Pond House Grille
Pond House Grille

Pond House Grille

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.pondhousegrille.com/
  • Phone: (860) 657-4527
  • Hours of Operation:

    M-Th: Lunch & Dinner 11:30am - 9pm
    F: Lunch & Dinner 11:30am - 10pm
    S: Brunch & Dinner 10am - 10pm
    Su: & Dinner 10am - 9pm


  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: International, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Josh Fiorillo
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: In and out of house catering in our private dining room and affairs for up to 300 guests in our adjacent banquet facility. Please call for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private room accommodating up to 30
  • Private Party Contact: Joann Sulivan 860 633 5227x2
  • Entertainment: Live Music every Thursday and Friday night in the bar and lounge area
  • Special Events: Summer Beer and BBQ specials featuring a flight of 4 craft beers and chef paired tasting entrees with a dessert twist. Try them Thursday nights with our Chef on the patio grill.

    Pond House Grille BUY ONE GET ONE Happy Hour specials extended to our patio all summer long every day 4-7

    Tasting Tuesday specials featuring local farm fresh ingredients for a unique 3 course tasting menu every Tuesday evening.

    For Reservations Please Call (860) 657-4527

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: No charge for parking.
A word from Pond House Grille
The Pond House Grille is a new pulse in the dining scene in Glastonbury. The New American Eclectic cuisine will delight your culinary senses. The focus is on fresh ingredients inspired from cuisines reaching the far corners of the globe. Although the food is the star of the show, we aim to provide you with a completely enjoyable experience from start to finish.

Enjoy the culinary delights with a bottle of wine off of our carefully selected wine list or a trendy drink from the bar. All the while sitting comfortably in our dining room which is as eclectic and stylish as the food. Our porch will invite you to enjoy the beautiful weather with outside dining. Knowledgeable and attentive service will culminate this meal into one not soon forgotten.




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Pond House Grille reviews from OpenTable diners
32 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (15)fit for foodies (14)special occasion (13)romantic (10)great for outdoor dining (10)great for lunch (9)neighborhood gem (7)great for brunch (3)vibrant bar scene (3)late-night find (2)hot spot (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Menu differed from online
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    I had my heart set on Lobster Mac & Cheese after viewing the menu on the Open Table site, but it was nowhere to be found on the menu we received at the restaurant. Thankfully one of the specials appealed to me and I ordered that. We had the spinach and artichoke dip for an appetizer and a house salad with the house dressing. Both were flavorful and delicious. The shrimp scampi special was amazing and I would order it again in a second. My husband's filet was generous in size, though slightly under-cooked. Overall we were happy with our experience and would try it again.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Great food, great service, and great musician on this particular Friday night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Pond House never disappoints
    Nogluten4me
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    The Varied Menu, the fine touches , the gluten free menu . The best meals I have eaten have been here .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Place
    organizerVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    I've been to this restaurant numerous times for lunch and each and every time its been great! Service is friendly and efficient. Food is very good. They offer lunchtime specials which my friends and I enjoy very much. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was great.
    Xeno
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The food was outstanding. Had the filet mignon and it was great! My wife had the scallops and filet and said it was just as good. The wait to be seated was unacceptable for an almost empty restaurant at the time we arrived, although.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Hostess/Waitress
    BFBday
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I had the best waitress and she went beyond to satisfy my bf and I.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pickyeater
    InspiredDiner
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Fabulous meal with attentive, considerate and happy service. Being a hobbies gourmet cooking I am a picky eater when dining out. So I was thrilled to find The Pond House Grille near my home. My pork chop was tender, juicy, and very well seasoned. The spaghetti with a one pound meatball that my husband ordered was just as delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • REFj
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    While I cant say enough about our server, polite and attentive, the food was good just not knock your socks off. The stonnington scallops (4) of them on a plate of pasta was $26. While not bad tasting just no punch and slight for the price. The pasta being home made is a plus but definately a plate for the restuarants bottom line.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Frist time at the Pond House Grille
    PVE12
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    My husband and I were very pleased with the meal, from appetizer to dessert! The waitress was very knowledgable about every aspect of the menu and was quite accommodating. She indulged us with the 'dry ice' effect at the end of the meal which was really fun!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Went on a Friday nite. The loud music from the bar was much too loud and distracted from what was an otherwise nice evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noise
    1crazyfriend
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I hadd a reservation for four and it turned out that one in our party had a impromptu HappyHour also there. It was cool but we decided to sit in the alcove of the bar which turned out to be the wrong decision. It was loud, and we felt neglected, which of course we weren't. But... as all groups of women there is always one who feels they have to say something. So, with that.. I will never ask to stay in the bar area. Otherwise, it was lovely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    Kipp
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Have always had a good meal, new options and distinctive. Great chef!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Meals were delicious
    lovetoeatout
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    THere were 4 of us and none had been there before. We all ordered something different and we all loved our meals. I ordered the crab cake with pistacious and it was the best I have had. Salads good. We had 2 appetizers - the nachos and the spinach/artichoke dip and barely had room for our meals. End of meal restaurant entertainment was really nice
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Skirt steak not up to par
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Wanted to have a lovely dinner for our anniversary. My husbands steak was awful and my salmon was cold. Our server was wierd, to say the least and we were so disappointed with our experience for our anniversary dinner.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Inconsistent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This visit the asparagus tempura was soggy, had been sitting too long before service. Last time it was crispy and heavenly
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    craftylady
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Went with our family for dinner to try something new. Didn't seem like they had enough wait staff so it took 20 minutes after we ordered for the bread to come to the table and a drink to be refilled. Food was good, not great, but we felt way overpriced for what you received. Watch your drink order. Grey Goose on the rocks was $11. ouch! For the same price head to J. Gilberts for better quality food.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good night out
    GlastonburyFan
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Great place for a night out of excellent food, full service bar with large selection, and fine service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice evening
    cavb1118
