Plantation Gardens
Plantation Gardens

Plantation Gardens

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.pgrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (808) 742-2121
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: 7 days a week: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Bar opens at 5:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Pan-Asian, Hawaiian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Plantation Gardens is the ideal location for your Kauai Wedding. Located within the Kiahuna Plantation Resort, the restaurant is nestled among award winning orchid gardens and tranquil koi ponds, and is just a few steps away from gorgeous white sand beaches. Invite your entire wedding party and guests to stay on property, exchange your wedding vows in the beautiful Moir Gardens and throw an unforgettable reception at our authentic Plantation style restaurant. A hidden gem on the sunny, south side of Poipu, Plantation Gardens is the perfect venue for a casual yet elegant Hawaii wedding.
  • Private Party Contact: Mona Gonzaludo 8087421908x
  • Special Events: Plantation Gardens specializes in wedding receptions, private parties, corporate and convention banquets and other celebrations for groups from 10 to 300 people. Please contact us for more information.

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Unlimited Parking at Kiahuna Plantation Resort
A word from Plantation Gardens
Plantation Gardens Restaurant & Bar is located in a beautifully restored plantation manor on the Hawaiian Island of Kauai. Dating back to the 1930's, the estate once served as the plantation manager's home for Hawaii's first sugar plantation, the Koloa plantation. Later, the estate was acquired by the Moir Family who built the world famous gardens that surround the restaurant. Our menu reflects the heritage of old plantation Hawaii, which celebrates the abundance and beauty of the Hawaiian Islands. Our fresh fish is caught daily by local fishermen in waters off Kauai. We use organically grown vegetables and herbs picked fresh on nearby farms and from our own gardens. Guests may choose to dine on our lanai overlooking tranquil gardens, lily ponds and tropical foliage or in our exquisitely refurbished dining room which features gorgeous Brazilian cherry wood floors, woven bamboo tables and plantation ceiling fans.
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Plantation Gardens reviews from OpenTable diners
53 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (44)romantic (39)special occasion (32)scenic view (25)fit for foodies (24)neighborhood gem (15)good for groups (9)kid-friendly (5)vibrant bar scene (3)great for lunch (2)hot spot (2)notable wine list (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Spectacular dinner!!!
    SueBVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    My husband and I had a spectacular dinner at your beautiful restaurant. The service was delightful, the outdoor dining so beautiful and relaxing, the food absolutely fabulous!!! We had Uku prepared two ways (grilled with a red curry sauce over Bol choy and cucumber namasu; sautéed blackened with corn ragout). Both were out of this world. The starter salads were creative and equally wonderful. The wine by the glass didn't offer as nice a wine as I like but the food was just a treat. We are definitely coming back next year and I am telling all my friends who come to Kauai that this is a gem!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • an excellent place for anniversary dinner
    Irv2DineVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    this was our first visit - sat on outdoor lanai by tropical gardens & started our meal as the sun set. Very good starters - Ahi poke stack, leek & potato soup, then excellent main courses - a Hawaiian rendition of Grey Snapper (Uku) & rib eye steak in a fabulous coconut/port reduction. Dessert cheesecake was flavorful & well presented. Service was friendly & informal. Perfect setting, great meal, we'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Trio
    Esalita
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We had avoided this restaurant for about 5 years as we had a bad experience with barely warm food but we decided we should give it a try again as ratings seemed pretty good. The menu had changed obviously and looked quite good. We had trouble deciding between grilled fish of the day, Kauai beef pot roast and Seafood Lau Lau, well the decision was easy as they had a combo called Chefs Trio and it was amazing! Everything was hot, tender and very flavourful! We were so full we didn't have room for desert. The service was fantastic, over all we were impressed and will definitely visit again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner on the garden porch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Modern vibe and fabulous food with old Hawaiin spirit. Set in a beautiful garden...choose the porch for a magical evening
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    Scomac
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We visited four islands and this was our best dining experience in Hawaii. Tremendous food; really enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Plantation Gardens
    Heidalulu
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Quiet, beautiful, romantic outdoor dining. The food was great and prices were moderate. Just love the gardens and the torches lit at night.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Top notch!!!
    PotroastloverVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    My wife was so excited to see the Coconut curry dish on the menu. She loves it and she convinced several of our guest in our party to try the dish. They thought it amazingly delicious. Personally, I enjoy the Chef Trio dish, Seafood Lau lau, Fish and Pot roast. The staff was on top of their game. Kept the glasses full and stopped by to several time to make sure that we are enjoying our meals. Great job
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Date Spot
    EmilyRiverNorthVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    This was my second visit to Plantation Gardens and we drove 1 1/2 hours from Princeville and back, and the experience was very good. We sat on the patio and enjoyed the tuna poke as an appetizer. I ordered the fresh catch blackened, and it was very, very good. My husband ordered the ti leaf of steamed seafood and felt there were too many onions but was otherwise delicious. In general, the meal was one of our best (again) in Hawaii at a fair price, but the ambiance is something you cannot find anywhere else.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistantly excellent
    craigwVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    In all the years we have been going to this restaurant we have always had excellent dinners and service in a beautiful setting. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A M A Z I N G
    downthecoastVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    From the craft drinks to ultra fresh farm and sea to table food in a scenic, romantic setting with amazing gardens in plantation style architecture, this dining gem lacks nothing. Not to forget that the service was top notch. Our server was not just attentive and courteous, but an amazing wealth of knowledge about any question presented. All the staff as well as the bartenders really made us feel welcome and conveyed the so much sought after Hawaiian spirit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A great evening
    dindins
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    A great meal this evening. The ribs were delicious, and my wife had the "special" - a fish and seafood stew in a coconut curry sauce which she really enjoyed. We really couldn't fault the friendly and excellent service from Danielle. All in all, a really good evening in a beautiful location
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • TAD
    TAD6206
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    More than a neighborhood gem, the restaurant is an Isand gem. The next day on my morning walk I had to take photos of the Beautiful gardens.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Vacation dining
    dansnotes
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Beautiful setting -- old p[plantation house (obviously) surrounded by very intriguing gardens. Outside seating is very nice on the wraparound porch. Plenty of space between tables. Prompt and helpful service. They rightly push the local offerings. I went with the beef and my wife picked the blackened fish. Both very good. I did not think the salsa would work with the fish but it really did. Just a little short of outstanding. As with most places in Hawaii the wine list is really high. Can definitely recommend though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Menu very sparse
    TravelLovers
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We went to Plantation Gardens for our 45th wedding anniversary. We have been going there since bringing our children to Kauai 30 years ago. However, we were quite disappointed with how limited the menu was. Not many choices, especially if you are "fished" out. I will say I had the best gimlet of all I had during our 3 week trip.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We had not been to the restaurant in several years, but we were surprised that we had a less than excellent experience. The menu is quite limited, with some rather unusual offerings for Hawaii--Pot Roast, for example. Our main concern was our server. Everything was very slow, and at one point we couldn't even get her to order some wine. We asked another server to ask her to come to our table. Still nothing. Finally. someone else came to us and took our order. When my husband asked for ice cream, there were two flavors on the menu. The one he wanted was not available. This seems odd, when only two are available. There are so many wonderful restaurants here. This type of service will not bode well for Plantation Gardens.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Runner Girl
    Runnergirl
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We have eaten here before and this restaurant is awesome! The tables on the patio overlook luscious gardens and ponds, very tranquil and beautiful. Great for a romantic dinner experience. Our waitress was well versed in all areas of the menu. We both had the Chef Trio where you get a portion of three entrees, pot roast, Seafood Lau Lau and a fresh fish in a red curry sauce. All were flavorful and completely different. Portions were not small!! The pot sticker appetizer was good as well. We finished off with a chocolate and macadamia nut ice cream pie with a meringe on top that we loved! The busboy was very attentive with water and clearing plates. We will definitely return! It is a little hard to find, but a memorable dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Going downhill?
    HHHMD
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We have been regulars at Plantation Gardens for 30 years. The past several years, it has been one of our south Kauai favorites. But this meal was disappointing. The menu is more limited than in the past and the overall quality was indifferent at best. Only half the tables were occupied, even though the restaurant was said to be full at our desired start time. It's low season in Hawaii, and one hopes that all is is because of that, with reduced staffing etc. But that really shouldn't affect food quality, right? We hope this was just a fluke and not the start of a trend.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Romantic dinner
    flinda
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    My last night on Kauai and made a last minute reservation for dinner with my boyfriend. We went to Plantation Gardens because it was one of the few restaurants that could accommodate us last minute so we were not expecting much. We were totally surprised and delighted to find a gem of a restaurant in an old historic house in the middle of tropical gardens. The food was excellent and service was even better. We did not feel rushed as some restaurants do and spent a very romantic last night together.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service!
    hawaiianfrozen
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    My girl friend Jane and me enjoyed the food and service...was a little noisy for us both trying to have an intimate evening!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • brunch
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Disappointing. Hot and humid veranda setting. The fans were insufficient. Bar drinks were good. We were seated next to the room with a very noisy wedding party. Service was good though the food was mediocre and bland. Finally moved to the bar for a quieter setting.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Great Place. Try it. Quiet restaurant tucked into a condo development that is built on an old sugar cane planation. Ate on the porch. Meal was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Poor service this evening
    Ladyg
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This was a special family dinner with guests and we were very disappointed with the service Our drinks came after our food was served, the ice was melted in the whiskey, the martini was warm, the champagne punch had no punch Obviously forgot about our party of six. The waiter was hardly around and unattentive, blamed bartender for the watered down drinks. We are local residents come here a lot and have recommended this restaurant to a number of friends.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Better than ever!!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My first visit to this magical spot was over 30years ago for my lovely intimate wedding......I have been very fortunate to return to Kauai several times since then and it remains my favorite restaurant to this day.....fabulous dinner on our latest visit Aug.22/14....the best yet....special thxs to the chefs that nite and wonderful service from Monica.....see you next year I hope...... Love Jillyn
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a special occasion
    Honeymooner
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    My wife and I went for dinner here to celebrate our anniversary. Food and service were exemplary, she had the tofu and quinoa, I had the pot roast. Pot roast is local beef and is paired well with a local purple sweet potato. If you go save room for the Lilliqoi cheesecake for dessert, it's amazing! Our waiter was terrific and gave us many helpful tips about the food and the island.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Basic Hotel Fare
    DocumanVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Average, mediocre food, typical hotel quality cooked by "kids" who are not chefs in the true sense of the word. Very nice room and veranda good place for drinks and pupusa's good corn fritters.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Relaxed dining, great food
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This was our first night on the island of Kauai (staying down the road at the Grand Hyatt Resort) and Plantation Gardens came recommended from a friend. Very nice place to dine! Much quieter than we expected, but that is also Kauai. My husband and I started with the Crab Rangoon (dumpling) served wtih a soy dijon mustard sauce. Ordered the Fish special (a light white fish), prepared with a cream sauce on a bed of Kauai purple potato mash; my husband order the ribs (yummy, fell right off the bone!). Beautiful gardens to walk around, before or after dinner.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Plantation Restaurant
    Jenn
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We loved the Plantation Restaurant, it was surrounded by a gorgeous Hawaiian garden with open air outdoor seating wrap around. There is even a large grassy area where the little ones can play. Our waiter was so wonderful and attentive, made the whole dinner so relaxing. The food was wonderful, so delicious. They even had a kids menu for the little ones which was great. It was also a romantic spot if you would like it to be, just so serene.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 26 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 540 reviews are from the Plantation Gardens reviews archive.
  • Vacation must do when in Kauai!
    MIMI
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    My party & I enjoyed a lovely final meal! We had terrific service, & the food was delicious! I had the Seafood Lau Lau which was marvelous! The drink menu was so creative that it was difficult to make a final decision! But, we each tried something which tasted great!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    travellerdk
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We had a delightful evening at Plantation Gardens - to the point that we returned the following night. The setting is lovely and peaceful and the building - which is of historic significance - has been beautifully restored and maintained and has lots of great memorabillia displayed. The service was of a very high standard as was the food - and the cocktails were excellent too!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always fantastic
    socaltravelerVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Plantation gardens has become a lovely tradition when visiting Kauai. Offering the peaceful warmth of Hawaiian hospitality and superb menu and preparations it draws us back time and time again. Always a highlight of our vacation.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Always our favorite but disppointed this time: 35min wait for our reserved table, then tried to seat us in the bar...we resisted and they found a table for us on dining veranda (restaurant was less than half full - why the delay?); after seating, service was incredibly slow. There was a wedding party in the restaurant this evening and it seems we were competing with them for service (again, restaurant was less than half full)...it was also very loud (louder than any other time we'd dined there). Lastly, this place has been our #1 Kauai favorite for a long time but it seems a bit in need of some upkeep (or maybe a full-on remodel given the new competition in the area)...just felt rather "run down". On the plus side, the food was as great!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • gLisa
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The catch of the day was amazing! The texture of the seasoning of the fish was spot on. One of the best meals I had on my trip.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful setting, delicious food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    What a charming spot! Delicious food served outside overlooking an orchid garden and the ocean. A special spot not to be missed on vacation.
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    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Plantation Gardens Paradise, Ono
    nomomobbq
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Bar opens at 5 p.m., and dinner service begins at 5:30, so don't plan on lunch or breakfast here. Surprisingly moderately priced menu, with many island-style offerings is what you get, and at the earlier seating, you get a quiet, pleasant garden setting perfect for us mature types looking for personalized, friendly service and unhurried dining with good food and wine.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    The food was okay Service was great Was hoping they would have done more for us as we mentioned that we were on our honeymoon and that there was no one else in the restaurant
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  • Beautiful setting
    Yummy
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Food was delicious and presented beautifully. The atmosphere was relaxed and elegant. Gorgeous gardens.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining in Paradise, really.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    The food and service was impeccable. Will surely return.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service
    Donotdoreviews
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    We arrived on early side of dinner time so that is why noise level was quiet, it may be moderate later since the tables were filling up as we ate. Our server was great (attentive, warm, helpful and anticipate our needs) and the rest of staff was attentive and accommodating as well. They had no tartar sauce for my son who eats it with everything, so they made something special for him that was using what they had and it met his needs. We were celebrating our 10 year anniversary and my birthday--since we got married on the property, we thought it would be fun to take our sons to the spot we got married at and then have a bite to eat there. Glad we did.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beautiful setting, good food
    VAlovetotravel
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    The outdoor dining made this meal special. Our server was attentive.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    Lexismom
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We enjoyed the setting with all the different plants. As is usual, the restaurant is open air allowing the fragrances of the garden to be part of the dining atmosphere. It was a delightful time.
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    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.