The Red Raven
The Red Raven

The Red Raven

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.redravenacton.com/
  • Phone: 9782742231x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 5:00pm, Dinner: Daily at 5:00pm. "The Loft" upstairs is open Wednesday, Friday, Saturday at 6:30 with a different menu. Brunch served Sunday 11:30am-2:30pm (last seating). Deck open daily at 11:30
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French / American, American, Gastro Pub
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The Red Raven has private event space for groups of all sizes on two floors. One of our unique options for smaller groups is "The Nest", a second floor private dining room for 8-14 guests. Reservations for The Nest can be made by contacting us directly.
  • Private Party Contact: Jenifer Apazidis 9782742231x
  • Entertainment: The Raven Pub will be offering live entertainment starting at 9pm Friday and Saturday evenings. Live music on Wednesdays 5:30-7:30 followed by Trivia. Please check our online calendar for complete listing of entertainment and their upcoming dates!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Great Road
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Plenty of parking directly outside of our building.
A word from The Red Raven
Located on a private pond next to Lake Nagog, The Red Raven Gastropub will offer two menus and two levels of dining, a lower-level divided into a fine-dining bistro and a casual pub-style area and upstairs will feature the same menu, the Loft open Wednesday, Friday, Saturday at 6:30PM features "The Loft Menu". Brunch served every Sunday starting at 11:30am. Using locally sourced products when available, our menus offer both the familiar and esoteric options you have been looking for. Offering a beer menu of 60+ Craft Brews, local favorites and special releases, a enticing handcrafted cocktail menu and extensive wine list. Outdoor waterfront dining available daily starting at 11:30.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
The Red Raven reviews from OpenTable diners
50 reviews since July 4, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.8
    Service3.5
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
68% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (20)great for outdoor dining (17)good for groups (16)fit for foodies (15)vibrant bar scene (15)neighborhood gem (14)special occasion (8)romantic (6)kid-friendly (4)hot spot (4)great for lunch (3)notable wine list (2)late-night find (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Outstanding find!
    Stan2Maria
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My wife and I heard about the Red Raven from family, had to check it out. When you walk in you are greeted by the staff who are very attentive. The place was pretty busy, glad I made reservations. We got seated promptly where we could look out at the pond that restaurant is next to. (can't wait to check it out when it's warmer and during the day!) The color scheme is simple and bold at the same time, lighting is very romantic and done just right, you don't need a flashlight to see the menu like some restaurants. Our waiter Bob was great, very helpful and professional. The food, one word - amazing! The Red Raven is a great place and well worth the 45min trip for us to continue to go there, highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, scenic view, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not outstanding
    prettychloe
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food is not bad. When I was there with my husband, he wanted to order a specific drink and they were out of. Also they were out of one choice on the menu. They didn't offer anything special for Valentine's day. It would have been appreciated to have a nice gesture from the restaurant.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food; Service So-So
    Dennyangwei
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Some very creative dishes, beautifully served. However signals seem a bit confused among the servers and we felt ignored at times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Service
    GrappaGran
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    My husband and I were in a hurry. We had left our new puppy at home for the first time and didn't want to leave her very long. When we arrived we were seated promptly (we had reservations). We explained to Todd, our waiter, that we were in a hurry. Todd really rose to the occasion. He recommended menu items that wouldn't take to long to prepare and ensured that our meal and bar service came quickly. Todd was very professional and very pleasant. Kudos Todd! Our Steak Frites were very good too. We will be back. Welcome to Acton, Red Raven!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • much-needed addition
    francophile
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    It's great to have a fine restaurant back in Nagog Woods. We arrived at 5:45 on a Friday evening to a crowded parking lot and a hopping bar scene so it's clear that The Red Raven is filling a niche for the after-work crowd. The dining section was deserted so we clearly didn't need a reservation at that hour. By the time we left at 7, however, it was filling up. Our soft tortilla cod tacos were delicious as was my salmon. My husband was less enamoured of his mussels but he was happy to soak up the extra sauce with more foccacia. The coffee was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful French food!
    Mixie0212VIP
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    Something for everyone - burgers to house made charcuterie. Service is super friendly which makes up for some of the lack of sophistication. The food is incredible Traditional French done right. The entree are kept to a minimum to be done right - all areas are covered - fish, beef, pork and bird. We have been twice and the food was consistently outstanding! The bar side is open and fun. Great bar menu for everyone. Good reasonable kids menu as well. I don't think I'd have my kids in the bistro - probably in the bar where it's a little more homey. Definitely worth a try and the $40 rib eye is worth every penny.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ira's visit to Red raven
    Irareview
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Initially greeted with smiles and brought to table right away. Very nice table setting and general ambience. Service by Todd was professional and very attentive thoughout meal. Food and drink brought promptly to table....could have had more time between salad and entree. Dip for bead was thin and had no flavor. Ceasar salad was delicious and creative, slighly over priced though. Flank steak was wonderful, but " Mcdonalds fries" were not approporiate for dish. Large steak fries or sweet potato fries would have worked, together with a standard vegetable side. Dessert ( chock cake) was very tasty but overpriced by about 4 dollars. $100 total cost vs $60 for bertucci's. fix the above and it's worth the extra $. Best of luck .
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place still a few kinks
    CAllan
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Me and my wife went for a night out after the Red Raven had been open for only about 2 months and it was also the first night the upstairs was open for full dinner service. Everything was great but the food service was very slow as the kitchen became very backed up. We ordered a cheese plate to start and the mussels frites for an entrée. Both were great. Mussels cooked perfect and the frites came with a saffron mayo that was amazing. We ate at the bar and took advantage of their very good beer list, and the bartenders were great. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not great
    LEWK1138VIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    We arrived and were promptly seated.. We were seated and waited 10 minutes for our waiter to arrive to ask if we wanted water and give us menus. Then another 15 before water appeared and we were able to place a drink and appetizer order. The server was apologetic and polite but that is a lot of lag time. We tried the homemade sea sale and vinegar chips as well as the house made pickles-both were great! We ordered our dinner and then rarely saw our waiter. we realized it had been 30 minutes from when we ordered and still no food. Out waiter reappeared saying the "kitchen is really backed up" Fast forward another hour still no food. we have to leave without our entrees. This was the case with all of the tables around us. No food anywhere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a truly great night!
    birdierose
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    I went to the Red Raven on a Thursday evening for a dinner date with a friend. I had been to the restaurant housed in the same building many times in the past, so I was excited to see what the Red Raven had done with the place. It was a fantastic surprise from the moment I walked in to the moment I left. The decor is fabulous, very modern yet very cozy and welcoming. The staff was absolutely fantastic, very friendly and outgoing without being pushy, and highly attentive without "hovering." The whole place was packed when we got there at 8:30, but not so loud you couldn't hear. I had the mussels and they were great! Even the complimentary bread was delicious. Over all it was a great experience, and I look forward to going again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I will be back
    RestCritic
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    I brought friends who had not been there before and they thoroughly enjoyed it. This was my third time. We will all be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth the wait!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    Finally the old Rusty Scupper/Scupper Jacks has a facelift and it is the Red Raven. From the moment I walked in, I was greeted warmly and treated like family. The ambiance is welcoming- and while the bar area is huge- it in no way interfered with the pleasure of dining. I went with two friends-one had been there before and made helpful recommendations. The menu is designed for great food combos and priced really well so dinner doesn't have to break the bank. At our table, we tried the Brussels sprouts- yum! And I had a mixed green salad that was perfect- that says much about the salad. Great service-great food- can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Totally worth the drive, everything was outstanding, from the food to the service to the atmosphere! I highly recommend the Sunchoke soup and the Pork Chop!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    The entire experience was wonderful, from the moment we sat down, I felt like I was really being taken care of well. The waiter was informative and nice. The menu was modern and intriguing. The food was wonderfully cooked to perfection. This is an experience that I want to have again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good choice for local dining
    Bob39
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    The menu is a bit limited but adequate. Fish and beef. I would have been happy with any of the entrees. Large selection of wine and craft beers. And a full bar of course. They were out of decaf coffee at 7:30 PM and didn't offer to make a new pot for us. I thought this was a bit strange.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous Find
    SteakLovers
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    How exciting to have an upscale restaurant come to Acton! My husband and I had a fantastic dinner on Wednesday night. Bradford our waiter was exceptional.....very professional but very friendly. Pork chop and Steak frites.....outstanding! Wine list was very good as well. We will definatly return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Addition to the Area...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    We had an enjoyable meal. The new owners seem like they are aiming to please. We ate in the restaurant part of the restaurant. There is also a large bar area... looked like the tables in the bar all high-tops... not my thing. But I liked the feel of the bar iteself very .... that's where I'd sit if I were heading to the bar area solo or with a friend. The chow was good... really liked the onion soup. Also recommend the pork chop and the salmon. Large selection of beers and micro brews. The screened in deck (closed in the winter) looked like the place to sit when the weather is nice. RECOMMENDED
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had the Salmon and it was
    maryellen01754
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Had the Salmon and it was delish! My friends had the Steak and also thought it was great. Loved the orange pudding in the orange but not so much the lemon (brulee?) . Very knowledgeable staff regarding menu and beer types. Love the fact that we were not rushed!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hoping for More
    aiitts
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    From the first moment, I was disappointed in the transformation of the former Scupper Jacks. My mother and I were eating in the nicer part of the restaurant but we were crowded by the bar space and the noise that that brings. White tablecloths yes, but none of the feeling of a nicer restaurant. The menu, although interesting, was very limited. We settled for a charcuterie board and soup for me (onion) and salad for her (roasted caesar.) The charcuterie board was ok, the onion soup was uninteresting, but her roasted romaine was quite good, as were our desserts. I suspect this place is much more fun in the bar area, with a bunch of friends, after work or on a weekend night. The service was REALLY SLOW. Not a great choice for a quiet dinner.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food struggling to be served
    massgrizzlyVIP
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    We were seated for five minutes without drink menu with wait staff avoiding eye contact. Stopped server not assigned to table who brought drink menus and took drink order. Assigned waitress brought drinks and apologized that Thursday nights were not usually this busy. Ordered delicious grilled Caesar salad to split and chicken two ways (moist, tender, and perfectly seasoned) and steak frites (tender, cooked to order, nicely seasoned). However steak frites were served cold; sent back and they were returned slightly warmer. Clearly the first month of operation hasn't addressed serving and logistical issues which is a shame given the deliciousness of the food once served.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • growing pains
    mildmoose
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    This restaurant is still having trouble getting its act together. We went for a Sunday night dinner and found out that they did not have a full dinner menu, unlike Tuesdays-Saturdays, but only a very limited bar-type menu with few choices we liked. The food we ordered was very tasty, and the waiter was helpful and apologetic, but still it was disappointing to have such limited choices.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Has only been open a month
    DW51
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Has only been open a month or so. I was disappointed with the vegetarian parpardelle pasta dish. It was mostly noodles with very few vegetables. Not worth its price tag. My husband had Bouillaise. Too salty even for a salt lover. Skimpy on content. We are not drinkers so could not enjoy the extensive beer offerings. Might try again in a year or so to see if they get their act together.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Expected More…….
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    We were a party of 4. We were seated immediately. Our waiter introduced himself and took our drink order. We had to ask for bread. It took a long time for appetizers and dinner to be served and it was not that busy. After our dinner was finished, the waiter just brought the check without asking if we wanted coffee or dessert. Overall the meal was good but the service needs work.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • "Quoth the Raven"
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Bustling spot, still getting the kinks out as it is a new operation. Bistro has white tablecloths and a pricier, more substantial menu than the Bar. Our server said both sides would soon have both menus available; reservations for Bistro only. My green salad was listed as having apples - not there, but still very good. My companion's seared foie gras on cashew cake was outstanding. Our hanger steak frites were wonderful - cooked perfectly and very flavorful. The wine list isn't very extensive and is a bit pricey for those available. Our Ravenswood Zinfandel was served at cellar temp. - too chilly, but the room was also very chilly due to it's proximity to the front door. Service is very good; our waiter was attentive and knowledgeable.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Huge new asset to Acton
    Bruce
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    My 2nd visit to the Red Raven (first to their bistro) was as amazing as the first. Our reserved table was ready the moment we walked in. The service was attentive and friendly. The extensive craft beer list is a rare pleasure in the Acton area. The best part was the food. My steak was cooked perfectly and the combination of the spicy sauce and tomato jam was superb. I couldn't stop eating the the hot and salty frites either. My wife's bouillabaisse was rich and savory. We shared the seared caesar salad with anchovies, fried egg and sun dried tomatoes. I have never had a caesar I enjoyed more. I wish we weren't too full for dessert as they have some decadent offerings. We will definitely be back and soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant surprise in Acton
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    What a great place, and not typical of Acton! Acton needed Red Raven. It had a cosmopolitan feel and seemed to appeal to a wide range of ages. Like a little slice of a hip big city bar transplanted into the suburbs.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice burb experience
    Mikecable
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    The big thing this restaurant has, and the central thing I look for, is a mind in the kitchen. They have a relatively small menu, printed on cheap paper. This is always a big positive sign to me, because it means the menu is likely to change often as the chef explores. For appetizers, we had a house-made charcuterie platter...common these days, but well executed here, and marrow bones, also well made..and a sign of an ambitious, foodie friendly environment. I had a rabbit pot pie, with puff pastry in a ramekin, very rich and well spiced, with the puff pastry nicely executed. My wife had the bouillabaisse. It was less brothy than I'm used to, but the fish was nicely treated, well seasoned, perfectly cooked, and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pub food with a twist
    NellVIP
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    I mainly chose Red Raven because it is close to where I live. If you like pub food, you will find many interesting choices on the menu. If you are health conscious, not so much.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food is very good and interesting
    Judy
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Food is very good and interesting - lots of options to choose from - if you are on in the pub. More than just your run of the mill menu. It's a bit unfortunate that you can't order the pub menu if you sit in the restaurant / bistro section or vice versa. If you want beet salad and not a grilled Caesar you have to sit in the bistro section. But if your date wants a burger one of you is out of luck. The wine by the glass options are limited and not very interesting. Should be able to get something more than KJ.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food - service improving
    actonfoodie
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Overall a great experience at the Red Raven; we will be back. Each dish was very good to outstanding and the overall reboot of the old Scupper Jacks is amazing. Hats off to the management team at the Red Raven. As other reviewers have posted, the wait staff is still working out the kinks. A few things to know: 1. You can't order the pub menu if you are seated in the Bistro. 2. The wait staff is still learning - service was a bit slow, 3. The waiter a bit uneducated as to the menu/wine selection. 3. The food is good, for the price maybe a little more that you'd expect We'll be back to try the pub and see if that requires and adjustment to the review.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was great. Everyone
    rick
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    The food was great. Everyone in our party of eight thoroughly enjoyed it.
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    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Has potential, but needs work
    RarelyFree
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    Red Raven has potential to raise the bar on the suburban restaurant scene, but it needs improvements. Our experience definitely didn't live up to expectations set by their website. The food was fine, but portions were small (no, I'm not looking for huge portions - these seemed rather stingy), and there were many issues with temperature: soup not hot, cocktails not cold, etc. The wait staff needs training, even in fundamentals about how to interact with a table of guests: where to stand, not putting hands and leaning on the backs of chairs, delivering (and removing) plates and glasses at the table. There was plenty of staff working, and the more "junior" team of water fillers and such was actually not bad at their (focused) set of tasks.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Could End Up Being Very Good???
    CrankinSteveVIP
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    Been here twice: once at the bar, this time for dinner. Meals were fine, presented well, but not hot enough. Service was spotty, not what you would expect for a $250 meal for four. Good beer selection, but my on-tap Alligash was not nearly cold enough. I will go back and do the pub-menu at the bar, but I don't see this as a place for a nice dinner. I simply believe we have better options at this price point in the area. Maybe it will get better???
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Total Disappointment
    SuzieVIP
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    We went to the pub twice and this was our first dining room experience (they called twice for us to call back to confirm). When arriving the front of house put us on hold while she finished a phonecall. The service was nice but painfully slow. The escargot was in a small bowl with wine - I could not taste much less see the escargot, the boulibaisse had no stock and the fish had curled, the overpriced chop ($44.00) ordered rare was barely pink and charred. There were only 6 people in the dining room and it took over 30 minutes bettwen appetizer and entree. The chef, the expediter chef, the owner, the manager and the front of house offered no apologies and in fact were defensive. Amateurs. We will never go back.
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  • holiday gathering
    dora15
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    Five dear friends and I met at the Red Raven to celebrate the holidays and catch up. We all enjoyed the food and atmosphere, and we were glad that this spot was open for business again.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic