Restaurant Alma
Restaurant Alma

Restaurant Alma

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.restaurantalma.com/
  • Phone: (612) 379-4909
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

    We are CLOSED on the following dates for the year 2013:
    Memorial Day, Monday May 27
    July 4th, Thursday July 4
    Labor Day, Monday September 2
    Thanksgiving, Thursday November 28
    Christmas, Tuesday-Thursday, December 24, 25, 26
    New Year's Day, Wednesday January 1, 2014
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Alexander Roberts
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Counter Seating, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We have a small private mezzanine dining space with seating for up to 15 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Hannah Drehmann 612 379-4909x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 6th Avenue SE
  • Public Transit: #6 Metro Transit Bus
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: On Friday and Saturday evenings we offer Valet, which is located on 6th Ave SE at the corner of University Ave SE. On street only.
A word from Restaurant Alma
Opened in 1999, Restaurant Alma is a casual fine dining restaurant, offering eclectic American cuisine and warm hospitality in a rustic historically preserved building. A high, open beam ceiling, exposed brick columns and concrete floors display the original space, while an open kitchen, banquette seating and gentle lighting contribute to an intimate and contemporary feel.



Alma is best known for sourcing the best quality seasonal ingredients available and features a high percentage of local and organic products. Our menu changes every six to eight weeks, offering both new and signature dishes. We feature both a three course tasting menu format, allowing the customer to select any three dishes from the menu for $50 and a la carte options.



Alma has been awarded 4 stars by the StarTribune and shares the #1 food ranking in ZAGAT for Minneapolis/St. Paul
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Restaurant Alma reviews from OpenTable diners
224 reviews since July 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (197)special occasion (159)neighborhood gem (115)romantic (99)notable wine list (98)hot spot (24)good for groups (7)late-night find (6)great for lunch (2)kid-friendly (2)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Good, not Great
    MidtownGuy
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    While the food at Restaurant Alma is delicious, the portions are just too small. $52 gets you about 4-6 bites of three different courses. Wine pours are conservative at best. Presentation of food is lovely, but presentation doesn't fill you up. Not that we need to consume mountains of food in one sitting... but I just didn't feel we got a lot for the nearly $300 we spent on dinner for three people.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful service and food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We really enjoyed every aspect of this restaurant. Everyone loved their selection for each of the three courses, you really can't go wrong. The service was friendly and very accommodating. My only complaint would be price. We knew going in that we were at an expensive place, but "ouch."
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a treat
    Quilter
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    We come to Restaurant Alma whenever we want a great meal that reflects the season. Their menu changes frequently and although we may remember some dishes fondly, others take their place as "our favorite". They have small 3-course tasting menus or you can order anything a la carte. Their food is delicious and inventive, served by a staff who clearly are proud of their kitchen. And they always seem to have wine by the glass that surprises and delights. This restaurant is clearly conceived by someone you would love to have dinner with. Never change. We love you Alma.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth The Price
    GibbonsGang
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    The food was amazing. Highly recommend this place:)
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    This was my first time visiting Alma and I was thoroughly impressed. Really excellent course choices with great flavor and big enough portion sizes that we left satisfied. The Rabbit Agnolotti was incredible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Special Food
    whock
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The menu at Alma is limited with a 3 course prix fixe approach. The food is very creative and beautifully prepared. The best food I've had in the twin cities. The ambiance is casual, friendly and very comfortable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent pre fixe!
    Lauren
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Amazing pre fixe menu! They keep the food very seasonable, making autumn my favorite to go. The weaving of squash and warm spice leaves you satisfied from within. The service was excellent for a busy Friday night, attentive without being overbearing. This restaurant may not be the one on everyone's lips for trends and hot lists, which only makes discovering it that much more enjoyable. A notable place to dine in the cities.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Divine
    FoodLover
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    The food was so delicious that it is beyond my meager ability to define the myriad of subtle flavors. This was our first visit - but won't be our last! Our guests commented on the perfect timing of the courses. The service was superb. The whole experience was sublime. Every course was a work of art, visually and gastronomically.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Salt to the Max
    Disappointed
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Every dish of a three dish prix fixe was heavily salted, even after a request, after the first course, for NO SALT in subsequent dishes. A ruined meal and no attempt to solve the problem. This is a widespread complaint with Alma.
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  • Great experience
    brow1711
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Fantastic food, excellent service, great place for a special occasion.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was terrible
    Myles
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Everything was on the salty side. I had the 3 course tasting. The salad had too much vinegar. The mussels were chewy and salty. The monkfish entree was the worst; the fish was chewy and salty. Nice little place and fairly quiet. If the food improves, I'd love to come back.
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  • Delicious Food | Friendly Staff
    AbdiYohan
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    The three course meal is pretty pricey, but the food is more than worth it. Every dish we got was so flavorful and the portions were just right. You only feel like you want more because the flavor is so exquisite! It's a wonderful place for a romantic meal, and we were treated so well by the staff who actually took the special instructions I left in the reservation to heart; they truly made my wife's birthday dinner a special treat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Are we welcome?
    foodandwinelovers
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The food was amazing. However, we were not greeted by the hostess when we walked in and were simply asked if we had a reservation. When we were seated at our table, our server did not greet us or introduce herself. We had to ask her name. She was nice but there was no effort to make us feel welcome. The food at Alma is great. But there are several restaurants in the Twin Cities with great food. When diners are spending a significant amount of money for dinner, they need to feel like Alma appreciates that they picked their restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Fantastic, again...as always
    612WhereAreYouVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    the fall menu at Restaurant Alma is a stunner. So many dishes to choose from, but yet again, this is one of those menus that you can let the staff choose for you and you'd be thrilled with everything. Every dish we had packed flavor and was portioned perfectly. Roasted Squash & Yam (sauce was a knockout with prices), Bison Tartare were perfect starters. The Rabbit Agnolotti was a stunner, and the calamari and mussels was an amazing light middle that fulfilled you. Pan roasted venison was everything it should be, plus more, and the duck, which we always find on the menu, was awesome. I somehow always find a way to get amazed at how well the flavors interact on the menu, even though I expect it. Service was great, too. Can't go wrong here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Fabulous Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Restaurant Alma was absolutely delightful! Each of the tasting courses was perfectly presented and the flavors were outstanding! I'm always in search of a restaurant that tastes better than my kitchen and I finally found one!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Our second time to Alma and once again the food was outstanding and the service was excellent. I'm not sure why I don't go to Alma more often but I will try to rectify that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Food Ever
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Best Food In The World! I'm not kidding. It's amazing!
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was amazing!
    StPaulJ
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The food was amazing and portions were perfect. We had room for dessert! It was a wonderful place for a special occasion dinner. We did the whole experience of 3 course, bottle of wine, dessert & coffee. Our bill with tip was $290 so not a place we would go for every date, but fun if you are out celebrating.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a culinary adventure
    NgeigeiVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My husband and I ate at Alma Saturday night. It was our third visit in less than a year thanks to a friend's recommendation. The food was excellent. My favorite dish that I tried from the new fall menu was a squash and yam salad that had a wonderful mix of flavors, both sweet and spicy. Delicious. My husband raved over the pork tenderloin dish. If you are looking to try something different and creative, Alma is the spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A let down and over hyped
    JenniferB
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I made reservations about 3 weeks in advance for a part of 3. In this party, one vegetarian, a child and a standard meat eater. This restaurant had such awesome reviews but what really appealed to me was the vegetarian tasting. The server came over, explained a bit about the restaurant and we proceeded to order. My husband did the vegetarian tasting, and I ordered off the standard tasting menu. 2 of 3 three vegetarian dishes were not good. They had a awful taste. The 3rd of the vegetarian tasting was the only one that was actually good. All of the non veggie dishes were good but not great. The ambiance also leaves a bit to be desired at this price point. Would I go back? No. Would I recommend. No.
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  • Worthy of a special occasion!
    casualguru
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Selected this restaurant among several options for a smaller, more intimate experience where the focus is the food. Have to admit it exceeded our expectation. The portions are "small" and that may cause some initial concern but the way the courses are spaced, with tasty baked goods in between, and the time spent simply savoring all the amazing flavors and the freshness of everything, we walked away quite satisfied. Menu was sufficient without being overwhelming and every course of our tasting menu was simply awesome. Service was impeccable. A return visit is definitely in our future. Did not care for the valet parking charge on the bill since we did not use the service - missed it on the bill and had to call the next day to rectify.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Something New
    fancynancy
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Never had rabbit or duck before. Both were prepared deliciously and a beautiful presentation
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • such a disappointment
    gwiz
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    truly the worst meal we've had in years. Unless you are fond of lingering burnt broccoli taste in your mouth with otherwise inexplicable blandness and inattentive staff…if so, then by all means go to alma.
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  • DebHVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This is my favorite restaurant in the twin cities but our experience was far from the typical excellence we have come to expect. Services was uncharacteristically mediocre. We only saw our server when our dishes were served. They had just switched to their new fall menu and our dishes were varied but definitely not up to the usual quality. we'll try again in a couple of weeks.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly Surprised
    Mindsurfer
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Pleasantly surprised! I found Restaurant Alma on Yelp and read the reviews and am always a little skeptical when I read what people say about a place. You just never know but what made it intriguing was how they prepared the food and the wine list. Organic is kind of a buss word for my date and I so we tried the place out. To our surprise the moment we walked in we I felt like we were in a restaurant in San Francisco. The place had a very good vibe. Everything from the service at the bar, to a seating arrangement all the way to the food and wind was terrific! I would go there again! Nice job Restaurant Alma!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Finally got here
    Dee1Jersey
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Heard about this from co-workers, and Alma lives up to their hype.We went with another couple, and ordered from the three course tasting menu, and since a birthday was involved, had dessert too. The portions were just right, and the seasonings/flavors superb.I do a fair amount of dinner parties, from 8 to 28 people, but would love to serve a few of Alma's dishes, but it would be lost on the Couple's who think pepper is too spicy.So go here with friends who truly appreciate tasting all the ingredients, and if you wonder about what you are tasting, your server will help you out. Our only disappointment was we had down loaded the menu and had our choices ready, but the menu had changed....please keep your website current.We will be back!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Food Experience
    outandabout
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    It is difficult to know where to start and end with Restaurant Alms-you feel the positive energy and excitement of the stall the moment you enter the door and you just know that the dining experience is going to be fantastic. The service is beyond compare with wait staff that allows you to be in pause of the conversation before approaching the table. This is the restaurant you go to when you are looking for food that excites the taste buds, allows each meal course to settle well on the palette and stomach before another course comes along. This is the restaurant you go to when you want to converse with others at the table and take pleasure in food, company and not feel rushed as the staff makes you feel at home.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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  • Anniversary Dinner
    marama
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We were blown away by the service and uniqueness of the food. Wonderful place to dine on a special occasion.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect food/sub par service
    NicNDan
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The food, and over all experience was incredible. Worth every penny. But the main server and hostes left much to be desired in regard to service. Emotionless, made to feel unimportant, very pretentious. Only reason for leaving a large tip was knowing it is shared. Not used to "upper class" so to speak in regard to restaurants, disappointed with the over all service in comparison to other restaurants we have attended.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SO good!
    TheMrs
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    This was our first time here, and the tasting menu was great! We loved the rabbit in the second course and the scallops in the third course. The pork in course 2 was a bit salty for our taste. Also, you must try the apple dessert. It was the perfect combination of sweet apples and salty caramel with an amazing crust.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice for a special occasion
    DiningOut4RAnniversary
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    We had a great Anniversary dinner. The food was great and I really enjoyed all three of the wines served within the wine pairing. Great place for a special occasion or to enjoy an intimate, relaxed atmosphere.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Best
    PBat
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Creative, well-made, artistically arranged, tasty food in portions designed to satisfy, not stuff. Accompanying, house-selected wine flights honor each course. Knowledgeable wait staff know the secret of attending without hovering. We go when there is a special moment to be recognized in a worthy way.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Total amazing experience
    BandCVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The best value for foodies and those who like adventurous, local and accessible cuisine. Knowledgeable servers, great pacing of the three course menu and outstanding flavor.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    thia was our first time at Restsurant Alma. We knew about it from our own knowledge of the neighborhood and several friend recommendations. The food was good, the service was excellent and we would go again. We sat on the first floor; but would try the upper seating next time.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2 of the 3 courses outstanding.
    grateful
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Choosing one course from each of 3 sections , first middle and entree has a beautiful simplicity and elegance. The first courses and the entrees were amazing.
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  • Love for Alma
    MonkeyMan
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We have been coming here for years, it's a wonderful restaurant. The food is outstanding as are the desserts. We stopped in for a couple of courses and some desserts and were very satisfied.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The quality of the food at Alma is one of the best in the Twin Cities! It is fresh and locally sourced. The preparations are wonderful and the portion sizes are just right! The service is both personal and attentive. We have eaten at Alma several times because it is consistently excellent. It's can be both casual and formal, but it has a very unpretentious feel. It's a "must-go" if you and/or your guests are looking for amazing food, great service, and a nice evening!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Great!
    Osuwatt
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Great place to celebrate me and my wife's anniversary. They treated us well and very accommodating.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    How have we missed this restaurant for so long? Wow, it was an awesome experience!
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  • Price Fix $52 pp
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    When I made the reservation I didn't know Restaurant Alma was a 3 course Price Fix menu but it was fantastic! Cauliflower, Red Pepper with Goat Cheese, homemade pasta and both the salmon and Duck two ways was to die for. We also did the wine pairings which was an added bonus to the evening. The restaurant was quite busy on Thursday and service was a little slow this visit.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.