Senza
Senza

Senza

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.senzachicago.com/
  • Phone: 7737703527
  • Hours of Operation:


    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm

    Sunday Brunch: Coming Soon
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Noah Sandoval
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wine
  • Special Events: Please join us in ringing in the New Year! Chef Noah Sandoval will be presenting a special 6 course tasting menu. $100/person; optional wine pairings $75/person.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Surf
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Public Parking is available at 3030 N. Broadway provided by LAZ (312-744-7985, www.lazparking.com).
A word from Senza
Executive Chef Noah Sandoval (Schwa, Spring) brings his unique take on new American cuisine to the south east Lakeview neighborhood. Focusing on fresh, local ingredients and a blend of modern and classic techniques, the food of Senza explores a wide range of influences. Chef Sandoval's food is served in a dining room designed by Karen Harold (555 International), which features a unique blend of natural, hand-finished woods, warming textures, and modern art. The combination of flavors and space blend together to create a dining experience to satisfy the senses.
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Senza reviews from OpenTable diners
100 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.8
  • Food4.8
    Service4.9
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (94)special occasion (72)neighborhood gem (56)romantic (43)notable wine list (28)hot spot (12)good for groups (4)late-night find (2)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Fantastic Dining Experience
    Gonzo70VIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Senza is the total package. Beautiful space, delicious & creative food, amazing cocktails and warm, friendly attentive service. Makes for a wonderful evening. Definitely one of Chicago's top tier restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best in the city all was good
    Boneslullo
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Food and service was top notch not one thing I didn't like about this place
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good and very expensive
    EducatedpalateVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    There are basically two choices for a table of two or four: A 10? course menu that all must order or dining reverts to a five course event that all must order. One would be wise to scrutinize the menu prior to booking as substitutions are frowned upon. A diner is called prior to the date asking if there are any allergies. While the food was good and creative, the prices are not justified. White wine was served at room temperature and had to ask for chilling to proper temperature. There is a parking garage about half a block south of restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • without flaws
    TORiaJVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Senza - Italian for without is such a perfect name for this restaurant. Service is friendly warm and impeccable. Food is sensational (Senzational) and now that they are headed to ticketing the newly spacious room is more conducive to enjoying a meal of this caliber. Bravo Noah , Cara and all the staff!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dinner and very friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Friendly and professional service, we truly loved our dinner at Senza. Very innovative cuisine, nicely presented and and great atmosphere.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just Lovely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    A thoroughly special experience, the tasting course with wine pairing was just one treat after another. Will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best
    sdipoVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I can't think of a restaurant I look forward to visiting more than Senza. The food and wine pairings are creative, delicious and beautifully presented by a staff that is so friendly. This is high-end dining in a great neighborhood space.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a gem!
    FloDuq
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Our second time at Senza. We confirm that we love this place. We had the 5 courses meal. Everything was tasty, delicate and innovative. Wine pairing perfect, interesting and very good wines. Can't wait to go again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fine food, perfect service
    ALHLVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    This was a big thrill for us. Finally, great and interesting cuisine, professional service and charm. A small storefront restaurant, small, beautiful delicious portions, but certainly filling. We enjoyed the wine pairings and talking food and wine with knowledgable people. Not inexpensive, but…certainly the way we like to dine. My highest regards to the chef and his staff. Thank you for a special evening; see you next year when we return to Chicago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful and delicious!!!!!
    Cheffmichael
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Senza was truly and awesome meal. Very light food but huge flavors. Lots going on in the mouth but was harmonious at the same time. Everything was unique. Beef course was crazy awesome and the foie gras with burnt onion ash covered onion was an amazing display of the chef's creativity and technique. Wonderful meal!!!! Will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely fantastic
    Finuca
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Great, great food, creative, balanced, very good attention, I will be back for sure
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply outstanding!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We were as delighted with our second visit to Senza as we were with our first. The simple decor is cozy and comfortable. The staff are knowledgeable but without pretense. They are friendly and clearly enjoy working at this wonderful place. We chose the full menu without the wine parings. Each course was presented beautifully with time between to savor the flavors and enjoy conversation. Every dish was great. We especially enjoyed the Waygu beef and the Beets a la Eichem. The Stony Point cocktail is not to be missed. Chilies, ginger and mint alongside the bourbon provide a terrific taste experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Senza is "a find".
    SPGChicagoVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Senza is a restaurant you can't wait to go back to. The food is very imaginative, delicious, interesting, and beautifully presented. The service is prompt, friendly and delightfully inconspicuous. The noise level is manageable. For all the sad Bonsoirée fans out there, Senza is an ideal replacement. It even has street parking. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    A small, cozy restaurant perfect for foodies who love tasting menus. The service was wonderful and the food was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • incredible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Being gluten intolerant, this was a great find. Definitely a special occasion restaurant as it is price fixe course menu. The service was outstanding and the food was amazing. Every dish was a taste sensation heaven. We had such a wonderful time. They even coordinated a vegetarian option for our daughter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yes and No
    Beentheredonethat
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    For the food experience it was worthwhile but having dined at similar "experimental" food restaurants this was very much overpriced. We spent less at "Fat Duck" for far more food. We dined at Bavettes the next night and for far less money received way way more, both in ambience and value.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • eclectic taste driven menu
    foodexplorer
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Be prepared to spend money but the taste and wine pairings are worth it. From start to finish amazing meal
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • birthday dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    my husband made the reso after noting that months ago I said wanted to try this place - we walk by it all the time. We both did the 10-course tasting menu and ordered a bottle of wine to go with it. It was a tuesday night so probably not a great night to do the wine/liquor pairings as we both have work in the AM (next time?). Each dish was well crafted with unique flavors that just meshed well together. I especially loved the corn soup with crab that had a lime flavor. the berkshire pork was also excellent. I came away not stuffed but very satisfied. This is a great special occasion place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lives up to the hype
    dimundo
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Senza has garnered much hype (and a Michelin star) since opening just a few years ago. Everything about the restaurant far surpassed all expectations I had walking in the door. The atmosphere is very warm and inviting, and it's refreshing to be able to walk into a place of this caliber with shorts and a t-shirt on if you desired to do so (out of respect, I did not). The service is impeccable. The food is out of this world. The tasting menu was 11-courses and all but one of them were far above average. The corn soup and Berkshire pork rib were two of the best dishes I have ever had anywhere. Bottom line, Senza is a must try for anyone in the Chicago area. Plus it's gluten-free (if that matters to you).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dining experience
    LWFE
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The evening was superb. Good wine, good martini and excellent service. The dining room was nicely decorated and not to large. The staff gave great attention to details for each dish and any time they came to the table. The food was excellent and well proportioned. It was a treat to see a fine dining establishment catering to Gluten Free meals. This is a restaurant we look forward to eating at again the next time we are in Chicago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Spot
    WinedudeVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Fantastic 10 course menu that blends an eclectic array of flavors, served by a friendly staff, makes this a must for everyone who appreciates fine dining in a casual setting. This time we brought our own wine and they only charged us $40 for corkage on two bottles. They have their own very nice wine list as well. We will be back!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ambiance not what I expected
    MCB826VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Went for dinner to celebrate my birthday. The food was expertly done & the service outstanding. The restaurant is a small storefront Approaching it, I began to wonder if I had the wrong address. From the outside I saw a long counter running along the front glass window with chairs for one to sit at while you look at the people walking by. I felt like I was going to a Subway sandwich shop. Once inside, the decor is hip/modern - nicely done. However, the tables did not have tablecloths and were close together. Some of the tables (where we sat) were counter-height with counter-height chairs like a pub. So, despite the gourmet menu (either $85 or $135/pp) & lovely service, I just did not feel like I was at a "special occasion" restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing every time
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    If Senza were a game of bowling, it would be a 300.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Night, Perfect Food
    LivetoEat
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My husband and I celebrated his birthday here recently. We had the 10 course menu with wine pairings. We both felt the experience was unique and notably the best food we had ever had. We loved everything and would have difficulty picking a favorite course. The staff were educated about each course and pairing and could explain them in detail. We felt it wouldn't be quite the same experience without the proper pairings. The staff made sure we were out the door in time for our movie, without feeling rushed. Highly recommend as a place to get 5 star food without an intimidating environment or pretentious staff.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience overall
    Shyfoodie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had a fantastic meal here. It was a little pretentious putting our credit card down for a reservation and the price was quite high, but when the food and service are that great, I guess you can get away with almost anything.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    What an outstanding meal! The welcome and service was outstanding, but the food was even better. Every course was extremely flavorful and featured many interesting and original combinations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • If I owned a restaurant
    jkaiseVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    ...I would want it to be exactly like Senza. The food, delicious beyond words, is immaculately presented. How the good gets better each and every time I come to Senza, I will never understand. The service is second-to-none, with friendly, highly-knowledgable staff that seem genuinely enthusiastic about their jobs (and the restaurant). The decor is relaxed, fun, nicely lit and not too crowded. You should come here and be ready to eat. Start the day with some eggwhites, maybe a salad at lunch...and then indulge in the amazing degustation menu. You will not be disappointed. In a perfect world, every city would have a restaurant where one leaves so happy, feeling so taken care of. I'm glad that we have one here in Chicago.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative, delicious, wonderful
    lsdiner
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Had the full 11 courses and wine pairings for the husband's birthday. Every course was interesting and delicious. A few were really surprising in a wonderful way. The wine pairings worked very well. The service was fantastic, they were careful to explain every dish and wine and happy and able to answer questions but were unobtrusive to conversation for a romantic evening.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 3rd time and still want to go back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food was exquisite and the service excellent! Based on our prior experience, we took a half pairing with the full menu and that was sufficient. One of the 3 best restaurants in Chicago with Alinea and Schwa.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Johnny J
    johnnyjamisVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food and service are impeccable, but it's not inexpensive. Bring your Visa! It's a special occasion event but definitely worth it. This takes your pallet to a whole new level that even Foodies and Celiac patients will appreciate.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing for all with Celiac disease
    nucappy
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    As someone who has had Celiac for 24 years, before it became the popular thing to go gluten-free, the fact that a restaurant like Senza exists is nothing short of astounding. The simple act of being able to eat restaurant bread without feeling guilty would've been enough by itself, let alone the fact that the food served here is terrific. We chose the 5-course prix fixe option, which really was more like 8 courses once the oyster amuse bouche, the eclair/cheese dessert and the chocolate truffle ending note were included. For me, the highlight was the duck breast, with the chilled onion soup coming in a close second. The service was warm & inviting, and they all work very well as a team together. Would definitely return in the future!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best meal of the year
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We enjoyed a spectacular dining experience at Senza in April and return with some fear that it could not possibly live up to our memory. We were delighted when our fears were quickly allayed. Once again Chef Noah and his team created a truly superlative meal. Each of the thirteen courses was a masterpiece to behold and their artistic appearance was only exceeded by their remarkable flavor profile. Each plate was different and each brought an array of bold flavors that will not be soon forgotten. Again the service was exceptional. The intelligent, knowledgeable, and engaging staff enhanced the experience. If Michelin can see past the nonpretentious, comfortable setting and focus on the food, a second star cannot be far away.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Better than expected
    VictorJ
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I am naturally suspicious of restaurants that cater to a "special group" of diners, in this case people with gluten aversions. However their menu looked interesting and we decided to give Senza a try. First off, the cocktails were exceptional. Inventive, unusual, and well prepared. We went for the 5-course menu, with wine pairings, as we did not feel we could handle 11 courses on that night. All the dishes were excellent, cooked just right, and all of them included some unusual flavor combinations. I really liked the extensive use of edible flowers in the presentation, very refreshing. The wines paired well, without being exceptional. The final bill was very reasonable for food of that quality.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best is Chicago
    DinningforFunVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I say this VERY sincerely - having been to just about everywhere - you will not find better. Service - excellent - Ambience - nice -for a small restaurant - a little crowded food was spectacular - I really though each course (we all had the 5 course prix fix) was perfectly prepared and seasoned. you often find a pretty looking dish - but the taste just doesn't always make it - This Did! would definitely return!
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    everything was great except for loud talking at a table of eight . the food, the room and the staff could not have been better. thanks to SENZA we have great memories of this evening.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent place!
    gishboy
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The food and service was above and beyond our expectations. At one point in the 11 course tasting menu we did not agree with the slection of wine paired with the food, but the staff graciously made changes without us asking. Great job!!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another Amazing Meal...
    halbermoleVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My dining experiences here just keep getting better and better and better. This was a superb and first class dinner from the first bite to the last. Gorgeous presentations, innovative thinking behind dishes but connected to clear and accessible flavor profiles, pleasant and charming (and happy) staff! What are you waiting for? Book a table NOW!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Alden
    Alden
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Took my wife to Senza for her birthday and they made me look like a rock star! Tasting menu was delicious and the wine pairings were great. I wasn't expecting one with every course (we got the 10 course menu), but I adapted. ;-) My wife's favorite course was the onion soup while mine was the foie gras. Although, there were lots of close seconds for both of us. I enjoyed watching the video on their website and then actually getting to meet chef Sandoval and his wife. The fact that Senza is gluten free is a bonus. It wasn't why we picked the restaurant, but it was a healthy alternative and the food didn't suffer in the least. We wouldn't have known if I hadn't read about it. They don't make a big deal about it at all.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wow!
    TORiaJVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We were given a recommendation to this place by another restaurant owner and what a find! The food was amazing - flavorful and beautifully presented. The service was genuinely friendly and professional. A really special meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    Roger
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    My wife and I went for our anniversary, and had the 13 course tasting menu with wine pairings. The food was amazing - each dish was perfect, and just the right size so you didn't feel stuffed at the end. If you're a foodie, you won't be disappointed. Finally, the service was great - responsive but not overwhelming, and the waitstaff seemed to enjoy being there and appreciate your business which you don't always see at high end restaurants. Finally, easy parking less than a block away !
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate