Portland Prime
Portland Prime

Portland Prime

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://portlandprime.net/
  • Phone: (503) 223-6200
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2pm, Saturday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4pm - 11pm, Friday: 4pm - 12pm, Saturday: 3pm-12pm, Sunday: 3pm -9pm
    Happy hour: Monday-Friday from 3pm-6:30pm Sunday 11:30am-5pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Pay with OpenTable,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steakhouse, Prime Rib
  • Executive Chef: Greg Samples
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: The crown jewel of Portland Prime is our Estate Room. An alluringly elegant and spacious private dining facility that captures the already sophisticated ambiance of the restaurant and blends it harmoniously with handsome cedar racks filled with an unsurpassed selection of our finest wines.
  • Private Party Contact: Sheena Wituschek 8772370712
  • Entertainment: Featuring live Jazz music Thurs 5:30pm - 8:30pm, Fridays 6:30pm - 11:00pm, Saturdays feat. Mel Brown Trio 7:30pm - 11:00pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 3rd & Pine
  • Public Transit: Portland's Light Rail (MAX) stops 2 blocks away on 1st & Oak.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: $7 valet parking with validation.
A word from Portland Prime
Today's Interpretation of a Traditional Fish, Chop and Steakhouse; Only Portland Prime's recalls the simpler place and time of the Great American Fish, Chop and Steakhouses. Visitors become lifetime guests because Portland Prime's recalls the warmth, memories and flavors they know and love. At Portland Prime, Guests savor their dining experience and enjoy wonderfully reasonable prices as well.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Portland Prime reviews from OpenTable diners
85 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (63)romantic (38)notable wine list (25)good for groups (20)fit for foodies (20)vibrant bar scene (14)neighborhood gem (11)great for lunch (9)hot spot (6)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • WOW
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    First time to this restaurant and it was way beyond expectations the best steak I have ever had service outstsanding the wine list tops this is a perfect place for a romantic night out or a celebration. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Great Every Time
    niseyVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Another fabulous dinner at PP! Love that it's quiet and you can talk. Oysters were excellent as we're the steaks. Groupon or not it's sooooo worth it!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for special occasion
    Happydiner
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Our waiter was awesome. The food was good but a bit high priced to go on a regular basis. It was nice that they split a salad for us. Perfect portion to share. Drinks were too high for quality. Expected fresh grapefruit juice, not canned, for a greyhound at $9.25. Other than that a really nice experience.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • go to Portland Prime for date night
    Mary
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We went to Portland Prime for my birthday. The food was excellent. I had the scallop and shrimp over risotto meal and my husband had the short ribs. Both dishes were prepared very well and the portion size was good. The shrimp and scallops were very large and cooked to perfection. The short ribs were melt in your mouth. I hear that they have good music in the bar, and plan to go back for happy hour. They are attached to the Embasy Suites hotel which brings in clientelle. The wine list is extensive and they made a good martini. I liked how the resturant was decorated and lit. It felt like a very special night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a special occasion
    huntlucky
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our 1st anniversary here. Our appetizer (the lightly breaded shrimp) and meals were delicious (I had the prime rib, she had seafood alfredo), and our waiter was kind and knowledgeable. Also, the chocolate lava cake we shared for dessert was to die for.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Roots
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    THe food was excellant and the service was very good!!! We would reccomend Prime .
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ambience Notable
    Judy
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    This restaurant has a formal and elegant feel, yet relaxed. All four of our entree's were different but delicious. The salmon and halibut were perfectly cooked and my husband said his chicken had a wonderful flavor. The four of us split 2 wedge salads which we all thought would be better if they had not drizzled balsamic vinegar over them. Only other suggestion is that for the high price, a vegetable and starch could be included with all main dishes. Only other complaint is that the restaurant was nearly empty and we like it there because they don't have blaring music. But they seated the other 2 groups right next to us-one of which was a loud group of men, so our conversation was not so easy. otherwise, a very nice place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable visit
    NewbiePortlandian
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Promptly seated for a 730pm reservation, but the restaurant wasn't packed. Our waiter, Laramy (sp?), was friendly but hit/miss on attentiveness. He came by the table and offered to refill our wine, but I had already helped myself to the bottle we had purchased. We were informed that the prime rib was sold out which was a little disappointing, but the other options were fine. My wife enjoyed her petite filet, and I had ribeye, both cooked to order and served with a scoop of mashed potatoes and asparagus. I personally like mashed potatoes with chunks so I'm glad they weren't whipped, but that may not be to everyone's liking. The waiter did come by in time to put in our order for the chocolate lava cake, however it arrived slightly overdone.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary dinner at Portland Prime. We had received an "anniversary" coupon, which we used and very much appreciated! Our only disappointment was that by 6:00pm when we arrived, they were already out of Prime Rib, which was what we had looked forward to! The rib eye steak was very good; but not prime rib.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Melt in Your Mouth Steaks
    Happy13
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    I am a real foodie and my Husband and I decided to spend our 23rd Anniversary celebrating at Portland Prime. We had never been there. We both had the petite filet. I can honestly say this is 1 of the 3 most flavorful steaks I have ever eaten. And Ruth Chris is NOT in my top 3!! This meat was out of sight good. I appreciated that it came with mashed potatoes and a few asparagus sprigs. Of course we ordered additional sides, but I would be dissappointed to get a beautiful steak and have it sitting all lonely on a plate, as is with most upscale meateries. Very romantic! Oh and nice selection of wines by the glass!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • LOVE IT!
    NM86
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    This was our first time at Portland Prime and it was AMAZING! The rib eye was on point! Everything was great, even the drinks! We had set reservations, but that wasn't needed on a Sunday evening as we got seated right away!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Experience could have been better
    martl3y
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The food was absolutely delicious! We ordered the crab dip, prime rib, and ribeye steak. I personally had the prime rib and thought it had great flavor. The crab dip made you want more it was so good. I felt like the food is what would make us eat there again, I personally did not appreciate the service. Our server would not come back to our table for 15 minutes at a time and it was quite frustrating at times, especially when we wanted to get our check.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dinner
    troubadourVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We had a great experience upon walking in the door. We were quickly and politely greeted. Our waiter was attentive and the steaks were excellent. The chocolate molten lava cake was incredible and the perfect end to a terrific dinner.
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  • We had a great time!
    Will52Melis
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Seafood and Lamb was cooked perfectly. We will return again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Luv2eat
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    We were seated promptly. Water and menus received. Bar order given and delivered in a very reasonable length of time. We ordered one salad to share, Ceasar salad brought to us on two plates and definitely was plenty for two and was very tasty. We also enjoyed the bread even if it was a bit garlicky. The main course arrived and was very good. The scallops were exceptional. Too full for dessert. Not a cheap meal but very good and the service was not only prompt but friendly so don't know why we saw complaints on-line unless some people are just very hard to please or maybe they have a new cook.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hello? We're here. Hello?
    OrdinaryAwesome
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Bottom line, the food was just decent, and the server was... Nice. As we arrived, we were absolutely neglected, with no host to greet us, or the other two small groups in the same boat. We were all wondering if anyone would come, and began to joke about it for over 5 minutes. The host showed up and explained they were "short-staffed" that evening. His manager was annoyed, when we commented about the short-staffing - he knew the host was not being honest. We sat. We waited. After 13 more minutes we were met by our server. She was nice, but overly chatty with every table, making others wait as she set random food down to just talk. Another 45 for food to arrive. Trying to leave? Keep waiting, you'll get your bill eventually.
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  • Great place
    umalola
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Thank you so much for making this a great Fathers Day fire my husband, he loved the place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    Steaklover
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Great food, very great Service (Walt). Had a great Jazz player and even bought his CD.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Great lunch menu, good service, and good food. They have really stepped it back up for lunch service, making it a great restaurant to go out to lunch with friends again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food and service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    the food and service were great! we will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good beef but...
    BicyclingfoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    If I'm going to have beef, I want a place that does it well. I expected better at Prime. I ordered the (last piece) prime rib - medium rare. The waitress checked to see whether the cut was medium rare - and assured me it was to temperature. 20 mins later our order came - the cut was 1) cold and 2) solidly medium. I sent it back and had to wait another 20 mins for my alternative - the filet. The filet was great. This problem could have been easily avoided. For a place that specializes in beef and charges a premium, I expected better. Also, for as many great bakeries as there are in Portland, I think Prime could find better bread. Just a thought. On a positive note, the service was prompt and courteous.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    BobS
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    The food was great and the service even better ! Bob
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely
    Judyestey
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We had a wonderful meal with a delightful server. We will go back again.
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    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • Disappointed
    FoodfanVIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Portland Prine has great service, wonderful atmosphere, and excellent location. The only thing lacking is the food. Our steaks were bland: they had no flavor. The bread comes with butter already drizzled over the top: an innovation we didn't care for. The Pen Cove oysters were the best part of the meal. I'm sorry to say we won't be visiting Portland Prine again, at least not for steak. At an average of $100 per person after tip, we expect a first class steak.
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  • Lunch was Great
    PdxEater
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Food was great not too much. Table person was attentive but not intrusive. Eating utensils were clean. Bathroom clean.
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    special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Oregon steak
    BeanieVIP
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Visiting Portland for the first time. Knew we should have steak at least once. Menu looked interesting, but other than that, had no expectations. Great find! Service was outstanding due to Laramie, our wonderful server. Food was delicious and perfectly cooked. Terrific meal, wonderful setting and fantastic service. A perfect dinner experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Pricey but nice
    babygrass
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Hello, this was our second visit, we had bought 2 groupons and was not disappointed. The prices are high, ex. my prime rib was $39 ala carte, the potato was extra at $8. The steak was wonderful and the potato was HUGE, my wife and I split the potato, in fact it could be a meal in itself. My wife had the seafood spaghetti, it was good very nicely but the sauce is thick, which is nice but there is a lot of it, the noodles where drowning in the sauce, it almost looked like a soup. Overall good food but would never eat there without a groupon, the bill would have been $84 for 2 dinners ala carte and 1 potato, one iced tea and water. Take Care, Rick
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Evening meal
    Becky
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    I love eating at Portland Prime. Everything about the restaurant is great!
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    Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well...
    Fellforthehype
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    It was not what I was hoping. I ordered the prime rib and it was not very thick. I was picturing the steak from the Gartners Meat commercial and what I got was not even close. It was big length wise but as far as thickness, 1/2 inch at best. I ordered medium rare and that's what I got. No flavor whatsoever and the gravy tasted like the packet of brown gravy $ix from the grocery store. I knew beforehand that it was a la carte but for a $42 steak that comes with absolutely nothing, it fell flat, literally and figuratively. My server was ok. I think Portland Prime is a dud as far as fine dining and is just a step above Applebees if we are being honest. Bottom line, stick with Ringside or Ruth's Chris.
    Special Features:
    Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    The restaurant was very clean. The food is way over priced for what you get. I had crab cakes, they were by far the worst I have ever been served in any restaurant and the risotto was so dense and thick it was beyond disappointing. If you charge $30 for 3 crab cakes they should have SOME crab in them and risotto shouldn't be stiff. If we had not had a Groupon I would have been totally upset. We spent $90 for a lunch that wasn't worth it. We appreciate Groupons because they give you the opportunity to try new places. Some times it works in your favor and sometimes not. This was not a pleasurable experience. We will not be returning or giving a favorable review if asked. The server was very nice.
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  • A generally good experience
    Dick
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Reservation process was easy. Service was top notch. The wedge salad was the highlight of our meal. Other courses were above average. The only drawback was being caught between the restaurant's ambient music and the kitchen music...which was too loud for diners seated nearby. This comment is made by a person with a hearing loss!
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food & service
    luv23VIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We were looking for a restaurant that had late hours and this one worked perfectly!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Out of the steak I wanted to order!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    I ended up having the short ribs which were good, but I resented that the waitress didn't tell us that they were out of something as they were telling us about the special. When I made that comment to her, she said, "Most people don't have that anyway, so why bother?" Very annoying. It was very expensive and parking was hard to find. I doubt we'll ever go again as there are wonderful places closer to home, but the vintage hotel that houses it was wonderful and worth ust going to see their lobby!! Embassy suites, downton Portland.
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    notable wine list, special occasion
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  • tasty
    occasion
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Really good food, our server Patty was great. We were there on a groupon and would return on a groupon, otherwise it seemed a bit pricey and would not return otherwise.
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    special occasion
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  • First Impressions
    diningnpdx
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Reservations were easy with online selection and conformation. Bar was energetic with flat screen viewing of sports and comfortable seating at the bar or tables. Dining room was elegant and comfortable. The table was beautifully placed with all of the stemware and silverware that is need for any romantic occasion. The waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu and wine list as well as attentive to our requests. The food was served quickly, extremely delicious and well portioned.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, late-night find, notable wine list, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Portland Prime
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Great food, seemed to be out of quite a few drink options both wine and beer from what we heard as well as overhearing others. Steaks were cooked to perfection and the sides were well-prepared too. Would recommend to anyone who wants something other than Ruth's Chris or Portland Steak & Chop.
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    special occasion, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious food
    Shine
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    I had a groupon I had to redeem for dinner only I came in during lunch the gal was nice enough to let us use it during lunch by ordering off the dinner menu. Crab cakes were amazing! My boyfriend had chicken Marsala. Lunch menu was reasonable so even without groupon I'll definitely come back for lunch
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    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK but not great
    JFKNM
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    The food here is very good. What I find odd is it seems like a steak house on the down swing. There are a bunch of caged wine holders that have no wine in them and locks. You need a code to enter the bathroom, I thought was strange for a "nice" place. The food is very good, but on the top end of what it could command for the price. I would not say don't go, but I would not recommend this.
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  • Dissatisfied
    dissat
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    For the cost of dining at your restaurant the service should be excellent as well as the food. It not only was not but it was terrible! Misty was our waitress - she had trouble taking our very simple order, got it wrong and didn't even know what was in the middle of the shrimp scampi which for $16.00 was just was skimpy! I would not recommend this place to anyone - there are many fine dining places to choose from.
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  • Excellent Everything
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    We enjoyed excellent food, service, and ambiance. Could not have asked for anything more.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.