Rickey's
Rickey's

Rickey's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://rickeysrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 4158839477x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Sunday 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Bar Hours: Tuesday – Thursday 4:00pm – 9:00pm Friday & Saturday 4:00pm – 10:00pm; Sunday 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Ken Drew
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Executive Chef Ken Drew would be delighted to work on a custom menu for your special event, or call Tricia Harris for a consultation or to request a Menu Package. Be a guest at your own event and let us take care of every detail.
  • Entertainment: Entertainment poolside during the Summer and indoors by the fire during the Fall & Winter. Please call or email us to be added to our mailing list or click on our events page for the latest jazz schedule or event listing http://www.rickeysrestaurant.com/events.htm
  • Special Events: Executive Chef Ken Drew would be delighted to work on a custom menu For your special event, or call Tricia Harris for a consultation or to request a Menu Package. Be a guest at your own event and let us take care of every detail.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ignacio Blvd.
  • Public Transit: Golden Gate Transit
    Ignacio Blvd Novato 49, 54, 70, 71, 80
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Plenty of parking in our private lot, additional parking located behind the restaurant.
A word from Rickey's
Rickey’s has re-opened with a new look but with the attitude and style of yesterday at heart. With an emphasis on community and a passion for serving up oldtime favorites, Rickey’s, once again, has become a local place to relax and enjoy warm old time ambiance and service.




Rickey’s serves flavorful American favorites such as smoked ribeye steak, seared Ahi & Scallops and seasonal cuisine. The affordable and comfortable cuisine focuses on only the freshest ingredients for exceptional flavors from the tremendous bounty of small local growers.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Rickey's reviews from OpenTable diners
45 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (29)great for outdoor dining (23)special occasion (21)romantic (20)kid-friendly (17)good for groups (14)fit for foodies (13)great for brunch (9)great for lunch (5)vibrant bar scene (4)late-night find (3)notable wine list (3)hot spot (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Good-bye 2013 Hello Rickeys in 2014
    ByrdieLuvs2eat
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    After thouroughly enjoying a recent dining experience, we made reservations about 1 1/2 weeks in advance. We were seated by the front door and even though it was ok on the previous occasion due the fact it was so busy this time it significantly took away from the ambience/experience. People were actually leaning against my chair.This is our only complaint. The wait staff were attentive, keeping our water glasses full with no lengthy waiting between courses. Cornbread flavorful and moist, the Baby Back BBQ Pork Ribs were meaty, moist and spicey. The Wagyu Beef and Black Truffle Ravioli cooked to perfection and flavorful. Sadly we were too full to try their desserts.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific, as always!
    ExcellentVIP
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    Always reliable - friendly service, good food, comfortable atmosphere, and an excellent value.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-Christmas Dinner
    twojpsVIP
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    After travelling over the weekend, it was quite the treat for us to have a wonderful dinner near the fireplace. Our table was ready when we arrived and Nelson opened our wine and then came back and took our order. Bonus! He wasn't going to be our waiter, but the other person got busy and Nelson helped us beautifully. What a great visit. And we were stuffed and happy when we waddled out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You've got it together in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    You've got it together in the sense of OLD World ambiance and people friendly with good music!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A pleasant surprise
    Boomer
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Good food, great wine. Nice atmosphere. Live entertainment. What more could you ask for?
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun dining !
    Ekko
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    We made reservation on Friday night coz we want to enjoy live music too . Friendly service , nice food and drinks. Next time planning to go happy hour !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    kikiVIP
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    I came with friends this week and will return next week with girlfriends, they have a 3 course meal offered weekdays for $25 Soup or salad, entree dessert and wine, it was all more than I could eat. Also if you join there membership at no cost you always get free corkage, this is a hidden gem, well worth going.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The featured 3 course meal
    momof2too
    Dined on 12/8/2013
    The featured 3 course meal was great! A good deal and tasty..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casual Sunday Reward
    twojpsVIP
    Dined on 12/8/2013
    We had a busy weekend and decided to treat ourselves to a wonderful dinner with first rate service. The staff was friendly and welcoming, the food is just excellent, and the experience was so rewardingly pleasant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marvelous
    Vdub
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    Everything I expected and more! I had a great night out. Would definitely come back to this place. Beautiful for bringing a date.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Holidaydiners
    Happydiners2
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    Management is very caring regarding any negative experience you might have at their facility.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expectations not met....
    Carol
    Dined on 11/27/2013
    Sat at bar waiting for service, then decided to sit at table and wait there for other couple to arrive, hopefully then ordering a pre dinner drink. It was clear that the corn bread (cake like, sweet and gooey) was going to be plentiful, in stark contrast to the entrees portions that weren't.... very small pieces of protein over starch (potatoes, polenta, etc). Ah, the potatoes.....were they cooked the day of or days beforehand and reheated (soggy, gray, limp)?
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Nice & Comfortable
    Steve
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Menu has nice selections at reasonable prices and daily specials also. Food was prepared as expected, good serving sizes and the tastes were excellent. Noise level was a little high due to the light jazz group playing, made it difficult to carry on a conversation at the table among 4 people. The Bar & Restaurant are in the same large room.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A nice night out at Rickey's
    MarinofNovator
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Good service, good food, good drinks, nice atmosphere, nice music. Nuff said.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great evening!
    Peggy
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    We had another wonderful evening this past Saturday night. Our waitress was FABULOUS. The music was great and the volume level was perfect. You could enjoy the singing yet carry on a conversation. We love getting together with friends at Rickey's. It's become our go-to restaurant!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Total enjoyment
    Happydiners2
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    My husband and I spent our 30th wedding anniversary at Rickey's and had a fabulous dinner. Service was great and we were treated to a free desert that they had even gone to the trouble of decorating the plate with happy anniversary on it in chocolate. Additionally the music was wonderful. We are going there for Thanksgiving dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eating to End Homelessness
    Cyndlue
    Dined on 11/21/2013
    My friends and I took part in Homeward Bound's night of eating to end homelessness. We chose Ricky's. What a great decision! The restaurant was full, but not too noisy. Our server was attentive and was always there when we needed him. We all ordered different menu items (duck, salmon, scallops, steak). We were all very happy with our food...I did not hear one single complaint, but I heard a lot of mmmmm and yum and good!!!! We've decided to visit Ricky's again, regularly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Relaxing after a weekend of travel
    twojpsVIP
    Dined on 11/17/2013
    When we decided to dine out, we wanted a place that has great food and top notch service - and easily chose Rickey's. We took a wonderful Zinfandel and had a slow aced relaxing dinner and left very happy with our decision. While we missed Nelson, it was a busy night and our servers tok great care of us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another Great Dinner at Rickey's
    MarinofNovator
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    This place is great. Good comfort food. Good service. A great manager who really watches everything and seems to genuinely care how everything is going. The prices are good. We went on a Friday night this time. If you go Sun-Thurs. they have a great 3 course menu for around $25 including a glass of wine.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Out of Town Company
    twojpsVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    We had visitors from out of State and wanted to treat them to a first class meal without the pretentiousness of some of the famous places in our region. This was an excellent choice. They loved the menu, the ambiance and the service. It was a busy night for the staff, but the Team performed like they didn't notice the rest of the crowd.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too Loud
    Angelwings
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Rickey's has good food, a nice ambience and friendly staff. Unfortunately, one cannot hear the person next to you due to the singer and music in addition to the acoustics of the room. It was so loud, I won't recommend it nor will I return.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable local restaurant
    Peter
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    First class service and food. Enjoyable experience that we will repeat. Convenient to the freeway and Novato Theater. Quick service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Fantastic!
    CarolynM
    Dined on 11/6/2013
    Rickey's never disappoints. Extraordinary service (thank you, Nelson!), dependably great food, and being treated like one of the family makes the entire evening filled with warm fuzzies. We both had simple (this does not mean ordinary, by any means...try the wedge with terrific blue cheese dressing!) salads which we enhanced with sides of delicious salmon, and chose to close with desserts of Hot Lava Cake and Warm Apple Crisp, both topped with yummy ice cream, the perfect ending of a lovely meal. As always, a tremendous experience. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • its all good.....not great!
    chester
    Dined on 11/3/2013
    Rickys is a restaurant with potential but lacks imagination. Portions are medium to small. The service is very good its the same guy both times I've been. The value does not match the price. That leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service and food
    LovethewinecountryVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    We have been to Rickey's several times and always enjoy our meals. We were celebrating my Mom's 85th birthday and they were especially nice to her and even gave her a complimentary dessert. We started with crab cakes which were small but quite good. We had salads that were good but really too big, will split next time. I had the jumbo shrimp and polenta entree, my Mom had the salmon and my husband had the rack of lamb. They were all good but the favorite appeared to be the salmon. I think the nicest part of the evening was that we weren't rushed and my Mom had such a good time and there was a nice jazz group playing in the background. We will definitely go back. By the way, their cocktails were really good!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Poolside is sooooooo nice!
    2NiteTheyCook94901
    Dined on 10/23/2013
    Okay, so I chose Rickeys for a birthday dinner. I took 3 friends that have lived here for decades, passed it on 101 thousands of times and had never been. It was only my second visit, and again I found it a really comfortable place to hang out and have some really decent food, good drinks/wine, the service has been excellent and if you eat there, you're invited to swim. (huge pool). There is a whole world behind the Rickey's sign you see on 101. 70 guest rooms, lots of greenery/trees/grass. Look forward to staying there for a local getaway! Worth the trip, we had a fun night under our heater! We had the ribs, the scallops, the burger, the salmon, tried sides of risotto and parmesan polenta-all good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This was my first disappointment
    Chuck
    Dined on 10/20/2013
    This was my first disappointment with Rickey's. Have always in the past have been impressed with the ambience service and very good food. On this occasion all three of us ordered the duck breast. The breast was okay but the sauce was insipid. The flavor was rather bland and it had too much cornstarch in it. It was clearly not a true reduction sauce. The asparagus was somewhat overdone. The service and ambience were as good as always. I'm suspecting a substitute chef on a Sunday, so I'm certainly willing to give Rickey's another chance. Now for a review of open table reviews. You are demanding excessively lengthy reviews. I resent being forced to add another 207 characters after I have completed my thoughts on the matter.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dining in Marin
    twojpsVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2013
    This is a marvelous place for rewarding yourself with great food and excellent service . We had no reason to celebrate, but we wanted a top notch experience and found it in Novato. Our waiter was Nelson and he is a delight to have helping us and adding to our enjoyment. We will be back many more times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite neighborhood
    JosephLane
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    Our favorite neighborhood place AND friends from SF and the East Bay love meeting us there, too! RE: Noise Level – energetic indoors, especially on live music nights, which are fun. But if you want a quieter space for conversation, ask for a table in the lobby or even better, out by the pool. Same great service!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Birthday Celebration
    twojpsVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    My wife's birthday ended our period of celebrations: Anniversary, Birthday, Birthday and these were all met with great service and an excellent menu. It is difficult to not want to celebrate here and then we are always looking for ways to treat our friends to this great spot. The staff is generously attentive, but not conspicuous or hovering.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely
    SuzieVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    The ambiance was fabulous and it was cozy. The wait staff was attentive and not disruptive. The manager is hands on. The food we had was delicious and it appeared that others around us were also having the same experience. We went on a Saturday night and they had a cool 3 person jazz band. The singer was great to listen to and I would definitely go again to see this as well as to enjoy the food. The drinks were nice and even though we did not have wine, the pours looked healthy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what it used to be
    NativegalVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2013
    I was very much looking forward to dinner at Rickey's, but it didn't live up to my last experience a few years ago. I had the smoked rib-eye; a mistake, I think, the flavor felt more "off" than enhanced. I wish I had taken advantage of the pris fixe menu, which is a real bargain, and I might have felt more satisfied with a different choice. Happy hour drinks seemed diluted. Friend order her lamb medium rare and it was barely cooked at all. The dessert; apple crisp ala mode was the highlight of the meal. Our server Nelson and the staff were great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Rickey's Rocks
    clench
    Dined on 10/6/2013
    I have passed the restaurant on the freeway so many times and finally had the opportunity to dine there on sunday evening. Wow the place is wonderful and even has a pool with outside dinning. My wife and I were impressed and intend to come back soon. The food was good. I enjoyed my smoked rib eye steak and while my wife found the filet a little gamey, it was probably grass fed. Sunday is half-off on select wines and we had an excellent bottle, thank you Nelson our waiter for the recommendation and the excellent service. The ambience is casual and this evening there was great live music. We met a couple who were celebrating their anniversary, they had been to Rickey's 50 years ago when first married! I highly recommend Rickey's.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nothing special
    CORNVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2013
    My husband and I went for dinner. We were seated at least 10 minutes before we saw our server and wait times continued thereafter. The decor is kind of dark and outdated although the fireplace was nice. My husband enjoyed his meal of the rib eye steak. I ordered the seared ahi which looked nothing like the pic in the menu online. I had two "cups" of dipping sauces as if I were eating some kind of appetizer. They gave me the wrong vegetables. They gave my the same asparagus that my husband had with his plate instead of the bok choy. They also forgot to give me any rice. I told the waiter and he had to look it up to verify. So he brought me a side dish of rice. He seemed apologetic. All in all it was just average. We won't go back.
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  • Rickey's....better than you expect!
    snowbum
    Dined on 9/29/2013
    Nice live jazz, good service, and far better food than one would expect from a restaurant that is part of a "motel" (or, Inn, as Inn Marin is called). My wife and I, senior citizens, were on an anniversary jaunt, and stayed at inn Marin, and ate Sunday dinner at Rickey's. Quite pleased! Certainly will come back when in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebration at Rickey's
    twojpsVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2013
    I asked to have a table served by Nelson and to have a bottle of Malbec waiting on the table. They took us right to out table where Nelson greeted us and opened our wine. It just got better from there. They do a great service at Rickey's and we love our meals there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A special place for celebrating
    Susan23
    Dined on 9/22/2013
    My husband and I celebrated our anniversary at Rickey's and had an absolutely wonderful time. We were welcomed with such warmth and given very special treatment for our special day. The food was excellent, the service was top-notch, and we enjoyed everything about our dinner there. Two big thumbs up from both of us.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food and service was excellent.
    jgoss
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    The food and service was excellent. Portion size was fair but quality was excellent. Out waiter Jorge was the best and very attentive. The GM came over several times to make sure the four of us were enjoying our dinner. We ate outside under the gas lamps and it was nice and quiet. I debated between 4-5 stars but they tried hard, all the food was great and the service was just right...so 5 stars it is!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Dinner
    CKinMarinVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2013
    We ate here for the second time and liked it as much as the first! The food is very good and our server was very attentive. Actually, all the staff were very engaging and professional. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rickey's Rocks
    Tongueless
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    The only quibble I have it that we had to ask for coffee three times and were finally told that it was being brewed. Otherwise this is a great place and the live music doesn't hurt either.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic