Saul
Saul

Saul

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.saulrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 718-935-9844x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday:11:30am - 3:00pm
    Lunch: Wednesday - Friday: 12:00pm -3:00pm
    Dinner: Wednesday & Thursday: 5:30pm-10:00pm
    Dinner: Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm-11:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday: 5:00pm-9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Saul Bolton
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Take the 2 or 3 to Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum. Transfers to the 2 and 3 are available from the 4 and 5 (at Nevins Street) and the B, D, Q, N, R, and LIRR (at Atlantic Avenue/Pacific Street). See a subway map. Current MTA construction projects are leading to frequent changes to 2 and 3 service, particularly on the weekends. Please check MTA
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: The Brooklyn Museum parking lot extends a $2.00 discount off the applicable posted rate,
A word from Saul
After 14 successful years in the neighborhood, Boerum Hill’s Michelin-starred restaurant, Saul, has moved to a new and larger space in the world-renowned Brooklyn Museum. Chef Saul Bolton has collaborated with the Brooklyn Museum and Restaurant Associates to bring the vibrant community a remodeled and refined version of the lauded New American restaurant. Chef Bolton also oversees food and beverage for the Museum’s café, the Counter.

Available a la carte, prix fixed, or via a chef’s tasting, the menus at Saul are inspired both by the season’s bounty, as well as the products and ingredients sourced from the restaurant’s long-standing artisanal purveyors. Guests will find a number of old favorites on the menu, in addition to several re-imagined newcomers. To complement Chef Bolton’s fare is Saul’s impressive wine list and cocktail program where mixologist Dan Carlson has created a number of seasonal libations for guests to enjoy.

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Saul reviews from OpenTable diners
56 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (31)special occasion (22)neighborhood gem (15)great for brunch (12)great for lunch (11)good for groups (10)romantic (9)great for outdoor dining (7)notable wine list (7)scenic view (4)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • Wonderful dinner
    Akka2323
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We are from Germany and in N.Y. for 14 days. We tried last year to eat at Saul's, but is was closed. The dinner was very good. Small but enough, very fresh and with fantasy. It was the best dinner we had in N.Y.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • location, location?
    familyman
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The restaurant, a sophisticated room located within the Brooklyn Museum, had a refined atmosphere and service, but its location proved disappointing for a Saturday evening dinner when the museum itself was closed. Everything was simply too reserved. Friends had recommended the restaurant as a good choice for a special occasion, and indeed service was quite attentive. But the combination of few other diners and an unimaginative menu made it less than satisfying for me. This restaurant was originally on a thriving street in Cobble Hill where it should have stayed.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Second Date Magic
    Raul
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food was great, the service impeccable. It was truly 5 star dining in Brooklyn. The foie gras was amazing as was the porchetta. The chef only uses farm fresh ingredients and it shows. I will definitely be coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Tasting Menu
    ollie
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We were lucky enough to get a tasting menu prepared by Saul himself. It was excellent and worth every penny.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • fine dining at the Brooklyn museum
    billlVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    never know what to expect in an institutional setting, so just delighted to find a gem at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Room, service, food presentation and tastes were all terrific. best octopus salad (and most unusual) ever. The amuse bouche was beautiful (yellow watermelon, etc.). Scallops terrific with corn and guaciale. Dessert does not live up to rest of menu, however. Cannot wait to return
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Terrific Food and Great Service
    MariaMVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Saul was always a special treat for us when it was on Smith Street. So, I was a little leery of the new location. But, the space is beautiful and quiet. The food was as good or better than I remember. I had the grilled octopus, which was divine. Others in my party had the foie gras, duck, and skate. All were supurb. Finished the meal off with a perfect baked alaska. Service was also attentive, but not overwhelming. Perfect. Worth the trek to the new space.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Food
    mommiemorris
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We were fans of the original Saul and have eaten brunch at the new museum location twice. The food is delicious, the service is friendly and efficient and the noise level is refreshingly low. The atmosphere is grown up, as befitting a museum setting, but kids are made welcome. Both times we went it was not very busy. I like that the restaurant is a bit of a hidden gem, but I also want it to thrive, so it stays around a long time. Hence why I'm writing this review (something I wouldn't typically do) to help spread the word.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Great food at a good price
    Joel
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Inside the Brooklyn museum. Food was very good though not exceptional. The price was right. Atmosphere was a little weird at 8pm in a deserted museum - the ambiance feels more like a museum cafe than a restaurant
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional food as always
    Clintonhiller
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Saul's new location is very different from the Smith street spot. The room is beautifully appointed and rest assired that the cooking and service are as exceptional as ever!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ease up on the salt
    lesssaltplease
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The service was wonderful and most of the food was delicious. The combinations of ingredients were great, inventive but not too bizarre. Grilled octopus salad, tiny corn and mushroom custard--fantastic. However, the scallop dish with peas, guanciale, and chanterelles was almost unbearably salty, especially the chanterelles, which each tasted like they'd been dipped in salt before being put in the dish.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simple and tasteful
    hv3456
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Saul is a perfect museum restaurant with a good selection of appetizers and entrees, and a solid cocktail menu complete with small batch liquors and other things you've come to expect from the Brooklyn foodie scene. The baked bread they bring to the table was also very good. Everything was perfectly cooked, including the octopus appetizer, and my duck breast dinner was simply delicious. Portions are good, and our baked Alaska dessert was the perfect cap to our meal. I have nothing negative to say about my experience here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent fine dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Our dinner at Saul was perfect. The service was good; the Ai Wei Wei bicycle sculpture was visible through the long, narrow interior windows between the restaurant and the museum; the food was delicious-- seasonal and thoughtfully made and presented. We both had seafood: our scallops and skate were prepared as seafood should be, and the baked Alaska made a memorable conclusion to a memorable meal. Some reviews described the museum setting and guards as unwelcoming; we found that claim to be completely untrue. My only disappointment is that the outdoor dining doesn't have a good view of the nearby sculpture garden. The indoor dining room is therefore nicer and more suited to an art museum.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Everything is yummy!
    HiddenVillageOfBrooklyn
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I have yet to eat one badly prepared dish at this restaurant. Everything is delicious! The service is always wonderful too.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good try but not quite there!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I was looking forward to eating at Saul after reading all the great reviews. Planned a trip to the Brooklyn Museum and included lunch at Saul. The restaurant has potential but did not live up to expectations. The menu was fairly limited and unimaginative. Not that many options worth trying. Service was young and helpful but seemed inexperienced. The restaurant is quite pricey so expected much more, but would have been disappointed at half the price! To be fair, this may not be the best location for a restaurant that claims to be fresh, locally sourced and innovative.
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  • Saul, 7/23/14
    Andy
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The food was very good, portions a bit on the small side, but adequate for lunch. Service was rather slow, but at least the staff was sympathetic about it and insisted on giving me my dessert "on the house"!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hopefully an off day
    bobe
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Sunday Brunch will not be repeated. The recipe concepts were very good. The execution was poor. Toast was burned, fritata was overcookedand croisants were a disaster.
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  • Great Brunch!
    Caley
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Great Brunch - perfectly cooked eggs! Service was fab - young lady did a really great job! Great drinks and food!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • dkd
    GigotloverVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The menu is somewhat limited, which is not necessarily a criticism because the dishes available were excellent--well-prepared, beautiful presentation. The service was also excellent. Everyone from receptionist to waiter was friendly and helpful. The wines are reasonably priced. The view is all inward but attractive.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVED IT!!!!
    jaxsingchef
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I'd eaten at Saul when it was in my neighborhood many years ago and really enjoyed it. I was skeptical about trying Saul at the museum because I'd heard bad things about the service. Our dinner was pretty much perfect. The service was very good. The waitress seemed a little bit young and perhaps inexperience in that way, but very personable and did a good job. The food was stunning. Beautifully plated, delicious flavors, delightful to the eye. The octopus looked like a whimsical fairy land. Loved the Baked Alaska! AND WE COULD HEAR EACH OTHER!Granted the restaurant wasn't very busy and the acoustics were GREAT!!! We had a lovely meal. Only peeve is the menu is not online.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • Dissapointed
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Over $60 for a simple egg dish ( fratatta -very over salted) and very nice ( small serving of) chicken hash and 2 ice teas. Over priced and Ok only.
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  • CDTdine
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Not too crowded for brunch and a nice way to start a Sunday visit to the Museum
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    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Little oasis
    JmayVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Limited lunch menu with interesting choices, prepared and presented beautifully. Lovely respite from museum-going.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mbd3VIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Terrific restaurant located in the Brooklyn Museum of Art. I just wish the chairs were more comfortable!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Uninspired
    BijouxVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Aside from the hair in my Mothers plate we found brunch to be over priced and uninspiring. Very few selections that are quite predictable. Tables were wiped down in our arrival as the hostess told us how overwhelmed they were with brunch. It was Father's Day AT&T the Myseum and didn't seem particularly busy. The frittata with goat cheese and vegetables was a dry flat pancake. The scrambled eggs with salmon was a small timbale with two tiny flat pieces of toast. Yawn. They took the eggs off the tab due to the hair situation.
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  • Great brunch spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We dined with six people at Saul on Father’s Day and loved it! The food is amazing -from the almond croissant starters to the eggs and pancakes. Great special occasion place and lovely to be situated in the museum, gazing out at the Ai Wei Wei exhibit and then being able to stroll through the Botanic Gardens to work off your hearty brunch! Great all around.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth a visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    With al the good restaurants in Brooklyn, this is now one to avoid. Expensive, limited menu, no side with entree and small portions. The food was good but limited. Also, in a restaurant of this size they should have round tables that would hold 6 diners.
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    good for groups, great for lunch
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  • Saul continues to impress
    Pesquisador
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We go to Saul frequently and are always pleased with the food and presentation. This is the best restaurant in this part of Brooklyn. The addition of outdoor dining is a big plus.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • perfect place
    dougfir2410
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Very pleasantly surprised. Wonderful surroundings the sculpture garden was just perfect to sit and have a drink before dinner. food was prepared perfectly and service was top shelf. We will surely be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saul at BMA
    Weezie
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We recently ate at Saul at the Brooklyn Museum of Art to celebrate a sigificant birthday with friends who were fans of Saul on Smith St. The BMA version of Saul is excellent. The service from our arrival to departure was impeccable. Michael, our waiter, and the maitre d' were both professional, friendly, and helpful. One of our party has some dietary restrictions which the kitchen accommodated with no attitude. Our meals were exceptional, on par with the great service. The restaurant was quiet enough to allow for good conversation and the tables spaced so that we didn't hear those at the neighboring tables. We intend to return for other special occasions or with guests. It was a wonderful evening.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • pretty good
    luv2eatout
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    I was pleasantly surprised by the lunch menu. It is a little pricey for the Brooklyn folks.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 26 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 143 reviews are from the Saul reviews archive.
  • Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Awesome food Hidden gem. Pleasant room in the Brooklyn Museum. Carefully prepared food, first rate. Among Brooklyn's top tier restaurants, but not crowded. Quiet, with impeccable service. I love that there are only 5 appetizers, and 5 entrees. Simple and fresh. Menu changes, so you won't find it on website, but the night we went there were 2 meat entrees, 2 seafood, and one vegetarian. The gnocchi in a light cream sauce with fresh spring peas was a revelation. The best gnocchi either of us has ever had, and we've been around. (it's all about the amazing texture--no idea how the chef did that). I want to point out the amazing dinner rolls. Best complimentary bread I've been served in ages. The chef's funky take on Baked Alaska is a must.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Find
    Pickiefoodie
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Though the menu is small, certainly enough to choose from. The perfect end to a wonderful day at BBG and the museum. The gnocchi was heaven !
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    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Only small brunch portions.
    nickname
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We did not have a good experience. we made reservations way in advance. We were 4. We arrived on time at 1:45 pm. The noise level was scary. A group of about 15 ladies were at a table that sent noise waves to the neighborhood. Two small kids were running around. On of them fell and cried. The menu had only a few items and they were small. Lots of breads but few proteins. So we had scrambled eggs with salmon. the plate was well presented but it was an appetizer size portion. When they showed us the dessert menu we were ready to go. the nose level was really getting to us.
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  • Don't Come Hungry
    voxMom
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    The food was very good, but the portions were miniscule. I am not a big eater, but 3 scallops and a tablespoon of mashed potatoes for an expensive entree does not do it for me. It is a quiet atmosphere and an other restaurant near the Brooklyn Museum is several blocks away.
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  • Lovely Time
    DebDelicious
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    I went to Saul for lunch with my boss. The decor was the first thing I noticed. Very modern and chic. Had a salad with goat cheese and cashews (don't remember the exact name) and it was absolutely delicious. The entree was lamb's milk ricotta cheese gnocchi. YUM, YUM, YUM! I wish I could have had more. For dessert, you MUST try the baked Alaska. Hats off to the chef. I will be back.
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    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't eat here!
    Comeonman14
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Portions are extremely small, it seemed they were made for a child. My entree came to the table cold. Service was far from great. I would give this place no stars, if that was a choice. I will never go back again!
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  • Mother's Day Brunch
    BrooklynEatsVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Never been to a more disappointing Mother's Day brunch. Menu choices were uninspired. For $30, I had a biscuit and scrambled eggs. There was no festive spirit for the occasion. Extremely disappointing and nothing like the location on Smith in terms of quality and service.
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  • You say tomato...
    GardenGirlVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    The great part first -- the prix fixe lunch was delicious. Next, the qualifiers. I would say the portions were meager, not just small (at least be generous with the vegetable portions!). Due to some issue with the menus, we were graciously offered complimentary desserts and we chose the petit fours plate and chocolate lavender cake. To our dismay, the chef had apparently decided that his name for something overrides the rest of the world's understanding of that term. The petit fours plate was a cookie plate, and the chocolate lavender cake was a lavender cake with chocolate "sides." What would have been an overpriced but enjoyable lunch turned into a disappointment due to raised, but unfulfilled, expectations.
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  • Dinner in 4 acts
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Took my husband here for a ver special birthday. The staff was outstanding, friendly, helpful, attentive. From the concierge all the way down. The restaurant has a window into the museum floor so you can admire an exhibit while you are dining. And the food...wow. Flavors, textures, aromas...it was a food 'show' we couldn't wait to be surprised by the next course. Even our 8 year old picky eater was trying everything. I hope the service never changes and that it can manage to stay open for a very long time. I gave it 5 stars, but the only thing I would change is managing the noise in the place. It is very open, almost like a cafeteria, and sound bounces all around. On a quiet night not bad, but I imagine on a busy night would be bad.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Difficulttoplease
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Everything was lovely except this kind of disco beat music that was playing. We asked that it be turned down or off and fortunately it was.
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    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.