Shaw's Tavern
Shaw's Tavern

Shaw's Tavern

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.shawstavern.com/
  • Phone: 2025184092x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Tuesday -Saturday: 5:00pm - 11pm, Sunday & Monday 5:00pm-10:00pm
    Bar open until midnight Sunday - Thursday, 2:30am Friday & Saturday
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Peter Prime
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact us if you are interested in private events or group happy hours.

  • Private Party Contact: Rob Heim, General Manager 8776251703
  • Entertainment: Wednesdays Piano Bar with Jill Parsons 9:30pm
    Thursdays Live Jazz 9pm
    Fridays Live Bands 8pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 6th and Florida Ave NW
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Shaw's Tavern
Shaw's Tavern is an exciting DC gastropub located in the heart of the city that brings a seasonal menu and innovative atmosphere to the energetic Shaw Neighborhood. Our seasonal menu offers both a vast array of classic comforts and rustic delicacies. Here, people gather to dine in one of the best restaurants in Washington, DC with family and friends amongst a backdrop that combines urban form with country elegance. Whether you are searching for a quiet table for two or multiple private dining venues, Shaw's Tavern is one of the best dining experiences in Washington, DC and can cater to all of your dining needs.
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Shaw's Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
98 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (69)great for outdoor dining (54)good for groups (38)great for brunch (38)fit for foodies (25)great for lunch (25)vibrant bar scene (25)hot spot (21)late-night find (9)romantic (6)kid-friendly (6)special occasion (5)scenic view (3)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Awesome Dining Experience
    FoodieNG
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Great food options with something for any time of the day or whatever you have a taste for. Delicious cocktails that seem to compliment the menu perfectly with an nice notable wine and beer list. There is an awesome ambiance that made the dining experience extremely comfortable and yet intimate. I enjoyed the high level of customer service from the moment I walked in. Charismatic and knowledgeable staff that will leave you smiling throughout the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was good, the rest was not.
    Caroline
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I went for the Saturday standup. Our waiter was not enthusiastic at all. First I ordered chicken and waffles, but they ran out. So I got a brunch pizza. I asked the waiter if it was good, and he said "if you like eggs." My friend ordered grapefruit brulee and asked if it was any good, the waiter said "I've never had it. It just looks like fruit." We ended up ordering and were pretty impressed with the food, so we asked where the standup was. He said it was upstairs, but he told us "don't come for the comedy. At least I hear people laughing today." ...Not impressed with this negative nancy.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pre/Post Concert Must-Stop
    SteveS
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    My favorite place to stop before or after a show at 930 Club or DC9 or Velvet Lounge or Howard Theater or Axum Lounge. Great beer selection and delicious food offerings. I made a reservation for 930pm, we arrived about 20 minutes early because the show we saw let out early and they were still able to seat us. Service was a little slow mainly because the place was really busy (not a complaint at all!). Server did immediately notice the wrong item was brought out and fixed it up lickity-split.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Neighborhood Bar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Food was pretty good, but the service left a lot to be desired. I will go back, but would definitely change servers if I got that same waitress again.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely
    Lili
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Nice food, good service. Neighbourhood bar and grill
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Recommend the veggie plate
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Great veggie plate! Good list of draft beers too. We were a little chilly because the front door was propped open. Other than that I highly recommend!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Service
    PAWs
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Not only was the food great, but our waiter really made a difference to our dining experience. He was friendly, attentive (not too attentive!) and overall a great person. Loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good not Great
    mslanee1VIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    In a city like DC where everyone loves a good brunch, I was surprised at how just okay everything was. The service was okay. Our waiter was around and busy but not as helpful and on time as we would have liked. We had to wait for about 15 min for him to take our order. The mimosas were bottomless, but they came in these small thing glasses, requiring lots of refills, which were difficult to get because our waiter was often MIA. The food was just okay. I had the red velvet french toast. I have had them done better with more fineness. Here they just dragged bread through red velvet cake batter and fried them. I'd give them a second shot because as I said, nothing was terrible. Nothing was great either.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Place!
    Emmyar
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    My boyfriend and I went for dinner on a Friday! The music was beautiful!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shaw's Tavern
    Libbyj
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Great deviled eggs, chicken salad sandwich with crisp bacon and great bun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They really tried to make it bad
    DCFoodie21
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Rude bar tender, slow service, no one wanted to be helpful The food we ordered was great, except that they messed up 4 out of 4 dinners. The waiter never came to check if everything was OK, but we were able to flag a busboy a few minutes after. My friend with a severe gluten allergy ordered the jambalaya, which said ‘gluten-free’ on the menu. DO NOT GO HERE IF YOU ARE ACTUALLY GLUTEN-FREE. There was a piece of deep-fried chicken on top. When we asked the waiter about it, he acted like we were bothering him by asking if that was in-fact breaded, fried chicken. His answer was “I don’t know…probably.” No one ever even apologized for that extremely dangerous mistake.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's ok, but not that great
    NibblinginDC
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I have never done brunch at ST and i don't think I'd do it again.No 'special' coffees, which is fine - I've been to other places that are the same. But they also don't do poached eggs, the scrambled where ok, but nothing special and generally I just wasn't that impressed. I'll stick to going in the evening with the spicy mac'n'cheese.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood gem!
    Orgelman
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I've driven by this place a hundred times on my way to and from work. It always seemed to be packed and had a great look. I recently went there for lunch and it was terrific. Special recognition to the fried green tomatoes appetizer and the chicken and waffles entre. I went when things were a bit quiet in terms of the crowd, so I can't speak to peak services issues or noise levels when the place is filled. But it was a thoroughly enjoyable lunch experience, and I will be back. One caveat: There is a huge amount of construction going on in the neighborhood, so getting around by car and parking may be a slight challenge especially during the week. Non-residential parking is available on the side streets, however.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great live music
    GoNats
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    And great Gouda cheese grits. Only downside is Florida avenue traffic and noise.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot, casual & chill
    Totti
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Food was good!! Live Jazz, drinks, friends, & Thursday night football always equal good times...especially after a long day.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Brunch
    Randy
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Just a few blocks from the fussy restaurants of 14th Street is the wonderful Shaw's Tavern. It's comfortable and easy, with excellent service and delicious food. Shaw's offers a delicous brunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Culinary Cacophony
    PureSchmaltz
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This place looks great. Throw in a few dozen Friday night reveling urban professionals, pump up the music to 3X the necessary volume, make the wait staff disappear, and you've got bedlam. Nobody can hear a damned thing so it's a good thing nobody's really listening. The five minutes waiting for an outside table turns into thirty because the second guy can't find you on 'the list' the first guy left behind. Nobody even asks if we're interested in a beverage while we try to look thirsty at the bar. We believe the food will be worth the inconvenience. Wasn't. Noisy, over-wrought, bloat-inducing. We were excited to show up, at lot more pleased to leave. Urp.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place, just need more items.
    Aka1981VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Needs more brunch menu items , other than that a good place. The menu is a pricey .
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Shaw's Tavern Delivers
    Sharid
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Shaw's Tavern is always on point, this was a friendly reunion brunch and it was unforgettable. Everyone tried a new dish and we raved about it even days later. Try the lamb and biscuits, you will not be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food! Great service!
    DCDining
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The food was tasty and the service was great. The server never missed a beat. Our drinks were always full. The bar was quick and the beer was cold. Love this place!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for dinner
    kat69
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I took my man friend here for his birthday and was not disappointed. We got apps, beers and entrees and enjoyed all of it. I'm vegetarian and there were quite a few options to choose. Great little neighborhood restaurant that I'll surely be visiting again. They also always have awesome Groupon deals for the money-savvy diner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A TWIST ON BRUNCH!
    FilmmakertoWatchVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Tempted by a Groupon I ventured into this neighborhood establishment. Street parking was not too bad, and as I walked in I was pleasantly greeted by the host and seated promptly. The tavern is an interior decorator's dream where the wooden barrel-tables and eclectic layout create a warm ambience. Brunch was a delightful experience with unusual twists such as red velvet pancakes, chicken and waffles of an ilk you have never tried before, and the smoothest possible cilantro gin that was enticing and refreshing on a warm summer day!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brunch Group
    Jraft
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We went in on Labor Day with a large group (supposed to be 8, became 10) of bartenders for brunch. Our server was great- kept the mimosas coming and got everything right. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Pork sandwich was great - fries were really good and a good beer selection. Hard to beat.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food!
    Chakra747
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I love this place. The food is ALWAYS good as well as the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Brunch
    FoodieNiah
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Being is my favorite meal of the day and I travel to many states and try brunches in many locations. This is by far one of my favorites! There is absolutely nothing on the menu that I've tried and didn't like. I've recommended this place to others and they love it the same. It's kind of small, yet cozy so I would recommend making reservations well in advance. Steak and eggs with the potatoes is my favorite dish! Bon appetite!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Okay Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    As big fans of Shaw's Tavern for happy hour, my friends and I decided to try their brunch. Definitely a great choice because their brunch menu is awesome. So many really good options to choose from. All of us were extremely happy with the food. Service was slow, but not slow enough to get upset about. Overall, very happy with Shaw's Tavern. Will definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great patio dining
    FriNightAppetite
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Eclectic menu with a diversity of dishes. There were 4 in my party and I tasted ribs, chicken sandwich, blue cheese salad w chicken, and burger. All were good and just on the cusp of exceptional. A more meticulous kitchen manager and this place would be awesome.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch with girlfriends
    Samantha
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The food was amazing! We ordered lots to chair at the table. My favorite was the chicken&cornbreadwaffles!! Loves it! I will be going back... Especially to try the dessert :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High hopes were smashed
    hawktastic
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I had heard alot about Shaw's Tavern and how great their brunch was so I had pretty high hopes. I ordered the Mac N Cheese skillet and my friend ordered the Biscuits N Lamb Gravy. Both were subpar. The skillet didn't have any flavor (no salt, pepper or spices) and there were very few pieces of Andouille sausage in it. The biscuits and gravy was alot of gravy with very little lamb in the dish. Overall it was very expensive for such little protein, flavor or substance in the dishes. I would not recommend those dishes.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice place
    KSholasVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I enjoyed our selections. Trendy spot seemingly more geared toward young singles.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lostopportunity
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Though the experience of eating outside at Shaws was very nice, our brunch order was lost. The waitress did not even notice this until I asked at 45 minutes where our food was. She went away and said it will be up in a couple of minutes. Then ten minutes later she came back and said actually, our lunch order had been lost. She said she asked them to hurry it up. Another 15 minutes passed and finally the food came. This happens. However nothing was offered to us by way of acknowledging their mess up. That is such an easy thing to do when such poor service has been given. Better training is needed with the wait staff, I would say.
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  • Shaw's Tavern - Just What I Needed
    Patty
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I have been to Shaw's Tavern three times now and have ordered different items each time. For the most part, I love their food. The cornbread waffle is delicious and different from anything I've ever had. It tastes both like cornbread and a waffle. The fried chicken on top of it is great, but the serving doesn't provide enough syrup and you have to ask for more. The grilled cheese with tomato sauce (really tomato soup) was so good. The fried green tomatoes were tasty. The ribs, I didn't like those so much. I'm from St. Louis, so I was expecting to experience something close to what I grew up eating w/ the STL ribs. Not so. They weren't bad, just not what I had anticipated. I didn't like the sauce much. The pizza was really good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious Truffle Burger
    Infromthenovaburbs
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Five in our party. All great meals. Two of us ordered the mushroom truffle burger. It was great: the smell, the toasted bun, grilled as requested, right amount of grease. Side salad only had greens and two small tomatoes, no dressing although I should have asked for it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Little Neighborhood Place
    BinrahVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Food is nothing special, but not bad either. On Friday nights they have a live band which makes the evening pleasant. Nice beer, wine and full bar. A fair amount of outdoor seating is available when the weather is nice. My only criticism is the condition of the chairs. The filling is coming out of the chairs which makes the place feel a little unsanitary. Most of the guests didn't appear to mind, but it was somewhat of a turnoff for me. If the chairs are replaced I would definitely increase my ambience rating.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best restaurant in the city
    ScottVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I've lived in dc for 8 years and overall this is the best restaurant in DC. Period.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful spot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Shaw's Tavern is a great place to go anytime of day. They happily accommodating our group when we made a reservation that day and even sat us outside on a lovely night. The live music on weekends is one of my favorite parts. Thanks Shaw's Tavern!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 61 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service3.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 97 reviews are from the Shaw's Tavern reviews archive.
  • Tuesdays are the best night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Half priced burgers on Tuesday are great. 4 drinks and 2 burgers came to $35. Awesome!!! Plus they tasted great. The service was really slow. I suggest booking on opentable to avoid a wait too.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jimmy Is the Best!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Our group of 5 went to Shaw's on Saturday for brunch and had the pleasure of having Jimmy as our server. He was extremely attentive and welcoming. I had the grilled cheese sandwich, which was pretty great. However, my friends were not as satisfied with their meals. The gouda grits were extremely runny, unseasoned and seemingly had no cheese in them. We ended up sending them back. The texture of the cornbread waffle was very crumbly, making it nearly impossible to eat and the chicken (like the grits) was very under seasoned. The hushpuppys were rather dry, but the red velvet french toast was AMAZING. I will definitely come back, however, I will only select from two dishes.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Truly Awful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Had brunch here recently with some friends, STAY AWaY!! The menu was dissapointing, food awful and service even worse. Was really dissapointing.
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