Restaurant BT
Restaurant BT

Restaurant BT

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.restaurantbt.com/
  • Phone: 8132581916x
  • 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 WinnerFit for Foodies
Restaurant BT reviews from OpenTable diners
38 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.8
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (31)special occasion (25)neighborhood gem (22)romantic (18)notable wine list (10)great for lunch (7)good for groups (5)hot spot (3)great for brunch (2)great for outdoor dining (1)late-night find (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • 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
    • Food
    • 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
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    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 152 reviews are from the Restaurant BT reviews archive.
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    Travelingdiner
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Amazing meal and outstanding menu. So many great items to choose from. Can't wait to go back and try more items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    We had a fantastic dinner, excellent service and an amazing menu- what a great chef. Well worth a visit!!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious, but chilly atmosphere
    1HungryBear
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    The food was absolutely excellent. Our bill for 2 with tip was $175, which is more than we typically spend. BT's biggest opportunity is their restaurant's atmosphere, in my opinion. We were underwhelmed by the plastic chairs and general layout of the dining area. Maybe a small water feature (plug in fountain?) or similar would give the place a more tranquil, warmer feel.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner For Mom
    Birthdaysaviour
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    I made a reservation on OpenTable for Restaurant BT as I thought that it would be a great place to make up for the fact that I had forgotten my mother's birthday. I included a comment that we would be celebrating a birthday and requested a candle in a dessert if they did such a thing. I received a follow up call for BT's confirming the reservation and asking me if I would like for them to have a special menu printed for my mother, commemorating her special day. I loved the idea! They also suggested that they would have a special dessert prepared for her, their signature chocolate mousse, and would certainly include a candle. The dinner was spectacular and flawless and the staff could not have been more accommodating. Thank you BT's!
    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.
  • Fantastic food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    The food and menu was wonderful. Really some of the best food we had in the Tampa area. We were a little disappointed with the atmosphere. Putting a little additional focus on the outdoor eating area details and interior ambiance would really make this place a go-to for us. Better screening from the main street, removal of cold/industrial uplight fixture under the courtyard canopy, replacing bulbs, leveling the gravel seating would make a huge difference. Nevertheless, all in all a good experience that we would repeat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Emeril and I call it "special"
    DrJim
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Traveled from Orlando for a Rays game and had recently seen Emeril reviewing this "gem". The food and service were outstanding. The wine list was extensive with many selections that require us to return again.The restaranteur visited our table and made feel quite at home. As we were leaving she thanked us for coming and we both agreed that this visit won't be our last.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great 1st nite of vacation
    Annejohn
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Fantastic experience all around looking forward to our next meal upon return to Tampa ! Need to try many more of the menu choices!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Didn't Disappoint
    PDogVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    First time @ BT since the move to MacDill - was worth the wait! Were seated promptly - the only thing is that the tables were so close to each other that we couldn't have a conversation without opening it all up to the couple sitting @ the next table. Oh well, didn't ruin our evening. Here we go - Tuna Thai Chanh and Green Papaya Salad as apps (salad could have had a little more flavor) and Pumpkin Soup and Scallops as entreés. Wonderful! Finished with out-of-this-world Trio of Crème Bruleé (lemongrass, ginger, keffir lime). All in all, a very nice meal; we'll be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BT does it with a charm
    ShaunTVIP
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    I discovered Restaurant BT after hearing about it for a long time. I took my date there, we had a great time and the food was absolutely delicious. will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Some of the BEST!
    RobbieboyVIP
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    There are so many gems on the menu - creatively designed and superbly executed. Tampa is very fortunate to have this talented chef creating Magic on MacDill.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overrated as far as I am Concerned
    HighExpectations
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Food was very good but pricey considering what it was. Don't mind paying anything if it is worth it. Service was terrible and the noise level in the dining room does NOT make for a relaxing, romantic evening out. When complaining about the service to owner, BT, her response was a blank stare and offered no apology. Will take my business where it is appreciated.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great for foodie visitors
    maggie
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    My houseguests have travelled the world, with a focus on food, and declare B.T. the BEST Vietnamese food anywhere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • EXCEPTIONAL
    Lucy71VIP
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Enjoyed a delicious lunch with my husband. The dishes were flavorful, healthy, simply outstanding. Elegant presentation, pure eye candy . Service was perfect. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed the evening
    jdiner
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Wherever BT goes, she creates an excellent combination of cuisine and pleasant dining. We are very fortunate that her latest venture is close by.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best in town
    MichaelSVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    BT has been offering some of the best food in town for years. He creative cuisone has unbelievable flavors and is always a great evening. Wine list is very good as well. Snapper is a must and Duck Burrito is amazing. Specials are always great as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.