Quiessence Restaurant & Wine Bar
Quiessence Restaurant & Wine Bar

Quiessence Restaurant & Wine Bar

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.qatthefarm.com/
  • Phone: 6022760601x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday through Saturday 5 pm until close.

    Due to operational changes, Quiessence and Morning Glory Gift Certificates issued prior to June 1, 2013 will not be honored. Please refer to the Manager for refund instructions.
    We apologize for any inconvenience.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Dustin Christofolo
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: We can accommodate groups between 20 and 75 guests. For a truly unique "farm to table" experience, please contact our event coordinator for the private event menus. You may also email info@qatthefarm.com for more information.
  • Private Party Contact: Alison Sponberg 6022760601x
  • Special Events: Visit our website for information on upcoming events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 32nd Street & Southern Avenue
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Enter The Farm at South Mountain at 6106 S. 32nd Street and drive two-tenths of a mile down the lane to the parking lot. Park your car and follow the signs to the Quiessence entrance.
A word from Quiessence Restaurant & Wine Bar
Quiessence received 4.5 stars from Arizona Republic Food Critic Howard Seftel!!!

Zagat says, "Set in a historic home with a warm country feel", this "romantic" South Phoenix "gem" matches its "magical location" with an American menu based on "local, sustainable, handcrafted" ingredients and a "deep" wine list; "impeccable service" and a "calming" ambiance.

Quiessence at The Farm delivers a truly "farm-to-table" experience using locally sourced produce, meat and wine, to create a refined rustic menu.

Tucked away in The Farm at South Mountain with a unique indoor and award-winning outdoor dining, Quiessence delivers farm-focused and uncomplicated cuisine; a delight of cheeses, artisan breads, handcrafted pastas and local produce.

The American and Arizonan wine list is accompanied by an international reserve list designed to pair with the balance of the cuisine.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Quiessence Restaurant & Wine Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
44 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.8
  • Food4.7
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelQuiet
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (36)special occasion (36)fit for foodies (32)great for outdoor dining (20)neighborhood gem (18)scenic view (15)notable wine list (15)late-night find (2)hot spot (1)good for groups (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The food was good but not great. Table ok but with 7 empty tables in a room of 8 tables they sat us right inside the door😖
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Best
    DiningFananticVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Another fabulous meal! This is now our favorite restaurant in The Valley. I don’t think there is another restaurant in town that is delivering the food quality and experience that you will find at Quiessence.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    An absolutely lovely dinner. Had the shaved melon salad and potato gnocchi. All very well prepared. Chocolate hazelnut pie for dessert. Exceptional food, service and setting. Doesn't get any better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing
    2peasinapod
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My husband and I sought out the most romantic authentic restaurant we could find in Phoenix... and we accomplished it! We had the most amazing, romantic and enjoyable evening. The food was so fresh and different, the wine was to die for, the service was impeccable. Connecticut needs a place like this!! Will cherish the evening in our memories as well as the great picture we took in front of the fireplace.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fresh and flavorful
    Collinsinaz
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Quiessence is the dinner restaurant of The Farm at South Mountain, and the secret ingredient is the freshness of the food grown on site. The menu has inventive combinations, and the dishes were outstanding. The staff was friendly and professional. It is our new destination restaurant for entertaining out-of-town guests and for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Aniversary Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had some trouble with the Lamb dish. It just tasted like pot roast. The appetizers were great, portions were small if you are a big man like myself. Everyone wished us a happy anniversary. Kind of disappointed they did not recognize it in other ways. Service was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A LOVELY EXPERIENCE
    grtmealVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    THE ATMOSPHERE, DECOR AND FOOD WERE ALL GREAT. A LITTLE PRICEY BUT GREAT FOR ANY SPECIAL OR ROMANTIC OCCASION.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Another wonderful evening at Quiessence! The food and the service is spectacular!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiessence
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    A must visit. One of the best I've ever been to. A culinary masterpiece. The flavor combinations were phenomenal! The presentation was so impeccable you didn't want to eat it and mess it up. Service was terrific. Not for children.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for Special Occassions
    trajan
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food was quite good and on par with its peers, i particularly liked the duck breast. The location and setting felt unique for the area Phoenix. The sound/noise level varied -- i found it low to moderate on a slow night, but expect it would be quite loud when fully booked. Overall it was a nice evening out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Anniversary
    Leslie417
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    When the chef changed, we were skeptical that our favorite restaurant would remain the equisite dining experience it had been; however, Chef Dustin created such a culinary delight that we believe he may have surpassed what we experienced in the past. We ate the sampling menu with wine pairings, and each course was superb! Our service was impeccable! We will be returning soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great find!
    Peter
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    GREAT choice. Wonderful food (we did the 6-course tasting menu, mine with the wine pairing) and we were made to feel welcome from the time we walked up to the maître d'. Serve staff was friendly, attentive and not at all overbearing and answered all our food and wine questions with knowledge. And the food - YES, the food. Simple, no pretentious sauces here; fresh, especially the on-the-spot-grown produce; cheeses and meats were likewise well-matched and delicious. Wine pairings were very appropriate,using Arizona and imported wines. A little pricey, but certainly not more than one would pay for similar food and service elsewhere. We want to come back; also want to try the Morning Glory Cafe once they open for the outdoor dining season.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Tops in Phoenix
    MAMc
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This is clearly one of my top ten dining experiences, ever. Everything you could rate a restaurant on was exceptional. The service, setting, and food was an amazing collection of the output of some very talented people. The quality and freshness of everything that was plated was every bit as good as my last experience at Binkley's (my other top ten experience that is located in Phoenix area). The six courses were delicious and the service outstanding. A short drive from downtown to the Farm at South Mountain is a must for anyone that calls themselves a 'foodie'. Outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing!!!
    enjoylife
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    This restaurant is a true local gem. Amazing farm to table menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • New Orleans Native loved it
    NewOrleansfoodlady
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Quiessence is an absolutely wonderful hidden treasure in Phoenix. Foodies will love it. All of the courses we had at dinner each had special taste treats. The wait staff new their menu and were excited to talk about it. They told us about the history of The Farm. The host and the wait staff can by to check n us and each member brought conversation, tips for our trip and a wonderful down home feeling.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow!
    seekinggoodeatsAZ
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Best tasting food we have had in years. The fresh foods used in all of the menu items here made every part of the meal amazing. We did the tasting menu and were incredibly grateful to have done so as it allowed us to try to many fresh tasting dishes here. Truly a unique experience. Excellent service and venue as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not worth the cost
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Food ok but not outstanding. Noise high. Ambience poor. Wine prices good.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect! Simply Perfect!
    jpwood1969
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I will be coming back, Wonderful friendly staff. quite romantic atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Too good.
    skierman
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Best meal I've had in years. Everything is made fresh, even the butter was a freshly made infused spread. I don't remember the details but our server broke it down for us. The amount of thought and preparation that goes into every element of the dining experience is unparalleled thus far.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • foodlover
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    As always, my Quiessence experience was fabulous. I love to dine there and will continue to do so. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • fantstic hideaway
    darcan124
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Everything from the venue to the ambience, the knowledgable and attentive wait staff, the fresh ingredients and their artistic preparation made the dining experience a memorable and fabulous one. I will forever thank my sister and brother-in-law for giving us a gift certificate for Quiessence, and we will definitely be back after the summer break and will be giving a gift certificate to our best friends. We feel as if we discovered a tucked-away gold mine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Restaurant
    DiningFananticVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    My wife and I haven’t been this excited about a restaurant in a long time. We dined there about a month ago and again two nights ago; this was our second visit since the chef change over. The “old” Quiessence was great, but the “new” Quiessence is even better. You can see and taste the kitchen team’s passion in their offerings. The dishes are original, the plating is magnificent and the food quality/taste is superb. The food is allowed to speak for itself, without being overly fussed or gratuitously seasoned. Quiessence is truly creating some of the finest food in Arizona. We can’t wait for them to reopen after their summer hiatus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vegangirl
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Outstanding, fresh, farm-to-table food prepared with great skill and consciousness. Fantastic, personable, not rote service. An outstanding experience overall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Five Stars!
    Foodie
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We went to Quiessence to celebrate my husband's birthday. We absolutely loved the food, dessert and drinks. Everything was delicious and the service was great, but the formage board was our favorite! This place is a little pricey, but it's really worth it! We can't wait to go back. Thank you to the manager, Jay Yada, who treated us so well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food/Cost
    FredVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Food was very good but very expensive considering portion size. Very limited choice in wines by the glass. Very limited number of entrees. Atmosphere is outstanding. Pretty location.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great special occasion
    Decatur
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Beautiful urban garden. Brought world traveling friends who loved the ambience and delicious farm to table food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiessence Rest&Wine Bar - a Treat!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Fabulous as always! Thanks for a great dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.9
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.7
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 908 reviews are from the Quiessence Restaurant & Wine Bar reviews archive.
  • Quiessence
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Excellent as always. Food is always unique and wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful
    Boca
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Took our first trip to Quiessence for an anniversary celebration. The ambience was perfect; the staff were wonderful; the food was outstanding and the wine excellent. Best restaurant experience in greater Phoenix if you are looking for a well thought out, quiet celebration.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing tasting menu
    georgi
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    With the exception of a wonderful charcuterie platter for the table that was sensational the remaining dishes were very average and nothing special. When your spending more than $100 a person ( including wine ) I believe the meal should be memorable. I recently enjoyed the tasting menu at Gramercy Tavern in NYC. While it was more expensive I am still remembering the tastes and flavors .I arranged specifically to come into Phoenix to dine here. Unfortunately, it was not worth the effort.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unexpected Find
    chuckVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    We were stuck in Phoenix due to a late connecting flight. Open Table pointed us to Quiessence at the "Farm". We had the six course dinner with the wine pairings. It was a lot of wine. The Chef was going to show us his complete culinary skill set in one meal. The Gnocchi with Pork, was FANTASTIC. A complete meal by itself. The opening courses outshone the main course. Dessert was AWESOME. Great venue and a must if you have plenty of time and $$$$$.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Almost perfect, but...
    AJ1Eats
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    It would have been much easier to write this review and it would have gotten 5 stars had Quiessence also nailed the protein - the halibut was overcooked and the steak could have been more tender with less connective tissue. For the price, this course should have been the star, but the charcuterie board, salad and pasta dishes were truly outstanding. I also must warn that the six course menu, "tasting" has fairly generous portions - only a bad thing if you like to finish your plate every course. The wait staff was courteous, knowledgable and energetic. I appreciated being seated on the patio as the outdoor setting in the lush garden was quite romantic and very peaceful.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything and more
    Happy2go
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    This is the place to go to really experience food. We did the seasonal tasting menu. In selecting it, we tasted so many wonderful combinations of foods new to us! The chef was able to modify the selections to our requests which was wonderful. Pricey to be sure but well worth the cost!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special Occasion/Romantic
    romanticdinning
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    I wanted to take my for her birthday to a romantic spot, but not only was it romantic but the service, online reservations, food and setting was amazing! Definitely recommend this place for all occasions!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Green, Beautiful, Yummy!
    PALMHAUS
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    This was my first trip to Quiessence and I absolutely loved it, even before I got the food! The setting is very romantic. Surrounded by a lot of lush green plants and blooming flowers I felt, for a few hours, like I wasn't in the desert. They have a unique specialty drink menu, a great staff and the food was delicious! And after eating every ounce of the tasting menu, I didn't feel guilty because all the food was made with fresh ingredients most of which they grow onsite. I will go back every chance I get.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We had the six course dinner with the wine selections. We found it quite good. Enough so that we would return and recommend to our friends. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great ambience great food
    jess
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Very beautiful place with great tasting and fresh food. Service was amazing too.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the best experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Sat on back porch (lacking any kind of ambiance) next to a table w/children. On a normal casual night that would have been fine, but on a special night not so much. Not a place to take your children when other tables are out for a much needed romantic dinner! Our experience would have been much lovelier on the front porch, unfortunate for our visit. We made a reservation, but did not know to ask or wait for a better spot
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Date Place!
    Connie
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We had dinner friday night and requested a patio table. It was a perfect evening, with a view of the "front yard" with flowers, trees and great birdsong. We had the seasonal tasting menu, with 6 courses. The portions were an appropriate size--we did not feel too stuffed! Some courses we were served the same, but others we each had something different so we were able to taste many different things. We started with a cheese plate, carpaccio, a soup, and a wonderful salad with fiddlehead ferns. The potato gnocchi was some of the best I have ever eaten. We then had the halibut and New York strip. Dessert and a latte rounded out the evening. I will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a meal I'll treasure
    Kensingtonian
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    I had the chef tasting with wine pairings. The waitress confidently explained the process and what I could expected. They were happy to customize the menu to accommodate my vegetarianism and a food allergy. Everything was delicious and presented beautifully. The wines truly suited each dish and the waitress was friendly and attentive without being overly familiar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet