Brasserie Gigi
Brasserie Gigi

Brasserie Gigi

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.brasseriegigi.com/
  • Phone: (843) 722-6393x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday from 11:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Dinner: 5 - 10:30 p.m.
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Chef Frank McMahon
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Special Events: We are delighted to welcome private dining to our lovely, light-filled second floor dining room. This is a favorite venue for bridal luncheons.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: The Charleston City Market
  • Public Transit: Charleston's free DASH hop-on/hop-off trolly stops in front of Brasserie Gigi.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Public parking is available 1/2 a block away at the corner of Church and North Meeting Street as well as three parking garages within two blocks of the restaurant.
A word from Brasserie Gigi
Located across the street from the Charleston City Market in the very heart of the Historic District, Brasserie Gigi serves lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch in a lively, casual French atmosphere. Brasserie Gigi is situated adjacent to the acclaimed Planters Inn on North Market Street.
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Brasserie Gigi reviews from OpenTable diners
253 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (138)special occasion (97)neighborhood gem (86)romantic (81)notable wine list (56)great for lunch (50)good for groups (43)vibrant bar scene (41)great for brunch (36)hot spot (35)late-night find (9)scenic view (9)kid-friendly (6)great for outdoor dining (3)Show More
  • Gigi not so good
    Rlong
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    First and last visit to former Mercato .....bring it back.... Wait staff knowledgeable, nice pleasant especially John...menu is minuscule,wine list. Ugh! Appetizers great. Then down hill.. Price of appetizers a little high but the leek potatoe soup and the beets were great.. The main courses were with a stretch good.. Steak frites too salty and fish special..fair. Dish presentation unimaginative... I had to pick a side so my fish would sit on it?Charleston doesn't need another fish house. This is not a French restaurant ,oh! Deserts ,a French necessity were poor the lemon tart was dry and tasteless. The chocolate pot creamy but fair... This is the first negative review of a charleston restaurant .
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • All in were completely satisfied
    Celebrate60
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Very well managed, food presentation perfect as we're portions
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First French Foray
    Tophermims
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Never had French before Brasserie Gigi. Food was excellent. Server was amazing
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My 60thB-Day
    Luie
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The staff was so accommodating & attentive. Our server was just a delight. Food was fabulous. All in All a wonderful experience for my "big day". We have & will continue to dine at GIGI's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Travelgram
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great food and ambience. Just came back from a trip to Paris. Brasserie Gigi was very reminiscent of the restaurants we frequented in Paris.
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    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Charming!!
    Counselor
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My new favorite lunch place in town! From the old fashioned tiled floors, front window seating, to the colored water carafes on the tables, this place exudes French charm!!! Both times I've been, I've had the Express Lunch for $10.99. It includes soup or salad, entree special and iced tea. The salad is most tasty, as was the meatloaf and chicken fricasee casserole!! My friend had the lobster bisque which she found very salty and just OK. The wine list is extensive and the waiters are knowledgeable. I had an Acrobat sparkling Pinot Noir which was superb! I loved watching all the different lunch orders pass by. The escargot smelled amazing, the hamburger and French fries looked amazing! The dinner and dessert menus are definitely ones to try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Was not impressed with the menu
    brong1VIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I did not find the menu offerings up to the hype. The pork schnitzel was just thinly cut pork, breaded and fried. Nothing notable about flavor or presentation. The greens, although pretty, were difficult to cut and eat, and the frites were ok. Another selection would have been better. My wife got the grilled wahoo special with mushroom risotto. The wahoo was overcooked, ie dry. The risotto was good. No deserts because the offerings are the overdone creme brulee, something chocolate , and sorbets. Again, nothing compelling. Service was excellent, but it was a very slow evening so not comparison can be made for when the tables are filled. Overall, it was not bad, but it was not special, and definitely not up to the press hype.
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  • Another great downtown restaurant
    citygirl
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Our server was very attentive, everything we ordered was excellent with the exception of the escargot. it was average. Would definitely recommend this restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DatenightdinersVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    My husband and I went to Gigi's for our weekly date night. I wanted to go because it reminded me of a restaurant I loved back home. I went open minded, because I usually steer clear of any restaurants in the "market" area, but I was pleasantly surprised! It was a perfect evening from start to finish. You can go either dressy or slightly more on the casual side. The food and cocktails were fantastic, service was perfect, and the atmosphere was on point for a quiet little date night dinner. The decor was really true to a French brasserie, which I really loved. I really felt like I was not in Charleston! I will definitely be back!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • C'est bon !
    Murray32
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great mussels and frites. Had a delicious French 75 !
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BoboVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Second time there...table for four overlooking N. Market. Had the fish special (John Dory), just outstanding and very fairly priced. Service continues to be the weak point. Two requests before we got a second bottle of wine; forks and crackers for oysters came almost ten minutes after served on the half shell (we'd already finished). Wine selection, a Sancerre, was very good and reasonable.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A memorable dining experience!
    aobrien127
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Our meal here was fantastic! The mussels were the best that I've had in a long time and the creme brulee for dessert was one of the best ever. In between the appetizer and dessert, we had the Shrimp with pasta and Scallops. Both were excellent. We can't wait for our next trip to Charleston so we can return to this outstanding restaurant!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Time at Gigi
    FuninNOLA
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We had a nice time at Brasserie Gigi and I would have rated it higher but for a couple of things. The steak tartar appetizer was over salted, although the steak frites was was very good. Also, the waitress seemed to be new to her job and didn't have answers to some of our questions and confused dishes and tables and forgot minor requests. We were seated on the upper level which was a bit sparse, I think we would have preferred the more intimate first floor. The manager did stop by to see how we were enjoying dinner which I think is a nice touch. I did let him know about the steak tartar and he seemed to genuinely appreciate the honest feedback. I would give this place another try next time we are in Charleston.
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  • Nice surprise
    foodperson
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food here was much better than expected. Great flavors. I don't love the location. It is in a more touristy part of town. I prefer this restaurant over Rue du Jean(a brasserie that has been in Charleston for a while) for the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Was vet impressed! Our waitress was very sweet & right there if we needed anything. The food was fantastic!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Glad we tried it!
    Carol
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My husband and I tried Gigi's anyway after reading some negative reviews. We found that we shouldn't have worried. The drinks were good, the food was great, and the service was exceptional. Our server recommended an excellent white wine to go with my grilled monkfish, and my husband raved about his salad appetizer with bleu cheese and slices of beef. My favorite part is dessert; their fresh lemon tart was so light and the flavor was a perfect blend of tart and sweet. It was the perfect ending to a great meal and an a wonderful dining experience. We will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out2eatVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great french cuisine loacated in downtown Charleston. Have eatern here for both lunch and dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprise Find
    Foodies
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Picked Gigi's from on-line listing for a light supper choice on our first day in Charleston. What a find, as soon as we were led upstairs to the second floor dining room I was thrilled. Nice atmosphere, superb server, and good choices on menu. I did something I have never done and ordered a hamburg, not a hamburg but a gourmet treat. Double ground with choice of cheese, special bacon and a soft poached egg. Unbelievable! With a salad and small brewery draft beer it was fantastic. My wife's choice of redfish was equally a treat. Will definitely return.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good experience, but menu change?
    foodserviceeatingjunkies
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Overall the restaurant was good. As I told them about out reservation, I over-heard the host say that she did not see our reservation. We were seated in the upstairs dining area, not my first choice for a reservation made a week in advance. As we were seated and began to look over the menu we started to notice that it was nothing like to menu that the restaurant had posted on their website. This was the most dis-heartening, being that we were excited before we got to the restaurant seeing the dishes that were described by their website. The server was most pleasant and the highlight of our meal. Overall 3 out of 5, at best.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just okay
    Localboy
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We had noted in the reservation that it was our anniversary, and we were seated at a cramped table too close to others.The place was also boy warm. The waitress was pleasant but a bit too bubbly. The food was good but not spectacular. For the price, we will go somewhere else next time.
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  • Loved this french bistro
    sushiloverVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Totally enjoyed our dinner. The food, service and ambience were all delightful. Will definitely return. Be sure to ask for a table upstairs.
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  • StedeBonnet
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Good food, fresh and well prepared. Feels very much like a French eatery (except less crowed and noisy). Service was good aside from a mysterious lack of bread plates.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    mjsandfjs
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We were so looking forward to the great French Restaurant here in Charleston having traveled to France numerous times. Where are the true French menu items ? And why Pork Schnitzel unless this is German night! We ordered the Onion Soup which contained mostly bread and broth, the escargots were cooked in olive oil and dried parsley, where was the rich garlic butter sauce?? When the server was asked to pronounce and describe an item on the menu, he said he couldn't pronounce it and knew little about what it was.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ruth
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I have heard great things about this restuarant; although it was good, it was not as good as i had anticipated.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • A quick trip to Paris !
    JanetC
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Perfect service, fabulous French bistro food. I spend a lot of time in Paris and would think Gigi was a find, even in a Paris neighborhood. Went for lunch two days in a row and may go again. Waiter was a gem, too.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal!
    Lisarich
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food was delicious. We were seated upstairs for dinner. We started with a dozen oyster and the escargot. Both delicious. Oysters were clean and delicious. The escargot is served in the shells and the garlic butter sauce was delicious. My date and I shared our meal, we got a lobster salade, which was delicious, served cold with large chunks of lobster in it. Then we shared the special which was steak and shrimp. It was served with a red bernaise sauce which was very flavorful and there was a potato cake that was very good which I could have eaten more of. We had creme Brulee for dessert and it was delicious as well. I would definitely go back!
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BrasserieGigi fine French cuisine
    CharlestonEDiner
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Delicious Steak Frites, Escargot and Shrimp Provencal...lovely atmospheric restaurant, made us feel like we were in a bistro in Paris. A complete review at http://ladylovetoread.blogspot.com
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Southern French Charm
    lillycaroline
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We LOVED this restaurant. We've been to lots of Charleston restaurants, and this is now our favorite. The service, food and drink = perfection. We really enjoyed eating at the bar - the bartender had an extensive knowledge of food/drink.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Paris in Charleston SC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food and our server from Paris made this a really special night. The escargot was excellent. I ordered poisson jour - the Pink Snapper was prepared perfectly. It was hard to decide what to order because the menu had several fabulous choices. I cannot wait to return.
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • newintown
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Has such a nice bar. Will consider eating at bar next time. Rather dark in restaurant but window seating area is great. Drinks started off a little slow but the service attention was great and the food was excellent. All meals arrived piping hot and each of the three fish entrees we all ordered were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprise across from Market!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    In the midst of the tourist area it was a delight to find a wonderful Bistro with interesting diners enjoying the delicious and comfortable environment of such a lovely restaurant! Great bar...good mix of people, great wine list! Not to be missed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, value and selection
    Roadman
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The menu offers a wide range of choices that I found well prepared with great presentation. The location was convenient and offered a nice blend of upscale food with reasonable pricing and a nice wine selection. The staff was attentive and engaging without being too slow or overbearing. The food stole the show as should be expected. Presentation matched the quality and flavor sensations as one would expect from the advertisement and decor. I would definitely go back.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • capecod
    capecod
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    This is my second visit, my first for lunch. It was excellent. Of course I chose the Maine lobster salad. It was very good; however, as I am from MA where lobster salad is basically lobster meat, perhaps a little celery and salad dressing, I was just a little disappointed. However, I enjoyed it and would order it again. It is a great restaurant!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • eatsout
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    This was our first visit and we were not disappointed. The food was excellent, our waiter efficient and a nice atmosphere. We will return.
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    special occasion
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  • Staff Argument
    JillVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    As soon as we sat down, the staff was openly arguing with each other about a server who took someone else's table. The hostess came over to the bar staff and manager and said, "I told him!" And then the bar staff openly were hostile to that server. Two of the staff left. None of the staff had a clue that we were aware of their unprofessional bickering. I ordered potato leek soup that was served lukewarm and could have been out of a can. We ended up getting salads because the menu was limited and didn't entice you to try anything. My salad was Beef, Beets, and Blue for $16 and came in the size of a side salad. The beef was tender but had no flavor. The beets clearly were not roasted, but pickled and out of a can. The greens were not crisp.
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  • Classic French cuisine
    SteveK
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We started by sharing the escargots. Perfectly prepared in the classic French custom in the shelf smothered with garlic and butter. For the main course, I had I had scallops which were perfectly prepared. My wife had the shrimp with linguine and would not share as her dish was so good. For dessert, I had the chocolate pot of cream and my wife had the lemon tarte. The wine list is most impressive. I drank a glass of Sancerre with the escargots and a glass of Chablis with the scallops, both excellent parings. The service was superb, he was very professional and knowledgable, but not over bearing. The atmosphere was of a friendly local brasserie as one would expect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • capecod
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Absolutely fabulous with exceptional service! We were served by a wonderful waiter - a young man named "John."
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Brunch in Town
    AKB1VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Brunch is sacred in this city and again Gigi's delivers! The crabcake benedict is wonderful--the crabcake is a good size and the hollandaise is perfect. The star of the show is the lemon curd french toast. It is the perfect balance of tart and sweet. We had mimosas, but we saw a few bloody marys being served and can't wait to try those next time.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Over buzz, under deliever
    Expectingbetter
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Over priced, average food, pushy waitress looking to push numerous side plates as the entrees consist of the fish or meat item with NO other item on the plate. $30 dollar meal quickly becomes $40 plus for average bistro food. Too bad, as we expected more from Gigi.
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  • One of My Husband's Top Ten
    DSSQ
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We found this place after trying to get into two other spots that were booked for the evening. The long, narrow restaurant felt friendly from the minute we walked in. The hostess was great, offered recommendations and really set the tone. The server came over right away and offered suggestions for both meals and wine. My husband really wanted grouper but there wasn't any listed on the menu. The server suggested he substitute the grouper for the monkfish and so he did. We shared the seafood tower (small - and it was plenty for two of us to share), I had the swordfish was is a cooked in a very light citrus sauce - quite delicious. My husband hardly made a sound while he was eating and proclaimed it one of his top ten.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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