Bistro Bohem
Bistro Bohem

Bistro Bohem

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://bistrobohem.wordpress.com/
  • Phone: 2027355895
  • Hours of Operation:
    5 pm - 12 pm
    Brunch - 10 am - 3 pm Saturday,Sunday
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Eastern European
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Shaw- Green Line
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Bistro Bohem
Bistro Bohem, Washington DC's newest and most lively hangout, is located in the historic U Street/Bloomingdale, just a mile north of the White House. We're unique to the area, offering flavorful Eastern European cuisine in a relaxed and vibrant atmosphere. Sink into our cozy banquettes and chat with friends while enjoying succulent meats, delectable sides, and irresistible desserts.
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Bistro Bohem reviews from OpenTable diners
41 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (30)fit for foodies (17)great for outdoor dining (16)romantic (9)good for groups (7)great for brunch (6)late-night find (5)great for lunch (4)notable wine list (3)special occasion (3)hot spot (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Solid and Stolid
    otberburVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    For some reason, I have a hankering for Central European food on fall evenings when the weather turns chilly and gloomy. Bistro Bohem satisfied the urge nicely. The restaurant was recently reconfigured so that most of the seating is now in the former cafe, which has an appropriately dark, European ambience at night. The food was generally well prepared -- each of us had a dish with a mushroom sauce (me: pierogies, my spouse: a cauliflower steak) that we thought was exceptional. The fare is also fairly heavy -- but Czech food has never been known for its light touch. And the room was not especially noisy -- unusual for this area.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bohemian Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    If you crave Bohemian food, like pork, dumplings and sauerkraut, this is a nice little neighborhood restaurant, and pretty reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Funky slice of Eastern Europe
    Locavore
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We went here before a show at the Howard Theater around the corner. The cocktails were good. The frites had good flavor but a little on the soggy side. The schnitzel, while not as large as the ones they serve in Budapest, was crisp and tasty and the side salad of tomatoes cucumber, feta, and onions was very good (I could have had another helping). The atmosphere is casual but definitely with a funky European vibe. I would definitely come back to try some of the other Hungarian specialties.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasantly Surprising
    HogTrough
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Showed up with six, squeezed into a four person table outside. Plenty of room regardless. Apps were delicious and unique. We ordered two apps: One was cucumber with cream cheese, dill, and lox. I am a lox fanatic so this was very refreshing to see on the menu. The second was some kind of fritter with a nice tomato-base sauce to pour on top (sorry I can't remember the specifics of the fritter). This was also very good but better for a group of four to order, it came with four pieces. Four of our party ordered shnitzels, also something fun to see on a menu. They had 6-8 different flavorings for the shnitzel, everyone was impressed with the outcome. I ordered the gulash, pork over brown rice. Out of malbec, got pinot noir, great wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noodles
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Great atmosphere and superb food. My friend traveled extensively in the Czech Republic and noted that the food was as good or better than she remembered during her time in Eastern Europe. It was just a bit noisy and the service a tad slow, but it was Saturday night and the weather was beautiful. The entire neighborhood was mobbed with people so it was understandable, and didn't detract from the experience. This place is probably a great weekday date spot for someone looking for something different than the usual French or Italian meal. This place is an absolute gem and I'll be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Czech It Out!
    GoNavyVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great Czech food in DC! Finally! Everything we tried was wonderful and the beer selection was great. The only downside was our server. Our table was wobbling -- a lot. We asked if she could help. Her answer: No. And walked away. We shoved a knife under the table leg and asked for another ...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Would recommend this Bistro to anyone, it was my second visit. The food is hearty middle Europe fare, and the staff is efficient, friendly, and helpful. Very busy neighborhood on Friday and Saturday -- so weekdays might be more fun.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Change of pace
    dcfoodie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    It is not easy to find restaurants that specialize in Czech and eastern European cuisine. This was authentic and delicious. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hearty and well-made fare
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Very attentive service, great Czech fare, well-made cocktails and an appropriate wine list. What's not to love?
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great find
    Anne
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Very cute place with European sidewalk cafe/bistro feel near U Street corridor. The schnitzel with caramelized onion was excellent, as was the Bulgarian cabernet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 31 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 151 reviews are from the Bistro Bohem reviews archive.
  • a gem
    NotCsitsmaVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Great neighborhood gem. Interesting food selections that you normally don't find elsewhere. Czech it out.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great spot!
    MDDiner
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    I visited on a Sunday evening with a friend from out-of-town. The location was convenient - walking distance from the Metro and street parking available for someone driving in. It's beautifully decorated with indoor and outdoor spaces. We sat near an open window in the dining room, and it was quiet and breezy and fantastic! The cocktails were delicious but I almost ordered wine since they had a great little selection. The food was amazing and the server was happy to switch sides. The server was attentive and helpful. Any questions we had were easily answered and we were given space at the end of our meal to enjoy our conversation before departing. A great place for dinner and drinks. I will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great dining experience
    PigsFly
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    This is a nicely priced restaurant with a great wine list featuring European offerings. The staff are pleasant and helpful, the food satisfying and well prepared. Best of all, it is free of the pretentiousness that seems to have locked the Washington dining scene in an stranglehold. It's home cooking Czech-style: potato pancakes, schnitzel, sauerkraut accompanied by Czech beer or Thracian Cabernet. I'll be going back and hope to see you there! If you dine outdoors, know this is at a busy intersection.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • PHENOMENAL!
    JessHill4LIFE
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    I love this restaurant! The menu is great. The drinks are great. I have been here many times and keep coming back for more. Some servers are better than others, but don't let the grumpy man in the café in the mornings ruin it for you.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic Slovak Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The ambiance felt as if we were dining in the capital cities of Bratislava or Praha real time thanks to the extremely kind international staff. We were entertaining international guests/ family from the Slovak Republic and it was if we were dining in the homeland. After a day of touriing America's captital city it was comforting and at the same time exciting for our guests to be able to sip on a Pilsner and enjoy authentic Czecho-slovakian cusine.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • comfortable, ambitious small place
    AppreciativeDiner
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Small, one-room with bar. Very attractive. Larger sidewalk dining in warmer weather. Excellent and unusual menu of Czech -inspired cuisine provided tasty and carefully prepared choices. Sophisticated wine selection by the glass of wines matching the menu. Restaurant ran out of two different reds, but the Bulgarian cabernet/syrah that I ended up with was excellent. Very friendly wait staff. Good beer, too. Some vegetarian choices.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Brunch!
    TomInBloomingdaleVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    You can't go wrong here, We had a great relaxing brunch.
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    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Different cuisine -- worth trying
    FormerFedVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    We dropped into Bistro Bohem after a hip-hop performance at the Kennedy Center and found it crowded on a Friday evening. I got a pierogi and the Bavarian bratwurtst entree. Both were very tasty. My girlfriend startted with the kale salad, which she noted she wouldn't have gotten if she'd know kale was one of the side dishes with her beef steak. She liked her dishes, doggy-bagging about half of each. I tried the Kraken cocktail, enticed by its name and a memory of the "Release the Kraken" line from an old movie, while she got a Bohemian margarits. While both were flavorful, we wanted something stronger to end our meal and ordered double tequillas. My girlfried noted that we hadn't received doubles and got the bill reduced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good old fashion Czech comfort
    BJGS
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Good old fashion Czech comfort food, good sized portions. Super friendly Staff!
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice dinner date spot.
    suicidetumblr88
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    I was very satisfied with the service. Our food came out very quickly. The staff was very friendly and polite. I would highly recommend it for anyone looking to have a nice dinner date for two.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date Night Gem
    Geo89
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    This small date night gem provides great traditional eastern bloc comfort food that also has vegetarian options. Homemade bread is a welcome accompaniment to the dishes to soak up the wonderful sauces. Later in the evening the back room had a great DJ and had everyone up and dancing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Will try again
    moresauerkrautpleaseVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We had a decent time and meal at the restaurant after a slightly rough beginning where the hostess kept trying to give us a table too small to accommodate 3 diners. I repeatedly told the hostess that we could come back later (we were early for our reservations) if that would help, but she kept wanting to seat us (even though there wasn't anything available to fit). Eventually, it all worked out and we had the cauliflower soup, pierogis, goulash, pork shank and one other dish I couldn't remember. It was all tasty, although one of us did not like the pierogis and I thought the cauliflower had too much cream and not enough cauliflower flavor. The pork shank was very nice and I enjoyed the red cabbage and sauerkraut as well.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hope It's Better Next Time
    EKDC
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    The food was pretty good and the environment very inviting so I'll give this place another shot. But that said, they really loused up a couple of things. They seated us nearly 30 minutes after our reservation time; no waiter came over to us so after 10-15 minutes we had to tell them to serve us and they didn't bring plates and silverware to us before our appetizers arrived. When we urge them to, y'know, bring us those things while our food was still hot they still didn't seem to rushed. These are the basics, folks. Anyhow, the food was pretty good and it's pretty different from most of the cuisine available in the area. I would go back hoping they just had a bad night in the service department.
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  • amazing
    lvnc
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    I really loved this place and the quality of the food.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I had the pork and it was
    Just1Jim
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    I had the pork and it was delicious. Portions were a nice size, not too big, but large enough that I was full. Service was great, we were in and out of there in 65 minutes. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • czech please!
    firsttimer
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    great authentic food, really good service and diverse menu. all that we hoped for, hope to go back next time we're in DC.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never put in our order
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    We sat for two hours. The waitress came to our table twice. We finally asked her what was taking so long, only to realize she never gave our food orders to the kitchen. She did not apologize. We will NEVER go back.
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  • Charming Neighborhood Place
    RJ42VIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Food was good. Waitress wonderful -- service could not have been better. It's a charming neighborhood place to which we would return as much for the ambience as for the food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • VERY nice little place!!
    Katjoe
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    The staff is mostly Eastern European, and everyone was extremely nice! The food was very good, esp considering that I am usually underwhelmed by what is called German / Central European food in the States (I am from Germany myself). We didn't care very much for the red cabbage as it was VERY heavy on the cinnamon (which is not the way it should be), but the Sauerkraut was OUTSTANDING and definitely the best I've had in the States! The Chicken Schnitzel was delicious and so was the Duck. The Urquell Pilsener was very yummy, too, but too expensive - $7 for a meager 14oz, that is definitely too much!! I'd expect to get at least 16oz for that kind of money...All in all, would (and will!) definitely be back!!! Atmosphere was very nice, too :-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food; service lacking
    AvgDinerVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    I enjoyed the ambiance and food at this restaurant, but I was terribly disappointed in the service. A friend and I order two appetizers and drinks with the intent of also ordering dinner afterward. After about 15 minutes, the server came back to see if we wanted to order anything. Um... yes, the apps and drinks we ordered 15 minutes ago... Drinks showed up 5 minutes later, and then the food 10 minutes later. Unfortunately, one of the apps delivered was a different dish than what we ordered (and non-vegetarian, which we discovered only after biting into it). We decided to cut our losses, paid our bill, and went elsewhere for the rest of our meal.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Still amazing!
    Jessica
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    The menu may have changed a little since I was there last, but it's just as amazing. The staff are also amazing and it's such a cute little place. We're lucky to have such a gem right in Shaw!
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly service - good food
    Marguerite
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    My friends I recently went to Bistro Bohem for dinner. We were looking for a place near the Town DanceBoutique. We were also intrigued by the Eastern European menu. The service was excellent and the food was good, though somewhat salty for me (I had the beef goulash). Overall, we enjoyed our dining experience, and would go back if we were in that neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gret neighborhood place
    JgirlVIP
    Dined on 2/3/2014
    Really liked the food and the wonderful smells. The food was plentiful, very taqsty and inexpensive. The mushroom and potato soup was delightful and the homemade potato chips to die for. I had the chicken schnitzel with potato salad and it was delicious. My friend and I enjoyed a wonderful evening with our daughters here. Would highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Czech
    JAMI
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Having been raised on food from my Czech grandmother who immigrated from Prague many years ago my yearning for this type if food in the DC area has pretty much been satisfied. The borscht was phenomenal The traditional dumplings were very light and similar to what I remembered The caraway kraut was good and the pork tips tender but a bit too salty for my taste One disappointment was the lack of traditional kolaches for dessert - I was so looking forward to them !
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    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I went for the mulled wine
    EpiskyVIP
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    This was our unteenth trip to Bistro Bohem, so what can I say. I like it. I didn't have super expectations because all I wanted was a place to eat with a friend and some mulled wine. I got that, and I was happy. For food we ordered chips (comes with some 1000 island type dressing), pancake-chicken-whatevers, also with dressing and perogies. For entrees we had cauliflower steak, meatloaf and something else. The mushroom sauce on the cauliflower was a little too rich, but that was fine, I could just scrape it off. The focus wasn't the food, it was the company. If you show up early enough you can hear each other. By the end of our dinner we were speaking with raised voices and leaning over the table. The mulled wine was good.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ethnic czech food ,
    JudyVIP
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    Great ethnic czech food , inexpensive and delightful.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner option
    EpiskyVIP
    Dined on 12/16/2013
    It was my turn to cook dinner and the meat wasn't dethawed so I decided, we'll eat out. So we went to Bistro Bohem for dinner. It is in the neighborhood and we like it. I really liked the mulled wine, even though it was a little heavy on the clove that night. It was a Monday so the place wasn't crazy as usual. I had the kale salad with lentils. It was part cold part warm. It was okay, I enjoyed my husband's dish a bit more. He had the chicken in pancake batter, like chicken fingers but better, and their meatloaf. He wasn't too crazy about the meatloaf because it wasn't like the American meatloaf he is used to. I loved the side of thick hearty mashed potatoes that came with the dish. We will come here again because it's in our hood.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and very friendly.
    BrunchBuns
    Dined on 12/8/2013
    Great service and very friendly. Made us feel very welcome. Ambiance was unique and comfortable. Food was well priced and plentiful. Great for something different but not too off the wall. Will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth calling a favorite!
    Ddine
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    I've eaten here on 3 different occasions with guests visiting the city. Always a hit and now a favorite of mine. The staff is friendly & unobtrusively attentive. The menu seems always to have something for everyone. Service is timely & unrushed. The portions are generous & I've had the misfortune of ordering a meat platter. Leaving little room for my main course. The food feels home cooked like that I experienced on trips to austria, belgium, germany. Each bite triggered a memory from those trips I then shared with a friend. All of this is especially impressive as it's a type of food i'd always avoided. No More!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • late night happy hour on Fri and Sa
    LindoroVIP
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    Great Czech food -- love the atmosphere. Our waitress is really nice (who is Czech) but not very attentive -- probably because she has too many tables. Was quite surprised to know they have a late night happy hour from 10pm-2am during Fridays and Saturdays.... Definitely will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.