parents and my wife's parents went great. Special service and attention from the owner / chef really added to the experience. We highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    Philly01romance
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The evening was perfect in every way...an intimate and wonderful dining experience...will certainly return
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    romantic
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  • Excellent northern Italian gem
    ChefShiv
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    When the owner chef visits your table several times during your wonderful meal you know you are in good hands. And when he apologizes to stop the conversation so that your meal on the stove doesn't burn... Well it's all good. The fresh spring salad and warm bread, the perfectly prepared house smoked fish and house smoked paper thin venison... Entrees were equally delicious: thin slices of medium rare steak over greens and the savory lasagna. It's a small place hidden on North Main but well worth the find.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    I have been a resident of Walnut Creek for 10 years and am always looking for restaurants with unusual yet approachable and delicious dishes. Ottavio is my new favorite!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food
    lovetoeatVIP
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    We went to Ottavio during restaurant week, our first time there. We had the hanger steak and lasagna, both were fantastic! We definitely would go back and try other dishes.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    This was our second visit to Ottavio, and it was a good experience both times, it is a pleasure to enjoy good, true Italian food.
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    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great eat
    KevinVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We had our anniversary dinner there. The food was great and well prepared. The chef, Valentino, stopped by personally to give us the congrats and we got complimentary cocktails at the end for our anniversary too. Great service!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Personal service
    UncleStevie
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    The chef / owner is attentive, and makes some rich meals.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Most authentic italiano in town.
    JoseisabelVIP
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Home made Sugo ( slow cooked sauce ), risotto, pasta, bistecca, desserts, bread.. All is exceptional. Let know Valentino what you want to eat and he will recommend fabulous dishes. Ask for Amarone Wine. This is a "Boccato di Cardenale cucina".
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best In Town
    ALLReviewsStuff
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Dining at Ottavio is a must for everyone, whether you're a local or a visitor. The food is phenomenal, cocktails are fun, service is friendly, and the ambiance is great for any occaion... from casual week night dining to formal New Years dinner or special occasions. Valentino and his team make you feel like family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Evening
    PCfoodie
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    The food was exceptional, the five of us had duck, beef, and pasta dishes, all prepared aver nicely. We had great service too. We will definitely be returning
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is nicely prepared and
    Jenn
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Food is nicely prepared and delicious. They were accommodating for my food sensitivities which is always appreciated.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We really enjoyed our dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    We really enjoyed our dining experience at Ottavio. We were celebrating our 35 annivesary which was Monday. Most places are closed Mondays. We wanted to try something different. My daughter suggested it from their reviews. We split the grilled octopus/calamari salad. I would go back just for that alone. We both chose the veal t-bone. Perfectly cooked and presented. Topped off the dinner with the New York cheese cake. Delicious! Our waiter, Alejandro, was excellent. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Homemade and Fabulous
    food4me
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    We came here to celebrate a birthday and try a new place. The restaurant was empty when we go there, and the table that we were sat at was against the window, great, expect the fact that the sun had begun to set and the light was beaming into our eyes. There was a large party that was in the back, otherwise the restaurant was small, so I would recommend reservations. The food was great! Everything was made in house including the meats! The food was outstanding, and the specials were great, which we ordered the Duck, and steak. I would recommend the lamb which was cooked perfectly. I loved the cheesecake! All of the food had great flavor and the owner/chef was extremely nice. I would recommend this place :)
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will not return
    NotafanVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Salads were mediocre. Octopus was bland. Rabbit entree was very good. Desserts were poor. While my entree was excellent, the overall meal was not. I would neither return nor recommend.
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  • incredibly noisy
    Baryton
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Perhaps it was the location of our table or the presence of large parties obviously having fun, but we couldn't talk to each other across a very small table. We left without coffee or desert. Otherwise good meal, as usual.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Creative and intimate Italian
    LAM45
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    This is my 5th time at Ottavio's in the last 2 months! 4 times with my husband (the ultimate Foodie) who cooks a mean pasta himself but loved the pasta with wild boar sugo(sauce/gravy). I have taken my all women/friends dinner group (4 of us) and they loved sharing all dishes. Our dinner group has been dining on both sides of the Caldecott for 15 years. Ottavio's gets highest marks. Go on a weekday your 1st time and get to meet the chef and our favorite waiter, Alejandro.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A new favorite
    Baryton
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Long time Walnut Creek residents who have been lazy about straying from our few habitual favorites, we stole a look at Open Table and made last minute reservations at Ottavio. We dine early (5:30) so we were virtually alone at the start of the meal on a Friday. We split a salad featuring calamari, which was just enough and deliciously different. Wine by the glass was excellent. My wife chose the duck and was pleased by the preparation, the moisture of the meat and the accompanying vegetables. My rabbit was a novelty for me and brought back memories of my childhood in Iowa. Delicious, and again, the accompanying broth and vegetables were superb. Dessert grappa and decaf cappuccino sent us away happy and planning a return in the near future.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Needs a kid-menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    I am sure that this place was anticipating a large amount of children, but there should be an item or two for kids. This is also true for the picky eater. It is fine if everyone is a foodie, but if you have picky people, they will have a hard time navigating the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As if it was opeing night..
    relady
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Although we all enjoyed the food very much, and the entire staff was certainly pleasant....we felt that the restaurant would do well to improve their service.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great little find in walnut creek
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    My wife and i were travelling through walnut creek and found this gem on open table. intimate and nicely decorated interior and quiet enough to hear a conversation. excellent attentive service and absolutely great food. we started with a generous vodka martini and intriguing burrata with grilled raddichio. For entrees we had the gnocchi with duck (fabulous) and the lamb sirloin (so flavorful). this menu had several things that looked great and i was tron not ordering the hanger steak because most restaurants dont have that cut. the chef/owner came out and said hello which was a nice touch and connection. We have parents in WC and will definitly be back
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sure Thing
    WCDave
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    We always find Ottavio to be a sure thing. Especially if the Chef is in the house. My wife is an Italian food snob, and it is one of the few Italian restaurants she will visit.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • neat experience
    barbaraVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    We had reservations , seated promptly,nice menue variety, friendly staff. Food was outstanding and proper portions . I had the Messy Lasagna and would highly recommend it. Jim had their duck which was also very flavorful They do not have soups.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Delicious
    OaktownMomma
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Took my dad here for a Saturday night pre-show dinner at the DLRCA. Gnocchi with duck sugo was excellent alongside a delicious glass of red the waiter suggested. It was a true Italian meal in the sense that the waitstaff left you alone to enjoy conversation and meal. By the same token, i would have liked a more frequent refill on my water and not to have to hunt our waiter down for the check. Lovely, down to earth staff, very respectful. We were in at 6 pm and the noise level got to "energetic" pretty swiftly. MUCH better option than other nearby Italian restaurants.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and service are terrific.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Food and service are terrific. Owner-chef is on site and that always makes a big difference.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Girls night out Gem...
    DWatkins
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    5 of us embarked on this restaurant and had a delightful time. The Server was very attentive, the Chef visited out table. We felt very comfortable there and had a great time. The Risotto with Spek and Radicchio was nothing short of Spectacular! Highly recommend.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unfriendly place
    Eastbayeater
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Had reservations for four on a Saturday night. We walked in a couple minutes early and no one even acknowledged our presence for a few minutes. We finally were seated, and the dining experience improved. Food was decent, service was good. We were there for about an hour and a half when the hostess asked us to leave so another party could be seated. Granted the place is small and we were there for awhile, but never had that happen before. Too many good restaurants in Walnut Creek to ever come back here.
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  • i will Go back but not on a holiday
    ECLECTIC
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    FOOD was very good. Staff seemed not on point, looked like a long day for our server, especially being our reservation was at the end of the evening. I would go back but not on a holiday.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ottavio, Lovely Food
    Drmonar
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My husband and I went to Ottavio for Valentine's Day and had an easy time making the reservation through Open Table. We went early and were readily seated. The table was not cleaned properly and it took a while to get someone to do so. This was a 4 course price fixed dinner. The meal was served slowly allowing us to focus on tasting each course and enjoying the process.Several choices were available for each course. Amounts seemed perfect and we felt satisfied at the end without being stuffed. Service seemed uneven as for example, no one came to ask if we wanted more wine nor did they suggest coffee at the end. Water glasses, though, were often refilled. Lovely food, nice ambiance. Not rushed. Recommended and we will return.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dissapointed On Valentines Day
    ciregraham
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The idea for the menu was nice. Portions size were very small. The scallops cold,tough and chewy. The risotto was grainy and not cooked. The sea bass fillet had bones and the veil fillet was the size of a small red potato. The service was about the same disappointing, except the server with the water he was good. No bread was offered and our champagne glasses were never topped off. We had to ask for an ice bucket for our champagne. I just felt that I spent $231.00 for appetizers and not for a romantic meal. We have been here before for Valentine's day and blown away. Now we are just going away and never coming back !! Sorry to see such a great place go down hill. Hopefully just a bad night !
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  • Lost in translation
    IrinaskyVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Booked this as a last minute option on v-day. The ambiance is great , dark colors, sheer curtains, candles. The service started out attentive and then after the first course arrived we completely lost him. No water refills, waited an hour for the main course. The food was not horrible , but bland. Very little flavor, except the risotto . On their menu it says that they ask their patrons to leave in 2 hours. Well, even though I find it rude, we wanted to leave, but couldn't because the server was not around to bring our check.
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  • Great dining discovery
    LAM45
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    Too great meals eight days apart. Last Monday night,February 3, went with my hubby who is a foodie and a pretty good Italian cook. He loved his pasta dish with wild boar sugo. I loved my roast chicken with cannellini beans and eggplant. We shared their signature salad with octopus and calamari. All good. Two days ago I took my "girls night out group". For the past 10 years, we four have been dining eight times a year to restaurants on both sides of the Caldecott tunnel. We shared two salads, three main dishes and a bottle of wine. Service was great; the chef came to our table at least two or three times. Food was great and the vibe was perfect also.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food Mediocre service
    MuncherVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Food is good but service is not. Our appetizer was served to another table & when the server was informed they didn't order that, he just took it from their table & plonked it down on ours. Did they taste it first with their forks? We don't know. Felt yukky! And DO CHECK your bill. We were charged a full bottle of wine when we only ordered A GLASS! There are many good restaurants in town. Not going back...
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    fit for foodies
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  • Excellent night out
    LocalVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Excellent service. Excellent food well presented and ample portions. Very good wine. Very good ambiance. Moderately noisy.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Deliciously Pricey
    MangiataVIP
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    I really enjoyed my dinner, but it was a bit too rich for my pocketbook.
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.