PARK Restaurant & Bar
PARK Restaurant & Bar

PARK Restaurant & Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.parkcambridge.com/
  • Phone: 6174919851x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5:00pm - 12:00am
    Dinner: Friday & Saturday 5:00pm - 1:00am
    Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Mark Goldberg
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Park's private room is the ideal setting to gather with friends, co-workers or family, for parties, meetings, celebrations and more. With special dinner and cocktail menus available, Park's management will work with its kitchen and bar staff to build a memorable event to suit both your needs and your budget.
  • Private Party Contact: Mickie Tumbry 6174919851x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Winthrop & Eliot
  • Public Transit: Harvard Square Redline T stop within walking distance as well as several bus routes that empty into Harvard Square
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Ample on street parking, Harvard Square Parking Garage directly above the restaurant. Free Parking after 5PM in the Harvard Square Parking Garage Sunday through Wednesday with the purchase of 2 dinner entrees.
A word from PARK Restaurant & Bar
Located in Harvard Square, PARK is a modern neighborhood restaurant/bar designed to suit today’s drinking and dining needs. A place to grab a quick after-work drink or bite, enjoy a leisurely dinner, linger over cocktails, or spend an entire night, PARK offers a variety of experiences that will feel unique depending on which of the four distinct spaces you’re seated. With an eclectic design aesthetic, PARK is stocked with rousing conversation pieces that range from counter-culture artwork from the 1960s to antique book-lined shelves and a trophy case brimming with myriad oddities. Not to be outdone, Executive Chef Mark Goldberg brings a spirited sense of interpretation to PARK’s New American menu of homey classics, which are served alongside an internationally-inspired collection of craft cocktails, beer and wine.
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PARK Restaurant & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
111 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.8
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
vibrant bar scene (47)neighborhood gem (42)fit for foodies (39)good for groups (34)hot spot (32)romantic (25)special occasion (24)late-night find (22)notable wine list (12)great for brunch (10)great for lunch (6)scenic view (3)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Good
    Intriguing
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    All around pleasant experience. Amount of food was a bit dissapointing. (Small)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience!
    OutoftownerVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We came for restaurant week (Dine Out Boston) because it is one of the few that offers the lowest price tier of $28 for dinner (app+entree). Reviews seemed mixed, and consistency is difficult to achieve for restaurants, but we had a great experience. The food was well prepared and tasted very good...gazpacho and poached pear for appetizers, and gnudi and fried chicken for entrees. The fried chicken was not dry in the slightest, and was deboned, which I always appreciate. My only complaint was the inclusion of kale--this was not listed in the menu, and it is a taste I just don't care for (but some people do). Park is a great restaurant-spacious seating irons, friendly service, and convenient parking (garage above--free with validation Sun.).
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing Dine Out
    likesgoodfood
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We visited for dinner during Dine Out Week for a 2 course $28 meal. The resaturant is on ground level and is very dark. In fact, we had trouble reading the menus. We both had the poached pear which was best part of our dinner. The waiter removed our silverware with the dishes. As such, we had no utensils when the main course arrived. It took several minutes to get us utensils. My fried chicken was luke warm, bready and bland tasting. There also was a biscuit covered with luke warm pork gravy which lacked flavor. My friend had the lamb which she described as having a very strong, unpleasant taste. Neither of us finished our meals. No one asked about how we liked our food. We were very disappointed with Park Restaurant.
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  • Huh? Voted best restaurant?
    MichelinStarHunterVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Voted best restaurant in Cambridge last year by Boston Magazine? The slow roasted brisket was dry that I needed to return it. They ran out of the meat pie and a few other items (it was only 8:15PM). However I liked the pub-restaurant atmosphere, but how could this better than other restaurants?
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • They tried hard
    racimo
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The staff was great, tried very hard. The food was OK, nothing to write home about. A pretty empty place. A loud venue to have a couple's dinner. No sound barrier between the bar and rest of the restaurant. The ambiance is not inviting or soothing. Not our idea of a night out.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Interesting menu, pitiful execution
    luv2dine
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Atmosphere and decor was refined and handsome. For apps, tasting of the toasts was exceptionally good; good balance of flavors. The fried mussels missed their mark; the batter was soft and gummy. I would expect a more delicate and flaky, almost crunchy batter. Entrees: The salmon was bland, as were the vegetables that accompanied it. The steak was excellent along with the bacon gruyere potato skins. However, the salad that accompanied the steak was inedible (too much dressing and the dressing was too sour). The fruit pie for dessert was more of a thick waffle stuffed with 1 blackberry, and 3 peach slices. The corn icecream that accompanied it was very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome place
    rormethius77
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Been here 3 times now, and enjoyed ourselves more each time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Great atmosphere, great drinks. Food was ok. They must have forgot to put our food in or lost the ticket because it took over an hour to get our food. Other tables who came in after us were eating before us. Not happy about that.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The whole experience was great
    Verygood
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Familiar foods but different and adventurous flavored.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Harvard Square Favorite!
    Meghan
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I went here with my family for birthday dinner and was not disappointed. The food is excellent here -- especially the grazing appetizers like their ever-changing Tasting of Toasts. Cocktails are also great -- I often just describe to the bartender what I'm in the mood for and they'll fix me up something nice. The atmosphere is usually what makes this place -- it's cozy and feels like you're in someone's old library. However we our party of 6 was seated in an awkward through-way for serving staff not too far from the bar. We asked to be seated somewhere else, but this place fills up fast. It was the only buzzkill for the evening.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Time2EatVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Severely overpriced for quality and small portion of food (ordered the scallops). Flavor was just OK and the bite-sized scallops that came with my entree were disappointing, though not completely terrible. The bean/kumquat side that came with the entree was "weird" at best--but my boyfriend's spinach was good. The waitress came and asked us how everything was about 5 seconds after the plates were on the table--we said "everything is good" but don't think we had actually tasted anything--didn't see her again until we were done eating.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Meal
    bstnelm
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I had no problem making a reservation at Park for my group of 6. I probably didn't even need to make a reservation. The ambience was great. Not too quiet, not too loud. Our server was attentive, but not pushy or overbearing. The crab and lobster dip was fantastic, as were the crispy mussels. The gnocchi was light and fluffy, and everyone enjoyed their food immensely. Great food and great wine/beer selection and not too pricey.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Park
    SaugusDiner
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Food was excellent. Service was good. Noise level was too high; I had to yell to be heard by my companions.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great patty-melt and beer menu!
    HGC1
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My wife and I were going to see Sidewalk Driver at the Sinclair, and wanted a nice place for dinner before the show. Park had good reviews and was right below the parking garage. I booked a reservation on-line for 7:00. The service was great and the server recommended an excellent wheat/IPA blended beer that was delicious. Complimentary cheese and cracker plate (and sparkling water if desired) was quite good. I had their meat pie of the day, chicken and leek. It was large & tasty, but could have used a bit more gravy inside it. My wife got the patty melt. She offered me a quarter of the sandwich. It was AMAZING. It was kind of like a ruben hamburger. It was easily the best hamburger I've had in recent memory and I highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Location + Fine Fare
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    PARK offers a great place to get a well-prepared and enjoyable meal in the Harvard Square area. My guest and I were given complimentary bottled water, orders taken promptly, and food delivered just as quickly. All in all, a very positive experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ticked most boxes but...
    joeydonn
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I hope I'm not being harsh here as I cannot fault the food (menu had a good selection; food was ok, hot, and out very quickly), drink (huge selection of liquor, beers, and cocktails), service (waiter was friendly and knew his stuff) and I even liked the decor. It was just very quiet. The only reservation we could get at short notice was for 6pm (Friday) and we were close to the only people there. When we left, the bar had filled in a little but few others had arrived. I don't want to be too harsh as it could come alive later in the evening, but that is how our experience was.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful :)
    amd492
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We were hoping for a nice afternoon date and that's just what we got. The restaurant was so cute and everyone was so nice. Not to mention, the food was delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Bartender
    juju
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The bartender Robert, is a drink wizard. He always makes me exceptional drinks that always blows my mind. Thank you for your great service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cozy and oh-so cool
    Foodie6VIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    This restaurant is incredible. It fits perfectly in Harvard Square with all of it's luscious Chesterfield sofas, dark wood...it feels like an old library or something slightly cooler, haha. The service was excellent; I believe our server's name was Ryan - he was attentive, knowledgeable, and personable. The food was delicious, I had the caesar salad and la plancha salmon, both great. My husband had the trio of toasts (sooo yummy), as well as the bar steak which was cooked perfectly. The cocktails were delicious and unique, and I loved the cask beer (we went on a Thursday). Our server also made great recommendations. Can't wait to return for another great meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tasty enough
    pennzoll
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    I like to see a few veggies on a plate so the mountain of match stick fries that came with my lamb burger didn't delight. The burger itself was tasty, well seasoned and served with really good condiments. The server knew his wine and gave a spot on recommendation. Overall, a bit pricey for the ingredients on the plate but worth checking out
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch spot nr Harvard Square
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    It being a holiday weekend we really didn't know how busy the place would be - turns out really quiet! Not a problem for our group. Even if busy, I still think the atmosphere would be just lovely. Think rich leathers, dark paints and antique-y decor. Great playlist of classics and recent stuff. Eric Clapton, Bon Iver etc. But this a food review place so I'll park environment. Great brunch cocktails - the plum one was delish. For $3 get the grapefruit - just scrumptious. I then had the New England Bennie. Delish again. Would go again and recommend to all. We were happy with the last minute booking.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Our son always recommends different restaurants to try and we all found that the food, service and atmosphere was excellent! I had the Hake (which I have never tried before) it was cooked with smoked tomatoes, fresh vegetables and diced potatoes. Best meal I have had at a restaurant in a long time! Everyone tried something different and enjoyed theirs too. I would highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • staff need more training
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Several things put us off with the restaurant. One, timing on serving courses. Our entrees came whilst still having our appetizers. The server STILL placed the dishes after being informed that we were not done yet with the first courses. And he even sounded annoyed. Second, staff we're hanging out in the corner chatting away like there were no guests in the dining room. It look very unprofessional. Third, staff looks like they have no clue about their job (proper serving etiquettes). Food was mediocre. I don't think I'll be coming back again.
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  • DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    You gave me zero points on opentable. We were there!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Elizabeth
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    I've always been very happy with the food at PARK. The fish is delicious and very reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Dinner Spot
    mbsh2100
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Nice Dinner spot, but my only contemplate is that it was a little bit way to noisy. Dinner was good, the Beat Salads are the best! We will return, but the noise level was a little to much for us
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • recent trip was disappointing
    MalMVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    We've been to Park for dinner and drinks before and were never disappointed -- until this time. The redfish was overcooked and dry and the bulgar came cold. While I've had good experiences there before, my dining mate said she will never come back. :(
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Park meh
    foodsforyouandme
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    I had been meaning to try this place for a while, and was pretty disappointed. Probably won't be back for a while. Place was pretty empty but then they sat a group of three (dirty joke telling') old men next to me and my boyfriend, and they kept turning on the flashlight feature on their phones to look at the menu
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  • Great Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Great food and affordable, service was excellent. I would definitely recommend this place
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere!
    BCOmaya
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    This is very good design at work. There are four different rooms, and all are well done, but my fave is the Den. Food is a bit inconsistent, but good enough. Perfect for a Harvard hangout.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • jamesB
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Very tasty food at a reasonable price. Cozy feel like an old tavern, with dark wood ceilings. Bustling and noisy on a Saturday night. Good beer selection.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better for drinks and Appetizers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Food was just okay but the drink menu was fun and the bar scene lively. Probably wouldn't go back for dinner but would certainly stop by for drinks and appetizers.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Great food. Great service. I will defiantly be returning again!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Traditional with a Modern Twist
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Park would be a great place to meet with friends after work. The atmosphere is cozy with an old-fashioned feel, and the menu offers traditional dishes with a 21st-Century twist. Beer lovers note: they have a great list of craft brews and on Thursdays - a cask offering. We shared the Salt & Pepper shrimp appetizer, served with a nice cabbage slaw. The shrimp are not fried, as they would be elsewhere. The Clam Chowder, which I kept to myself, had also been tweaked above and beyond what you'd expect. It was not thick with flour, and that might have been pancetta, not bacon, in there. My Beef Brisket had that long, slow-cooked taste, and the white bean cassoulet was a perfect accompaniment. Meat Pie of the day, lamb burger, choices galore!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 77 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 397 reviews are from the PARK Restaurant & Bar reviews archive.
  • Good Food but Long Wait
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We ate here on Saturday night. It was a very lively bar / restaurant. We had a reservation, but had to wait about half an hour. They were very apologetic, and even took our appetizers off the bill. I think this restaurant would be better for drinks with friends, rather than a sit down dinner. Our food though, was terrific.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Late-Night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • not my cuppa tea
    CambridgeDinerVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    food was ok. I had chicken with peas and potatoes. Prefer my veggies cooked and these were not fully cooked. Two desserts on the menu. I don't believe I've ever seen just two desserts on any menu. Noise was deafening and totally interfered with my experience. I will not be going back.
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  • Loved it
    Foodgirl
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Nothing but positive things to say. The food was delicious and interesting and the service was great. I also felt like the prices were reasonable. I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    OmNomz
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Delicious, but service was slow, considering how not packed the restaurant was.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • PARK ROCKS!
    DedicatedPARKFan
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Saturday night was my second visit to PARK. The first was a late lunch at the bar with friends. This time, a dinner date - one I was nervous and excited for - everything had to go well and it did! Our reservation was for 9pm. We met at 8pm to do drinks at the bar first. The place was packed, the energy was great...and there were no seats at the bar, but all was good. The bar staff was fast, friendly and attentive. We got beers and talked on the sidelines for a bit. Our table was ready 30 mins. early. (SCORE!) We split the Lobster and Crab Dip appetizer, then we each got the Slow Roasted Brisket for entrees. The app was unctuous and the brisket, fork tender. Fantastic meal! Great price. Energetic vibe and beautiful space! Total fan here!!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-Night Find, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outforlunch
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Not bad, not great. Wish the food was a little better. Staff was very friendly.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic