The Fireplace
The Fireplace

The Fireplace

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.fireplacerest.com/
  • Phone: 6179751900
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Mid-Day menu: Daily: 2:30pm - 5:00pm; Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jim Solomon
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Fans of our rustic yet upscale fare at The Fireplace can also enjoy our locally sourced food at private events. Show off your home. Or pick the perfect place for a business outing, wedding or charity gala. We"ve got connections with some pretty magical New England venues.
  • Private Party Facilities: The upscale but homey ambiance of The Fireplace makes for unforgettable gatherings. Parties as small as fourteen and as large as ninety fit perfectly into our cozy but comfortable confines.
  • Private Party Contact: Laurie Stuehmer 6179751900
  • Entertainment: We love good music almost as much as we love good food. Join us at The Fireplace for some cool jazz and hot Latin music on the first Wednesdays and Thursdays of each month at The Fireplace. Shows start at 9:30pm.
  • Special Events: Your credit card on file will be charge $25 per person if a cancellation is not made within 48 hours.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Washington Street
  • Public Transit: The Green Line - C train stop at Washington Square is directly across the street from The Fireplace.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: The restaurant has a lot for about 30 cars. There is also good street parking.
A word from The Fireplace
The Fireplace located in Brookline Massachusetts is a cosmopolitan New England Grill serving food with integrity while celebrating the bounty of the region and its Colonial influences. In addition to being the 1st Certified Green Restaurant in Boston, the restaurant has won numerous awards and mentions including Outstanding Wine List (Wine Spectator 2013), Chocolate Madness Winner
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The Fireplace reviews from OpenTable diners
134 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (84)fit for foodies (75)special occasion (41)romantic (38)great for brunch (32)good for groups (29)great for lunch (26)notable wine list (16)kid-friendly (16)great for outdoor dining (16)vibrant bar scene (8)hot spot (8)late-night find (4)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Bad service - food is ok
    JoanneVIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    I went here for the Super Hunger Brunch. Even though I have made reservation, the girl who was sitting us has caused a lot of issues; ended up giving away our table to other people in the restaurants. Other than that, the food is ok. I probably will not come back anytime soon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was fantastic although
    AKLEINVIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    The food was fantastic although the service left a little to be desired. Not sure if they were under staffed but there was only one hostess and even with a reservation it took close to ten minutes to be seated. If we had not had a reservation not sure we would have been able to eat here so a reservation for brunch is a must! And given that every table was taken, I felt like other servers and what appeared to be the manager did a better job helping us out then our own server. I would still tell people to go here but be prepared for a long meal, which for me is more than alright!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing service, okay food
    Disappointed
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    I waited a while to be seated, as the hostess noticeably swept by me multiple times to seat later-arrived parties. I felt awkward and unwelcome, but stuck it out as I had already purchased a coupon for the meal. When there was no one else left waiting, the hostess proceeded to take me to a table that was so cramped in a corner, I had to squeeze past the chairs of other diners to get to my seat, which I then had to slide into as there was no room to pull the chair back. I asked if I could be seated at the first-come, first-served bar, as others had been to enjoy brunch in relative comfort. The hostess insisted that I remain in my uncomfortable seating. The food was ok, but my experience was marred by that first 30 minutes.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cozy corner
    FrankophileVIP
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    When reserving on this frigid day, I requested a table near the fireplace, but the only ones available when we arrived were a crowded two-top and another too close to the restaurant's entrance for comfort. So my companion and I were tucked into a back corner table with a banquette, which was lovely, but may have kept us "out-of-mind," as our service was slow and our lunch hour stretched into two. Fortunately, the conversation and food were good, although the Brussels sprouts in my salad were hardly "charred," and the onions barely grilled, as described in the menu. My companion's burger looked thick and tasty, and he declared it "very good." The pear tart that we shared for dessert was the highlight of my meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is a great restaurant
    Bermuda
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    we are just visiting Boston on Medical and we were looking for a nice restaurant for a good meal and get out of hotels. We came across this restaurant in Oct when we were here and we liked it so much we wanted to try it again when we had to return back for the winter. We love the unique type of food choices. We loved the flavors and would go any time. Coming from Bermuda we found the prices comparable to what we would pay for a good back home.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nicole's Second Day
    Toko
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    We had Nicole as our waitress and even though it was only her second day she handled things like a pro. The service was attentive without being intrusive. The food and drinks were excellent and we were made to feel welcome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • large group
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    A dozen or so of us, including friends from out of town got together recently. The food was great (no surprise), and the service was spot-on. Really helpful, coordinated, and attentive without rushing us. Perfect choice!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A nice neighborhood find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    A small neighborhood venue with a creative menu and locally sourced food. There are enough 'small dish' items under various categories that I ate a 'tapas' type dinner while my husband took the standard 'salad and entree' approach. The smaller dishes were creative - the pomegranate and pear salad with arugula was superb, as was the 'preview' of their winter menu clam 'chowder' (it was way more than a chowder, featuring applewood smoked bacon, celery, hand-made gnocchi and whole clams). Highlyl recommended for a nicer evening out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A very lovely anniversary dinner…
    Meag
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    Upon arrival I immediately knew this would be good. Our waiter was amazing, Josh or Joshua? Our water was filled frequently and food delivered quickly despite the busy crowd. Mostly couples surrounded us. I got the Caesar and my date got their signature burger. Both were delicious! Our waiter knew it was our third anniversary and dessert was on him! Very sweet and unexpected! Will return for future dates!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Night spot
    BBblues
    Dined on 1/13/2014
    I was in town for a BC b-ball game... looking to connect with my kids... choose this location as rated by open table. Not disappointed... good menu selection... lot's of small plates and desert options.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent late night light meal
    missylrpVIP
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    After traveling for 6 hours, we were exhausted and hungry but it was 10:45pm. Where to eat? The Fireplace welcomed us and we had an excellent light meal. There were 4 of us and we ordered salads, soup and sandwiches. The warm lobster roll was different than I had in the past but I really enjoyed it! We would definitely return...hopefully, earlier to sample entrees.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Satisfying and nourishing meal
    Jake
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Great food and very consistent in service, ambiance, and food. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Gem
    MJIF
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Finally made it to The Fireplace and we loved it. Excellent menu with great flexibility, most items can be small plates or large plates. Very gluten-free friendly, first restaurant I've been to that serves a gluten free roll during the regular bread service. Everything the three of us had was fabulous: risotto, pomegranite and pear salad, roast brussel sprouts, short rib, duck confit salad, steak bits. We'll be back soon to explore the rest of the menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great American-style food
    Fatboy
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Had another reliably wonderful meal. Food appears to broad audience, with refined palates
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't overlook the Fireplace.
    Anniesnanny
    Dined on 1/5/2014
    With a lot of new trendy places in Washington Square grabbing the foodie headlines, it may be easy to overlook this long time quality place to dine. Don't. It is pleasant, consistent, and serves good food. The menu is imaginative but not pretentious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Year's Eve
    Beacon
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    On Open Table I put in a request for window and second level of restaurant. I got neither. Since it was busy, I did not ask the maitre D about the request and that is probably why it didn't happen. However, I have to say that the table we did get probably turned out to be better.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful location, wonderful
    CMF914
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Beautiful location, wonderful owners, romantic setting if you sit by the Fireplace. Really delicious food, reasonably priced considering the outstanding ambience, service and quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very pleased
    Penpat2020
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Went with my wife and another couple and had a great dinner experience. Duck special was very good as was my wife's vegetable pasta dish. "cheese board" was a bit disappointing only from the lack of actual cheese on the plate as it was a 2" x 2" x 2" chunk. Service was prompt and friendly and the bartenders were great. Sat at the bar prior to our guests arrival and made a great drink. Will definitely be back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cozy winter meal location
    Sheesh
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Cozy winter meal location, especially if you sit in the main level area where the fireplace is. Wait staff could have been a bit more attentive with drink and water refills, but otherwise the service and experience was great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Christmas Dinner!
    JennDVTVIP
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    What a treat! Not many restaurants are open on Christmas, so we drove about 30 minutes to Brookline. What a warm, welcoming establishment! We were seated promptly (we had reservations) right in front of the fire. Service was terrific. Friendly and warm and unobtrusive. Food was superb. Looooved the bread! I had the chicken and it was exactly the tasty comfort food I wanted. My boyfriend also loved his dish. Ambience was perfect and the vibe was lively but relaxed and quiet enough for dinner conversation. Thanks for being open on Christmas!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Crammed too many tables into
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    Crammed too many tables into too small a space. Food great; atmosphere so-so.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Christmas magic
    Booberry
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    Dined by the fire, very cozy and romantic. The food was outstanding except for the Creme brûlée. Lamb, brussel sprout/ cauliflower salad, everything else so delicious . Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was sleepy
    JDBOS
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    The food was great. The presentation on the plate was attractive. The mood in the restaurant was relaxing. The server was totally out of sink with the meal in terms of timing and attentiveness. For example, receiving our wine after we finished with the appetizer, we had to ask for a spoon several minutes after receiving soup (because we couldn't get his attention), not having sweetener when we ordered an after dinner coffee. I had to pull some out of my purse to use. I didn't have any type of beverage the last 15 minutes of my dinner. We had to keep flagging him down for basic table necessities and then he forgot us at the end and we waited a fully bussed table for the check for at least 5 minutes. It went on and on from there.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Christmas Treat
    pharmacyfrau
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    Our family dined here for Christmas dinner and had a lovely meal. The waitstaff was phenomenol and very attentive without being overbearing. They had a special menu for the holiday that included many comfort foods. The butternut squash bisque was excellent. Several of us had the duck which was delicious but the portions were so large we had to take some home (not that I am complaining). The lamb and filet mignon was also excellent. Desserts were yummy and the portions were just the right size. The only negative was the overcrowding of tables in the main dining room & an AC unit that was blowing cold air on one section of the dining room resulting in several diners sending back their plates to be rewarmed (luckily they fixed it quickly)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious comfort food. We
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    Delicious comfort food. We devoured our meals. Well done!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Being honest
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    I'm sorry to report that all four of us were disappointed with our dinner last Monday. It's hard to find restaurants open on Mondays, so we were glad to come to The Fireplace, where I've had many lovely dinners in the past. The small plates were both too small and not flavorful enough. The pretzel bites were too many and too rich. One of our party is a vegetarian, so it's always a challenge for her to find tasty food when dining out. We'll have to come back and give it another try sometime soon in the new year.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • main event
    longftimefan
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    The old-reliable lunch menu satisfied - with more than enough taste and quantity. Truly a neighborhood bright star, and a parking lot in back to round out the picture. Friends and I come here when we need recharging and attention.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining experience
    SuzieVIP
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    I really enjoyed my meal at the Fireplace. I ordered three small plates of different items off of the menu and each one was delicious!! I like the idea of having the ability to choose either a small or large portion of many items on the menu. Great care was taken to provide me with plenty of gluten free options. All in all, a great dining experience!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy, gluten-free awesome-ness.
    CIA22
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    We went here for a special occasion and immediately fell in love with the place. Great corner location, right across from the T. And who could forgot the fireplace? Seating may be a little awkward, but the incredible service and un-pretentiousness makes up for it. Being gluten-free, not by choice, the menu blew my mind! From the lobster mac and cheese, to the warm bread, and wine selection. It was ah-mazing. I want to come back for every meal, and try everything! I have never been so impressed. Thank you so much! Please visit this place, you won't regret it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    CAllan
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Great location in the heart of Brookline. Food was delicious and he atmosphere is great. The kitchen is open to all to see and looked very clean and professional. Service was great and there is plenty of metered parking all around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Consistent Favorite
    Scratch
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    The Fireplace is one of my 'go-to' restaurants for special occasions or occasions that I want to make special. I'm probably there 5 or 6 times a year, which doesn't make me a regular, but the friendly staff always makes me feel like they've missed me. The food is interesting -- usually modern American cuisine -- and well-prepared; the portions are reasonable without being overwhelming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful evening. Celebrated
    Targa
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    Wonderful evening. Celebrated my mother's 84 th birthday.. Perfect night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful experience
    Rich
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    It was the perfect location for treating my staff to a holiday lunch.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very flexible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 12/16/2013
    Really appreciate the gluten free menu and the willingness of the staff to adjut the menu according to what sounds delicious rather than what the menu says it comes with. Have never had a problem adjusting a dish or asking for something different. Very kind, and great attention to detail with allergies
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently creative, well-execute
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    Consistently creative, well-executed, locally-sourced food. One of my all-time Greater Boston favs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Group Meeting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    We had a group meeting at the Fireplace recently, and had a great time. The food was excellent and the atmosphere warm and relaxing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced for quality of food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/9/2013
    Caesar salad bore no resemblance to classical recipe.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Brunch with Friends
    amiapickyeater
    Dined on 12/8/2013
    A good place for brunch - food was delicious and our waiter was great. Easy parking in the neighborhood on a Sunday.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love the fireplace at the Fireplace
    outstandingVIP
    Dined on 12/5/2013
    We went for a later dinner and were seated right by the fireplace in the lower section of the restaurant. We loved the fireplace and the warmth it generated on a cold night. The food and service were just excellent. It's a favorite restaurant for us when we visit Boston...if we lived closer we would be there more often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fatty brisket
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/4/2013
    the brisket was almost all fat. Sent it back and switched to the tried and true scallops. Jim, the owner, did come to the table to apologize and offered us a free dessert. A welcomed touch. Won't let this stop us from going back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.