Sava's

Sava's

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://savasrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 7346232233x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Everyday: 8:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Everyday: 10:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Everyday: 3:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Sava Lelcaj
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Our simply elegant and affordable catering style is suitable for all of your specific needs. Please look through our catering ideas at savasrestaurant.com while keeping in mind that menus can be tailored to your specific needs. We invite you to create a menu of your own or work
    directly with our staff to design the perfect combination for your event. If interested, contact us via savascatering@gmail.com
  • Private Party Facilities: We host parties of 20 in a secluded back room as well as an upstairs mezzanine with a capacity of 75.
  • Private Party Contact: Felicia Viening & Sarah Fennel 7346232233x
  • Entertainment: Information available at www.savasrestaurant.com.
  • Special Events: Join us for happy hour, Monday through Friday from 3:00 to 6:00pm for half off of all wine by the glass, half off of our entire beer selection, and $3.00 off of our specialty cocktails, mixed drinks and spirits.

    Feeling a bottle? Each and every Sunday evening from 5:00 until 10:00pm we offer half off wine by the bottle. Can't finish it? Don't worry, we will cork it and send it off with you to enjoy the rest at home.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: State & Liberty / Huron
  • Public Transit: Lines 609 and 18 stop less than a block the the North on Huron, and Lines 4 and 3 stop on Liberty. Also, the Blake Transit Center located at 4th and William have regular incoming and outgoing buses from the greater Ann Arbor area. More information is available at www.theride.org.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Street and Ann Arbor Public Parking are both available within steps of Sava"s. If you can't find a spot out front, the Liberty Square and Maynard parking structures are just a block away. Maps can be found at www.a2dda.org.
A word from Sava's
Sava's Restaurant, originally Sava's State Street Cafe, opened June of '07 at a small location across from our current space. We started small, every year adding, changing, and working with our customers to achieve an atmosphere and menu that we were proud of. The quaint cafe was merely a jumping off point for the elaborate expansion that later followed. In August of '09 we opened Sava's Restaurant in the beautiful location we're in today, making a name for ourselves based on great service, a young, welcoming atmosphere, & delicious dishes.
We cater to a wide range of clientele, including students, professors, townies, out-of-towners – we open our doors to everyone. From our eclectic menu our best dishes are homemade, with quality ingredients from local vendors. We like Michigan beef, produce, and beer! Join us and experience Sava's for yourself!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Sava's reviews from OpenTable diners
157 reviews since June 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (87)great for lunch (64)neighborhood gem (59)special occasion (56)great for brunch (56)good for groups (52)great for outdoor dining (42)hot spot (39)romantic (30)vibrant bar scene (29)late-night find (21)kid-friendly (19)notable wine list (16)scenic view (9)Show More
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Delicious food and fabulous service. Thanks Sava!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noice level
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We usually go for dinner at Sava's before a concert at the Hill or Rackham. The food is very good. However, having such a big group up stairs talking/screaming so loud (happy hour?) is very annoying. We were sitting in a booth and couldn't understand each other very well. That was no fun.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Ann Arbor
    AnnArborFan
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    My son works in Ann Arbor and wanted to take us to a great restaurant, this was his choice! And he was right!!! Highly recomend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great date night!
    rudysrock
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The food and service was amazing. It was a bit loud, very crowded on a Friday night and tight spaced so you are right next to your neighbor. I went on a date night with my husband and we were completely satisfied because the food was amazing and our server was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impeccable Service and Fun Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    From the OpenTable reservation, to the hostess service over the phone when we were running late, to the quick seating, excellent menu choices and fast service we needed to make a local show on time, Sava's was EXCELLENT! My BLT with lobster was fresh and satisfying and my cocktail was a perfect compliment!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, late-night find, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    EMKA2
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    I tried a new dish, braised short ribs with kale and parsnips, and found it delicious. The others in my group enjoyed their choices, too. Sava's had an interesting selection of beers and wines. Our waiter, Jordan, was very attentive without interfering with our dinner and conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy
    brkitdwn
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Great food but I wouldn't say the best service I think service was better in my previous visits.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Never disappoints
    A2fanVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Been to Sava's several times and never been disappointed. She continues to vary the menu so that choices evolve each time. Food is always fresh with reasonable portions. The lamb ragu was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner was not that great
    Unsatatisfiedsusana
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Burgers were dry and kind of Luke warm and was not warm throughout my whole meal. The table was sticky. The outdoor table was placed so close to the table next to us that we could not fit a chair in between the person sitting at the next table and our table. The waitress was pretty slow about bringing us bill and did not bring refills for beverages. While we arrived early for our reservation we requested a table outside multiple times before recieving one. So I thought that communication between hostess and seaters was not as good as it should have been. I most likely will not be going back to savas and won't be recommending it to anyone else.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent as always
    AAFoodie1
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Sava's was once again excellent. The food and service here never fails. This is my go-to spot for great atmosphere, excellent drink selections (wine, craft beer, and always intriguing cocktails), and delicious food--all with a reasonable price tag.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Lunch with a Friend!
    AlyssasimpsVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Took a friend who is new to Ann Arbor here for lunch. We had a great table by the window with a view of State Street and good service. I had the chicken pesto panini which was excellent...perfectly seasoned! This was my second time eating at Sava's and I will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    BarbFVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Everything about this place was great! From the friendly greeting to the excellent food, we were very happy. Maize and blue burger and the sweet potato fries were terrific. The pecan encrusted chicken salad was delicious. My only suggestion.....the sandwiches come with nothing else on the plate, you have to order all the sides. Maybe, a small garnish???? Would not stop me from coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Visiting Faculty Meeting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    This is a great place to host visiting faculty. The atmosphere, food, and service are all exceptional.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • In Ann Arbor? Go to Sava's!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The sauces and accompaniments to the entrees were outstanding. This is what separates what you can do in your own kitchen or what average restaurants do from fine cuisine, as at Sava's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • worth a second chance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    The atmosphere and menu offerings were good. I appreciated Lambic as a beer choice. The Chicken Strazzapreti was unexpectedly dry. The flavors were there, but to me the term "cream sauce" really doesn't mean dry pasta- which it was. My feel is that I may have had an uncharacteristically poorly executed dish, as my general vibe is that this is a good foodie destination.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beware of the bartender
    Believe1
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The bar tender (she) was rude , and less than attentive. I would be careful if a female is behind the bar. BTW her male partner wasn't the best either but he was not rude.. Food service was fine.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food that melts in your mouth
    Kitchenbydesign
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We had short ribs, tuna tartare, a panini, brussel sprouts and the tacos to share. Everything was great. We will go back again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sad Birthday
    puppy123
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We made a reservation for 4:00 for my birthday dinner. We were told it would be a 5 minute wait, but we ended up waiting for twenty additional minutes. Our waitress was hard to find during the meal. The background music was annoying- too loud and distracting. The food was nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • localdiner
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We have eaten at Sava often. It is the only restaurant in the area that will take a reservation. The food was overall good, but one person's chicken was not cooked through. I had a delicious pasta dish that I have almost every time I eat there. The service is always good and we get the booth which we ask for when we make the reservation. the restaurant is very pleasant but very noisy. We are all older and there are a lot of young people there who don't mind the noise and have a great time!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Full Moon Cause of Bad Night?
    Zita
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We were looking forward to a nice pre-concert dinner, but ended up with a very disappointing meal. Service was extremely slow. Our choice of appetizers sounded great, but were poorly executed. Short rib pierogies were dry on the inside and the dough was too thick and dry also. I doubt if they were ever boiled. The tuna tartar was served poke style with seaweed and taro chips, but the tuna was totally lacking seasoning, cried out for soy. The goat cheese tart was heavy, more like a cheesecake. Entrees were better but overpriced, as was the wine. Half way through we were assigned a new waitress who worked hard to turn it around and comped us a few of the items we had complained about. I'm glad the concert was fabulous and saved the night.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find
    Ggwillis
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We stumbled upon Sava walking from the Campus Inn. We went before the game, after game and for a night cap after dinner! Then back for brunch the next morning!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favourite Spot. Love Sava's!
    hg80
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Excellent food, excellent drinks! The place gets very busy so either make a reservation or expect a short wait. The bar is, conveniently, right at the entrance for you while you are waiting. Just about everything is worth trying. Haven't been disappointed with anything yet!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bill
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    When visiting Ann Arbor we always visit Sava at least once, it never dissapoints
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love Everything Here
    newfavplace
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The restaurant is beautiful and although busy made my fiance and I feel special and focused on. The food was extravagant . . . If you like basic foods it might not be the place for you as they think outside the box and give many choices, but everything is exceptional and a new experience! I would reccomend Sava for romantic evenings as well as friends getting together tasting and trying new things and wine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good!
    lorch
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Food is always good and service nice…portions are a bit small for the price but it's worth it, anyway.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Trendy Spot
    Fashionista365VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Stylish place that's convenient and open late with interesting casual fare.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best in Ann Arbor
    MNFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I have been coming to Ann Arbor for four years and during each stay will eat at Sava's. The meal selections have always been eclectic, well presented and most importantly tasted great. The service is attentive and the atmosphere in the restaurant is inviting and fun. The menue is always being updated and the food quality and dining experience has been consistently great since my first meal.n If you are looking for a great meal and evening out in Ann Arbor, Sava's is the place to go.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautifully decorated
    FriendswithFood
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I reserved this restaurant for a Girls Night Out - party of 4. The restaurant is just as beautiful as the pictures show. One surprise was the quaint outdoor seating. The unfortunate surprise was the inconsistency in quality of food. Two of our appetizers had great potential but ended up way over done (the server also asked for our opinion so this was explained to her). Everyone enjoyed their entrees - portions were mediocre. Our server was attentive and professional. I would try this restaurant again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not entirely pleased
    windancer17
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I was celebrating my birthday and for an appetizer, we ordered their risotto balls, they were out of them. For an entrée, I had miso salmon which was undercooked, the broccoli was barely blanched and took forever to chew, and the whole dish was drenched in salt and decently over seasoned. Had their house class for a drink and it was extremely strong. I'm a rum drinker and thought it was in excess. Overall, wasn't thrilled. The only thing going for that place on that particular night was the atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding brunch!
    coachsok
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    First time for the Sunday brunch and it was everything and more that people said. Outstanding selection of nicely displayed foods -- something for everyone!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice lunch spot
    mj2203
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This was our first time at Sava's. It was recommended by friends that live in Ann Arbor. We wanted a nice place for lunch before the soccer game. It was perfect. The food was delicious and the service was great. After we were seated, we had to move from a table to a booth, so that they could accommodate another party. We received complimentary desserts for that. That was a nice touch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pettimaxVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Excellent as usual Always enjoy your new selections
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Nothing great but nothing bad. Would stay away from the brussel sprouts though - too greasy. Overall, significantly overpriced for the quality of food and experience.
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  • great experience
    SpringskierVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    THE FOOD at Sava's is remarkable! each dish is made with attention to detail. the service was just about perfectly timed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Nice setting and good service . Food was good and prompt.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Robbie
    Yummy
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Delicious food. Great combinations and choices. Colorful presentation and portions generous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as always
    Magglio
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Have been to Sava's several times and it NEVER disappoints! The menu is interesting, but has plenty of classics with/without a twist for those not so daring. The service is ALWAYS excellent and when the weather cooperates, it's lovely to dine outside.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CitychicVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I've been to the restaurant many times but this was my first trip to the Sunday buffet breakfast. The food was fantastic and very obviously all made in-house. Everything I sampled was delish. There were many choices on the day I was there including several egg dishes (scambled eggs, strata and a lovely egg casserole made with phyllo dough), chicken piccatta, a fish dish, pad thai, and all the accompanying side dishes. Starters included oysters, peel-and-eat shrimp, grilled vegetables, salads, deviled eggs and many more. The desserts won my heart. I loved the small sizes as it allowed for more tastings. The buffet price includes basic beverages - coffee, tea, milk and soda. For a $1 you can also enjoy bloody marys and mimosas.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner post AA art fair
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Food was excellent, server was cold and offputting. Would not respond when you asked for something or placed an order for food, just stared at you, which was strange. The food was fresh and very good however and that's why we go there. Fresh flower displays throughout the restaurant were a nice summery touch as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but pricey
    ypsiguy
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The food was good. Not phenomenal, but definitely enjoyable. I was expecting a little bit more quality for the price, honestly. The ravioli was good, but not $2 per each little ravioli good. The seafood pasta was very expensive. There were a couple pieces of seafood, but the pasta was nothing special. The polenta fries were the only thing we ordered that I felt were worth the expense. The atmosphere was also a little too, I don't know how to put it... yuppie? modern? The music was mostly inoffensive techno, the seats are all upholstered in pleather. Like maybe well-off Gen-X professionals would enjoy it. I personally like a little more of a rustic feel. The staff were very friendly and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet