Rasika West End
Rasika West End

Rasika West End

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rasikarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2024662500x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Indian
  • Executive Chef: Vikram Sunderam
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: We can cater events from 10 to 1000 guests.
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer three private dining room options.
    The Library Room seats up to 36 guests for a sit down dinner and Stand up reception for 60 guests.
    Window view Private room seats up to 10 guests.
    Glass enclosed Private Dining Room in the Kitchen seats up to 8 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Atul Narain 2024662500x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: New Hampshire & M Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We offer valet parking at Dinner service at eight dollars per car. Our valet station is situated at the corner of New Hampshire Avenue and M Street.
A word from Rasika West End
Rasika, which is derived from Sanskrit meaning "flavors,” is the award-winning modern Indian restaurant owned by Ashok Bajaj. Leading the kitchen is Group Executive Chef Vikram Sunderam, a 2012 nominee for Best Chef Mid-Atlantic from the James Beard Foundation. Rasika has consistently earned four stars in the coveted Dining Guide of The Washington Post, and is in the top tier of Washingtonian magazine’s annual “100 Best.” Esquire magazine named it among the country’s best new restaurants in 2008 and Food & Wine magazine also stated that Rasika is “One of the hottest restaurants in the world.” Rasika showcases authentic Indian fare prepared on the Tawa (griddle), Sigri (open barbeque), as well as Tandoori and regional dishes. The restaurant is also noted for its international wine list, innovative cocktails and intimate, plush dining room. For private dining, Rasika has an exclusive space that can seat up to 16 guests and a semi-private area for up to 28.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Rasika West End reviews from OpenTable diners
516 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (372)special occasion (317)hot spot (159)romantic (135)neighborhood gem (129)good for groups (111)great for lunch (108)notable wine list (90)great for outdoor dining (79)vibrant bar scene (59)late-night find (29)kid-friendly (21)great for brunch (20)scenic view (9)Show More
  • Always a pleasure
    Carissa
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    One cannot find better Palak Chaat in the city. All the meals were delicious. The Khubani Ka Kofta with apricots, potato dumplings and cardamom was a new, joyful find. Great customer service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Over-hyped & not as gr8 as original
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We've been to the original Rasika at Penn Quarter and the experience has always been excellent. We went to Rasika-West End thinking we would have an equally fantastic experience. It was truly disappointing. The menus were flimsy with a thin elastic holding a piece of paper together. It was very ungraceful. The chicken appetizers were nothing to be proud of. The entrees both veggie and non veggie were unimaginative. The presentation and the taste were very average. Our server was cold and felt like that he wasn't really interested in what he was doing. The cocktails were good though as were the desserts. The gulab jamun and the date and toffee pudding were amazing. Should go there for after-work drinks & maybe a sweet treat not for a meal.
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  • Great Food/Great environment!
    SamtheMan
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We really enjoyed the food and the atmosphere. Service was excellent!
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A fabulous meal
    LPG1VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We loved everything especially the signature spinach chat, a velvety eggplant appetizer, and a scrumptious black cod entree. And our waiter enhanced the experience with excellent suggestions and perfectly paced table service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Consistently excellent. Our favorite restaurant in DC never disappoints. As always, the food, service, and overall experience were outstanding.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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  • Eatingoutwell
    Eatingoutwell
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Excellent dining experience! Server quite engaged and helpful with menu suggestions. The small plates were delicious and the entrees lived up to the popularity of this restaurant! Conversation was easy despite all tables full. Highly recommend RWE for the relaxed atmosphere, noise level, food and wine options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rasika delivers
    lapetitegrocery
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had a typically outstanding meal at Rasika on Friday night, August 22nd. The service was not quite up to its normal excellent level. It was a bit surprising. However, the meal was very good and the place is great all the way around. I am going to assume the service glitch has probably never happened before and will probably never happen again. Unless it does, in which case I won't be quite so forgiving.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LaserDoc
    LaserDocVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Rasika West never disappoints. The food, service, and ambiance are top notch. It's my go-to restaurant for visiting family and friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good in every aspect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The food, service, cleanliness and prices were great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprisingly Disappointing
    GWR1VIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I know the reputation of Rasika is very good in DC, but my experience at lunch on a Tuesday was less than satisfying. The dining room is very noisy so I had a hard time conversing with my lunch partner. The waitress was harried and curt. We had been in the restaurant for 35 minutes before we saw any food. It then took a very long time to get the waitress' attention for the check. My tandoori chicken was unevenly cook, to the point where some pieces were dry and others so moist I was afraid they were under done. The cucumber and yogurt was long on soupy yogurt and short on cucumber. This would have to be a much better experience for me to return.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Second time around
    Smansy
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Please please try the crispy spinach appetizer. It is wwonderful. This is my second time at Rasika West End. The food was good, but the dishes were served room temperature. It appears it may be due to the volumn. I will give them another try to see if they were having a bad day on my recent visit.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't compare to its culture
    Aliahm08
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Pretty solid food, but despite it being so awarded, the food seemed rather mundane when compared to homemade Indian food. Being Indian, I appreciated the culture hitting the tops in DC, but it didn't reach not exceed my high expectations. But the prices I must admit are solid for the area. Overall a solid dinner, but nothing special.
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    kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • Anniversary dinner he
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Food, service, and atmosphere were incredible. Just every aspect of the experience was perfect. One (small?) thing: I wish restaurants would enforce a basic dress code. No workout clothing, no shorts, no hats. I'd prefer collared shirts for men, but I suppose that's asking too much.anI cannot fault Rasika though, go there immediately!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • West End delivered
    FrequentdinerVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Rasika is my family's choice for Indian food. The original restaurant is getting tired, it continues to be popular but I think it needs to be freshen up. I can tell because now when I go I don't wear my best outfit, because I smell of masala after dining there. We have now moved to the West End locus, it has a fresher feel, though lacking in authentic "Indian" feel that the original place offers. The food is equally good. We ordered palak chaat, sev batasa puri and cauliflower bazule for starter. We also tried the sea bass peri peri and that's a winner. Entree included lamb curry, chicken tikka, red snapper patia and bhindi chilli, everything was good except for the snapper, will not have it again, will stay with my usual black cod.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    Tootiekay
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We all had the chef's tasting menu and every course was wonderful. The service is very attentive. We will definitely go back whenever we are in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    MillyVanilly
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Rasika lived up to the hype, the food was delicious it might be the best meal I've ever had!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I am actually quite mad at myself. I went to Rasika when they first opened. Everything was good, but just that, and so I hadn't been back since. Sooo....my coworker suggested it for lunch, as it was the last day of restaurant week and we should take advantage of it. And, I am so glad that we did!! The food was outstanding!! I can't remember all the names of the food, but we had the spinach appetizer and the mango one on crackers; butter chicken masala and then a spicy chicken; gulab jamun and the date toffee cake. I could not believe how delicious everything was. The service by Jenny was great! We were in a rush, and she got us out in good time, but still created an enjoyable time for us. Bo was also very sweet. I can't wait to go back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in DC
    AnneVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This is by far my favorite restaurant in DC. The food is spectacular, the service is great. Everyone I bring here is always impressed.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rasika never disappoints!
    Totalfoodie
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The food and service were amazing! I highly recommend the palak Chaat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • eatwellOpenTable7
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    4 of us were at Rasika West for lunch during Restaurant Week. We each had something different for a main course. It was salmon, grouper, lamb, butter chicken. All of them were outstanding. The appetizers were also outstanding as was dessert. The service could not have been better. It was attentive and very professional. If I had the one restaurant to go to for Restaurant Week or any other time, this would be it. It is not to be missed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing!!!!
    NomNomAllaround
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    This was my jewel of restaurant week! The food was fantastic, uniquely delicious! The ambiance was impeccable. But the service was the true star! We had a small issue with one of appetizers...not only did they replace that order..but also replaced the others including the one they had already threw in for free. In the end they also comped our drinks and one of our meals..for a small issue. Talk about above and beyond. But back to the food...the Scallops Moilee .wa scream out loud good..seriously..try to stop yourself! The Palaak Chair was amazing...I have never had those flavor combinations before! The Gulab Jamun appetizer was so refreshing! My entree salmon tandoori was delicious. The date pudding was heavenly!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rasika is a prfect date night
    Alwaysistomorrow
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The service, food, and drinks are always impressive. Tried the Tandoori Lamb for the first time and it was easily the best lamb I've ever had. My bf always gets the Chicken Tikka, but this time they made it spicy for him and he loved it. You MUST have the Palak Chaat (crispy spinach dish) as one of your appetizers. You won't be disappointed. I'm always a fan of Gulab Jamun, and I particularly enjoy their version with a side of Cardamom ice cream. Simply delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Anniversary dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    This was my first time at Rasika West End. My husband had been trying to take me to the original one for a long time. So I was so excited when I found a reservation during the week for our anniversary. They food was wonderful, service was great, and the staff were so nice and recognized our special celebration. Sometimes places forget even after you make a note and remind them. We all want to have a little fuss on our big days. So thank you so much Rasika West End for making our night wonderful!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Must have the spinach dish! Everything tasty - great service - portions a bit small for men but otherwise great!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch during Restaurant Week
    SatisfiedDiner
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Lunch was a delightful experience from both a food and service standpoint Received complimentary appetizer and it was taking a long time to process our order, which was very thoughtful Only objection, was that the main course followed too quickly.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Food!
    dunnsoffcVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We went to West End for the first time during Restaurant Week. Although the service was a bit slow, but understandable because of Restaurant Week, the service was attentive and the food food was delicious. We had been many times at Rasika on E Street and have been always been impressed by this remarcable restaurant. West End is just as good. Amazing food.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LYNDA DINER
    lyndadinerVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    THE FOOD WAS DELICIOUS...WAITER SEEMED CONFUSED AND SERVICE. AMBIANCE WAS OK. LOVE RASIKA...FOOD IS A HIT!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find
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  • First Timer
    Omnomnom
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    It was my first time here, actually my first time getting Indian food not in a buffet, and I thought it was very good. The only critique I have is with the plating. They put the ice cream in a small holder, but they gave me a large spoon, so the ice cream kept sliding around. Either a bigger plate or a smaller spoon would have fixed it.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The food and service were great! I went for lunch with co-workers for restaurant week. They had an great selection to choose from, which is not too common during restaurant week. The setting was very nice and we were able to have a quiet and delicious lunch.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • A great Indian Restaurant
    foodlovers
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The food was superb, with tastes that were exquisite and enjoyable. The Lamb curry dish had tender pieces of lamb in a delicious sauce, not too hot, but certainly not bland, the same goes for the chicken curry dish. The service was very professional, with all questions being answered; timely service, but not rushed. A perfect meal in very nice, relatively quiet, surroundings. A great introduction to novices, as well as those very familiar with Indian cuisine.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful tastes
    patp
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    For a Restaurant Week meal, this was very good. We had a nice choice of dishes and were provided, upon request, with a dish that was not listed on the special menu. This remains one of our favorite restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Indian Food
    zizlandVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Honestly, I'm more of a fan of their Penn Quarter restaurant. The menu is more fusion and interesting. While the food here is good, it is (basically) pricey Indian food. Not sure I'm thrilled with the value. Also, service, while OK, isn't what I'd expect for a restaurant of this caliber. I'm not steering folks away - just managing expectations. On a plus, ingredients are quite good. I could tell the chicken was free-range and appreciated the quality.
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Namastai
    Namastai
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The food at Rasika West End is the ultimate in Indian dining. Flavors are vibrant and delicious and the food looks as good as it tastes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Little brother / sister makes good
    Jessica
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The original Rasika is my favorite special-occasion restaurant, now that Palena is gone. Rasika West End is also marvelous, but quite different in atmosphere. The food is from the same general well as Rasika, but the presentation is different. RWE is shiny and light-filled, much less Indian in decor. You order pretty much a la carte. What comes out of the kitchen is imaginative and delicious, of course. The service is exemplary, even during the Restaurant Week rush.
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    fit for foodies
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  • GaryGall
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Food was excellent as always. No dropoff for Restaurant Week.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • 4 for dinner
    Ralph
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Excellent as always. We do love the palak chaat! Wish I had the recipe! Excellent service.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Falling Fast
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food has really taken a turn for the worse since the last time I ate at Rasika West End. Very disappointing.
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  • Trendy & Hot, but pricey
    quest4food
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The food was an explosion of flavor...great Indian food...but pricey for normal items such as Tika Masala. Rice and saucy food can be just as good for much less $. Probably would not go back due to the cost. I have had great Indian Fare that cost much less.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would not recommend
    Abby
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Food quality was average. Waiters crowded our booth and conversed amongest Themselves. I had to ask for water. Overpriced menu. Not worth the drive From virginia. For a special occasion, this was not worth it.
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  • Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food was incredibly delicious, but our service was pretty variable throughout the night. I think our waiter was upset with us, but I'm not sure why!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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