Alex Italian Restaurant
Alex Italian Restaurant

Alex Italian Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.alexitalianrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 7079675500x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch Friday and Saturday
    Dinner Wednesday to Sunday
    Closed Monday and Tuesday
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Riccardo Bilotta
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Highway 29
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
A word from Alex Italian Restaurant
THE RESTAURANT
Alex Italian Restaurant owned and operated by sommelier Alessia and Alessandro Sbrendola offers first class, Italian cuisine and service in an intimate sophisticated settings. Opened in 2011 and located in Rutherford in the heart of the Napa Valley, the restaurant features Chef Reed Hearon creative and contemporary cuisine. Alex Italian Restaurant received the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator 2012. Alex Italian restaurant which take its name for the Americanized versions of the owners names, feature a top notch wine list that in its over 100 pages includes extraordinary wine makers from both old and new world.
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Alex Italian Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
57 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelQuiet
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (34)fit for foodies (32)romantic (30)notable wine list (29)special occasion (28)neighborhood gem (25)great for lunch (15)great for brunch (6)good for groups (3)late-night find (2)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (1)hot spot (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Wonderful
    Bibbins1
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    We dined in the lovely patio for lunch. The crab ravioli was outstanding.
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    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pasta even better than in Italy!
    Rebeccagad
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    The chef and staff at Alex's are phenomenonal. Pasta was perfect, service impeccable, the asparagus soup deliciously fresh. If you want Italian better than in Italy, this is the place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day
    MamaT
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Great restaurant but I did miss a dining outdoors, with a view. I felt like I was in a dining room which was rather dark. At Auberge there is a sweeping view of the Napa Valley, at Meadowood there is the golf course. My only complaint was the setting. I did ask for the patio but it was unavailable until 5 mins after we were seated.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely lunch we had on the patio.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    My friend, my children and I had a lovely lunch on the patio at Alex on Friday. The day could not have been better....good food, good wine, good company, beautiful weather. I love this Italian restaurant in my neighborhood of Rutherford. Been there several times with friends and we all have had wonderful time!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • finerdiner
    finerdiner
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    This was our best dining experience while in Napa. Went on a quiet Wednesday and were impressed the moment we entered. Atmosphere is comfortably refined. Our server, Will, provided flawless, perfectly paced service and two wine choices that couldn't have been better. The menu is not deep with choices but I view that as a positive sign. Duck Pansotti was wonderful. Pork Cheeks with truffle puree equally so. Squid ink pasta with Dungeness crab and shrimp is highly recommended. We would be regulars here if it weren't the 2000 miles that separates us. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Very nice decor. Clean colors, wine country theme. Nice outdoor seating. The menue is not large, but a good selection. Every thing was very well prepared and the ingredients were top rate. The squid ink pasta was over the top great. Texture of the pasta was perfect, along with the crab and shrimp a dish I will remember. Duck and pork cheeks were a delight.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • charming food experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Charming environment with excellent and friendly service . Good wine list of Italian wines and nice food selection
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Give Alex a try
    StaceyVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    This restaurant is finally hitting its stride. The octopus was done perfectly; crispy yet still tender. The burata salad is consistently good. The pastas are fresh and correctly prepared. Chestnut pasta is our current favorite. The tenderloin is one of the best steaks in the area. Petrale sole was substituted for halibut on our last visit and it was excellent. Ricotta cheese cake with whipped cream and berries was a great ending to a delicious meal.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely place in Napa
    CynthiaJVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We had a very nice lunch here after touring some local wineries. We shared several dishes. The staff was very accommodating in this busy restaurant. The home made pasta was delicious ! We shared a duck ragu and also a pork schnitzel. Our friends also shared the pasta and a steak dish. Both were perfectly prepared.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice intimate dining
    JMacc
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    We checked out this resturant as we were staying at the Inn next door. It was a wonderful find! I had the beef for my entree and started with the Potato Gnonish. Both were excellent and the kitchen even made something special for my teenage daughter who was a bit overwhelm by the foodie culture of Napa. The really worked hard to take good care of us! The large roaring fireplace was beautiful on a cool rainy evening
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Very small portions. The service was good, the restaurant is very nicely appointed. We were suspicious that there weren't many customers (Friday Night) but after we ate there we weren't surprised. Food was fair. The menu is small and limited. Huge wine list...lots of imported.
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  • Spectacular experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Every course was prepared perfectly, from start to finish. We requested our server recommend wine for each course and could not have been happier with her choices. The gnocchi was a stand out - the best we have ever tasted. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alta cucina
    KirklandboyVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    The cuisine is outstanding. We had the most tender octopus salad ever, followed by gnocchi that nearly levitated off the plate served with spring vegetables. It was as elegant as it was tasty. Portions are on the smallish side and prices are justifiably higher than most. The wine list is ambitious. It has become our favorite place for special events and celebrations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • You better go now!
    ML22000MMVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Those were the words of our son who worked w Alex's Chef Todd at Auberge. If you are looking for alluring flavors on plated works of culinary art you better go now before the world figures out about Alex. Red/yellow beet salad, citrus, arugula, goat cheese to start. Yum! Then chestnut pappardelle pasta w/tomato, burrata, & pesto. OMG!!! I had to stop myself from eating all of this fabulous pasta; brought it home! Next onion crusted salmon w/hearty vegis/faro. Brought that home too so I could have the unbelievable..shortbread cookie topped w/chocolate/caramelized bananas. Ate the whole thing! My husband loved his butter lettuce salad, gnocchi, beef tenderloin & Gelato. Thank you to very accomplished Chef Todd! We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice
    StefVIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Went to Alex's with local friends. A little empty for a Thurs night, restaurant deserved better. I had Parpdelle and my wife the duck. Both were excellent. Everything was great, very good and friendly service. Will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot
    StaceyVIP
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Alex is a restaurant that deserves more attention. It's just "off the main road" (Rt. 29) so many people may not even know it's there. But it's well worth the slight jog East on the Rutherford Cross Road. We had excellent starters - asparagus soup that was very fresh tasting and a delightful burata and carrot salad. That was followed by the most delightful chestnut pasta dish. My salmon and my husband's steak were both done exactly as we asked for them. We also enjoyed a lovely Barbaresco with our meal that we felt was fairly priced. All in all we enjoyed a lovely evening and will be going back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We had a great time at the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    We had a great time at the restaurant. Good food, good friends. Can't wait to come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Enjoyable meal
    LocalReviewerVIP
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    We dined on a Sunday evening. The restaurant had a quiet atmosphere and elegant decor. Though we brought our own wine, there was a long and interesting wine list. Lots of wines from Europe. The food was excellent. I had the squid ink pasta with dungeness crab and shrimp. Absolutely one of the best pasta dishes I have ever eaten. My husband had the beef tenderloin. He said the meat was very tender and tasty. The only con about the dinner was the portion size. Very small plates of food made us glad we started with a salad. I would recommend it as a great special occasion restaurant. The prices are a bit steep, though, for the portion size.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Neveralwayshappy
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    We stayed at the Rancho Caymus which is connected to this restaurant. We weren't particularly hungry but it had been recommended and it was our last night so we chose to share a few dishes. It's a small place but it wasn't crowded while we were there. The food was wonderful, as was the service. I can imagine though that on a busy weekend night that this place would get very crowded, so I would recommend trying it early or on a night when it most likely wouldn't get too busy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • one and done
    localgirlsnightout
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    this is a pretty location in a beautiful place that has unrealistic ideas about dining. Stike one, wine only. Strike two, to dark to read menu. Strike three, have to order every course or go home and have a snack. Tiny tiny tiny portions. Beet salad had two whole slices of beet. Baby vegetables with entree were so few and so tiny as to not even be worth messing with. Dessert was a teeny tiny cookie with a banana slice on top or a couple small pieces of chocolate and a teaspoon of gelato. Not even a bite or enough to fill a spoon. Would not go back, ever! The service was good, we were the only ones in there. Very expensive, So if you want to spend 250.00 for about five bites of food this is your place.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Slightly disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    It must have been an off day for the place. My main dish was a little on the salty side. My fiance enjoyed her halibut thou.
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  • Alex had great ambiance. Portions
    Kristen
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Alex had great ambiance. Portions are small, but very good. Very Italian.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Family owned with great food & wine
    Kurt
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    I like this place! After dinning here once you are known when you come next time and that is what is happening when it is family owned and the waiters are the same. The food is true Italian with a variety of selections. The wine list is great and if you are into Italian wines it is a gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing Dinner
    WinecountryfoodieVIP
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    Two of us dined at Alex based on Open Table and Trip Advisor reviews. Mid week in early February is a favorite time for us to visit wine country and Alex was quiet serving only 6 tables or so during the dinner hour. Food quality is where the dining experience took a nose dive. A pasta dish with tagliatelle was under cooked, tuff and doughy. A braised rabbit and polenta dish featured dry and stringy rabbit lacking flavor and chunky, flavorless polenta. We suspect the rabbit and polenta were not prepared the day we dined and was left over from a previous day. Dessert was a rock hard crusted canoli that had seen too much time in the fridge. A $200 dinner should feature better than left over quality thus we will not return.. .
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  • Best dining in Napa Valley!
    Vellum
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    I have lived in Napa Valley for years and have frequented many of the top restaurants. My first visit to Alex restaurant was eye opening! This establishment outmatched them all for outstanding quality of food, presentation, price to value, attentive staff, attention to detail in service, pacing of service and for the finely appointed environment. I also want to make a special mention of the wine list. It is generous in size, well selected, diverse and even the most modestly priced bottles are real gems. Many thanks to Alex as well for the help and knowledge with our selection. I am looking forward to my next visit!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New chef is outstanding!!
    ObsceneFoodieVIP
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    We always enjoy Alex, but the new chef has taken the menu in a great direction! We had four courses (carpaccio, crab salad, pasta, and a meat dish) and all were fantastic! Alex's hospitality makes every meal a great experience. Service was on point as usual.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Such a pleasure
    DjohnsonVIP
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    Alex is off the beaten track, and thank goodness! Most diners are locals, who know about great food and wine. Alex is the ultimate host, with a sommelier's knowledge of wine. The food is consistently delicious. The duck lasagna special was rub-on-your-body fantastic. The rabbit in a sauce that included chocolate (!) was wonderful. Although I'd prefer to keep Alex a secret, I want them to stay in business, so I can keep having their delicious, authentic Italian food. Go there and enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New chef!
    outallthetime
    Dined on 1/1/2014
    Alex has a new chef as of late December and she is hitting it out of the park. If you have been in the past and have been disappointed you must give this place another try. We have been twice already and will return again soon.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I would like to go back for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    I would like to go back for Alex's charm and solicitousness, graceful service, and beautiful room, but the food did not do the service justice, and did not deliver value for the prices. It's too bad, because the menu was so tempting, but all the dishes were bland and were brought down by under seasoning and poor execution. Tagliatelle with Pork Ragout was very dry and undersauced, like someone scraped up the last bits out of the pot. Gnocchi were light and pillowy but bland and plain, with nothing to make the dish sing. Duck at $35, again no salt, a little heavy on blood orange, and a very bland over-fried arancino.. Cod had burnt potatoes flipped over to hide that, but had infused everything with an acrid taste. Can't hide that.
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    romantic
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  • New Year's Eve at Alex's
    bikecuspid
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    While I feel it is disingenuine to "review" a restaurant on a single visit and without a writer's culinary credentials, this is the format that OpenTable seems to think is appropriate. I look for precision cooking that is inspired with fresh thought. Desserts excepted, we didn't find this at Alex's.
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  • A miss
    Steaklover89
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Overall the food was good not excellent, Alex the owner was very nice and knowledgeable about wine but the service was painfully slow and we were not followed up with for drinks. I thought something might be wrong when it was the only resturant with availability on a busy sat night in Napa but I read the reviews and it seemed like most people had enjoyed it. I would not go back or recommend the resturant
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    notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Alex is a hidden gem
    TennesseeTraveler
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    When the occasion calls for true northern italian, home made pasta, a wonderful wine list (resonably priced) with th attention of truly profwssional wait staff - go to alex!!! The Salads, fresh pastas and meat dishs were nothing short of outstandinf
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely one of the best
    DaveGVIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Absolutely one of the best gems in Napa Valley. Old world charm coupled with attentive staff and wonderful dishes.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our experience at Atex's was
    madforfood
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Our experience at Atex's was very memorable. Alex and his staff are very friendly, knowledgeable and courteous. The wine selection was outstanding. The food was very tasty and plentiful. Will return again on our next trip to the area.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Delicious, cozy and quaint!
    ReneeMVIP
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    We dined at Alex for my birthday. It was wonderful! So warm and cozy and the most welcoming greeting by Alex himself! The food was wonderful - three of us had the gnocchi with meat sauce, one a mixed seafood dish. All were fresh and delicious. We enjoyed the poached pear for dessert, and because they had run out of the two desserts the rest were hoping for, the chef prepared a special chocolate mousse sampler! Wonderful! We'll be back!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not very interesting
    Greg
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    Overall dishes were good but not very interesting.
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  • Overpriced relative to other
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    Overpriced relative to other restaurants in the area--for the same amount of money, you can eat at a Michelin starred restaurant (Redd, Bouchon, Auberge). Service was underwhelming.
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    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Great Dining Amazing Owner
    ChristmasEveCouple
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    Wonderful dinner and romantic evening. The wine list is AMAZING!! Highly recommend you take the time to get to know the owner. Great personality, very attentive, recommended an excellent wine, and a true Italian!! Thank you!!! Our Christmas Eve dinner was very memorable.
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    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Review
    Sexymama
    Dined on 12/10/2013
    The food that I received was very salty. When I commented that the food was salty, the owner of restaurant became very defensive and upset. I believe he took it personally. I had a feeling that I was no longer welcomed at the restaurant. I was very disappointed with my experience here.
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  • from quite good to quite bad
    travelforfood
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    This was third time here. Noticed number of diners way down. Cream of mushroom soup was thin, with a quail thigh (?why)...Beet risotto (why beets?)was just red and overpwered by beet flavor. Rib eye was cooked perfectly but COLD (other two steaks at table were medium, think they took my medium rare off the fire while they waited for the others to cook). We will NOT dine there again.
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