Ristorante Bartolotta - Wauwatosa
Ristorante Bartolotta - Wauwatosa

Ristorante Bartolotta - Wauwatosa

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ristorantebartolotta.com/
  • Phone: 4147717910x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Juan Urbieta
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Semi-private dining room will accommodate 55-60 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Todd Hasselbacher 4147717910x
  • Entertainment: Chef's Special Menu changes often and always offers the best authentic regional Italian cuisine. Peruse our all-Italian wine list of over 200 labels - you will surely find some new favorites! Half-off wine promotion every Monday and Tuesday night.
  • Special Events: Check our website for the latest in Italian Chef dinners or visiting winemakers!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Harwood Avenue
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking & 3 Public lots within 1 block of restaurant.
A word from Ristorante Bartolotta - Wauwatosa
The flagship of the Bartolotta Restaurants, Ristorante Bartolotta opened in Wauwatosa in 1993 and has been a local favorite ever since. Regularly voted the best Italian in Milwaukee, the charming Ristorante Bartolotta features handmade pastas and rustic Northern Italian cooking, with a chef's tasting menu that changes ever so often by the season.
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Ristorante Bartolotta - Wauwatosa reviews from OpenTable diners
146 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (105)fit for foodies (80)neighborhood gem (79)romantic (77)notable wine list (77)good for groups (12)hot spot (11)great for outdoor dining (9)late-night find (3)scenic view (3)great for lunch (2)vibrant bar scene (2)kid-friendly (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Italien excellence
    Epicureans
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Having eaten at almost all the other Bartolottas restaurants, we thought it about time we tried the very first. It was a busy Saturday night for them, but we were offered the choice of 2 tables after ordering drinks at the cozy bar. We loved the lively atmosphere, some might say its noisy. We had a really wonderful dinner, and especially loved the pasta with duck. Our 2 helpful servers were very knowledgable about the food and wine, as well as being very friendly and professional. Tempted by a desert we were also recommended a desert wine to try, it was amazing. Great evening...will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • beyond expectations...
    FoodieFordy
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I brought my boyfriend in for his birthday dinner. I really wanted it to be special and it exceeded all expectations. The service was exceptional. The food was extraordinary. And the atmosphere made us feel like we were someplace else. Very romantic. We really appreciated the friendliness, knowledge and helpfulness of the staff—especially with the extensive wine list. Our server, Rebecca, recommended three different wines and our choice turned out to be spot on. I cannot thank you enough for a memorable evening. We've already passed on the recommendation to friends and will surely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Dining Experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This was my first time eating here and it was such a great dining experience. We had a reservation and were seated as soon as we arrived and we had two wait staff attending to us the entire night and there were excellent. The drinks were stong and great and the fool was awesome! I had the duck ragu pasta and it may have been the best pasta dish I have ever had in my life. Seeing how great all the food tasted and the amount of food we got per serving, the prices are right in line. I would go back a million times over and I will be back. If not the best Italian meal I have ever had dining out, most definitely it was my top 3.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    It is our favorite restaurant and we always celebrate birthdays and anniversaries there - the best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrible service, average food
    purplehotgirl
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    first walked in and it was 90 degrees in there.....cramped booth sitting right on top of other patrons. Service/team was soooo slow.....took over 10 min. to get a cocktail.....when the bread came it was "handed" out and not even warm or tasty. The appetizer was good, dinner average, dessert a joke. My first and last visit to that location. My fiance' said that was his 3rd and last Bartolotta! I have a $50 certificate left that I will gift
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dissapointing
    Nick
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    My wife and I were there for 10 Days in Tosa... which understandably has a cut down menu for $20. However, the penne pasta that I had was average at best. The ravioli that my wife had was "eh". You would think they would put something on that limited menu that made you say, "we should come back". Instead, I think they had a warming area with a bunch of pasta put aside for people who ordered off that menu. The service did not add anything to the experience. If you're not going to provide something worthwhile for the 10 Days in Tosa, then don't participate. I doubt I'd return.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, tight quarters
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We really enjoyed the caprese salad, pappardelle duck ragu, and chicken. However, the tables are extremely close together and it was hard to ignore the conversations at neighboring tables, while having our own.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fall dinner
    foodiev
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Pre-fix dinner with the tomato theme was fantastic. I've been to Ristorante Bartolatta many times throughout the years and they never disappoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bday dinner...
    GreeneyesVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    As it was my first time visiting this restaurant, we were unaware of the "tosa fest" gathering that had blocks of streets closed down. I had to walk over 3 blocks in heels from closest parking spot, no valet. The neighborhood felt very unsafe as we walked through hundreds of teenage kids loitering the streets at 7:45pm. Our dinner was lovely and a great server and bartender. Smaller restaurant than what we were expecting but cozy and warm. The restaurant was nice, but I DO NOT recommend visiting during this or any other festival events, d/t the neighborhood teenagers it attracts. The staff & servers closed the blinds.Was instructed to walk over 4blocks to avoid the situation to return to our vehicle safely. Not an impressive evening
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Bartolotta's know the business!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    My wife and I have visited several different Bartolotta restaurants over the past few years, with Ristorante Bartolotta being one that we reserve for special occasions. We have never been disappointed at any of them! Food is always top rate as expected, but the service is exceptional! Great people work there, they are enthusiastic, obviously know their jobs well, and seem to genuinely enjoy their work.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Celebrated my husband's birthday with two of my children and their spouses. Food was great, presentation could have been better on the pasta dishes especially the duck ragu. Although, the taste was fabulous! We were sitting next to the curtain in the restaurant and the sun was shining right into two of our faces during part of dinner. We asked the wait staff to modify the shades, but they stated there were no shades to adjust on the upper window. Also, the fans were going very fast and we asked if they could turn the one above us off. The wait staff stated they had to shut off the entire restaurant to modify the fan above us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Always a fabulous meal at Ristorante Bartolotta. Great atmosphere and service.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delighted
    Meva
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I took my husband here for a birthday dinner. We both loved the food and my husband was surprised and delighted at the décor and feel of the restaurant. We live in Chicago but would come back here in a heartbeat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wauwatosa
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    During our short stay in Wauwatosa, we dined at this lovely restaurant. We were seated at a round booth for 4, which I loved. Our server was very knowledgeable regarding every aspect of the menu. Our courses were served with ample time in between and were delicious. We will definitely return to dine at Bartolotta. They have several restaurants in the area...in fact we had a delicious quick meal at the airport in Milwaukee!at Nonna's, a sister restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding service
    Consistent
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    My friend and I visit Ristorante Bartolotta 3 - 4 times a year. It's always wonderful to see consistency in the staff. Carissa was attentive and not too doting...she gave us room to chat, which is why we were there. Zack was phenomenal...though newer, he was gracious, quick to help, careful, comfortable...a delightful young man.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, but worst service ever
    AndyVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Not our 1st time at Ristorante for any of us at our table, usual excellent calamari and great main dishes, once they came out. But after describing the menu & specials and once water & wine were poured, both waiters abandoned our table for probably 15-20 minutes while menus sat idle in front of us. It wasn't even that busy this nite. Maître D seemed oblivious. Finally hailed the second/back waiter and asked why no one took our order? He apologized and took it, but never saw our first waiter at our table until after main courses came out. Apparantly other tables and other guests were more demanding or more important? Not the usual excellent service we get at this or any other Bartolotta establishment. Very strange .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service needs to improve
    Kduval14
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We loved the food and will go back for sure but our server really put a damper on our evening. When we sat down we were told to servers would be helping us but it felt like we spent our evening looking for them to get us another bottle of wine, refill our water, answer menu questions and tell us about desserts. The restaurant is small so it's pretty hard to go missing unless you're hanging out in the kitchen which is what seemed to be happening. The food however was spot on and what will drive us to go back and try a different server :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a pleasure
    hoffmaje
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We love Ristorante for the wonderful food and good service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I die for duck pappardelle!
    Bostonwoman
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    On a recent mid-week night my husband & I had dinner at this high-quality Tosa spot. If you have never been, you must go, if only to try their duck pappardelle. Absolutely melts in your mouth! Definitely in my top 3 dishes ever! Service was a bit too intrusive w 2 servers often interrupting our conversation to ask "is there anything else we can do for you?" Btw the 2 of them this happened about 6 times during the meal. Other food was authentic Italian & very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MaryVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Outstanding dinner all around. Appetizers, main course, dessert, wine - just perfect. Entire staff was wonderful. We love this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for a special occasion
    AllisonC
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    We decided to go to Ristorante Bartolotta for our wedding anniversary as we live only a five minute walk away. It was a fantastic decision as we were treated incredibly well by all the staff especially our servers. The food was probably the best Italian food you can find in Milwaukee and surely the best pasta around! The Calamari and Caesar salad were also delicious. The wine list was extensive and it was half price bottles under $100, a great surprise! Our servers talked about our wine choice all night and were very well informed. They even sent us home with Tiramisu for dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • the evening was just ok..
