Ripple
Ripple

Ripple

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://rippledc.com/
  • Phone: (202) 244-7995x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner Hours:
    Sunday-Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

    Bar Hours:
    Sunday-Thursday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Wine Bar, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Marjorie Meek-Bradley
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, 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 (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Special Events: Ripple has three dining rooms available for private dining, events or receptions. Our back dining room seats up to 40 people. The main dining room can accommodate 60 people for dinner. We also have a 10 seat private dining room. Please let us know if we can help you plan your next event.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: between Macomb St and Ordway St.
  • Public Transit: Take the red line to the Cleveland Park and exit on the east side
    walk toward the National Zoo about 2 blocks.
    We're right across from the Uptown Theatre
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Ripple
In a comfortable setting, just across the street from the historic Uptown Theater in Cleveland Park, Ripple offers a complete dining experience, with a focus on sustainability, organic and locally-acquired produce, and a good time. We are proud to support local farmers and co-ops in our mission to bring only the best products to the table.
Our award winning wine list features 50 wines by the glass and bottles starting at $25, with over 70 wines under $50. In addition, we have extensive beer and cocktail menus, to complete any meal.
Above all, we believe in hospitality and hope that everyone who dines with us will feel comfortable and enjoy their time with us. We truly are a place to eat, drink, and gather.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Ripple reviews from OpenTable diners
177 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (130)neighborhood gem (118)notable wine list (89)special occasion (73)romantic (42)great for brunch (24)hot spot (24)vibrant bar scene (23)good for groups (15)late-night find (9)great for lunch (7)kid-friendly (6)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Great date with the wife
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Came here to have a mid-week date with my wife, and it was perfect. We ran a touch late for our reservation, but they sat us without hesitation. Service was prompt, but never hurried. Server made great suggestions. Wine was good. Food was great. I had the melon salad for an app, which was light and flavorful. My wife had the chilled corn soup with crab. That was amazing! I took a bite of it and wished I could steal it from her. For entrees I had the steak with corn pudding and fried green tomatoes. The steak was cooked perfectly, and the side items were flavorful. She had the hand made spaghetti with tuna. It was good and had a nice spice. Overall a great meal. Price was great, too. About $100 for both of us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Checked all boxes-successful brunch
    Mary
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    My girlfriends and I were looking for a bunch spot with brunch classics, was reasonably priced, and gave us the option to have a mimosa two. Ripple proved to be a great source. Got the brunch deal which included a pastry, entree, and bottomless mimosas for $28 dollars. All the food we had was great, and the mimosa options we delish (blood orange, orange juice, grapefruit juice). They were also very accommodating with dietary restrictions- one of my friends was gluten free and they brought her a fruit bowl instead of a pastry.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely evening - great wine
    UKFoodiesVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Met another couple for Saturday dinner at Ripple. We started at the bar and enjoyed some lovely red wine. Sat down for dinner and really enjoyed the homemade and fresh corn bread. We did not order starters, but our mains included duck breast, monkfish and two small plates (chilled crab soup and heirloom tomatoes with ricotta, cashews and peaches). We then shared some cheeses, which were totally disappointing! Not because of taste but because you pay $5 for two teeny tiny slices of cheese! Ridiculous. We paid over $30 for the most pathetic cheese plate, not cool. Everything else was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hit almost all the high notes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Ripple was a great place to dine for a birthday. Overall the food had really interesting flavors and was delicious, though occasionally wasn't as flavorful as you might expect. The highlight of the meal was absolutely the bacon-infused bone marrow. Despite it being an appetizer, the meal could have ended with that and, though I wouldn't have been full, I would have been extremely satisfied.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fantastic
    blue
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    cheese selection was serious. Service was great, seasoning was perfect on everything. great dinner
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful
    RobertVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Great, as always. Terrific food. Really, really good. Attentive, friendly service. Vibrant atmosphere. Good friends. What could be better?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    Momma
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The food was delicious and the staff was friendly and knowledgable. We had the pork, and the fish both of which were cooked perfectly. The desserts were to die for!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ripple is a sure thing
    cleve
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Excellent service and everything on the menu is exquisite. You can TRUST this place will satisfy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We left happy ..
    LPG1VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Our group of four savored just about everything we ordered. The appetizers really shone -- especially the smoked eggplant agnolotti and the heirloom tomato salad. And Ripple's baguettes and corn bread are first rate -- something all too rare in even the so-called best restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Had an amazing time at Ripple! Lived in the area for three years but had never tried it out before. I loved that their menu changed daily, and their Gnocchi was sensational. Also their wine list was extremely reasonable, and very extensive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent restaurant!
    JVCo424
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This was our first time here (dinner), and we absolutely fell in love! Ripple was recommended by a chef friend of ours, and we're so glad we came! The food is fresh, full of flavor & delicious, our server, Richard, was very pleasant, helped us with our selections, and added to our great experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CupcakeWonkVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Great meal and excellent service - will be back for dinner again. Cheese grits were amazing.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ripple Not Up to Snuff
    DCnativechild
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Excited to finally try Ripple but disappointed. Noise level in the bar was extremely loud for 7:00 PM but we secured a quiet table in the dining room. However, after an hour noise in the dining room necessitated repeating every other word. We shared a pasta appetizer, which was delivered without any description--almost thrown on the table. Agnolotti appetizer consisted of flat green objects with a few parmesan curls. Initially, we thought it was an amuse bouche. Tepid and nearly tasteless. Having ordered the infamous "roasted and fried chicken" I was willing to splurge for the calories. Again, the temperature of the food decreased the experience and the fried chicken was over-fried to beyond "crunchy." Might return for drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yum. Just Yum.
    jeannilee1
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The strip steak was melt in your mouth delicious. The biggest surprise was the vegetarian selection-stuffed squash-unbelievable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently different
    GUHoyasVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We've been here about 6 times and the restaurant continues to deliver terrific food in a fun and casual atmosphere. We tend to order 2-3 dishes plus dessert. The one thing is I have never had a meal where every dish hits. I also have never had a meal where at least one dish blew me away. This past Sat the chilled cauliflower soup w crab was an A+. The rockfish main was only okay. The bread pudding was amazing. The agnolotti was okay, but the worst pasta dish I have had here. The bar is high though as the pasta dishes have typically been terrific. The salads and fresh foods are what really set the restaurant apart. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super Cute!
    theaterVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    My husband joined me on a business trip and found this place. It was SOOOOOO cute! I would definitely come back the next time I am in town. While they have great meat dishes (my hubby destroyed the lamb) they had a lot of vegetarian options that were creative and delicious! And they have incredible wines! This place is worth the trip if you are staying in National Harbor. Thanks so much for a great evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nopeVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food was really good. I enjoyed every bite, apps through dessert. The restaurant is very loud so we were grateful that we dined on the late side and that it gradually quieted down. Service was initially prompt but got slower as the evening progressed. Although the iced tea was delicious we thought $4.00 a galss was a bit much. I thought there was good value for the prices of the food and the alcoholic drinks were about what I expected.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never disappoints!
    bysigVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    What a great restaurant! We dined at Ripple at leave five times within the past year times and always leave looking forward to returning. The food is delicious and service delightful.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food service, expensive noisy
    Tjrn
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Good food and service but expensive and very noisy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ripple rewards
    CPEater
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Living in Cleveland Park, I am fortunate to have this restaurant in the neighborhood. Everything is well thought out here, from the ambience to the menu. The beer and wine list is exciting as well. And as for the food, they do fresh and local sourced ingredients proud. Each time I dine here, I find something new to try and have yet to be disappointed. They cook seafood perfectly and there are always great vegetarian selections along side the meats and not as an afterthought. All in all, Ripple is rewarding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodwinelover
    Foodwinelover
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Great night out with the girls food and wine met high expectations
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and nutritious
    FoodieReview
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We loved our first visit to Ripple. The website boasted fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and our palates agreed that it was all of the above. We loved everything from the crackers made in-house with farm butter and the cheese appetizers we ordered (goat, sheep and cow cheeses) to the main courses of lamb, roasted chicken, and bone marrow. Fine, fresh dining at its best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • For special occasions
    TrollopianVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Too expensive for everyday, but a treat for a reunion or celebration. The desserts are particularly outstanding (and I usually can skip dessert with no regrets). The main menu, though, is not very vegetarian friendly. I put together a meal consisting of a salad and two sides but wish I had had more options.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The peach/tomato/ricotta salad was ok - nothing special. The spaghetti app was really awful. We arrived at 7:30 for drinks because we could only get an 8:45 reservation and although I asked I was pretty surprised that they didn't seat us until a few mins past 8:45. They didn't offer bread unless you asked which seems pretty chincy. I had been there before and was hoping it would wow my 2 friends but it really didn't. Main dish (and other) portions were quite tiny.
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  • Great food!
    wcollier10
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Went with another couple to catch up. The food and ambiance was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Very nice experience. Enjoyed the wine list and the wine we chose. Food was extremely high quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Friday Night Dinner!
    Hoyalion
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Fantastic service and the food was incredible. From starters to dessert, there was not a dish that we did not enjoy. Also, believe the hype on the wine list-great selection!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional restaurant!
    Phil
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Ripple is easily one of the best restaurants in the area. I've tried many in the DC area over the past 20+ years and many others in cities around the world, and the meal I had at Ripple the other evening was on par with the best restaurants I've visited. The food and wine are the real standouts. The appetizers, side dishes, and entrees were beautifully presented, unique, and great tasting. The atmosphere is the only weakness we experienced. The dining room is a little cramped, and with a full crowd, the noise levels can get a bit high. I'm looking forward to going back soon.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Glad I tried Ripple again
    GeegVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The last time my spouse and I ate at Ripple was when it first opened maybe 5 or 6 years ago. The food was good, but very expensive, and we were underwhelmed. But with a new chef, we figured we'd try again. We didn't have much - we came in around 9:30 after a movie at the Uptown, but what we had was excellent. The place is still pricey - $15 for a glass of rose champagne? Really? And some wine glasses were $20! Two appetizers, two drinks and a shared dessert cost $70. But we'll come again and have entrees, even if this won't become a regular place for us because of the cost.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Expensive but special.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    While the food combinations and descriptions on Ripple's menu can come across as a bit pretentious, every offering was delicious and beautiful. The service was also friendly, helpful and relaxed. There are no bargains at Ripple, but for a special occasion it's a delight.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great.
    Jacqui
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Creative creations, quality product, great service. My only constructive criticism is to rethink the presentation of the lamb sausage...makes for an unappetizing look.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing!
    GalleriaDiner
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Currently obsessed with Ripple!!! It was a delicious dinner and I will definitely be coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This place is great!
    NamesCharlie
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Ripple really goes above and beyond with everything, and not in an in your face obnoxious kind of way. The food is fantastic, crisp, fresh ingredients and light delicious flavors. We ordered everything that our server Matt recomended and he didn't steer us wrong. House made spaghetti, rockfish, scallops, and butterscotch pudding were all perfect. Also, recomended a perfect wine to go with our meal and our fit our price range. Thank you Ripple for making our anniversary dinner perfect. They even put a little note on our menu for us!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful Neighborhood Gem
    RockcreekparkVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    We live in DC and Ripple is a delight and one of our favorite restaurants. Ripple's foods are locally sourced, has great service, is reasonably quiet and has a great wine selection (including several wines under $30). We had the kohlrabi tortellini stuffed with felsa yahr cheese, seared scallops, and the cheese platter that included special cheeses that we do not normally see in restaurant (our favorite was ossau irati and pleasant ridge reserve). The price per person with tip was $50 per person. We will happily return!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special pre-movie meal in the hood
    NancyVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Ripple provided excellent service and a variety of very tasty dishes for our party of three. We had limited time before heading to a movie across the street, but were able to enjoy three courses and wine and make the show with a few minutes to spare. The halibut was a standout that evening, along with a miniature blueberry pie dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1st date anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Dined at Ripple with my girlfriend for our 1st date anniversary (this is also was where we had our first date). We appreciated them accommodating our request to sit at the same table as our first visit. The service was great- very attentive and friendly. We stuck with cocktails of which they had a very good selection and were prepared very well. We also stayed with appetizers and the meat and cheese platters, all of which were delicious. However, after we considered their entrees for some time, we both came to the realization that while the food at Ripple is no doubt top notch, the menu for whatever reason just doesn't 'pop'. Just a matter of taste and preference. That said, I would recommend it for a drinks and tapas dining experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great farm to table choice
    travelingfoodhunter
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    At nights it may be hard to find parking but i think this neighborhood gem is worth it. The charcuterrie plate with house made mustard was fantastic. I also got the pasta which was housemade. It tasted great, only wished they rolled the gnocchi on a fork to have both the texture and ability for the sauce to stick better. Steak was done well. A bit busy with the other stuff on the plate and a tad bit salty. Overall I still cleaned that entire plate. Nice meal. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • marvelous place - over and over
    MandMVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Marjorie Meek-Bradley creates culinary perfection in her daily dishes at Ripple. The food is outstanding and gets better each time we visit. The wine list and cocktails are stellar - general manager Danny Fisher knows the wineries and handpicks selections, greeting us every time with a smile and a welcome back hug. The staff are knowledgable about the dishes, the drinks and anticipate needs before you're even aware you have any. This is our go-to weekday neighborhood spot, our wedding rehearsal spot, and our special dinner spot.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • On Beyond
    Lucky
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Great restaurant. Also, quite enough for carrying on a conversation. A real gem. Staff is very helpful, great for seafood and beef.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tosin
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    My experience was amazing! Our waiter, Matt was so great! The food was awesome and the mimosas were even better. I will be back and I will spread the word!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate