Bella Saratoga
Bella Saratoga

Bella Saratoga

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bellasaratoga.com/
  • Phone: 4087415115x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Tuesday - Saturday: 8:00am - 11:00am,
    Sunday: 8:00am - 10:00am:
    Lunch: Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 4:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:00am -4:00pm, Sunday: 2:00pm - 4:00pm;
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm;
    Sunday Brunch: 10:30am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Italian, Californian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We offer catering services and customized menus based on your specific needs. Please call us to discuss.
  • Private Party Facilities: We welcome private parties. A private room requires a minimum of 15 guests and same rules as banquets apply. See banquet description.
  • Private Party Contact: Clyde / Claudio 4087415115x
  • Entertainment: We feature live music for Sunday Brunch.
  • Special Events: We have a great facility for special events. Please call to inquire.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Saratoga Sunnyvale Rd.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Bella Saratoga
A romantic Victorian house with intimate indoor and outdoor dining in the heart of Saratoga Village. We feature bountiful portions of award winning pastas, the freshest fish, filet mignon, thin crust pizzas, and deserts with fine wines and cocktails. Stop by for Lunch or weekend Brunch on the way to the Santa Cruz mountains or for dinner before the shows at Villa Montalvo, the Mountain Winery, or the Flint Center. Saratoga, the center of arts and culture, is conveniently located off Highway 85.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Bella Saratoga reviews from OpenTable diners
71 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (61)neighborhood gem (40)romantic (34)special occasion (33)fit for foodies (19)great for lunch (16)great for brunch (15)good for groups (13)notable wine list (9)scenic view (6)kid-friendly (4)late-night find (3)hot spot (2)Show More
  • Great Birthday Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    Wonderful place to have a Girlfriend lunch! We made a reservation and we felt so welcome when we arrived ! We never felt rushed and lunch was served at a relaxed pace. Our cocktails were fun and delicious! We shared some dishes we wanted to taste and shared an amazing dessert! Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic experience. Great
    Loof
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    Fantastic experience. Great location, great service, food was A+ - highly recommended
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Can be better...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    The owner tries to accommodate customer requests, but the food can be so much tastier, and the restaurant can ben much better managed.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special Place
    BRose
    Dined on 10/20/2013
    My mother and I have eaten at Bella Saratoga a couple of times. We like the ambiance of the historic Victorian home. The Service is great as someone is always there to help. And the food is excellent. We had the Shellfish salad - copious amounts of seafood! All in all a great place to celebrate a birthday, or any occasion. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bella Bella
    HughR
    Dined on 10/6/2013
    For a nice lunch/brunch or dinner in Saratoga for a reasonable price, Bella fits the bill.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Missed the mark
    peterVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    Nice setting, good looking menu, really nice arugula salad. But, pricey entrees that just were not that great. A veal dish that was okay, and a pasta that was unremarkable... My wife and I both felt a little off afterwards. I am not suggesting food issues, just wasn't a contented and sated feeling. And a nice place like this in a nice setting in the SF Bay Area cannot have horrible after dinner coffee -- Even the capuccino was not good. And the wines by the glass were over-priced, confirming a steady upward trend of wine by the glass prices. It's a nice spot in a cute setting, but seems like sticking to the basics is the way to order here
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fresh fish? We don't believe it.
    regulardinerVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    Our big peeve was the misrepresentation of the "fresh wild salmon" on the menu. The fish all of our party ordered for our main dish may have been "wild" but it had the taste and texture of frozen. The outdoor dining atmosphere was charming and service was very good. If I dine there again I will ask more questions about the menu.
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  • Awful Service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2013
    If you want a romantic evening at a restaurant with an outdoor patio, this is not the place for you. Our waiter was awful. He did not check on us throughout the meal, and did not ask about water, etc. We asked for bread and they didn't bring it. When promised a certain wine, it was not provided, and another wine was substituted at a higher price without asking us or adjusting the bill. The food was served somewhat warm, definately not hot. We were asked if we wanted dessert, and the waiter did not come back to take an order. At the end of the meal the waiter could not be found. We waited an enormous amount of time for our check to brought to us. Even then, I had to flag down another staff member to pay the bill. Very poor performance.
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  • Disappointed
    wineluver
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    We have come here several times and have always had a wonderful experience. The food has always been delicious and the wait staff very friendly and attentive without being obtrusive. So It was a no brainer for my husband and I to want to celebrate our anniversary there. Made a reservation saying it was our anniversary and would like a quiet romantic table in the outside dinning area. Was given an OK table. Was disappointed that they had not gone a little out of their way to make the night feel a little more special since I had told them it was our anniversary.The food was delicious as always but our waiter was not friendly at all. He it seem like he did not want to be there. It just really put a damper on our special evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unimpressed
    AronBCVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2013
    Was unimpressed with Bella Saratoga on our first visit for a early Sunday evening meal. The we were served and tended to by the bussers, the waiter merely took our order. Our meals were a mixed experience. Nice patio seating.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food Lovely location
    CFTam
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    I have been here on numerous occasions and never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lobster raviolis
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    One of the specials of the night was Lobster raviolis, they had no taste. I added cheese, pepper flakes, and salt.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Historic Saratoga site
    TBADGER
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    Enjoyable experience in historic Victorian hotel in the village of Saratoga, with dining either outside or in the Victorian building. The food is very good for the moderate price, though not comparable to the "fancy" high-end restaurants in the village (which cost twice as much). The wine list is excellent with many local S. Cruz Mtn winery choices. Our waiter was not very attentive, but the other waiter responded to our requests, for refills on iced tea, sweeterner, and a second glass of wine.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great place in Saratoga downtown
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/14/2013
    I treated two high school friends from China . We ordered crab cake and steamed mussel and clam to start with, they taste so good. Grilled salmon and linguine with shrimp are so fresh, my risotto with mushroom is perfect. I highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely outside dining
    Sage
    Dined on 8/13/2013
    Beautiful old victorian home turned into this lovely italia
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Pre Concert dinner
    CareBear
    Dined on 8/11/2013
    My girlfriend and her teenage daughter joined myself and my teenage daughter for dinner prior to the Concert at the Mt Winery this past Sunday evening. We have been to Bella Saratoga several times before, and have always enjoyed the delicious fresh food that we have ordered. Wonderful quaint atmosphere, great service and yummy food and wine. We will be back many more times...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not Impressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    The food lacked flavor; I ordered the swordfish special, which came with braised brussel sprouts and gnocchi. The fish was overcooked and looked and tasted like it came from a box (can you say Gorton Fisherman?). The brussel sprouts were low on seasoning, and the gnocchi was mushy with a sauce that clearly came out a can. Not only that, it was on the expensive side; if I'm paying 30+ a plate, I expect something extraordinary. On the plus side, the service was adequate and eating on the veranda was very pleasant. I would say the high point of our meal was the focaccia bread and herbed butter, however, with the wonderful variety of restaurants we have in the Bay Area, would not recommend this restaurant to anyone.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nothing special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/7/2013
    We came here based on other reviews, unfortunately we were disappointed. The service was sketchy being handed off to multiple people. The food was the big disappointment. Caesar salad average. The salmon and the filet of sole were absolutely tasteless. No flavor. The sole was so crispy on the underside I had to use a knife. We won't come back based on the food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Date night restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/1/2013
    My girlfriend and I were looking for a nice restaurant and we were both quite pleased with this place. It didn't seem quite busy and we were seated right away. She ordered the Beef Angelo and I got the Linguine Piquante. Both dishes were delicious and I have to note that their pasta was some of the best I've ever eaten. We sat outdoors and though the restaurant is on a relatively busy street, it never got noticeably loud. The servers/waiters were friendly and came by to ask us if we needed anything enough times during the meal. I would definitely return here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic Birthday Spot
    SteakLover
    Dined on 8/1/2013
    I took my boyfriend to Bella Saratoga for his birthday (his first time there) and had a wonderful dinner. It was quiet, romantic, with great service and awesome food. I highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening
    imasoldman
    Dined on 7/30/2013
    We met some friends for dinner who had suggested this restaurant. I checked out the menu on-line and it all looked great. I arrived about 30 minutes early but the hostess was happy to seat us at a great table on the patio as we had requested. The waiter was great and let us relax and enjoy our wine before our friends arrived. When we were ready to order and had some questions and special requests, he was helpful and accommodating. The meal, service and atmosphere made for a lovely evening. When the waiter overheard that it was my birthday, he brought a special dessert without being asked. We would highly recommend Bella Saratoga and plan on visiting again soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • In addition to the delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/29/2013
    In addition to the delicious food, the restaurant setting is very pleasant and we had nice service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good and bad
    BritinUSA
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    I had the carpaccio which was lovely, so is the bread. The linguine is ok, not great.Good service
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dastardly Doolittle's Dog w/Treat
    LadeeDay
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    Nice warm bread, good size half bottle of Pinot Noir, EXCELLENT Filet Mignon with Garlic Mashed Potatoes! Garlic Spinach started out tasty but then became too garlicky. Gracie Bella!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointed
    ladyonthelake
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    We had early reservations before attending a concert at Montalvo. We were greeted promptly and seated at a lovely little outdoor table. We ordered wine by the glass and salads (caprese and caesar) which came promptly. The caprese was excellent, caesar just okay.. That was the end of our good experience. Our wine glasses were empty for at least 10 minutes before I had to flag down a waiter that wasn't even ours. It seemed to be an inconvenience to bring us a second glass of wine especially as my husband wanted to order a different wine and asked for the wine list again. Mixed reviews on our entrees...the sea bass was very good, the chicken picata was very dry. The puff pastry in the desert was stale.
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  • It was good...but not great
    Holly
    Dined on 7/14/2013
    I waffled between 3 or 4 stars, but though it was good, I couldn't give it the extra star. We sat outside under a canvas awning which covered 90% of the outdoor eating area. It was July at 5:00, so I was surprised that they advertised outdoor dining when it wasn't open air. The cocktails were excellent and the service was quick. The food was good, but not extraordinary; the menu was uninspired . The presentation was very nice, and the bread topped with a dash of dill were good and seemed to have been baked on premises. After dinner, our waiter disappeared and didn't return for 20 minutes, which put us on the late side for our show. But, all-in-all, a nice restaurant with tasty food, nice environment, and good service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience!
    Visitor
    Dined on 7/10/2013
    First time at this restaurant and we were greeted at the porch and seated right away (we had reservations thru Open Table). Service was excellent, not intrusive and timed just right. One of us had minestrone, the other two had the Bella salad - very good. For the entrees, one of us had the fish special (stuffed bass with kalamata olives, spinach potatoes), the other two had the salmon - cooked perfectly and served over risotto, grilled veggies. We all cleaned our plates and had to pace ourselves not to gobble it all down it tasted so wonderful. It was all a great dining experience. Very relaxed, never rushed and we had good interaction with the wait staff. We plan on returning when we are in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Food Served at our Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 7/10/2013
    The shellfish salad and carpacio dishes were excellent. I ordered the Gorgonzola salad with add on of shrimp. I would have preferred my dressing on the side. It was a little soggy. The bread you served was excellent. the hostess who seated us and refilled our beverages was excellent. Very professional and attentive. Thanks for asking our opinion.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just like in Italy
    eater
    Dined on 7/9/2013
    We dine here regularly. Every dish we've ever had is an excellent choice. I've had several of the pastas on different occasions and never been anything but pleased. The wine list was certainly above average and they have several wines by the half bottle. It is great to sit outside in the shade during the summer afternoon, and wonder, what are the others doing???
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BRUNCH MUNCH
    Mamajoan
    Dined on 7/7/2013
    We had a delightful brunch on Sunday. The experience was top notch. All around very nice. The bar looked like the place I would like to visit after work, it sure looked cozy and friendly. Nice setup. Excellent staff and service. I would come here again. We came to this area for a getaways weekend. Nice area.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Quaint Place
    Bear
    Dined on 6/28/2013
    I've been here on many different occasions. Each time I had a wonderful experience. I would try to stay away from coming on busy evenings, it can tend to get loud. The food is always good and so is the service. My favorite thing is their Sunday brunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I was disappointed with our
    foodnme
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    I was disappointed with our visit to Bella Saratoga Sunday Jun.16. I requested outside.. I know, I know, they won't guarantee it, but the waitperson said that they didn't even look at requests as it was Father's Day. I asked how long it would be, a guess, until a table would open up outside and was told quite a while. So- we ate inside. We had a window seat. Well, by the time we'd settled and had our wine- several tables opened up outside and stayed open. I was somewhat unhappy with service level, it was ok, not good, not over $200 good! I ordered the Saltimbocca which I've had before and LOVED it... this time not so good. The Chicken itself was quite dry and the rice was hard packed, like it had hit the microwaive one to many times.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food... Good Prices
    Dhardy
    Dined on 6/13/2013
    We went to Bella Saratoga for our 15-year anniversary and it was a great experience. We had originally reserved an inside table with a window view, but when we arrived, the weather was so nice that we decided we would rather eat outside. They did not make an issue about it and seated us outside at a great table! Overall service and food was great. Would recommend to a friend for sure.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The mushroom risotto was outstandin
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/13/2013
    The mushroom risotto was outstanding but the portion size was a bit small for the price you paid.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • slow service and avg (at best) food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/9/2013
    Have eaten here before but it was a huge disappointment this time. Very slow check in and then a 10 min wait just to have a waiter come by. The wine was good but $12 for a small glass was excessive. The meal I ordered ( Cioppino) was very greasy - you could see the oil floating in the sauce. Overall, we spent way too much for poor service and marginal food. We don't have plans to return.
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  • Great food
    DonnaMae
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    Great food at reasonable prices, Wonderful selection. A perfect place of lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfect night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/7/2013
    Completely enjoyed the experience! We were late for our reservations but didn't matter. There was still plenty of outside seating. The food was fresh and tasty. Wine was great. Bella Saratoga was relaxing and a perfect way to end an evening.
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic spot
    Food
    Dined on 6/1/2013
    Very nice spot and the service was great. Unfortunately the food was not as great. This was my second visit and overall it seems that the chef has a good concept but the taste does not deliver. The chef should try the food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very nice place and we will
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/27/2013
    Very nice place and we will definitely be going back again.
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    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/25/2013
    Just returned from having a very disappointing dinner. Our waiter was also working the bar and we felt like his second responsibility throughout our meal. The wait to be served was way too long. Then the portions sizes of both my husband's and son's pasta dishes were laughable! They looked like side dish portions. When I questioned the waiter, he said new serving bowls are being used and they make the portions sizes look smaller then then actually are. No one bought that one! What restaurant buys serving dishes to make their food look like less?! Won't be a returning customer. Will go across the street to Florentines for Italian food next time. On a positive note, the live music was pleasant.
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