Perennial Virant
Perennial Virant

Perennial Virant

  • Dining Style: Home Style
  • Website: http://perennialchicago.com/
  • Phone: 3129817070x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner Hours: Monday-Thursday 5:00pm to 10:00pm
    Friday-Saturday 5:00pm to 11:00pm
    Sunday 5:00pm to 9:00pm

    Brunch Hours: Saturday & Sunday 9:00am to 2:00pm

    Breakfast Hours: Monday-Friday 7:00am-11:00am

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Paul Virant
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Special Events: Special event options available. Please contact Taylor Crowley at 312-479-1434.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wells & Clark
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is offered at $11 per vehicle and is located on the Clark Street side of the restaurant
A word from Perennial Virant
Perennial Virant is a collaborative effort between Boka Restaurant Group and acclaimed Chef Paul Virant. Paul won Food & Wine Best New Chef America 2007 and was a James Beard finalist for Best Chef Great Lakes 2011. The modestly priced menu is comprised of small, medium, and large plates.
Perennial Virant has one of the most magnificent patios in Chicago located right across from the Green City Market. Brunch is served both Saturday and Sunday.
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Perennial Virant reviews from OpenTable diners
165 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (114)neighborhood gem (77)great for outdoor dining (67)special occasion (61)great for brunch (53)good for groups (47)romantic (44)hot spot (30)scenic view (28)notable wine list (20)great for lunch (18)vibrant bar scene (14)kid-friendly (9)late-night find (5)Show More
  • Brunch at PV
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    The French Toast with Rhubarb Compote was fantastic. I abandonded my Croque Madame once my mother offered up a piece of her french toast. Really good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perennial Virant Visit May 17 2014
    JorgefromCubaVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    This is my second visit to Perennial Virant and I live in Atlanta. I love this place. Food, service and creativity with the menu are the reasons why. Was honored to have met Chef Paul during my visit. He came out and greeted my girlfriend and I with enthusiasm. My girlfriend bought the last book Paul had written on how to preserve foods. He autographed it for us which was a thrill. He then took us personally to the rooftop and bought us a couple of glasses of wine. He was engaging and we were made to feel special in his presence. Will be back to visit on my next trip to Chicago which will be in July.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I think we may have been there on an off-day, but the service was terrible. It was brunch, and didn't seem insanely busy, but we had to wait almost 25 minutes before a server came to see us. I also asked for cream for my coffee three different times and never got any. The food was delicious.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best service ever
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    What a lovely delicious restaurant. Our waitress was so attentive and kind and the food was spectacular.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently fantastic
    NancyBVIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    I've eaten here several times for both breakfast and dinner when visiting Chicago, and it's always spectacular. The menu can be a touch intimidating, I'm not always familiar with the names of the food items or the preparation terms, but the waitstaff is excellent at both translating and recommending. I've never had a dish that didn't taste way better than it sounded on the menu.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good dinner but...
    PizzaPassionVIP
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Delicious, fresh, seasonal food and friendly service, but server's knowledge of the menu (and how to pronounce the menu items) was a bit lacking. I'd still definitely recommend this place, and Chef's Vie restaurant out in the suburbs (best butternut squash soup I've ever had). It was a quiet Monday night for me at PV but I've been before when it's busy and loud. A popular restaurant with a great rooftop bar (J Parker) overlooking the park.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flexibility
    mary
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We went here for a graduation celebration. The staff was so accommodating to us. They altered our reservation time on a busy Mother's Day, allowed us to change our table to a quieter section and always took care of any little detail seamlessly during our meal. Our celebration was enhanced by their wonderful hospitality and service and the delicious food!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big Disappointment
    suzannerama
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Went to Perennial Virant for Mother's Day Brunch. Did not necessarily expect perfection, as it was a very busy day. However, the food was shockingly poor. Chocolate cherry muffin was inedible (tasted like bitter chocolate and dust). Lemon lavender doughnut was heavy and flavor was nothing remarkable. Not worth $5. Home-made sausage was over-salted, to the point where I couldn't finish it. Potatoes had been sitting under warmer for too long, so pieces were brittle and hard to chew. French toast was luke-warm and way too sweet. The best thing we consumed was the grapefruit mimosa - crisp and refreshing. Our server was very nice, and offered to replace dishes that we were unhappy with. Overall, the meal was a big disappointment.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not so good
    lovemykids
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Love the location, energy, decor....reservations at 1215...I arrived and was seated early ( terrific), they honored my booth request however the waitress was annoying and impatient...she came to our table at least 5 times after my son arrived around 1220, interfering with our meet and greet chat..ITS MOTHERS DAY, DUH.She was clueless . When we said we wanted a few more minutes she put the pressure on us to order..."you know, theres only TWO more orders of the Shrimp and Grits" my son looked at her and said hmmm bruch pressure. We ordered at that moment...she came back a minute later to tell me "while I was taking to you they ran out of Shrimp and Grits" MOTHERS DAY BRUNCH AND THEY RUN OUT OF A MAIN ITEM.Oh my EGGS were RAW too.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellet food, fun staff
    lisa
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    I have been to PV a few times now, every time has been fun. The wait staff is really friendly and the food is always excellent. Its a great place to go if you want to hear what your group is saying (meaning its not loud!) The cheese curds in the hash browns is a great touch....yum!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Usually tops, this time only so-so
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Arrived early for 6:45pm reservation but then had to wait 15 mins beyond reservation time (and remind the hostess) for our table. Our server didn't come for another 10 minutes, we had to request bread service and that was stingy (only 1 piece offered, by this time my guest and I, pregnant, were famished!) Fried artichokes were delish, gnocchi okay, key lime dessert not impressive (choc chip cookies, on the other hand, were yummy!) Used to be our go-to neighborhood date / special occasion, this time left us reconsidering.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • hostess
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Had reservations for 12:30 Saturday May 3rd...Didn't get seated till 1:00...tables were available in front of my eyes..Hostess said when table gets clean we will be seated. Ridiculous. ..Then she's sitting there texting with her friends that came to visit...I didn't expect this.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A bit overpriced for what you get
    PRudnickVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    This is my second time at Perennial and I was pretty disappointed in the quality of the food, taste and portions. Perhaps I ordered wrong, but my summer vegetable salad was not very exciting and it should of been since it was the only vegan/vegetarian option on the menu. I am hoping this was just a bad dish, but my dining companion wasn't thrilled with her dish either, including our shared sticky bun. It'll be awhile before I go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We had friends visiting from NY who wanted a true Chicago dining experience, so we naturally booked a table at Perennial Virant. It's always been an exemplary farm-to-table Chicago restaurant. We all had the most memorable dining experience. We shared appetizers and entrees to get a good taste of the menu. Everything was so fresh and delicious. Everyone greatly enjoyed the night and raved about the tastings. We had a great waiter who was very kind, patient, and attentive. Thanks for the memories!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Easter Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We had Easter Brunch at Perennial Virant. I have been there once before for dinner and the food was so good, we couldn't wait to go back. The Brunch menu was not terribly extensive but everything my party ordered was delicious. I was also pleasantly surprised by the prices for brunch since the dinner had been a little more expensive. If you are considering getting a side, I would warn you that they are fairly large and intended to be shared. Overall the food was wonderful and I will definitely plan on returning for brunch.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Should be so much more
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    PV has everything going for it: great location, awesome patio & decent ambiance. Falls totally short on service & the food just falls well short of what it used to be. It's really to bad, because it could & should be one of chicago's absolute best, but it seems to settle
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service and location
    SUZY
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    This is a good place to eat before a concert at Park West. Valet parking makes the evening stress free. The wait staff is friendly, well trained and has a good sense of humor - makes for a fun experience.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • spectacular
    foodiefanaticVIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Pre-dinner drinks at J Parker upstairs (might possibly be the best rooftop in the city) followed by dinner at PV is the recipe for a spectacular evening
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disapointment
    Neighbor
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Too loud Unrelaxed, slow service for drinks and bad advice about the beers on offer, then dood came with ingredient I said was allergic to....the chef came out and was so nice, and gave us agree dish...but the damage was done. Not a neighborhood place, not really glam, despite the roof scene, and not really foods...not going back for dinner but might try breakfast. Very diisointing and expensive for what we got.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food a block from Zoo
    reamor
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    We enjoyed dinner before driving on to see a play at Navy Pier (15 min away). Great carrot soup, good lamb sausage, good gnochi but enjoyment of scallops diminished by bitter lettuce. Good gingerbread ice cream sundae. Would have been a better experience had it been warm enough to eat outside. Inside was a bit dark and sterile though fairly busy, early on a Thursday night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great restaurant
    susieq
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    Perennial Virant remains a great restaurant. Creative approaches to cuisine. Wonderful presentation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, upbeat pleasant ambienc
    WilliamsVIP
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    The menu selection is surprisingly different and delicious. A great casual place for brunch. Our server was lovely, and the hostess was pleasant even though we had to wait to be seated (we were early).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Absolutely Wonderful!
    CollieLover
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    My partner and I wanted to check this place out because we are avid canners, and the food was absolutely amazing. I highly recommend the Headcheese. The chef (Paul Virant) even came out to say hello and chatted with us for a while. The service was amazing, and I also had a delicious cocktail of some-sort, spring themed.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner with Colleagues
    Seeker
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Had dinner on a Friday with three out-of-towners who were attending an international workshop about protecting nature in cities. I wanted a restaurant that was comfortable yet elegant, practiced sustainability, offered a variety of choices, took food allergies into consideration and where we could have a conversation. Perennial Virant was perfect. Everyone left happy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is a great place to eat!!!
    Kevin
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    I am blown away by the great flavor combinations! The service is amazing, the portion size is perfect and the restaurant is great for any event! I strongly recommend you try it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go Cubs!
    MrPotatoHeadVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Although located in a hotel, this was not your typical hotel restaurant. And with the competition that you have in Chicago, this was a real find. Great ingredients and inspired preparations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulously creative
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Every dish we tried was delicious, unique and wonderfully creative from, lamb to pickled perch to rabbit to pork. Wonderful wine list, the bread is amazing and service was fantastic....definitely one of the best restaurants in Chicago right now!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyed a return visit
    BettyVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    On our most recent visit, Perennial Verant was quite satisfying. The quality of the food was a little more uneven than on previous visits (salad overdressed, one of our three entrees was rather bland), but the good dishes were really excellent. The service is thoughtful and helpful, and the surroundings lively.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chef week and Perennial
    jgusty
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Hit this location specifically for chef week. Two choices like many of the locations with a fish and meat option. Earlier in the week hit North Pond and the meat selection won out. Perennial was excellent for chef week. I did the lamb dish which was tasty but I had food envy the minute they delivered my friends dish which was the scallops. Although my dish was very good I would recommend the scallops. Some of the largest I have seen in a while dinning out in Chicago. I was truly surprised at the size considering it was a chef week menu. All courses were excellent as expected. This restaurant is always very good so its a choice for these dinning programs such restaurant week or chef week. Much appreciated selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Better Brunch than Dinner
    Emilychicago
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    I have been there for brunch and it was delicious. Dinner didn't impress me as much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent American Cuisine
    kmchen
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Perennial Virant has an incredibly cozy, inviting atmosphere. It's a quaint, warm restaurant with a beautiful view to Lincoln Park. Even as a local, I found myself reveling at the view. The food speaks for itself. Every menu item was appealing and made for a difficult choice. Each item we ordered was perfectly seasoned and very flavorful. The best way to describe the food is warm and cozy! Service was great as well. Knowledgeable and friendly, checking in as needed. I will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food. We had the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Excellent food. We had the prix fixe menu for chef's week, and the selections were perfect. We asked to meet the chef, and he came and talked to us, as he did with several other tables. His other restaurant is close to us in the suburbs, and we will be going there also.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good meal
    lawgrad
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Not a lot to say aside from confirming that this place offers quality. Very very tasty food, especially the deer sausage.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You're not special enough
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    I made a reso. I arrived. Waited. Then they try to seat me at a table next to a bussing station and kitchen doors. I ask can we get another table...she says you would have to wait longer. I say, we'll wait. She rolls her eyes. I say, what about that table that's empty by the window. She says, oh that's reserved. I say, well I have a reservation too. She replies, that's for a special guest who comes often. I say, I guess I'll never reach that status because I'm probably not coming back due to how rude you are to me. She says, whatever and walks away.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • meh
    Chi71
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    I booked this for a birthday dinner for a friend based on good reviews. It was good, but not great. Waitress was wonderful and friendly and helpful. Decent, reasonably priced wine list. Food was just not particularly memorable. Plastic laminate table tops with warn edges did not impress.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    SandyVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    We had been there before and thought it was worth another try. This time, not so good. Our waiter was excellent but her couldn't save the food. The menu was a strange combination of winter and spring dishes labeled as such. Most of the dishes had little taste. There were four in our party and two of the entrees came cold. Were returned and we almost finished our food before they were brought back with not much more heat than when they were returned.
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  • We were impressed!
    PamelaVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Perennial Virant .. after hearing this was Rachel Ray's favorite place in Chicago we had to try it. On our visit to see our daughter who lives in Chicago we always try new places, and PV did not disappoint! The atmosphere was perfect, sunny and roomy for our Sunday Brunch. Service was outstanding, the food was incredible ... perfect portion size, the taste was so fresh. My daughter & I enjoyed the biscuits & gravy and it was the best we've ever had. We also enjoy the blueberry donut & pecan roll as well as mimosas. We look forward to going back in May!! Bravo PV well done ... keep it up!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best brunch in the city!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Love the Perrenial. My husband and I make it a point to go there each time we visit Chicago:)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I brought a very special out
    Kara
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    I brought a very special out of town guest to Perennial Virant on the Saturday after Valentine's Day. I have been several times prior, but this time I thought the experience was even more impressive. I absolutely love Chef Paul's focus on local sustainable food, with a heavy emphasis on preserves. His book Preservation Kitchen inspired me to pickle loads of farmer's market produce this summer. The way the food incorporates both preserved and fresh creates a remarkable balance. My date and I ended up splitting a series of appetizer plates so that we could try a large variety of dishes. We ordered a California red/blend upon recommendation of the server which was very versatile to accommodate the different flavors. Highly recommend PV!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Were not expecting the noise
    Ldubois2
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Were not expecting the noise level. Hard to hear the waitress and hard to have a conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.