Reel Seafood Co

Reel Seafood Co

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.reelseafoodco.com/
  • Phone: 5184582068x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm

    Friday: 11:00am - 11:00pm

    Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm

    Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Dustin Aipperspach
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We offer a delicious catering menu, which we'll deliver and setup for you. Please contact Linda Dagostino at (518) 458-2068
  • Special Events: If you have a reason to gather, we have a place to host it. We can facilitate corporate events, sales meetings, seminars, fundraising events, holiday parties, birthday parties, bridal shower, baby shower, rehearsal dinners, retirement/anniversary parties, bar/bat mitzvah and more. Call Linda Dagostino at (518) 458-2068 for more information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wolf Road in Colonie
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Reel Seafood Co
Welcome to Reel Seafood Company. Year after year, we're voted the #1 Seafood Restaurant and Raw Bar in the Capital Region. We've been serving the freshest seafood and steaks for over 30 years, since 1984.

Our seafood is shipped in daily from the finest seafood purveyors, never frozen, from sustainable supplies. You'll know after your first bite that we mean fresh. You dish will be simply prepared and delicious.


We also serve the choicest steaks and chicken, have the largest raw bar in New York's Capital Region and a wide selection of beer, wine and cocktails.
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Reel Seafood Co reviews from OpenTable diners
93 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.8
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
68% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (41)fit for foodies (26)neighborhood gem (21)romantic (20)good for groups (18)notable wine list (14)great for outdoor dining (13)great for lunch (12)vibrant bar scene (7)late-night find (1)hot spot (1)kid-friendly (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    The wine we selected from the Wine List was not available. The menu was imaginative and intriguing. However, it did not mention that my husband's steak would arrive heavily seasoned, and he sent it back. My halibut was fairly tasteless. Considering the prices, we expected better. Our server, Harrison was very pleasant and very attentive, which made the experience more enjoyable.
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  • A great find !
    MKO120
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    We haven't eaten here in more than 15 years - what a difference a decade + makes! Great menu - fabulous service - a little pricey but worth it. We had oysters and oysters and tuna poke' and halibut - all fabulous. The wine list was very nice and the wine we chose - a Pinot Nori Mac Murray - was great! We'll be back very soon - and I'll be trying it for lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    What a find! A mostly seafood menu done very well by an obviously creative chef. The server, Kristine, was so friendly and helful not just occasionally, but throughout the meal. The decor is modern and sleek, and the dining area was kept very clean.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Seafoodfan1
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Food is excellent, but very pricey. Good place for a special occasion. Service was just okay. Server sat down a few times at a nearby table with a friend. Who does that?
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, terrible service
    melindac00
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    My boyfriend and I went here for dinner to celebrate his birthday. Our server made a comment along the lines of "I don't want to price you outside of your price range" when I asked for a recommendation between the two Malbecs on the menu. I didn't appreciate that and I really didn't understand it because the bottles only had a two dollar price difference. It didn't get any better from there. The food was good, the presentation a little sloppy and boring, but pretty good food. The service was so awful though that I was extremely disappointed. One of our side dishes was never delivered. Server was pleasant to other tables but not ours. The bar service was excellent though and the bartender was very friendly and put a good end to our evening.
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  • Good to See It Back!
    JemmyVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The newly remodeled facility is beautiful and reminds one of a high-end seafood restaurant by the shore. The preparation of the food was creative but not quite spectacular. The appetizers were very nice and portions were good. The stuffed haddock - an old standard carried over from the old days was good (the stuffing was delicious). However, the halibut , while tasty, was a bit on the dry side.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • easytoplease
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The lobster tail had no flavor. The filet was very good, but like the rest of the food (even the soup) was too cold to really enjoy. It's as if it sat for too long waiting to be brought to our table. The total cost was far too expensive for the experience. Not likely to come back anytime soon. We had a far more impressive experience there a year ago.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was better before remodel
    Jayo52
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    I have eaten at reel seafood 3 times in the past before they did the remodel and the food was excellent each time... Prices have now shot up and food was very plain. They are trying for a more upscale feel, which would work if the food was up to par like it was before. My favorite dish, swordfish, is now nearly $30 and was very plain, which was awesome before and just over $20 previously. Not impressed with a fancier look and feel if food quality doesnt hit the mark.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Average at best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Found this newly redecorated restaurant, pleasing to the eye. The food was very, very average. Swordfish and mahi seemed to come from a pre-cut portioned frozen box of fish. We like frsh cut, fresh fish. Just seemed to be almost something you'd get at a chain. Not so good.
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  • Disappointed
    Nemo
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    While the renovations are spectacular, the service and menu need attention. Menu prices have increased but the quality/quantity has decreased as well as the small accompaniments. Atmosphere is geared toward a high end establishment, but the service and menu aren't up to par.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I will return for oysters, clam chowder, and the bread, but my dinner was a loss (mahi: overcooked, hard and ugly, the brussel sprouts were hard, not al dente. A disappointing experience.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Expected More
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Food and Service were ok, but at the prices they charge we expected a lot more. Drinks from bar took over 10 minutes to get to our table, and it was not that busy when we sat down at 8 pm. $4.50 a pint not bad price, but $10.50 for a Reel Old Fashioned that was packed with ice...come on! Food was prepared well enough, but we have had better for less money. $19 for overcooked 5 oz. Lobster tail is one example. Strip steak and Filet Mignon were ordered medium well, but came cooked uneven. Server friendly, but not overly attentive. Potential to be a great place, but still need to kick up the service a few notches if they want to charge those prices. Shellfish Cobb was the best deal at $19, and came with plenty all around to satisfy.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable evening with friend
    IMKK
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The renovations are very nice/retro, bright and an improvement. The food and service were very good. My husband had the tuna and he said it was good but the rest of us (3) thought our meals were very good. A little pricey.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A rose amongst thorns
    Maria
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Reel Seafood is a real treat in a neighborhood of chain restaurants with mediocre menus. The menu is thoughtfully crafted, the food is artfully presented and overall delicious. The service is great and the atmosphere is relaxed. Love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food
    LoriDE
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    I really enjoyed everything that we ordered. Our waiter was wonderful. The place looked amazing after the renovation. They really did a great job. However I received a Gift Certificate for Christmas and while I was on line to make our reservations I signed up for their emails, in doing so they gave you a coupon for a free drink. They would NOT allow me to use both. I was very disappointed. Our bill after my gift certificate was 100.00 so I felt they should have honored it. Not very good business like!!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Reel deal
    Soju
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The food was very good. We really enjoyed the Seafood tower and rolls were very good and hot.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not reel great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Our appetizers looked and tasted very nice but took about 40 mins to reach us, and meals were generally OK. One of our entrees (Chilean Sea Bass en Papilotte) tasted "fishy", not in good way, and the accompanying risotto and veggies were bland and mushy). I had the Tuna Poke for an appetizer, and think it must have been foul because about an hour after I got home I was violently ill. This was very disappointing, as I ahve never had anything but fresh, safe seafood at this restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • tmosch
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Fresh seafood, decent prices, local owner. Good location when you have other errands to run
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Nice But too Expensive
    SeafoodLover
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    I remember when the Real Seafood Company opened 27 years ago and was run by LaGrand. Now that his daughter has taken over and did the renovation the prices are sky high. How do you charge $24.00 a pound for lobster? How do you charge $10.00 for 6 Cherry stone Clams? How do you charge $19.00 for a 5 oz lobster tail??? Although the service was good the food was just so so with very little flavor, not to mention the small portions.
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  • Sunday night Diner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    T was disappointed in the Sea food Tower . The Shrimp were just O K . The 2 kinds of Crab was way to much work with so little Crab . The salads were delish , the mane course was very good . The desert on the other hand was awful . Bad crust and less than Boring .A La Noue
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I spent $185 on terrible food next to a waiters station. Never again!
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 32 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 74 reviews are from the Reel Seafood Co reviews archive.
  • Dine on Appetizers
    disappointment
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    The kids' grilled chicken & filet overcooked. Some of the adult portions were very small for the price. The staff was either overwhelmed or there was not enough working because the meal was slow in coming to the table. If you want to eat appetizers only, that would be your best choice because they were very good. For the money we spent, we expected better. We will not be dining there again.
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  • Needs Work
    Kenneth
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    The lobster was dried out, tough. Should be steamed or boiled, not baked. Would NOT order this again. The fillet was good, but very small. The souce was wonderful. Saladswere good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My Review
    gettysgirl
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    First and foremost, we enjoyed the best scallops we have ever eaten. Simply amazing! The shrimp cocktail was also rated as one of, if not the best, we've had. Our short ribs were very flavorful. The cauliflower puree was not. It was cold and flavorless. We both agreed that our dinner would have been complete and over the top if you had mashed cauliflower. Our dinner was sadly missing that one more element. We were also disappointed when our server said we could not substitute another seafood item on an appetizer we considered ordering (we don't eat oysters). She also said no when we asked if we could take creme brulee home as our dessert. Over-all a very nice dinner. My next visit will be all scallops. They were that good.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Scallops
    OpenTableDiner2013VIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    I had a great experience at Reel Seafood. I was greeted warmly, seated promptly and served well. I had scallops and brussel sprouts with bacon both of which were delicious. The scallops were not rubbery and the brussel sprouts had a great roasted flavor and were perfectly tender. I would visit this restaurant again if I lived in the area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 57th birthday
    birthday
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Took 4+ birthday lady, had 2.5 lobster. Very pleased. Tried several meals. All hot and cooked well. Service was a little slow, but not bad. Had plenty of time to chat. Great time.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wasabi Pea Encrusted Halibut
    Birdlady
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The generously sized portion of halibut was cooked to perfection-flaky and moist. However, there was not a noticeable wasabi flavor at all. The only flavor was salt, both on the fish and in the accompanying sauce. The restaurant was very busy and I am glad we had reservations. It is college graduation weekend locally. The decor is nice, with giant fishtanks dividing the dining area from the bar. Seating is well laid out in the main dining room, but a little tight in the smaller side dining room. However, it was quieter there, so I was glad that's where we were seated. Varied wine list, but our waitress was not very knowledgable about the offerings.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth the price
    Page
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Pleasant decor, especially the large fish tanks, but noise level is VERY loud. Service adequate. Bloody Mary celery stick garnish was brown and dry on end, drink itself was bland. Poached turbot came surrounded by slices of cucumber that were limp, not sauced or seasoned in any way. Chicken Ballantine was good except the arugala in the center of the plate was too salty. We made a 5:30 reservation and the dining room was all but empty, but when we requested not to be seated on the banquette they tried to force us to a booth next to the kitchen rather than one of the many free ones in the dining room. Overall, pretentious and unwelcoming.
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  • Great place to celebrate
    KGGPak
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    My girlfriend and I enjoyed a wonderful date night here. We both had the turbot, it was great, and they had excellent wine pairings on the menu. A great place to celebrate a big occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mother's Day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I was looking forward to the new Reel Seafood but was somewhat disappointed. It is now all Ala carte which makes it more expensive. For a seafood restaurant not to have a shrimp entree is unreal. You could get shrimp scampi but only as part of a surf and turf which was disappointing. Another disappointment was the rolls. Although similar to their former version, they were very dry and not as good.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK, but not great.
    NYNative
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We had reservations for a six-top at 7:15 and were seated promptly upon arriving, then things went downhill. After being seated we had to wait for over half an hour for a server to visit our table! It was NOT busy either, I think there was one server per table. It was another equally long wait for the drinks to come out (no fancy bar drinks either). The server also stayed in the kitchen most of the night so we had to ask other servers for many basic things. The food was NOT FRESH, and obviously just thawed. A few of my crab claws were even still a bit frozen - I had to wait for my food to thaw before eating! The only reason I didn't give the food a "Poor" rating is because others seemed to enjoy their meals. The ambiance was nice enough.
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  • Wonderful Food and Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner at the restaurant on Mother's Day. The new decor is very sleek and the food is absolutely delicious. The service was great, the waitress was attentive to our needs but was considerate in giving us time and space to enjoy our meal.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Seafood.
    LC57
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Probably the best restaurant in the area for Seafood. Did the seafood tower for my 91 year old seafood loving mother on Mother's Day. She was in heaven, she then ordered the Cioppino for an abundance of more assorted seafood. Calamari was rubbery and charged an extra $5.00 for Pasta which is absurd. Delicious hot rolls. I ordered short ribs and scallops which was kind of chinchy for the price. My girlfriend ordered the sea scallops which were perfect and generous portioned. Overall, pricey but seafood done well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not impressed
    MsV2VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Mother's Day brunch - 6 people in party Good: Staff and service very friendly Bad: Food was sub-par. Very small, thin cut of Chilean sea bass, surprisingly undercooked, tasteless and a little strong. Other diners had hanger steak, again small and "just ok" not great. Other entrees were Ahi Tuna - Black & Blue, while tasty, was extremely spicy. I like very spicy food, but someone who likes an average spice would not be able to eat this without a gallon of water on the side! Speaking of heat, the restaurant was ridiculously stingy with the air conditioning! A look around the room saw many diners, besides us, voraciously fanning themselves and uncomfortable! Guess they wanted a quick turnover!!! Summary: I will not go back.
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  • Will give a second chance
    Debby
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    We , my husband ,daughter and myself, went to the "new" Reel Seafood Sunday night as we wanted to support a local restaurant and the new young owner. Had a reso and were seated immediately upon arrival. Service received 3 stars because after the hostess left us at our table that was it for a while in terms of service. After about 10 mins our waitress popped up. Meanwhile we saw 4 -5 servers milling around. Not even water glasses were filled. Service was fine after we were discovered. Food : I had the wasabi encrusted halibut , was perfectly cooked though I would have enjoyed a little bit more wasabi flavor. The rib and scallop was marginal. Overcooked scallops i.e. dry and chewy. Cioppini was well prepared, broth tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary Dinner
    KGDine
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The food and atmosphere was terrific. We mentioned it was our anniversary and the Manager took the price of our desserts off the bill.
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    Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Entree at your own risk
    Lefty
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Reel Seafood in Colonie has had a checkered history. When new, it was great. After ownership changes, "Real Seafood" became "Reel Seafood" and dining slumped. For many, such as myself, there were disappointing meals (I was once served an hunk of fish still frozen). When Bonefish Grill opened to crowds nearby, Reel Seafood must have realized changes were in order. The new, renovated, revitalized restaurant reopened to acclaimed. We found the place packed on a Tuesday night. New decor was pleasant and interesting. Our appetizers, fresh oysters and shrimp, were fine. Salads were crisp. Disappointment came with the entrees. My halibut was ok but my wife's haddock looked and tasted like undercooked scrod. The jury is still out.
    Special Features:
    Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hit or miss??
    Born2eet
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    My wife and I received a 100 gift card as a wedding present. We got a mixed drink, a soda, 3 apts, the swordfish and the halibut, 1 desert and 1 espresso. Our total with 20% tip was $144. Too much for what we got. The clam chowder was 10/10 the best item we had. Half of my swordfish was flavorful, the other half have no taste at all. I would go back, but I would try to find the other "chowder" gems in their menu.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    When my family visits from out of state, we have dinner here. We all look forward to eating here.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good, but not great like usual
    hoyhoy
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    usually this is my favorite restaurant, but this time I was disappointed with the main meal. My salmon wasn't cooked thoroughly and even after sending it back to the kitchen it came back not fully cooked. Hopefully this was just an off night...I will return and try again... The renovations are beautiful.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate