Plum Island Grille
Plum Island Grille

Plum Island Grille

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.plumislandgrille.com/
  • Phone: 9784632290x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Saturday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm; Dinner: Wednesday - Friday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Saturday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Fusion / Eclectic, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Francis Broadbery
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Offering our passion for excellence for
    your private event needs. Plum Island Grille proudly offer full service"s catering through our catering division, Plum Island Catering. We can host your special occasion in our restaurant, on our spectacular Sunset Deck on Plum Island, in your home, or at a venue of your choice. We cater for all special occasions: weddings, private dinner parties, bridal showers, business meetings, rehearsal dinners, client appreciation dinners, anniversary and birthday dinners and company holiday parties.
  • Private Party Facilities: Offering our passion for excellence for
    your private event needs. Plum Island Grille proudly offer full service catering through our catering division, Plum Island Catering Catering. We can host your special occasion in our restaurant, on our spectacular Sunset Deck on Plum Island, in your home, or at a venue of your choice.
  • Private Party Contact: Francis Broadbery 9784632290x
  • Entertainment: Live music Every Thursday from November to February; Sunday Jazz Brunch every Sunday 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Sunset blvd
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: On site parking and street parking
A word from Plum Island Grille
Frequently featured in the media -Boston Globe, WCVB TV’s Chronicle, Billy Costa’s TV Diner, North Shore, Portsmouth & Accent Magazines - and awarded YANKEE Magazine's prestigious Editors’ Choice honor, the Plum Island Grille’s eclectic bistro style menu exemplifies New American Cuisine at its finest.

Minutes from downtown Newburyport and overlooking a two mile vista of salt marshlands, the Sunset Bar offers guests sensational sunset views and-while there are plenty of meat dishes on the menu-Plum Island Grille’s sumptuous cuisine is often inspired by the sea and reflects co-owner Chef Francis’ passion for uncomplicated, fresh, local ingredients.

Housed in what was originally a beach cottage at the gateway to Plum Island-a tiny barrier island off the northern coast of MA-the restaurant is charmingly rustic and has a laid-back island feel where guests can enjoy fine bistro dining and service at this year-round seaside hideaway, only 45 minutes north of Boston.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
Plum Island Grille reviews from OpenTable diners
80 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.8
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelEnergetic
74% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (41)scenic view (39)vibrant bar scene (27)fit for foodies (26)hot spot (20)special occasion (17)good for groups (13)romantic (10)great for outdoor dining (9)notable wine list (7)great for brunch (6)kid-friendly (6)great for lunch (6)late-night find (2)Show More
  • Plum Island Grill hit the Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Had not been to Plum Island Grill for several years and was thrilled with the meal and the presentation. The service was excellent even though the restaurant was full on a very busy Saturday night. We will be back next week!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unfortunately I won't be going back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Table squeezed against wall, couldn't have seated patrons any larger, hit my head on the mantel behind me. Asked to have the candle lit, hostess went to get matches came back & flipped the switch under candle. No bread, until I asked, well after wine arrived. No help with the specials. Tempura shrimp I would not call tempura, batter heavy, too greasy, pieces so large couldn't use chop sticks. Cut a lot of batter off. Scallops under cooked, poached pear salad good. Waitress inattentive, no checking on our wine, barely offered coffee or dessert. Hostess clearing nearby table spritzed my legs & feet with what she used to clean the table. Disappointing service, overall experience & food, won't be back
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dunstable
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Great spot to go with your significant other or another couple. Great food and Owner is cool!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As good as I expected
    NShorediner
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I've been there 1 other time...a few years ago, I remembered it fondly...picked ot for Date night w/ a women who lives nearby, we were 10 minutes late...no problem, they had held our table...we stretched it out, didn't order for a while, were made to feel completely welcome and unrushed. I got the scallop special...the food was stunning, presentation was delightful, and the craftsmanship of the chef shone through!!!...mixed w/ a great staff, a stunning location, made for a great night...will definitely be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Local favorite
    KkhesterVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We love this restaurant for so many reasons: food first- fresh seafood and the Thai mussels are the best we've ever had! Great views and beach chic decor make this a perfect spot all year round!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good catch
    Beau
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Great local spot and really the only good food on Plum Island. Casual friendly and great service!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This was our first time here but have passed by 100 times on route to the Refuge; We had an early reservation at 5PM, so the restaurant was not too crowded, the bar was jumping. I ordered the tuna special, my wife the lamb, both dishes were luke warm, my wife's boarding on chilly, we debated about sending it back but our server was not around and went ahead and finished it. We did tell the server that the dish was not warm, the potatoes on my wife's plate were stone cold by the time we finished, I'm not sure she actually told the chef, I guess on future trips to the refuge I'll keep going!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was bland
    Dissapointed
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    No seasoning, a big disappointment. Nothing special about the food at this place. The bread was dry and stale and the waitress forgot to bring a second glass of wine.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Food was fantastic
    Timmy
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Everything was wonderful. The server knew her stuff and the menu was tempting. The only problem we encountered was that we were seated near a family that was packed into a table that had one or two extra people. We felt like we were sitting with them and there were other tables open at the time...We did have a reservation. Everything else was terrific and we would go back anytime!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing Dinner
    Sprinklecake
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This was our second try, after a disappointing celebratory dinner a while ago. I made an 8pm reservation and I called to confirm that morning. We arrived promptly at 8 and weren't seated until 8:30. We were told by the hostess that they would "try to do something to make up for our long wait", but nothing was mentioned or done. The restaurant had run out of the cod that I wanted to order - perhaps if we had been seated 30 minutes earlier, at the time of our reservation, I would have been able to have the cod. I ordered the salad with 3 grilled shrimp ($3/shrimp - REALLY?!) as a last minute decision because I was starving and didn't want to send the waitress away. Will not be returning.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service, Fair food
    dinqueen1
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The service was great. Food was mediocre. Tried the lobster cakes - miniscule and tasteless. Tempura shrimp had heavy batter - not true tempura. Calamari had heavy batter and was tasteless. Scallop lite meal was average. Overall overrated restaurant.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • new to the island
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    we enjoyed the evening but.....I had the thai shrimp dish....I'm a fussy diner...shrimp were overcooked...it is tricky to do shrimp well....but for the price I really wanted to have them pop in my mouth but they were dry.... the bread was a bit dry also,...might be better to serve less of it and serve with a little dipping oil....since there was no butter, this was a little disappointing. Wine choices were very nice, the pinot noir on the list is very good. thanks for asking. the reservation process was easy and reliable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic !!
    k2u2
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We were here for a romantic birthday dinner and it was fabulous, the staff and food was amazing !!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved the Grille!
    RiversideLWH
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    A highlight of our stay on Plum Island -- dinner at the Grille. Oysters, lobster cakes, scallops, a Mexican brownie -- all yummy! A great view of the sunset was a bonus! Service was excellent, too. Paid the bill and was on the way out but didn't want to leave, so enjoyed a nightcap at the bar and met some delightful locals.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Funky delicious
    Debster
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Had heard about Plum Island Grille for some time and decided to try it while staying in Newburyport for a few days. Not disappointed one bit. We went on a Monday night so it was not crowded at 6:30 and had a window seat to watch the sunset as requested in the reservation. Might be a bit noisy when full but our night was great as was the service and friendliness of the staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Average This Time
    MarcyMarc
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Been there several times. Not up to par Sunday. Drinks watery and fish bland.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We walked out!!
    Alex3485
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We have dined here many times before being a local and I rarely give extremely bad reviews. I made an online reservation for 6:45 for 8/9, but then called the next day to change it to 8pm. I should have known that everyone loves this place now, and it is so over crowded and noisy it is not worth it to fight the crowds on a weekend night in the summer. We were sat at a very small table near the fireplace, so small my husband hit his head on it, the tables are jammed packed inside and the outside deck was over an hour wait. To make a long story short, our drinks never came, there was a private party going on, we never ordered any food and walked out and explained to the hostess on the way why we were leaving. Over crowed and under staffed!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dogwithabone
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Restaurant has a vibrant, fun, vibe. It was crazy busy on Saturday night as they had a 60th birthday party in the tented seating area so fewer tables then normal were available. Strongly suggest reservations. Lobster cake appetizer was excellent, organic green salad was nothing special but grilled salmon with olive tapenade was excellent. Fococia bread was stale and they had no cappuccino available. Parking is difficult but overall worth it. Took a walk along the beach after dinner and watched the fireworks in the distance- not something you can do in most restaurants.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over Priced, Great Service
    Newenglandgirl
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The staff was very friendly. Several of the tables wobbled and required a napkin or piece of paper folded up beneath the stand. There was some sort of event going on in a tent connected to the restaurant and this increased the noise level a great deal. Also, the salmon I ordered was burnt on the bottom. For $28 a plate I expect better.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A Friday evening treat
    KittyM
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We enjoyed a wonderful dinner here. Swordfish was excellent, and so was the Thai stew. Waitstaff were attentive but not intrusive. Not overly air-conditioned , the dining room was comfortable though somewhat noisy. The sunset, viewable from indoors, was remarkable. Glad we made reservations, as the place was mobbed on Friday evening.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great fish
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We had an excellent fish meal.the view is beautiful
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very satisfying
    NancyK
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Plum Island Grille provides consistently great food and very good service, and is our go-to restaurant for out-of-town guests, particularly on the last night of their visit. Be sure to make reservations, though -- this is a tough place to find seats, particularly in summer and on weekends. This week, we were there for dinner. We shared the shrimp tempura appetizer, had both the anjou pear and mixed green salads, scallop and shrimp penne pasta and a construct-it-yourself sauteed scallop dinner. Service was outstanding, portions were generous, and the food was all wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful oysters
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Elegant food, very tasty, nice change from a fish shack. Sit at the bar for a wonderful view.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, service eh.
    sjnemomma
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Right by the beach, pretty and great sunsets. Its interesting because it has a beachy casual vibe but the food is in the fine dining category. Nice to not have a flourescent green Margarita the way most places serve them, bu it just wasn't very good. The "summer lemonade" was also disappointing-a bit bitter. The mussels were awesome. The swordfish was nicely presented and very good. The downsides: wimpy cold bread, confused lackluster staff and the drinks. We had two waitpeople--apparently they both thought they had our table. Overall the staff was more consistent with a chain restaurant. Nice people but not on their game. I would try this place again for sure...it could just have been an off night. Work on those drinks!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful views
    CATMA
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Delicious food and spectacular view the staff was friendly and helpful. The dining room was all old world charm.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WEEKEND
    SUMMERRESIDENTS
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    6 PEOPLE ALL SATISFIED WITH VARIED MENU AND SERVICE
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No much to look at. Go IN!!
    BobM
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My wife and I sat outside for a couple of minutes wondering what we were doing. If you park your car with your back to the marsh, the one story shack with picture windows and a bar is where you'll be eating. Don't hesitate. Go in. Sit at the bar. The food is nothing short of remarkable. The menu is varied and, for a place this small, extensive. I'm not talking about a really good hamburger. I'm talking about a lunch menu with a salad of organic greens, vanilla lavender vinaigrette, poached pears and goats cheese. Moules Frites. Croque Monsieur. This is just a brief sample. Wish I lived closer.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent!
    MEMreviews
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Beautiful setting with an amazing sunset. The service was exceptional and the food was outstanding. I will definitely return very soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Avoid at all costs
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Food was essentially tasteless. Lobster cake appetizer--two ridiculously small bites for $12--was unbelievable. Calamari awful. Steals overdone. Only lamb was passable. This was particularly hard to swallow when bill for six people (with minimal alcohol) was over $300!!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Plum Island disappointment
    Bonnie456
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We arrived and they had no record of our Open Rable reservation even when I showed them the email confirmation. The host staff was nice but young and disorganized. When finally got a table our waitress was totally disinterested in us although she spent a great deal of time chatting with a group nearby. After asking for bread twice it finally arrived. My husband ordered a drink which never arrived. The food was average at best. A very disappointing experience because I had heard such wonderful things about this place. The best part was the lovely sunset!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Expected more
    Katydid
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The service at PI Grille was outstanding from start to finish and the ambiance was great too: casual, beachy, open and bright. I ordered the plum island salad--simple greens with a few shavings of parmesan cheese and, strangely, the salad arrived undressed, so I had to request a side of viniagrette. As a main dish, I ordered the smaller plate of scallops. I wanted to switch the leek cream to a lighter option, but the chef would not accommodate my request. The scallops were well prepared in any event and the sauce was tasty. We left satisfied, and it looked like other people were happy with their choices, but since a simple request was denied, we probably won't dine there again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing Experience
    statest28
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Seafood was universally disappointing. Seared tuna was old, limp and tasteless, luckily it was a very small portion. The swordfish was a end remnant, undersized and overcooked. Wait staff was overworked and distracted. Window table was appreciated, but heavy dust fell of blinds, on to table, when waitress adjusted them. Overall poor experience, especially for price.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of my favorite bars!
    plsmith
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We enjoyed a great breeze while having dinner and drinks at the wonderful bar! Our bartender was very engaging and handled a busy crowd with ease. The Plum Island Punch and sangria are very refreshing after hanging out at the beach (a short walk away) or a day of exploring the island/ nearby Newburyport. We were there during a World Cup soccer match so the noise level was a tad more boisterous than usual. All in all, a great evening!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great except for screaming infant
    MaineManVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The food and service here were excellent! My wife enjoyed the countneck clams-she ordered it as an entree. I had the veal porterhouse and it was outstanding-as was the Mexican brownie we shared for dessert. The only reason I rated the ambience as low as I did was the party in the corner with 3 young children. One of them shrieked intermittently the whole time we were there. The mother would scold the child but never made a move to take the child outside and calm it down. I felt that at some point the restaurant could have encouraged her to do so.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wrong Direction
    AmeriBritVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    I have long been a fan of the Plum Island Grill and would go out of my way to be the first in line for outdoor seating. However, when my husband and I went last weekend (first time this year) I was disappointed. The menu was tired, the service decent but not great, and the prices too high for what I was getting. It's time for me to start looking for a new gem.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasty Beachside Dining
    MDOANE007
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The pan seared sea scallops were terrific as well as the Thai seafood stew. Unique combination of flavors in all our dishes. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Restaurant, but mistakes.....
    LynneBVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Be Careful when using open table to make reservations as they marked my party cancelled even though we checked in and had dinner. I phoned when I received a cancellation email and phoned the Restaurant and the Waitress we had answered the phone and promised to do so, but never did - I had to dispute this matter for several weeks - I find that very dishonest. Food is good, service mediocre but the area is what makes it.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time @ PIG
    Emily
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We were seated by the "sunset" side windows - a lovely ambience. I had the roast lamb (I know, strange for summer dining) and it was really good - perfectly cooked. The waiter was very gracious and helpful about substituting for roast potatoes & broccolini - I had sautéed spinach and mango basmati rice (both offered on other entrees). The noise level grew as we lingered (from 5:30 - 7:30). We both had the sancerre wine - fitting for the luscious summer evening. All in all, a very pleasant experience. I would return!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Dining
    24koro
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    I was with a group of four people and we very much enjoyed our meals. Our only critique was on the key lime pie that didn't have that tart key lime taste like it should. Otherwise great service and good atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lemv
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    First time back in several years after disappointing service and average food. This time was much better and the seafood was very fresh. Nice selection of wines by the bottle and by the glass.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.