Sale e Pepe - Marco Beach Ocean Resort
Sale e Pepe - Marco Beach Ocean Resort

Sale e Pepe - Marco Beach Ocean Resort

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.marcoresort.com/sale-e-pepe-italian-restaurant.htm
  • Phone: (239) 393-1600
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast Daily: 7:00am - 11:00am;
    Lunch Daily: 11:30am - 2:00pm;
    Dinner: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Giuliano Matarese
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Parties up to 150 people.
  • Private Party Facilities: Chef Special Menu paired by wines from an extensive collection recognized by Wine Spectator magazine.
  • Private Party Contact: Ivo Nedelchev 2393931610x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Spruce Ave.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking only.
A word from Sale e Pepe - Marco Beach Ocean Resort
Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, the Sale e Pepe® dining room offers gourmet Italian cuisine and authentic ambiance that are simply sublime. The dining experience transports you to romantic Italy with surroundings of aged stone, marble floors, arabesque walls and hand-painted frescoes.Chef Giuliano Matarese and his culinary team create, from scratch daily, a menu straight from his Southern Italian homeland, and pair it with wines from an extensive collection recognized by Wine Spectator magazine.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Sale e Pepe - Marco Beach Ocean Resort reviews from OpenTable diners
47 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (36)great for outdoor dining (31)romantic (31)special occasion (28)notable wine list (23)fit for foodies (18)good for groups (12)neighborhood gem (7)great for lunch (6)vibrant bar scene (6)hot spot (6)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (3)late-night find (2)Show More
  • No mention of the price on specials!!!!
    PattyoVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Our entire meal was amazing!! Hence my 5 star rating across the board. However, when we got the bill I was in SHOCK at my pasta special price. I had the homemade pasta with mushroom and truffles. I know truffles are absorbent. But if the server had told us $45 for pasta I may have made a different choice. I dine extensively in Manhattan so high prices are nothing new. My advice here is please advise patrons of the prices so they can make an informed decision. I admittedly will add that I did not inquire as to the price when our server was going through the specials. Never thought I would see a meatless pasta dish at that price. YIKES!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible Service
    EarnYourTip
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    It all started off with a wet table cloth. It was if someone spilled a glass of water and since you couldn't see that it was wet why change the table cloth. Instead of moving us to a different table the waiter put a napkin down!? Like that's going to help! From there it took us over 5 minutes to get someone to take our drink order. My wife and I were looking for a relaxing evening that's not rushed. When we placed our appetizer order the waiter said that we had to place our entire order at that time in his very arrogant and snooty way about him. Long story short, service was terrible and on top of it they include 18% gratuity to our bill automatically! No reason to give good service when you know what you are going to make at the end!!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food
    Allaboutfood
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Beautiful Sunset, excellent food and excellent service .....my favorite place on Marco
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fromTO
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Beautiful location, out door dining option a good choice, beautiful décor. Food was excellent, ricotta and warm bread, decadent!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Luv2wine
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    The food was excellent. Then service was wonderful. The waiter talked us through the extensive wine list and even let us do a taste test. Our romantic night ended with two delicious dessert martinis. We couldn't have asked for a better experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor service
    DgirlVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    2nd time same issue-Server was personable service was slow.had to ask our waiter what happened to our dinnertaking so long. ordered dessert,tea was delivered after waiting over 10min was finished with my tea by the time dessert arrived. 30 min after we ordered it. The most uncomfortable issue was the waiter trying to upsell you on everything, including suggesting we order the $45 special as an appetizer. We had expressed interest in the special dinner and then changed our mind. Chose a wine he suggested we try this other wine which was more expensive. Orderd a martini and he tried to persuade me into the martini cocktail special which was more money. Also get the impression if you do not pay the maître d you are not getting primo table.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Luv2dine
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Our experience at sale Pepe was very disappointing. Our meals were not up to par. We were unhappy how with our experience in general since they did not move us when we told them that the sun was in our eyes.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Top notch
    Carpoolguy
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We were only on Marco Island for a couple of dinners, but if you have only one night, eat here. The food was creatively prepared, beautifully plated and delicious. The service was attentive without being intrusive. The atmosphere (inside) was elegant and the ambiance was somewhat romantic. I can't say enough about how nice a place this is.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exquisite View, Decadent Food
    LaTeli
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    When in Marco, this place is a staple. We have some top-notch food critics in our group and they were highly impressed! Get the prosciutto and egg...so awesome! And, the Braised Lamb pasta...incredible! Perfect thickness to the sauce and noodles were al dente! The food is always superb. Save room for the desserts. You can't go wrong with this place. The last few times, we've sat indoors, which is nice. But, this time, we sat outside...they have a stunning view! We were able to catch a gorgeous sunset and the weather was perfect! Service is 5 stars, and the food and ambiance is right there with it. I highly recommend this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our experience
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    The ambiance was beautiful and the waitstaff was so polite, the presentation of each course was was superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    CaribouVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This was our 2nd time at Sale e Pepe and it was every bit as wonderful as our first experience. We were entertaining guests and had requested a table on the patio but a wedding was being held outside the night of our reservation. Staff made sure we were seated at a great table inside the restaurant where we could still enjoy the marvellous sunset. Food and service were top notch and the wine list varied. Our guests were very impressed! Sale e Pepe is our new favourite restaurant in the Naples area and we will be returning on a regular basis.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mixed Experience
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The dining room is stunning and the food was wonderful. The only problem is that some of the waitstaff are rather condescending. We (a party of 6) requested a table outside, but found when we were seated, there was a wedding reception with a deejay on the same terrace. It was so loud we couldn't carry on a conversation so asked if we could move inside. The two servers we spoke with made it clear they were not happy and that we might have to wait. Considering there were quite a few vacant tables, their attitude was unnecessary. This could have been avoided if we had been told at the outset there was a wedding, but it was never mentioned. After talking with friends, we learned they, too, experienced the same arrogance from the staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent early bird
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Everything was excellent, service food, atmosphere. I didn't realize that an 18% gratuity was already on the check, I usually tip 20% for good service but because we got the early bird specials and the service was excellent I wanted to do more. The 20% would have been about $12. I handed the waitress a $20. I don't blame the waitress for my ignorance but I actually left about a 50% tip. I would recommend this restaurant for special occasions when you want to dine or if your so wealthy that spending a small fortune for a meal doesn't matter to you. The last time we went with another couple I got the early bird no one else did. The bill for 4 of us was $350. Unless you are wealthy I highly recommend the early bird.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • luv2dine
    luv2dine
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Sale e Pepe is a favorite for this full time resident. After having numerous lunches and dinners here over the years, the ambiance, cuisine and service remain remarkable whether we have chosen lunch or dinner on the outside terrace or indoors. We also appreciate how Sale e Pepe is overall designed allowing for conversation without shouting no matter how busy and full the dining areas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • To Salty
    Knowourfood
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Unfortunately the food was way to salty even after we asked for no salt. While our waiter did his best and replaced my wife's dinner with a second antre we still overloaded with salt. In turn both my wife and I had stomach aches all night. For the money the place was pretty but very expensive for the food quality
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  • Excellent dining experience!
    Bunny1
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    This is our second visit to this fabulous restaurant. We first visited last year, as a couple, during our visit to the Marco Island area. This year, we vacationed again in the Marco Island area with our friends and insisted they come with us to dinner here. They were so impressed with this restaurant. The food, service and ambiance is beyond compare. Compliments to the entire staff! We will be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Spectacular setting
    royd
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Everything was excellent but the waiter constantly tried to up sell us on everything and assumed that we were going spending $150 or more a on a bottle of wine. Basically no bed side manner so to speak and seemed only interested in how much he could get a bigger tip. Otherwise would recommend it because the setting, atmosphere, food is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Breakfast
    PAR51
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I treated my wife to a lovely breakfast on her special day. The weather was perfect to enjoy a meal on the veranda. Both the food & the service were exceptional. Everyone helped to make it a memorable experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RoyCS1VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Ocean and sun set view, but a little hard to find in the back of the hotel
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sale e Pepe's a hit.
    Beacheats
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Beautiful sunset dining. Excellent food and ambience in upscale setting.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view of sunset
    GrillMasterVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We were seated promptly at a window table overlooking the patio and the Gulf--very scenic. Our server, Svetlana, greeted us immediately. Cocktails were prepared perfectly. There were several prix fixe options which included soup or salad, an entree, and a dessert. Of the four of us, I had veal, the others seafood. The soup was excellent, the entrees very good. The wine list was comprehensive, but pricy. I would prefer more value wines. Svetlana was not overly friendly, but very efficient and attentive. I recommend making reservations about a half hour before sunset; if you can't see it from your table, you can step outside onto the patio. Sale E Pepe is perfectly situated for viewing sunsets.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ocean view
    Travelanddine
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Beautiful view of the gulf! Very romantic. Service is lacking, which makes a good restaurant just fair. Never received our drink order, but did get another diners merlot. Asked for more Olive bread, got a bowl of Olive oil. My husband asked for anchovies for his salad. I had them in mine,and the server put her fingers in my food! The entrees were good. I had a fish special and my husband had a pasta with lamb Ragu. It was my birthday and the resteraunt provided two mini mini cookies and two baby strawberries. Not much of a celebratory dessert so went elsewhere afterwards and had our dessert and drinks.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular view and service.
    Champagne4me
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Resturant was beautiful with a European flair. Food and wine were exceptional. Service was superior in all aspects. It was my birthday and had a memorable evening with a great sunset view!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We enjoyed a fantastic meal at this restaurant on Sunday night to celebrate our anniversary. The location is first class and we had a wonderful view of the sunset. Our waiter Marco was very helpful, pleasant and enthusiastic and made for a memorable dinner on Marco Island. Would thoroughly recommend this restaurant for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gourmet Italian Dining at its Best!
    OhgeorgeVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Wow! Great, great food in a wonderful beach front setting with the Gulf of Mexico before you. Go at sunset if you can as sunsets on even a cloudy evening are charming. The highlight, of course, is Chef Giuliano's award winning cooking. And, the nice part is that it will not break your pocketbook in return for a memorable evening. Although the young professional servers are attentive and knowledgeable, my advice is to seek the advice of the senior host on duty about your menu selection. She or he can guide you through the a la carte selections and help you create a a memorable meal to your personal tastes. They also know their wines. There is, however, also a value-priced menu with wine that has varied offerings that may satisfy your needs.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner
    BigKeith
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Excellent food, attentive staff, great wine list. I would definitely return. Restaurant is tucked back behind the resort property and not the easiest to locate.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Another great dinner
    ALM54
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We are part time residents of the area and whenever we are here it's a given that we go to Sale e Pepe. Great service, great food and a gorgeous sunset too. The only bad point is it is popular with groups and some diners tend to be overly loud.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a great meal
    DennisRVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We have dined here often over the years and always enjoy every aspect. Their summer special menu is often what we order but with their price hike ($45 for 3 courses) we opted for their regular menu and skipped the desert. Great pasta cooked perfectly and wonderful grouper dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't beat the view!!
    Marconurse
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Went there for our anniversary with some friends. Service was wonderful. Great view of the Gulf. Food was wonderful!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.7
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 297 reviews are from the Sale e Pepe - Marco Beach Ocean Resort reviews archive.
  • Benich
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Just a great place to eat! Gourmet food and fair prices for that type of fare.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    The service by our waiter was poor but other servers made up for his shortcomings. We felt that it was inappropriate for them to build in an automatic 18% gratuity for a table of 4 given that the waiter failed to do his job properly. We did make sure that the other workers were properly tipped for their service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    MarcodinerVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Living on Marco we have eaten here numerous times & enjoyed. Had 4th of July here & not only was the service extremely poor but the food was overcooked, cold & sloppily plated. Embarrassed that we brought out of town guests!
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Breathtaking ocean view
    Palmer3465VIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The food was very tasty. The view is magnificent. The service was very good. The wine list is well rounded and carries some nice selections. There could be one or two more common dishes added to the menu for the younger guests. My son and daughter had the filet and it was fantastic. The pasta's were excellent. The veal chop was delightful and I loved it. The deserts were very good as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Superb Dining Experience
    Summit
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    The ambience of the restaurant is outstanding with its view of the Gulf of Mexico. The service was attentive, not intrusive and quite helpful with recommendations. The food in its presentation and taste is unforgettable. If you are in the Marco Island area, this is a restaurant you and a special someone need to visit.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It Has Changed
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We have been to Sole e Pepe a number of times and have always been impressed. This time, however, was different. The menu was very limited and the food was overcooked. The veal, which was supposed to be lightly breaded, had a heavy breading, and the risotto was dry. We have always enjoyed this restaurant (it has one of the most beautiful bars I've ever seen) and hope it gets back on track.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding
    HeretodineVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    We come here to dine in our annivversay every year, always very pleased with everything
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Beautiful sunset dinner served with impeccable service. We enjoyed our meal and will return when we are back in Marco Island.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    marco was hilarious. food was great, amazing atmosphere.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • SteveVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Our experience started very well. Drinks, recommended appetizer (octopus) and entrees were terrific. The sunset was beautiful. And then, it seemed our waiter lost interest. We had to ask to see a desert menu, and then waited an unusually long time and finally had to ask for our check. A beautiful meal and evening were affected by a lack of attention from our waiter and staff. We will definitely return, but will make certain we do not have the same waiter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad Management - so so service
    Judy
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    We were enjoying a special dinner when the restaurant sat a table of 2 couples with 5 young children. The children ran throughout the dining area squealing; stood in the dining chairs and jumped out of them like trampolines; hung over the balcony railings and constantly used their "outside" voices. Restaurant never asked the parents to control their children and all of the diners around us were commenting about the annoying distraction. Our service was fine at the beginning but for the later half of the meal we were totally ignored. It took 2 requests and half an hour later we were served a drink. Also this restaurant forces an 18 percent tip on every check - even a party of 2. They call it a gratuity but it is a non optional charge.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic