Roost Café and Bistro
Roost Café and Bistro

Roost Café and Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.roostcafeandbistro.com/
  • Phone: 2073630266
  • Hours of Operation:
    WINTER Hours: Breakfast: Thursday & Friday: 8:00am - 11:30am; Brunch:Sunday: 8:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Thursday & Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Wednesday - Sunday: 5:00pm to closing


    SUMMER Hours - Open Daily 8am to 11:30 Breakfast, and 11:30 to 3pm for Lunch/Brunch (Breakfast all day till 3 PM)
    Light Fare and Dinner 3 PM to 9:PM (or close)
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French / American, Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Chef Christopher Godfrey
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Off-site catering available for up to 150 persons. Menus are custom designed with the imput of the client, from a BBQ to Passed Hors d'oeuvres and plated meals.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private Room for up to 30 persons. Rehearsal dinners, showers, training sessions, board meetings
  • Private Party Contact: Rob Pinkham 2073630266
  • Special Events: Private Dining room upstairs for up to 25 people for showers,rehearsal dinners, birthdays, breakfast meeting, training sessions, Holiday parties.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ledge Road
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Roost Café and Bistro
A warm and welcoming Cafe and Bistro where our philosophy is hand-crafted, a la minute entrees and appetizers that are exquisite, yet affordable. We pride ourselves on classical cooking techniques with contemporary flavors and creations that are perfect for a bistro. O
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Roost Café and Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
86 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (48)romantic (43)special occasion (37)neighborhood gem (36)great for brunch (23)vibrant bar scene (21)good for groups (13)great for lunch (10)notable wine list (8)kid-friendly (5)hot spot (4)great for outdoor dining (2)late-night find (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Always Wonderful!
    DRHOPS
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Aldo and Rob are the perfect hosts for this gem in Ogunquit, Maine. The food and ambiance is always wonderful! Love this restaurant which is a great favorite of mine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Formerly from Napa CA
    kerry
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The wait staff were very friendly and efficient. We were seated immediately. The food was excellent, though we felt there were maybe too many eclectic combinations on the menu. We had the special of the day, which did not disappoint. The restaurant's own parking lot made this less of a chore than other restaurants in the area. We loved the table linens and the rustic but refined vibe to the decor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just what we were looking for.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Don't believe the bad reviews. My husband and I were in town for a romantic evening, saw this and decided to try it - we made a good choice. The service - very personal, the drinks - unbelievable, the food - excellent, the atmosphere - just what we were looking for. We ate at one of the high top tables in the bar for a little excitement. Saw strangers making friends, saw old friends seeing old friends, just a great atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding, again!
    DowntownBobVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We had drinks at the vibrant bar, expertly made cocktails, and a pleasant attentive staff of 3 bartenders. We each had a daily special, coriander encrusted cod with white beans, kale and carrots, and broiled scallops with lobster ravioli in a light cream sauce with lobster meat! Both were amazing! This was our 5th visit to Roost and we will be back again next time we're back to Ogunquit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Carol55
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We first found the Roost 3 years ago and make it a point to go back at least once in the summer and then again it the winter. Every time we walk in Rob, the owner greats us as though we had been there every night of the week. In this hectic, busy world it is a special treat to be remembered as though we were long lost friends. We ask to be seated at a high top table in the bar because it reminds us of the original restaurant in York and we like the small intimate feel. the food as always was wonderful, the waiter attentive without being overbearing, Rob stopped by twice to make sure that everything was to our liking. It's truly a great place to eat and be social. We can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great martinis and food!
    TaraVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Roost is listed as French, but is really more French by decor than anything else. That's not a knock against it, just a point of information and actually a nice feature of the menu. The cuisine is a diverse mix of upscale cafe dishes, and there are a couple of options that reflect one of the owner's Cuban (if I recall correctly) heritage. The martinis were mixed perfectly, the salmon was delicious, and the flan--aaaah! Perfect experience, and worth the short walk away from the main drag.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had the catch of the day (scallops) that were excellent. We sat in the bar section that was a bit noisy. But the outstanding food and service made it a perfect night for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love Roost
    ogttravelerVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Roost has become our "go to" place in Ogunquit. We are always greeted warmly at the door by Rob, one of the owners. The menu has a lot of diversity and all of the entrees have a special twist to them that make them very unique. The food is well prepared and well presented. If it is just the two of us, we love to sit at the bar for dinner and are well served by Carson. When we have friends or family with us, we enjoy the excellent service in the dining room. Roost is always a great experience and one of the few locations in Ogunquit with parking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful find
    7Top
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We were thrilled to find this adorable spot -- clearly a local favorite, given how well the host seemed to know many people who walked in. The service was extremely attentive, the food was fresh and delicious. We were a party of seven, including three young children. While there is no kids menu, they made it clear that they would accommodate us by making "whatever" the kids wanted -- burgers, pasta, etc. A great evening out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I Love This Restaurant
    DRHOPS
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This is a wonderful restaurant with great hospitality and food choices. Aldo and Rob are wonderful hosts. The best in Ogunquit!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lots of Choices
    AlanKitteryVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    They have two menu - bar and regular plus specials for the day. We shared a Calamari appetizer. My spouse had the Gnocchi Bolognese which was a delicious generous portion with lots of meat and cheese. I had a special for the day - Fried Cod Fish cakes on a bed of greens.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • apricot fish
    jamesbVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Roost has nice decor and ambiance. Attentive service.... however.... the owners need to invest in better quality ingredients and better training of chefs. one example - overly sweet apricot dressing on salad with cod cakes? And more flour than cod in the cakes? Low quality sun dried tomatoes and olives with salad - must be value bulk purchase. Anyway - potential is there.
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  • A special night in Ogunquit
    Jena16
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The food is amazing! I have eaten almost everywhere in Ogunquit and this is by far one of the best for a very special evening. The service was also perfect. The only disappointing thing was that when we arrived, the restaurant was empty except for a table (family and two kids) and they wanted to seat us right next to the family. We asked to be seated in a quieter section of the restaurant and they said the tables were "reserved" - a bit strange, but it ended up being fine. The cocktails were fantastic!! Best martinis ever!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Roost was good
    Briana
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food was above average, the service was good and the ambiance was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic x3 on our vacation
    rcs249VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We were looking for a restaurant that had a few gluten-free options and found information about Roos on Findmeglutenfree.com. I'd heard some good things about Roost, but I have to say that I wasn't anticipating such a great dining experience. We had dinner there one night and found the service to be excellent, the food absolutely fantastic and there wasn't even one morsel left on any of our plates. Most items on their menu are either GF or can be made GF, and their GF roll was like a dense small popover and was the best GF roll we've ever had. We then had two breakfasts there and our experience was just as wonderful. My daughter actually said that she could eat every meal there because it was a great menu with great food. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Food was excellent!!!! Excellent menu choices are available and atmosphere relaxing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Missed Opportunity
    xfighterpilot
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We were very much looking forward to dining here, and the location plus curb appeal did not disappoint. The restaurant is also very nicely and warmly decorated inside with nice touches like antique screen dividers between some tables to enhance privacy. Unfortunately the server was not up to par for such a place... Not nearly friendly or warm or attentive enough, and they were not so busy on a Tue night to have been an issue. The "catch of the day" was a seafood pasta for a first for all four of us (instead of something actually "caught" and pan seared or broiled), and other seafood items were not available (apparently they didn't get their shipment in the heart of tourist season). The food we had was prepared well and wine offerings ok.
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  • Charming!
    AmyBVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Though I was no little stressed when first looking over the menu as I lean toward vegetarian or fish-I ended up loving everything we ate. Gnocchi appetizer with lobster was delicious as well as the best black bean soup I have ever had! The pad Thai was unique and super flavorful and the beet salad was yummy...but my favorite bite might have been the mushroom and artichoke app...it had some heat to it! Even the special dessert we ordered...which they had run out of...had our waiter offering to combine two other desserts to make us happy and it worked! I would definitely recommend this charming spot to anyone in the area!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding - don't miss it.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    My wife and I were celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary. We went for dinner. It was so good, we came back for breakfast. The food is simple and excellent. The atmosphere is romantic and charming. And the waitstaff was exceptional. Roost is not to be missed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Good start but
    Fooddoc
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We have eaten here twice. Once for brunch and once for anniversary. The first major issue is service. For the brunch we waited over an hour to be served. The food in general was good wirh crem brulee french toast being the winner. Second time for our anniversary dinner. No special treaent for anniversary. Bread never arrived. Gnocchi appetizer was good but vegetable tempura and the seafood-pasta special was mediocre. Service was unattentive other than rushing us out, despite many empty tables. We gave a second chance because of proximity of our hotel and because of some interesting dishes at brunch but not coming back. Not a very well managed place and lacks consistency.
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  • Disappointed
    Hkatman
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    First off. The waitress had an edge to her. Then she served us the wrong appettizers. The appettizers were very good. She overstated that the fries were unique. They were not. The Pad Thai was so so and the steak tips came out way undercooked but after sending back were very tasty
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  • Roost-the Place to Eat in Ogunquit!
    FunFoodie
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    This was my 4th time dining at Roost. Last summer, the dinner with my family was so amazing that I went back for another dinner and for brunch on our last day in Ogunquit. All dining experiences were top notch & I was thrilled to return with my family to celebrate my Mom's 73rd birthday. Needless to say, we were not disappointed! The highlights of our meals, aside from our interaction with the wonderful owners, Rob and Aldo, were the New England Clam Chowder, Crab Cakes and the Mussels appetizers and the Gnocchi Bolognese and mojo Cuban Pork (one of Aldo's family recipes) entrees. The entire staff helped me choose delectable, mouthwatering chocolate bomb which was thoroughly enjoyed by all!!! Eat here - you will NOT be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • RichP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Superb food and extremely attentive service. The cod special was truly unusual. The service was excellent and understated, as it should be!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great find in Ogunquit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Glancing through reviews, Roost got mostly positive comments with an occasional quite negative one - we decided to go see for ourselves, and were quite happy we did. Lovely place, certainly more spacious than would appear from outside, nicely decorated, tables well-spaced, noise level allows for conversation - a very pleasant ambience. Friendly waitstaff, went out of their way to accommodate requests (and we had a few, as there were two kids in our group). Good beer list. Dinner quite good - my roasted cod special nicely prepared, others happy with their meals. We were happy enough to return for brunch a few days later - also a winner, with large variety of egg dishes, pancakes/french toast, veggies, sides. Will certainly return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic
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  • Yummy for GF Diners too
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I had the best GF fried fish ever! All of my family members, not GF, also loved their meals. Awesome food and atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional Service
    Luvtoeat
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Our waiter Jim was one of the best we have ever had. Seating was specific for our family group and ambiance was great. Food was fantastic and gluten free menu was extensive right down to the beer.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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  • Roost delivered a great meal
    bbtsunami
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    While in the area for an anniversary weekend my wife and I dined at Roost for dinner after checking out the menu while walking by earlier in the day. My wife struck out as they did not have the steak tips that were on the menu. Apparently a supplier delivered the wrong thing. She had a pork special but with the truffle fries from the steak tips she had craved. A standout was the chicken liver appetizer. The beet salad was excellent as well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unfulfilled Anticipation
    NewRoDiner
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    After other reviews we had read, we so wanted to love this place. But menu is more limited than expected and experience was off from moment we were seated in front of a fireplace that would not have been used in July. Server came to our table and there was undeniable smoky odor. If server didn't just have a cigarette before starting his shift, then he was standing next to some food smoker for too long. Kept addressing my 60 y/o wife as the young lady. It was not flattering, just dumb. Veggie tempura appetizer came out beautiful and generous. But soy dipping sauce was inedible. Server replaced with Thai chili sauce, much better. Server warned jerk salmon main was on sweet side. Felt like I was eating cinnamon bun, not like any jerk in NY.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • A special place
    nickcharlesVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We eat here every year when we are in Ogunquit. Every year it is excellent. The salads are all excellent and are a large portion. The Cuban pork is flavorful and an excellent entrée choice. The clam chowder was full bodied and had wonderful seasoning. The Roost will remain a favorite of ours each year. The service is always attentive and friendly.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Consistant Good Dining
    AlanKitteryVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Eclectic menu. Entre's with special preparations. Worth broadening your tastes. Varied portion sizes.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfection
    Mmmmm
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Elegant yet personable service. Excellent and interesting food. Delicious from starters to dessert. Gluten free options abound. A perfect place for a pretheater dinner. Highly recommend.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • Excellent
    teampamandpaulVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    During a recent four-night stay in Ogunquit we enjoyed our dinner at Roost Café and Bistro so much that we went back again. We especially enjoyed the beet salad, the honey-jerk glazed salmon, and the Cuban pork from the regular menu, plus a lobster special that was available one night. Roost Café is a very worthy successor to 98 Provence.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our New Favorite!!!!
    Aivelira
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We have never even noticed this place honestly I think we thought it was someone's home... But then I saw the reviews on Opentable and could not resist making a reservation for dinner. Let me tell you dinner was FABULOUS so we returned for breakfast the next morning which was AMAZING as well. We highly recommend this hidden beauty : ) Also the music was SO lovely - very impressive.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great experience
    ogttravelerVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We love the Roost and always make it one of our stops while we are in Ogunquit.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • 2nd Visit - Yum!
    Shelly
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    My husband & I had dinner at the Roost during the 4th of July weekend (2014). I ordered the fig/cheese appetizer and was pleasantly surprised. I had the North Atlantic Cod which was delicious! My husband order lobster over linguine. He opted for a red sauce b/c he can't eat butter. The sauce was a bit heavy but tasty. He liked my dish better. I ordered a drink from the bar which took some time getting but worth the wait - it was crisp and refreshing. Our waiter was friendly and attentive. This is our 2nd visit (was there last summer) and I will definitely be back. Great food - lovely surroundings inside and out!:)
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • MW1212
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The food was very good but the service was probably one of the worst experiences I have ever had. (And I am very easy going and not that picky!) From our arrival for our reservation and not seated for 15 mins when empty tables abounded, to being told there were not enough menus so they would seat us without them, to being told how one bartender is great but the other, "not so good" and we were lucky to have gotten the "good one", to being given another table's bill to pay!! The whole front of house was in complete and utter disarray. Everyone was pleasant so it wasn't about being ignored, it felt like it was opening night and no one knew what to do. I hope they pull it together because the food was quite good with many GF options.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Everything was great except the food... Although the menu was interesting the food was just not good. Lack of seasoning and just pretty bland.
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  • excellent service and food
    Tizzy
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Very clean. The bar area was friendly and vibrant. The restaurant is decorated tastefully. Our server was very knowledgeable and friendly. The food choices were varied. I noticed almost every choice could be made gluten free which is important in our family. Our three meals were excellent. Meat, pork, fish - all delicious! Will recommend to friends & family. Our choice for brunch, lunch or dinner!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at Roost
    KLG1
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Entertained two friends. Good food, particularly enjoyed calimari -delightfully light breading-, clam chowder, blackbean soup. Truffled fries and chips on fish and chips were only lukewarm. Coconut flan and brownie sundae ( wonderfully crunchy brownie) were superb. A very large party in the private dining rm seemed to affect kitchen service, although our waitress was helpful and pleasant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    Hopeful
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    We love this place and have never had anything that was less than excellent. The service was wonderful. The chef's special, poached lobster, was amazing. My husband spilled his wine and the waiter immediately brought him another glass, no charge. The ambiance is charming with vintage tablecloths of all different patterns. I loved them in their old location, but this is even better.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate