Sam Miller's
Sam Miller's

Sam Miller's

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.sammillers.com/
  • Phone: 804-644-5465x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday 7:30 - 11:00
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Saturday 11:30 - 4:00
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
    Sunday Brunch: 11:00 - 3:00
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Rhian Pryor
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (bar only), Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: We are proud to introduce our innovative gourmet Box Lunch and Box Dinner menus. Enjoy a wide array of lunch and dinner selections. Our menus are perfect for a day to day meal or an executive meeting. Our box lunches and dinners are hassle free and sure to impress any staff or client. Let us take care of you.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our entire staff, from the front door to the kitchen, is dedicated to achieving the best possible reviews for you and your party. Because, after all, a party is a celebration and the food, the drink, the service, and the environment should contribute to that celebration.
  • Private Party Contact: Lindsey Corbit 8042529104x
  • Entertainment: Join us for Valentine's Day! Check out our website for our special menus.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 23219
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Sam Miller's is happy to provide complimentary valet parking in the evenings. Drop your car off with the valets in front of the Tobacco Company and come in for dinner. During the day, there are many lots in the area with varying rates.
A word from Sam Miller's
Located in a 165 year old building in the heart of historic Shockoe Slip, Sam Miller's is on the National Registry of Historic Places, and has been featured in national publications including "Southern Living Magazine." In addition to fine seafood and "the best crab cakes in Richmond," we serve USDA Prime beef , creative pasta dishes, and salads to suit any tastes. Looking for something more casual? A small plates menu is available in our Oyster Bar featuring classic favorites and new lighter fare options. Whether you are looking for a fine dining facility to host your business dinner, or a casual place to meet friends for drinks, Sam Miller's has all the options to satisfy your needs.
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Sam Miller's reviews from OpenTable diners
29 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (15)romantic (12)fit for foodies (10)neighborhood gem (8)good for groups (8)great for lunch (4)kid-friendly (2)notable wine list (2)vibrant bar scene (2)late-night find (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Excellent chef!
    love2dine
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Chef Greg was excellent!!! He is the reason all my friends and family will be back soon!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • what a disappointment..AVOID!!
    TheBaronessVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    First off they do not serve between lunch and dinner so they requested we wait a half an hour for our table eventhough on opentable it appears that they are full service all day...just the bar is open. Then the food was awful. The crab cake was full of shells and the oysters tasted old and they didn't do a mignonette sauce for them...the waited threw a ton of onions in a few drops of vinegar and that was the best they could do???? the crab soup was cold and really tasteless...not a great showing for a place that is suppose to be all about seafood.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Groupon Dinner
    karamarie101
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I bought an awesome Groupon for Sam Miller's and it was a great place for date night if you want to spend a little money. The spinach and artichoke dip was the bomb and the filet Oscar was delicious! I would go back, but it would be for a special occasion. Other than that to food was great and our waiter was very personal and informative.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • DCTransplantVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    While the restaurant was overwhelmed with a party there should have been enough staff to attend to the other guests but sadly many were left to fend for themselves. It was the little things that were overlooked like silverware when the appetizers were brought out and refills on drinks. We had to wait so long for our dessert that we were offered a second one to go. I was curious why it took our credit card so long to be processed though. There was so much time in between each meal that the back corner of the bar near the lobsters that we all kept each other company while we waited and wondered when we would see our waitress again. Not sure we'll go back even if with another deal.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • SueGH
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Wonderful experience. I ordered the filet with crab, asparagus, and Béarnaise sauce -- It was perfectly cooked and delicious! Waite Staff friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Groupon yum
    RVAborn
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great value with the groupon. We could pick any two entrees, any one appetizer and any one dessert. We thought they would limit our choices. The filet oscar was great as was the stuffed flounder (even better). Service was terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Food
    FoodLover
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This was the third time we ate dinner here and the food has been outstanding each time. This time, we had a waiter who was knowledgeable and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Service was very good! Lot's of crab dishes! We had the Beef Oscar with crab and the cracakes! The bacon wrapped scallops were good too!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1seafoodluvher
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Stuffed salmon special was absolutely delicious!! Wine selection didn't include my favorites but the staff was very attentive and friendly.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Drinks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Stephen was my bar tender and the drinks were delicious. They were out of ingredients so he made a special just for me!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New find
    eatout2nite
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We had not been to Sam Miller's in years and we went because we purchased a groupon. We enjoyed the restaurant very much. The food was good and Brenden our waiter was awesome. Will dine there in the future.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant
    MedStudent
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Pricey, but classy restaurant. Food is tasty and of high quality.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb crabcakes
    Jody
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    It had been a long time since we had tried this old Richmond favorite, but we will be going back again soon. We both enjoyed our meals and my husband's crabcakes were the best I've ever had in Richmond (unfortunately, I only got a small taste).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey but good
    Rickm19
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Service was excellent, food was worth the wait, but was a little pricey.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We had a 7:00 reservation on a Friday night and expected it to be packed. It took at least 10 minutes for our server to come to our table. She apologized and said it was crazy busy. This really confused us-there were empty tables everywhere. We ordered one drink from the bar ,after another 10 minutes, when I asked her to make it 2, she thanked me for reminding her as she forgot to put in the first order. I ordered the scallops wrapped in bacon which were good except for the plastic all over them because they used those toothpicks with the frilly plastic on top and then put them in the broiler! Who puts plastic in the broiler? The shrimp in the shrimp cocktail were more the size of salad shrimp. The entrees -overpriced and under-seasoned
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 14 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 214 reviews are from the Sam Miller's reviews archive.
  • BAD SERVICE
    FOODLVR
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The food was okay but the service was very slow. I waited for over an hour to receive my food while others with a larger party, one with the same entree as me, was served first. I would not recommend.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nothing Special
    kbfoodie
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I picked Sam Miller's for Mother's Day brunch because the menu looked enticing and it had an open reservation at the time I wanted on Mother's day, unlike anywhere else that I wanted to eat at. However when we walked up to the hostess station, they asked if we had a reservation, which we definitely did, and although we were seated right away, the place was not busy, nor was it packed, and many of the issues I have with the place they seemed to blame on the "back to back" reservations. My mom wanted to sub out the regular french fries for the sweet potato fries, which our server had said was fine the first time she took our order, only to return and say that wasn't an option due to the busyness. Food took a long time and expensive drinks!
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  • Brunch not so great
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Plenty of better places in RVA to go for brunch. Hollandaise sauce on the Lump Crab Benedict was cold. Other entrees was just so so. We were the only people in the restaurant at 11:00, not a good sign of things to come.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delightful during Restaurant Week
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    I always like coming back to Sam Miller's. The food is consistently very good. The atmosphere warm with the exposed brick and the hardwood bar. And the staff are conscientious as a team. We were well taken care of by not only our server, but it seemed like the whole serving crew.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food, Great Service
    vagentlemanVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Local publications have had much to say about the state of service in some of better restaurants in Richmond, This was NOT our experience at Sam Miller's during Restaurant Week. Even though it was a busy Friday night, our party of six had great service. Knowledgeable, professional and friendly. There when you wanted him but not intrusive. The food was well prepared and nicely presented. Sam's has always had one of the better Restaurant Week menu's and this year was no exception. Most of the restaurant's "signature" dishes are included and are very, very good. Sam's had not bought into the "fusion" or "snout to tail" craze but their preparation of tradition dishes (crab cakes, steak, she crab soup) is hard to beat.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • newbeinrichmond
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    The waiter was outstanding on Friday night! I was with a business consultant and eating here for the first time. I had the mahi mahi and it had delicious flavor but a bit dry. My colleagues crab cakes were excellent. Noise was not a problem to have work related discussions
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worst service in Richmond
    URHusband
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    I don't have enough space to describe how terrible the food was nor how unprepared or trained the staff was. I'll highlight the following: We waited 5 minutes for a new fork for my wife even though we were sitting right next to the kitchen. The food consisted of prepackaged items that were reheated and if they weren't then someone needs another trip to culinary school. The "petite" fillet was no larger than my thumb and smaller than the fingerling potatoes it was paired with. The crab cake tasted like wet cat food. Almost everything was unseasoned. The desert came fresh from the freezer as my cheesecake was still hard in the center. The host boldly told us she couldn't seat us as she did not know where the table was. We aren't going back.
    Special Features:
    Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Restaurant week
    Tina
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    We visited Sam Miller's for RVA Restaurant Week and were thoroughly pleased with the selections on the pre fixe menu! My boyfriend and I always like to choose a place where we really feel like we're getting our money's worth, and we certainly did with all the seafood selections. The desserts were great as well. We shared the creme brûlée cheesecake and derby pie and were very pleased with both! We would certainly go again!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another good experience
    Brenuart
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    I've been to Sam Millers 3 or 4 times now and it has always delivered. I love the brick interior and the nice but not pretentious atmosphere. The menu has nice options and the food is good. I will come again.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Place
    ToniD
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    This was the second time my BFF and I visited Sam Miller's for Richmond's Restaurant Week because the experience the first time was really nice. However, on Wednesday, April 23rd we arrived at 7:00pm (reservation time) but was not served dinner until 8:30pm. Our wait staff, Rebecca was very nice and tried to explain that our order ticket was either misplaced or did not print that is given to kitchen staff for preparing our meals. It was very considerate of the evening manager, Steve to come to our table to apologize and offered us another drink, but we declined just wanting to have our meals. The food was very good but the long wait to be served was a little disappointing.
    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.
  • They dropped the ball
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    I had reservations for 8 pm on a Tuesday and they seated us quickly. However, a waiter didn't come to the table for an 1/2 hour. The appetizers came out by 9 and the kitchen had to be reopened at 10:30 pm to get my desert (which the waiter didn't even realize he never gave us). I'm not sure how you could get worse service. Other than saying they were busy (on a Tuesday) there were no apologies offered by the restaurant staff.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyed very much
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    The staff was friendly and helpful. I asked for a recommendation and was told the shrimp imperial was very good and a popular entree. Was she right? 3 large shrimp with excellent asparagus were brought fairly quickly. It had been a very long time since I had been to Sam Millers but I will definitely being going again.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent but a bit pricey considering
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    NIce quiet atmosphere for a date or quiet conversation in a historic building with character. Food was fair considering the prices, pleasant service but brought the wrong meal which they corrected without asking a few minutes later. Hard to tell the difference between salmon or chicken on the dinner salad, hence the mistake. Overall Okay but I probably will not go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beyond Amazing!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    highly recommend! hostess and bartender and server were all super nice and friendly! food was beyond amazing! will definitely return! thank you guys for a great meal and great experience:)
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A waste!
    Goodeatin
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Went for Valentine's dinner. Sat for 30 minutes before our order was even taken. Empty tables all around so it was not because they were busy. Our server was AWFUL! We were NEVER offered another drink and he NEVER came back to check on our table. Not inviting or personable at all. My food was cold and bland and our dessert order was wrong but our server slapped the plates down so quick and walked away we couldn't even tell him. I will NEVER visit this establishment again. An expensive lesson learned.
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  • First time eating here and the last
    Notsohappy
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I brought my girlfriend and my daughter for Valentines. The menu looked good for the two adults but I was very suprised when I asked the waitress if my 7 year old could just get a side salad or side of something and she said she would check with the kitchen and they said no. The waitress didn't really seem to care or try to give me any other ideas. The place wasn't even half way full so that started off not very well. Then we recieved our meal and the $45.00 pasta my daughter ordered was cold, my steak was well over done, my girlfriends crab cakes as well as mine had no flavor at all. Then when we went to order dessert they ran out of the only thing I wanted which was the Red Velvet Cake. With out a doubt the worst $175.00 meal every.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Atmosphere-Average Food
    DAG606
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The atmosphere was very refined & enjoyable, but the food choices were very limited and over priced. The menu only offered one non-seafood selection. For $50 per person + tax & tip, I was expecting better.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food, pricey
    Maddawg
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I thought the food was really good, but my wife and I were surprised by the price tag. It was valentines day, so they had a special menu, but there was no price on the menu. So we had no idea how much it would cost until we got the bill - $45/person, in case you were wondering.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Sam Millers was the perfect place to go for Valentine's Day. The food was good, service was great, it was a little pricey but worth it. Great place to go!
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RESTAURANT WAS FINE-
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    DON'T LIKE THAT i DID NOT RECEIVE OPEN TABLE POINTS FOR MY RESERVATION !!??
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kitchen needs a little polish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    Made our reservation for group of 5 to celebrate a birthday for Sunday lunch through Opentable. When we arrived our table was by the window as requested. Disclaimer: 2 of our party had waited tables in Shockoe Slip in the 80's when we were in college, including Sam's, so our expectations were high. It certainly looked wonderful and our waitress was friendly. The restaurant was far from full, but it took forever from the time of our order to getting any food on the table. Rather than bring out bread or our salads, everything came out very late at the same time. I had the shrimp and grits and while the flavor was good, the shrimp was overcooked. We had still had great time, but I would say they need to hustle more in the kitchen.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Our reservation was for 8pm and the hostess had so many duties we waited over 30 minutes to be seated. The waitress never asked if I wanted a 2nd glass of wine on extra bread. She was in such a hurry she never waited long enough to receive an answer when asked if everything was ok. The salad wedge was a chunk of lettuce with a container of dressing and a few bacon bit crumbs and a couple of tomatoes beside it. Steak oscar had some type of crab mixture on it that I could not eat. The steak was very good. The girl playing guitar and singing seemed to please some folks however I thought she had trouble finding the right notes. Needless to say we won't go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • In some secluded rendez-vous....
    Mountaincoco
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    A nice, quiet restaurant with attentive staff and good food. better attention could be paid to details like making sure the soda is actual not soda water, but other than that it was fine.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definitely going back....
    Cathy
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    We had a part of five, and everyone's meal was delicious! The waiter was proactive and attentive, without going overboard. Best crab cake I have ever had. Tons of garlic in the Ranch dressing... yummy, but avoid if you plan to be kissing later. :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Dining without menu items
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    My Husband and kids came for our 16th wedding anniversary. My husband and son had the Bacon Cheese burger with fries came out great, tasted great. My daughter and I had the crab cakes and wanted pasta salad with them. After a few minutes of placing our order our waitress came back to the table and said that they were our of pasta salad. I could see if it was 8 or 9 at night but we ate at 130 in the afternoon and were our or a menu item. The crab cakes were ok 6 out of 10. The best thing that I had was the fresh cut fries. Im not sure if we will return or not.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet