Restaurant BT
Restaurant BT

Restaurant BT

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.restaurantbt.com/
  • Phone: (813) 258-1916
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch Tuesday-Saturday 11:30am - 2:30pm

    Dinner Tuesday-Thursday 5:30pm - 9:30pm

    Dinner Friday & Saturday 5:30pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, French, Vietnamese
  • Executive Chef: B.T Nguyen-Batley
  • 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, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Palmira Avenue
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: 3 Convenience parking lot around the Hyde Park Village
A word from Restaurant BT
Located In the charming Palma Ceia neighborhood of Tampa, Restaurant B.T. specializes in a modern style of classic French & Vietnamese cuisines. Chef and proprietor B.T Nguyen-Batley lends her own vision to this unique fare. Drawing from her Vietnamese roots as well as her design background, she places an emphasis on presentation & decor. Sleek white plates arrive at your table adorned with edible flowers and fresh herbs accenting simple yet flavorful dishes to be enjoyed in a Zen-like atmosphere.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Restaurant BT reviews from OpenTable diners
47 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.8
  • Food4.8
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (46)special occasion (32)neighborhood gem (29)romantic (23)notable wine list (15)great for lunch (9)good for groups (8)great for outdoor dining (4)hot spot (4)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • Restaurant BT is a real find!
    Seafoodie
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Modern, intimate ambiance with beautiful service and a vey interesting Vietnameese/French menu. The foie gras starter was excellent and was accented with an apple, raisin chutney. Fresh, local seafood and produce with asian spices and noodles. It's a 15 minute taxi ride from downtown but week worth the trip. Wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great meal.
    GatorCPAVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Great food. Always something new and special to try. Ambiance/decor is intimate, but tends to be loud due to same intimate ambiance/decor. Still a great choice in spite of this.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BT was a Great Find
    XChef
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    I had a business associate in town and wanted to provide him with a fine meal.. I found Bt on the OT app and was intrigued with the menu, so took a chance on a restaurant I hadn't been to before. Turned out to be a great choice! Nice ambiance, excellent service. The menu is complex and imaginative. Our food arrived, artfully presented and prepared perfectly. Their wine list is excellent. There is no liquor service, but that was fine with us. I had the green papaya salad and rack of lamb, which were perfect. My guest was pleased and so were my other colleagues.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Worth It
    Kevin
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I've come here a few times now and always enjoy the food. The Bo Tai Chanh is my go-to dish, but I decided to try something new. I got one of the specials and also decided to try the Peking Duck Burrito. It was really good. Everyone enjoyed their meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BT'S
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Man,do they get it right! Food & Service Excellent! Touché BT & Richard!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Awesome
    foody
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We celebrated my wife's birthday enthralled by the specials. The flavors are consistently special, food combinations innovative, presentations enticing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal in Tampa
    EricVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We found BT on Open Table and had to try it after reading the reviews. It was every bit as good as everyone said it was. The food choices were amazing and the whole experience was as good as it gets. A great find in tampa - surprised to find this good of a place in a bit of an out of the way location!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best bites in long time
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    This place is outstanding. The chef is engaged and offered suggestions for entrees. If I'm back in Tampa I'm heading here
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • French - Vietnamese
    Buzz
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    A wonderful restaurant with wonderful but delicate flavors. The combination of French and Vietnamese flavors are different, exotic, complex, and delicate - no over spiced food. I had the stuffed baby squid which was fantastic, and my wife had the Red Snapper. We paired with a dry French Rose recommended by our waiter - perfect match. The dessert choices were very tempting but we were full. If you need just a little sweet try the toasted coconut ice cream and the French Press coffee - a great way to finish up a wonderful meal. We had a nice table for two, but the table for 15 filled the room as we finished - nice job by management filling a small space as the small tables were finishing. BT will be a repeat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Experience the flavors
    noname
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The was amazing. The atmosphere and service equally outstanding. If you are a foodie you must try this place. It is out of the way but easy to get to. I am fortunate to travel all over the world and would match this restaurant against any for taste, presentation, service and ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Read the high Zagat rating!
    navywinsVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We were visiting the Tampa area and read about BT in our travel book. Their high Zagat rating made it a easy decision. The crab soup and special gulf shrimp appetizer was delicious and beautifully presented.. I loved the fact that their ingredients are all healthy and flavorful. The entees were just as wonderful. Our waiter really knew his wines and made great suggestions to both wine and menu items. We are already planning to go back this visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic
    Hogjones
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Absolutely delicious. Loved the traditional French dishes made with a unique combo of Asian ingredients.There is something for everybody: vegan dishes, fish, duck, chicken, beef. We will have to go back a dozen times just to try everything. The sake martinis are incredible--all made with fresh pressed juices & the wine list was beautiful. Everything tasted so fresh & clean. I highly recommend the creme brûlée trio...kafir lime, lemongrass, and ginger. Yum! One piece of advice....don't listen to your GPS! The actual street address takes you in through the kitchen entrance vice the main entrance, which is on a side street. The staff graciously will walk you through if you make the same mistake we did.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We loved the amazing food
    Shopper2717
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The menu is alive with interesting food combinations. We had a group if 4 and everyone agreed this was one of the best restaurants in Tampa. After desert everyone pulled out their calendars to see when we could all come back! While the food was delicious, the chairs were very uncomfortable. Call me old fashioned, but when I pay $400 for dinner for 4 I would like to be comfortable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    BT is a gem! Extraordinary food that is inventive , unique and delicious. We look forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Romantic Ambiance
    MalloryEats
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The food was delicious but a little pricey for the portion sizes. However, the service is great and the ambiance is perfect for date night
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Something different for lunch
    Eat4life
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Vietnamese influenced dishes certainly makes a wonderful alternative to typical lunch spots. Food variations and a balance of flavored on the plate makes this a recommended place. Do have a Bloody Geisha if you aren't heading back to work.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We'll be back.
    Chicago2Tampa
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Would have been 5 stars for food but the entrees we had were just good, and the wine is so overpriced that we had to pass. The octopus, the lobster, and the fried spring roll appetizers were absolutely amazing! Light, and fresh, and clean, and beautifully presented. My husband always insists on dessert (I rarely partake) but the chocolate mousse should be called by a new name... addicting. Would have been 5 for wait staff but our main waiter seemed bored and preoccupied, luckily there were 3 more picking up his slack (and introducing us to chocolate mousse with a cute french accent.) I loved the uniqueness of location, it is hard to find local restaurants with the loving touch of a proud chef, so much of Tampa is wasted on big chains.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BIRTHDAY DINNER
    Ironmanray
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Three of us dined for my birthday dinner. Our service was excellent. Our waiter was very knowledgeable with all menu choices and all of all selections were delicious. We had wine and the maitre'd was helpful in selecting a wine. BT is one of my favorite places to dine in Tampa. Lunch or dinner one cannot go wrong.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Five Star Cuisine in Quiet Setting
    AustinWriterGirl
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Second trip was even more amazing. Our first was some time ago when BT was in downtown Tampa. This setting is a quiet neighborhood bistro, no frills. No windows. Just fabulously inventive cuisine and excellent, knowledgeable service. The dinner menu is Vietnamese / French, but I call it Vietnamese / Global with a hint of French flair. This is a foodie paradise and pricey, but worth it for special occasions. We will come again, perhaps next time for lunch. Wish the acrylic seats were more comfortable. My rump prefers a bit of cushion. Interior is a bit bland, but the Zen furnishings are stylish. The food is the star here; perhaps yet another location may provide the absolute perfection that Chef BT Nguyen's talents deserve.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Creative perfection!
    BornInCubaVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had been hearing about Restaurant BT for years but had never been. After looking at OpenTable for highly-rated places, we chose BT. Are we ever glad we did! Simply put, the presentations were absolutely beautiful. Each plate was artfully prepareed. For appetizers, the hot spring rolls were delectable and fresh. The Pho was the best we've ever had. For entrées, we were wowed by the Shaken Beef, pork tenderloin (moist, flavorful) and diver scallops (exotically delicious). The black rice steamed in coconut milk is a must. No room for dessert, but the selection we were offered had something for everyone. The wait staff was knowledgeable, attentive yet unobtrusive. Kudos go to a truly polished kitchen staff. Your reputation precedes itself.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 27 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.9
    • Food4.9
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 165 reviews are from the Restaurant BT reviews archive.
  • Unique dining
    TampaPalms22
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Service attentive, delicious combination of tastes and textures. Presentation is outstanding. Every detail is precise. The croissant bread pudding is the most delicious dessert I've ever eaten!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love it
    restaurantlove
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We have been to BTs many times and always enjoy it so much. The food is outstanding: beautifully presented and always fresh and delicious
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    fmrincjojo
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We had a wonderful experience and meeting BT was a pleasant surprise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BT, relocated
    drdave
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    First time to BT (formerly Restaurant BT). Excellent service at the table. Simple but sleek surroundings, nice weekday evening crowd. The food was very good - had pho and shaken beef. Beef not as "crusty" as I have had in SF's Slanted Door, but was good. Very nice dinner for my wife and family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chef BT is OUTSTANDING!!!
    foodlover
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My husband and I decided to try a variety of appetizers and asked the Chef to bring several cold and hot plates. It was absolutely divine. Chef personally served each of these plates and paired it with the perfect wines. Food was exceptional and the service impeccable. I would highly recommend this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    BT's done it again. From the service to the appetizers and dessert everything was amazing. I loved my snapper dish and everyone at the table loved their meal as well. The chocolate mousse and creme brûlée was perfection!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent find
    dwb666
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    First time in Tampa and with no local knowledge relied on Yelp to pinpoint a highly rated restaurant. Location-wise, not the most exclusive of areas and the building was not exactly an architectural masterpiece but once inside, the ambiance, service and food was excellent. A funky fusion of Vietnamese and French cuisine - a good wine-list and choice of beers (no liquor license). Nice touch with valet parking. Would definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Willy
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We have been coming to BT's Restaurant for years and it has always been great. She is always there to greet you, the food is superb and the service outstanding. We will continue to go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great romantic birthday dinner
    RiceSpice
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Went here for my husband's birthday which I stated upon booking the reservation. They printed a Happy Birthday greeting to my husband on his menu. Very nice touch. Small place, but very nicely decorated. Romantic and the food was excellent. We would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Superb
    Doll10
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    We loved this restaurant. Excellent service, spectacular food...beautiful setting. Great night.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Uniquely delicious!
    DeeDayVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We always are pleasantly surprised with the various flavors BT combines!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • BT's D.L.T.
    Bec2FinVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    If only parking weren't such a problem...I'd eat here 7 days a week. Parking on the street was nerve-wracking (signs posted) when the lot shared with an office and a clothes shop was full. I kept popping up to see if a spot was free. The Maitre D' said, "We have valet parking on the weekend..." This visit, I tried the D.L.T. (Duck, lettuce and tomato) on baguette and it was delicious. My friend ordered a delicious salad with grilled shrimp, but no cucumbers. Unfortunately, it came with cukes throughout. When the waiter came around to ask if our lunches pleased, he took back her plate to replace it with a cucumber-free version. Good thing we ordered the soft spring rolls, so that took the edge off my friend's hunger.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hard to Choose
    Bec2FinVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    It's hard to choose even two dishes among the offerings at BT. Nothing has disappointed in 4 trips here. Just wish they had enough parking. They look out back in the lot and try to help, but it's always a bit of a hassle. Still the food - both the French and Vietnamese - leaves my mouth excited every time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, service poor
    Eat2liv
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The food is good, creative presentations. The service was innatentive, we had to constantly flag down a server for everything. IKEA plastic chairs very uncomfortable. While the food was good, the overall experience was not a good value for the high prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!!!
    MeBe
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    It was our first time here and it was a birthday dinner for my hubby. They had a personalized bday menu with his name and date and bday greetings. Appetizer was superb which was the escargot & duck burrito, excellent main course which was shaken beef, Kobe beef, pork, and the seafood. They had excellent customer service which included the master chef BT who would go around every table checking everybody. We will definitely come back. Love the complimentary valet!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We went to BT specifically to get her special beef tartare dish. My husband ordered the beef stroganoff. The beef was not cooked consistently. Some pieces medium rare, others well done. Over all the dish's flavor was not appealing and did not provide the comfort normally associated with this dish. The lobster bisque was thin and did not have the creamy, sherry flavor we craved. The server came across as snotty. Despite the restaurant being completely empty when we arrived, he tried to hide us behind a wall and then in a corner. We laughed when the next couple came in and rejected the same tables.
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  • Outstanding overall
    JKKO
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    BT is one of the top two or three restaurants in Tampa. It is costly, but well worth it for a special ocassion or if money is of no concern.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best of Both Worlds
    Bec2FinVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Vietnamese banana tapioca pudding with escargot crepes...the best of Vietnamese and French on our doorstep. I would have chosen literally anything on the menu - it was that enticing. Friendliest service in a long time. BT's daughter was our charming waitress.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect Combo-French and Asian!
    FridayNiteFoodie
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Excellent food prepared with fresh ingredients! Menu is a combination of Classic French with a Vietnamese influence, to element Asian and world cuisine. Where else can you get a delicious bowl of Pho and Coq au Vin, both outstanding, at one meal?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Tampa
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    I am not a big fan of this type of food but my customer recommended it. I had the duck burrito and it was awesome!! I will definitely take additional customers in the future.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.