Parrot Cage - Washburne Culinary Institute
Parrot Cage - Washburne Culinary Institute

Parrot Cage - Washburne Culinary Institute

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://kennedyking.ccc.edu/washburne/parrot_cage/index.htm
  • Phone: 7736025333x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Last seating at 8:00 pm
    Brunch: Sunday 11:00am - 3:00 pm Last seating at 2:00 pm
    There is a 15 minute grace period for each reservation after which the reservation will be forfeited
  • Payment Options: Cash Only
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, BYO Liquor, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: Larger rooms available through the Chicago Park's Department here at the South Shore Cultural Center.
  • Private Party Contact: Washburne Catering (773)602-5333 x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 71st Street
  • Public Transit: Walking distance from the #6 and #71 cta bus and the Metra train(South Shore Stop).
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking must be paid at the meters
A word from Parrot Cage - Washburne Culinary Institute
The Parrot Cage Restaurant is a creation and operation of the highly acclaimed Washburne Culinary Institute, one of the nation’s best and oldest cooking schools.The elegantly appointed gourmet dining restaurant features American French cuisine at affordable prices. It has received the industry's prestigious Zagat rating of "excellent or better" for three consecutive years and, its Sunday brunch has twice received the OpenTable Diners Top Choice award!

The Parrot Cage Restaurant is located in the South Shore Cultural Center -- a Chicago historic landmark and architectural treasure. It is positioned between Lake Michigan’s picturesque beach front and the lush greenery of the South Shore golf course.

Please note: the price for the Sunday Brunch is $25.00. BYOB Only - $5 corkage per bottle
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Parrot Cage - Washburne Culinary Institute reviews from OpenTable diners
22 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.6
    Service3.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (13)scenic view (11)special occasion (8)great for outdoor dining (7)fit for foodies (7)romantic (6)good for groups (6)kid-friendly (5)great for brunch (5)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Parrot Cage / South Shore Golf Club
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We were both real pleased with both the Parrot Cage and the South Shore Golf Club. Very scenic, convenient. The BYOB policy is a good idea. DSignage along highway was very helpful. We will be back. Everyone was helpful and friendly. Thanks.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best dinner in a long time.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I was more than pleasantly surprised. I have hit many hot spots in the city. But I haven't felt as comfortable or been as fulfilled as I was here.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1funspot
    1funspot
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I've eaten at the Parrot Cage several times, always for dinner. The food has always been great. I invited a friend to join me for the highly rated jazz brunch. She had never been. The first disappointment was that the jazz is not there during the summer months (we were told this information is on the website). The next disappointment was that it is BYOB (we were told this information is on the website). The food was good. The best item was the peach cobbler made with fresh peaches.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Cultural Center is beautiful. Parrot Cage not as good as my last visit.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodman
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Dinner in past has been very good, but brunch was just ok and overpriced. The omelet was runny, the bacon was overcooked and the waffles were too dense. The service was friendly and very good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a hidden gem!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We had such a pleasurable night out and felt pampered in a low key gardeny setting right on the lake within a gorgeous historic building. Within the South Shore Cultural center which is a fantasticly decadent relic of the past is this resaurant opperated by students. The restaurant has the feel of a grand country club tea room with enormous windows overlooking the park and lake. Great food, great price and very pleasant atmosphere. Service with a personable southern touch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Peanut
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The food, wait staff and the ambience was great. One of our favorite places.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 15 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.5
    • Food3.7
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service3.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 572 reviews are from the Parrot Cage - Washburne Culinary Institute reviews archive.
  • Beautiful setting, good brunch
    socccermom
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    The Parrot Cage is a great location! The South Shore Cultural Center is beautiful and there is outdoor seating with views to the park and lake. The brunch was good, a lot of options for the whole family. Service was friendly and accommodating.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I dine here fairly regularly
    Moonbeam
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    I dine here fairly regularly but to my surprise the menu had completely changed. They added new dishes and brought back one old stand by. It was a good experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden Gem on Chicago's South Shore
    Steves
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Lovely setting on the shore of Lake Michigan, really nice facility - beautifully restored. Went for Sunday brunch, lots of well prepared food...oddly southern in theme with fried chicken, grits, peach cobbler. Very tasty, as much as you wanted to eat...great bargain. Service was a bit slow, but this is a culinary instructional program with students learning how to work in a commercial restaurant environment so that was understandable. What they lacked in attentiveness they made up for in enthusiasm.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best mac-n-cheese I've ever
    LilbmoneyVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Best mac-n-cheese I've ever had! All the food was very tasty, portions were large, and service was great. Only issue we had was they were out of two of the wines we tried to order, but the back ups were good eoungh that it didn't affect the dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    ilya
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    This is fresh experience in a new interesting location that also offers other interesting things: concerts etc.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I have enjoyed dinner here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    I have enjoyed dinner here often and, though the kitchen is usually slow, the food is very good and the staff attentive. However, my party was very disappointed with Sunday Brunch. Buffet is served from 1 to 3 p.m. and by 1:30 many dishes were low or empty and staff had to be notified. Omelets were made at another table so we placed orders while awaiting restocking of buffet table. Food was bland and mediocre and did not warrant the $20 per person set price. I love the ambience of this intimate room and will return for dinner but not lunch.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoying the Parrot Cage
    MNL312
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    This has become our go-to spot for many occasions. We have celebrated birthdays, anniversaries, etc. and are always pleased. Very nice to have a good eating location on the Southeast side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebrate
    Leslye
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    I brought a dear friend here to celebrate her. I asked the staff to bring out her dessert with a candle and sing a silly friendship song to her. The Waitress did and it was so cool. I always bring my friends and husband here and tell everyone about it because I LOVE the food, the decor and the Staff. I hope you expand!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner Date
    HealthyAppetite
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    The services was very good and the wait staff was very attentive. The food was very delicious with the exception of the side dishes. We ordered the roasted potatoes and dirty rice. The potatoes were not hot and a little hard and the dirty rice had very little flavor. Our appetizers, salads, and entrees were very delicious. Overall, the dining experience was excellent. The Parrot Cage is a hidden gem of the south shore area.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, good service,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    Great food, good service, and a spectacular enviornment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Historic/Fabulous View
    bite2eat
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    This was my 5th visit. Twice for brunch, the remainder for dinners. The ambiance is outstanding. The food is usually very good. One "not so great" experience with brunch. Everyone is entitled to one "not so good" day. Would certainly give it another try.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice and Smooth
    mrdew117
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    In the small setting the colors and service was great. Me and my wife came in for Brunch to cap off our Anniversary week-end; and could not have chosen a better setting. Thanks so much the great service and wonderful food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant, Hidden Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    This place if off the beaten path, which probably explains why it's seldom crowded. It's worth the trip from wherever, though. We've been going there since 2008. A great restaurant in an elegant setting run by nice people.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good dining experience
    Lotus2
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Took companion there for Valentine's Day. Food was very good and waitress was nice and respectable. Salmon was not overcooked and seasoned perfectly. Peach Cobbler dessert was very tasty as well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine's day special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We had 7:30 p.m. reservations for two and were seated immediately. The service was good and the food was decent. Since this is a teaching restaurant, I noticed that the available food items were a bit limited and light--in my opinion--on portions. If you are into the neuveau cuisine approach to dining, this is the place for you. Personally, I prefer large portions of food when dining out. With that being said, all courses were well arranged and the food, what there was of it, was very tasty. Next time I will try the standard menu instead of the special (in this case, Valentine's Day special) menu and maybe I will get more of the well prepared meal this place serves.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine's Day Dinner
    HPEL
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This was he third time we've been to the Parrot Cage. There was a special Valentine's Day menu, which was creative and well prepared. The service was good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kind of unique
    Sguandal
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The settings are most unusual: a small hall nested in a majestic, impressive old building with a sense of past grandeur. The service provided by the culinary school people, is attentive, caring and polite. The food is very good and well presented.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OUTSTANDING MEAL
    Fredrick
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    Six of us went to dinner at the Parrot Cage for a GREAT night out. The steaks and Pork Chops were divine--melted like butter tender! The crab cakes, soup--chowder, sides, particularly the asparagus, were tasty, well-seasoned and appropriate temperature. The dessert offerings varied from a healthier fair to the truly decadent. An adequate wine list that was reasonably priced. Culinary students run this place? Really? Bon Appetite!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Great Experience
    uzuribonita
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    My husband and I have been coming to the Parrot Cage regularly since we moved to the area in 2010. It's an adorable place in the same location as the original Bird Cage restaurant that was part of the South Shore Country Club back in the day. The Washburne students are always eager to ensure a pleasant experience for all of us, and the food is delicious and plentiful. I went in with my family just last night for my birthday and took advantage of their 3 course meals for $30/person. There's nowhere else I know in Chicago where you can get amazing crab cakes, a grilled caesar salad, and a 15-ounce steak with two types of potatoes and asparagus on the side for just $30. Brunch is an amazing experience too, not to be missed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    Harvest
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    I took my mom to the Parrot Cage for her birthday. The setting was nice and quiet. The music was soft, stimulating jazz. The food was outstanding. My mom ordered the ribeye steak prepared medium. The steak was perfectly seasoned and was broiled to medium standards. The steak rested on what appeared to be a 12 in platter. The steak filled the entire platter. I ordered tilapia which was also perfectly seasoned and prepared. The service can be brought up a notch but it is a training ground; so, with the affordable prices, the view, and a restaurant nestled in the South Shore Cultural Center it was definitely worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food and a good price
    eblanks
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    This place is a college with good food at good prices with a view and great staff...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice Jazz Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    Really enjoyed the varied artists. Food and service good as usual. Students outstanding as always!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Parrot Cage
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    I had the Red Lentil soup, Salmon with Sweet Chili Sauce, and the Tres Leches Chocolate Cake. Appetizer & entree was decent but not the best. That chocolate cake was quite yummy! We got great service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My guests and I were celebrating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    My guests and I were celebrating a significant anniversary. We were blown away by the quality of the food. Everyone's selection was superb! And the dining room is absolutely beautiful. I've also attended Sunday brunch at the Parrot Cage. In addition to the wonderful food, the view over the golf course to Lake Michigan is magnificent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sunday Brunch
    KelseyinChicagoVIP
    Dined on 11/3/2013
    Had brunch yesterday at Parrot Cage. Always love the ambiance and setting. Brunch was a bit disappointing though. Our server, MaryLee could not have been nicer and more attentive, as was the hostess whose name I did not get. The problem though was in the execution. We had a 2pm reservation. When we got to the buffet line, the bacon was gone, the potatoes were gone, the chicken was down to just a couple of pieces. Others came in after us as well. They need to have a supervisor checking the chafing dishes on a regular basis so the food can be replenished.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had a very good dinner.
    1vacation
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    We had a very good dinner. I loved the option where you could pick three courses for $30.00. Also the byob with a $5 corkage fee is wonderful. The shrimp and grits appetizer was so delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • There were several things
    J19112
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    There were several things about the food that I did not enjoy. Under cooked chicken Over cooked pasta- Mac & Cheese/Spinach Lasagne Very watery cranberry juice Carving station beef was also over cooked. No option for medium or medium well Service was very good. Server was friendly and attentive I would definitely recommend that there is a line to offer a donation to scholarship. In most case people that frequent these events would pay more than what is calculated by the school. It's is a turn off to me as an educator, to have it suggested that I only contribute 10% towards scholarship.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice setting, good food, nice
    foodadventurer
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    Nice setting, good food, nice concept. Student server was very nice and interesting, but could be a little more attentive. Overall service was slow even though there were only six other small tables with diners. Bar drink was not well made (martini). Would love to have been there during its heyday as a country club and building was in its prime.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, so so service
    JAMSVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    Prepare to settle in for a long dining experience. Service was a tad slow, but we were dining with old friends so gave us time for conversation and catching up. Food was very good, although 3 of the 4 of us ordered the rib eye only to be told there were only 2 left (our reservation was for 7:15 pm). So 2 had salmon, which was very good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food at a special place
    SuburbanJim
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    Dining at the historic old country club where the First Couple had their wedding is out of the ordinary. We got there a little early and strolled through the adjacent shoreline butterfly sanctuary. Surprising nature in the city's south side. The food was delicious and beautifully prepared, but the waitstaff needs more instruction or supervision. On arrival we were not greeted, and had to go looking for a maitre d to be seated. Overall, however, a great value.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Parrot a Southside Gem in a his
    Armand
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    My wife and had eaten at the Parrot several yaers ago at the recommendation of a friend. The experience at that time was good, however, for some reason we did not return until recently, and I must say that the experience has gone from good to excellent. The greeter was very well dressed and quite professional, the wait staff was attentive, and the food was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Undiscovered Gem
    Paul
    Dined on 7/30/2013
    This restaurant, in a spectacular setting, is simply outstanding in every respect. The South Shore Country Club is lovely. The menu is not extensive but quite adequate, and the fact that there aren't an excessive number of items means that each can be prepared with care. Heartily recommended.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1st Timer
    3neckbones
    Dined on 7/28/2013
    Good food - Great variety I appreciated the selections of cheese & salad. The peach cobbler was so delicious & hot , well worth the trip! The waitress was so helpful with wine list. We are looking forward to a lunch brunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.