Rosa Mexicano - San Francisco
Rosa Mexicano - San Francisco

Rosa Mexicano - San Francisco

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rosamexicano.com/
  • Phone: 4158744300x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am-2:30pm

    Dinner: Monday -Thursday 5:30pm-10:00pm

    Dinner: Friday - Saturday 5:30pm-11:00pm

    Happy Hour: Monday - Saturday 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    *Closed on Sunday
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Contemporary Mexican
  • Executive Chef: David Suarez
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Regardless of your party size, Rosa Mexicano is the perfect venue to offer your guests a creative, upscale experience. We offer a full range of catering options: buffet stations, pre fixe menus, family style menus, passed hors d"ouvres, etc. We also offer off-premise catering for groups of all sizes. Please contact SFteam@rosamexicano.com at 415.874.4300.
  • Entertainment: We offer three TVs in the bar area. On special occasions, we frequently have guest musicians and/or mariachis to heighten the festive atmosphere. Please contact the restaurant directly with questions.
  • Special Events: HAPPY HOUR AT CANTINA BAR | DAILY, 4-7 pm
    Half-price select cocktails and appetizers will make you very happy for much more than an hour.

    FESTIVAL DE HELADOS | JULY 31-AUG 24
    Desserts inspired by classic savory dishes such as guacamole, tamales and empanadas, and paired with handmade ice creams and sorbets infused with Mexican flavors ranging from prickly pear to chili-spiced chocolate.



Getting there

  • Cross Street: Steuart Street
  • Public Transit: BART/Muni Embarcadero Station, California Street Trolley line or Historic Market Street Railine (F-Line). 14-Mission Muni Line.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking garages and street parking (metered).
A word from Rosa Mexicano - San Francisco
In 1984, Rosa Mexicano set a new standard for Mexican cuisine when it first opened in New York City. Playing a leading role in defining what was then a "new" cuisine to American diners, Rosa Mexicano delivers authentic Mexican cooking in an accessible, stylishly festive atmosphere. Rosa Mexicano"s menu features a range of award-winning signature dishes, including our Guacamole en Molcajete, prepared in a traditional lava rock mortar. Described by Time Out New York as "green ecstasy in a stone bowl," it is prepared table side and served with house made chips, warm corn tortillas and condiment salsas. Rosa Mexicano is also known for the Frozen Pomegranate Margarita, as well as the stylish and festive ambiance that includes our dramatic 15 ft. water wall.
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Rosa Mexicano - San Francisco reviews from OpenTable diners
119 reviews since May 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (64)great for lunch (57)fit for foodies (33)great for outdoor dining (30)vibrant bar scene (27)special occasion (27)neighborhood gem (25)hot spot (15)romantic (14)great for brunch (11)late-night find (7)kid-friendly (6)scenic view (3)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • Disappointing
    CrunchLunchFan
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I used to really like Rosa Mexicano and came here often. But they no longer have the Lunch Crunch option (a little soup, a little guac, a small taco and flan), which was my favorite. A lot of variety and not too much of anything. This time a friend and I each ordered soup (still good) and quesadillas to share (just okay). The restaurant wasn't crowded but the service wasn't very good, and they brought us the wrong quesadillas. Nothing major, but disappointing all the same. I just didn't enjoy it and don't think I'll be going back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's all about the guac
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    This table-side guacamole service is fabulous; easy to load up on chips and skip the entree. But don't, because the fish tacos are worth skipping the appetizer. Happy hour is a great deal and if alcohol isn't your thing the watermelon water, agua fresca, is delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service and atmosphere
    MelissaVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The entire wait staff was great. We felt very well taken care of throughout the evening. We asked if we could stay at our table and chat longer and they were very accomadating. Unfortunately, the food wasn't good. We were both disappointed and my friend left half a plate. Still, if you are n the neighborhood, grabbing a cocktail and a botana might not be a bad idea.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The guacamole is too die for. Probably the best I have had in quite sometime. Ask for them to make it extra spicy you won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tough to make mexican fancy
    ListentoAndyVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Wait staff was confused and delayed. Considering the restaurant was only 50% full this was a bit disappointing. It took 20 minutes to have appetizers served, and then entrees followed to quickly leaving a bulk of things on the table. Fish and Chicken were not favorites at the table but the pork was fabulous. Not too bad, but not a place to take someone you were trying to impress.
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  • Blech
    JoeindamissionVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Great location. Great guacamole. Really blaaaahhhh food. I got the 'tres enchiladas' and I could only eat the cheese enchilada. None of us (four in total) liked our entres. Appetizers were good. Beautiful people. Bad food.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Guac!
    sarahd
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The best place for Guacamole! Made at the table, delicious. Staff are fabulous. Will be back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great 1st Anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My husband and I had a lovely lunch date for our 1st year wedding anniversary. The staff were so kind and welcoming and the food was awesome!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor service, great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food at Rosa's is really, really, good. We 4 had the veggie taco, the short ribs, the enchiladas, and the steak fajita (or taco...can't remember). Everyone loved each dish. The guacamole, made table-side was wonderful, maybe the best I've had. And the desserts were generous and delicious. But the server got every single phase of the meal wrong, failed to bring iced tea (We had to remove it from the bill) got the margarita orders wrong, the guacamole order wrong and the entrée order wrong. Seriously. At each step of the way he and the staff were polite, apologetic, etc. So no problem with attitude, they were professional and friendly. Just got most things wrong. It was weird.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Has become way overpriced...
    FlyerVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Rosa has become way overpriced. We paid $65 for lunch and we shared a meal and had one margarita each. The drink glasses were small and not very good. I used to like this brand. I will not be going back.
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  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Great place for a group, or even for 2, Happy Hour price deals, very friendly staff, everybody were helpful and attentive. Food was good a little overpriced for Mexican food, but worth it for a special occasion. Drinks were good, strong and the happy hour prices are great and a wide selection of Tequila. Front house staff were friendly and accommodating. Only issue was the restrooms, no toilet paper and no paper towels in the ladies.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I had a great lunch with coworkers
    SFfoodie
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The day before our team meeting my coworkers wanted to talk about where we should go and have lunch the next day. I'm on Rosa's email list and thought it would be a great place to have lunch as a group. It was a fabulous place! We all loved our food and drinks but absolutely loved the guacamole! Thanks!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Mexican Food!
    NanceVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Rosa Mexicano has the best Mexican food in the area and the drinks are delicious as well. I would recomment to anyone in the neighborhood or if you need a quick spot for a business lunch this place is ideal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    Cath
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The food was ourstanding, and the service and staff were very friendly and helpful.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive mexican food
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Pricey for quesadillas and fish tacos -$15 each at lunch. I won't return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice surprise!
    TiffyPops
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    First time at Rosa Mexicano - my friends and I had it on our list to try out. We took a friend there for her birthday and we found it to be very nice! We enjoyed the décor and ambiance - the restaurant is a lot bigger inside than it looks on the outside. The hostess and servers were really nice. We each had the 3 item pre fixe - I had empanadas for the starter, fish tacos for entrée, dessert was churros with a chocolate dip - everything was great! Service in the beginning was good, but slowed a little during the meal... but the restaurant was pretty busy. All in all, a really nice lunch enjoyed by all of us. We'd come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinner experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    My husband and I had a delicious dinner at the SFO restaurant! We actually had the guacamole and I had the salmon. I know one doesn't usually think of fish at a Mexican restaurant, and it was fabulous! The black beans were creamy and we loved the ambience. It was a wonderful dinner!!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    Karen2845
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This was my first visit to Rosa Mexicano and it exceeded my expectations! The restaurant is lively, the menu has something for everyone, and the tableside guacamole was delicious! Friendly and courteous wait staff: they explained the menu, offered suggestions and were attentive to our needs. We were very pleased with overall service and will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food
    ClaimsTeam5
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    We were a party of 5. First, the guacamole was excellent and the best item on the menu. Two of us really liked what was ordered. One was carnitas tacos and a chicken dish (can't remember the name). Those two dishes were very good. Two of us ordered the Chili Releno. We both hated it. It was dry and stuffed with rice and no cheese that we could see. The actual chili was hard, almost raw and didn't seem cooked completely. The batter around the chili was hard and dry. There was very little sauce on the plate under the chili releno. Neither one of us was able to finish it. The 5th order was a steak quesadilla which had very little cheese and the person that had ordered it had asked for medium rare and it was well done.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and Fireworks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    It's my favorite place at New Years and 4th of july when I come to town from LA!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great bar scene, so so food
    mamakeest
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Ambience is great, bar scene was lively. Dinner was mediocre, heavy cheese on chicken, no flavor. Steak looked good but tasted like charcoal. however the churros were amazing! go for a drink or the churros but elsewhere to eat.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Dining Experience
    pammy
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    It was my third visit to Rosa Mexicano. The moment my guest and I entered in the doors everyone was very friendly and pleasant. On my third dining experience one of my guest had never been to the restaurant and by the time we left she said she would definitely return for another for another dining experience. Food and service was awesome as always! I anticipate my fourth dining experience soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food. Great Service.
    Lulu
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Food: Started with the made to order at your table guacamole- absolutely fantastic and great smoked chipotle and green salsa on the side! Ceviche tacos were the best tacos of the night. If you like truffle oil you'll love these! We had the shrimp tacos and carnitas tacos for dinner with mexican style corn on the cobb. The corn was delicious but the shrimp and pork tacos were kind of bland in flavor. THE CHURROS!!- Best I've ever had. Would go back just for these. SERVICE: Impeccable. The gentleman who made our guacamole was so friendly and our server gave GREAT recommendations specifically with our tequila flight. Shared stories about the history of tequila and was very informative and entertaining. Great ambiance too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As good as it gets!
    AlaMexicana
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    This is one of the best Mexican restaurants in the Bay and definitely top in San Francisco. The pomegranate margaritas are the bomb and that table side prepared guacamole will send you through the roof.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gilt City Offer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We used our Gilt City offer. The food was delicious and we were quite full by the end that we did not finish dessert. Thank you for hosting a great deal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Stick with tacos skip the salads
    Foodie618
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    then you will enjoy your meal if you stay with the house specials... the guacamole table side is a treat and must have. However, don't dine here for lunch if you are in a hurry... wait for entrees can take a long time even when they are not so busy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Experience
    jasvirk
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    went for second wedding anniversary dinner and it was very special
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The food was good. Our server was not attentive and we often had to flag him down in order to order more drinks or refills on our water.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a Date or Group Dining
    FabSF
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    My new office team treated me to a welcome lunch on Fri. 6/13/14 and we had a wonderful. Our head count increased by 3 people which was more then the original reservation was for. The hostesses and wait staff quickly added an additional table and had all of us seated in less than 5 minutes. Our watress was freindly, fast and knowledgable about the menu as well as what types of ingredients were used. The table side guacamole preparation was made quickly and the end result was enjoyed by everyone. Only positive comments on our individual meals and everyone was happy and full when we left. I plan on going back and felt it was an all around great experience. Being located a 2 blocks away from my office and the Ferry Building is perfect.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kaceeham
    kaceeham
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Great spot for birthday dinner with friends. Fun, festive atmosphere, table side guac = yum. Portions were perfectly sized, we all got tacos and enjoyed them.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!!
    Posey12VIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Loved our server. He recommended some great drinks and entrees. The fish tacos were a hit.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Groups
    CompanyLunches
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    7 of us from the office went to lunch here. They had the table ready and they service was fast. Food was excellent. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Guacamole a hit!
    Blue01
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Good was good but a little pricey. Service not too good. Took so long to get food that I had to get some to go as we were headed Giants game and was there over hour. Never got my Shrimp Ceviche and was charged! Guacamole was awesome!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Disappointing Experience
    plongwalkingsVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Service was incredibly slow. Waiter continually disappeared. Had to ask the busser serveral times to have our waiter come back to our table. It took at least 20 minutes for two Iced Teas to arrive. The food arrived after a 40 minute wait, and one dish arrived cold. Before making the reservation I noted reviews which also described the slow service. I thought certainly after seeing these reviews, the management would have rectified this complaint. We went in with a fresh expectation for good food and at least reasonably timely service. Unfortunately, the long wait, the continual disappearance of our waiter, and food arriving cold only confirmed previous reviews. What can one say about a restaurant which apparantly just doesn't care?
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  • Great meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Had great food and great service. Loved the guacamole bowls.
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Busy Place, Slow Service
    YummyInMyTummyVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Seated quickly, but with no menus. Once we had menus, it was another long wait to order. From the time we were seated, to the time we got our food was almost 40 minutes. Had to eat quickly to make a meeting. 1 hour lunch is not long enough if you don't want to rush.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awkward service
    Libby
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Making a reservation was difficult. I reserved for 6 people originally, then 4 more wanted to come. Can't do through OT; called resto. Can't do it with front desk; have to email "catering manager" who was not there at the time. My email bounced back. Called again. Finally got it changed. Then, when we got there, service was similar: waiter was inattentive and slow. Food was nice, though, and if you don't mind a l-o-n-g lunch, it's great.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty Food-Financial District
    RdtheWrldTrvlerVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Overall excellent food. Quite pricey for Mexican esp if you are an SF native who frequents the Mission but the quality is high and very fresh. Service was fine and friendly - though inconvenient i.e. you can't order happy hour stuff and then sit down to dinner and add that to your whole check. You have to close out the check for happy hour and then start another bill inside. A hassle and not customer friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bring back the crunch lunch!
    CrunchLunchFan
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    The food, service and ambiance at Rosa Mexicana is great. I think I eat here almost once a month and my favorite meal has been the crunch lunch. You get (well, you DID get) a nice assortment of their specialties: a little guacamole, a small cup of soup, a taco and flan. No more! The $19 two-course is both too much food and not enough variety. This has been my go-to place in the neighborhood since they opened, but if there's no crunch lunch, I'm not as interested.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd Visit in a Month
    SFMomOf2VIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Took a friend out to lunch to Rosa Mexicano. We were promptly seated at the time of our reservations. Waiter was attentive and friendly. There was a delay with our food and everyone else's when the restaurant was experiencing problems with their grill. So, the wait time on our food was longer than usual. Overall, the food and service has been great each time I've visited. It's a great place for a nice lunch or special occasion.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate