Red Canoe Bistro
Red Canoe Bistro

Red Canoe Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.redcanoebistro.com/
  • Phone: 9056179407
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Global, International
  • Executive Chef: Tobias Pohl-Weary
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Liquor, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Chef and Owner Tobias Pohl-Weary brings 20 years of experience to off-site event catering. His professional staff and skill, organization and spectacular cuisine will bring a new dimension to off-site boutique style event catering. Red Canoe Bistro will take your event from "Idea to Reality". With proven success in catering events from 8 to 1000 guests. Our meticulously planned cocktail parties, banquets and multiple course feasts are perfect for any event. We can assist with staffing, rentals, decor, location sourcing, transportation and more. Let us help you build your next event.
  • Private Party Facilities: Red Canoe Bistro has downtown Burlington's finest event facilities. We make intimate gatherings memorable, meetings flawless and parties spectacular. Our private room is licensed for over 70 guests. Your space will have its own private bar and a separate entrance. Red Canoe Bistro can easily accommodate gatherings in excess of 100 people. Perfect for : Birthdays - Business - Weddings - Meeting - Networking - Engagements - Conferences - Anniversaries
  • Private Party Contact: Tobias Pohl-Weary 9056179407
  • Entertainment: We feature regular special wine and food events including our "After work wine school" and winemakers dinners. As well on occasion, we will feature a local performing musician.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lakeshore
  • Public Transit: A city bus terminal is located a 2 minute walk to the north.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is street parking in front of the business. Free after 6:00 pm. There are 2 large lots within a 1 minute walk. The hotel to the south offers parking for a minimal fee as does the city lot to the north.
A word from Red Canoe Bistro
"MODERN CANADIAN CUISINE" Red Canoe Bistro is serving fresh, flavourful, exciting and innovative Modern Canadian Cuisine. Our focus is on regional Canadian ingredients that combine classical techniques with current concepts. Our fantastic seasonally influenced menus will highlight Canada's farmers, fishers and producers while supporting Canada's cultural mosaic and its rich ethnic cuisines. As nightly specials we will also feature multiple course tasting menus exploring ingredients like the fruits of Niagara, wild edibles or local game meats. We have two warm and inviting licensed dining rooms with space for private parties, events and meetings of over 70 guests. We also bring over 25 years of collective experience to off-site event catering.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Red Canoe Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
23 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelQuiet
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (16)neighborhood gem (11)notable wine list (11)special occasion (10)great for lunch (7)romantic (7)good for groups (3)great for brunch (2)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Amazing chef
    Jill
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I have never had a bad experience here. We love starting with the shared app for two, which is the chefs choice of 5 small apps. They are always unique dishes with loads of flavour.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but not great.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    After viewing their menu online, which certainly looked intriguing, and noting the Wine Spectator awards, I thought we would give Red Canoe a try. The food was good, but not particularly memorable, which I was kind of expecting given the prices. The food presentation was certainly gourmet. If only the flavours were as interesting.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyed our visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We had a great time and plan to return. Each course was excellent, and our waiter had an amazing knowledge of wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing neighborhood find.
    Siggi905
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    This place is amazing I've been there twice and so have my parents we both enjoyed the food the ambience and the service very much. Amen the bartender is also great and Tobias is a genius in the kitchen, all raw and locally sourced food. Great spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great time at red canoe bistro
    stalli0n
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Enjoyed a wonderful lunch at Red Canoe Bistro. We both tried the 'taste of Burlington' featured menu, and our meals were incredible. I would highly recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definite Recommendation
    NotaFoodiebut
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The meal was excellent. The wine was very good. There were four of us and we all thoroughly enjoyed our evening (which is no simple task).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food but Verrry slow Kitchen
    FurbyVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Food was good with Salazpacho a creative combination of Gazpacho and a stuffed tomato, beef short rib you could cut with a spoon and nice trout filet, although it did have a very smokey taste which I'm not sure was meant to be. Server was attentive and knowledgeable but unfortunately our experience was ruined by the extreme slowness of the kitchen. It should not take 1/2 hour to get soup when you are the first two diners in the restaurant for day to order or 1 hour for entrees. Based on previous review the speed of service or lack thereof is not a new phenomenon. Ambience is primarily tables all lined up in a row which, if the restaurant was full, could make for a very uncomfortable dining experience.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Disapointment
    Peller
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Having been to the Red Canoe a number of times, I have always been pleased. My recent lunch was totally unacceptable. We waited more than 30 minutes for our first course. The duck in the main course was so over cooked it was inedible. The 'chilled' dessert was was warm. We spoke to the chef/owner who admitted the duck was over cooked. No apology was given, just excuses. I insisted we be given a discounted price. After some time, he agreed to a modest reduction, stating that we were already getting it for half price. I don't plan on attending this restaurant again. In fact. I cancelled a reservation for 4 I had for the next week.
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  • Gourmet Appetizers
    Burlington
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    The appetizers were delicious and a feast for the senses. We rated them five stars in taste and presentation. We therefore felt certain dinner would be magnificent but it was rather disappointing. We had the beef. The ambience is simple with chairs and bench seating. Extra cushions are provided for low back support on the bench. The service, while warm and attentive, was unusually slow in terms of food preparation. We waited well over half an hour for our appetizers and at least another 40 + minutes after that before dinner arrived. There were a total of 12 patrons in the restaurant and one server. The service issue was clearly in the kitchen as our waitress was attentive as she could be. We would return for the appetizers!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • favourite restaurant in burlington!
    Lakeshorelovers2014
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Delicious food, offer "Canadian" local fare, (we had starter salads & trout, then mains smoked salmon. Attentive service. This place is about the food, large varied wine list, Eamon the wine steward was especially friendly, knowledgeable, shared some interesting wine tips about Niagara and other wine regions. Eamon offered, with advance notice, to arrange to prepare a special meal if we wanted to bring along our niece's champagne. The only place I would unreservedly recommend to friends or family for a restaurant treat. Bill for 2 with a bottle of wine, starters, mains & a desert was less than $200. WORTH IT.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great food. extremely slow service.
    mcmug
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Had lunch there during a weekday for party of two. there was only one other table (2) at the restaurant during the whole time we were there...yet it took over 35mins for our food to arrive. food was pretty good overall - comfort food with a bit of flare. you can tell most of the items were made from scratch. With the price point they are at, we expect better service and slightly better ambiance.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic Food
    Foodie5
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    This place seems to have it all, great food, attentive staff and a great atmosphere. It's also too not loud or dark. We enjoyed the shared starter display with scallops, trout and also enjoyed the escargot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 11 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 105 reviews are from the Red Canoe Bistro reviews archive.
  • As always First Rate
    JayVee
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Tasting menu was great. Each item come out as a surprise. The wine pairings were perfect.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best in Burlington
    Jill
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    This is a great spot to let the enjoy all the creative creations by the chef. I always try new things cooked with local food and fall in love. Staff is also great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find for Mother's Day brunch
    BelluzVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The food is consistently very good and made to order for brunch. We have been here for dinner before, this was the first time for lunch/brunch and we all were impressed. There were vegan /vegetarian choices.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very enjoyable
    Jane
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We tried out this restaurant based on the description on the website and were even more pleased when we arrived. The atmosphere was great, the food delicious and the wine that was recommended did not disappoint. We will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    luvgoodfood
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    the food was excellent. The service was fantastic but it was a little cramped not much room to even move your chair back. We had a group of women beside us and because I am a woman I can say they were too loud!! Aside from that I would definately recommend this restaurant
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steer your taste buds to delicious
    Foodologist
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    It was a phenomenal experience. The best part is they change their menu every week depending on what ingredients are in season. Which takes "farm-to-table" to a new level. Fresh food, romantic atmosphere and excellent service. Many different wines to choose from and THEY HAVE A CHOCOLATE MENU! Be prepared for a three digit bill- with that being said, its worth it! Cant wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding food and service
    osfan
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    By far the best meal I've had at Red Canoe, both in terms of quality of food and attentiveness and service of the staff. It's been over a year between visits, it'll MUCH less till the next one.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • February
    February
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    This is the second visit and unfortunately, as much as we loved the homemade, right from scratch dishes, the service was too slow. We were the only ones in the restaurant, even the 2nd time around, right at 11:30 am (reservations were made through this site but they weren't even aware of them, and in the comments I informed them we'd be in a bit of a rush), and the waitress kept returning to our table excusing the chef as he was the only one in the kitchen, etc.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food- lrge Canadian Wine list
    BelluzVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Food was extremely good, not rushed through dinner which made the meal even more enjoyable. Staff knowledgeable regarding wine selections. Wine list a little daunting a large selection of mainly Canadian wines. My preference is a wine list by $ amount theirs is by type, with such a large list we found ourselves flipping back and forth between pages. Would good back and recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • "Tasty" Taste of Burlington Lunch
    DundasJen
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    I took my friend from Oakville during Taste of Burlington who had not been to Red Canoe before and we enjoyed a delicious lunch! Tobias creates unique combinations of tasty, healthy foods. They have a great selection of local craft beer and wines as well. Make sure you don't miss the opportunity to try their Taste of Burlington menu....and then return for many more delicious meals!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not cheap but very good food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Not cheap but very good food. We have been told the menu changes frequently which is terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A night to remember
    Mericol
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We went to this lovely little bistro and enjoyed their Valentine's tasting menu. The food was fresh and prepared with a master's touch. The portions were just right and by the end of the night we could not have eaten another bite. Well worth the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not worth the price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    In few words, definitely above average in all aspects but not an exceptional experience that worth paying 250 + tips (dinner for 2, 7 services with pairing local ok wines).
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food, but Slow
    BigFoodie
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    I have been to Red Canoe twice in as many months. The food, craft cocktails and wine list are consistently good. The ambiance is low key, but warm. My big complaint is that both times the pace of the service was very slow. I was out for a nice meal and not expecting to be in and out in 40 minutes, but the meal did seem to drag. I will go back, but I would be more likely to go on a weekend rather than a weeknight when I am more in the mood for a 2.5 hour meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Year's Eve
    foodie
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Our evening was fantastic. The food was spectacular. The chef did a wonderful job with the price fixe menu. The wine pairing was perfect. We couldn't have had a better evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great meal.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    The venison was wonderful. The staff were attentive and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Food, But No Ambience
    FoodHead
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    This was our first time at Red Canoe. We tried the Tasting Menu which was innovative, and each course was amazing. The wine pairings were also excellent. The oysters to start we're fresh and perfectly seasoned. Other courses included a beef course; it was very tasty as was the rest of the meal. The wait staff were friendly...perhaps overly chatty. The restaurant was very chilly - I wore my scarf the whole night, but the real missing ingredient was ambience. For the price, I expect great food AND wonderful atmosphere. RedCanoe delivers on the first, but gets a failing grade on the second. I would only recommend this spot to someone who cares only about food and not the whole experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our First Time..We'll Be Going Back
    thehappy4some
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    Excellent food, large variety with some very unique choices, beautifully arranged on the plates. Very leisurely pace by the knowledgeable server; who ably described all food ingredients and wine pairings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Red Canoe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    The food at the RC was very good as was the service. I'm afraid the ambience left us wanting, as it is very plain and highly lit. The music played at the bar was a little loud for conversation.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food; Mediocre Service
    Dineout
    Dined on 10/23/2013
    We went with high expectations, but there were disappointments. We had 1-3/4 hours for dinner as we had a show to go to, and we told our server our time limitation. It took 1/2 an hour before cocktail orders were taken, and another 15 minutes before our dinner orders were taken, and there was only a total of 7 patrons in the restaurant. While our server was friendly and explained the menu in great detail; it took equally as long at the other table, leaving large amounts of time where there was no attention. We ended up rushing through dinner with no time left for coffee, or desert. The menu is exciting and the food was food delicious - that exceeded our expectations, however, the service & atmosphere are mediocre given the prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place. Food is always
    Ddebruin
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    Love this place. Food is always amazing. Incredible wines. It's a little gem of a restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food,but.....
    raddocVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2013
    Superb fresh innovative food. Good and knowledgeable wait staff. On 2 visits here we waited too long for food-once for reservation mix-up and once for large party upstairs. These problems were explained to us but they could have been more forthcoming wrt a complimentary glass of wine or dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing visit
    Haze
    Dined on 8/21/2013
    I've always had high praise for this establishment but this time not so much. Slow service was the main culprit, but the menu & food weren't as stellar as in the past. It took ages to see any food. We should have been told that Poutine takes time when ordering. We also had a long wait for dessert which I found odd since the restaurant had emptied. As we finished our desserts they turned the lights up as if to say that they wanted to close. To me that was just rude. Although they say they are happy to accommodate special food needs not much was offered to accommodate my gluten free request. Swordfish was my only choice. In the future I'll phone ahead to ask what's on the menu as the choices weren't to our liking. I'd say more if I could.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • But Why's It Called The Red Canoe?
    pitap
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    Good, but lacks polish. Seared Scallops were delicious bites with a spicy punch. Lobster Avocado Forme was really just a bland guacamole. Bison entrée was excellent, potato/cauliflower Dauphinois crisp and creamy. The rib eye was delicious, but a bit chewy (the cut and not the cooking). However, the "crispy" homemade onion rings were soggy due to steak on top. Dessert was lovely, berry sabayon. Unfortunately, the yappy server dropped a glass AND a pop can of didn't even apologize when it sprayed all over us! Overall ambience is ok, but there's too much plywood and no personality. Where's the red canoe? Would go back as the Chef is putting forth a good effort, but prices should be lower per plate and service improved.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • loud & cold
    Xorb
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    Although the food was great, overall the experience was only ok. AC was way too cold, music was very loud & not suitable for the environment, hard to hear our conversations. Servers were not very attentive & the main course took over an hour to arrive & some meals were not very warm. For the prices I would expect better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Food great, restaurant tired.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    The food was really good. We all had the trout and it was wonderful as were the appetizers and deserts. The restaurant on the other hand was not special and a bit tired from the entrance through to the seating area. There was also a lot of cooking smoke in the air that was not being vented. Too bad since the food was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was very good staff seemed
    Goodfun
    Dined on 7/30/2013
    Food was very good staff seemed overwhelmed as it was busy took a very long time to get served Place looked a little jaded could do with a good clean
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wrong to reserve
    FAMished
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    Made reservations online through Open Table but the restaurant had no record of it despite me receiving a reminder notice by e-mail!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.