Rustic Tavern
Rustic Tavern

Rustic Tavern

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.rustictavernlafayette.com/
  • Phone: 9253850559x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: T-Su 11:30am-2:30pm

    Dinner: T-F 5:30pm-9:00pm

    Dinner: Sa-Su 5:30pm-10:00pm

    Brunch: Su 10:00am-2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Gary Rust
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We will customize the menu and cater to your parties needs. From a 2-course meal to a 5 course chefs tasting with wine pairings.
  • Special Events: Our patio is lovely for baby/wedding showers, birthday/engagement parties. Sit down dinners or wine/cocktail parties with passed appetizers. Or, reserve the entire restaurant for your special occasion and we will work closely with you to customize your event.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Oak Hill Road
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Rustic Tavern
Executive Chef Gary Rust brings an exceptional level of culinary experince to the heart of Lafayette. A large focus on sustainable, organic and locally sourced ingredients are combined with a relaxed, casual, elegant atmosphere to offer an unmatched dining experience.With lunch offerings from unique salads, homemade pastas, organic chicken and the best burger in town to an incredible dinner menu featuring great starters, a grass fed New York Steak and fresh fish hand cut daily to ensure the highest quality........also, house made french fries!! Enjoy our full bar or let our staff take care of you on our spacious outdoor patio or in our comfortable dining room.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Rustic Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
103 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (63)great for outdoor dining (54)fit for foodies (47)great for lunch (41)special occasion (28)great for brunch (26)kid-friendly (17)good for groups (17)romantic (7)notable wine list (7)hot spot (5)vibrant bar scene (3)scenic view (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • great food
    2wineanddine
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I've been there several times, each time the food was great, especially the steak. I would go there again with my friends and family.
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always consitently great!
    SunnySandyVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We often eat lunch at the Rustic Tavern - it's always consistently great - service is perfect, food always presented in an appealing way and delicious. My husband had tried many items on the menu and enjoyed all of them! Me? I cannot get enough of the roasted vegetable sandwich - it's perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Innovative Choices
    John
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Liked best was the unique offerings/tastes. Started off with watermelon & orange sangria cocktail, a bar specialty. Next: kale salad, something we've never had before; tasty with tangerines, currants, pine nuts and goat cheese - it was quite large. I had apple glazed Niman Ranch Pork chop, my wife had the halibut special served on a bed of kale, both came with a very tasty mix of sliced summer veggies. On our visit, the restaurant was not crowded, the noise level was OK - could be different on a busy night, with two TV screens. Service started a bit slow but then picked up and the waitress as well as the maitre-d (sp?) were friendly. Small complaint: found the non-upholstered chairs a bit hard (maybe that's the "rustic" part).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Divine!
    KariC
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Yes, brunch at Rustic Tavern is indeed divine! Love their specials- from the robust and flavorful Barbacoa with poached eggs to that juicy burger of theirs. Sadly, Rustic Tavern only serves brunch on Sunday, but it's definitely worth the wait.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rustic but classy
    outtolunch
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    This restaurant is well thought out. The decor and ambiance match the restaurant name. The food was exceptionally good and the portions perfect. Service was on point. I would recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
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  • Always consistently great!
    SunnySandyVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We often eat lunch at the Rustic Tavern because is is consistently great. The service is always excellent. The owner remembers us and always greets us and chats for a few minutes at the table asking if everything is good for us. Most of all the food is always delicious - well prepared and presented. A favorite of mine is the roasted vegetable sandwich - best bun anywhere and cooked perfectly. Just wish it was on the dinner menu as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Local
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The food and service are consistently good at Rustic, it is one of our go to restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Suburban eating
    sbayursbitesVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We were doing well until my partners fish arrived. It was over-cooked. When we were asked by a roving manager how our dinner was progressing--we remarked on this. She expressed frustration in that the average diners typically send it back because "it's not cooked all the way through." She went to the kitchen and returned shortly with a freshly prepared piece that was much better. The carbonara pasta was good, but the inclusion of peas should be either as a garnish and not noted on the menu or as it is stated-a larger quantity of such. The pork belly was crispy and a nice sub for bacon. This earns a mixed review from us. We'd return, but not super high on our list.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice surprise
    Gbdosu
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    As much as I dislike lafyette, I am continually surprised at the delicious food options. Rustic tavern is an easy to miss spot but the food is fantastic. I enjoyed the beet salad, rib and chicken wing appetizer special and while my fettuccini main was just ok the Portuguese seafood stew was out of this world. I highly recommend everyone gives it a try, just make sure you get a rezi.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great pork for breakfast
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I think we went when they had an overload of pork. I got the pulled pork sandwich and liked the balance of sauce and meat, plus the side of salad made me feel less guilty. My husband got a play on a BLT and I had to try his frys, which were perfect and crunchy. Someone got a brunch option which had pork and looked amazing. Overall, everyone was happy with what they got and I would be happy to go back and try new dishes.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food
    TigerVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We had a very good dinner with great service. The only meal out of six that wasn't up to par was the pork chop, it was tough. The vegetables surrounding the chop were excellent. Six of us shared three salads...kale, arugula, house...all very good, especially the arugula. The short rib special was excellent. The pasta quite tasty as well. The chicken - good, possibly a bit dry in some parts, others quite juicy. Dessert - chocolate creme brulee -yummy. Chocolate ice cream - ok. Bread pudding - excellent. Service excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Zero ambiance.
    LocalDiner
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Went here due to the favorable food reviews, and food was very good. Waitress was a bit surly, but not obnoxious. We (a romantic couple) were seated near the noisy front door, with a room full of empty tables. Apparently there is a reservation list, and then also a "preferred" reservation list. Ambiance was, well, I can't complain, it's right there in the name, "Rustic Tavern". Only myself to blame. Maybe lunch next time.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice ambiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We like this place, warm, active atmosphere, great food, good service. We'll be going back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent
    diylady
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    great meal very fresh local produce and meats everything made from scratch it was delicious our waiter was great we really enjoyed ourselves
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, yummy food!
    MomeeBee
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I was impressed right off the bat when the restaurant graciously seated us even though we were 20 minutes early. Our server offered great advice when ordering. And everything from my lavender lemon cocktail to my halibut was delish. I also split the tomato and burrata salad with my girlfriends. I would definitely come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had heard great things about Rustic Tavern from friends - and our experience exceeded our already high expectations. The food is amazing! The ambiance is really nice - and while the restaurant was full, it was still easy to hear one another. We plan to make this our go to restaurant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food and service excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food and and atmosphere is Nothing short of amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Felt like a sidewalk cafe
    FalconVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    This was our first visit to this restaurant. Nice atmosphere for dining outside on the sidewalk. Food was excellent. I had the PEI mussels which were superb and an excellent NY steak. Wife enjoyed her pasta. Wine prices are not overly inflated as in many restaurants. We will be back
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food
    Lindoda
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Limited menu, but cooked very well. I had the chicken, beautifully done, moist and very flavorful. My husband had the pork chop, ordered medium, somewhat dry. The Caesar salad was excellent. Good bar service. Ordered a bottle of Merlot, way too cold...had to warm with our hands, very tannic and still chilly. The seating was an issue...tables for 2 were in the middle with about 8 inches in between, way too close! If you didn't want that you were directed to bar seating. This could definitely be improved. Not sure if we will go back. They did have outside seating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rustic Tavern Consistantly Good
    SunnySandyVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We often eat lunch at the Rustic Tavern and are not disappointed. The service is excellent and the food as well. The owner always comes over to our table to say hello. She is very friendly and we enjoy talking to her. Their hamburger and roasted vegetable sandwich are made on a unique bun which is quite delicious. Both, also, are excellent and made perfectly. We also suggest the Cobb Salad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Some good, some not so...
    Qmarz
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Ate here last winter and had a really good dinner. This meal was ok. Kale salad - fantastic! Brussel sprouts really good! Artichoke tasteless and not cooked well - tough. Peach crisp - crisp was good, peach was tasteless. Fettucine was good, salmon was ok - not too fresh. Mussels were really good! Orange chocolate brûlée good!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Foodie1
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Was my second time here for lunch and both times delivered. The kale salad was delicious as was the gazpacho. Gazpacho is one of my favorite soups and hardly anyone has it on the menu. It was a special on this day so I loved it. I will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit salty again.
    loreeVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This was our second visit here. I sure with they would give us points for open table! The first time I went I had mussels that were very salty. This time I tried their special of seafood stew. Again, so salty that I couldn't finish it. My husband said that it's because I order seafood. I don't know if I even want to try anything else there. I will stick with the kale salad and bread (which the waitress kept bringing 2 pieces at the time) We kept having to ask for more- seafood stew with NO bread? My husband's NY steak was great!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice ambience but short the details
    Slartibartfast
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Some of the food was great (salmon appetizer, tomato salad), but my halibut came out way late and lukewarm (sitting on the bed of greens too long) and the kitchen was way too slow. We got there when the restaurant opened and didn't see any food for 45 minutes (and the place was practically empty). The waitress was nice enough, but - as I said - the kitchen was incredibly slow. Beyond that, we ordered a salad to go with our 9 year old daughter pasta and they brought out the same (overly huge) salad they serve everyone. Odd.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • winendine42VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I had the short ribs and my wife had the halibut both were great. Would recommend those dishes. Our waitress was not the best but would recommend this place non the less.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • friendly restaurant
    love2work
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We enjoy the owners and the staff, we are interested in the smoked meats and the vegetables, the pepper sauce and the cheesecake! Always a pleasure.
    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 LevelModerate
  • Good local place
    Karen
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great service, good menu choices, food was salty and prime rib was a bit over cooked
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Favorite Flavorful Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    'Always a special treat to have brunch at Rustic Tavern. 'Always a special treat to introduce someone new to Rustic Tavern. Thus, we had a double treat last Sunday when we introduced old friends to the Tavern's special brunch menu.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Over priced
    FromCalifornia
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    While the service and ambience were very good, the restaurant in general is over priced. The $29 steak I had was full of gristle - I have had better steaks from Safeway for far less. The wine list was incredibly expensive and I felt like I was being gouged. Not sure we will return.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place!
    loreeVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This was our first time to Rustic Tavern-we always had a hard time getting reservations….We enjoyed my son's 22nd birthday here (his choice!). the food was great - mostly their Kale salad and the special of the day, Smoked prime rib. I don't eat meat, but took a taste and almost went to the "other side". On Yelp there are people who said the service was lacking. I feel that this was the STRONG point. The owner, other waitstaff, etc. came to ask how things were and to wish my son a great birthday. The busboys were totally attentive and we couldn't have asked for better service. The only reason I put 4 stars for the food is that the mussels were pretty salty! We will definitely be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Such a change
    DineoutqueenVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    This was the first time this restaurant disappointed. We were there 20 minutes before server asked if we would like drinks. That was the beginning of slow to everything. The salmon was delicious but peas under were hard and flavorless, sauce was too heavy, bitter taste. Rest of vegetable was too strong and unappealing. The paella was served Luke warm but after waiting so long no one wanted to say. We brought a bottle of wine and it was only opened after we asked twice. Had to ask for refill on water twice. We may not go back. Serious under performance for a restaurant that was so good on several previous visits.
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  • DebC
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Food is alway exceptional!!! The salmon melts in your mouth, everthing is fresh and flavorful.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So so.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We had a pretty bad service experience at Rustic Tavern. We were not greeted promptly by our server as we sat down to start. She didn't tell us the specials and we had to ask her. She forgot about my wine order on top of all that. We were feeling pretty bad about our choice of date night and then the grilled artichoke appetizer came and it was way undercooked. Could it get any worse? Thankfully it got better when our main courses arrived (carbonara and NY steak). The dessert was fantastic but we just couldn't get past the bad service we received at the beginning. The managers seemed to be doing a lot of work pouring water and delivering food. Maybe they should hire more waitstaff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Neighborhood Restaurant
    foodiefun
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Went here for our anniversary dinner based on previous reviews here and on Yelp. Had the Mussels...very tasty...Heirloom & Burrata Salad...very tasty. Husband had the chicken...I did not taste his dish. It looked well presented, but nothing over the top. I had the fettuccini "carbonara" with pork belly, English peas and a poached egg. Unfortunately, I think they plated the pasta dish way too soon, by the time it got to the table the fettuccini and sauce had already congealed and the pork belly were tough little chunks. The poached egg, though, was obviously added right before the server brought it out and was poached perfectly. This was an unfortunate way to end an otherwise nice meal.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice night out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Food was very good and service was on par with the food. I had the pork chop and the waiter was clear that it should be ordered medium, which was the right call and was really good. We brought a bottle of wine, because of the reasonable corkage, but the wine list would have had enough suitable options - no big names but no big prices either. We sat outside, which on a nice summer evening is a nice way to go, even though it is along busy Mt Diablo Blvd. Tables are good for 2-4, but larger parties might find it too small. I will come back here again, and would recommend it to anyone looking for a nice local place without the lines or inconsistent service in some of the larger new choices in Lafayette.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DebC
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I have sampled many items from the menu and enjoyed every one. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant
    SandyK
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I have been to Rustic Tavern for Dinner with a group and more recently for Sunday Brunch. I found the staff to be friendly and knowledgeable. For my recent brunch I had a fresh arugula salad and split with a friend the daily special, a pork loin hash. The portions were a decent, and we had some to take home.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overpriced
    TJ2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The staff are friendly. Food was inconsistent. The vegetables were fresh and not overcooked. However, there is an overuse of "smokey" flavorings so all began to taste the same. The proteins were well sourced. However, the portions were small for the price. Fish was cooked perfectly but chicken was over cooked. Waitress rattled off the daily specials way too quickly and we had to call her back to repeat them - annoying. Definitely overpriced.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous food
    OrindaGal
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I love the cozy atmosphere and the delicious food. I had the salmon and it was the best I've ever had in a restaurant, and I order salmon quite often. It was slightly crispy on the outside and cooked to perfection on the inside - moist, just barely cooked. Often salmon is overcooked, but not this! We also ordered the brussel sprouts as a side which were delicious. Friendly hostess, waitstaff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Nice bar, low key crowd.Interesting creative menu. The nightly specials are best. Late night dining after 8, the service really drops off.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.