SB Prime
SB Prime

SB Prime

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.sbprime.com/
  • Phone: (905) 634-6275
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday to Thursday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
    Friday and Saturday: 11:00am - 1:00am
    Closed Sunday
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, Continental
  • Executive Chef: James Trotman
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: SB Prime's facilities include a dining room, outdoor patio and our large lounge area great for cocktail parties and live entertainment. View our catering menu options on our website or work with our team to customize your event menu.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private Party Booking available for 20 - 100 Guests in our Lounge and/or Dining Room.
  • Private Party Contact: Darryl Smith 905-634-6275x
  • Entertainment: Weekdays after work 4pm to 8pm and Weekends after 10pm
  • Special Events: SB Prime is the perfect venue for both corporate and social special events.

    View our Group Menu package online or work with our team to customize your event.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Elgin Street
  • Public Transit: We are just Steps Away from the Burlington Downtown Transit Terminal
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Did You Know our Customer Park for Free?

    Park in our Building Lot or Anywhere throughout Downtown Burlington, Present your Receipt Stub and we'll Reimburse you on your Check.
A word from SB Prime
SB Prime is a modern interpretation, menu, decor and service, of the great steakhouses of the 20th century. Take advantage of our dining room for more intimate dining , our lounge for a higher energy casual experience or our patio for outdoor hospitality

All of our steaks and entrees are prepared to order and garnished simply. We offer a selection of unique and seasonally inspired appetizers, sides and desserts for you to choose from to complement your entree selection.

Our professional staff is committed to providing an exceptional level of service to ensure you fully enjoy your experience with us.

SB Prime is a modern, 'come as you are' dining room, lounge and patio focused on delivering a high quality, dining and entertainment experience in downtown Burlington
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SB Prime reviews from OpenTable diners
21 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.6
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
58% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (8)romantic (6)fit for foodies (4)late-night find (4)great for lunch (3)notable wine list (3)neighborhood gem (3)good for groups (3)kid-friendly (2)vibrant bar scene (1)great for brunch (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Lunch Review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Met up with an old friend and it was not busy when we were there for lunch so it allowed us to catch up and share some laughs without out disturbing the other guests. Been there for dinner before and it was much more lively. Overall good lunch but I was being healthy and I know there are some items that are decadent on the lunch menu and I am sure would have been exceptional - Lobster for lunch! That said come for dinner sometime and get a steak ... excellent but in both cases lunch and dinner ... wonderful staff.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday meal
    Wils
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I went to SB prime for my 27th birthday and really enjoyed the time I had while I was there. I ordered the swordfish which I have never had before and is not one of my favorite dishes. The service was excellent our waters were always full and the wine we selected was superb.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Fotogal
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    This was our second time to SBPrime. The first visit was excellent but this time while the service was exceptional, we found our strip loins a little tough. We both order them as medium rare and while they appeared cooked correctly the meat just didn't seem tender. I also ordered the roasted vegetables and found the asparagus to be burnt and dry on the best part - the tips. My husband also ordered the ceasar salad and he was very disappointed as it had hardly any dressing on it and what dressing there was, was very runny. Bread was also not provided but other tables did get some.
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  • Almost good
    finedinergal
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The dining area was small but very nice. The waiter took our drink order eventually. We waited 15 minutes to get our drinks. We had to pretty much beg for another. We weren't offered a third, so we went elsewhere. He was not attentive. We ordered oysters. They were great. I got swordfish. It was dry and flavorless and I did not enjoy it. I took a few small bites and I kindly let the waiter know. He took it from me & didn't say a word. No offer of another dish. He wouldn't stay long enough to hear where we wanted the apps, so they ended up w/ me. I paid $117.00 for only 3 oysters & two bevs. Disappointed. We have many events & I was hoping to bring people in. I don't know if I will be back. I cannot afford the very poor service.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My new Keg
    2candine
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Food is over the top. Presentation outstanding. Nice relaxing meal. No rush.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tawnin
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    This restaurant has prime location in downtown Burlington. I had high expectations. There was a piano bar at the front; the piano player was not very good and only served to make our dining experience too loud. We sat in a small square dinning room behind the bar area. Not warm or welcoming. Service was terrible, bar tender decanted our wine after pouring our glasses. Waiter did not return to pour the second glass of wine. He had no personality. Food was good but it was a basic meal filet mignon with a side of season vegetables. I don't like having to pay for my sides separately. I feel like I'm not getting value for my money. I will not return.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DINNER ON A SATURDAY NIGHT
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had a very nice time.Excellent service,and all in all,quite enjoyable.One note,at 7 pm on a Saturday,you should not be out of both sizes of your Filet Mignon.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just alright... There is potential
    Medicaaron
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Took my wife here for our fifth wedding anniversary. The staff were friendly, but not particularly attentive. The food tased good, except for the crab cake appetizer, but not amazing. Overall, we left satisfied, but only just.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable
    Tank2kVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Walking distance from the waterfront, in downtown Burlington. Service was very good, the steak was good, and I will certainly go again for dinner.
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  • Not as special the second time
    CriticTC
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Made a reservation to a downtown Burlington Restaurant that my wife and I enjoyed so much the first time but it turned out to be much less enjoyable the second time. A combination of the seating arrangement, the waiter, the food was all a little disappointing this time around. I faced a garage pull down wall this time, the waiter asked us if we found any winners on our menu a few times, we ordered a cheese plate and the amount of toast and bread basket(4 slices in it) did not suffice the double amount of cheese. The rib eye steak was sliced very thin and over cooked. Lastly the live music stopped at 8pm and the choice of piped in music was poor...should pay the extra hour to keep live musician.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great early evening experience
    Ripvaneater
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    My wife and I had booked an early reservation because of prior commitments. We were so glad we did. We experienced a quiet, romantic and excellent dinner with well-timed and attentive service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing but the best
    Rocky123
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    My wife and I went for an anniversary experience and were not dissapointed. We were taken care off from the moment we walked in to the moment we left. What a classy place. Job well done!!! Highly recomend.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Wonderful Evening
    PandP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Everything was top notch. Food, service and ambiance all combined to make for an excellent evening. We were celebrating a special evening and manager Darryl went out of his way to make it so, even including a complimentary 1/2 bottle of champagne. the Taste of Burlington Menu had great choices and all foods sampled were outstanding. Excellent value for the price charged.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Prime
    rubylynx13
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Ordered the pre-fixe menu and added crab cakes. The food was so-so. Definitely glad we tried the pre-fixe menu as it was a bit pricey. The wine ordered was about $50 for the bottle- once returning home tried to find it online because we liked it and was disappointed to see the average price per bottle was $8. Huge mark-up. The crab cakes were a bit bland but not terrible. Also ordered the Caesar and pork belly. Both lacked the flavor we were hoping for. For entrees ordered the steak and Cajun chicken papardelle. The steak was very peppery but good. The chicken had no spice at all and came out with Farfalle. Dessert was good- but not great. Overall was a fun place but likely won't be back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 7 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 163 reviews are from the SB Prime reviews archive.
  • Horrible
    Foodlover
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    The entire meal was awful. Tuna tartare was so over marinated that the tuna was blac and the salt content was far too high. My husbands steak was under seasoned and over cooked, and it was the first braised veal shank I have ever had that was actually tough. The waiter was up observant and unapologetic about the temperature of the steak. Would never go back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • very dissapointed
    alext
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Dined here June 14th with my wife. I ordered a Strip loin rare, and when I received it, it was over cooked. I was asked by whom I think was the manager if everything was okay, and made him aware of the problem. He was very rude, and begrudgingly took my steak to replace it. He then returned 2 minutes later with my same steak, and I was told it was cooked perfectly, and that I was wrong (the steak was quite obviously medium, and light grey is pink in the middle). Not wanting to create a scene, I took it back. I have never seen such appalling service. To have your meal parading around your restaurant for inspection is unacceptable. Our steak was also not removed from the bill. I will give you some credit though, my mashed potatoes were great.
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  • Decent steak joint
    ACER
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Just like the title says its a decent steak place but not a great steak place.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasantly surprised:)
    Dinercat
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We had dinner at Prime on May 24th. The meal was delicious and the server was able to recommend a great cocktail to accompany my meal. Overall a very good experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Celebration
    stiletto
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Took my best friend here for a birthday celebration, food was amazing and service from Chris was excellent. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impressed
    Hungry2nite
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    We were very impressed with SB Prime. The service was outstanding. The steak tartar was amazing, better than when we ordered it at a fine restaurant in Hungary. For an entre, my husband ordered the rib eye and the flavour was exceptional. We visited Prime for a special occasion and were not disappointed. Enjoyed the 1/2 priced bottle of wine on a Monday. Very relaxed atmosphere. Will deffinately visit again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service Great.......Food?
    sunlover
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We were so excited for this restaurant!! Our server Andrew was fantastic:) However the food was such a disappointment:( My veal shank was tasteless, but the spaghetti squash was amazing. My friends stuffed chicken was soooo dry she couldn't eat it. She asked me to try it and I could see how DRY it was, no thanks! Her husbands steak was not good either and my Husbands mashed potatoes were so cold that the butter didn't melt. Andrew was great and brought us a GREAT dessert to make up for it and that was a nice treat!! Oh he also took the chicken off the bill(thank you Andrew).However we wont return based on the fact there was too much wrong with our main courses. So unfortunate... because it has a nice atmosphere!
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  • My wife and I really enjoyed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    My wife and I really enjoyed our experience. Service was exceptional. Atmosphere was excellent. The food was acceptable but could use some attention. Our steaks were not prepared as directed. The potatoes au gratin appeared to be food service variety.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    Great food and a central location to meet friends...went on St. Patrick's Day and most items on the menu were not available. But everyone in our group was impressed with the food. Only real downside was a $39.00 parking ticket, because i took the stub into the restaurant to get the advertised "free parking" for the restaurant. I am not from Burlington and it will not be worth my while to try and fight the ticket. Be careful and make sure you split the ticket and only take 1/2 into to the restaurant. We will definitely return to this restaurant and look forward to our next meal there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very rushed meal
    dorshecVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We had a reservation booked and when we went to the restaurant we were told they had a private function and we would have less than 2 hours to eat. Not a great way to start the meal. The waiter was great but we felt very disconnected from the restaurant when we were sat in the back room. Food was definitely not as good as our first visit to SB Prime. We were not impressed with the new menu or the quality of the food. We will not be returning to SB Prime any time soon.
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  • disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    Went to SB Prime mid week for lunch with a group. Only two others were there and it was Taste of Burlington. Great service from a very good waitress but we were in a room off the main bar area which felt a bit like a secondary room. The main bar area was empty. Food was just ok and we didn't like anything on the TOB menu so chose off the main menu. Would not rush back.
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  • Every time I go I can't imagine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    Every time I go I can't imagine my experience being better than the last but they always seem to outdo themselves. The staff is so accommodating to food allergies without batting an eye.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, great service!
    Mark
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    The food and service were excellent and with Taste of Burlington, the price was right.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Taste of Burlington
    Peter
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    The three course meal was very good and well priced. The steak was well prepared as was the Arctic char.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentines day score
    Vaughan
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    I would recommend this place! It was a great valentines evening. Andrew was our server and was great, attentive, little things as pouring our second glasses of wine when noticed glasses were empty. Food was quite good, especially the scallops app... To die for, coming from two foodies! Will for sure return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Vday Night
    NoBoozePlz
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Everything about the evening was fabulous. Service was wonderful. Server's recommendation on meal choice was spot on perfect with my date's wine selection. Ambience was great with live music playing in the main room filtering nicely into the back dining area. Food was heavenly. Great portions, and amazing flavours in each dish were matched to perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice touches
    Vdaydiner
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I took my wife here for Valentine's Day. The chocolate rose on the table and our names written on the dessert added a lot to our evening. The food was amazing and I would return and recommend based on that, though there was nothing else holding me back from doing so. The price was reasonable for the food received, especially when most restaurants increase the price dramatically. SB Prime kept it reasonable, but the quality was still high. I was a little disappointed not to be sitting in the front room, as I did not know there was a back room separate from the piano when viewing the website and booking. Asking a couple times for bread is always disappointing for a restaurant that did so well in all other areas, small but important.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SB Prime
    Islesrule
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    The steaks were outstanding. Everything else was just ok. It was cold in the restaurant. We joked with other patrons in the temperature in the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food and service, loud music
    FurbyVIP
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    The good food and service at our recent dinner was overshadowed by music so loud one could not easily carry on a conversation and temperatures so cool in the restaurant that were so cool my feet were still cold even though I had on insulated socks. We did however enjoy our food and the service was good. The potato, bacon and cheddar soup was very tasty. The halibut was an interesting combination with the good sized halibut filet served over a combination of yogurt, Kale and sweet potato. My partners chicken supreme was quite large and the accompanying, maple gastrique was a good addition. They have no decaf coffee. Overall reasonable value at $72 plus tip but don't go on Friday night with live entertainment or in cold weather
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good service and food
    jane
    Dined on 12/17/2013
    Service was excellent as usual... steak was slightly overdone but wait staff quickly sent it back to be replaced ... very good service, friendly and attentive, cheese plater was very good!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    The food was outstanding.....I have never had a rack of Lamb any better. My husbands steak was excellent and grilled to perfection. The presentation was great and the timing of the courses perfect. Thanks for a great night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place for an evening out!!
    Krislal
    Dined on 11/20/2013
    The staff were very friendly and cheerful!! The food was innovative and well presented!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SB PRIME LIVED UP TO IT'S REVIEWS
    CriticTC
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    WONDERFUL EVENING - MEAL, SERVICE WAS EXCELLENT AND DEFINITELY MY FAVOURITED RESTAURANT IN BURLINGTON WHEN YOU NEED A SPECIAL NIGHT OUT! .
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • disappointed
    stillhungry
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    We thought this would be a nice intimate delicious dinner. Server was great though not familiar with menu because he was new. The food was very disappointing and the portions were tiny. Certainly not the best choice for steak or any "prime" meat. Dinning area is hidden away behind the empty bar. Surprising.
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  • Good decision
    kt13
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    This is the second time I've reviewed this restaurant. The first was on Trip Advisor. We've dined here a few other times without a review and it's been worth returning. Two couples who enjoy catching up...we chose this restaurant because it is quiet enough to hear the conversation. The only disappointment in the food was the Caesar salad that truly was lacking flavour...however with the attention we had from the manager, I'm betting there will be a change in the salad dressing. The steaks were amazing and the salmon cooked perfectly. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Service
    SMCZ
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    First time at this restaurant and we can't say enough about the excellent service we received. Our waiter Chris was attentive, enjoyable and deserving of a well earned tip. Manager Darryl was professional and paid special attention to our celebration event providing an excellent table and a few complimentary extras that were very much appreciated and made our dinner even more special. Our meal was very good. However, I forgot to order the red wine demi-glace with my tenderloin steak as I felt it was needed to bring out the flavour. We had a bottle of wine which was appropriately decanted. The atmosphere was refreshingly quiet and we thoroughly enjoyed our evening.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.