Restaurant Nora
Restaurant Nora

Restaurant Nora

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.noras.com/
  • Phone: 2024625143
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Nora Pouillon
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: R Street, N.W.
  • Public Transit: Nearest Metro: Dupont Circle North (Red Line)
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Street parking available after 6:30 p.m.
A word from Restaurant Nora
In April 1999, Restaurant Nora became America's first certified organic restaurant. This means that 95% or more of everything that you eat at the restaurant has been produced by certified organic growers and farmers all who share in Nora's commitment to sustainable agriculture. Nora always offers seasonal, fresh organic food, prepared in a healthy, balanced way and enjoys a "big following" of environmentalists and politicians, who can eat here with a clear conscience, knowing that what's on their plate hasn't polluted the environment, is healthy for them, and tastes good too. Nora offers a special chef's tasting menu, which is perfectly accompanied by a spectacular choice of wines from our award winning wine list, featuring over 100 exceptional wines from small wine producers.
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Restaurant Nora reviews from OpenTable diners
206 reviews since May 6, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (137)fit for foodies (132)romantic (103)neighborhood gem (82)notable wine list (77)good for groups (20)hot spot (12)late-night find (6)great for brunch (5)kid-friendly (4)great for outdoor dining (3)scenic view (3)great for lunch (2)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • CJNND
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I was treated like a queen on my 60th birthday. The plum crisp dessert was spectacular! Thanks for making it such a wonderful memorable evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing! A perfect night out in DC.
    Rmsing
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Nora's does farm to table right. Enjoyed everything about this place! 💖
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not much on the vegetarian side
    StacyVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The vegetarian options were limited and just so so. The atmosphere beautiful and drinks very potent!
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Felt a Bit Screwed
    CMMYAKMAN
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We took one item from the 3 Course Retro Menu and got charged as if we ordered the whole thing. We pointed this out to the waiter before he took our credit card, but he said we were wrong and the tally was correct. I'm looking at the menu online now and its pretty clear that Restaurant Nora was incorrect and took more money than they should have taken. Other than that; the meal, wine and atmosphere were fine - but the thought of the meal costing more money than it should left a bad after taste as we progressed into the evening.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just ok
    MDfoodie1VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Nothing remarkable here. Some standards. Crabmeat with avocado. It's good but not a revalation. Burrata and tomato - same. Monkfish was good. Caesar salad was excellen. Waiter was salesperson'ish but was left to go home after taking the meal order. Rest of dinner was handled by bus staff (another drink, dessert, coffee). Quite strange
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  • Soft shell crabs were fabulous!
    BistroDiner
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Absolutely splendid crabs and elegant wine list.Great that all is organic. Dining room a bit noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First class
    John
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Definitely not the cheapest place in town, but it's a wonderful restaurant if you don't mind spending a little more to have a really great dinner with impeccable service and a terrific atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An all-time favorite
    WeeZee
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This was my second visit to Nora's and both times, I've had spectacular food--creative recipes, fresh ingredients-- plus great wine and attentive service, all in an attractive, relaxed setting. I don't live in DC, but will be sure to make another stop there next time I visit. It would be too pricey for me on an everyday basis, but for a special occasion when I wanted both celebrate and to treat people from abroad to something unique, I couldn't have done better. All in all, a superb dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Night Out.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    My wife and I were in DC for our fifth wedding anniversary and we decided to try Restaurant Nora because we are both into the organic/sustainable food scene. We were not disappointed at all. Food was great, service was excellent, and the atmosphere was just right for our anniversary. My only complaint is that the service was too good. We were in-and-out in about 90 minutes, which was a bit fast when you have ordered a bottle of wine and dessert. Perhaps working on timing a bit would help out. It wasn't even that crowded.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely dinner and a few suggestions
    Ballet007VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Lovely dinner for three. Beautiful presentation. Salads were fresh and nicely dressed. Fennel vichyssoise looked more like a thin puree spinach soup (though without spinach) and the taste was undistinguished. I had hoped for a thick white vichyssoise, so that was a bit of a disappointment to those of us who love the traditional potato leek variety. The leg of lamb was delicious. The strawberry peach pie had a buttery crust and was wonderful. Soft shell crabs are always a favorite though less deep fried batter and more simply sauteed would have allowed more flavor of the crabs to be tasted.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Good food. Very fresh vegetables. $35 three course menu is a great option. The service is efficient and attentive but could benefit from some personal warmth. Some minor disappointments such as the table olive oil was not fresh, the oil used to prepare my chicken schnitzel tasted old although the dish was very well prepared. Also, several of the diners near us were very loud and their conversation kept interfering with our conversation. All in all, a very fine restaurant with excellent food that needs to pay more attention to detail if they aspire to greatness.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nora
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Amazing, fresh, creative! Fantastic service by true professional staff with a passion for food
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, responsible ingredients
    Holter
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Consistently impressed with Nora's commitment to organic food and lifestyles.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Experience
    CLane
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    From the attentive service to the delightful food, I will absolutely be frequenting Restaurant Nora again. Tom, our server, made spot-on recommendations and made the experience that much better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Overall positive
    nochains4us
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Overall a very good experience. We hit Nora's for the organic, locally sourced offerings and found the use of fresh herbs and quality ingredients came through in the food offerings. The quality of the grass-fed meats were excellent. Our server lacked a little personality and the ability to interact with us a bit better . . .otherwise would have been an excellent review.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • special evening
    ganzadelahoya
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    My family was celebrating multiple holidays and while I didn't ask for anything special, they printed happy birthday on the menu, put a candle in dessert (no singing though, thank goodness) and just all around made us feel like we were the only ones there all night. Valet is convenient and inexpensive, gin & tonic menu (one of each please!), and the food was incredible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambiance; food was superb.
    Kweku
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The decor at Nora is fabulous; the framed quilts are unique. The plant-based food offerings were well received by the vegans I. Our group.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely, well-crafted food
    Gracie615
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The food was pricy but wholesome and well-crafted. Restaurant Nora doesn't charge for hyped-up bells and whistles -- the restaurant's décor (and the presentation of the food) was earnest and thoughtful. The service was lovely as well. Well worth the cost for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enchanting
    HappySoloDiner
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Friendly staff who seem to know exactly what a person needs. I couldn't have asked for a better solo dining experience! Lovely, lovely, lovely. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Service!
    DC1968VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Restaurant Nora lived up to its reputation for great food and exceptional service. We sat in the Garden Room and our server Brian was very attentive. There isn't a bad item on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a wonderful dining experience
    Luvtodine
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We felt welcome from the moment we stepped inside the restaurant, and dinner was superb !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine, not great
    TheBruVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Our group of 7 enjoyed each other's company - the food was fine - but nothing special. One diner was served a lukewarm tofu curry. Hard to get waiters attention.
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  • Good dinner
    FedeIUGA
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I coming from Italy and was in washington DC for a congress, went to Nora because of its organic cuisine. We were in six: shared appetizers then I had a ribeye and a sorbet. Everybody was satisfied and everything served with courtesy. Don't know when I will ever come back do DC but I think I won't miss Nora.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but not what we ordered
    Tasty
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We enjoyed all our dishes, although quite a few substitutions were made and we weren't informed. If ingredients are listed on the menu and aren't available, it seems natural it would be explained and the substitutions mentioned upon ordering. One chicken dish was a little disappointing in that it contained only two small pieces of chicken. The fish we got was out of this world and brings the food up a whole star. I would go again, but probably not for a while.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food in (too) cool setting
    AkimonVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The quality of food and the composition of dishes was outstanding, as usual, and the service was great. Our waiter was attentive and knowledgeable about the dishes & excellent wine list. What threw me off was spiciness of some dishes where I did not expect it - my vegetable soup was like liquid lava, for example, and rather generous/excessive layer of salt over some of the vegetable sides. Also, the dining room where we were sitting was extremely cold, to the point where it was beginning to interfere with my enjoyment of the meal. Other than that, this was well worth the visit; there is no other restaurant in DC which puts so much emphasis on local, organic and sustainable food choices and manages to maintain such high level of quality.
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    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing
    medren
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Small plates: The beet salad arrived with no feta and with a sauce that was too heavy and sweet. The burrata was excellent, but the tomatoes around it were average, and the dressing, again, was nothing special. The mussels had a delicious broth, but the mussels themselves were small and dray and tasteless. The bread that you can request is also mediocre. Large plate: The duck was excellent, by far the best thing we had, but the risotto under it was just so-so. Dessert: The chocolate cake is small and dense and not-too-sweet; the fruit in the berry crumble was too runny and goey, with a topping that seemed like simple granola. Overall, a nice meal but the food should be better given Nora's reputation and pricing.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Under our expectations
    lsrp29
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The food wasn't great. I ordered a tart with goat cheese that was very simple. It looked like something that I could improvise at home because the flavors and the execution were pretty basic. The worst thing was the salad. It only had three dates, not enough, considering that the dates were the only thing that gave flavor to the salad.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious organic/fresh food
    ynadal
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Everything about the plates we ordered tasted so fresh that we wanted to keep on eating. The service was excellent, the atmosphere perfect and the food was just delicious. We will definitely return to order the tasting menu which looked tempting. The dessert was the tiramisu, sooo good, a must when in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic and Delicious
    VAFoodies
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our romantic evening at Restaurant Nora. Have been wanting to dine here for a while after it was highly recommended by a foodie friend. It did not disappoint. We opted for the Tasting Menu - 4 courses all of which were delicious. Between us we were able to sample eight different items. We were given the option of ordering dessert from any of the many wonderful choices. Food was delicious, innovative, and not overly seasoned (a common complaint of mine). The lavender ice cream was truly special. You can tell a lot about a restaurant by the quality of their bread - the whole wheat sourdough was excellent. Wine by the half bottle a nice option. Can't wait to return!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Food Good Service Needs Improvement
    JLS46VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    For special occasions at a place like Nora, one expects excellent service to accompany excellent food. While the food quality remains high and the drinks were also excellent, the service was well below expectations during our most recent visit. The server seemed ignorant about the menu contents, unable to answer simple questions about the food or provide suggestions. The main course took a long time to arrive, and then we were essentially forgotten once we wanted the check. Nora is one of my favorite restaurants in the city, and I will try it again. But service like that at a place like Nora is a real shame.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    Gourmand18VIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Every appetizer and entree we tried were very delicately cooked and tasted so good. Particularly, the basil pesto fettucine and the rabbit risotto were my favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A birthday to remember!
    PleasedVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    So pleased with the service and accommodations for pregnant wife on her birthday. Out party of four thoroughly enjoyed every course and the delicious cocktails. Thank you for maintaining your jight standards for food and service!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I went to Nora for a private dinner with my wife and hopes were high - taking into account recommendations and reviews. We had a nice evening and especially liked our gin tonics and the wine, and a rather pleasantly relaxed environment in the restaurant. We ordered the retro menu and thought we were on safe grounds with the main dish. However, the rabbit was extremely salty and we should have had made the restaurant aware of that. We were so consumed by each other and the discussion. My dessert was dry (type of sponge cake) and I ate only the berries. If I will go again to Nora's? It depends on the company. If yes, I will be more selective in the choice of menu.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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  • Disappointed
    neighborVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We've been here many times over the years, and this is the first time we haven't loved the food. For this visit, we went for the "retro" aniversary prix fixe dinner. The rabbit was oversalted and dry, and the country pate was pretty tasteless. The wines were in general overpriced and there was a very limited selection in wines by the glass. I would still come back, considering this visit to be an aberation.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • Very good, but nothing outstanding
    faceVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Dinner itself was really good--we did the chef's tasting menu. Everything was very high quality and super fresh (as expected). That said, nothing was great or supremely interesting. Kind of took very fresh ingredients and then used them to make more traditional dishes. The food and atmosphere were both very good, but I'm not sure I would go again, especially at the price point.
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    romantic
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  • McgreleVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The entire evening was great. Because this was a special celebration, our menus had been written to commemorate that event.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • ffxdinerVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    4 of us had a wonderful dinner here on a Saturday night. We esp. like the idea of having organic food. We were seated in the library room which was marvelous with its quilts on the wall. Our waiter was excellent answering all of our questions & recommended a red wine to us. Food wise all of us were very, very pleased with our meals. I had the beet salad, the halibut & the peach blueberry crisp. The menu does change due to their using what is fresh and I'd love to go back again.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Special Touches at Every Turn
    carolinefcolorado
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    What a special memorable evening. We chose Restaurant Nora for our daughter's birthday and we are so happy we did. We mentioned in a note on the reservation that it was Joely's 24th birthday. They had a special message printed at the top of our menu wishing her a happy birthday which was also a very nice touch. To our surprise, they accommodated the wishes of a friend of our daughter's who called ahead requesting a bottle of champagne on the table. The food was delicious and the wine selection was fabulous at a very reasonable price. at Nora's the attention to detail including every ingredient on the menu and the filtered water made every dish delicious. we especially enjoyed the heirloom tomato salad and the lamb.
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Consistent Excellence
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Jack and staff continue to hold high standards for this wonderful neighborhood restaurant! We have been coming back for years, and the food and service only gets better. In a time where trendy restaurants flame and burn out, Nora proves that exceptional food and service is timeless.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • No longer a prime dining experience
    DCStreetGourmet
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Nora used to be a favorite restaurant to take business partners or visitors from Europe - due to the great quality of the food, the outstanding service and the relaxing atmosphere. This visit was a disappointment and the quality and service did not justify the very high price of the meal: The menu was an international hodgepodge (everything from Moroccan chicken to Asian-style noodles). The peeky-toe crab cake as well as the veal ossobuco had no flavor, the molten chocolate cake was neither molten nor hot inside. The waiter was hectic and forgot half of our order. The whole atmosphere was hectic as well. There was at least one highlight: The wine list was still excellent.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate