Russet
Russet

Russet

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://russetphilly.com/
  • Phone: (215) 546-1521
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm;

    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Andrew Wood
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, BYO Liquor, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 15th and 16th
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Russet
An ingredient-driven BYOB restaurant dedicated to serving seasonally available local products with a focused, but constantly evolving menu reflecting the best meats and produce from our region.
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Russet reviews from OpenTable diners
135 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (95)neighborhood gem (71)romantic (70)special occasion (48)good for groups (21)great for brunch (15)hot spot (4)great for lunch (3)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Way too much salt
    stgeliz
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    3 of us had dinner at Russet on Saturday. Nice small restaurant feel. The #1 issue was the food which was over salted. This included both courses for all 3 of us. We had 2 pasta dishes, salmon and pork chops. Almost unbelievably they provided salt at the table for those who needed more. The room was loud but it was Saturday night so that's to be expected.
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  • Great food just steps from the Kimmel Center
    tomyenser
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We enjoyed a delicious meal before attending a Philadelphia Orchestra performance at the Kimmel Center. We were late arriving due to traffic on the Schuylkill Expressway, but we called from the car and the staff could not have been kinder or more accommodating. Our table was ready when we arrived (about 30 minutes late). We did not feel rushed, but we were pleased that we had plenty of time to get to our seats for the concert. The food was outstanding - delicious and interesting combinations of locally grown produce. The restaurant is BYOB, so we brought along a bottle of Cabernet which the staff was happy to decant for us. We would definitely visit again, especially if we have tickets to an event at one of the concert/theater venues nearby.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely BYOB with great first courses
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Russet was highly recommended to us as a great BYOB in Philly. We took our friends for a special celebration and were not disappointed. While everything was delicious, their first course pasta dishes were the highlight. The portions are small, but packed with flavor. The ravioli and duck ragu pici were personal favorites. The hands down best second course was the sea bass.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food, service very poor
    JSDC
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Really enjoyed the food at brunch at Russett: well-done eggs and pork, with a really nice chocolate dessert (the current menu on the website for brunch is out-of-date, or I'd list the exact items). The ambience is nice, also, in a lovely old rowhouse. The downside was the really terrible, effectively absent service. We arrived for brunch at 11 and left at 12:30. Of roughly 14 tables in the dining room, there were never more than 5 occupied including ours -- so this was definitely not a busy day. Nonetheless, coffee cups got empty & never refilled, more than 30 minutes passed between waitress visits, etc. I ate more quickly than my companion, and wanted to order something in addition to my main, but the waitress never showed up. A shame.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • high hopes but very disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    First off I was very excited about going to this resturant, from the street it looked cute and then come to find out its a farm to table place! The service was friendly and the menu looked great. After our amazing cheese plate was rushed by the waitress bringing out 1st course early, that's when it went down hill. The pate was chunky but tasted nice. The pumpkin ravioli was great. After being rushed, the 2nd course took 20 minutes to come out after we had finished the others. The scallops were watery and bland. The beef shoulder was tasty but salty. It was served with some type of cake that fell apart and became mush within mins. There was a beautiful green served with the beef which was lost under all the mush.
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  • salt was on the menu
    factotuminsync
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    A group of us had reservations after 8 pm on a recent Friday. We were promptly seated and noticed the place was bustling yet the ambiance was pleasant. Some of us had the same dishes, in this case duck breast and scallops. The consensus was as follows: both dishes were prepared well with the exception of the sauces. In each case, were saltier than needed. Maybe it was an isolated event because we would like to give it another chance given the establishment's reputation.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just meh.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    The food was just okay, and our server was very pleasant but seemed to forget about us tho we let her know we had a show to go to and had to watch the time...
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Gem
    dedinesout
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Second time dining here. Late arrival because of traffic delays. Informed the server that we had just a short time to enjoy our meal before leaving for concert. The service was excellent, with well timed arrivals of the two courses we had selected, and we were able to finish a delightful meal in time to make our concert. The food is so good that it is hard to find the right superlatives to describe it, so I won't even try. We will visit again.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Night
    MollDoll
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    We had a wonderful time at Russet to celebrate my sister's birthday. I love how small the place is and the decor is cozy and pleasing. We had three appetizers and couldn't agree which was best! My salmon was delicious and the duck fans at the table were impressed. I would definitely go back for another special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Every dish was prepared with great care. The seafood stew was delicious but the broth was on the salty side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, poor service
    ATHT
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We had lots of great food at Russet. They seemed to have booked too aggressively the night we were there--we had to wait 20 minutes for a table, had to wait another 15 just to get water, and then were pretty much on our own the rest of the night. We had to flag down our server for anything we wanted--she never checked in--and we waited way too long between courses.
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  • sublimeX4meVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We were a party of 4 looking forward to trying Russet for our first time. Our evening started out poorly. We were seated about 2 feet away from the doorway. Disappointment #1. There should not even be a table where we were seated. It was drafty and cold and people were looming over us waiting for their tables. The lights kept dimming because people were leaning against the dimmer switch waiting for a table. Our waitress had difficulty serving us in this location. The food, although good, was not great. I would not recommend this restaurant or return.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved Russet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    My friends took me here for my birthday and I loved it! There were 5 of us so we ordered all of the appetizers, most of the main courses, and all of the desserts to share. Every single dish was wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Excellent experience. Food was great but service topped all. Very collaborative staff. Food as good as what we have in San Francisco with service that is better
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good
    Mefz
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We love this place, it's our go to! My only complaint would be sometimes the service is pretty slow, but the food is so worth the wait!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Restaurant
    Milinho
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The food and service was fantastic. The pumpkin oarfait was delicious, as was the ricotta ravioli. Definitely a great spot for dates or dinner with friends.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Limited menu, but what they do is very good and the prices are excellent. Also BYOB
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • second time not a charm
    mbf6288VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Took some suburb friends to Russet this weekend. We all has first courses, mine was speck which was outstanding. others had speck and 2 pasta dishes. Entrees, 1 had pork chop and raved about it, 1 had the halibut and said it was great. The issue-the steaks. The waiter was over the top enthusiastic about it, and knowing the background of ownership, 2 of us ordered the steak the recommended Medium Rare. Steak was cooked correctly, but that's it. Large amount of fat and the steak was tough even though it was MR. I wasn't going to make a big deal about it, we were both frustrated. Decided that when waiter came by to check on how things were going, I would mention it. Waiter never came by. By check time we didn't bother. Disappointed
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  • go if you dont want choices
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Very charming spot but only 5 entrees to choose from which change daily. Waitress was unable to explain how each was prepared. Reservation was t 7:45. Sat immediately. We were a party of 4. 2 of the 4 ordered the steak. Waitress came back and said they only had one left. We took it. It was nothing but mouths full of FAT. Obviously they had tried to salvage the last portion they had in the kitchen to be able to sell...It should have been and was tossed after I sent it back. By the time my second choice of entrée came to me.. the others were completely finished. If you cant have enough food for a 30 seat restaurant with an early reservation, how do you expect to stay in business?
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Truly Great Experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I was here with my girlfriend; she had dined before while this was my first time. I thought the dining room was very nice and quaint...cozy but not tight. Miles was our server and balanced a friendly attitude with an appropriate knowledge of the menu. We really enjoyed having him take care of us. Our appetizers were very good - I thought the grapes in the radicchio salad were not enjoyable to eat because of the seeds, but my girlfriend thought otherwise so I guess that's a wash. The pappardelle was amazing, the halibut cooked perfectly, and the pumpkin budino something uniquely delicious neither of us had experienced before. Highly recommend!
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    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    A truly excellent restaurant! Good is consistently excellent and innovative. Service is the right bAlance knowing when to be solisitous and when to leave you alone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular meal
    MargaretVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    What a beautiful, elegant dining experience - much appreciated! The entire meal, from appetizers to dessert, was delicious, healthy and intriguing. We found ourselves over and over again scooping up the sauce with a spoon... Clearly, there is more than one genius in the kitchen! Russet is a welcome relief from typical high-decibel Philadelphia restaurants. We were actually able to hear our conversation. What a concept!!!!! The vibe is like eating in an elegant, old world mansion. Don't know if it was just our waitress or if the entire wait staff has been trained to be thoroughly welcoming, pleasant and unpretentious....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Great BYO with Fabulous Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    This restaurant was a great BYO find. The food was all fresh, with great ingredients that mixed flavors well to make for an outstanding dining experience. That experience was enhanced by the fact that the restaurant is a BYOB. Great for groups (we had 9), with an eclectic, fresh menu. Everything was outstanding and we all cleaned our plates - of our 1st, 2nd and dessert courses! Definitely recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    1EZPass1VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Hubby and I took a friend from out of town on Saturday night. Friend is a vegetarian. The entire menu changes daily, so no menu online to check. Talked with hostess on the phone and their offerings were way above your standard restaurant vegetarian fare of pasta with sautéed veggies. Friend was THRILLED with her app & main. Our dishes were REALLY original and creative (can't remember exactly what we had. Sorry!). I do remember the chicken roulade was delicious over an amazing combination of beans, kale and other stuff. Lots of umami flavor! Our waitress was serving a private party in the other room which meant there were some long wait times in between courses. She was very nice though.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GregVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Not fancy or overly hyped dishes; just perfectly prepaired, exceptional marriage of flavors; farm to table at it's best.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous find
    Mike
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We Googled and took a chance on Russet before a performance at the Academy. What a fortunate find! The menu changes daily with creative and delicious offerings. The staff was pleasant and attentive, and the atmosphere allowed comfortable conversation. Will definitely return.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rustic french countryside cuisine
    Mefz
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    This is our go to spot! Fresh new menu every week with local organic ingredients. Fantastic romantic atmosphere, a must try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date Nite
    cooksj746
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We have dined at Russet at least five times so far. Always an enjoyable experience.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food. Great sevice.
    AlwaysFresh
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Party of four for brunch. Food fresh and balanced. Not a crumb left on plates. Great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AlexBVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We arrived for our dinner a bit early finding an empty restaurant, a pleasant surprise for what was meant to be an intimate birthday meal. I knew the BYOB wasn't on many's radar, but should be. Our friendly waitress told us more reservations would arrive shortly. We asked about a tasting menu, and told that though it wasn't on the menu, $65 for 7 courses. Our courses included; boar pancetta, squid in ink pasta, shrimp over succotash, cauliflower gnocchi in brown butter, halibut, duck, dessert. All of the dishes were pretty good, the gnocchi perhaps being the standout. The pacing of the dishes was good, not letting us linger too long. I'm not sure we could have asked for a better birthday meal. I would definitely return and recommend Russet.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious weeknight dining
    SeriousAboutDessertVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    My party of three wanted to order everything on the menu, it was hard to choose! The menu is divided into traditional 2 course sections, so it was kind of a relief from the small plates kind of restaurant. I had smoked fish on succotash to start and a perfectly prepared pork chop for my main. I thought my apple Napoleon was great, crispy pastry and butterscotch sauce.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jmuzz
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Food was very well prepared and fresh, good mix of flavors. Nice atmosphere for Sunday brunch.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best brunch
    LPowell
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Good was original and excellent. We celebrated a birthday with Sunday brunch and was happy with the entire meal! Staff was attentive and professional.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it (again)
    Timm
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This was my second time at Russet, and it did not disappoint. The menu was brand new (the day after restaurant week ended) and all of the food had been delivered that day. Our server Rory was friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. The ambiance is really great - dim but not too dark and a well-appointed dining room. A great choice to take an out-of-town guest ... they'll think you know all the great, undiscovered spots!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    ztec
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Went here for restaurant week and was not disappointed. The food was all delicious, and it's BYOB!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing 4 Restaurant Week
    Afrh
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Awesome service, ambiance, and food. Went with a group of 6 total (reservation), we were almost 30 minutes late, but they were super friendly about it. Food was stellar: sweet corn ravioli, moist salmon with braised veggies. (The dessert, brown butter almond cake, was OK.) We just raved and raved about that corn ravioli and the fish in cream sauce. There was a misunderstanding about whether you could substitute a cheese plate for dessert, and we were supposed to pay more than we actually did--they ended up kindly knocking $10+ off our total tab with a gentle reminder for future reference. I am definitely not entreating others to repeat the mistake, but in return for their favor I'm recommending this restaurant to everyone! Russet rocks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant week must!
    loveit
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    My first time there was for September 2014 restaurant week. The food was amazing! Ravioli was insanely good! Highly recommend. Can't wait to go back.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    first time there would definitely return - good was very good great service
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    fit for foodies
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  • Leaves something to be desired
    Z360volts
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Been once before when it first opened and I loved it, this time however was a different story, it was at best OK, which no place should strive for. The place was as beautiful as before, and the waitstaff was prompt, friendly, and unseen when i wanted them to be. So overall the only thing that was out of place was the food. As a short and sweet note which the 500 characters allow me, the duck i had seemed cooked in Campbell's tomato soup, and my date's eggplant dish was tasteless, and the sauce felt canned as well. The final deserts felt store bought as well, it surprises me when a chef has a small set list of dishes and can't knock it out of the park, especially when it's a very safe selection of options.
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    romantic
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The place is small but has very nice atmosphere and leaves enough room between tables for privacy. I can't remember the name of the dish I ordered but the sauce of the dishes taste good. I am a little surprised when found out the cappuccino my friend ordered was $18 though. Just a side note for those who decided to go during restaurant week. The restaurant does not offer other dishes on their regular menu and may change the restaurant week menu published on the official restaurant week website.
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    romantic, special occasion
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