Kokkari Estiatorio
Kokkari Estiatorio

Kokkari Estiatorio

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.kokkari.com/
  • Phone: 4159810983
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am -2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 5:30pm -11:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Bar Menu: Monday - Friday: 2:30pm - 5:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Contemporary European, Greek
  • Executive Chef: Erik Cosselmon
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The semi-private and private dining areas can accommodate groups from six to two hundred. The restaurant is also available for buy-outs.
  • Private Party Contact: Caroline Shea 4159810983

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Front St.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking ($8) evenings from 5:00pm
A word from Kokkari Estiatorio
Kokkari (pronounced “Ko-Kar-ee”) is a small fishing village located on the islands of Samos in the Aegean Sea, whose name is derived from the small onions that were once produced in the nearby fields. Its fertile soil and Mediterranean climate translated into an abundance of fresh produce as well as treasured seafood and game. Legend tells that Kokkari is the site where Orion, a mighty hunter and a young man of gigantic stature and great beauty, fell in love with the daughter of the king of Chios. For the love of her, Orion forged the island for wild game and seafood to prepare elaborate banquets in celebration of their love. Today, we hope you will enjoy your own celebration as you dine at Kokkari Estiatorio on food “fit for the Gods” prepared with an Aegean palate and the style of innovative California fare.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Kokkari Estiatorio reviews from OpenTable diners
486 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (340)special occasion (321)romantic (233)good for groups (190)notable wine list (179)hot spot (169)neighborhood gem (143)great for lunch (115)vibrant bar scene (83)late-night find (33)kid-friendly (17)great for brunch (12)great for outdoor dining (7)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Always outstanding
    KittyMommaVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Kokkari never fails to deliver. The food is always delicious and the service superb. Our waiter suggested the Greek fish and it was prepared perfectly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful
    FarmBoy
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I always eat at Kokkari when I visit SF. Make reservations way ahead of time, hard to get a table or a spot at the bar
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Must Experience
    GeorgiaVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We went to celebrate our anniversary and our friend's birthday. Made reservations and were immediately seated. We had a WONDERFUL and energetic waiter, Michael. Most of the dishes we felt were delicious: lamb shank, moussaka, octopus, calamari. We were disappointed with the rotisserie of the evening which was lamb, felt it very bland in taste. Delicious dessert we shared (so full, took food home)-nicely presented for the celebrations but I did feel they should have comped the dessert--good will!! All in all a memorable place to celebrate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Well worth the early reservation!
    servicematters
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We were visiting San Francisco for a short holiday, after reading other reviews decided to try Kokkari Estiatorio. Our choices were 5:30 p.m. or 9 p.m., we don't like eating really late so we settled for the 5 p.m. So worth the early sitting. The ambiance is so warm and cozy, almost like sitting in someone's kitchen. The food was divine! We started with the chicken livers, crispy yet still soft in the center so they melt in your mouth. My husband had the rotisserie lamb and I had the branzino. Very subtle flavors on both, we kept sharing portions back and forth. Our server was very friendly and helpful, even had happy birthday written on our dessert place. A place we will definitely return to!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome, just pure awesome!
    Nikos
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I have been there ever since I have been coming to San Francisco since 2011 and every year since and rate it highly. I have told many friends of my experience of going there and tell them it is the best restaurant l have been to with so many great characteristics that l cannot fathom to write. Pure awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor experience
    sanfran3
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Sorry but this restaurant came recommended but our experience was far from that. We were put at a table right next to a 40th birthday party of 20+ people which meant we couldn't hear each other and felt we wanted to leave from the moment we sat down. Compared to our generally British taste all the food was dry and overcooked with little taste. The staff who clearly felt embarrassed about the table we were sat at tried all they could to please which was appreciated, however our one special night out in San Fran was ruined, sadly I would not recommend.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A LA GRECCA
    ALANT
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Exceeded my expectations. We ordered Family style, sharing mezze's and entre's. Plenty to choose from for ALL diets!. Absolutely Lovely ambience. We sat in front of the Hearth with the chicken on the spit! Everyone raved. We will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    What a great night . Took my son to Kokkari for his 18th birthday and we were both very impressed with the food, service and atmosphere. top to bottom a great experience. We will definitely be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappointing
    ebfoodie
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    The service, atmosphere and food are outstanding. My only issue as with many places is some tables are a little too close to each other.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    Beej
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Excellent, food, service and very friendly staff. The roasted lamb over the fire is wonderful, full of flavor, moist and tender. The zucchini cakes are fresh, crisp and a must to try. The house wine Cab Sav was smooth and perfect with my lamb shank. Highly recommend eating here, don't rush your evening, savor the food. You must book!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Among the best
    Welchman
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We had a delightful dinner and lunch our last two visits. Food is outstanding and the menu has dishes for everyone. The small plates are to die for and the entrees were exceptional. Decor and atmosphere are perfect and the service is friendly, knowledgeable and caring. This is among the best restaurants in our opinion and definitely the best Greek restaurant by far!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jo
    Jpfoodie
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We didn't make reservations far enough in advance for an evening meal, but got in for lunch. It was outstanding - lamb skewers were delectable (so tender and flavor was outstanding) as we're the chicken. Everything was above and beyond, ingredients so fresh and of excellent quality. There is a reason they are in the number one position on so any lists. Atmosphere was very nice as well. At lunch most folks were dressed in work attire -- I was expecting more a more casual group. At night you may require more than jeans and t-shirts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service!
    Gilberto
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    The food its so great,service everything it so good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Robyn
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We have been to Greek restaurants all over the world and this is the best of all!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Did not disappoint
    patolouco
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We went into Kokkari with high expectations and it did not disappoint. The ambiance was like another world - very romantic and cozy. The service was excellent and the food was very good. Anyone visiting San Francisco should definitely visit this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious, classy, and friendly
    Tiffany
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Such simple but bright and vibrant flavors from every dish. A very nice atmosphere that isn't pretentious. A must-go with a desire to return as soon as possible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Greek!
    Luvflavor
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great presentation. Had the lamb skewer, it was fun to watch them 'pull it off a sword'. Great flavors, just the right amount of 'juicy and moist'. My wife had the salmon. Again lots of nice flavors, and cooked just right. Would eat here often if I lived in the city!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply Wonderful
    drewrod
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I ate here for the second time with my family for a special occasion and I was lucky to get a reservation for a perfect Friday night. I knew this place would be reliable based upon my past experience and numerous reviews and this night was no exception. The staff was perfectly friendly and helpful and I think the decor ranks as my most favorite. The food did not disappoint - from the appetizers, salads, wine, entrees and desserts. I believe it would be difficult to choose a dish that doesn't deliver. This is excellent Greek cuisine and whoever is in charge knows what they are doing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    KClark
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Everything was perfect, I definitely plan on dining at Kokkari again in the future!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food & Service - The best
    GrrAli
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    As a visitor to San Francisco we checked out restaurants on the internet before leaving Scotland and this one was rated very highly. We found it very welcoming and friendly. The staff could not be faulted and their attention to detail was exceptional, as was their attention to their guests. The food also was exceptional and enjoyed greatly by the both of us. As an up-market restaurant, the food was reasonably priced although the wine was on the expensive side which did not detract from our overall enjoyment.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Where is the 6th star?
    netsrule2
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Wow. This place was great. Definitely get the octopus app. My wife and I don't generally eat Octopus, but wife and I both loved this dish. Greek salad was fresh and delicious. Both main dishes, Daily roast and daily fish, were spectacular. If the meal wasn't perfect enough, the dessert made it better. I forget the name, but it was these little Greek pastried covered in honey. Worth going to this place just for Dessert (or just for the bar that seemed packed)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Been going here for 8 years...
    Thereheis
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I have a quarterly lunch with clients, and we are never disappointed. Food is great and the service is off the charts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional
    US14
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We had the best meal of our US trip here. Hostesses were so welcoming and the decor and ambiance is beautiful and vibrant. Our waiter was professional and passionate and sold us on some wonderful specials. The lamb souvlaki and lamb chops best we have ever had and we are from NZ! tried to return to try the chicken but was booked out, you must book early.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My favorite spot
    AmelieVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Love everything about this restaurant and have been coming here for years. Both special occasion and business lunches, this is my go-to!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth Experiencing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We had been looking forward to trying Kokkari for some time and in most ways it lived up to expectation. Great food and environment. Can share a variety of small plates or opt for a full meal. I would recommend the zucchini cakes to start and any of their lamb or rotisserie specials as an entree.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kokkari is a Great restaurant
    Love2eat
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We had dinner w/ friends Sunday and it was terrific. Everything was great. If you're looking for a great restaurant experience, Kokkari's the place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JFUN41
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Kokkari is representative of why San Francisco is the best food in the world! You will leave with an endorphin high and I am not kidding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expected perfection delivered
    CKaz
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Every time I go to Kokkari it's always been a perfect dinning experience. Girls night, date night or a large celebration party, it's top notch. I absolutely LOVE the menu and the selection. Being Greek it's amazing how authentic the food. Kokkari einai apistefto.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Meal!
    shoupster
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Kokkari is a rare find in today's fusion cuisine, farm to fork world of restuarants. It is a place where simplicity and craft are valued above insane presentations that sound great and look beautiful , but often dissappoint. The idea that simple, quality ingredients speak for themselves is no where more apparent than at Kokkari. Feta, baked in olive oil with thyme, capers, gypsy peppers, lemon and olive oil will dance on your pallette delighting your sense of taste. Lamb, seasoned in garlic, thyme, lemon and black pepper then charcoal grilled to tender perfection will melt in your mouth like butter. The five star service from knowledgeable, attentive staff will tie everything together and give you the perfect dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A must if you are in SF! Delicious!
    UlisesV
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food and service were excellent, and the ambiance was very nice. We had dinner for two, we ordered a red wine from Napa, had the grilled octopus with lemon (Octapodaki you Yiorgou), the lamb chops (Arnisia Paidakia) and for dessert the yogurt sorbet (Yiaourti Granita) and Baklava ice cream (Pagoto Baklava) with a Greek coffee. Eating at Kokkari should be at the top of any list for visitors going to SF. Looking forward to returning on my next trip to San Francisco.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My new favorite
    aaas24
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Amazing experience. I came to celebrate my graduation and it was the best choice. Amazing food (specially the desserts). Is my new favorite restaurant, hands down. I'll definately come again
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Met all expectations
    Pumpski
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Dinner, service and drinks were all excellent. The rotisserie lamb was amazing, as was the flourless chocolate cake. One of the best Old Fashions I've had in the city, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Stellar!
    technobabe
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We hadn't been to Kokkari in many years, in part to difficulty getting a reservation. Our experience exceeded our recollections. The food was outstanding, and coming from a Greek family, very authentic. The lamb meatballs were delicious, and the avgolemono was as close to the homemade soup made by the best avgolemeno maker in our family. The Mousaka was perfectly spiced, and the lamb chops perfectly seasoned and grilled. We somehow managed to find room for the Loukoumades for dessert … made to order, warm and not overly sweet. Our waiter was wonderful … very knowledgeable about the menu, which is quite large. The wine list is huge and a little overwhelming. Overall we had a fabulous experience and can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tourist trap?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The food here is not very different than what one can fine at a decent Greek diner. Overcooked lamb, reasonable chicken, soggy vegetables reminiscent of the school cafeteria. Seemed packed, though.
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  • Absolutely wonderful!
    Laura
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Kokkari was recommended by several friends and it was as wonderful as I was led to believe. The menu was terrific; the service was attentive; and the food was amazing! I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Makes an Anniversary Special
    diningdiva
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Only Kokkari is special enough for a forty-eights wedding anniversary. From great service, knowledgeable wine advice, the best octopus appetizers, bronzini fish special, and Greek dessert, it was a memorable evening. Even a nod from our fabulous exmayor and current best spokesperson for San Francisco, Willy Brown. Evidently everyone knows Kokkari is special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent fish!
    TomG
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Had the branzino - perfectly prepared; waitress quite knowledgeable about both the food and wine list
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thought the food was just average
    ISYHVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Came with a party of 4 for lunch, we each paid $75 for salad, lunch and a drink. A bit over my budget and I thought food was just average....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kokkari
    perryozVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    This was our second visit to Kokkari and it did not disappoint. The food, service and atmosphere were great. It is noisy so not a good place for a romatice quiet evening. We went at 6:30 having arrived from TN and the place was packed. It is just like a Greek family gathering, noisy with lots of bustle and plenty of food. Our waiter was a young woman who was extremely familiar with the menu and the food preparation. Very attentive, but not pushy, perfect. The food was very hot when it arrived in a timely manner. The roasted meat special for the evening is always a treat and highly recommended if that's your preference. We had an overall great time and I would highly recommend Kokkari on any trip to SF.
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    hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic Spot
    Local23
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Not a bad dish in this spot. Our waiter could not have been more energetic and welcoming!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic