Raw Bar by Duncan Ly
Raw Bar by Duncan Ly

Raw Bar by Duncan Ly

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.hotelarts.ca/
  • Phone: 4032069565x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sundays:
    Closed

    Monday - Thursday:
    Dinner: 5:00pm – 10:30pm
    Cocktails: until 11:00pm

    Friday & Saturday
    Dinner: 5:00pm – 11:00pm
    Cocktails: until 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Global, International, Vietnamese, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Duncan Ly
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 1st Street
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Raw Bar by Duncan Ly
Now coined Raw Bar by Duncan Ly, the makeover celebrates Executive Chef Duncan Ly’s Vietnamese background as well as his innovative interpretations of Vietnamese cuisine. Many recipes will be inspired by Chef Ly’s early upbringing but refined with his own personal flare based on his classical training and exposure to diverse culinary influences.

The new look and cuisine will pair nicely with Raw Bar’s reputation as one of the top cocktail lounges in the country. Since opening in 2006, Raw Bar has spearheaded Calgary’s cocktail culture, creating unique drinks and setting the gold standard for other bartenders to follow.

When summer returns in 2014, Raw Bar by Duncan Ly will add daytime hours and will service the poolside oasis at Hotel Arts.

To find out more information on the offerings of Raw Bar by Duncan Ly, please visit: http://www.hotelarts.ca/dining/raw-bar/.
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Raw Bar by Duncan Ly reviews from OpenTable diners
35 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (20)good for groups (19)special occasion (12)great for outdoor dining (9)romantic (9)neighborhood gem (8)hot spot (8)vibrant bar scene (8)great for lunch (4)notable wine list (2)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Great Restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Overall I found the restaurant a great place to eat and socialize. One only thing was that l found the single chairs were a little uncomfortable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • John
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We had great service and the food was different and interesting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    loveamazingfood
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    It is not often that my friends and I go out but we had the best experience. The food was delicious the staff was friendly and very accomodating. We originally sat outside but with the wind it was not easy to be out there, the staff made sure we got another table right away in doors. This place is very clean, calm and inviting. I have recommended it and plan to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • WilFoodie
    WilFoodie
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I would never go to this restaurant again. I arrived with my guest and there was a live singer. Unfortunately the amplification of the singers voice was so loud I could not hear my guest. The server first tried to place us at a table in front of the singer. I refused to be seated and asked for another table. She stared at me dumbfounded but perhaps she just couldn't hear me. We were then seated at a table as far away as possible from the singer. My guest and I sat at the table for 10 minutes without being asked for our drink order. This was a good thing since after 10 minutes we were tired of yelling at each other over the music. So after 10 minutes we left the restaurant. Our ears were ringing as though we had left a concert.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Weird Ambiance Great Food
    STravelM
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This space has been a weird one since Hotel Arts first opened. Those weird columns whether they're painted red or blue are still super weird especially against an ugly drop ceiling. But the food and cocktails more than make up for the space. We shared everything and loved everything! Bring on the tartar or the duck and you'll have a great night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty good with great service
    SometimesYesSometimesNo
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Ate at Raw Bar on the weekend, It was pretty good. Some of the dishes were ok and some were good (recommend the duck and mushrooms). The service however was very good. Overall we had a fun night out at Raw Bar.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So much potential
    Espanatic
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    It would have been greatut we had a terrible server. And normally what I look for in a server is just someone who takes my order and leaves me alone. But this server actually made my experience worse. Hopefully this doesn't affect everyone because otherwise everything was great and lively with delicious food and live entertainment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very good find.
    RomfordApple
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We found this restaurant before my wife and I went to a show at the Epcor Centre. Overal we both enjoyed the food here. The service was very good and the food was of a good quality and very tasty indeed. I would certainly recommend this restaurant to anyone. The only negative thing I would say is, why do you need a television in a restaurant? It is a needless distraction. Do you really need a television going the same time as live music? No. In fact do you need a television in a restaurant all together? That aside, a great place for great food.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional Value
    CalgaryFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This was our first visit. We had the tasting menu. The food was inventive, creative, attractively presented and delicious, and the portions were generous. The service was warm, friendly and attentive. The manager(?) was circulating to greet and check on everyone, which I appreciate. And all of this for $35pp!! Outstanding value in my opinion. We will definitely be back, especially since the manager told us that the tasting menu will be changing soon. So you're not surprised - with the tasting menu, the first three courses arrive together, then the next three, then dessert. It works well, you can have more or less of one dish or another that way, it was just different than what I'm used to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Raw Bar by Duncan Ly
    cookrunner
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Staff looks after you...always a smile and attention to detail... The food has achieved a great level of flavor geared towards the viet-modern style of cooking (not that I am an authority on that style of cooking but the flavors are there for sure!). Chef Ly has touched base on his own countries cooking roots and added his years of experience to bring the quality of cuisine to where it should be when dining out. Too often there are restaurants who do not achieve, in my opinion, the basic level of food quality that should be a standard. Chef Ly, in my opinion, has been peaking with his creativity and development of flavors for years and you can taste all of his hard work in every bite of food while dining at Raw Bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great meal
    SebastianSaintVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Love the new menu. My fiancée and I had not been in a while, but we really enjoyed the meal, and the cocktails were also fantastic. We especially enjoyed the duck! We will definitely be back for more. Thanks for an awesome dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wow
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    One of the best meal we had . I don't miss an opportunity and have dinner at Raw bar. the steamed bun and the BBQ salad roll are fantastic, the service was great. we will be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • looking for special oysters but out
    Joyce
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    All out of special 99 cents of oysters when I got there at 6pm on Friday. I was so disappointed. I went to for their oysters. We only order two drink. it was fair. I dont think i will go back again.
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  • Fabulous Dinner with Friends
    FoodieLive
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I recently had dinner at Raw Bar by Duncan Ly and I think this is the best restaurant in Calgary hands down. The new menu is amazing and dining pool side on such a beautiful Summer's day was amazing. I was there with a group of girls and our waiter Joshua was so fantastic - even with our many Gluten free requests they accommodated everything with complete hospitality! The food was INCREDIBLE - Pad Thai is the best I've ever had, the Steam Buns were my new favorite dish, the Tofu was perfectly done. We also had the Sweet Potato Spring Rolls which were SO good and my friends loved the Tuna Tartar. We had a cocktail from the bar and it was both delicious AND visually beautiful! They must have a great mixologist! :) Will be back again for sure!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Appi's at Raw Bar
    HonestFoodie
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My girlfriend and I had a lovely experience at Raw Bar. Great drinks, good service, and fantastic food choices. I would highly reccommend this restaurant to anyone who loves seafood. I also think Raw Bar makes a great place to stop in and have a couple drinks at before a night out on the town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Live music on Thursdays
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The ambiance was nice due to the solo artist playing reggae classics with a very unique twist. Highly recommended. The food was ok, some dishes were superb, some pretty normal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Anniversary Dinner
    Aaron
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    We booked for a late Monday night dinner. We were surprised to arrive and we were the only people in the entire restaurant (hence the mediocre ambiance score and quiet noise rating). Staff were extremely attentive and very friendly. Food presentation was good, and food quality was outstanding.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 267 reviews are from the Raw Bar by Duncan Ly reviews archive.
  • Delightful
    RiaC
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    The prawn appetizer was simply amazing. Just the right amount of crispiness, sweetness and heat. Salmon entree always one of my favourites here. Never fails to deliver on pleasing the palate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good spot
    Happyone
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Perfect place for our girls get together. Food was really good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dining at Raw Bar
    HungryForFood
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Food was good, service was good, need a few more choices on the menu, too limiting. Hostess was exceptional and very friendly and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a great night out
    mamaneededabreak
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Let's start with the positives. Above all mango dessert was outstanding!! One of the best desserts I have EVER had! Second, our waitress had an exceptional knowledge of the menu. Between my friend and I, we had some crazy dietary restrictions and the waitress was amazing with pointing us in the right direction.(Impressed by the gluten free options) One of the negatives was the outside patio. The pool side dining would normally be a highlight, but because some ridiculously rowdy young men were hanging off their hotel room balconies above the patio, the ambiance was not the quiet bliss I was looking forward to. My only other negative was that the Lemon Grass Coconut Braised Chicken Curry had too much liquid not enough veg and chicken.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kristina Rocks!
    CocktailLover
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Kristina brings her uber-talented skills as a mixologist and warm personal manner to Raw Bar in a way that makes guests feel welcome and special. The cocktails are works of art! Our server Charlotte was also excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    Melanie
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    The food was outstanding and very original. They call it Asian Fusion. The beef carpacio was spicy, tender and delicious. Not extremely impressed by the 5 oz pour of the wines by the glass. Selection could be better and 5 oz is just a shot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Raw Bar Awesomeness
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Raw Bar was an amazing dinner experience, from the refreshing cocktails to the appy's to the mains. Recommend anyone to eat here!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big Taste Menu
    tinah
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    The food was very good! The dessert was enormous - more than enough to share. Great atmosphere - they even had live music which was nice cause it wasn't too loud. Love the decor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Happening The Hip & The Hungry
    CalgaryFoodTours
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Raw Bar by Duncan Ly is a good place for people who happen to be attending an event at the Hotel Arts, the hip who want an exciting bar scene or people like me, the hungry who want delicious food. Duncan Ly's food never disappoints and is always delicious, surprising and elegant. I'm glad we went and it was fun to watch the scene in this action-packed and newly renovated space in the Hotel Arts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The service was amazing and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    The service was amazing and the food was art. Lovely homemade chocolates for Valentine's special. The atmosphere was perfect for couple dining.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine's Tasting Menu
    jmpgray
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Visited on the Saturday evening after Valentine's Day. They continued to offer the special tasting menu. All five courses were excellent and the service was impeccable. Great variety of designer cocktails. Recent update to the decor is an evolutionary improvement. Duncan came to our table side after the meal - we were celebrating our engagement 13 years ago at Catch (one of his previous stops in Calgary). Fantastic evening all around - thank you Duncan and the staff at Raw Bar!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Fusion Experience
    BryAG
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Celebrated Valentines with my girl, modern room with house music. Lots of share plates with a Vietnamese, Chinese influence. Had the Beef Bun, Sweet and Sour Shrimp and the Sweet Potato Spring Rolls to start. Great execution and flavours. Mains - my girl had the Salmon and I had the Soy Noodle Bowl. Same thing here, my girl enjoyed the crispiness of the salmon skin and the rich flavours of the broth for the noodle dish was superb. We had a share plate of dessert and a glass of wine each and the bill was $110. Pretty hard to find value like this in DT Calgary. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food
    YYCgirleats
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    The revised menu at Duncan Ly's Raw Bar is well worth a visit: the only difficult thing is trying to narrow down what to choose (and our server was able to provide several choices.) Live music made it a little difficult to hear everyone at the table, so if you are hoping to concentrate on your companions and not your food, you might want to find out if there is someone playing when you'll be there. Good thing we were too busy eating to spend too much time chatting, and the Hotel Arts provides seats in the lobby where we could catch up (and catch our breaths) after stuffing ourselves with several of the wonderful starters and the always delicious Pad Thai.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We have always had a wonderful
    FoodFanatic
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    We have always had a wonderful experience at Raw Bar! We are so impressed with the food and the ambiance of the restaurant. We often ask ourselves why we don't go more often!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The most AMAZING food!
    MrsMoriarity
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    We booked our reservation at Raw Bar by Duncan Ly to celebrate a close friends birthday. The experience was AMAZING! The staff here really know how to make you welcome and looked after. What they are doing here with the food is wonderful. "Vietmodern" is such a great way to describe the style of food here. If you are going, you HAVE to have the steamed buns. Talk about addicting!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had dinner at Raw Bar on
    Otto
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    We had dinner at Raw Bar on Tuesday evening--the food was delicious and our waitress was fantastic--she was very professional, friendly and very knowledgeable of the menu. The manager came to our table at the end of the meal to ask us if we had enjoyed the food--that was a nice touch. We will definitely eat here again and would highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The new menu is amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    .... and the renovated interior is very cool. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was good, however
    Food4thesoul
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    The food was good, however extremely over priced for what it was. I do not recommend the oysters, they were very small and only 6 for $18!! Not worth it! Very disappointing. However, the pad Thai was great!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Food was very good and we look forward to trying it again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Poolside lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    We were lucky enough to get a warm day without blazing sun. It was so relaxing to sit outside by the pool to have lunch - we really felt like we left work and the city behind. The menu was very appealing. We both went for fish and chips with an excellent Scottish beer. The food was excellent and nicely presented.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We met up for a mid-week lunch
    Beth
    Dined on 8/20/2013
    We met up for a mid-week lunch at Raw Bar. We ended up sitting outside by the pool where our waitress made a great effort to find us a warm, sunny table. She was friendly, welcoming and helpful through our entire meal. We settled in for a tasty meal of beef "tacos" and a beef satay. The meal was tasty, filling but not spectacular aside from a really delicious apple-carrot soup and really nice coffee. The rock candy swizzle was a nice touch on the espresso. The view and the service were good enough to make us want to stay all day. A great experience overall.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Suzy
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    The service was great at the beginning of the night, but got worse towards the end of the meal. I didn't eat half of my meal so the the server went to pack it up, but forgot to bring it back to the table. I was really lloking forward to my left overs:( All the food had amazing flavors and spices.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Saved the evening!
    JJG7
    Dined on 5/31/2013
    My wife and I had actually made reservations at another restaurant close by and left due to the service. We walked down to the Hotel Arts (Raw Bar), knowing that neither one of us had been there. We made a reservation on Open Table while walking over and were actually able to be seated early once we got there. Our server that evening was Chelsea, who was just amazing! We went from having a poor start to our evening, to having a wonderful time and Chelsea was a big part of our experience. Little did we know that the Raw Bar had a 99 cent oyster night on Fridays!!! Not to mention $19 bubbly to go with them...we will be back over and over again. Thanks for saving our evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.