Santé at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn
Santé at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn

Santé at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.fairmont.com/sonoma/
  • Phone: 7079392415
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Open Nightly: 6:00pm
    Holiday Hours and Menus will vary.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian
  • Executive Chef: Andrew Cain
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine
  • Special Events: Winemaker's Dinners

    Visit our website for event calender

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Valet Parking
A word from Santé at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn
Santé Restaurant is the Inn's premier dining room and has earned a national reputation for its outstanding food. Recipient of a prestigious Michelin Star as well as the AAA Four Diamond Award, Santé is the only restaurant in the Sonoma Valley to receive these accolades. Condé Nast Traveler said 'it's worth a special trip just to eat here' and Gourmet Magazine calls the food 'the best of the new Wine Country style.' Only the freshest local produce, meats, poultry and seafood are used to create elegantly simple dishes that let the natural flavors of the food speak for themselves.



A wine list, honored with Wine Spectator's 'Award of Excellence' features over 500 Sonoma and Napa wines.

*Sante' will offer Grand Buffet's only for Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Please call restaurant for further details.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Santé at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
82 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (62)special occasion (60)romantic (55)notable wine list (49)great for outdoor dining (44)good for groups (10)scenic view (7)late-night find (6)hot spot (5)vibrant bar scene (4)neighborhood gem (4)kid-friendly (2)great for lunch (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We have been several times. Never have had anything less than outstanding. Well done!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Sonoma must
    lulu
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    It was our second time at this place and they really keep consistance going on.Great foot, beautiful place, very nice and attentive service.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Special
    janlouise
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We had a wonderful time and great service from Mike and everyone else! Food was very special. The chicken was amazing and huge amount!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Probably Sonoma's Best
    cwpnewpaltz
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    This is an incredible place. A friend advised I pass it up and go somewhere trendier, the "hot new thing." I prefer the classics. Let me say simply that their "poulard en cocotte" is the finest chicken preparation I've ever eaten in the United States, almost on a par with Paul Bocuse or Sophie Bise. It was followed by a millefeuille of fraises des bois. Whoever heard of such a thing here? It was delicate, extremely flavorful and simply out of this world. The wine list is reasonably priced considering the quality offered--anywhere from 35% to 125% markup from retail, and the service was considerate, attentive and impeccable. FANTASTIC!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What a great adventure
    jacob
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Dinning at Sante was an amazing experience! There was nothing but perfection on the entire meal. We had the PERFECT wine, the perfect appetizer, the perfect meal, and the perfect dessert. My wife and I LOVED the whole event. They greeted us warmly, brought us right to the table, the waitress called us by name, and was very polite. I eat at many places from top of the line, to average, and this one was off the chart!!! Highly recommend this wonderful restaurant! If you want to just smile from beginning to end, eat here! It is expensive, as are all the best places, but it is certainly worth the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent, but expensive
    Rick
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I gave 4 stars, the only downside was it was too expensive. $420 for two, not including tip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambiance, food disappointing
    llefs
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    My family and I ate here our first night in Sonoma. The ambiance of the restaurant is great- beautiful setting with the patio overlooking the pool. My sister and I shared the chicken and my parents shared the Waygu beef. The service was excellent, however we were all disappointed with the food given the rather expensive price. If you are looking for a nice meal I would recommend another restaurant where the food stands up to the price tag.
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  • Special place to dine
    dcrdcrVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Ambience is lovely indoors and out. Presentation veey artful. Salmon was nice but a little boring in flavor. Crusted in quinoa and green sauce uninteresting. Pork dish was more flavorful. Chocolate souffle was tasty. Wine was best part though quite expensive per glass. Service was fabulous as was atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Once Again
    TravellingFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    This is my second visit to Sante and once again it was amazing. The food is truly gourmet. The service is impeccable. The atmosphere is casual elegance at it's finest. I can not envision a time when I will visit Sonoma without having dinner at Sante while I'm there. Absolutely the best restaurant in the area. The chef's tasting menu was an absolute delight. We had the chance to taste so many menu items in one sitting we were stunned by the variety. The very best thing we ate was the cauliflower mousse topped with caviar served in an egg shell. Thank you for a lovely evening Sante and Fairmont Mission Inn.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Superb dining experience Excellent Service and wonderful menu choices.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Santé
    Frenchluv
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    What an experience we will never forget! Service was right on! And food was out of this world amazing! Thanks Chef!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Splurge on the tasting menu
    diner4VIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Visited Santé on a vacation to Sonoma, and splurged on the tasting menu with the wine pairing. Marc, the sommelier, was outstanding. The Chef's seasonal preparations were outstanding, and the entire presentation from the comfortable chairs to the color of the caviar were on point. Definitely one of the best meals we experienced while in Sonoma.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fresh, fantastic and local cuisine
    EZ2BMEVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We were seated immediately upon arrival. The wine list was impressive. We ordered appetizers which were the seared scallops and pork belly and the heirloom tomatoes. Both were perfectly prepared and presented. Our entree was the sesame crusted ahi tuna seared to perfection. We will definitely go back to Sante'
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Luvgreatfood
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food was beautiful and the staff very attentive
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific dinner, romantic setting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Our dinner at the Sonoma Mission Inn's restaurant Sante was fabulous. Delicious food, great outdoor setting, attentive service. Carnaroli Risotto (with black truffles) and Valrhona chocolate souffle were standouts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • has potential, but dissapointing
    sarabara79VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    i gave sante service two stars for the bus boys. our waitress was clearly less than thrilled to be serving us, or be at work, but the bus boys were great and very friendly. the food was okay, however, i would never search it out- just ate there out of convenience. sitting out next to the pool and a gorgeous evening was very nice. if you stay at the hotel and don't want to drive, you are a captive audience. in the future, i would eat at the bar and skip the restaurant. $200+ bill for 2 of us, not worth it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SF in Sonoma
    Pugala
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    So surprised to find this lovely, quality restaurant right here in Sonoma, not because Sonoma doesn't have several high quality restaurants, but because this one is more sophisticated than most. The Sonoma Mission Inn is a great hotel, but it is located in a mildly down market area. Not bad just not as good as you could expect. But the restaurant changes everything, the decor is beautiful, dark, sophisticated and soothing. The service was mindful, but unobtrusive and polite and very professional. The food was the big draw. Different combinations, selections that are harder to find in Sonoma. Everything from the steak sampler to the fresh halibut was delicious. It was more like a SF restaurant, and possibly unique in Sonoma.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • foodluvrVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Would highly recommend this restaurant. The food was fabulous and the service was outstanding.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a phenomenal experience!
    FoodieGirlVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Santé is one of those restaurants that I dream of! The food is always spectacular, the service is always very professional without being stuffy, and the atmosphere (both inside and out) is elegant. Every time I eat here, I can't wait until I return. Some of my favorites? The seasonal risotto appetizer (which this time was corn and black truffle...YUM!!), the trio of beef (so mouth-wateringly delicious, it is hard for me to try anything else), and of course, the soufflé for dessert! I also LOVE the variety of cheeses available on the cheese cart. For this particular dining experience, we had Jim as our Sommelier and Stephanie as our server. Both were so lovely! This is an amazing team and an amazing restaurant! Highly recommend it!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Find
    NomTime
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    On a whim, we decided to stop at Santé for dinner. We ordered the chef's tasting menu and wine paring. Each dish was creative and full with flavor. The service was excellent, and the staff was friendly and knowledgable. Come prepared with your check book as it is priced on the higher side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romantic dinner
    Pizzaasafoodgroup
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    For my 50th birthday special occasion with my husband. Sat on the patio staff was outstanding. Too bad the group beside us was so loud and oblivious to those around them
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good but not outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    you certainly feel like a special guest here at Sante where the service staff is pleasant, knowledgeable and attentive. As it was a quiet mid-week night, we probably had more staff buzzing around us than was necessary, but all were very nice. dining poolside on the patio was great with the heat lamps nearby, making for a dramatic evening setting of sorts. lobster terrine app was delicious and beautiful; the scallops app less so - crispy sweetbreads were non-descript and scallops too lean in the serving. pork entree was tough tho cooked med rare - the sides were nice but didn't meld as nicely as the lamb dish which was more complex and crafted tastier.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great people with average food
    OrySVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Our service couldn't get any better but sadly the food was very average (perhaps below average for two people in our party). We aren't sure whether it was the high amount of salt or preservatives in the food which kept us up all night. I believe coming from the Bay Area, we have grown accustomed to an outstanding quality therefore ones expectations grow high for a Michelin ranked restaurant. Sadly Sante didn't live up. What's heartbreaking is that the people working there couldn't be any kinder or show more etiquette. The prices of the food were Michelin prices and quality was average.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • RonP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Great food and service!! Our server did a outstanding job recommending vegetarian dishes for my girlfriend and we had a great experience!
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    late-night find
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  • Fabulous!
    EmsfVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    As usual, Sante hits every mark! Food, service, ambiance (just renovated) cannot be beat!!! Can't wait for another visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not great
    Jane
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The service was good. Very attentive waiters. The food was not very good. I wouldn't go back.
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    notable wine list
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  • Our favorite Sonoma restaurant.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    We go to Sante for all our special occasions. Never a disappointment.
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    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Great Dining Experience
    Steakandwinelover
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I took my girlfriend here for her birthday and sante did not disappoint. Great food, great service, and a great overall experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Romantic dining
    Gemma
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Really romantic setting. Service could not have been better. I was not impressed with my first course- carrot soup. The steak trio was wonderful but a very small portion. Chocolate soufflé amazing but very very expensive at $30. (Meant for 2). The wine list is extensive but very expensive . Luckily we were given commentary glades of champagne which was a lovely gesture.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not exceptional
    GeckoBZ
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    I'm probably being a little harsh here as we were on vacation and had some stunning meals elsewhere and so sante did not blow me away. The food was good, the server attentive and the sommelier knowledgable and friendly. We chose to sit outside as it was a really pleasant evening, as had many others, so I can't really comment on the ambience. For a really special meal my top pick would have to be Etoile.
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  • KaimiVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Food was very disappointing. To their credit, the restaurant removed the cost of one entre. We did not complain, but also did not eat much of the meal. According to the staff, the "chef noticed that it was not properly prepared" when the plate returned to the kitchen. We would not return.
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  • Caesar
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Wonderful service-food-winelist-ambiente. Thank you so much to the friendly staff.
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    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It doesn't get any better
    SatisfiedVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    This is our first time back since the renovation. It is a sophisticated, lovely interior. My husband said if he won the lottery we would be eating her alot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous experience
    MukundVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    As vegans, we asked if the food could be veganized and the chef accommodated our requests very well! The service was brilliant! The wine selection is awesome! All in all a fantastic sensory experience!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 48 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 659 reviews are from the Santé at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn reviews archive.
  • A go-to special restaurant
    sonomakid
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Yes, the tab runs high, but the fare and the service is worth every penny for those who seeking a special place for a special occasion. The service is outstanding even though it borders on the fussy side at times. We did not try the tasting menu, but were extremely pleased by the fare offered on the ala carte side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner
    roberto
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Sitting was prompt. Initial service slow, wine bread. Service from there on slow, not prompt like you would expect in a Michelin restaurant. Food was good but served cold! The server forgot our initial order for desert so we could not have it. So overall not what you would expect on a restaurant that is heavily advertised as one of the top in Sonoma. Service is as important as food quality, both were weak.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at Sante
    GudfudandwineVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The restaurant is in an elegant setting in Sonoma Wine Country, and offers a tasting menu as well as a la carte selections. The staff are efficient, polite and knowledgeable and provide an enjoyable and relaxing dining experience. The wine list is extensive (and expensive), featuring Sonoma County wines. Dishes are well-prepared and well-presented. My wife had a halibut that melted in the mouth, while I enjoyed a sampling of three different cuts of steak, each with its own accompanying garnish and sauce.
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    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyed but wont return
    VanT
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We ate out side, the ambiance was nice even romantic. Our main server was okay, but her back up staff was great they were everything she was lacking, friendly and interactive. Our appetizers were great. My husband and i weren't blown away with the entree. I had the halibut and unfortunately it was overly salted, maybe i should have sent it back but I hate being that person! Desert was Fantastic! Over all it was a pleasant Overpriced evening
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  • Expensive & Very Bad Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    It's been a couple years since dining at Sante. I like the room makeover, though the posts in the middle of the room make dining at an adjacent table very awkward. The food was very good, though portions are on the small side. Food and wine prices are expensive. Roughly 50% more than "comparable" items at Cafe LaHaye or EDK (both restaurants are significantly better in my opinion). Service was slow and poor. 3 hours dining time for a party of four having wine, a starter, and an entree each...no dessert or coffee. We never received one appetizer. One bottle of wine took 30 minutes to deliver. My diet coke also took 30 minutes and three requests. We practically had to beg for bread and the bill.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Letmebrealwyou
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Poor service. Slow. So-so food. Way over-priced for the actual quality. Trying hard to be 5 star with 2 star results.
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