Petit Louis – Columbia

Petit Louis – Columbia

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.petitlouis.com/
  • Phone: 410-964-9999x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Mon - Fri 11:30am - 2:30pm
    Dinner: Mon - Thur 5pm - 10pm
    Dinner: Fri & Sat 5pm - 11pm
    Dinner: Sun 5pm - 9pm
    Brunch: Sun 10:30am - 3:00pm
    (COMPTOIR)
    Monday - Friday 8am
    Saturday & Sunday 8am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Dessert, French
  • Executive Chef: James Lewandowski
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Little Patuxent Pkwy
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Petit Louis – Columbia
Tony Foreman and Cindy Wolf’s French Bistro on the lake in Columbia features classic fare, an extensive, award winning French wine list & a lively Parisian atmosphere.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Petit Louis – Columbia reviews from OpenTable diners
275 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (163)great for outdoor dining (156)special occasion (141)notable wine list (137)scenic view (128)neighborhood gem (114)romantic (99)great for brunch (74)great for lunch (71)good for groups (58)hot spot (27)kid-friendly (13)late-night find (13)vibrant bar scene (13)Show More
  • JackEVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Outdoor seating looks out onto dockside. Very peaceful
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JayMac
    JayMac
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Disappointing all around, since we've enjoyed Petit Louis in Roland Park in the past. Unimaginative menu, food generally overcooked--both salmon and steak cooked waaaay beyond the medium rare both recommended by the waiter and requested by the diners. The waiter was pleasant, but not highly skilled. Nice view of the lake. Overall rating is two stars or one "meh".
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent, as always.
    Bethiebeth
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Gracious and competent service. Generous portions of very tasty food. We shared the chicken, carved very professionally at table side. We were there on a weeknight so the noise level was not too high. A most enjoyable evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noise level
    Pammy
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I've been twice and the food was very good. We sat inside our first visit and it was very loud. Our second visit we sat outside and it was nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MoJo
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Excellent Food; Great service waitstaff and bartender. Loved sitting outside on a wonderful summer evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Never disappointed
    etsaotrg
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We have eaten at Petit Louis in Columbia and always left satisied. Tried the dinner special recently (garlic flan with vegetables- appetizer, head-on shrimp with rice- main course) with recommended wine pairing which was simply outstanding. The wine complimented the meal pefectly and the service was always attentive (but not intrusive).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still have hope
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Opended a few months ago, this restaurant has lots of potential. Just hope they don't stop improving. I went last Monday to celebrate my daughter's birthday and got a little disappointed. Even having very few guests, the service was very slow and it was hard finding someone to ask anything. And things that we had had chance to ask would never be provided, even sugar or butter. Employees would pass by trying to avoid eye contact, so it seemed that there was no willingness to serve. At the end, we gave up on ordering desserts. This was our third time in 3 months there and we haven't seen any change on the menu, still very limited. I intend to give them another chance, but will give them a couple of months to see if there was any improvement.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food
    GourmanVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We have dined here on more than 3 occassions, everytime we have only had great experiences. We will be back again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The staff is very friendly. The food was delicious .
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steve
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food was great as was the service. Attentive but not cloying. Our only real gripe was the noise level. I don't know if it was just the room we were in but, at a table for four, we found it difficult to hear the person across the table. I would still go back. My wife had the Branzino and was very happy with it. My braised short ribs were good as well. The French onion soup was terrific. The Pot de creme (sp?) for dessert was a hit too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Way too fast
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    2nd time here since May 30. Very different experience. The food was outstanding, beautifully prepared & presented although there were far too many frites & no veggies on the steak frites plate. The pace was frantic this time. We were in & out in a little less than an hour in spite of ordering a cocktail & an appetizer. We were put off by the extremely fast run through by our waiter, Russell & felt stunned when he finished.The entrees arrived before either were finished. We noticed that the other 2 tables of 2 on either side of us were being rushed at this same pace. When we dine at an elegant French restaurant, we expect French pacing. We will return to Tersiguel's where we have been dining for 36 years the next time we want French food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Special Send-Off
    Jackie
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Each year it gets harder to send our daughters off -- this year was especially hard since one is heading off to NYC for her first job in the real world. Petit Louis made it easier. We all had a wonderful time - had a lot of laughs, but most importantly enjoyed sharing our food selections with each other and having a family meal in a really cool place. I am so glad that Wolf/Foreman chose Columbia for this bistro. Especially since our longtime favorite, Café de Paris, closed its doors. We will miss Monsieur Erik but the loss will be somewhat softened by Petit Louis.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Celebrations
    ebccolumbiamd
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Lovely atmosphere and specialty services from pre-appetizers to desserts! My family's choice for celebrating life's milestones. Thank you to Tony Foreman & The Foreman/Wolfe Group for a wonderful restaurant!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Felt like back in Paris
    BonVivant
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    From the hostess's greeting at the door to impeccable food and service: it was an amazing dinner. Went with my wife for our anniversary and couldn't have made a better choice. Impeccable service and management staff (specially Wendy) were on point the entire evening. The wine list is amazing and bar staff knowledgeable and friendly. Definitely will recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ooh La La. We Shall Return ... Soon
    JimDee
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Was here Today at La Comptoir (excuse my French) - The Counter / Cafe and was Pleasantly Surprised. I couldn't see much of the chicken, but the young lady (? Ms. Red Eye ... My Fav Drink - Cafe mixed w Expresso) explained it was like Chicken Salad. The Chicken Taragon Sub / Sandwich was Delicious & Moist. Don't forget to start with an Almond Croissant or Fruit Tart first. Bonjour to Mgr. Wendy et Ms. RE. I was glad the Seafood Gumbo at the new place down the way was Cold, so I could end up at Ooh La La w Wendy, Ms RE et P Louis!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Close to Home!
    EvilIncarnateVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This is our 2nd visit to this location. While the menu is interesting, the kitchen had a hard time timing out the whole chicken for two, and the other two entrees for our table. While the general manager did everything in her power to try and make it right, the passage of time, and thus cold food, made continued dining unpalatable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!
    bmorefoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    This was my first time getting to enjoy the outdoor dining aspect of Petit Louis which was really nice. It was quiet enough to enjoy casual conversation at the table and has a nice view of the lake. The food, as usual, was wonderful. The wine list is excellent. The service was attentive while giving us time to enjoy our meal - we never felt rushed and they were quick to offer recommendations that were spot on. I love this place -- it was a much needed addition to the Columbia area! Next time I plan to try brunch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Night Delight
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We decided to dine here at the last minute. It was an excellent choice! Service was very attentive, without being overbearing. We both had escargot and the duck breast. Loved them both. We plan to return with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fun french in columbia!
    katie03VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    our favorite Baltimore French bistro makes a splash in Columbia! The food was delicious ( a bit of a broader menu to choose from for dinner with veggie sides and more specials), an outdoor dining space and high top tables. Seasonal plum menu was a hit at our table too -- delicious dug confit, plum salad and spice plum cake! Other seasonal desserts with peaches were similarly a treat!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful Sunday evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We had a great Sunday evening outside with a view of the lake and could hear the band.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yummy
    LuvDevons
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Had a great dinner here at Petit Louis! We both enjoyed the roast chicken for two and took home the salted caramel dessert. The service was excellent! The only downside were the macarons. We were just in Paris and had the macarons at Pierre Herme, so honestly nothing was going to measure up to that. Look forward to next time!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Merry
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We have enjoyed both outdoor lunch and indoor dining. The service was amazing three out of the four visits. A glitch on one occasion was disappointing but handled appropriately in the end. Would highly recommend this wonderful addition to the Columbia scene.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ooh La La. Amazing!!!
    JimDee
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    What a Treat! Welcome to Our Neighborhood. We felt like we were beamed to Paris. Our Server Kelly was superb at helping us with our food and wine choices. Monsieur Francois saved us from decorating ourselves with our wine when he noticed our wobbly table and fixed it on-the-spot. Having the French Onion Soup first was like Having Dessert First. Both the Trout and the Bronzinno are our Favorites. Go ahead and spoil yourself at Petit Louis. We did and we will again sometime soon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So glad to have in Columbia!
    Linda
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Our first visit to Petit Louis Bistro. Great food and beautiful decor. Our server was outstanding. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Nice to have Petit Louis in Columbia. I hope the residents learn to appreciate the quality that has arrived in their neighborhood, as the restaurant was disappointingly empty, even for a Tuesday evening. We are used to the bustle of the Roland park location and were happy to try the new restaurant, which is closer to home. As at the original location, Petit Louis offers superb food, drink and service. Here's hoping for many years of success in Columbia!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great experience
    futurechef
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Had a really nice time. The service was excellent and the staff was knowledgeable in pairing your wine with the food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal- Attentive Server
    diningforpleasure
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We had a wonderful time at Petit-Louis. Our reservation went without a hitch and our server astutely sized up the meals we chose and suggested perfect wine pairings. Expensive wines- not in my case- my glass of white Burgundy to go with the bronzino and the aubergine dish was only $7. Though service was not efficient, itit was courteous, helpful, and every part of the meal tasted wonderful. With a new establishment, it takes time to fine tune, but our first experience here did not disappoint in the least. We will definitely come back and are delighted with yet another excellent choice for dining available in Columbia.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NormVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food and service was very good - but the noise was bad - way too many tables and people jammed into a small room. I hope week day nights are better.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Henry
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Petite Louis in Columbia was disappointing. First, it was noisy; very noisy; so much so that it was uncomfortable. It was difficult to hear other dinner guests at a table of four. Secondly, the couscous entrée was too salty. Third, the service was too pretentious. While the waiter was attentive, he was also a bit fawning. We have eaten at the PL in Baltimore and while it has many of the same qualities, it also has a more intimate feel. We would return to the Baltimore restaurant, but not Columbia.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great night out!
    Cindy58VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We were celebrating a friends birthday - and we have a very memorable evening! Great food and wonderful service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New Menu Please
    21044
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I guess Petit Louis has been open for about 6 months and we have been there at least that many times but now we are ready for a new menu. We keep returning because the food is good, we just want to have other choices. The friends we took thoroughly enjoyed their meal but found the noise level a bit high. The service was excellent and not over the top as on previous occasions when our dinner conversation was interrupted a few too many times answering the question "is everything satisfactory" or words to that effect. We will continue to din at Petit Louis an by the way they do have the very best quiche Lorraine - someone tell me how they get it so high and fluffy, it's just magnificent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely restaurant
    Woodiem
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Well represents a French bistro. Atmosphere good and all staff competent and professional. Food is delicious and well presented. A relaxed environment while still providing an elegant ambiance
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best kept secret
    drfisher5
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    How this place isn't more crowded is beyond me! Great food and service!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfectly Serviceable
    Seamus
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Decent food at appropriate prices. No surprises here. Poulet a l 'estragon for two was moist, tender and tasty - a little light on the veggie garniture. Steak frites were fine. Frog legs were weak. The oily sauce degraded the crispy coating on the legs so they were mushy and a bit insipid. The accompanying haricot were the best part of the dish. Also, when did waitstaff start using 'we' so much? As in: 'How are we doing tonight?' and 'Are we having desert tonight?'. Are they including themselves in our dining experience? If so, please split the bill with me. If not, then please forgo the third-person plural as I'm sure 'you' know how 'you' are doing and what 'you' are eating without asking 'me'. It comes off as patronizing.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Farm Table French
    jjfoodie
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    This is not high Parisian food (no crepes or souffles) but the menu does have french staples such as escargot. Everything was good, if a little on the bland side. We tried two of the three confit dishes but the standouts were the croquettes, fried eggplant, and chocolate mousse for desert. The recommended wine was also outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wine, dinner and amazing service!
    Marie
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I wanted to take my mother and her two sisters out for a special dinner, so I chose Petite Louis in Columbia. We love the original in Roland Park. I have to say that I enjoyed the bistro environment in Columbia even more than the orginal! It is louder, but we liked the energy. The two-tops are pretty closed to one another so I'm not sure about a romantic dinner, but the walk around Lake Kittamaqundi was nice after dinner. Our waiter, Francois, was a delight! We placed our wine and food selections in his hands and we were pleased with every recommendation. The short ribs, duck and quiche were just fabulous! Leave room for the cheese, profiteroles and chocolate "pudding;" they are not to be missed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the same as Baltimore location
    icemanVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We are very fond of Petit Louis on Roland Avenue in Baltimore, so we visited their Columbia location about a month ago. It was fine at that visit. So we went back last Saturday. We were served our appetizers promptly, but waited at least 40 minutes for the next course. We were ready to just leave, when our entrees finally arrived. We were told the reason it was taking so long to get the entrees was that the chef wanted to make sure that they were prepared "right". We ate some of what they served, and paid the check and left-----unhappy! In their favor, I will admit they removed the charge for the two entrees from our check on their own. But it "ain't the same" as their Baltimore restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Wine and Food
    KyleE
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    After our second visit to Petit Louis - Columbia, I am happy to say that it is an amazing experience. They have an extensive wine list and staff to help you navigate this wine list. The food is also amazing from the omelets to the duck everything my husband and I have tasted has been wonderful. We will be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Glad You're In Columbia!
    Jackie
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Meal was absolutely delicious. One of us had the restaurant week menu, the others ordered a la carte. No one was disappointed! I especially like that you have smaller options for dessert, like the bon bons and macarons. It is so nice to be able to indulge but not overdo. We hope to try the bakery/coffee shop next door soon. The service was very enthusiastic - I think that while it was evident that some of the servers were new and there were a few minor missteps, it was equally obvious that Tony and the rest of the staff were providing immediate guidance, and I expect the service will only get better and better with time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • dinner at 5
    7at5
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This was our fourth visit. Service was very quick and receptive. The food for five of the seven family members was excellent. Two orders of magret de canard(duck breast) with mashed potatoes were cold. We ordered medium(warm, pink) and both orders were very rare. I did tell the waiter. We did not have the time to send it back. Our previous visits were very pleasant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.