Pinot Provence
Pinot Provence

Pinot Provence

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.pinotprovence.com/
  • Phone: 7144445900x
  • Hours of Operation:
    BRUNCH
    Monday – Friday: 7AM–10AM
    Saturday: 8AM–11AM
    Sunday: 8AM–1:30PM

    LUNCH
    Monday - Friday: 11:30AM–2PM

    DINNER
    Tuesday – Sunday: 3PM–9PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, French
  • Executive Chef: Alfonso Ramirez
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: For catering at off-site locations, please call 714.540.0500
  • Special Events: Pinot Provence offers event artistry for celebrations of all kinds, from early morning breakfast meetings and business dinners to personal celebrations, such as bridal and baby showers, rehearsal dinners and wedding receptions. Elegant French décor and the Mediterranean-French menu lend a sophisticated air to every event. As an added bonus, the sommelier will pair your custom menu with the perfect wine from the award-winning collection. Restaurant and private rooms available, from parties of 14 to 130 guests.



    To receive more information about our catering and private event options at this location, please contact our special events manager Stacey Wacker | 714 428 0814

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bristol
  • Public Transit: OCTA South Coast Plaza stops
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet available at the main entrance of the restaurant: $6 flat fee
    Self-parking available in the Westin covered structure, $2 flat rate with validation
A word from Pinot Provence
Escape to the sun-soaked borders of southern France at Pinot Provence. Our executive chef creates sophisticated French and Mediterranean dishes with a contemporary twist, along with a changing selection of globally inspired dishes. The extensive wine list features a variety of French and California wines, as well as a growing selection from the new worlds of wine. With a romantic Provencal atmosphere, patios and intimate dining rooms, Pinot Provence is an elegant getaway for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner.
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Pinot Provence reviews from OpenTable diners
67 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelQuiet
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (43)special occasion (35)romantic (32)notable wine list (20)great for lunch (16)good for groups (12)great for brunch (9)neighborhood gem (8)great for outdoor dining (8)late-night find (2)hot spot (1)Show More
  • chuck1
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Ordered musels as an entree - received bouillabaisse in error. Dinning partner fineshed her entree before musels came. Should have acepted the bouillabaise because the musels were tiny and not very flavorful.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Theater goer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great location for dinner before the theater! Very nice French ambiance! I was looking forward to the Mediterranean Mussels but they were no longer available @ 6:00! We had the venison special which was excellent! When our waiter saw me watching the table next to me eating mussels which were the last order, he did offer me another cocktail on the house!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorites
    XKXKX
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Quiet, friendly, great service, great food. Rack of lamb was terrific. I am looking forward to the re-introduction of cassoulet to the Fall menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • GlennVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    It's all about great ingredients and professional service. Bravo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect for a ladies luncheon
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Perfect place to meet the ladies for lunch. Nice menu, champagne, wine and great service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful!
    MalbecVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had the most delicious dinner at Pinot. My hamachi followed by mussels was super and my husband loved the rabbit. Our waiter Mircea is the best. This is a perfect spot whether it be for a romantic dinner for two or a pre theatre gathering.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pinot Provence for birthday dinner
    eileen
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    couldn't have had a lovelier dinner. service outstanding (management and chef included). Roberto took care of our table with charm and concern. thank you for such an enjoyable and delicious evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hansi
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Pinot Provence is just a wonderful dining experience. And, they made me a very special salad.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved Pinot Provence
    SoCalEaterVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We had not been to Pinot Province in years, since they stopped serving lunch some years ago. We were delighted to find they are serving lunches again and we had a delicious lunch, our waitress was friendly and knowledgable and we loved our lunches! We will definitely return to Pinot Provence.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic Dinner, Attentive Service
    foodiefun1
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Had dinner at Pinot Provence this past Saturday. Everything was great & the service was amazing. Starting with the bartender who made me this great drink called a Natasha. Excellent! Our food was well-prepared and well-presented. Not an inexpensive choice for a meal; worth the expense. One negative - we weren't thrilled with the Strawberry-Rhubarb Cobbler - a bit too liquid in texture. Otherwise, awesome. Will be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Pinot Provence had very few diners on a Friday night. However, the service was impecable and the food was pretty good. We had the frog legs appetizer, the filet, and the duck breast. Of the three, the duck breast was the best, but I felt like they tried too hard and missed, mixing pureed nectarine, cipollini onions, and baby eggplant. It sounded interesting, but was really bland. The steak was too well done and just boring. The food wasn't terrible, but for a restaurant that probably thinks more of itself, they missed the mark.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wow, great every time.
    MBADRVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Great place with consistently high standards in food prep and ingredient quality, all this and no corkage charge.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful anniversary dinner
    Karen
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Our table was cozy, once they knew we were celebrating they brought us champagne. the food kept coming and we had plenty of time to get to South Coast Rep for our play.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A lovely evening
    Theaterfan
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I'd heard mixed things about Pino Provence, some very good and some not so great, but we thought we'd give it a try. Although we got there pretty early, it was a Friday night, and we were surprised to find the place virtually empty. Any concerns that raised were wiped out immediately, as the staff went out of their way to make us feel welcome. The food was delicious: my salmon was perfect, creamy and moist inside with a lovely crispy skin outside, and my wife absolutely loved her lamb chops. Throughout the meal, our waiter and the manager were attentive and friendly, possibly some of the best service I've ever experienced. All in all, a wonderful experience, and I wouldn't hesitate to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I love Pinot Provence and go frequently for dinner and Sunday brunch. The menu is outstanding and I've loved every dish I've ever ordered. Had lunch there for the first time and was disappointed in the food choices. Lunch was good but ordinary....nothing special. The service and ambiance was wonderful as usual, but I think I'll stick to brunch and dinner there from now on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food
    jjfoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Outstanding heirloom tomato and burrata salad compared to other restaurant's mundane versions. Excellent burgers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just to cold, such a pity!
    Nini1809VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Enjoyed my lunch here but the restaurant is just to air-conditioned. It blasts down on you and you just want to leave as fast as possible. Would ask to sit on the balcony in future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Patina? Really?
    Gidget
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We are fans of Patina group and attending a performance at Segerstrom Center, we"ll try Pinot Provence. The braised short rib was over cooked. Saturday night slow? Should have known as well traveled diners, restaurants in hotels not best choice. Interior lovely French, stone fireplace, comfortable booths, nice lighting. We love the Beatles, Aba, Journey, etc. I have never thought this music as dinner music for a French restaurant and it was loud. The service was attentive-too much. "Are we having wine this evening?" is he joining us? He forgot to decant the wine-Really Patina?
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Always a lovely dinner place
    mydinereviewVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We have gone to Pinot Provence for special occasions - birthdays, New Year's Eve - and it is always a lovely experience. Excellent food, excellent service, excellent ambiance. Everything is perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful lunch date with my Hubby
    Dana
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Have been coming here for several years and have always left pleased! Went on a lunch date with my husband and today was no exception. It happened to be restaurant week so we had 3 courses. I ordered the nectarine salad - delish! Next we both had the Pinot burger with some of the most delicious fries I've ever had. We ordered med-rare and it came overcooked as well as waiting quite a while for it...not very notable. What was however a surprise was that without complaining our waiter Robert noticed our wait and our over cooked burgers and comped us our meal...not expecting that! We finished with a divine chocolate molten cake. Service was great and except for the small hiccup everything was spot on...will definitely keep in rotation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    coachkent
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We went before the play and the timing and the food and service were perfect.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Dining Experience
    1BaymomVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We love dining at Pinot Provence prior to attending a show at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The service is terrific and the menu items are interesting and always well presented and tasty. We went tonight for a pre-theater dinner and ordered off the Costa Mesa Restaurant Week special dinner menu. Three wonderful courses for $40- what a deal! Of course we added wonderful wine by the glass and a generous tip, well-deserved tip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyed!
    cdreyer
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Came here during Costa Mesa restaurant week for lunch. Had a wonderful 3-course meal. Each course had a ton of unexpected flavor. Service was excellent. Can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent OC Restaurant Week Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I enjoyed yet another excellent meal at Pinot Provence, this time during OC Restaurant Week. My family and I had three courses (starter, entree, and dessert) for $40, which is an outstanding value. We all opted for the steak as our main course and we all found it to be very well prepared.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    several of my guests tried the special restaurant week menu, they liked the salad but the main course was mediocre at best.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quiet cuisine time
    HiflyingBee
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Dined before going to the segerstrom and we were 2 of the 7 folks eating inside. There were a scattering of diners outside. Service was a bit slow. All was good. Too quiet. It is a lovely space and food is good but when there are so few diners you wonder what is wrong? Will continue to go but hope they get a lot more customers.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another wonderful experience
    spjoly
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Pinot is out "go to" when its theater time, birthday, or just a nice night out with a wonderful dinner experience. Their menus are outstanding, brunch was the best we've had in a long time. Endless bloody mary's - need I say more! We have had dinner several times and its is always out favorite. The inside atmosphere is just calming and wonderful. We can't say enough good things about it. The best night would be a beautiful dinner and just walk up to a suite at the Westin. Maybe spend the next morning lounging by the pool.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Brunch
    snickersm0m
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Excellent bottomless mimosas, fruit and eggs benedict. My initial plate had over cooked poached eggs but they re-made it quickly and it was better (the other egg was still overcooked but I was hungry so I dug in!) - I would recommend it. Nice ambience; really low key
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Chef
    AmyKVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Chef Alfonso Ramirez was doing a farmers market tasting menu on Thurdays. We went last Thurs. but the tasting menu wasn't available. We were disappointed but our excellent server, Jeff, asked Chef if he would do a tasting menu for us. Chef was more than happy to accommodate & I am so happy he did. We started with asparagus vichyssoise soup with cantaloupe balls & a slice of albacore. Next was loup de mer. So delicious! 3rd course was suck breast with grilled nectarines & eggplant. 4th course was rack of lamb over roasted cauliflower & pea tendrils. Dessert was panna cotta with blueberries & sliced plums. Excellent food by an excellent chef! Service was great. You should try this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • would not return
    Therubickcube
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We had tickets for a show so we arrived at 5 and had a great cocktail while reading menu. On the online menu it stated that they had scallops but they were taken off the restaurant menu a month ago. Not a great selection of appetizers or dinner items. The dessert menu did not have one thing that was cholocate, who ever heard of a dessert menu without chocolate??? Our waitress was great and she knew we were unhappy and she did everything to please us. I told the manager that I was to mention to him I was with Open Table to receive extra points and he said he had no idea how to do that. We usually go to Scotts before the show and will return there next time we go to a performace at the Segerstrom Center.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Pretentious & over-priced, with an uninspired wine list and slow service, Pinot Provence is on my avoid list. I asked my server for mid-sweet white wine recommendations. The two tastes she brought were not even close and she had no further ideas. The artlessly presented lamb cassoulet was slightly gamey in spots. Even the decaf was bland but I will compliment them on the chocolate gelato. For a restaurant that was not crowded, I'm unsure why the service was so very slow. Additionally, right after my meal was delivered, the manager checked in with me. I had yet to taste anything. All are friendly but they need to working on timing and check backs.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 36 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 756 reviews are from the Pinot Provence reviews archive.
  • Working out the kinks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    We took a a business colleague we wanted to impress, to lunch here recently. With the main menu came a build your own fancy burger menu. We all decided to have hamburgers. The best out of the three was the traditional one. The other one (Morrocan Lamb) was just OK and the third, the veggie, was not good. Originally the wrong burger was brought out for our colleague instead of the veggie, but they finally got it right. I would NOT recommend the veggie burger. It's a warmed sliced veggie sandwich in a bun, no patty. It was not even a good veggie sandwich and our colleague could only eat the french fries. It was frustrating, but the staff really came through. They offered us dessert and comped us the entire meal. That was appreciated!
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    coachkent
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Pinot's food is always delicious. The mussels were spectacular, as was the salmon.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • All around wonderful
    kathe90035VIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    The room is lovely, the service very attentive and the venison delightful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Creative French
    newportfoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    I agree with some of the reviewers, that the chef has stepped up his game and has a very creative menu. This time around we had the frog legs and crudo as appetizers and the halibut and the duck as entrees. We tried the chefs take on s'mores and it too was very creative. We hope that the chef will start serving the 5 course menu that he's been serving on Thursdays on the weekend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pinot Provence
    Mike
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Wonderful food......not crowded.......great service. Very nice spot for an anniversary dinner!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pH123VIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Outdoor patio with 3-4 tables, umbrella shaded. Makes a nice outdoor spot for brunch (brunch ONLY menu available on Sunday). Bottomless Mimosa or BloodyMarys (try the cucumber flavor) add some variety to the brunch menu.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Phenomenal
    JPAndersonVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    I enjoyed the chef s market tasting menu with wines perfectly paired to each course! The s'mores dessert was unbelievable with its milk chocolate chantilly. Although I finished my meal in time for a planned event...better coordination with bringing the wines out just before each course would have made a great meal run even smoother.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great French Restaurant
    AmyKVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Chef Alfonso Ramirez is really elevating the level of this restaurant. On Thursday evenings he is doing a farmers market 5 course tasting menu. He buys produce at a local farmers market and incorporates the ingredients into his menu. We started with asparagus vichyssoise with burrata geese, fried squash blossom & sautéed shrimp - delicious! The next course was ahi tuna & uni which was draped over a fresh peach. The 3rd corse was loup de mere with carrot hummus. The fish was excellent & the carrot hummus was the perfect accompaniment. Next was venison with Fava beans & ramps. Dessert was his take on s'mores . So good! Service as always as perfect. Portions were huge. I highly recommend this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice business meeting location
    bearcubsmom
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Quality of food top notch - try the salad with roasted chicken - wonderful! Nice ambiance to have a good business discussion without a lot of noise.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.