Oyamel
Oyamel

Oyamel

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.oyamel.com/
  • Phone: 2026281005x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday & Monday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Jose Andres; Head Chef, Omar Rodriguez
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catering on a whole new level José Andrés Catering elevates catering and event planning to new heights in the Washington, DC area and beyond. Now you can experience the inspired creations of celebrated chef José Andrés at your own party or venue. Visit us for more information at www.joseandrescatering.com, or call us at (301) 913-0003.
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer a private dining room that accommodate up to 50 guests and cocktail reception up to 75 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Felicia Perez 202-638-0202x
  • Special Events: Our Butterfly Bar can accommodate groups of up to 20 guests. Oyamel also features a lovely private dining room that accommodates 50 guests. For large parties, full or partial buyouts of the restaurant, accommodating 175 guests, can be arranged.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: D Street
  • Public Transit: Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter on the yellow and green lines; Gallery Place/Chinatown on the red, yellow and green lines.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There are ample public lots in the Gallery Place/Chinatown/Penn Quarter area. Metered street parking is also available.
A word from Oyamel
Oyamel Cocina Mexicana combines Mexico’s rich regional culinary traditions with modern urban fare. Guests experience an array of antijitos—traditional Mexican snack or small plates—along with authentic tacos, ceviches and an impressive selection of cocktails and tequilas. This is like no Mexican food you have ever experienced. Under the direction of renowned chef José Andrés, Head Chef Colin King takes traditional ingredients and techniques and elevates them to deliver dishes and drinks with exceptional creativity and refinement.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
Oyamel reviews from OpenTable diners
553 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (369)hot spot (236)vibrant bar scene (186)good for groups (183)great for lunch (163)neighborhood gem (153)special occasion (144)great for brunch (55)late-night find (54)great for outdoor dining (39)romantic (34)kid-friendly (29)notable wine list (15)scenic view (6)Show More
  • An early dinner
    Vance
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Met a friend in Penn Quarter for a movie & then went to Oyamel for an early dinner. This is the second trip for us: once for lunch & now for dinner. The food is excellent & we had a very good mix of items & flavors. Ceviche with pecans is a new take and delicious. The brisket taco is the best taco I've ever tasted. Had the pork belly quesidilla, the albondigas, Brussels sprouts, & several other plates. This place is worth your time, but make sure you have plenty. Dishes roll out as they are done in the kitchen & not in stages. The pace is relaxed & gives the table plenty of time to chat & look forward to the next round.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently fantastic
    cookbikerun
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Every time we're in D.C. to visit our son at school, Oyamel is on our itinerary. Always a highlight. Carnitas tacos are mandatory.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Oyamel
    JaykayVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This restaurant is amazing! The ambience is very appealing. Bright colors. We had a great booth with colorful pillows. Plenty of room for the three of us. The food comes in tapas size portions giving you the ability to taste lots of different things. Chips & salsa, queso fundito, mushroom tacos, brussel sprouts, plantain fritters, margaritas-all DELICIOUS. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wonderful surprise
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Went for lunch. Bean soup beyond incredible. Lunch specials a good value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casual atmosphere, excellent food!
    DiningdivaVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    For many this would be the perfect restaurant. The food is the caliber of a fine restaurant but the mood is casual and fun. The walls are covered in sayings in Spanish and the Ceviche bar is so clever. Try the guacamole (made table side) even though the wait for the food is not a long one. Tapas are interesting and varied. There have a menu for those with allergies and our waitress took that menu in the kitchen where, with the help of the kitchen staff, she eliminated some items which my husband is allergic to but which are not common allergies (like peas!)All the food comes at once so be sure to eat the hot stuff first, or better yet, combine 2 dishes if they would be better together than apart. I highly recommend this restaurant to all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grasshopper Tacos!
    LoveDeuxaveVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Yes, grasshopper tacos. I finally tried them. They were... interesting. The guacomole, which is prepared table-side, is fantastic. All the tapas we got were pretty tasty. The drinks were also pretty good. The decor & ambiance is really cool as well, especially if you like butterflies! The hostess was polite and nice. In this business, a smile goes a long way, and the hostesses @ Oyamel get it. Our server was also very nice, quick, and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service loved Alex the waiter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We had a group that enjoyed the evening. They accomodated a change for reservations to allow for parking. The waiter was great and attentive. It was our first time there but loved the experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simple food elevated to stardom
    DateNightEats
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    This was some of the most delicious food I've ever had utilizing simple ingredients found in most latino kitchens. Beans, rice, cheese, vegetables, all became delightful treats without becoming pretentious. We went for an anniversary celebration, and for a romantic dinner, it was a little loud and bustling, but we were seated at a booth in the back corner so I still felt like we had lots of privacy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply Fabulous!!!
    Moni
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Delicious food, small bites and entrees perfect for sharing. Beautiful environment and fresh drinks! New fav in DC!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Evening at Oyamel
    Kathie
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    What a great evening--6 of us dear friends met Sunday night at Oyamel--first time to eat at the restaurant and it was an incredible experience. Our waiter, Sergio was fantastic and based on his suggestion, we ordered the Chef Special and they were very accommodating to one in our party who has a severe shellfish allergy. The variety of tapas, the wonderful different flavors of each dish was quite impressive. We had about 11 different tapas, including dessert and by the time dessert was served, no one could eat another bite. We also ordered pitchers of the Oyamel Margaritas with salt foam...keep those pitchers coming! We will be back...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love the Bar and the Food
    TimB
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Great drinks with wonderful tequila selections. Fresh guacamole and salsa. Small plate concept with Mexican food using unique ingredients. Very creative menu. Been there a few times now and it has never disappointed. Better get a reservation. It's crowded and popular and its a wait to simply walk in and expect a table on weekend nights for sure. Love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for vegans!
    KiKi
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Always looking for someplace that my whole family can enjoy - from the foodie vegan to the adventurous 10 year old. Oyamel is just fabulous! Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jhoyt
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Food and service were fantastic. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Much too loud
    Dcdweller
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Great food, but so loud we had to shout our conversation. Will not go back due to this issue.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Lunch at Oyamel
    Judy
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Food was delicious, especially the tuna. Service excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • brisket torta
    LauraUVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I went for lunch and had a brisket torta (sandwich). It was delicious and very reasonably priced ad came with a good sized caesar salad. The only problem was that one of the wait staff kept trying to bring us food that was destined for other tables.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of My Favorite Spots!
    HotSpot
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I love to bring friends, especially friends in town, to Oyamel! Food, service, atmosphere is amazing!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Maravilloso!
    LBMemphis
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We were meeting friends for dinner. Made reservations based on comments. Oyamel did not disappoint. Everyone enjoyed the small plate menu and no one left hungry. I enjoyed the black bean soup with the avocado and roasted pepper add ins. We were delighted with the flavor combinations and the opportunity to expand our culinary experience with the grasshopper taco.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • El mejor mexicano de Washington
    Juangrillo
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Hace tres años en mi última visita a Washington conocí Oyamel, y me encantó, así que esta vez que venia solo con mi esposa, sabíamos que teníamos que regresar. Y la sorpresa fue grande, Oyamel está aún mejor, su comida es excelente el guacamole es inigualable, los margaritas perfectos y el servicio de primera categoría. Y ya todos lo saben, porque a las 7 pm estaba totalmente lleno. Siempre lo recomendare y siempre volveré. Y para finalizar la portorriqueña que atiende en el bar es absolutamente preciosa!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great tapas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    We enjoyed great tapas and a double-order of guacamole which is offered in three heat levels (mild, medium, and hot). Service was excellent. I also like the fact I could make a firm reservation instead of "call ahead," and our table was ready when we walked in. Noise level is fairly high, so for someone like me with hearing problems might find it difficult to track every bit of the cross-table conversation. Otherwise a very pleasant dining experience
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ITZEL
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    VERY GOOD FOOD AS ALWAYS, BUT THE HUITLACOCHE WITH RICE WAS SALTY. EVERY-TIME I ASK FOR THIS DISH IS THE SAME. THE SERVICE DURING THE WEEKENDS IS WONDERFUL!! BUT THE SERVICE FROM MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY FOR LUNCH IS POOR.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun night with friends
    mexstorm
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had a great meal at Oyamel on a busy Saturday night. We were seated right away on a table that was a little tight for 6 people, but it was cozy and it worked. We had AWESOME margaritas and all of the small plates we ordered were delicious. The queso fundido con chorizo was by far our favorite. We ended up ordering another helping. We then switched to a taco course which were good, but not great (hence the four star food rating). For example, we all got a brisket taco and I would have liked to see the meat cooked a little more so it was falling apart and a little more flavorful. Oyamel hit the ball out of the park with the dessert so overall, we were VERY happy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic as Always!
    CraigVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Excellent Caesar salad, Brussel sprouts, chips and salsa. And the wine! Great service, beautiful afternoon on outdoors patio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect for a boozy brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Fun place for lunch or brunch with a small group after hitting up the museums. Everything is shareable but small. The staff will let you know how much to order. You can order guacamole made at table side.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First experpience
    mcgwuireVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The entire experience at Oyamel was solid. Excellent drinks, food, service and priced reasonably. Can't really ask for much more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business lunch
    Charlie
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Interesting, plentiful, and tasty food, great service brought our business lunch together. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oyamel Tasting Menu
    BEME
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We appreciated an opportunity to dine on a special tasting menu tailored a bit to our desires. While the food was wonderful and the drink pairing well orchestrated, we left feeling overstuffed. It was far too much food and as a result we both felt bloated for hours after. Is it really necessary to serve 2 people a full serving of guacamole or two desserts, which we barely touched due to our overt fullness? PLEASE scale down the tasting menu's portion sizes. I don't mind leaving full but I do mind leaving overburdened.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but boring
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The food is consistent and good, especially the ceviche and chips and salsa. But, the menu never changes and is kind of boring. Standard fare you'd get in most Mexican restaurants, despite the fact that Andres is from Spain. Overpriced! $60 for lunch for two, no alcohol, before tips and our meal was pretty light. Nice decor though and atmosphere. Just wish the food were more creative for the high prices.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Poor Service, No Apologies.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Oyamel messes up at least five times (wrong dishes at table; no chorizo in chilaquiles; chips and salsa arrive 20 mins late) in one lunch. No apologies which means blatant disregard or lack of self awareness. AND they charged us for a taco that was not ordered or eaten. That was a lost two hours and $105.60 (Hint: you can refund us, Jose Andres).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Mexican food
    georigin
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed Oyamel thoroughly. The food was impeccable. Do not be afraid of the Chapulines (authentic grasshopper tacos), they taste and feel like meat; this is not a gimmick, it is real mexican food. Will definitely be coming back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brunch at Oyamel
    BTsmom
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Waiter was a little impatient and, probably because of that, sloppy. One guest didn't know immediately what beverage she wanted. Rather than saying he'd give her a minute to decide and he'd come back, he just left. Two guests never got dishes they ordered (we were charged for one but not the other). The restaurant was busy but I don't see that as an excuse for poor service. The food was good and i'd give it another try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum
    fredVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We dined there for our third wedding anniversary and choose the chef tasting option. It was a glorious culinary adventure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fav!
    GWM2
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    After moving from Virgina to Chicago this is a must stop, when I go back to visit with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A magical world
    Janetrob
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I took two visitors from the UK to Oyamel. They are well-travelled professional people. They have never been to Mexico, but now they want to visit! Why? They loved everything about Oyamel. The server was friendly and made wonderful recommendations based on input from his guests. The food and drinks were fantastic and unique. A great place to take people who want to try something different. Or, for those who just love great food in a fun environment!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Date night
    Alexiscurry
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We went with a group of friends, they all received their food and waited for me to receive mine. After about 10 mins of not getting my food, I called the waitress over to tell her, and she after about 10 more mins I finally received my order. This led me to only assume that the waitress did not put in my order, I expected my meal to be free or to get an explanation as to why it took so long and got nothing. We still tipped our waitress 15% but she was not a good server at all!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunnyarw
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Service was wonderful and the food was excellent. It was insanely loud. However, I know it's hard to control noise. It's not fun to scream across the table at dinner time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I've been to Oyamel several times now and it has never disappointed. The food is always great, as are the drinks. They have a great tequila selection. Although the tacos are supposed to be street food size, you don't have to order $60 of food to be filled up. All in all, I love this place and highly recommend it to anyone who loves good food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the coctails and food
    funfoodie
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    It was our first time to the restaurant and Oyamel met all the hype and expectations we have of a Jose Andres restaurant. Delicious food and drinks. We came during happy hour, so it was loud in the front part of the restaurant. However, we were given a table in a quieter room away from the bar so was able to enjoy the quieter ambiance. Service was attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Date Night spot!
    SuburbanParents
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This place was recommended by a friend and we are so glad we listened! We live out in the 'burbs and were looking for yummy eats! Service was a little slow, I think because it was packed, but if you are with good company and patient, it is well worth it!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loud but tasty.
    Andrew
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The food and service were great, everything on the menu (even the grasshoppers) is worth a try. My only issue was the noise level, like dull roar. It was hard to hear the waitstaff let alone eachother.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.