The Dandelion
The Dandelion

The Dandelion

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thedandelionpub.com/
  • Phone: 2155582500
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: English, Gastro Pub, British
  • Executive Chef: Robert Aikens
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Meg Torpey 2672383649

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 18th and Sansom
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from The Dandelion
London's culinary revolution comes to Philadelphia with this unique gastropub. Cozy rooms and intimate bars create a storied, Old World aura, while updated seasonal takes on British food make up the menu. In keeping with tradition, our casks and tap craft beers are always rotating, a proper afternoon tea service has a sweet and savory menu and classic family-style roasts are served on Sundays.
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The Dandelion reviews from OpenTable diners
394 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (214)neighborhood gem (207)good for groups (151)great for lunch (140)special occasion (128)great for brunch (110)hot spot (102)vibrant bar scene (97)romantic (96)late-night find (35)notable wine list (24)great for outdoor dining (21)scenic view (20)kid-friendly (20)Show More
  • Another winner from Stephen
    ScarlettVIP
    Dined on 2/10/2011
    Another winner from Stephen Starr. So authentic you would think you are in the middle of London at the pub. Liked the Shepherd's Pie very much.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • It is my new place! Other
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 2/8/2011
    It is my new place! Other than the starter and hamburger "stealing" from Garces' Village Whiskey...the menu is original and exciting. Recommend the Sheppard's Pie...
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • Gentlemanly robbery
    FitlerSquareVIP
    Dined on 2/7/2011
    Starr (over)reaches: OK - the interior design is (maybe a little too) perfect, staff well trained and food tasty. But $55 for a good but far from wonderful lunch for 2 (1 each smallish roast beef sandwich, small but rich rabbit potpie and interesting bibb salad, 1 iced tea - no drinks, no dessert, no coffee) is just way too much.
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  • My family came down from the
    maddoglove
    Dined on 2/6/2011
    My family came down from the Philadelphia suburbs for Sunday Brunch to celebrate a birthday. I live two blocks away form this fanatastic new restaurant. We loved every minute of it. From the cozy and inviting atmosphere to the engaging and articulate wait-staff we had a wonderful experience The scones with raspberry jam were perfect and my English Breakfast was just as I remembered it in Brighton.
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    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food and great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/6/2011
    Excellent food and great service a great new find. Go for the Sunday roast it's amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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  • The food was good, but not
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/5/2011
    The food was good, but not outstanding or particularly inventive and overpriced. The evening would have been much better if we didn't have to wait 50 minutes for our reservation...which was at 9:15 p.m. The hostesses were not particularly friendly or gracious, but the service staff was very good.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • If you are a British food
    RedThangVIP
    Dined on 2/5/2011
    If you are a British food fan, this is the restaurant for you. If you are not, you may encounter difficulty finding something suited to your palate on this menu. The food is well-prepared and the service is friendly and efficient. I particularly liked that the waitress left a bottle of tap water on the table for refilling our glasses. The Victorian house setting is lovely but the space is somewhat cramped.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Excellent Food - But Expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/5/2011
    Interesting place. The food was excellent. We had the pickle jar and bibb salad to start - both were flavorful and the pickle jar was quite savory. I had the fish and chips - the fish was excellent. The chips were nothing to write home about. My friend had the pork belly - and that was amazing. We skipped desert. Note - this place is extremely expensive for what you get. I would say that I enjoyed the experience and the food, but I doubt I will be back - unless of course someone else is paying for it.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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  • had read mixed reviews on
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 2/5/2011
    had read mixed reviews on Yelp, but we were very happy with our fish & chips and pork belly. Even the picky eaters in our party were pleased. Would say that prices were high, but probably on par with other Stephen Starr restaurants
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Two thumbs up!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/5/2011
    Despite the mad crush of people and a noise level that made normal conversation hard to conduct, the Dandelion was a good experience. Even with the frantic pace of Saturday night dining, wait staff and bar staff were calm, polite, helpful, and considerate. Draft and cask beer choices were good, especially the Fullers ESB on cask. The food was very nicely done upscale pub grub, and amazingly reasonable in price. The interiors were warm, inviting, and wonderfully English. Definitely worth a return visit, maybe when the newness wears off and the place isn't quite so packed. If I lived in town, it could easily become my "local".
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My friend and I are always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/4/2011
    My friend and I are always on the lookout for the perfect burger and we found it at Dandelion. The servers, floor hostesses and assistant servers couldn't be more friendly and personable. Excellent wine and beer list. Quick delivery of food - especially for a very busy Friday night crowd. Recommended this pub to 5 friends already!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • The DANDY-Lion
    Sharita24VIP
    Dined on 2/4/2011
    The vibe is energetic, the food spot on & the service top notch. I can't wait to go back to try some other menu items!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The burger and fries were
    MickeyVIP
    Dined on 2/3/2011
    The burger and fries were very good but not worth the $65 tab (minus tax and tip). The only $9 wine was unavailable that night and there were no substitutes. Not worth the money..
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  • Consistently good in all ways
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/3/2011
    Second trip in two weeks. Why? Because the people on both sides of me, who were there at different times, said that the burger was better than Rouge or Parc. Had to try it. They are not wrong. My only feedback is they need a different name to bring to life how delicious the deviled eggs are. The name brings to mind a mundane appetizer we are familiar with. These are delightfully different in taste. Be sure to see all three levels. Each with a different "feel". Maria our server was very knowledgable and friendly. Week prior was the exact same service from a different employee. Consistently great all the way around. Everyone I've referred loves it.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, hot spot
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  • Dandy experience at DANDELION
    Kmals522VIP
    Dined on 2/3/2011
    Decor, food and service exceeded my expectations! Try the deviled eggs! Yum.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • business lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/3/2011
    This is a unique restaurant with attentive staff and eclectic antique furnishings. The decor is such that you feel strange if you are holding a smartphon in such an other worldly atmosphere. The luch menu could use one or two additional items, like a great chicken offering or perhaps a special steak sandwich, my quests chose the fish and chips or the roast beef. Food was prepared well and presented well and very tastee however the cost was a bit higher than I expected for the portion size. Drink choices are limited to the standard they could use a good Rasberry Ice Tea, or something reminiscent of the period from which the furnishings are selected.
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    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Dandelion has a great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/1/2011
    The Dandelion has a great selection of beers on draught with things like Young's Double Chocolate Stout and Dogfish Head Raison D'Etre, for example. The food is good, although a notable hole in the menu was a classic curry dish as seen in pubs all over England.
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    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great time but a couple of bumps
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/1/2011
    I enjoyed this restaurant very much but have two criticisms. First, we made a reservation for dinner, and all that got us was a seat next to the front door even though the restaurant was pretty empty. We then got moved to high bar stools. Only later we found out that they have a nice dining room upstairs, which they did not offer to us. Second, I had a glass of wine with dinner and the glass was so tiny. Consider being more generous in your pours by the glass. You're a pub-- you have these great big glasses of beer that you serve, and it would be appropriate to serve more wine in a bigger wine glass for your wine drinking patrons. Otherwise, we had a very nice, knowledgeable and efficient waitress and the atmosphere is fantastic
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  • This was my second dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/1/2011
    This was my second dinner visit but doubt I will be back for anything more than drinks. The food was good but the service was very poor. Waiter over-poured our glasses of red wine - an entire bottle in four glasses and as with most Starr restaurants the wine list is overpriced. We poured our second bottle of wine ourselves but no attempt was made to remove the empty nor provide clean silverware with our main course. I am a passionate Anglophile and really want to love this restaurant but the value and experience just are not there. Less fussy and more like a pub would be a good direction as far as the food is concerened. Trevor the manager was very hospitable but the service team just isn't up to the task at the moment.
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  • Not the best Steven Starr
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/31/2011
    Not the best Steven Starr restaurant, but still very good. Our server was excellent, very attentive, and knowledgable. I ordered the rabbit pie which was delicious. Someone recommended the deviled eggs to me, which I ordered, and I really wasn't that amazed. It is just an ordinary deviled egg with cayenne.
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    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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  • Great addition to Philadelphia.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/31/2011
    Great addition to Philadelphia. Impressed that British gastronomy is being recognised here. High flavour items on the menu which displays a little British quirkyness. Great menu, service and atmosphere. Looking forward to being a regular guest.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • The fish cakes and cheese
    WhickmanVIP
    Dined on 1/30/2011
    The fish cakes and cheese board were a great startWe got the Sunday Roast for two and it was a large portion and was also delicious. It was just as good as if you were in the UK! Chocolate lovers get the chocolate pot at the end :)
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    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for brunch, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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  • LOVED the Dandelion!! I'm
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 1/30/2011
    LOVED the Dandelion!! I'm British and this was as good a Gastropub as any in London. Really cozy, relaxing decor (and a nice warm fire). All the staff were really friendly and relaxed and got us seated early (we had arrived earlier than our reservation). The beer was great (London Pride) and the food was exceptional. Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding was very authentic and well done. Only 1 small issue was that the slice of beef could have been a bit hotter (it was lukewarm when it got to the table) but the meat was perfect apart from that.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Went to Dandelion Pub this
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/28/2011
    Went to Dandelion Pub this past Friday night with two friends. I'd describe it as a take on an authentic british pub, but with a high end twist. I enjoyed the food and environment, once I got past the downstairs bar scene. Too crowded and noisy. If you're going to go during peak hours, I suggest you wait for your table in the upstairs bar...cozy and quaint..and you can actually have a conversation. We had to wait about 15 minutes for our reserveration...not bad given a Friday night at a happening place. We didn't care for the first table..the staff was great and found us another, cozier spot in the upstairs dining room. Our entrees were excellent, good service and the manager stopped by to see how things were. I'd definitely go back.
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    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • It was well themed,but slow
    pattyt
    Dined on 1/28/2011
    It was well themed,but slow service and high prices will keep me from going back.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The service was impeccable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 1/25/2011
    The service was impeccable and the food was just fine. I had the fish and chips and enjoyed it. Others had the salad and the sausage and mashed potatoes entree. Everyone raved about the deviled eggs.
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    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Uninspiring food. Very ordinary
    eatoutVIP
    Dined on 1/25/2011
    Uninspiring food. Very ordinary - but high market priced - hamburger. This is more a dating scene restaurant than a fine culinary experience!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great new Starr restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 1/25/2011
    Excellent. The only down side is that it is always too crowded to sit in front of the fireplace. Excellent service, huger better than rouge if you can believ it and while it is an eclectic menu there are also very familiar things for the less adventurous.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overall, I was pleasantly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/24/2011
    Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with Dandelion. The ambiance was great. Our server couldn't have been nicer. All of the food looked delicious. My entree, the roasted chicken was delicious. Also ordered a side of swiss chard that was cooked perfectly. I would recommend trying this restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Love the Dandelion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/24/2011
    I loved the wood burning fireplace on a very cold day... the staff is very very friendly and accomodating...food is good pub type food....a sandwich was pretty rare and they offered to redo with no problem..and the design of the interiors was just so warm and English feeling...
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    vibrant bar scene, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • We thoroughly enjoyed our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 1/23/2011
    We thoroughly enjoyed our drinks and apps in the corner bar (first floor) and our dinner in one of the upstairs dining rooms. The food was quite rich; so don't be put off by the size of the servings, which upon arrival looked to be on teh small size but were in fact hard to finish. We had some wonderfully fresh oysters which were delightful; the hits at our table were the fish and chips and the rabbit pie. Desserts were typical of English desserts.....a little on the heavy and sweet side for me but the others enjoyed them. The music inn the bar was fun but you could lower it a bit for thosse dining or maybe use less rock music upstairs.
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    fit for foodies
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  • The Dandelion recreates the
    LordGVIP
    Dined on 1/23/2011
    The Dandelion recreates the English Pub in the same way that Parc recreates the French Bistro. It might not be the real thing, but it's as close as you'll get in these parts, and the attention to detail is brilliant. The food is modern comfort English, very decent, though not stellar, and could do with a bit more variety. A curry would be welcome, for example. There is a very choice selection of beers and ales. But the real strength of the place is in the atmosphere. The Dandelion is cozy and warm and makes you want to come back for an afternoon pint of ale with your mates...
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    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Simply Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 1/22/2011
    After my first experience, The Dandelion will become one of my new favorites! Excellent food and variety. I tried it for brunch. Can't wait to experience dinner. If you haven't made it to The Dandelion -- what are you waiting for and invite? Great for groups too.
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    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • beautiful decor and great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/22/2011
    beautiful decor and great waitstaff....disappointed in menu....only brunch served on Sat until 3!! Was looking forward to English pub food for lunch!!
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  • Starr british pub. Great bones,
    wineguyVIP
    Dined on 1/21/2011
    Starr british pub. Great bones, but too much music, way too loud.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A pint of your best bitter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 1/20/2011
    Steven Starr does it again. First, he recreated the Parisian brasserie at Parc. Now, he's duplicated a London public house at nearby Dandelion. Not a minute too soon, either, as the old fashioned pubs are disappearing in the UK. Dandelion has no sign outside announcing itself, the name is found only on the lamp over the door at the corner of 18th and Samson. Inside, the restaurant is huge. I counted two bars, a lounge area with tables, and two large rooms with tables upstairs. The food that we sampled: lamb Shepard's Pie, and the rabbit pie, was very good. There is a good selection of beer on tap, including local brews, and cask ales from England. Wait staff were very attentive. I could do without the cheesy background music, however.
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    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Stephen Starr has another
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 1/20/2011
    Stephen Starr has another great hit! The food, service and ambience were all one could ask for...and it's in the neighborhood!
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    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It feels as though you are
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/20/2011
    It feels as though you are in an Old British Bar--- really intresting menue. The Rabbit Pie was delish! I really enjoy going to the Dandelion. It isn't like any other place in Philadelphia!
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  • Not that impressed with the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 1/19/2011
    Not that impressed with the food. Dining was very cramped and it was extremely hot. I would only return for drinks.
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    vibrant bar scene, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It's OK...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/19/2011
    Limited menu with no specials to augment the very English menu choices. The restaurant is very cozy and tastefully done, however they squeezed in too many tables, I felt like I was shoved into a corner. Good selection of craft beers. The entire experiance was fair.
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