Roast
Roast

Roast

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.roastsarasota.com/
  • Phone: (941) 953-1971
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch; Mon - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm-9.00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5.00pm-10.00pm
    Closed Saturday and Sunday lunch for the summer thru August
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Andrew Thompson
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: We offer a selection of live entertainment, throughout the year. In the courtyard live one and two piece musicians play light blues, jazz and other vocal and instrumental genres. In the upstairs lounge bar, single vocalists entertain with a selection of genres to suit all tastes.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pineapple Avenue
  • Public Transit: Sarasota main bus terminal is a five minute walk from the restaurant.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Street parking is available as is valet, there is also a five story parking lot located at the back of the restaurant open seven days a week.
A word from Roast
Roast restaurant and bar is downtown Sarasota"s, newest destination restaurant, from chef owner Andrew Thompson. With multiple dining and drinking options, Roast offers something for everyone. Located in the heart of the performing arts district, guests can choose from a sumptuous and innovative 3 course meal in the transformed dining room, a casual cocktail upstairs with lite bites in the old world Floridian style lounge bar,, or a gathering of friends,libations and sharing platters in the gorgeous courtyard,adored with majestic palms and tropical plants. the courtyard features its own outside bar, fire pits and a purpose built rotisserie grill for weekend specials of whole roasted suckling pigs! We look forward to welcoming you to our exciting venue!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Roast reviews from OpenTable diners
118 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (74)great for outdoor dining (58)neighborhood gem (58)special occasion (49)romantic (42)good for groups (20)notable wine list (14)great for lunch (13)hot spot (13)scenic view (9)vibrant bar scene (6)late-night find (6)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Outstanding meal this week @ ROAST
    TrailerkingVIP
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    Our third visit to this restaurant this year and each time it was excellent. Can't wait to go back. Service was also excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This has become our new favorite.
    EaterVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    The food was delicious and our ribeye steaks arrived just as we had ordered them. We shared the duck fat fries and creamed spinach.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lori
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    It's an ok place in a great location. Probably best for bar food and drinks.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost perfect
    Lori
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    My three friends and I enjoyed a lovely dinner on Saturday night. I had never eaten upstairs - what a charming space! Our waiter, Luis, was delightful and so enthusiastic about the grouper and roast chicken specials that two of us ordered them. The only small disappointment was the ceviche - it wasn't citrusy enough for my taste, and it was a bit chewy. But other than that, it was a wonderful meal and we'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Excellent food, everything was very well prepared and eye appealing. Portions were very generous. Roasted beet salad was beautiful presentation and very good. All meats were cooked to perfection and waiter made sure everything was to our satisfaction. Atmosphere was very cozy, bordering on cramped. Tables were pretty close which contributed to slightly higher noise level. Service to our table was slow, while other tables were tuning over more quickly. Overall, enjoyed the experience and would go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bravo Roast!
    Amykinker12
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Out for an evening at the Van Wezel I made reservations for 6 through Open Table. A friendly call was made to confirm the reservation and our party's need to be at the event by 8p. From the moment we walked in we were greeted with friendly smiling faces and warmth. The six of us ordered everything from herb encrusted Salmon (perfectly prepared) to Lamb shank (beautiful) seared chicken (juicy and flavorful) and the arugula salad and beef sliders. All were presented nicely with great asparagus and fall veggies. Our server James and trainee Zac were helpful with menu overview and suggestions. The bartender was fun and interactive as well. I will go back and take others to try. It is a fine addition to the Sarasota culinary scene! Bravo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Extremely good service. We enjoyed the food. the sides were delicious and the chefs special was fantastic. We had the chicken breast. The welcome into the restaurant was friendly and the atmosphere was warm and vibrant. a great find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service fiasco
    Barb
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    The special for the day was ordered and then it was not available! Customer was told when rest of table was served their entree was gone and this unfortunate individual was served an Entree chosen by the chef? We are not sure who took it upon themselves to make this choice, but, suffice it to say, it was unacceptable. Upon ordering another entree, we are told that is not available. Manager 's attitude defensive rather than conciliatory! Very unprofessional and no compensation offered!
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  • Terrific steak
    Steak
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Perfectly prepared steaks and other specialties. Limited but fully adequate wine list, with a few unexpected pleasures. Very limited choice of single malt Scotch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time at Roast
    GodofredoVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    There had been several iterations in this iconic location, all of which failed. So it was gratifying to see the new version, under a new name and presumably under new management as well. The place was packed, yet we were shown to our reserved table without delay. Unfortunately, we were seated next to a table of people who tried to outdo each other with shrieks every so often that conversation became impossible. After they left, a more serene atmosphere was evident. The food was well prepared and served. We had steak tartare and buttersquash soup as appetizers, and roasted grouper and fish and chips for main courses. The desserts were fruit/chocolate based. This restaurant's version of these classic dishes was superb in all respects, and as a matter fact, the best in their categories in Sarasota. Prices were reasonable. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Each Experience Better than the First
    Lillyq
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    This was my 3rd visit to Roast and again I was thrilled with my meal and service. Everything was fresh, well presented and delicious. Roast is definitely one of my favorite Sarasota Restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique decor and great food.
    Joanne
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We enjoyed our first visit to Roast - food, wine and ambiance were wonderful. We were seated upstairs near the bar, so it was a bit loud for a romantic dinner. I require a gluten-free diet and there were plenty of options; however, our server did not specify the my order had to be gluten-free and my soup arrived with croutons. I quickly received a new bowl of soup sans croutons. We will definitely dine at Roast again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nancy
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Roast is located in a historic building that has a beautiful outdoor eating area as well as a charming in side. It is located near the Sarasota Opera House, and so was a great choice for dinner before the performance. My husband is gluten and dairy free. The staff was most helpful in helping him select items that would meet his dietary needs. He was able to select delicious food, and we both enjoyed every mouthful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and location
    DelaneyK
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Food was excellent and the location is handy for anyone wanting a nice dinner before the opera which is located just around the corner. When one of our party wanted an ingredient left off her salad, we were informed that the chef doesn't allow any changes. Hmmmm.... Overall, it was a great dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    It was our 1st time to Roast. We went there to celebrate our anniversary! The food was fab! Service was fantastic! I wish I would have listened to our server on his recommendation for a bottle of wine. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Martin
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    While the food was very good,we were seated upstairs where it was particularly noisy,apparently because rain prevented outdoor seating
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We were pleased with our dinner at Roast but were very disappointed that our reservation seemed to have disappeared. It was made on line and we'd had numerous confirmations along with a phone call on the day of our dinner confirming everything once again. Then, on arriving, there was no reservation but they did find us a good table. The food was very good, comfort food and the service was very attentive. We will return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow
    MarshaKVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    From soup to duck, from beet salad to the pot roast...., enjoyed every mouthful. The service was also excellent- low key and pleasant.The look is easy on the eye and quite eclectic . Will definetly schedule a return engagement. Thanks for a lovely evening .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A terrific evening
    Dinnerfor2
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Roast is located in a beautiful building in downtown Sarasota. I believe it was once an antique store and still has its former elegance. It has a wonderful relaxing feel when you enter the inside with an old fashioned dark wood bar. There is a quaint outside dining area as well. The whole place seemed cozy and inviting. The food was very enjoyable and unique. The quality of service was absolutely outstanding. The servers were attentive without spoiling the conversation going on at the table. They knew their menu well and never was there any rush to be done. A very relaxing evening. The Pot Roast was recommended and turned out to be a great choice. The crusted salmon was outstanding as well. We plan to return for another great evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great menu, good food
    ClassicDiner
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    With everything that is done right, one wonders why the background music is often not in the background and sometimes not even conducive music for the menu. Service and food preparation are reliably good. Still the same interesting menu, though it may be time to change it a bit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always excellent food.
    P424
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    The food, as always, was excellent on our recent visit. Service tho was was almost cloying. He didn't listen to us or give any indication that he wanted to do anything other than finish the sentences he started. Luckily the creative menu, lovely setting and outstanding food are what will bring us back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    Jwhitcomb
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Love love love. So happy we stumbled across this gem
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What?
    Reggie
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Waiter was very knowledgable about the menu. He was a bit over the top with compliments to the ladies, felt phoney. We are there for a good meal not to have our ego massaged. Also, don't care for the "Florida" water poured from Voss like bottles. Still tastes awful!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Toast to Roast
    joyfulVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Four of us dined on a recent Friday evening in the beautifully lit outdoor garden at Roast. The service was friendly and professional. We sat, ate and chatted and were not rushed. Three of us had the grouper accompanied by fresh summer vegetables. We all enjoyed our choice. One party had the crusted salmon which was flaky and grilled perfectly. All in all a perfect evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • pleasantly surprised
    Lovefinedine
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Went on a Saturday night and thought it was very nice. Our waiter Ray was very energetic and we ordered what he thought was great, the pot roast. Very good. Then we ordered the dessert he recommended and it was fantastic. We ate outside with no bugs. The music could have been better but not bad. We always ask the wait staff whats good at any restaurant, and usually order what they think. That was a good decision here. thanks Ray
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Worth another look
    Kayc
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We had a wonderful experience here this past weekend. Our first two trips to this restaurant after they had recently opened we found the food to be quite good but the service very sketchy. We decided to give it another try and were so glad we did. Our waiter, James, could not have been better - a foodie himself, his passion for both the food and the chef was infectious - and all proved to be spot on. We can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • srqdining
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    My wife enjoyed roast salmon, and wedge salad described as the best ever. I ordered the pot roast and it was very good. All items on the menu left me wanting to return to try them. I think the roast scallops will be my choice on next visit. Wonderful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    LivetodineVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    It couldn't be better.....service was exceptional. Food was creative and there was something for everyone even the picky diners.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great lunch experience
    Gill
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Very good food and selections. Waiter knowledgable and excellent serive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delightful al fresco dining
    SRQKraftiGal
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Roast has fabulous food and we enjoyed dining in their outdoor patio. Our complaint is that our waiter seemed to be having some problems remembering things and when we were ready to leave and wanted our bill, he was inside and my husband had to go in and find him - and this at a time when it was not busy. Additionally, we discovered later that not only did we pay for our dinner, but our friend who accompanied us was also charged and paid for our dinner. So, while I would go back for the food, I would definitely refuse to be served by that waiter. On the positive side, their toffee pudding dessert is a must try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Impressed
    ejd77VIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Reading the reviews I expected somewhat better service and food, definitely not so. A/C seemed to be on the fritz, hot, hot, hot (and not in a good way). Ok so maybe that's not their fault, but still....Received warm tap water, now normally I don't even like ice in my water but this was awful! Drinks were not very good, Cosmo tasted like unsweetened lemonade! All in all, not a great experience!
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nema
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I must say the service was very attentive and helpful. The mulligatawny soup was hearty. The pork sliders were very nice. The tandoori chicken was tender. A side of smashed potatoes was tasty and buttery. Roast is in a charming building with a history of good food on the site. The wines by the glass were pricey and we did not order any.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Choice
    Hitch
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    With so many fine restaurants in and around Sarasota, we are pleased to say this is one of them. The wonderful experience started with a call to confirm our reservation and noting that the outdoor seating we requested may be affected by mosquitoes over the last week... but they weren't in evidence when we arrived. The entire meal was excellent, the server was friendly and professional, and she was very patient with us--outstanding customer service! We dined on 10/3/14 and will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Roast is the Roast of sarasota
    dining4mypleasure
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    1st time .....Everything was excellent!!!! my only beef (no pun intended) When I booked the reservation thru Open Table, I stated it was my 23rd wedding anniversary, requested a window seat and had a show at 8pm (6pm reservation). When we arrived, we were sat in the corner, furthest from the window, no mention of the wedding anniversary and just barely got out to get to the show. Communication break down....food, service, location will make me come back again...YES I will recommend this place
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at Roast
    Pim50
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    My husband & I love to try new restaurants instead of always relying on our old standbys. Thought Roast would be something different, but it was a total disappointment. Food was mediocre at best. The server was the only nice thing about our Roast experience. Not returning.
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  • Lovely neighborhood restaurant
    rudytootie
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Roast is a perfect addition to the downtown restaurant scene. Food is excellent, you can get smaller portions, as we usually do, as well as a full meal. Service was very good. Fish and Chips best I have had since England! We like Roast because it is not too stuffy, wonderful choice on menu, and near all the theaters and opera house.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden Gem
    slbee
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    You MUST try this place. The food is always outstanding and there are many enticing options on the menu that it's so hard to choose! Great date night spot. Always great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dining Experience
    ChefA
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    From start to finish - from the confirmation phone call - friendly and accommodating staff- thoughtful food - craft cocktails and warm ambience - awesome dining experience and will be a regular stop when visiting
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A tEat here!
    FLSunshineGirl
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The menu is interesting, with a few classics and wonderful new tastes and combinations. Lots of choices, and even a delicious group of small plates. The staff is excellent and well versed in menu items and preparation which helps guide you through some hard choices of what to order. Wines selection is good with a nice variety of wines available by the glass. They also have a price fix 3 course meal that varies from month to month. And the desserts are worth the trip. The second floor has a bar from the 1920’s, comfortable chairs and a great place to gather amid lovely wood and stained glass doors and panels. Convenient to the FL studio Theatre and the Opera House.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Slow Service
    georgeVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Although the food is good the service was quite slow and we have been to the restaurant several times. There was a good 20 to 25 minute delay between clearing our appetizer dishes and receiving our entrees. When the Opera season starts this will not be tolerable.
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