Restaurant August
Restaurant August

Restaurant August

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.restaurantaugust.com/
  • Phone: (504) 299-9777
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Friday Only, 11:00am - 2:00pm. Dinner: Monday - Sunday, 5:00pm - 10:00pm. Brunch: Sunday Only, 11:00am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French
  • Executive Chef: and co-owner John Besh
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Gravier
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: August has a parking lot across from the restaurant available for dinner only!
A word from Restaurant August
Opened in October 2001 with native John Besh at the helm, Restaurant August is the only restaurant to be awarded a perfect "5 Bean" score from The Times-Picayune in the past two years. Food & Wine bestowed Besh with the honor of "Best New Chef" in 1998. Gourmet magazine's Guide to America's Best Restaurants listed August in its top five picks in New Orleans.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Restaurant August reviews from OpenTable diners
377 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (313)special occasion (310)romantic (245)notable wine list (196)neighborhood gem (81)good for groups (81)hot spot (64)great for lunch (52)great for brunch (22)late-night find (9)vibrant bar scene (9)scenic view (8)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • JADACA
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    Great night of dinning wonderful ambiance with excellent food
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • August is tops.
    JoeF
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    Food is always awesome. Service is friendly and quite professional. Just a totally great experience. A must in NOLA.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing. period.
    MrsLeBlanc
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    One of the best meals I have ever had! Everything was immaculately put together with a variety of textures and balanced tastes! I would love to go back! Thank you!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • RajBVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    An absolutely smashing meal! Warm and hospitable service. Excellent wine list. Reasonable tab given the quality of food and wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Top five all-time meal
    Dylan
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Everything about August is first rate. Fine dining without stuffiness. The service was exceptional and everything we ordered was superb. I will go back every time I'm in New Orleans.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't miss this
    Citydweller
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    What a treat we went for the Prix Fixe lunch and were so impressed. Didn't have time to get back for dinner this trip but will definitely be on our reservation list next time we are in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Constant example of the James Beard Award.
    ChefClyde
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    The food is impeccable and the maindinng room displays what a southerm mansion should be. The wait staff is extreemly well trained. The bar has a full complement of botique cocktails and a great wine list. I have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special occasion!
    RobertVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Had the Louisiana beef and trout for entrees - usually want my last bite to be of steak but in this case, both were spectacular. The stuffed blue crab for an appetizer was spectacular. The gnocchi was good but paled in comparison to the stuffed crab shell. Banana pudding for dessert was a taste treat! Service was excellent. One suggestion for the wait staff - fine dining doesn't mean it has to be stuffy. the bussers were pleasant and wonderful. the waiter seemed to think that cracking a smile was unbecoming of a gentleman. Smile! have a little fun with your customers if they start talking to you. Still, a wonderful experience and plan to return my next trip to NOLA.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    Boze
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    We have always had great dinners at August. The service is impeccable and the menu has a lot of choices. Mainly, the food is the best! The evenings we have spent at August were the best,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Probably one of the best meals I've ever had
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    We weren't hungry so we can't attribute how much we enjoyed the food to that. And, the meal just got better with each bite. We were not at all sorry for the price. It was worth every penny.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic and thought-provoking food
    PES2014
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    The food at August is interesting and inventive, featuring combinations not likely to be found in other places. A true foodie dream.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • August prix fixe lunch
    pnslori
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    While the selections were limited, I really enjoyed my meal. The amuse bouche was a beautiful surprise of parmesan mousse in an egg shell. The bacon wrapped pate was a large portion with six different dipping sauces. The beef cheeks were a bit intensely flavored and very rich. The chocolate dessert amazing. You definitely leave full.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Our table was ready and waiting when we arrived. The food was excellent from the gnocchi to the chocolate/coconut dessert!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful meal
    jandbVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    This is an absolute gem amongst the typical tourist fare. The service was attentive but not stifling and the menu is small but has a good variety. I had a goat cheese and pear salad and the duck entree and my wife had the beet salad and the pompano. All were excellent. I rarely have the server pick a wine but I just wanted a pinot noir that would pair with the duck. Not only did he pick a good wine, it was a good price point and not the common attempt to up charge. We would go back in a minute.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really Delightful
    AliceGVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    I ate here in February with my husband and son. I went back alone on a Wed evening. I had a wonderful dinner, I felt completely comfortable and well taken care of. They paired wines for me and answered all my questions. It was just delightful! A
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tastefully terrific
    wimbVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Besh is the best. I love all of his places here in NOLA. Borgne, Luke, Domenica, American Sector, Yummy.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just Wonderful
    FrankVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Had a late dinner with my wife and the experience was just wonderful. The staff was simply incredible. I eat out about 500 times per year and think this restaurant's staff ends on top of the list: attentive, knowledgeable, professional but not a stiff approach, interesting. Our waiter (Randi) was exceptional, as well as a Dutch-speaking colleague of hers (forgot his name). The food was fantastic as well. We enjoyed the flexibility of the menu and each had three different picks, so we could taste 6 different dishes (yes, we share food). 5 out of the 6 dishes were excellent, the sixth was very good (I felt the temperature of the meat dish was a bit low, although it could be because we took our time. Texture, taste and visual were perfectly fine). This was my first time in New Orleans and I always wondered how good the cuisine really is; I always read great reviews about the restaurant scene. Well, August sets the bar really high. I am looking forward going again and try different restaurant in New Orleans although we definitely want to go back to August as well. Just wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RichardVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Arrived with big expectations...didn't quite hit the mark. Began with my dining companion's bar glass, chipped in a place which, if not seen by him, would have severely cut his lip; glass should never have left the bar. Crab appetizer was wonderful. Entrees and plates were neither hot nor cold, lukewarm. Duck and pompano were good...not special. Desserts were the hit of the night. Celebrity chefs need to spend more time in their kitchen(s) ensuring the dishes they create are spectacular even when they are not in the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Over the Top!
    hardtoplease
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Great for foodies! The Chopped Salad (all veggie) with the champagne vinaigrette was to die for!!! Duck outstanding! A must do for anyone who visit NOLA. Get reservations early! Love Open Table as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just faboulous
    LovetoEat
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Exquisite food. Outstanding service. Excellent wine pairing. Would love to go back again, many times over.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Incredible Anniversary Dinner
    UptownCouple
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our one year wedding anniversary at Restaurant August and couldn't have had a better experience. They had our reservation on file and promptly seated us at a great table. The courteous staff reviewed the menu and encouraged us to take our time ordering. We started with craft cocktails from the bar which we were excellent. We had the chef's tasting menu with wine pairings. It was an unforgettable experience. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Good Food But Also Very Pricey
    AndyP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    A true fine dining experience at August. For an appetizer the handmade potato gnocchi, tossed with blue crab and black truffle was delicious, although a bit small. For entrees we had, breaded trout Pontchartrain with shrimp, blue crab, and wild mushrooms and the Gulf snapper courtbouillon with shrimp, blue crab, and jasmin rice, both of which were outstanding. Plenty of layers of flavor in each bite, and cooked to perfection. The only complaint I would have is that for the price paid, I would have liked more food. Certainly a fine dining experience, and one I would recommend, however I personally would have liked slightly larger portions.
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    fit for foodies
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  • August is Still Amazing
    EdwardVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Great food in an amazing atmosphere! John Besh continues to innovate at this tremendous New Orleans eatery. Whether you chose the tasting menu or order a la carte, you will have an incredible evening at August!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed bag
    Arlee
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Beautiful space, but high ceilings made it very loud on a busy Friday night, almost to the point where we couldn't hear each other across the table. This was our third visit, and we couldn't wait to return, but it just wasn't as good an experience this time. Seems like at these prices everything should be perfect, and it just wasn't. I am a huge fan of John Besh from way back, but maybe because of his celebrity, August isn't getting the personal attention it did before. It seemed to me there is more emphasis being placed on presentation than the food. Also, at the end of our dinner, there were a couple of unfortunate mistakes, and, when such happens, it is impossible for it not to influence your experience.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Besh Bucket Lister
    TravelVal
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    There were 10 of us for the Friday lunch and it was truly outstanding. Can't wait to go back with just my husband for a romantic dinner. Everything was perfect. It's a beautiful space and the service is impeccable. Everyone at August is very friendly. Our group loved every minute of it. We had the prix fixe lunch for $20.14 and I am sure my guests will talk about it for years to come. We felt pampered and very well taken care of.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderfully consistently great!
    Italiangirl7
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Had a lovely lunch on our way to the airport for our trip home. Our appetizer of octopus spaghettini was delectable. I tried the smoked swordfish & my companion had the beef shank, both of which were delicious. Dessert was an August version of "vinegar" pie which was custardy, sweet yet tart. This is our third time dining here & it certainly won't be the last. Service may be the best in the entire city & we've been to most of the top restaurants in New Orleans. Chef Besh really knows how to run his kitchen & his staff. Kudos!
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinung in Heaven
    VegasBlond
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The atmosphere bespeaks southern hospitality, charm elegance and graciousness. Each course was a special dining experience. The flavors were sophisticated yet recognizable and enjoyable. The trout was exquisite. If I only had one restaurant to eat at in New Orleans this would be it. Stellas was my favorite. Now it is August.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Lunch
    Superbanator
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    WE have had dinner several times and tried to get dinner reservations, but opted for lunch on a Friday. Excellent through and through. Thank you for your service, the food, and the overall excellence.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything was perfect
    Skooky
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Amazing and innovative food. Service was superb. I was extremely impressed by all the staff's attention to detail and ability to deliver perfection.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific All Around
    Foodies
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    The bar was wonderful and has unique cocktails. Our Service Staff was outstanding and didn't skip a beat. The food was fantastic and exceeded our expectations. Will definitely go again.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Good but not sensational
    Foodie
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Some items were amazing, others so-so. Service energetic but a little too in-your-face for me, too loud and insincere (yes I know that not everyone's dream is to be a waiter but they do ok in a restaurant like this and could have been more engaged as opposed to "on"). Very pretty and very expensive. Three course meal (from a la carte menu) with wine--$150 per person. Wasn't worth it for me.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best meal of my life
    Jles
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Food, service and ambiance were fantastic. Do NOT miss the gnocchi. Even if you don't like gnocchi, as I do not, it's the best thing you'll ever eat. Service was attentive without being annoying. You will regret it if you don't eat here!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The tasting menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Had the tasting menu of which the lemon fish cru and the lamb were outstanding. The spaghettini was ok and the octopus was very good. The dessert, essentially a deconstructed chocolate cake was fairly basic - the sweets offered with the check were tastier and more interesting. Overall a good dining experience, though I would opt for the a la carte menu next time.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • A real treat!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    This was truly amazing from cocktails to service. The food was inspiring. I was in town for a conference and I think August is a must for anyone looking for a wonderful dining experience. I would come back again and again!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Best dinner in Nola.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Fabulous food, outstanding service. By far my favorite meal in New Orleans.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food + service but not special
    CTfoodie
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    We have two chefs in the family, so when we go out for dinner, especially to a "fancy" or "upscale" restaurant like August, we have high expectations. Sadly, while the food was very good, it was nothing special, except maybe for the oyster appetizer and the trout. And the desserts were disappointing. As for the service, it was very good until near the end of our meal, when a large, rowdy table of drinkers arrived, and we became invisible to our waiter. Of our many meals in New Orleans, this was the most most disappointing. Will not be back.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Very "foodie" food - fancy, small servings; beautiful presentation. Slightly unusual combinations.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Frickin Amazing!
    apastrychefsmom
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Every time I go back home to Baton Rouge, I make a reservation at Restaurant August. I love the the food. The Gnocchi crab dish is to die for. I could eat two of them. They are creamy little potato pillows in a wonderful cream sauce topped with crab meat. The trout was fantastic as usual and my lemon sorbet with the meringue lemon flavored pillows was a wonderful end to this perfect meal.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Open for Brunch
    SteakFoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Everything was fabulous, the food, the service, the decor, the ambiance. Best $200 brunch in NOLA.
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    great for brunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic
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  • Perfect!
    Lagniappe4ever
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    I was looking for a restaurant that prepared food that was unique to New Orleans, with great ambience and service. The food was delicious and memorable. The waiter did a fantastic job of explaining each course. The trout Ponchatrain was amazing; so, I will never need to try anything else. The atmosphere was elegant and romantic. The dining room was beautiful. My boyfriend's favorite drink was made exactly the way he likes it (which is rare). It was a great dining experience.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.