Paloma Mexican Haute Cuisine
Paloma Mexican Haute Cuisine

Paloma Mexican Haute Cuisine

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.palomafinedining.com/
  • Phone: 2159289500x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tues-Thurs: 5:00pm - 9:00pm. Fri-Sat 5:00pm to 10:00pm. Closed Sun and Mon except for private parties. In addition to its regular menu, Paloma now offers a $35 three course prix fixe menu on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. (It's like Restaurant Week every week!)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Mexican, French
  • Executive Chef: Adán Saavedra
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fulton Street
  • Public Transit: The southbound 47 bus stops right across the street, at 8th and Catharine/Fulton.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is a free public lot on the north side of Christian Street between 7th and 8th. Some on-street parking is time-limited; the 700 block of Catharine has 4-hour parking on the north side. Parts of 8th are unrestricted. In a pinch, you can park on South Street and either walk down or hop in a cab.
A word from Paloma Mexican Haute Cuisine
This highly-acclaimed fine dining BYOB restaurant will forever change the way you think of Mexican food. Paloma serves superb French-Mexican cuisine. There are no nachos, burritos or sauces covered in melted cheese.

Chef-owner Adán Saavedra combines Mexican ingredients with French cooking techniques to produce dishes that are refined, elegant, beautiful and full of flavor without the heat of spice. We will gladly accommodate those who prefer more chile heat!

Desserts are unique and wholly house-made, including special items for more adventurous diners, such as an incendiary mango-habanero sorbet. Vegetarian and gluten-free options abound. If you have dietary restrictions, let us know in advance and we'll accommodate them.

Come see why Paloma has been called "Le Bec Mex," why Chef Saavedra was a 2011 semifinalist for a James Beard Foundation award, and why the 2013 Zagat Guide ranked Paloma in the top ten restaurants in the region for food!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Paloma Mexican Haute Cuisine reviews from OpenTable diners
53 reviews since April 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (40)neighborhood gem (39)special occasion (33)romantic (24)good for groups (17)kid-friendly (2)hot spot (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This restaurant remains unique in its approach to food: the flavor combinations are outstanding, all dishes are wonderful. We especially like the mushroom flan and the sorbets.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • RON1
    RON1
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    GREAT FOOD, A MUST GO! Found the Food excetional. My last visit was in Oct. This time even better. Great service and OMG food. Every course was worth taking a picture before tasting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • JimboVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    One of the very best restaurants in Phila. Our favorite & less expensive than all of the hyped up restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Better Than Ever
    daylilydinerVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    It's hard to believe that the food might be even better than it was. Each dish was so well-prepared: the crab castillo, the Hawaiian spear fish, the shrimp in puff pastry and the delicious branzino. Fabulous sorbet and gelato. It would be hard to suggest any improvements.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Paloma
    MargaretVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    As always, Paloma is the perfect restaurant for a delightful evening of dining. The staff is the best in the City and very knowledgable. Barb makes the best desserts anywhere...my husband rarely has desserts except at Paloma. He loves the sorbets! Can't wait to returnto this gracious BYOB.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Real Find
    JBdinesoutVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Haute Mexican with an emphasis on "haute". The best food have had in a long time and at a very reasonable price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A True Gem
    DrmissannVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I LOVE Mexican food, so I was going to try Paloma's at some point. A friend of mine who is quite the gourmet told me it was the best meal she'd ever had so I took a party of 5 there. It did NOT disappoint! Everyone raved about the delicious food, which is haute Mexican and so no Margaritas, pico de gallo, or guacamole. Inventive combinations of fresh ingredients and served beautifully. We will all be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Way to Slow
    cookieVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Went to dinner with a friend on a Tuesday night. Maybe 4 tables occupied. Arrived at 6:30. Took until 7:45 for an appetizer to arrive which was good. Then the waiter informed my guest that the entrée she had ordered was not available. Really. We didn't finish dinner until 9:15. Way to long for a simple dinner. Probably would not go back. On top of that the temperature in the restaurant was about 60. Really really cold.
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  • Great byob
    Shaner
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I love this little place. Great food, decent prices, and a personal touch. Thanks!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner!
    meryleVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner at Paloma recently. The dishes were superbly prepared and presented. We particularly enjoyed the mushroom flan appetizer and the special soup (cool with a tiny bit of "heat"). My blueberry/vanilla sorbet was memorable. The prix fixe menu during the week is a great value, especially with BYO. Parking is a bit of a hassle but the waiter kindly directed my friend to a parking spot in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food...miserable hostess
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Friends and I were celebrating a birthday. I made reservations for 7:00. That night a storm rolled through, leaving traffic conditions a nightmare. I called to see if reservations could be pushed back 30 mins. The hostess was not please, put me on hold to "check with the chef", came back two minutes later and said it was OK but I better call if we would be later. Fine. That is OK. When we got there, we were literally the ONLY table in the restaurant. The hostess was not pleasant. She was full of attitude and yelled at my friend when she picked up a rose from a vase in the center of the table to smell it. The food was great...but again the service was sub par. Hostess was miserable and our waiter was super awkward.
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  • eatoutVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Paloma is one of Philadelphia's finest restaurants. Its name says it all: Paloma Haute Cuisine. This is not "Mexican"; this is elegantly presented, superbly prepared very fine food of such high quality that most Mexican's probably never tasted anything with this much class!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Great upscale Mexican cuisine. Presentations are wonderful and the flavors are interesting and appealing to the palate. Do not expect tacos and enchiladas. Byob a plus! Will definitely continue to return
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Terrific food, service and setting. We loved it and can't wait to go back. Everything was perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply Delicious!
    yumyum15VIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The food is unique! The flavors were new and delicious...and plated beautifully! Our server knew every detail of every dish and was more than pleased to oblige. The owner was also warm and kind; making sure were happy and also shared a few culinary secrets. I cannot wait to go back to try some of the other dishes on the menu. I had a special; paku (fish) in a puff pastry on an amazingly tasty bed of mashes potatoes along with this delicious sauce that I cannot put into words. Simply delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always exceptional
    adatee
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Went there recently on a week night for a birthday celebration. Everyone loved every bite, including the 3 1/2 year old. I had the prix fixe menu, which included an apply, entree and dessert - a greet deal. And the desserts...all house-made and include wonderful cakes, sorbets & ice cream. Traditional flavors and some exotic for the adventurous: my son got a sorbet that had a very spicy taste, maybe jalapeño strawberry? He loved it! As always, it was a wonderful meal: friendly, professional staff and wonderful, sophisticated food in a lovely setting. And our hostess, also an owner, could not have been nicer to my silly grandson - extra points!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romantic and charming!
    Mere
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    This was our first experience at La Paloma, and it was absolutely lovely! The food was outstanding (and beautiful!), the service was great (everyone was so friendly and kind!), and the ambiance was very romantic. We had a wonderful date night and both enjoyed our meals - they were delicious from the appetizers to the desserts!! The gelato was especially impressive. The main courses were also both stunning; the sauces were gorgeous and the steak and fish were prepared perfectly. I would absolutely recommend this location, especially for a romantic dinner or a small group event. Love La Paloma!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KennyB
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    The food is superb, and the presentations are works of art. Paloma offers 3 course Prix Fixe dinners ($35.00) Tuesdays thru Thursdays. For food of this quality, $35.00 is a steal. A la carte dining is available as well. Paloma is a B.Y.O.B. restaurant. The restaurant is owned by a middle aged husband and wife. The husband is usually back in the kitchen, and the wife runs the front of the house. She is lovely, charming, and delightful. From the way she describes the menu items, it is very apparent that she loves good food. Paloma is DEFINITELY a neighborhood gem. Run, don't walk there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horribly Disappointing
    EatToLiveLiveToEat
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We were so looking forward to dining at Paloma for our 25th anniversary dinner. The reviews were all fantastic. When we arrived for our 7:30PM reservation, the restaurant smelled like must, as though there was a leak. We saw our waitress once to greet us & once to take the order. That was it. The service was horrible all night long. At the end of the evening, a woman came over, told us that she was an owner, finally apologized for the 1st time for the poor service as they were short-staffed, & asked if we wanted to order one of her desserts. Why didn't they tell us that up front & apologize up front? Our 2 hour parking was over & we declined. Unfortunately, there isn't enough space to write a complete review as there was more. What a shame.
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  • Hidden gem
    adatee
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    This restaurant never fails to delight. The food is lovely, not at all what Imexpected. It is sophisticated, generally light, and beautifully presented, and none of the heavy cheese that one usually associates wih this cuisine. The dining room is spacious, comfortable and bright. The hostess/owner is charming and informative. Our dinners were all declared winners, and we shared a few desserts, which are not to be missed. They are all made in-house, the sorbets are unbelievable and come in amazing flavors. This is a must-do restaurant and will on my "frequently visited" list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Loved everything about Paloma. We will be back! The good was amazing. Very creative and flavorful
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal
    NJenkinVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Just a really special experience. But heads up that Open Table does not notify the diner that the restaurant does not serve alcohol
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paloma
    MargaretVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Is such a wonderful dining destination! You feel like a most welcome guest and the food is great. This is dessert heaven, made in house and divine! Love it here!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Shock and Awe
    goldengirl
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    OMG. This was surprise! The most creative and best tasting food we have had at a restaurant all year, regardless of price. The chef's blend of Mexican spices with sophisticated modern French cooking techniques produced a fresh and delightful dining experience. We want to return to try some of the dishes we were not able to sample. The chef's wife, who also prepares some of the desserts, described the cooking techniques used in the preparation of many items on the menu which heightened the dining experience. Try this place before it gets the publicity it deserves and getting a reservation becomes impossible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • beautifully presented food
    lilyVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    this was the second time i dined here, the food is presented in a beautiful artistic manner. The taste this time was improved from last time, but still is just not as good as it needs to be. I had the cesar salad appetizer which was excellent, and then had the shrimp appetizer for my entree, equally good. My friends had two of the fish dishes, and while they were ok, neither was great. the 4th of us had the duck breast and that too was just ok. I would recommend this as a nice restaurant to come to, but with the understanding that the food will not totally wow you other than in looks.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too noisy
    Boogie173
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    The food was delightful but we couldn't understand why all of the customers were seated next to each other in a corner of the restaurant. The noise became very distracting at times. We surmised they were short of wait staff.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 27 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.8
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 361 reviews are from the Paloma Mexican Haute Cuisine reviews archive.
  • great and unique food
    philaeatsVIP
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    If you are looking for burritos and tex-mex, this is not the place. It is the place for an innovative chef that uses the tastes, ingredients, and flavors of highlands Mexican cuisine to create original dishes using high-quality meats and seafood. Relatively formal dining room and table set up. Mushroom flan and shrimp pastry appetizers were fabulous. BYOB and they mix a good margarita if you bring the tequila. Hard to park but worth venturing down to Christian St to try.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Birthday Dinner
    jacintVIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    All 3 of us including 18 year old son had food we enjoyed, easy conversational environment, and fun discussion with Barbara. When she says her Mango-Habanero sorbet is very hot, believe her. It was magnificent.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special
    Reeses
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Amazing food as always. Incredible soups. Every time we go we find new delights. No other restaurant we know tickles and satisfies our palates with the flavors and combinations we find here. And we so appreciate being able to enjoy conversation with friends and with Barb without strain!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    I am working my way through the menu and I have loved everything I have tried so far. The Caesar salad is terrific; the corn chowder is marvelous; the crab cake, the bronzino, the duck, the veal chop are all great. The desserts are delicious. I can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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  • The food is imaginative and
    daylilydinerVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    The food is imaginative and well prepared, the atmosphere is good. It's always a pleasure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent as always. Brought
    JimboVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Excellent as always. Brought friends who haven't been to Paloma's since it was on Castor Ave and they really enjoyed returning to a favorite restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Paloma
    MargaretVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    What a fantastic place to dine, absolutely love it. Very welcoming, wonderful service and desserts are fantastic. And, it's a BYOB!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    Fooddude
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    As always and I really do mean always the food and service exceed any expectations. We were joined by friends who had never been before and they loved it, they dine all over the city and have great palates. Thanks again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Excellent food
    Nancy13VIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    My parents and I continue to go to Paloma a few times a year. The food is always superb and the service is fantastic. We absolutely love it. The corn chowder and crab appetizers are excellent. I had the veal special and it was fantastic! I always enjoy their very spicy sorbets which are incredible. I would highly recommend this restaurant to everyone.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WOW what a great experience.
    WorldflyboyVIP
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    What a great meal. The food was wonderful and the presentation very appealing. I would like to point out the highlights but everything was a highlight. The Mushroom Flan and the shrimp appetizers were yummy. The Bronzino was the best I have ever had.The duck was lean and perfect. The pastry chef gave us a great description of all of the desserts and it was hard to choose just one for each of us. We both chose the sorbets and then we had 6 different flavors. We also took home a slice of the creamy delicious White Chocolate Cheesecake. It was my birthday and the sorbets were delivered with a personalized birthday wish on the plate. We look forward to returning again SOON with our friends.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday dinner treat
    Mickey
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    I took my wife out for dinner to this place that we had not been to since it moved from the Northeast. The BYOB policy gave me a chance to bring a special red wine, which I would not have ordered at normal restaurant markups. The corn chowder was fantastic. I usually stay away from duck because, although I like the gaminess, I don't like all the fat in the skin. But the menu described it as boneless and skinless, so I tried it. It was lean, flavorful and the serrano ham wrapping gave it a nice intensity. The deserts were generous. The chocolate and orange cake was fresh, large and had just the right balance of flavors. I had it a la mode with one of their unique gelati flavors.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paloma
    Bill
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    My 2nd visit here. I could not give up my poached shrimp appetizer because that is a must to have. But tried a fish this time and again I loved my dinner. This guy can really cook. And try the sorbet's they are delicious.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Not your Tacos type of Mexican
    PhillyPhoody
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    More French than Mexican, Paloma puts out a very good, refined selection of dishes. The waitress suggested that the chef excels in soups and sauces and we found that to be true. The soup of the day was flavorful and very interesting (in a good way!) And my husband thinks the crab cake was the best he's ever had. Desert with "mexican" chocolate was the perfect end to the meal. Sadly, the place was so quiet as to be almost dead, which means either the location is a bit too far off the beaten track or people just haven't discovered how good Haute Mexican can be. We were glad to have discovered the place!
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    The food, ,service and ambiance was exquisite. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet