The Beach Plum
The Beach Plum

The Beach Plum

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.beachplumrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 5086459454x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open seven days a week for dinner, starting a 5:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Chris Fischer
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, BYO Liquor, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact The Beach Plum directly for additional information on hosting a Private Party.
  • Private Party Contact: Brandon O'Connor 5086459454x
  • Special Events: The Beach Plum Restaurant hosts private dining, events, meetings and retreats. Gatherings of up to 180 people are welcome.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: North Road
  • Public Transit: Vineyard Transit Authority public buses travel directly past the Inn daily along North Road with regularly scheduled stops at the Menemsha Public Beach and Chilmark Community Center
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
A word from The Beach Plum
The Beach Plum Restaurant is located in the small fishing village of Menemsha on the island of Martha's Vineyard with a view of the Elizabeth Islands. Chef Chris Fischer also runs his family farm, Beetlebung Farm, less than a mile up the road. Together, with a team of curious and dexterous cooks, farmers and staff thoughtful, healthy food is produced.

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
The Beach Plum reviews from OpenTable diners
98 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.6
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
59% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (83)great for outdoor dining (65)romantic (53)fit for foodies (48)special occasion (47)good for groups (20)neighborhood gem (17)kid-friendly (7)great for brunch (3)hot spot (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Not as remembered
    Luv2chow
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    My husband and I have been coming to MV for years. On most trips we have eaten at The Beach Plum Inn. Even one of our relatives had their rehearsal dinner here. The restaurant has really taken a down turn. Menu is extremely limited and on the night we came, no seafood was offered as was in past. We could have split a chicken for $70! We got two appetizers which came to $30 for one person. Ambience is still there. Place is beautiful in evening but that is all I can say positive about restaurant as it is today. I would strongly discourage any friend of mine from going . I had to make sandwich when I got home as didn't get much to eat.
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • Beautiful views, excellent food
    AMul
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We had a great night at the Beach Plum. The views are incredible and the food was amazing. Everything is fresh and local, and the chef does nothing to complicate the delicious and simple ingredients. I would go back again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We were seated outside, as requested. The outdoor dining tables were a bit too rustic. We brought our own wine; we both ordered salads as a first course. We had the entree roasted fluke for two. Waiter had no idea how to fillet the whole fish and we were happy another server could do this. We wondered where Burke's mind was that evening; it really wasn't on serving customers. So the food was a great experience, excellent roasted fluke but the waiter left a lot to be desired. He shouldn't be in a classy restaurant, Gloria C Manning
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    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic except...
    KatamaKat
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    All amazing, memorable, wonderful except The striped bass in soup was a miss. Not summery and not powerfully flavorful (like everything else is). Better to have grilled or poached it and served on a bed of the garbanzos rather than submerge it in soup. It tasted OK . It was not visually appealing. This was my 2nd visit. I have booked 3 and 4 already.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • what happened?
    Lollipop
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    What happened to this beautiful restaurant? Only two entrees to pick from. Paying $34 for a chicken dish that was just ok was pretty disappointing. Are they under new management? Also to have an open kitchen in such a small and elegant space is a BAD idea. We won't be going back.
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  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Food was absolutely delicious. Portions were very small, but with money saved on byob this can be overlooked.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    idge1
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    This place captures the essence of the Vineyard I love. Casual elegance, delicious local veggies and fish. the wait staff couldn't be more attractive and good at their job. It is without a doubt my favorite restaurant on the Island. Having dinner looking down at the charming fishing village of Menemsha is a perfect combination. The tuna tartar was wonderful!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    The "Beach Plum" has been discovered, which is hard to understand: it has always been here. A true "farm to table" restaurant, using only locally sourced food, particularly fruits, vegetables, and fish. "Cutting edge" in the best sense of the phrase. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lame
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Extremely disappointing. Shockingly stingy portions and extremely high prices. We understand that the economics of running a restaurant on Martha's Vineyard are challenging, especially in a part of the island that is BYOB, however, this restaurant needs consulting. Poorly organized and worded menu riddled with typos, very limited options (e.g. five entrees, two of which were chicken) even for a concept built around island-sourced food and amateurishly simple, underseasoned food, again (trust me, its bears repeating), in truly insultingly small portions (and were not exactly fressers). The grounds and view, however, are beautiful and the people-watching stellar.
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  • We were disappointed.
    JoeGfromWTis
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We were uncomfortable from the time we had a woman seat us displaying tatoos. When I see tatoos on wait staff, I wonder how clean the kitchen is. My wife's stomach was upset for most of the next day. She suspects it was caused by the fish she ate at your restaurant. On the plus side, the restaurant has a nice atmosphere and water view.
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  • good food in small portions
    soup2nutsdiner
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    First time on Martha's Vineyard wanted a nice place to eat. Very quaint setting of old mansion by the sea, staff friendly, allowed early seating. All stages of meal were small portions spinach Caesar bland, lamb rague and pasta came in good size soup bowl very Aldente and not a lot of lamb but what was there was tasty. Dessert was a chocolate almond pie that was very good and the only item that was close to expected serving size. My wife's dinner of Sea Bass was almost a 2x2 cube of fish more like what you get with a surf and turf order plus she struggled with her beet salad special and her dessert didn't have But a slice of a strawberry for topping. The staff was excellent and what was served mostly good but for the price I expected more
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    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • hungry
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Very disappointing--the beet and feta salad looked and tasted ordinary, and the pasta guinea hen ragu was bland and uninteresting. This place is too expensive to be serving anything less than fantastic food.
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    scenic view
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  • Nothing better for dinner at MV.
    ADE68th
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    All very good: the location, the buzz, the staff, the food and the philosophy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • T23x
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    friendly staff. prices on par with other vineyard restaurants. small portions. food forgettable, half of our foursome liked their dinner, the other 2 thought it was OK but nothing great. ambience very pleasant.
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    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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  • location location
    flbubVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Fabulous views- tiny portions-o.k. with me- not the regular person- One piece of bread when you order bread
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The beach plum
    2mangoesahead
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Being pescatarian, we had little to choose from. The salmon gravlax, cured with shiso leaves among other things, was good though mild and teeny portions. My husband had the spinach, chick peas and poached egg - delicious, reasonably large. We really enjoyed it last year. I had fluke, potatoes,with salsa verde and fava bean purée, very small and, I thought, ill conceived. Whatever recipe you use, Italian salsa verde is a bit piquant- capers,garlic and red wine vinegar, while fava bean purée's appeal is chalky blandness. Combined it was pretty but the two were indistinguishable and bland. Being hungry, we split an OK strawberry shortcake. It's nice to bring our own wine, as in the past. The ambiance is wonderful.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • Lovely food, great view.
    Krainbow
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We had a delicious meal at the Beach Plum. The pork belly was perfectly cooked as was the rest of our meal. The service was exemplary and the view was beautiful. A perfect summer evening in Menemsha .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful with deightful food
    Xerxes11
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    My wife and I went to the Bach Plum for out 33rd anniversary. We've been going for special nights for many of those 33 years, through different owners and chefs. This time did not disappoint. When being seated at an awkward large table, the hostess graciously accommodated our request to move to window table for two. We had a lovely view as the sun set over Menemsha harbor. It was replaced with a beautiful crescent moon and the Gay Head light revolving in the distance. The salads and pork tenderloin special that we had were excellent--not over prepared--but simply done to bring out their flavors and freshness. Desserts (Chocolate Tart for my wife and a Rhubarb pastry for me) with coffee were a wonderful ending. BYOB helps on cost.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • 30+ year Customer very disapointed
    HinghamMAcouple
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    We been going to Beach Plum Inn restaurant every few years for over 30 years (whenever we would visit Martha's Vineyard). It had always been a great Down Island destination.....until this last visit; limited menu with strange items offered (and printed using an old typewriter - almost illegible). Food was poorly prepared, very unappetizing. We both agree the it was the worst meal we have had in a long time.
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  • Delectable but minuscule portions
    Foodie1224
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Food was delicious and very inventive but portions were so skimpy, we left and went for pizza to satisfy our hunger, even after an appetizer, salad and main. For the high prices, the portions should not be so tiny. Restaurants of this caliber typically offer something - amuse bouche or at least bread...nothing was offered and then we were overcharged for two of the 5 items we ordered. Great location, ambiance, service and food flavors but poor value due to very chintzy portion sizes. (And we are fit foodies who don't over eat)
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • Simple and elegant
    Anna
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Lovely dinner--so simple, but perfectly cooked. The decor suited the food and mood. Friendly and professional service. Beautiful setting--only wish more of the tables indoors could have seen the lovely view.
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • Wonderful.
    jjpc1
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Very special experience and meal. Delicious food. Local and fresh. Carefully edited menu. Perfect portions. Asparagus with mint and a soft cooked egg. Linguine with mussels razor clams and lobster butter. Roast pork with fennel salad. Rhubarb galette and honey pie. With spectacular view. Warm friendly service. Looking forward to our next visit.
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The appetizer-smoked bluefish
    foodsmithVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    The appetizer-smoked bluefish crostino-was very good. The entrees-fresh pork and lobster in butter- had no discernable seasonings. They were ordinary, not something you'd expect from a restaurant that had been reviewed so well in the New York Times. We were disappointed.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 35 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 143 reviews are from the The Beach Plum reviews archive.
  • The menu at this usually fine
    SEBYVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    The menu at this usually fine restaurant was inadequate. The staff kept rushing us through the dinner, grabbing our plates and rushing the courses which led to an unpleasant and unsavory experience. . .
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  • The restaurant came with a
    Phil
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    The restaurant came with a great review in the NY Times however the food was only average and poorly presented. This would have been OK if there had been time to talk, enjoy the ambience, enjoy your wine. However the two courses were over and we were out the door within 1 hour. Looking around this seemed the norm rather than exception. I just wish that US restaurateurs would learn that people like to sit over a meal and make it an occasion, not feel as if they are in a cafeteria that has 1000 people to feed in a lunch hour.
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  • Food was everything we hoped
    ConsulproVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    Food was everything we hoped it would be. Fresh, locally sourced, beautifully prepared and delicious. The seats looking into the kitchen are wonderful. Fabulous evening. Remember to BYOB - food this good deserves a fine wine.
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    fit for foodies, scenic view, hot spot, special occasion
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  • A difficult evening.
    jenwilson8
    Dined on 10/3/2013
    Forgot their warning about BYO so drive one hour to get wine. Noise level horrible. Very limited menu. Service? What's that?
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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  • Went this past weekend based
    jbkltk2dineVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    Went this past weekend based on a New Yorks Times article. Very disappointing meal......The only saving grace was a beautiful sunset........
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  • Best meal on the island
    Miggy
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    Our meal at the Beach Plum was the best we had on the island. It was a true dining experience, with superb food, outstanding service and the gorgeous view. Also very celiac friendly!!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Place to Dine
    KayD
    Dined on 9/22/2013
    My husband and I have been going to the Beach Plum for 10 + years now. Every year we come to Martha's Vineyard for a week or two to celebrate our birthdays. (We were born the same year, same month 2 days apart). We go to the Beach Plum for a celebration dinner. We make our reservations so that we can catch the sunset, we bring our own fabulous wine and order something different from the menu each year. This year we were surprised with a new decor, a new chef and a new menu, but we were not disappointed. We hope that you will try this restaurant for your celebration, no matter what it is for.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Disappointed
    kokaneVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2013
    We almost left before ordering as the menu is so limited. We have been to the restaurant many times.The location is beautiful. The decor changed this year and the table design (a large common table) no one wants to sit at taking up much of the dining room. The menu is difficult. I understand farm to table, But this is lacking. This had two fish entrees, a shared chicken, shared pork porterhouse, a few salads and that was it. I know now why they don't publish their menu in advance! One server opened the wine and talked with us about the menu, he was great. Our assigned server was scattered and fair at best. Considering the food, expense, drive, and overall experience we will not be returning unless things change dramatically.
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  • Not impressed
    Popeye
    Dined on 9/5/2013
    Very limited menu selections. Quite pricey for what you get. A charming location but without the sunset nothing special.We were not impressed with their minimalist decor and food.
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  • We were very disappointed
    BobSVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    We were very disappointed this visit. We've been going to the Beach Plum for 10 years, and it was always our favorite restaurant on the Vineyard. We requested (through Open Table) to sit outside to see the sunset, but we were seated inside without any explanation even though there was plenty of available seating outside. It's American cuisine, but there was no beef on the menu, and no lobster! The menu was very limited in our view. We won't be rushing back next year.
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  • I really wanted to love this place
    Dicandi16VIP
    Dined on 8/28/2013
    BPR has a great setting - tranquil with a beautiful view of Menemsha. It is BYOB which has its benefits. The service was pleasant. However, the menu is very limited with a lack of description or organization. The ahi tuna appetizer was ok - too much sauce vs. allowing the essence of the fish to shine through - and I wish the fennel appetizer had more cheese. The entree, however, was the major disappointment. The beef looked and tasted more like a pork chop with little to no seasoning. The kale and green beans accompanying the beef lacked seasoning and overwhelmed the dish; the beans were also raw. We left without trying dessert (which is rare for us) as this had been one of the most disappointing meals my husband and I had in a long time.
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    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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  • The preparation of the food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2013
    The preparation of the food from 2012 to 2013 has declined drastically. The "farm to table" food is all drenched in sauces and oils and takes away from the natural flavors of the food. We were so looking forward to our best meal on the island and walked away completed disappointed. The staff was also repeatedly forgetful and not well trained.
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    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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  • Beach Plum is the plum find of MV!
    Elisasf
    Dined on 8/22/2013
    Absolutely delicious farm to table fresh, innovative, beautifully presented food. Lovely low-key atmosphere, impeccable service. Such notables as The Obamas and local resident Larry David (dining with Ray Allen) can be seen mingling with a mix of visitors and regulars. Definitely was my best meal this trip against heavy competition from State Road, Outermost Inn and Lambert's Cive which are all First class spots, too!!,
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lots of potential
    sings
    Dined on 8/21/2013
    Clearly a talented chef. The menu needs to be more "friendly". Among the five offerings were a chicken for 4 people, bluefish for 3, rabbit for 2, and two fish dishes for single potions. That doesn't give diners enough choice. They should offer a half chicken for one person and bring down that $120 price! It was a bit skimpy for four people, but it was delicious -- probably better cut into eight pieces so everyone could have light and dark meat. MV is all about the fish, so there should be more options for diners who want different things. Butter cake with blueberries and dark chocolate was wonderful and interesting; the second night, they used white chocolate, which was way too sweet and not at all interesting.
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  • Different Than Previous Experiences
    JLS1VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2013
    For the last several years, we have viewed the Beach Plum Inn as our favorite restaurant on MV. Schlepping to Menemsha for the great food and the unbelievable views was well worth it to us. No longer. On our visit last week, we liked the new decor and the food was terrific, but the menu (entree) selections were severely limited and very narrow. Fish, fish, fish, fish, rabbit and roasted chicken for two or four. Please...! This suggests a lack of consideration for the educated palates which visit the restaurant, a lack of creativity and a certain hubris. We won't be schlepping there next year. There are too many other good alternatives nearby.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special place, busy August 2013
    WilliamsVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2013
    The food, location and ambiance is wonderful. After POTUS' visit, it may have been in greater demand. The service was slow for the evening yet we had good company and a sunset to enjoy. We will be back.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very loud. Not sure if it's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    Very loud. Not sure if it's due to the new table configuration, but we could barely hear our server.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic