Prepkitchen - Little Italy
Prepkitchen - Little Italy

Prepkitchen - Little Italy

  • Dining Style: Home Style
  • Website: http://www.prepkitchen.com/
  • Phone: 6193988383x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch -- Monday Through Friday 1130am-3pm
    Brunch -- Saturday & Sunday 10am-3pm
    Sunset Menu Daily --- 3pm-5pm
    Dinner Daily -- 5pm-10pm
    Happy Hour Daily 3pm-7pm & Late Night Thursday - Sunday 10pm-11pm (Bar and Lounge Only)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Ryan Johnston
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: We have a private dining room that fits up to 28 people. If interested in more information please email events@wnlhosp.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Date & India
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Prepkitchen - Little Italy
The newest location to the Prepkitchen family, Prepkitchen Little Italy sits on the corner of India & Date Street in San Diego’s historic Little Italy. The second-story dining room boasts views of the city’s busy streets and local farmer’s market on Saturday mornings. Named one of San Diego’s “Best Restaurants” in 2012 by San Diego Magazine’s food critic, Troy Johnson, Prepkitchen Little Italy serves artisanal, farm-to-table cuisine in a fun & sociable environment and is the only Prepkitchen restaurant to offer a full-service bar.
Happy hour is offered daily, where guests can enjoy a selection of award-winning $4 tapas, $5 glasses of sangria or $20 pitchers, $8 signature and handcrafted cocktails, as well as 25% off all bottles of wine.
Prepkitchen Little Italy is open for lunch and dinner daily, as well as brunch on the weekends, which includes happy hour priced mimosas, $1 coffee and welcoming scone bar.
You can also visit Prepkitchen in La Jolla & Del Mar.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Prepkitchen - Little Italy reviews from OpenTable diners
138 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (88)neighborhood gem (76)hot spot (51)vibrant bar scene (47)good for groups (42)special occasion (35)great for brunch (33)great for lunch (25)romantic (21)scenic view (19)notable wine list (19)late-night find (16)kid-friendly (3)great for outdoor dining (3)Show More
  • First outing
    SDhenri
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    A quick 3block walk into the LI dining scene. Second floor dining room was great, no distraction by street traffic. Food was freh and very tasty, seasoning spot on. Oysters with the granita and tartare were excellant. Service very attentivebut not intrusive. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Brunch Spot in Little Italy
    BZgal
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Enjoyed our brunch of cucumber mimosas, butternut squash and chorizo hash, and chef's special omelette. Service was efficient, ambiance was very nice. First time at this location, rather than Del Mar. My favorite cocktail is their "London's Burning".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and great service!
    PattyVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I've eaten at Prep Kitchen many, many times. In fact, I ate there twice last week! The food is always excellent and the servers are attentive and helpful. The atmosphere is lively and appropriate for special occasion or a night out with friends. Our server Claire was particularly helpful in selecting a glass of wine to go with 2 different meals that my friend and I were splitting. Both the scallops and pork porterhouse were so good! Prep Kitchen is one of my favorite restaurants and I look forward to enjoying many more meals there in the future!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot
    sbishop74
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Service is great. Food is creative and always something new on the menu. Every dish we have tried has been terrific. We would recommend to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out of town, friends' night out
    Sassoferrato
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Went with a good friend after a two-day conference, and turned out to be a perfect combination of good food and lively atmosphere. Two or more women in most tables enjoying dinner in a happy, chatty, tolerably-loud ambiance. We shared two great appetizers: a very fresh Caesar Salad with an interesting dressing, and a generous serving of green asparagus fried in a tasty light batter. After that we tried the two specials of the day: my friend had a slowly-cooked meat (pork?) with some kind of sauce, which I did not try but she praised; and I had fish (red snapper?) in a clam and artichoke sauce with a combination of spices I could not clearly identify. All went great with a good Spanish wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Surprise! Great Cuisine and Lunch!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Food and the Mixology was great! We will return for sure and will try the Whisk & Ladle:) Chef Johnnie, thanks for the accommodation at lunch! Do NOT pass on dessert! Also always buy the Kitchen a six pack from the dessert menu!!! Merci Chef Dean!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Prepkitchen
    TrulucksVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Neighboorhood gem for sure. The food was delicious and our waiter was fabulous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor quality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Disappointing overall. My scallops were burnt & they didn't tell us until a second appetizer was offered complimentary & we inquired why. Others were waiting for their dishes. My scallops appeared undercooked, my daughter had a ravioli dish that none of us liked & the pasta-meat sauce wasn't very good.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Happy Ladies
    rochsaysVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    I took a girlfriend to this restaurant because she was looking to venture out of her neighborhood. She was without her husband and son, and didn't have to also take into consideration their tastes for our evening out. She really enjoyed the appetizer we shared and the entree left her feeling perfectly satisfied. I tried the burger, which I've never had at Prepkitchen. It's a burger meant to be eaten with a knife and fork and it was fabulous. It was very filling so I could only handle a little less than half of the sandwich and some of the fries. I definitely love that the food is approachable but with an obvious gourmet flair. I'm definitely looking forward to another visit to try new things on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good experience
    ViningsNewBe
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Visiting from out of town and wanted a local farm-to-table restaurant food adventure. The restaurant had a great twist on fried chicken. It had a crunchy, buttermilk coating with various food-notes intertwined throughout. Would definitely recommend the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • March 14, 2014
    Bill
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Great food/service. Clare helped us in the bar and directed us to Kyle and Rob in the dining room. They all took great care of us - very (but not overly) attentive. Food and drink outstanding - overall a great time! We had a mishap with the bartender, who is a bit too serious about his craft. He was clearly put out when we questioned one of his creations, but Clare smoothed if over and rescued that part of the evening. We'll be back - and recommend Prep Kitchen Little Italy without question!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A stand out
    2foodiesVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    A pleasant surprise and an excellent dining experience where the food quality and the service level exceed expectation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service hidden
    amy1buckeyefanVIP
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    I love finding places that source local in season food and prep kitchen was that place. Nice variety of unique drinks to start and the food offerings were incredible! Try the dates
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Flavor!
    Julie
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    PrepKitchen Little Italy is a delight. The farm to table concept brings fresh, interesting combinations which really speak to the flavor I love. The food comes out as it is ready so it is hot. It is a great place to share a number of dishes to really get the full impact of all the flavors. We have been a couple of times and now want to go for brunch! The hamburger is great, the warm white bean and arugula salad is delicious! This time we also had one of the specials, a flatbread with pork belly, Myers lemon, roasted broccoli and som some cilantro, white sauce and chili pepper...light and heavenly. Oh, and the environment is eclectic and cool. Go! You will be glad you did.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Diverse menu!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    Great choices all around! The Mahi Mahi special was superb, and the small plates offered a great variety for sharing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    LAinSD
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    The food was good and fresh and interesting but the service was slow and they brought out our app with our entree which is a major pet peeve of mine. Actually, they brought the entree and I said "what happened to our app?" And the waitress said "Oh, it's coming. I thought you wanted it more like a side dish." And then a couple minutes later it arrived. Haha. I'm pretty sure she just forgot to put in the order. Not a terrible mistake but had she been honest we probably would have just cancelled the app rather than eat it with our entree. Oh, and DON'T order the olives unless you have a big group. It's an insane amount of olives for two people and most of the small olives were mushy. We barely ate 1/4 of the dish. Still, a good experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for out of town guests
    RowwrVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We brought some friends from Kansas City to PrepKitchen for dinner this past Saturday. As usual the menu was tasty, the ambience was lively and the service was great. This is definitely a great place to bring guests.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A casual and vibrant place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    Prep Kitchen is one of the best restaurants in Little Italy. Clientele is thirties, hip and energetic. Excellent bar area with small plates and drinks. We were a party of 3 and shared a cutting board appetizer. We also had bean soup, Caesar's salad, grilled scallops with peas and Myer lemon risotto and Mary's fried chicken. Both entrees were excellent - the risotto is superb. Caesar's salad is a signature dish but the white bean soup did not have much flavor. We have been here quite a few times - pre theatre and pre-opera. Although the noise level is a bit high, you can have a great conversation in the dining area. Quirky and recyclable décor, very good service , overall a great place .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is good stuff
    allenm
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    I would eat everything on this menu in one night if I could One of the best wait staffs around - wine recommendation was spot on, service was timely, always present, but not in your face annoying Food was fantastic and well prepared This is a downtown location, so parking is garage or street
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • hannamanna
    hannamanna
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Prepkitchen is a great neighborhood find! Great food such as the roasted beet grapefruit salad and excellent tender muscles! The service is always great....very attentive without hovering. All the windows makes great people watching...yet from the second level so still private dining. The location is so nice for an after dinner walk through Little Italy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    PABS
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    PrepKitchen provides and outstanding memorable experience. The host was very friendly and had welcoming smile to greet me. My waiter was very attentive and helpful. We never had to call for his attention and was very discriptive when asked what was good in the menu, actually he provided that with out asking him.
    Special Features:
    romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great surprise in Little Italy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    I have eaten at a lot of Little Italy places since moving here but never paid much attention to Prepkitchen unless I walked by and thought that this place must offer a great street view. Well, took out of town guest there and confirmed the view overlooking bustling Little Italy is great even if you are not seated by the window. The food was more than I expected: scallops over a perfect risotto; pasta prepared better than any I have experienced so far in Little Italy with a subtle sauce that didn't overpower this fine dish. Steak also superb for anyplace, let alone a non-steakhouse. Great wine list and servers that mastered that list without pretension made this an evening to remember. Will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Energy
    SaugatuckMi
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    PrepKitchen is a terrific place for out of town guests. Staying in marina for conferences and wanted to entertain customers outside of the meeting bubble. Not where you go for quiet intimate confidential discussion but terrific for casual fun. Our server just in from OH(IO) was just what you would expect from a Midwesterner...professional but nice all evening long. Food was great. Wine was great. Evening was over the top.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • WNL/Prepkitchen staff are the best
    Mike
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    We've eaten at their restaurants countless times, and they really shine consistently. Also, between the different places, they have such an outstanding staff of people.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, but LOUD!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    We enjoyed the food and service, but got tired of yelling our conversation. The Caesar salad is one of the best and the steak tartar was also excellent. I'm afraid the noise will keep us from dining there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lost our reservation
    dleeVIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Sadly, I used to like PrepKitchen, UNTIL they lost my husbands reservation for a group of 14 AFTER we signed a contract and pre-paid/pre-ordered food. And they refuse to take responsibility for it. WILL NOT EVER recommend this restaurant
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love this place
    TnFM
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Be advised that on a big Saturday night the place is a madhouse, and as we were early for our reservation, we did have to camp out in the bar to wait. Big sacrifice, yes? ;-) The wait staff did seem a bit overwhelmed at one point. Since when does a glass of wine take 10 minutes?!? But our server did get help from a second server--can't recall her name, but she had a super cute blonde haircut. Blondie ended up being our server once we were seated, and the night took off from there. Get the lamb shank & mushroom soup! And look for the cute blonde haircut :-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love this space
    linda
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    great new space with fun vintage stuff. food was great
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • THIS PLACE IS AMAZING. Everything
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    THIS PLACE IS AMAZING. Everything about it food, service, atmosphere.....ON POINT. It's a must go.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Valentine's Day Review
    Helen
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My boyfriend and I celebrated Valentine's Day here this weekend and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We started at the bar and had great, quick service. In the future, I would definitely come back just to enjoy the happy hour prices and small bites. We moved over to our table after a drink and looked over the menu. Our table was meant for 4 people, so it didn't feel super romantic, but the dining room area is small enough and most people were there on dates so it wasn't a big deal. We started with the flat bread - absolutely delicious! My boyfriend had the steak and I had the burger. The burger was great - my only complaint was that the delicious egg it came with made it slightly hard to eat due to the slippery yolk, but it was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Heaven
    Oink
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    Went for a birthday celebration, one diner very picky, she loved everything! Short ribs, awesome, the group favorite was the tagliatelle! Our waiter choose my wine and we had to have another glass. We shall be back
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Holy yumminess
    Annelie
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    Came for hubby's birthday and brought infant, which worked great. Ordered butternut squash gnocchi, lamb and cheese platter. Everything was absolutely delicious!!! Pretty big portions. Outstanding service. So very happy and can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    AMANDA
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    The food was amazing. Everything was perfect. We were seated right away. Our waiter was very attentive.The oysters were a gem. The grouper dish had sweet, sour, and savory notes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Two words to describe...yum and yum
    PembVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    We are regulars and never disappointed. Love the beet salad with pistachios. The gnocchi is the best I've tasted and the short ribs were delicious. Ed always gets the burger..loves it. Sticky toffee pudding with salted caramel ice cream and a cheeky little port to finish....fabulous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service. Kyle
    Babbs
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Great food and service. Kyle was knowledgeable and awesome!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amaaaazziiiinnnngggg!
    LInzLuvsOsc
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Go here! This could be our new favorite restaurant! The food was outstanding and the service was too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular meal
    Bullheadedfoodie
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    It was restaurant week. Ambiance looks like urban- city meets mountain lodge. Cool decor. Who cares when it's all about the food anyway. Hubby decided to start the meal off with the mussels. These are not your ordinary, soaked in a garlic, lemon butter and wine broth. They have a distinct red pepper spice (get ready for the heat) topped with spicy chips adding a crunch. Yum. Soup of the day was a mushroom, I had to give it a whirl. Probably the best mushroom soup I've ever had. Main courses were the flat iron skirt steak, very good, for me, the Grouper. This fish definitely is in my top 5 best and favorite meals of all time. It was that good. chocolate molten cake. Very good. I was still in fish heaven so dessert was an afterthought.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a great Restaurant Week find!
    TylerAnneliese
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Not only did we come early enough to watch the all Friday night patrons pour in after us, but we received friendly, attentive service (from beer recommendations & kind answers to my litany of questions about the place) and we lucked out on last night of restaurant week specials.The housemade salamis, pickles, killer pâté and a chutney I shoveled onto every last morsel of sheep cheese atop the cutting board was my favorite. Caesar salad was perfectly portioned for my hungry boyfriend, along with the local grouper (curry brown butter was spectacular), and my boyfriend's heaping tagliatelle. Pear galette dough reminded me of a Parisian pastry and chocolate budino was a great finish. Three Prepkitchen courses at $35 made for a great date night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun with food
    BangBangBetty
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    My friends and I came here for Restaurant Week and were not disappointed. It's was a busy night so the service was a little slow, but they made up for it with personality and great food suggestions. If you are a meat eater I recommend the Braised Beef.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great comfort food in Little Italy
    TainaB
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    Exceptional service and great food. Meals are enough to feed two. Bacon wrapped fig appetizer is AMAZING. A little chilly inside so bring a sweater. Otherwise great view of India street and a good date place or for small group dinners. Intense bar scene that I didn't even want to attempt, but I would recommend this place many times over for food and service alone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.