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had a nice dinner at the Pond House Grille. We loved the new Zen menus on the tablets so you can scroll through the entrees and see photos of everything. My husband loved his short ribs and I enjoyed my surf and turf with filet and scallops. Service was excellent. The "aromatherapy" course was a nice surprise!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Lunch
    organizerVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I've only been to this restaurant for lunch and I must say I really enjoy it now with its new menu! I had previously gone a couple of times a couple of years ago - but found the food going downhill....Don't know what they did - maybe a new chef - but whatever they did I'm glad they did it - the food was just great - there were 7 of us there for lunch and everyone enjoyed their meals. We all said we will return....
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 13 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 370 reviews are from the Pond House Grille reviews archive.
  • DLK910
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Generously allowed two 40+-year friends (who've seen each other only twice in 22 years) to have a very leisurely 8-hour drinks and dinner!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would not recommend
    Steve
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Went for Sunday brunch. Choices were limited. We arrived shortly after they opened and they were out of Fruit. We all ordered omelets with apples which were undercooked. The whole experience was disappointing. Won't be returning.
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  • Very unfortunate experience here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    I have eaten here in the past and was pleasantly surprised by the experience, food and service. I had some clients in from Cincinnati, so I decided to take them there for dinner. We started with some appetizers and a drink and were happy at this point. The scallops, potato croquets and clam chowder were all very good. Once we ordered dinner, it all went down hill. Both Filets were over cooked and the searing of the meat made the top and bottom of the steak inedible. My Snapper needed to be cut with a knife it was so dry and overcooked. When we ordered Espressos, there were no waiters for 10+ minutes, so I found my own sugar and silverware since no one could accommodate. I was embarrassed that I brought colleagues to this restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good spot to meet
    MotherBook
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Friend and I needed a midway point to meet and catch up. First time dining here, and we weren't disappointed. He had the new-to-the-menu tri tip sandwich (waiter demo'd which part of the cow it came from 😄) and was happy to hear that he could have sweet potato fries w it at no extra charge. I had the crab cake and salad. The crab cake was on a bed of mixed something...sweet and good. Endless iced tea refills. They seem to enjoy using their logo swirl to decorate some of the dishes--silly but cute. The two of us ate for around $30. Will return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Was Just OK
    JeanetteVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The space is great and the outdoor seating area is beautiful but the food is just so-so. Ordered a filet and while it was cooked well it lacked seasoning and the cut was terrible. Filet is not supposed to be tough and chewy. Sides were good. But the shrimp cocktail was obviously frozen not fresh. Service was very very slow too. Won't be rushing back to dine there again but I may give it another shot sometime in the future.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    Vicky
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    This was a last minute decision for dinner and I'm happy we did. The food was outstanding, great presentation. I discovered an Almond Joy Martini that was awesome! Our server was very attentive and gave us this awesome surprise at the end of the meal.....very relaxing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great ribs
    CarolinaBeckyVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Pond House Grill has a lot of favorites on the menu. The ones we tried were fine but not spectacular. My partner had barbecued babyback ribs, a very generous portion that had been done with a rub and grilled till crusty. They were falling off the bones tender but a bit dry. (We had leftovers and the next day when heated in the microwave they were moist and delicious.). I got clam chowder which had a smoky flavor from bacon that overpowered the clams--good but not great. A Caesar salad was delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food better than service
    EAMOE
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    The food is good. I ordered a shrimp cocktail, house salad and a steak, My guest had a bowl chili, salad and salmon, all cooked and seasoned quite nicely. The staff, though attentive, seemed to lack training and actually asked in what order the food should be served. Appetizer, salad and entrée appears normal - sadly the staff couldn't seem to comprehend that. I ve eaten there a few times, always nice food, but there must be a high turnover in staff or simply no time training them.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, Nice Atmosphere
    NAS58
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    We chose three Small Plate dishes from the main menu. The Scallops and Sticks were good. The two scallops were a little undercooked for our liking but they did taste delicious. The potato sticks and slaw were more like a garnish. The Veggies from the Deep were also very good with a creamy, Chipotle Ranch dipping sauce that had just the right amount of heat. The Cheese platter had a wide variety of tasty cheeses/crackers and the fig jam and the local honey comb was a very nice, sweet contrast. The live music added to the ambiance. The restaurant itself had a nice "artsy" feel. The wine was good and the waitress was attentive without being overwhelming or cloying. All elements combined to make it a nice night out in Glastonbury.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Food was fair. Electronic menu was not user friendly but that may be because of the "cute" way they differentiated between entress that came with sides and grill items where you pick your sides. Hard to figure out how/what to order. Service was a problem. Sent one meal back when it came with the wrong side. Another meal came with 2 sides when we only ordered 1. Had to send the incomprehensible bill back twice because it was wrong. Finally gave up after the 3rd try because it was within $3 of what it should have been. Our experience was a surprise because we eat at the Pond House Cafe often and love it.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 13 for dinner June 7, 2014
    Cathy0607
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Hi, the Pond House very nicely set up a table for 13 of us to have dinner on Saturday night, June 7th, before going to a dance in the banquet part of the facility. I had used Open Table to reserve a table, could only get two tables for 6, but then I stopped in and the restaurant was able to set up a large table, and arrange for separate checks as needed. The food was wonderful, our server, I think that her name is Rosie but I could be wrong, was very attentive. There were a couple of slow spots, bread took a while, as did dessert. The checks were handled as we had asked. Our group was very happy to have choices between small plates or entrees. The haddock ran out which seemed odd for only 6PM/ Very good experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service, food okay
    DebC
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    This was our first visit to the Pond House Grille in Glastonbury. The menu does have a lot of interesting choices on it. I had the Pond House crab cakes & salad; My husband had the pan seared duck breast. The basmati rice & curry on which the crab cake came was delicious. The crab cake was breadier than I like. The taste of the crab cake was average. The duck breast was beautifully presented atop onions & potatos but it was advertised as being a spicy dish. It was not but the duck was good. We loved the ambience in the restaurant, our server was very knowledgeable and attentive and the prices are reasonable. We will go back again to check out other menu options.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great date night
    RoquesVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    My date and I went to Pomd House last Saturday (5/31) and had an awesome time. From the cocktails to the main course the food was excellent and perfectly prepared. The wait staff was very informative and made great suggestions when asked. A definite return trip is in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing Brunch
    dianakate
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    PHG offers a small buffet, but combines it with a complicated option for adding items from the menu. With the buffet, you can add (for free) any a la carte entree without its accompaniments; but you can't add a side. The buffet also comes with a free cocktail. The so-called frittata is really a quiche. House-made hash is oily and unauthentic. Biscuits and gravy is a travesty of the beloved southern dish: a huge sweet biscuit (at least 6" round) with a lava flow of brown gravy, and neither component hot. A poached egg served with vegetarian hash was barely cooked, and the hash contained bacon -- hardly vegetarian. The ricotta filling in the stuffed French toast is not the soft, creamy version you'd expect. Not returning.
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  • Hospital
    chill
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    My friends and I had a long leisurely lunch and we never felt rushed at all. The food was excellent as was the service, We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Service -Poorly Prepared Food
    Buckaroo
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Our waiter copped an "attitude" when we asked for written (as opposed to a tablet) wine list and went down hill from there. He did not pay anywhere near the attention he should have and demonstrated an inadequate knowledge of the menu. As far as food preparation is concerned, the lamb chop special was a disaster - burned on the outside, well-done at the surface and medium at the bone. I tried this restaurant because of consistently great meals at its Hartford sister establishment, the Pond House Cafe. In the future, I will spend my dollars at the cafe.
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  • slightly disappointed
    eatoutinGbury
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    While I have dined repeatedly at the Pond House in West Hartford, this was my first brunch experience and first overall experience at the Glastonbury location. While I have always been very impressed with WH, I was slightly disappointed with the brunch for Mother's Day. The outdoor dining was lovely, as it was a gorgeous day and our server was excellent! However, I only found the food to be average at best. There were a few excellent dishes--crab cake benedict and salmon/puff pastry. I found the rest of the dishes very uninspiring. I will go back to try the regular menu, but definitely wouldn't spend the $40 per person for such a mediocre meal.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If you like ribs....
    Joelkru
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I was pleasantly surprised when The Flintstones-sized full rack of ribs arrived at the table. I rarely take home left-overs and had enough for the next day's lunch. A great value for the bucks. Very personable staff, though a touch pokey delivering our entrees. (It was the night before Mother's Day so I can cut them some slack.)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special occasion dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Perfect atmosphere, excellent meals, great service - we had a great time
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Going Back a 2nd Time
    InspiredDiner
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    All was great except the cold soup. This place is wonderful in many ways; nice ambiance, mood brightening decor with good lighting. The noise level was relatively quiet. I met two friends for lunch. Two of us had the Lunch Express; soup, half a sandwich, dessert. Another person ordered the scallops without tartar sauce. Both soups arrived cold, and the scallops had tartar sauce. Our waitress was admirable in how she handled it. Honestly, the ham and cheese sandwich was unremarkable, and could have used a little more ham and cheese. It ended up being mostly greens. Despite this, we enjoyed ourselves. Our waitress was very personable without being cloying which made the experience nice. I WILL DEFINITELY RETURN!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chatty Waitress
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Went here with a group of colleagues. Had a very good meal and the noise level was very comfortable so we were able to easily catch up. The waitress however was a bit too solicitous, almost to the point of inserting herself into our conversations.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.