Pier 290
Pier 290

Pier 290

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://pier290.com/
  • Phone: 2622452100x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Stacey Sheets 2622452100x1019
  • Entertainment: Live Entertainment Nightly Thursday - Monday

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Walworth
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Travel by land, water or ice. Offering free pier slots, boat valet and over 100 car spaces.
A word from Pier 290
Good Food for Good People. We are focused on clean flavors, fresh ingredients and attentive service.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Pier 290 reviews from OpenTable diners
182 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.7
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (155)great for outdoor dining (126)special occasion (82)romantic (61)good for groups (58)great for lunch (53)neighborhood gem (46)fit for foodies (44)vibrant bar scene (42)hot spot (38)kid-friendly (37)notable wine list (22)great for brunch (21)late-night find (19)Show More
  • Beautiful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Beautiful nautical decor and the outside seating looks amazing... Outside bar with fireplace is gorgeous (and huge) as well. Doesn't feel like you're on a lake in Wisconsin... Feels very east coast. Great food, excellent dessert. Service was very friendly. Definantly found my new favorite place. It's the kind of place you want to take family and friends for a great meal and ambiance. Will be back soon!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • save your money
    love2dine
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Dont waste your time and money here. the views of the dining room are great. the food is over priced and made with no thought. the wait staff are not fit to work at a fast food chain. the dining room is very loud to the point of distraction. looking forward to see if a good place moves in once this place goes under.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service and food need improvement
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I was not given the drink I ordered because the server wasn't listening. The beef tenderloin was delivered to the table without a steak knife. F. Could hardly cut the meat with a steak knife, couldn't eat it, was like chewing rubber. Sent it back. Ordered short rib dinner, basically tasted like pot roast. Both dinners were over $30.00. Salad and side were ala carte. My husband had the scallops, there were 3, for over $30.00, just so so he stated they were rubbery. Very expensive meal, very little taste. Drinks were so so as well. Wait staff seemed attentive to larger groups only. We would not return. There are much better restaurants in Lake Geneva and Williams Bay. The view was beautiful however.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • pier 290
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    It was ok. Service was elementary. Food was just ok. I guess you can say it was nice for the area.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place!
    VickieM
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Our first time there... though it was cold and rainy - I can't wait to check this place out on a nice and sunny day. I love the atmosphere and they had very friendly and helpful staff. Definitely going there again.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Offseason Find
    Pjc10324
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The service was great from start to finish. Our server was friendly and knowledgable about the menu. She recommended our cocktails and appetizer, both were delicious. We went early on a Thursday in Sepptember and were seated by the windows which provide a beautiful view of the lake. Reservations in the summer season need to be made three weeks in advance. Highly recommend for anyone spending time in the Lake Delevan/Geneva area regardless of season.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very disappointing experience
    FoodDivaVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We are locals in the summer months and take out of town guests here frequently, mostly for the view. We acknowledge the food is overpriced for the size you get. The Caesar salad with a side of chicken (the side of chicken costing $8.00 for half of a small chicken filet) was dry and unedible. Our guest ask the waitress do you have any sauce or dressing this is very dry. Her next move should have been to bring it back to the kitchen. She didn't. He tried it with the dressing she brought, it was still not edible. No manager came over, no modification was made to the check. $43.00 for 2 salads, half of which was too dry to eat without liquor. They have a long way to go in customer satisfaction.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Best restaurant on Geneva Lake
    Butlers
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We've been to Pier 290 4 times over the past month - once for lunch arriving by boat and 3x by car for dinner. It is the best restaurant in the whole Lake Geneva area. Great menu, excellent lake views, friendly efficient service. In season, you best make a reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantabulous!!!
    juliekVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    What a remarkable spot in the Lake Geneva area. The outdoor dining area has such an amazing view. The outdoor bar area has lovely rattan couches and chairs. 2 beautiful outdoor fire pits. Lounge chairs in the baby powder sand. Esthetically the place is phenomenal. The food is quite lovely as well. Super fresh oysters, great habanero seared ahi tuna and the most amazing salad I've ever had with apples/walnuts, spaghetti squash, brussel sprouts, quinoa...just fabulous. Steaks are really wonderful too. If you are in and or around the Lake Geneva area this place is a must see. All of the hardware in the entire restaurant is from salvaged boats. Just remarkable...what a gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful Restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We ate at Pier 290 for a girls night out. What a beautiful restaurant and view! It's a gem in Lake Geneva! Our food was delicious and good portion size. My only feedback would be to add 2 or 4 more items to your menu. It seemed limited.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classic Yacht Style
    Beesa
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Pier 290 did not miss a detail. From the reclaimed wood, nautical decor and the open air seating with amazing views, this place is a draw to everyone on the lake. It's classy and comfortable. It's nice to have a place that welcomes and respects a dressier yacht or resort attire. There is beautiful white sand for those who want to put their toes in it as they sit & sip by the water. The sand in the back has the wonderful option of playing Baggo. The food is locally homegrown and homemade. I am thrilled with the attention to detail both with the building as well as the menu. All in all, Geneva Lake was over due for a place like Pier 290. Well done!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite spot on Geneva Lake!
    Susan24
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Beautiful restaurant and view! Excellent wait staff and food was delicious! Thank you for a memorable evening for our party of 8!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expected more.
    mjmmi1
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The service was poor at best. They did not have our reservation listed for starters, which I got an e-mail from open table asking why we did not show up. We called to confirm earlier in the day and they informed us they didn't have the reservation. They did however inform us that they might be able to fit us in. Upon arrival at 7:30 they place was probably 60% filled...... My steak was ordered medium well and came out medium rare. The waitress blamed the chef and the manager came and checked on us. After my date had finished her meal mine arrived. I had no silverware and waited for at least 5 minutes before anyone came out. Bottom line, it felt like the place was being run by a group of fast food workers instead of a dining establishment.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for Drinks & Apps
    DrStu
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Fly Issue! Overall Experience was good, but the prices don't match the quality
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    foodie07VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We went to Pier 290 on Saturday night, dinner was very good. Crab cake appetizer was very good, Ahi Tuna was excellent as were the scallops. The service was very slow, which frustrated us. We opted not to have desert because we didn't know how long it would take for them to take our order and then finally serve it. We'll give it another try but if service is bad again it will be our last visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The out door dinning was very enjoyable. The Coord we ordered was first rate and very delicious. We will definitely make another trip to enjoy Pier 290.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great location, service OK
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    As a family, we always enjoy dining at Pier 290 as it's very kid-friendly and the location is amazing with great outdoor scenes. Our service was just OK this visit. It seemed as though the waitress couldn't be bothered with our requests and was put-off by a large group (9) including two kids. It was so bad my family even felt bad asking for anything. There is also no flexibility with the lunch and dinner menus and as a vegetarian there could be more veggie options even different kinds of vegetables prepared as side orders and appetizers.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Summer dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner outside under the tents. It started to rain and we were able to watch the storm come in and still sit outside. The food and service were top shelf. One of the few places you can sit and eat right on Lake Geneva with a lively vibe.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved this place
    MmmmVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We were up in Lake Geneva for a few days and a friend recommended Pier 290. And it was a GREAT recommendation! Service was amazing, everyone was nice...but the view and the ambiance can't be beat! We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Second try no better
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    This was our second time going to this restaurant. May try it for lunch but will not go again for dinner. Menu quite limited and somewhat overpriced. Ended up with the filet which while cooked properly was very tough. Service was slow. Outside dining is nice. Unfortunately, did not request outside table when made reservation. Even though tables seemed available, hostess did not offer outside with wait but merely stated "next time be sure to request outside when make reservation."
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great date place!
    Firsttimepatron
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    If you want a great place to take that special person, Pier 290 is the place. Great food and atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    GregVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My girlfriend and I went here during our weekend vacation to Lake Geneva, as it was recommended to my by a friend. It definitely lived up to expectations. The crab cake appetizer was delicious, wine was excellent and the entries were outstanding; specifically the beef tenderloin was incredible. I haven't written many reviews, but this restaurant deserves the praise. I will go back again if in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Golfer
    Golfer
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great views of Lake Geneva at its quiet end. Terrific, locally source, creative menu. The flatbread with hummus is the best we have ever tasted. It is seasoned , light and crispy. Dinner is never rushed and waitstaff is attentive. Chicken is seasoned well with a touch of citrus, usually have leftovers! Pork chop was moist, marinade was tasty but needed a stronger flavor profile. Desserts are homemade as well as unusual ice cream flavored, like strawberry basil. Definitely a place to impress fine diners.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lake Geneva Gem
    Marge
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This is a great addition to the Lake Geneva dining scene. The whole restaurant is oriented to viewing the Lake; the outdoor dining area is great for casual, fun dining. The food is really a big step above other local places; they use local ingredients so the food is always very fresh. The menu is very eclectic from very casual to sophisticated. This is family owned and that is reflected in the friendly, warm and knowledgeable wait staff. . Highly recommend this place for both locals and visitors. You won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Meal I Had In Lake Geneva
    Foodguy
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Enjoyed a very relaxing evening at Pier 290. Prices seemed a bit steep but not out of line. Food well done and setting looking out on the lake was spectacular. Asked for a table by the window and that's what I received. Very nice and will return.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • beautiful view
    Lelu
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We had a family dinner to celebrate a birthday. It was recommended to me by a co-worker. A bit pricey, but very nice for special occasion.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Open Table
    Stanman100
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    When I booked the reservation on line, I asked for a table outside near the beach and that is where we were seated - thanks! I appreciate the hostess paying attention to the note on the reservation.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Table worth waiting for....
    FoodDivaVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We have eaten here several times alone and with other couples. Food is usually good, service was better this time, as we had a veteran waitress not student off school. The setting and ambiance is outstanding. But sadly the coldness and indifference of the 3 young ladies at the hostess desk is still the consistent behavior. They always seem to be self absorbed and always lack any warmth. Hostess station really needs some professional training.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Poorly trained/inexperienced staff
    dnpindy
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The teenagers sent out to serve our entrees "auctioned off" our pricy meals. A couple people ordered beef tenderloin prepared differently and the kids working there couldn't tell the difference. The waitress was okay at best. The stone faced hostess was vapid and did nothing to make our party feel welcome. All said, this is actually one of the better experiences we've had in the area.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good food. Great view
    Valleygirl47VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Pier 290 is the best thing to happen to Lake Geneva. We've needed a place like this forever. Drive your body up and enjoy anything from an icecream cone on the dock, to a bar meal on the beach to a delicious upscale meal overlooking the Lake. Very cool. Something for everyone!!! The staff could not have been more accommodating.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service is SLOW
    Sissie808
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Do not go here if you are looking for a quick bite to eat or are hungry. Service was extremely slow. Thankfully we weren't in a hurry but it was frustrating waiting 10 minutes for drink refills or extras. The food was good. Burgers and fries were delicious. Cobb salad and chicken ceasar salads were small and over priced so I would stick with sandwiches. Make reservations.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful restaurant, food not good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This was restaurant was recommended to us by friends so we were really looking forward to it. It had a beautiful view on the water, but we were not impressed with the food. The best thing we had was the dessert. Appetizers, salads, and main course were not very good. The service was good.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • gerilab
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Both lobster, steak and beef tenderloin were over cooked. Surprised at this for high end restaurant. However, deviled eggs were amazing appetizer. Service from both bus girl and waitress were appalling in both service and attitude. Very disappointing as we brought back friends with us after enjoying a great meal there earlier this season!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pier 290 - Thumbs up!
    RuffnIt
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    1st time experience and it was very positive. We'll be back and we'll bring friends. Loved all of the boating and boatyard activity going on while we dined. Food & Service were quite good and the value was right.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambience horrible service
    NealVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    This is the 2nd time I have eaten there in 3 weeks and the exact same experience. The waitress Gia was fantastic however she had not support. Asparagus was ordered and asked for 2 and never served to the table..waited 20 minutes for a scoop of icecream...pork chop under cooked and served raw ...Atmosphere is great however not worth eating there..I would say a drink and app place then move on...too much money for what you get and a very limited menu...it is really too bad...
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service?
    PdinerVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    On a weeknight, party of 6 with two children I wasn't expecting such slow service. The wrong orders brought to our table twice. Food was ok. Nice setting and view. Children enjoyed playing on the beach area.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent!
    LocalReview
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    There isn't anything like Pier 290 in the area! From the gorgeous view and the relaxing chairs in the sand to the great food, Pier 290 is a place for lunch with friends, a special occasion, or drinks.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overall
    Muffy
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Has a great view - however we were unable to sit outside. Very expensive for mediocre food. Staff young inexperienced servers. Could do with some training. Went to a different restaurant next night - ate outside, food great wine great - half the price. Will not go back for dinner maybe a drink or appetizer.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • S L O W
    IreneVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We arrived at 12:00 had drinks and ordered food when we sat down the restaurant was empty. By the time we were served our food the restaurant was full and everyone had received their food. Our Server said that because we ordered a small deviled egg appetizer our food was delayed... come on there were a total of 2 hardboiled eggs stuffed - so 4 half eggs. It was embarrassing for me because eI had set the lunch up. Then they didn't log me in as an open table person so I got a "no-show' email from open table...
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The food and ambiance was great. The service staff was a weird experience. But we overall really enjoyed the meal and would recommend it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic