David Burke Fishtail
David Burke Fishtail

David Burke Fishtail

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.fishtaildb.com/
  • Phone: 2127541300x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch:
    Sat & Sun 12:00pm-4:00pm

    Dinner:
    Mon–Thurs 5:00pm–10:00pm;
    Fri 5:00pm–11:00pm;
    Sat 4:00pm - 11:00pm;
    Sun 4:00-9:00pm

    Happy Hour:
    Mon-Sat 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Sun 12:00pm - 6:00pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Special Events: Group and private dining can be accommodated from 12 – 150. Our culinary team can customize your menu to meet your every need. Email melissa@davidburke.com to learn more.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Park and Lexington Avenues
  • Public Transit: F train to 63rd Street/Lexington Avenue, N, R, 4, 5 & 6 trains to 59th Street/Lexington Avenue.
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: There is a parking garage on 63rd and Lexington.
A word from David Burke Fishtail
Celebrated Chef David Burke unveils David Burke Fishtail, a new innovative seafood concept on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Located in a historic townhouse, the bi-level eatery combines casual late-night dining with a casual bar in the ground floor bar with traditional sit-down service in the main second floor dining room. Fishtail offers the freshest fare – provided by Litchfield Farms as well as their own company-owned fishing boat out of Brielle, NJ. Known for its sustainable seafood, Litchfield Farms compliments Burke’s & Hara’s beliefs in providing diners with the highest quality ingredients that do not compromise on integrity. Together, they have created a menu of 85 percent sustainable seafood which is coded with levels of authenticity for guests’ reference. The 120 seat restaurant is located at 135 East 62nd St. between Park & Lexington Aves.
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David Burke Fishtail reviews from OpenTable diners
295 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (161)special occasion (133)neighborhood gem (115)romantic (67)notable wine list (61)vibrant bar scene (54)hot spot (45)great for lunch (44)great for brunch (33)good for groups (33)late-night find (8)kid-friendly (5)scenic view (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Nice place for a date
    FoodAnonymous
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    First, the food was excellent. The desserts (Peach Parfait and the Peanut Butter Jelly Bar) were good however they were too sweet. One of the other desserts might have been better. The place was very nice and decor was very good. Please be aware that everyone is dressed nicely. Most of the guys had blazers and women had nice dresses. I think this is a great place to bring a date and to come for special occasions with a small group. The service is really excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Entree less than spectacular
    Ootiegirl
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This was the second time I visited this restaurant. The service is wonderful and they are very accommodating to special requests. The appetizers were wonderful, as was the dessert, especially the Cheesecake lollipops! However, the entrée, we had the Nori Tuna, which was spiceless and the Branzino which while good, was nothing special. All in all a nice experience though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We went here for restaurant week dinner. The food was excellent, especially the dessert. The blueberries tarte was exquisite. The drink were a bit pricey but it's a high end restaurant. The service was very good. Overall excellent experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    TallCdngirlVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The reviews don't do this restaurant justice! We had a great time -- lively crowd, good menu, great somelier and wine recommendations! Although they forgot about us after asking us to wait for our table at the bar, they made up for it with apologies and a terrific rest of the night. Eat upstairs in the restaurant -- it's vibrant and loud and fun in all the right ways. We had a terrific anniversary dinner, very memorable!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not as Good as the Townhouse
    cathylovesfoodVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I was a bit disappointed in Fishtail. Restaurant is too noisy and too cramped. The pastrami smoked salmon appetizer was way too spicy. The branzino was very good but I had to take the skin off because it was too salty. Service was excellent. I prefer David Burke's Townhouse.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • David Burke always pleases!
    ole1
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Fishtail is the best of the best. David Burke is the epitome of great hospitality and his staff does him proud! This restaurant isa gem! The food is delicious and the menu continues to change and delight. Service is terrific and the staff really go out of their way to make sure you have a wonderful experience. The bar is hot and if you want something more quiet, dining upstairs is lovely. You must try.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, but pricey
    SJvisitors
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Even with Restaurant week, a number of items had extra surcharges. Very high wine bottle prices. The bar scene is well beyond energetic, it is deafening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Simply delicious fish
    sobepsychVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Great simple fresh fish dishes. Easy to order exactly what you like because all a la carte, but also pricey. Surcharge for choice vodkas in cocktails which seems to be common in NYC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ejc73
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Came for restaurant week with a few girlfriends. Service was impeccable - our server was extraordinarily knowledgeble & very nice. He made wonderful recommendations & our experience was that much better because of him! Bartender was also wonderful & the cocktails we ordered were amazing. Food was good.. For apps - tuna crudo, tartare platter, smoked salmon were all great - skip the crab cakes. Entrees - mahi, angry lobster, nori tuna were fantastic - steak frites was dry. Definitley check it out for restaurant week, don't know if the hefty prices are worth it full price though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Every dish we had was excellent! The server did seem to be rushing along our meal, which could be because it was restaurant week, and never asked if we needed a drink refill after the first. Food still was compensated for the service and I would definitely recommend for anyone to check it out
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Issues
    martVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    the food was excellent. One bus boy picked up our plates while food was still on it and while still eating. It is noisy and the table vibrated as people passed our table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    After two poor outings by another David Burke restaurant I decided to give him one more chance. Fishtail did not disappoint. Food was fantastice, but don't expect to be able to hear the person sitting across the table from you, it is LOUD.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • EatingourwaythruNYC
    SCiv
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Fishtail was recommended by a friend and it didn't disappoint! We were fortunate to make it out during Restaurant Week and enjoyed a delicious meal for very reasonable! Nothing topped this meal and we will be back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    A wonderful meal delivered with great service in a swanky setting!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Seafood-As Good As It Gets!
    Lovetravelling0820VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Birthday celebration for my husband- 6 guests, all New Yorkers with critical foodie comments. Their positive comments speak volumes: ...Delicious, spicy lobster soup ...Amazing homemade smoked salmon ...Outstanding grilled salmon with red quinoa and artichokes ...Salted caramel and peach parfait with honey? Outrageously sweet, but couldn't stop eating it! ...Peanut butter and chocolate for dessert? I am in heaven! Thank you to David Burke and your professional staff who served us and who prepared a very special birthday dinner with family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Restaurant
    Happy2eat
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We enjoyed everything about dinner at Fishtail. Great restaurant week find! The smoked salmon appetizer, Tuna and branzino main course and peach parfait are definite must haves! ENJOY!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • busy, busy
    dehillerinVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    restaurant week here is a mixed bag. the food is still excellent -- wonderful and original preparations of fish and seafood, but because of the bargain, the place was a madhouse and wildly noisy when we dined on a Sunday at 6 pm. Note to self: must try off-hours next time.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sunday night dinner
    NYC515VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I tried Fishtail as part of Restaurant Week. It is delicious and welcoming to solo diners. The selections were open to the entire menu. David Burke's pastrami smoked salmon appetizer is amazing, served with tiny pancakes and creme fraiche. The black bass is wonderful. My salted caramel dessert was a little sweet for my taste. The table next to me let me tast their cheese cake lollipop tree (served for two), and those are fantastic, in a variety one favors! The wait staff is very attentive and friendly. It is a great dining experience and the restaurant is beautifully decorated. I cannot wait to return with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ladiesVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    . What a wonderful Restaurant Week menu! Offering their full menu gives the diner a chance to really "try out" the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent as always
    JayLVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Enjoyed our RW meals here, basically have a full menu to choose from with supplementals for some items. Different scene sitting upstairs vs downstairs, I prefer it down by the bar, feels much less formal for lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Perfect
    Tennis
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Great Lunch with friends. Food was great as always. Love to eat in the Bar. Everyone is so attentive. ..Always!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Satisfied..
    Niceplace
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    There were four of us celebrating a friend's bday. I informed Fishtail about the occasion..I sort of expected a bday greeting for my friend in the form of maybe a slice of cake or something, but there was nothing at all. Otherwise, we were quite satisfied.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BEYOND SPECTACULAR
    nodivaVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Fishtail, a beautiful designed space, never disappoints, and is always amazing! The entire staff is always very helpful, accommodating, and knowledgeable. They cannot do enough for you. Managerial staff, waiters, hostesses, et al, are at the top of their game. The cuisine is incomparable... THE BEST THE CITY HAS TO OFFER!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Order dinner in the bar
    ForkontheRoad
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Dishes were well prepared and plated. Steak was perfectly cooked. That said, the loud and cramped atmosphere detracted from our enjoyment. Hey, we know space is at a premium in New York, but it felt like the couple next to us were almost sitting in our laps. Not a good thing, because they couldn't keep their hands off each other..yuk! And our server was quite frankly a little snot; very dismissive of any questions we had about the menu...what a put-off. Prior to dinner, we had a pleasant wait in the bar downstairs and in retrospect, we should have sat at the bar and ordered our meals and it would have then been a delightful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Restaddt
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Fish entrees were amazing (all four of them at our table!), and desserts were surprisingly really good, decadent without being too rich! The appetizers were a bit of of a hit or miss - the angry calamari wasn't very spicy, more sour, but their crab cakes were divine. The smoked salmon needed less wasabi pancake and more wasabi, but very good nonetheless, and the crab salad gazpacho was also a little too acidic/sour, needed a bit more balance. Overall really good. Staff are very attentive without being overbearing! Starter bread was really really good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TOUCHDOWN !!
    krmoore
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We had a dinner reservation, got there 20 minutes early and we were seated promptly. The waiter was very helpful!!, the food was FANTASTIC !! Next time in New York City we will be there once again...
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed
    flygirl
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We were lucky and got a table upstairs, away from the very noisy bar area. Food was very good. Servers were overly friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    Shopper
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The food was absolutely sensational! The atmosphere was busy and noisy. The service unfortunately didn't meet up to the food standards. We were rushed throughout the meal-removing plates when we weren't finished. It was sort of fast food service-the meal was about an hour in total. It was certainly a great deal for restaurant week!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Innovative fish restaurant
    ChrisDP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We went here for restaurant week and it was great! The food was amazing. Delicious flavors and innovative presentations. The dessert was also great (and I used to be a pastry chef so I tend to be critical of desserts!). Our server, Judy, was really nice, attentive, and had good recommendations when it came to the wine list. The atmosphere is very hip and trendy-a fun place to go on a date night. We were celebrating our 9 year anniversary and they definitely made it special. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bronzino never misses
    StorkKnows
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Sat in a booth in bar area. Noise level a little high but good atmosphere. Took a little long for waitress to return for dinner order and forgot one drink during the meal but pleasant and helpful. Food was excellent once again.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A Steal of a Deal...
    danz4joy
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    You'd never have know that it was Restaurant Week at David Burke Fishtail until the bill arrived. The service was impeccable, the menu was David's usual restaurant menu with a few exceptions....totally understandable. The food was delectable and the servers were on spot! We even had a very coveted seat by the window upstairs. It was a great evening...good food, good wine and wonderful company☆☆☆☆☆ Touché
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EXCEPTIONAL
    FAITH
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    This was an exceptional dining experience from beginning to end. The hostess [Jody] was gracious, and all of the waiters and servers were welcoming and proficient. The small crimsom dining room on the second floor was lovely and intimate. The first floor bar scene was vibrant - I am ready to return to "check it out". We selected from the Restaurant Week menu and were most pleased, indeed. The lobster dumplings were filled with loads of lobster. I enjoyed the gazpacho but would have appreciated a bit more spice. The branzino, although a rather small portion, was fresh and delicious, and the brocollni steamed to perfection. The unique cheese cake lollipops are not to be missed -a sweet fine ending to a truly gourmet meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My BEST FOOD Experience
    BestFood
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    This restaurant was my first restaurant week experience and it was pleasant from the moment i walked in the door. We arrived earlier then our reservation and was seated in 5 minutes. The waiter was excellent he explained everything clearly to me and was very friendly. The waitress was excellent too she came around and asked us how we were enjoying everything. The food was EXCELLENT i wish i could shake all the chefs hands all my dishes were delicious and fresh. I look forward to going to this restaurant on other occasions now, even though the price is on the high end its worth it!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kcfl
    kcfl
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Food was tasty and service professional and efficient. Extra charge for some items because of Restaurant Week could have been avoided with smaller portions but value was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • stale bread is not a good start...
    sushigirlVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    disappointing restaurant week experience... I understand they want to cut corners for restaurant week, but stale popovers?? ugh.
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  • My Cheers Place
    Harlemhustler1
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Once Again, I Went For Restaurant Week and I Talked With Michael Before Hand To Arrange My Reservation. I Got There Early and Was Greeted and Served By Theresa, From The Bar. She Was Courteous, Vibrant, Fun, and Very Interactive Which Made My Meal Much More Enjoyable. The Maitre 'D That Came On After 4, Was Awesome as well. And To My Surprise Kat Came Over To Say Hello and Put The Cherry On My Night!! So, An Extra Thank You To, Ms. KATRINA AVILA AND SIR MICHAEL Pfeil, For Once Again Making My Dinning Experience Like Cheers The T.V. Show, Just More Upscale!!! See You Guys Again Real Soon...... - HAROLD HATTER
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Third time here, loved it as much!
    CAPupsVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    This Upper East Side restaurant has consistently great food and great service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WastingfoodisasinVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Took an advantage of RW 2014 Summer at brunch. Had lobster scramble. It tasted great, but a bit too much got well done. Grilled chicken breast was juicy and moist. Too much corn for the dish. Loved famous cheesecake. Absolutely filled me up. Contemporary arty decor is adorable. Well disciplined servers.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great seafood
    NYCGER
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    You can expect some of the playful touches that David Burke is known for - like corn flake crusted crab cakes (delicious!) and lollipop shaped desserts (we saw them go by, but didn't order them) - as well as more traditional seafood. The branzino was prepared perfectly and served with a sauce that we wanted to bottle and take home. The only miss was the angry calamari - it was a little too salty. For dessert, we shared a peach & caramel parfait - a little sweet, but that didn't stop us from eating all of it! The service was very attentive - our server seemed genuinely concerned about our experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Shamefully bad food and service
    TheDr
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I rarely leave reviews, but this experience was so awful I had to share it with other potential diners. 1. They could not find our reservation. My confirmation email did not phase the hostess, who had an attitude. Also, we were early, and there was no one at all in the dining room, though she still was hesitant to seat us. 2. We checked the online menu prior to reserving just days before, and upon arriving discovered several of the items were not on the menu. Bottom line, the online menu is out of date. 3. My wife and son ordered chicken, and for $29 received appetizer-sized portions. For $28 each, it was shameful. 4. Though the room was half empty, food took forever to arrive. Diners seated well after us were served sooner.
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    • Noise LevelModerate