Prepkitchen - Little Italy
Prepkitchen - Little Italy

Prepkitchen - Little Italy

  • Dining Style: Home Style
  • Website: http://www.prepkitchen.com/
  • Phone: 6193988383x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch -- Monday Through Friday 1130am-3pm
    Brunch -- Saturday & Sunday 10am-3pm
    Sunset Menu Daily --- 3pm-5pm
    Dinner Daily -- 5pm-10pm
    Happy Hour Daily 3pm-7pm & Late Night Thursday - Sunday 10pm-11pm (Bar and Lounge Only)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Ryan Johnston
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: We have a private dining room that fits up to 28 people. If interested in more information please email events@wnlhosp.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Date & India
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Prepkitchen - Little Italy
The newest location to the Prepkitchen family, Prepkitchen Little Italy sits on the corner of India & Date Street in San Diego’s historic Little Italy. The second-story dining room boasts views of the city’s busy streets and local farmer’s market on Saturday mornings. Named one of San Diego’s “Best Restaurants” in 2012 by San Diego Magazine’s food critic, Troy Johnson, Prepkitchen Little Italy serves artisanal, farm-to-table cuisine in a fun & sociable environment and is the only Prepkitchen restaurant to offer a full-service bar.
Happy hour is offered daily, where guests can enjoy a selection of award-winning $4 tapas, $5 glasses of sangria or $20 pitchers, $8 signature and handcrafted cocktails, as well as 25% off all bottles of wine.
Prepkitchen Little Italy is open for lunch and dinner daily, as well as brunch on the weekends, which includes happy hour priced mimosas, $1 coffee and welcoming scone bar.
You can also visit Prepkitchen in La Jolla & Del Mar.
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Prepkitchen - Little Italy reviews from OpenTable diners
139 reviews since April 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (89)neighborhood gem (78)hot spot (48)special occasion (41)vibrant bar scene (41)good for groups (40)great for brunch (33)great for lunch (26)romantic (25)scenic view (22)notable wine list (16)late-night find (15)kid-friendly (3)great for outdoor dining (3)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I went here with a long time friend. Service was a bit uneven at the start (need a minute tended to stretch into 5+), but our server was quite good with us. Starters were very strong. The bacon wrapped dates are outstanding as was the ahi crudo (the former one for heavy appetites; the latter for those wanting a light touch). My friend's short ribs were outstanding. Unfortunately, the tagliatelle was a bit thick and so was grainy in its texture. The bologonese that accompanied it was delicious Looks like a good wine list. I started with a glass of Albariño and finished with Pape Rocks (a California Rhone style blend--try it if you like Chateauneuf de Pape).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food/service was amazing
    Matt
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Had dinner with friends at PK (Prepkitchen) this weekend. Joe was our server and he was very attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. The overall ambience is lively but still allowed for our group to have a nice conversation without yelling at each other. Def worth checking out. Ask for Joe.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food and service
    vegasbill
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Our return to the Prep Kitchen was as enjoyable as the initial experience. The food was tasty and the service was both pleasant and appropriately efficient. The decor is interesting, maybe shabby chic or maybe funky. Either way it is unique and pleasant. We took advantage of the "early bird" special, a three course meal with your order in before 6:30 for $35. My mixed green salad with a variety of cheese, nuts and fruit in it was excellent and my wife enjoyed the tomato and watermelon gazpacho. Roast chicken and salmon main courses were also good. The desserts, chocolate budino with salted caramel ice cream and a stone fruit tart were excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I might try it again.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food was good, but not necessarily a good value. Yes, pasta made fresh, but $21 for a plate of pasta and meat sauce (bolognese) is not a draw for me. The corkage fee is excessive - $20. Why? Because I only bring very special wines to a restaurant; ones that 99% of restaurants would not be able to obtain or would not have available. It is not to avoid paying for wine. Besides, we consumed both cocktails and champagne here. Location is challenging on a weekend. Little Italy is woefully lacking in available parking. Take a taxi, Uber, or Lyft.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I hadn't visited this location before. The food was great and the service was impeccable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • gem in little italy
    aguitars
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    had a great meal. starters were fun and delicious, unexpected combinations that were wonderful. main course was the short rib and it conjured up childhood memories of comfort food that mom used to make but with a foodie touch. cocktails were fun and fresh, beer selection was out of the ordinary craft styles. desert was the bread pudding and i'm glad we decided to splurge the calories for it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go to Prepkitchen
    bienvert
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Prepkitchen offers great drinks and amazing, local, fresh, and organic dishes that are carefully crafted by the bartenders and cooks there. Make a reservation. It's well-worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    SecondTimeVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had several small plates to share and each of them was amazing! Warning: don't let the bacon wrapped dates fool you. They are mind blowing GOOD, very rich, and very filling. I really think they should be on the desert menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good time at Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Came here after Farmers market for Brunch with out of town guests. Food was good. i especially liked that you can order just 1 piece of French toast which is perfect size for someone who is not that hungry. The service was quick and the decor of the place is really nice.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will come back.
    Kgkimmitt
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Outstanding food combinations and flavors. Salads were balanced and interesting, and the deserts are described as sin, past venial I suspect they were so good. Gelato that was close to the best we had in Rome. And they worked hard to accommodate my wife's food allergies, but with fixed menus choices were limited there. Overall, a wonderful experience we hope to have again in the future. Prices were reasonable for what we received.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Prep Kitchen
    roseyusc
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Don't sleep on Prep Kitchen. While Ironside seems to be getting all the attention Prep Kitchen still has been food for similar prices. Plus the upstairs seating provides for better views of Little Italy. Still get the "foodie" experience but without the attitude. Service was excellent and the food is always good with a menu that is constantly rotating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lip-Smacking Deliciousness!
    Ghost47
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We ate here on a hot and humid Saturday night in San Diego. It was a bit warm in the restaurant but the windows were open so it wasn't stifling. Thankfully, the waitress set down some refreshing lemon-cucumber water...yes spa water! Apparently, some people aren't fans but it really hit the spot. I ordered two, cold appetizers: Suzie's Farm Greens & Stone Fruit Salad which had House-Made Ricotta, Pancetta, Candied Pecans & Burnt Peach Vinaigrette and Albacore Crudo with Nepitella & Thyme Compressed Watermelon, Lemon, Micro Celery & Chili Oil. Both were heavenly! Flavors were subtle at first, then exploded on my tongue. I chased it down with a white sangria which was good but the red sangria was outstanding! I highly recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great date place
    KinLI
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I like the food, ambience is great and the view can't be beat overlooking india street. The hostess staff and most of service staff are very friendly and welcoming.. some of the servers/bar tenders have a bit of an attitude, not necessary.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Showing off San Diego
    MMMMMM
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We had family in town for Comic Con and wanted to find something not too far from Downtown but not in the middle of the craziness. Prepkitchen Little Italy was a delicious option. Each item ordered was enjoyed. A pitcher of Sangria was shared. The ambiance is contemporary and charming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch
    Erindelish
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Best darn tuna melt I have had in my entire life. I am not exaggerating. My date and I split our dishes and I also had the meatloaf sandwich. The meatloaf sandwich was terrific, but we both agreed that the tuna was amazing. Good microbrew selection. The hostess did an excellent job and was friendly and checked in our our table periodically which helped to make up for the fact that our server wasn't exactly charismatic, nor the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing!
    darlindVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    My new SD favorite. The decor and specialty cocktail list stole the show.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • foodmomVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    awesome. love the service. love the food and the menu. will definitely be back
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great meal!
    Jack
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Fresh ingredients expertly prepared in the heart of Little Italy make this restaraunt a hit. The service is friendly. Everyone seems to be having fun. Will definitely return
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A definite do-over
    yumm
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Our first trip here and it exceeded our expectations! everything was delish from the squash blossoms to the flatbread. Good cocktails too. Looking forward to our next visit here. Very friendly, helpful wait staff too. loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One tasty experience
    iZenDiegoVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    My business dinner was handled expertly by the wait staff and the kitchen prepared up some delicious dishes. We were seated promptly, our waitress was backed up by hosts, hostess and buss boys superbly. Drinks were prompt, appetizers were given plenty of time to leisurely consume without the feeling of being rushed. The homemade charcuterie was full of delightful tastes and textures. Dinner only came out after we were ready to eat (not forced out because it was ready). The Yellowfin fish special was delicious and cooked to perfection as was the flat-iron steak. Short ribs melted. Overall the experience and restaurant was appreciated both by myself and my dinner guests. Kudos overall
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome restaurant!
    FoodieSD2014
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    This is an amazing gem of a restaurant here in Little Italy. Menu offers a variety of different choices from seafood, pastas, meat, and salads. Its well rounded out with a selection of small plates for sharing or larger entrees if you have a larger appetite. Being located on the 2nd floor of a corner building in the heart of Little Italy offers great views!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Doing it Right
    Seluzak
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Prepkitchen Little Italy is a restaurant others should look up to. Aside from the apparently ever-changing menu with well-conceived dishes prepared to perfection, their level of customer service it a cut above the rest. You don't see this high level of service anymore; their attention to detail, friendliness, providing additional dishes on the house as a "welcome" dish and as an apology for the main course taking longer than they would like. Suffice it to say we were well taken care of, and left happy and impressed. Well done, Prepkitchen. Well done, indeed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wasn't sure what to expect.....
    JoeV
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    .. But based on all the recommendations I received, chose Prep Kitchen for a dinner out with friends.. And what a great choice it was! We were lucky enough to get there before 6:30pm so not only did we get the advantage of the meters ending their tolls, but we got in on the early prix-fit for $35 of appetizer, entree & dessert. The tempura beans & stuffed dates wrapped in bacon rocked. All the food choices were great, along w/ the sangria.. The chocolate dessert w/Carmel salted gelato was a great ending.. And SUPERB service. I would definitely eat here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Place for Fun
    JellyBean
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Great Little Italy place if you do not want Italian. Great food and nice bar scene. A little noisy but does create a scene for fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Memorable evening
    Michelle
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Girls night out...everything was perfect...service impeccable, but not overbearing...food was beyond expectation
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Glam and delicious
    Tera
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Contemporary, simple and delicious food! Paired perfectly with the right type of cocktails and wine. Perfect spot for an evening with friends or a romantic outing! Love it, hope to be back soon.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, average service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The farm to table food was well prepared. The steak was tender & flavorful, beet salad with avocado was excellent and bacon wrapped dates yummy. No problem finding something on the menu or cocktail list you'll enjoy The service was marginal for a place like this. The bartender was efficient but distracted talking to his regulars. While the conversation was entertaining, it wasn't professional. Forks on the table had food on them and needed to be returned. The sever forgot a drink order and then never to come check on us after the food was delivered. The hostesses were very efficient so that was a plus. Maybe we just had a bad night but I'd expect more on a Saturday @ 8 pm. It's worth a try as the food was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food in Little Italy
    Ladythatdines
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The food was good and our server was great and made some suggestions that were delicious. I was disappointed of the location of our table. What is the point of making a reservation when you receive a lousy table.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food. Stingy bar.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I come here often because the food is that good. And every once in a while I want a scotch with dinner. On more than one occasion I've had a 'friendly' talk with the bartender who metes out liquor like it's liquid gold. A normal pour should give you a satisfying amount of time to sip and savor. But these measly portions (at $18 each) are infuriating. Here's some math: Wine carries a 2x markup. But at $18, Prep Kitchen scotch carries a 4x markup. Stop insulting me.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little Italy experience
    carole
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Food was very good...my husband and I shared the rare ahi appetizer special, cured meats & cheese board, caesar salad and seared ahi special for dinner and enjoyed all of it. The service was very friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy!
    PeggyMacSD
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Great food and good service. Our server (wish I could remember her name) was so charming and helpful that we wished we could have had her dine with us. I clumsily spilled my wine and she, along with three others, literally leaped to our assistance. She even brought us a little carafe to replace the spilled portion! Nice location, we'll be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luv2eat
    luv2eat
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Was a delicious food/eating experience. the service was wonderful. Was a great place to spend enjoying our Anniversary.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappoints
    PembVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Another fabulous meal at PKLI. Starters of sushi, tartar and cheese board followed by bolognaise, short ribs and pork special. The short ribs probably my fav. Salted Carmel ice cream and gooey chocolate cake for sharing with a cheeky wee port to finish off..amazingly fabulous. Service was top notch, in my top 3 favorite places in San Diego.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fathers Day Brunch
    Steven
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Celebrated a belated Fathers Day and had a great time. Food was excellent. Service was spot on. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • my wife loved it
    marco
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    it was a group lunch with co-workers will try it again next
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A warm family dinner
    nerdappeal
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Great place to celebrate college graduation and Father's Day. Intimate. Great food. The appetizers were the stars of the evening. Loved the bacon wrapped dates. The cutting board had a wonderful variety of things to nibble on and was big enough for 7 of us to share. Our waitress was really sweet and brought us a plate of beef tartare on the house. Very nice!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Emptynester
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The service, prompt and friendly. The entire family ages 17-84 loved the food. No one complained, because they were all busy savoring the appetizers. That was all our party of 8 ordered. Appetizers! We had plenty to eat sharing and tasting all their yummy appetizers. Will go and visit again soon!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!!
    Merty
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We love Prep Kitchen!! It is a favorite and have eaten here a dozen times or more. The food is quite good but the service is great and a lot of fun!! The servers are the best!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My favorite brunch place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The salmon Egg Benedict and the mussel were both delicious. And of course the pastry bar always has yummy pastries. Love it
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best HH Surprise
    Monique
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    I decided to pick this place to join a few of my girlfriends for a quick birthday happy hour and dinner at a new spot that we never been to. Let me go on record to say this was the best idea I came up with. We decided to get one of everything on the happy hour appetizer menu and we were not disappointed. Our waitress Natalie was extremely knowledgable and helpful the entire night. Letting us know how amazing the food was and made the experience more than we imagined. The pork belly appetizer was out of this world. And the patatas bravas I could eat all day everyday ! Don't lose your touch. This place is going to be around for a long time. Thank you Natalie for such great service and the food - we top our hats off to the chefs.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate