Raphael
Raphael

Raphael

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.raphaelonventura.com/
  • Phone: 8185053337
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner:
    Tuesday-Thursday and Sunday, first seating at 5:30pm, last at 8:45pm
    Friday and Saturday, first seating at 5:30pm, last at 9:45pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: International, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Colfax Avenue
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Curbside valet available immediately outside the restaurant.
A word from Raphael
Raphael is a family-owned casual fine dining restaurant in the heart of Studio City. Raphael aims to provide Studio City with a dining experience unlike any other in the area, as can be seen from its casually luxurious and elegant décor and attention to detail.

The full small plates menu is also available in our lounge, where Mixologist Chris Parke creates one-of-a-kind cocktails highlighting fresh juices and herbs. In addition to full bar, we also have an extensive wine list with a diverse selection of wines by the glass.
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Raphael reviews from OpenTable diners
36 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (21)fit for foodies (20)romantic (18)neighborhood gem (14)notable wine list (13)good for groups (11)vibrant bar scene (6)late-night find (5)great for outdoor dining (4)hot spot (4)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Delicious!
    Quinn
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Unique dishes made with care. Lovely presentation and absolutely delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food & fun dining experience
    RPDR
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The menu was terrific for "Dine-LA" as they offered most everything they had on their regular menu. Small plates specialty so four people shared all the dishes which made the evening even more interesting. Highly recommend and ask for table #38.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The food is incredibly good but the service was poor.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Armineats
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I have eaten here about 3 times before and brought some friends this time. The food took SO long to come out that my friends were getting cranky. With our dinela meal (which wasn't too much food) and just one bottle of wine to share with 6 people, our bill came to about $70 per person. I felt so bad because my friends said, "With that money we could've gotten a nice steak and at least 2 glasses of wine somewhere else." I felt responsible for bringing them. If the food came out in a timely manner, perhaps it wouldn't be as bad. Also, they had run out of everything we wanted to order!! And it was only 8:00!!! The jazz was too loud in the bar area that carried over to the dining area. Our server was such a sweetheart though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceptional Cuisine
    TaraVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Fantastically prepared dishes by a superbly trained chef...the Brussels sprouts are best ever, with a slight hit of lime for acid; the pork belly is tender inside and crisp outside - amazing; the kampachi sashimi is fresh and flavorful with a hint of citrus; the chicken and steak are prepared sous vide - so incredibly moist and tender. Seriously, this is west-side chef talent in the valley...only complaint is the 80s decor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • VeroG
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We went for dine LA. The food was very good, the brussel sprouts incredible! The waiter, although very nice and knowlogeble, could have used some help.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing restaurant
    wineanddine
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We have been here quite a few times and have never been disappointed, in fact it seems to constantly improve. The service is excellent, great wine list and good bar. The four of us each ordered something different from the tasting menu and shared all of it. Everything was really good, especially the truffle risotto, Brussels sprouts, carrots and desserts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We'll definitely return to Raphael!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This was our first time eating there and from the minute we walked into the beautifully decorated dining room we were treated wonderfully. We asked for a table that with more light and were seated at a lovely table by the window. Our waiter gave us a great overview of everything of the menu and we chose 6 dishes that sounded eat. From the cheese course to the brussels sprouts to the loup de mer every dish was excellent and the brussels were the best we've ever had. Service was excellent. The bar was backed up and our 2nd glasses of wine came la bit ate, so they were comped on the bill- very nice. What a wonderful, fun and classy find close to home in the valley. We will be back again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DINE LA
    elainejVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE FOR DINE LA. FOUR COURSES TO SHARE OR DINE ALONE. FROM THE CRISPY BRUSSEL SPROUTS TO THE BANANA BREAD PUDDING, SHEER PERFECTION.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Try the 48-hour steak!
    DarstcoachVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Yummy! While all of their entrees are lovely, if you like beef, try the 48-hour steak. Not a big portion, but it was delicious!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Interesting, but...
    bayridgekid
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The dishes were creative but I was not overly impressed with anything that we had. It was also odd that the chef came out frequently to chat with all the other diners about the dishes, some more than once --regulars, maybe? -- but did not come to our table. It was an interesting dinner but I would not go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a great find
    mathiasg16
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I picked this spot to take my wife out for our anniversary and we were not displeased at all. The food was fantastic, even though we ordered something I don't think I would order again, but that is because of my own tastes. My wife loved it! The service was awesome, our waiter was very friendly, always came by to chat with us for a moment or two and definitely knew his stuff. They were even cool about me bringing in some flowers early to have them delivered to our table as a surprise to my wife. She had no idea! We will definitely be going back there and will be bringing some friends as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good if not a foodie. Great wine.
    Bahbiegirl
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We went there with a coupon for wine and cheese. The glass of wine was excellent. The cheese was great quality, but the bread they use is buttered. In my opinion, buttered toasted bread with my brie is a bit of overkill. My companions thought the same. Roasted Cauliflower- good, but nothing to write home about. And the sauce was thisclose to being just mayonnaise. We all agreed the 48 hour rib steak was excellent- if it hadn't been as salty as it was. The panna cotta dessert was delicious paired with a juicy red. The oysters are okay-to-good; but I am from Seattle and used to fresh-caught so I am a bit of a snob. The other people in my party liked them a lot.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • sotojo
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    great place- we were there on a sunday so it was quiet- nice menu beautifully done would definitely go back
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great for a night out!!!
    Cheddars
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    It was a lovely time for parents wanting a mellow place with excellent service and amazing food and wines!! It was a perfect evening!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Repeatedly receive poor service
    ToniVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The food is pretty good for the most part. Thats why we keep going back. Been there about 5-6 times. However, every time we go, the service is poor. The place can be pretty much empty, and the host, servers, and bartenders are all standing around talking with each other, rather than paying attention to our needs. And we over hear some of the conversation between the staff that is highly inappropriate. I should record it next time, its unbelievable. As a former restaurant manager, I would fire the entire front of the house staff, and just keep the chef. Kudos to the chef on the Lobster Risotto and Watermelon Steak.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Meh. It's a restaurant.
    Bobby69
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    But don't expect something really remarkable memorable. I mean, it's passable. But it just feels like a place that will disappear soon and become something else. But the people were nice.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great scene mediocre food.
    BKEHOE
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We'll priced but I found the food to be bland. I was really looking forward to the chicken mole and was really let down. I go hunting twice a year for the best White tail around the West Coast. The venison tartare that we had tasted was horrible. The fresh color wasn't there and the texture was nasty, almost like Vienna sausage paste. If it ever existed. Again good resturant mediocre food for the vibe this place is trying to achieve.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful food, amazing drinks
    Lumina
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    This is truly a gem. Excellent, very innovative food, and amazing cocktails & wines. Very unique dishes!! Great for groups of 5-10 people who want an unforgettable night out but also a place to talk... I was amazed that the prices were not too high.. Will certainly go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely dining experience.
    Neighborhood4Dining
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Very nice atmosphere. Food was delicious. Only complaint was there are no salads on the menu. Otherwise, we enjoyed the experience and will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time Visit
    TLofLA
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Great place to go if you want good food and service, but don't have time to book far in advance. We ordered a lot and shared dishes as our server recommended, which I too would recommend. All was tasty. For me though, the decor while fancy was not quite working. The upholstery felt like it was trying to be uber modern yesterday, but not quite today. They have beautiful stone lit panels throughout that really need colors and materials to complement them. We were a group concerned with food, service and conversation though, so this worked well. Also tables are not on top of each other which allowed for a private meal. We were there at 7pm on a saturday. Not sure what it is like later, but for us it was pleasant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 15 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 555 reviews are from the Raphael reviews archive.
  • Great Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    My wife and I went early and had the place seemingly to ourselves for a long while - the layout of the restaurant makes it feel like you are all alone even when the place is still 1/2 full. Nice selection of small plates to share though a little heavily slanted towards meat dishes. We'll be going back but only for special occasions - two of us w/o alcohol spent a little over $140 with a tip for the very friendly waitstaff Tom
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • MsVirg
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    The menu is confusing. Some of the food items are dry. Small plates to share but very small. Gnocchi was not made with pasta. The tempora chichen was fried and heated over. Tasty but not what was expected. The choclate cake was dry.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What an experience!
    Holy
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    From the moment we walked in we new this was going to be special. Not only was the food superb, the staff was welcoming attentive and warm throught the whole experience. 7 courses with paired wines, everything unique and tastie.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch service needs work
    medjsloan
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Stick to dinner. Brunch was disappointing. They need to work on a more knowledgeable staff regarding food ingredients and prep work. Desert was brought out before main course. Check was delivered to a mom on Mother's Day, which I found lacking in thought. Plus 2+ hours from sit down to check being delivered. Normally love, but today it was very disappointing.
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  • Mothers Day delight
    MichaelGVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The special Mothers Day brunch was delightful. My wife had brioche French toast and I has grilled salmon. Both were done to perfection. Could not resist the banana bread pudding for dessert. Try it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great little gem
    BDH514
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    tapas style. small plates, so perfect for sharing as they arrive. nothing arrives at the same time, so realy easy to enjoy a bite (or two) of whatever someone else ordered. food was generally excellent. brussel sprouts were great. smoked cauliflower was amazing. the ragout was fantastic. no complaints, at all. easy to miss the place. outdoor patio is a local bar scene that would normally make you think twice. go inside. you'll love it
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Experience
    greatbrit
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    if you are a foodie its a definite must everything had the most delicious flavors and great combinations especially the smoked cauliflower
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Raphael
    Be2ween
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    A fitting send-off to my life before 50. Fantastic food, surrounded by fun friends. Our waiter, David, was spot-on and gracious. A top-shelf night and restaurant. Thanks Raphael.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • usual excellence
    jeg3
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    The usual excellent service and delicious food. A perfect venue for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • EXCELLENT Dining Experience
    winter2014
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Easter Brunch was our first experience at Raphael --and it could not have been better. Delicious and beautifully prepared food, gracious and kind service, and stunning ambience. We will be dining there again soon!!
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Very limited menu. I like small plates but these were teeny tiny. We needed lots of dishes to even feel that we had even eaten a meal. Very expensive for what is was.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Late-Night Find
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and vibe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Really enjoyed the meal. Between 2 of us we had the brussel sprouts, cauliflower, tuna tartar, pork belly, and 48 hour steak. Everything was excellent. Nothing was overly filling, we didn't leave hungry, but don't expect to be stuffed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Girls Night Out
    NSNS1956VIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Raphael is a gorgeous space! It offers savory and mouth watering small plates of sophisticated bites, blended with the finest and freshest ingredients! Chef Evan continues to shine among his creative choices, excellent presentation, and interesting combinations of savory dishes. He has daily specials...so you should definitely try one, like his watermelon, goat cheese, with crispy pine nuts, with a beautiful balsamic drizzled on top. The Bar Tender, Chris is creative, artful, and friendly, introduces you to drinks that have unusual ingredients, that make his cocktails his signature! The service is friendly and accommodating. I love this restaurant, and highly recommend a visit. Come to Raphael...I 'm sure you will get hooked like me!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • If you don't care
    HpyeaterVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    If you don't care to wait 2 hours to be served then this is your place, we complaint several times, our waiter was arrogant , he insisted we should order 2 dishes per person, we ordered 5 dishes among the 4 of us. about 1/2 HOUR AFTER WE ORDER THEY SENT AN APPETIZER, we asked once more about the rest of the food and our waiter had the nerve to say he warned us to order more than 1 dish p/p, he said the kitchen was busy, my husband asked to cancel his plate, he was so upset that he couldn't eat, the waiter with a long face and said it's almost here, it took another 7 min more to get the the rest. The only good thing was the manager he apologize very graciously insisting to give him another chance to return,what a way to spoil a night
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too noisy
    RozzieVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    This was one of the noisiest restaurants we have been to in a long time. Sat near a table of 20 girls who yelled and screamed the entire time; maybe a bachelorette party . They should have been in a private room or way off by themselves . The manager gave us a free desserts, but there was no place else to sit. We asked to be seated elsewhere when we first sat down. The. waiter told us there was no place for us. Later some people sat near us, complained, and they were moved. Oh well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Screaming baby
    pzino
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    It's hard to review this dining experience. We went early on a Saturday. 6pm and there were only 2 others people dining. With their 2 year old. Who screamed on and off for the 45 minutes we were there. It was uncomfortable that no one else was there but I think it's just a late night spot. The food was good so try it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    I was looking for a nice pretty quiet place to have dinner with a special friend. Raphael was great - friendly, no wait with our reservation, great food, and able to carry on a conversation easily in the nice ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My new favorite restaurant...
    Melzerzzz
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    I am I very picky eater and never let people order for me. But I have ordered the chef's tasting menu twice now at Raphael and am just amazed at how wonderful the food. The chef is amazing. He is so talented and makes unbelievably delicious food. The staff is also super friendly which also adds to the overall WONDERFUL experience. I would highly recommend this place to everyone and I would definitely recommend getting the chef's five course tasting menu!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • interesting take on small plates
    pavel311
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Excellent food. Small plates concept great way to share and enjoy. Room was very well done and completely different from drab surrounding neighborhood
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.