    jcooly
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    seating was very tight at a table for Two. Expected more pasta dishes. Would only return with a larger party
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    Nickels
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We love this cozy place and the food is outstanding - always high quality and a nice presentation. There's plenty of good wine to choose from and the waiters/waitresses are friendly and take good care of you - great service. This time we had the seafood medley (can't pronouce or spell the name of the dish) but it had calamari, octopus, shrimp, salmon and scallops. The scallops were the best I ever tasted. All of it was grilled.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    My fiancé and I enjoyed an excellent dinner here. The staff was courteous, friendly, and knowledgable about the menu. We enjoyed every food recommendation from our waitress! It is excellent for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My wife and I love the intimate
    Greatfoodie
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    setting, great food and service, and the option of large or smaller portions for entrees. Our favorite Bartolotta restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CAC6VIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    As always, they did not disappoint! I had a group of 5 and everything was delicious and our server did a wonderful job. I ordered from the seasonal menu and it was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delightful as always
    WFBDiner
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Excellent food and great service! Always have a great time when dining here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Majorfoodie
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Always look forward to dining at Ristorante Bartolotta. My favorite is the peppardalle with duck ragu. Yum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • birthday night out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    We had a great table, but its very crowded there. Also, we had trouble with the menu, but with help from our daughter we finally ordered after about 30 minutes. very slow service, but cordial. I thought that there would have been more offerings with our entre, not everything ala carte.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beth
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Our reservation was for 8 pm. We arrived at 8:05 pm to find the restaurant closed as they had no power. I did not receive a phone call in advance, but I get it - no power. What surprised me was that there was no follow-up from the restaurant the next day. Wouldn't you think that they would call to reschedule my reservation? I'm not even asking for anything in return - just a courtesy call. Nothing from them. Anyway, I called to reschedule the reservation as I have wanted to eat here. The duck ragu has apparently been on the menu for 20+ years, but it's nothing special. Seafood was overcooked, but they comped me, to their credit. Artichoke mousse was good. It's very loud there - hard to hear. I was underwhelmed for all the hype.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delightful
    Livetoeat2VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    What a nice surprise! The food was wonderful-pasta that melted in your mouth and amply proportioned entrees. The kitchen was incredibly accommodating and was able to meet the needs of a gluten free meal too. Can't wait to visit again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappoints
    valkrie778
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Ristorante Bartolotta will always be one of our favorites. The food is fantastic, the service is excellent - it's a wonderful place to enjoy a meal!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • always great food
    Dorky
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    we had not been here in awhile as whenever we think of it too late to get reservation at preferred time; food was really good and service great; my only complaint would be how close we sat to other diners especially at a table for 2, right on top of each other so hard to have a private conversation; would like to try the course dinner sometime also
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good/badpo
    Wegs
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    2 of our 5 dinners were Bartolotta Quality ! The lobster, tomato white wine sauce entree was not! The lobster was not fresh. It was , therefore, ,unsatisfactory! We have been frequenting this Bartolotta restaurant ever since it first opened and this was the first time we were somewhat disappointed.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    As with all the Bartolotta restaurants, the meal and service were outstanding. Friendly and attentive waitstaff. Great atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 20thAnniversarydate
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Fantastic restaurant. The food was delicious and the generosity of the staff was top-notch. Thank you Bartolotta's for a wonderful anniversary dinner. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great good and service
    Anonymous
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Really impressed with the food, service and ambience. Great place for a date as well as to hang out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dissappointed
    Seafoodie
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I have been to this restaraunt 5 times previously and have always enjoyed the meal and service. This time we were dissappointed. I am not sure if they have added eaxtra tables along the exterior wall or what but we felt very crammped, and were way to close to the couples on either side of us. This was distracting. We felt the service was rushed and this combined with the tight space made for an unpleasant dining experience. My meal was just OK which is a great change from the food normally had at this establishment. I ordered the Grigliata Mista di Mare, where the fish of the day was monk fish. My entree arrived with 1 piece of monkfish about the size of triscuit cracker.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Classic
    itsmevkb
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Ristorante Bartolotta never fails to impress. I had the chef's tasting menu with the wine pairings and everything was excellent. Exactly what I've come to expect from Bartolottas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey but excellent
    AntonEgo
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    We celebrated our 25th anniversary and we could not have selected a better place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate