Heirloom Cafe
Heirloom Cafe

Heirloom Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.heirloom-sf.com/
  • Phone: 4158212500x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday: 11:00 Am - 2:00 Pm; Lunch: Friday: 12:00 Pm - 2:00 Pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 6:00 Pm - 10:00 Pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Matt Straus
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: The Heirloom dining room seats up to 48 people, and the restaurant is available for full or partial buy-outs.
  • Private Party Contact: Matt 4158212500x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 21st Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Heirloom Cafe
Heirloom Cafe is an intimate restaurant with first-quality, day-fresh cuisine and a wine list full of the world's greatest wines, young and old. We're pleased to offer our food and wine and great service at very reasonable prices, and in a very comfortable and simple setting.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
Heirloom Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
105 reviews since June 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (85)neighborhood gem (84)notable wine list (44)romantic (41)special occasion (40)good for groups (32)hot spot (10)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (3)great for lunch (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Elegant and subtle
    InTheBizEasy2Please
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Beautifully prepared food, without any of the fussiness or pretension that characterizes so many SF restaurants. Bacon and onion tart was classic and perfect, with a delicate, buttery crust and deeply caramelized onions. Lamb pappardelle with silky pasta was decadent but tastefully executed. Great wine list. Really great, and reasonably priced, too. The glass of '90 Corison Cabernet was a nice touch. I mean, who pours 2 decade old Napa Cab by the glass from magnum? Heirloom Cafe has my highest recommendation, and they didn't even take all my $.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will Be Back to Heirloom
    PetitAppetitVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Dined here for the first time and will be back. Can't stop thinking about the dessert of ginger ice cream and nectarine and rhubarb cobbler. I liked how flexible the course dinner was presented and all dishes can be ordered a-la-cart. Next time would order bottles of wine (there were 4 of us). The wine by the glasses add up quickly. While the server was nice and relaxed he also admitted to eating pretty much anything and couldn't really recommend dishes. Felt like we were dining at a friends' house. Very comfortable and not as loud as I would have thought.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved the food!
    EllenVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    The Heriloom Cafe came highly recommended to me. I made a reservation long in advance in order to get in. We were visiting San Francisco and wanted to try one of the favorite restaurants there. We were not disappointed. I look forward to going back when we are in town again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding dining experience
    MulcaheyVIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    It was only my second time at Heirloom Café, but I feel confident saying you'll have a hard time finding a better casual dining experience locally. The menu, creativity, freshness, and presentation of the food are on a par with, say, Frances (to name a place probably better known), and there's a wisdom and depth to the wine selections that's invigorating, almost shocking. I always think the excellence of a kitchen is reflected in its respect and affection for the commonest vegetables, and Heirloom Café shines in this regard too. Honestly? I'd dine here every night if I could afford it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Divine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Heirloom is one of my favorite SF restaurants. I don't go there nearly enough. The beautiful food, curated wine, comfortable atmosphere, friendly help, and attentive owner Matt Straus all combine to make for an authentic and rich experience. Recommended always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Salt!
    SFFranciscan
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    We were really looking forward to our second visit to the Heirloom Cafe, and had planned a wonderful birthday celebration. Our first visit, four months ago, had been excellent. But the food was so over salted this time that we left very disappointed. The halibut in particular was salted beyond anything I've ever tasted in San Francisco in 25 years of dining. Hard to believe; clearly the chef was gone from our first visit. Sadly, our waiter was simply disinterested and never checked on us after the food arrived. Just a fiasco all around.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Fantastic Brunch!
    KatDirk
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Brunch for 6 at Heirloom was fantastic. Every dish was delicious. One member of our party had a very restricted diet and Heirloom happily accommodated her needs. Friendly staff, lovely restaurant. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rustic & Fresh in the Mission
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Pleasantly surprised by this off the beaten path gastronomic gem. Everything ordered was fresh and delicious. The burrata starter was creamy, the fennel salad lightly seasoned and abundant. As for the mains, the halibut had a nice sear and cooked perfectly. The duck was tasty but served a little cold for my taste, however the polenta made of fresh corn was a delightful surprise. The olive oil cake for dessert was a little dry but flavorful. This restaurant has a very impressive wine list and features some not often seen varietals. Service was five stars. Side note: the owner, Matt Strauss, wrote a great critique of the movie "Somm" which was spot on. Actually that review was the main reason for my visit and I was not disappointed.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovrly but pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Your price characteristic on open Table way under sold the real cost. I really enjoyed, but it was $420 for 6 with wine total at $98. Not what I was expecting
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely staff and food to match
    Neighborhood101
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    The whole experience was great from the moment you enter. The food is excellent and beautifully presented. The wine choices are excellent. I love this place, it is a treasure in the neighborhood. It is a lovely restaurant with a simple but very elegant decor.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still engaging after a year
    seriousnosher
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Returning to Heirloom Café after a year brought with it some apprehension - would it be as enjoyable as our visit in 2013, could the performance re food and service then be matched? The answer, Yes, thank goodness. The same quality of service and interesting menu, with a very enjoyable three-course prix fixe offering which presented excellent ingredients. Our server was attentive, knowledgeable and pleasant, despite being quite busy. The only quibble, and it is just a quibble, is that the restaurant can get noisy when there is a large, enthusiastic group present. Otherwise, a very enjoyable evening and we will go back.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A true delight
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Very simple decor, terrific service. The food was absolutely excellent. Appetizer was burrata on asparagus, main courses were epoise-filled burger and scallops. Mouth-watering. Everything was done to perfection. Hard to believe it's in this simple, Mission District neighborhood, but it is so worth the trip!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • long wait with reservation
    fleur
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Good, but despite a reservation waited for 40 minutes to be seatedVery charming, lovely date spot but was a little disappointed that I had to wait so long despite my open Table reservation.
    Special Features:
    Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious but a bit pricey
    jamienicoledeanVIP
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    Everything we ordered was great and the restaurant had a great atmosphere. Small(ish) plates, which was actually good because we didn't end up with leftovers. It was a bit expensive for a dinner for two, which would be the only downside. $110 - one drink each, two appetizers, one main, one side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Restaurant in SF
    SFwinoVIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Heirloom ranks in top 3 fav restaurants in sf. Visited mid week and had a perfectly prepared, delicious three course meal with pairings. Not stuffy or pretentious, Heirloom truly encourages enjoyment of the food and wine. The staff all around is super helpful, friendly, and glad to serve. Heirloom is not to be missed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing ordinary about this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    We, a birthday group of 8, ordered just about everything on the menu and each dish met with oohs and ahs from the table. Excellent service, relaxed pace. Extensive wine list and we were very pleased with our choice. Can't wait for the next occasion to go there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a great experience
    DavidSFOVIP
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Great food, service, atmosphere...it all just works. Please Heirloom, don't change a thing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful
    Camille
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    As I said before I finished my last two bites of food "I am going to be so sad this is going to be over in two minutes." Lovely, unique and comforting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVED!!
    glyinsc
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Had a great meal in such a cool old Victorian house with wonderful service. Highly recommend!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had planned for a quartet...
    foodXVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Our invited friends missed out on a memorable meal and fun evening, unexpectedly. We went anyway and enjoyed an excellent burrata appetizer, kale salad and halibut. Nice portion size and a reasonable edited wine list with good selections make us want to come back again with our friends. Tolerable noise level and a low key setting make it a great find for a Friday night dining out destination.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming Dining Experience
    kidfreenight
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Easy to miss when driving by, but once inside -- quite lovely. The decor is very charming and warm, staff - great, and the food and drinks also very good. I had pan seared halibut served with spring vegetables and couscous while my husband had chicken served in a broth with herbed bread pudding (he said reminiscent of chicken and dumplings). For dessert we had rhubarb/fennel upside down cake.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food in the Mission
    SFFoodieVIP
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    A warm and inviting restaurant with an interesting menu and great food. Ingredients are fresh and local, preparation is interesting without being overly complex, and all the dishes we had were tasty. A nice if short wine list. Friendly and efficient staff. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A pleasant shock
    MulcaheyVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    My first experience of the Heirloom Café and I was shocked by how good the food was, even on a busy Friday night. Every dish that came to the table had interest, character and depth, and was delicious and beautifully prepared. The wine list was well and thoughtfully selected, and the waiter very knowledgeable about it. The one drawback I can think of was the noise of the place, but perhaps that's only because it was a busy night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of the great hidden spots
    ThinmanVIP
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    One of the great hidden spots in SF. Heirloom never fails.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Heirloom Cafe - A Hidden Jewel
    JRT2VIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    We have been going to Heirloom Cafe for the past 3 - 4 years. Dined there again this past week to celebrate my wife's birthday. Food always is outstanding, and wine selection complements nicely. Friendly, attentive serve. A truly great dining experience awaits!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always very special experience
    ZorGVIP
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    I make pilgrimage to the Heirloom Cafe on my every trip to San Francisco (about twice a month). Great good, amazing wine program and incredible hospitality sets Heirloom Cafe apart. I make a new wine discovery on almost every visit and sometimes try old favorites. They make you feel at home and I always look forward to my next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • flexible and fantastic all around
    yummers
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    I made reservations for two...three showed up and Heirloom seated us all (even before our reservation) without a problem. This was the first time I made reservations although I've eaten here many times. I've always loved everything I've had: both food and wine. Heirloom has accomodated late arrivals (minutes before the kitchen closed), food allergies, & my ignorance of wine with a graceful ease. The environment has a sense of large family dinners at home, complete with a communal table and open kitchen with bar seating. The staff is nice, without being too casual (which, paired with the casual decor, balances quite well to maintain a sense of elegant dining.) Finally, a must-have is the secret burger.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect, perfect,perfect
    Vineyardgirl
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    I took visiting friends from Boston here; they dine out constantly in many cities as they travel for work with regularity. The lamb was perfection, the truffled gnocchi light and earthy. They appreciated the "just right" portion sizes and we all felt the service impeccable. As locals, we enjoy the reduced corkage fee for older wines as well as the thoughtful offerings of the wine list. The room itself is lovely, welcoming and at once both the essence of San Francisco and feel of a Provencal gem. My pals are now looking forward to returning to Heirloom on their next visit - first time they've requested a repeater!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely a flawless experience
    devedr1
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Heirloom was full on Saturday evening. The menu fit on one-page - always a good sign for me. I ordered the crab salad to share as a starter- the service was impeccable. The salad arrived on 2 plates- plenty to share it was well presented, full of flavors and a great start with a Sancerre wine. Patrick had the hamburger and I had the black cod with Brussels sprouts and a light sauce. we also ordered kale on a bed of carrot humus. chose 2 different cheeses for desert: local blue and a goat cheese. One of the best meal I have had lately - extremely fresh ingredient, outstanding service, not too noisy but plenty of atmosphere and easy to park. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful Valentine's Dinner
    AlobarVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This was the first Valentine's dinner @ Heirloom. I was initially surprised at their Valentine's prix-fixe dinner menu (limited choice). But after a bit of review, we found all prix-fixe items excellent. Our server gladly substituted the Dungeness crab starter (we are both sadly allergic!) with two salads (roasted heirloom beets and butter lettuce). The main course dishes (black cod & lamb loin) were prepared flawlessly. My only ask of them is to diversify the choices for wine-by-the-glass (more CA wines) and also offer 2-3 half-bottles for the reds(hence one star deduction). Service was well done (attentive, yet not over-bearing) Otherwise, excellent meal and highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum
    Eric
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    Food was incredible even though I have a cold and nothing tastes good. Will be coming back to try the rest of the menu.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic experience as always
    NumberOneTheLarchVIP
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    Kate and Kathleen were awesome. The food was spectacular as usual. My 4th visit. Each one has been a special occasion and/or had a visitor come from far away (Sydney, Warsaw, Sydney). Unpretentious, friendly vibe and service. Fantastic corkage policy - I love bringing older wines here and supplementing from their list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highlight was Kate
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    We truly loved the gem Heirloom Cafe. It was a sweet surprise so far off the beaten track, Kate was amazing and so versed in food and wine. The energy was great, food awesome, wine list notably suitable to the food…..very easy ambiance, decor and felt like we were at someones home….we will recommend and come back next visit to SF!! Kim and Clarence
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Birthday with Family
    Sarah
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    we read about Heirloom Cafe in Bon Appetit and made our reservation two months in advance, not sure if that is a necessity but we were coming in from out of town and planning out our trip. It was a delicious meal and a joyous experience. They seemed to go out of their way as they knew it was my husband's fortieth. Wonderful ambience with just the right amount of light, flickering candles. Our servers were very patient and attentive while we chose our wines, and appeared at the right time without being obtrusive. A little noisy, but not so much you had to shout to be heard. We would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Homey Elegance
    mariacarmen
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    Not every dish worked, but overall the experience here is wonderful. I'm dying to come back for the Epoisses burger, and to try more of the amazing wine list. A very cozy, locals place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious 'comfort food',
    peanut
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Delicious 'comfort food', I had the crab salad and then the chicken. Everything was great. We felt slightly rushed through our dinner, the courses came out without even 5 mins to breathe in between. But we loved the experience and the food overall, that would be my only minor and hopefully constructive criticism.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice restaurant, okay food/service
    eater
    Dined on 1/21/2014
    went here for my wife's 30th birthday party. ambience was great and the food was okay, but the service was slow and unorganized. okay for a simple weeknight dinner, but better values can be found in SF & northbay.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Welcoming and warm vibe. Classic
    lenushVIP
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Welcoming and warm vibe. Classic bistro fare, tweaked to modern sensibilities. Astonishing wine list -- not the predictable, fancy, expensive list so common now -- but a selection of unusual offerings and many older vintages at prices you'd be willing to pay in a retail store.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT SURPRISE!!!
    EatmyheartoutVIP
    Dined on 1/7/2014
    What a pleasure! The frisee and crab salad, the onion & pork belly tart, the duck was AMAZING! the chicken delicious. AND a cheese board. I want to RUN not walk to return to this restaurant---just wish parking were a bit easier. But worth the trouble! FUN and the owner is great to visit. Ashley, the server, is AMAZING. Go and treat yourself to a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food, very attentive
    GregoryVIP
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    Excellent food, very attentive and caring personnel.
    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.