Social Reform Kitchen & Bar (fka The Caucus Room)
Social Reform Kitchen & Bar (fka The Caucus Room)

Social Reform Kitchen & Bar (fka The Caucus Room)

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.socialreformbar.com/
  • Phone: 2023931300x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm

    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: Open 5:30 p.m.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Steakhouse
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Social Reform Kitchen & Bar offers 6 private dining rooms seating up to 300 guests. All of our private dining rooms feature independent lighting and ambient music which may be adjusted to suit your special event. For our private dining rooms, Social Reform offers hors d'ouevres, breakfast, lunch and dinner options. Contact Cristina Cravedi at specialevents@lhg-dc.com or call (202) 393-1300 for more information.
  • Special Events: Our "Private Caucus Rooms" offers 6 private dining rooms seating up to 300 guests. All of our private dining rooms feature independent lighting and ambient music which may be adjusted to suit your special event.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: D and 9th Streets
  • Public Transit: Yellow/Green Line: Archives-Navy Memorial
    Red Line: Chinatown Gallery Place towards 9th and G
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: $6 validated parking (Garage located to the right of Social Reform Kitchen & Bar entrance on D Street)
A word from Social Reform Kitchen & Bar (fka The Caucus Room)
Whether it is a fine, hand cut USDA prime steak, fresh local seafood, one of our now famous bipartisan burgers, or just a quick bite in our bar before a show at the Verizon Center, Social Reform Kitchen and Bar provides a unique and energetic destination in Penn Quarter. A diverse menu features not only inspired modern American entrees. But small plates, salads and sandwiches in an elegant yet relaxed dining room. An imaginative menu theme using politically inspired names for many of the dishes plays on the bipartisan history of the restaurant. Our Private Caucus Rooms are for groups of 8-300. These rooms are perfect for any type of gathering.

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Social Reform Kitchen & Bar (fka The Caucus Room) reviews from OpenTable diners
9 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.3
  • Food3.4
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.4
    Noise LevelQuiet
50% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (4)great for lunch (3)fit for foodies (2)special occasion (2)kid-friendly (1)neighborhood gem (1)hot spot (1)notable wine list (1)romantic (1)Show More
  • Bland Food
    mmeettrriicckk
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    A friend and I went to social kitchen reform bar for dinner and we were both completely underwhelmed with our plates for such costly dishes. It was as if the chef attempted to remove flavor from the rice we were served. The mussels were bland. Just about the only item with any taste was the scallops. I would not recommend their seafood to anyone. I eat a lot of seafood and have never been this underwhelmed at a $30/plate restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 8 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.5
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.4
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 718 reviews are from the Social Reform Kitchen & Bar (fka The Caucus Room) reviews archive.
  • Pre-Theatre Dining
    HealthyFoodLOverVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    The manager of Social Reform phoned me at 5pm, just prior to my 6pm reservation, to let me know that the restaurant was closed for a private party. He said Open Table did not know. When I told him that my friend and I would have trouble getting a reservation or a table at that late moment, before our theatre attendance, he said he would take care of us. He did, seating us in another area of the restaurant and offering us an abbreviated, but quite adequate menu. He was most gracious when we arrived, and the service was excellent. We'll surely go again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Worth a visit
    dmpxd
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    I am sometimes disappointed with the food in DC compared to the price. While Social Reform is not inexpensive, the quality of the food, drink AND service make it well worth the visit. The reservation was not until 5:30, but as my friend and I were early, we were immediately offered our table and served drinks while the kitchen prepared to open.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Food and Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Food was very good and served in adequate portions. The service was also very good and attentive.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place but disappointing food.
    ellenin
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    I've always loved this restaurant for business lunches and dinners because you can have a conversation without having to shout to people who are only a couple of feet away. In the past, the food was quite good as well, but this last time was really disappointing. We had the steak sandwich and it was very unappetizing. Did not look great and the taste was a bit off as well.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great, but limited
    DarrylnElleVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    This is a great restaurant if you want to impress your girlfriend or wife; however, for ordinary weeknight dining the selections are too sparse. My girlfriend and I (both nearly 50) wanted a tasty meal, good wine, and good drinks. We got all 3, but only after requesting the bar menu. The simplest thing on the dinner menu was Coq au Vin. I like that, but she likes more traditional foods. Thankfully, they had a great burger on the bar menu. This lack of variety on the dinner menu might explain why we could not get a reservation at the Capital Grill, but found a nearly empty Social Reform Kitchen.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shmancy lunch experience
    hockiemackVIP
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    My girlfriends and I wanted a fun lunch with great drinks after lobbying on the hill all morning. I ordered a raspberry martini. It was nice and stiff. The wines by the glass are all excellent options. I loved the humor in the menu and ordered the "Moderate" burger. Absolutely delicious and an excellent price for a fancy place. Split our checks with ease.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very nice atmosphere and courteous
    bdaycelebration
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    very nice atmosphere and courteous staff. would recommend it to family and friends. I plan to return soon
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I visit this restaurant because
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    I visit this restaurant because of its convenient location relative to Verizon Center. Service is always good, but food is only sometimes exceptional.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Menu is small unless you ask for sandwich menu which has great options. The service could not be better. It is just very quiet with no atmosphere. The food is fantastic.
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  • Great service and yummy!
    Julie
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Could not ask for better service and clam chowder was great to start off our meal on a freezing night!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprisingly Good!
    writernow13
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    I have been to the Caucus Room on several occasions with groups; the food and ambiance were always good. I was pleasantly surprised by the more upbeat yet casual Social Reform Kitchen and Bar. The Restaurant Week menu choices were excellent and varied, and the food was simply outstanding. When you want an upscale but not stuffy lunch Social Reform is the way to go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food with flare but only fare
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    I ordered the LAME DUCK CHICKEN for $14.00. It's a chicken sandwich with provolone cheese, at least that's what it was supposed to have on it but came out with some kind of whipped ricotta cheese instead, spinach and a mushroom madeira sauce. I love ricotta cheese but not an inch high on the sandwich and it actually made this taste nasty and dry. The food looked good but didn't really have much taste. I've been to this restaurant a couple of times now and both times I wasn't impressed with the meal. I guess I should have stayed away from an item that used the word "Lame" in it. Lame is giving it to much credit and for 14.00 for a chicken sandwich and a handful of green on a plate (salad) is way to much for this and tasted terrible.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GREAT
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Enjoyed the quiet ambiance and amazing steak. Wait staff was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The service was terrible compared
    Billatc
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    The service was terrible compared to my previous experiences. I was also surprised when I ordered the halibut and later found out through the waitress that it wasn't available. Why wouldn't she have known that when she was taking our order?
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a pleasant experience
    JBClark
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    We had a group of eight and were able to be seated in one of the back dining areas where is was quite enough for us to hear each other talk and celebrate an anniversary. Great wine selection and the food was outstanding as always.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner Ruined
    Leila
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    If you go - don't go! I have wanted to eat here for years and the food was very good but the service was horrible. Bill our waiter was beyond rude and upset my table so much that we left before dessert and we ended up getting only 1 glass of wine and we are so glad we didn’t buy the bottle like we were thinking because that would have made us stay longer and we didn’t want to do that. When I asked the waiter Bill when I asked for another bread basket he leaned over the basket to see if it was empty and when he saw that it was he picked it up and actually tkts and grumbled then walked away and told on us to the hostess who gave us the nastiest look when she walked pasted. I've never been treated so rude. We will never return & tell all
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  • Didn't quite meet expectations
    RebeccaVIP
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Decided to try Social Reform Kitchen despite the so-so reviews. We were disappointed. The restaurant was practically empty and we would have expected better service. The food was good and unfortunately was overshadowed by the lack of other patrons and the lackluster service. We won't return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    I took a young person to celebrate her 22nd birthday. She was so very impressed with the restaurant and all that it offered. Our meal (the braised ribs) were delicious. They melted in our mouths. Fantastic selection. The service was very attentive. They made the birthday girl feel very special and I was most appreciated (which was reflected in my generous gratuity). I highly recommend this restarurant for great food and especially for special occasions. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sad
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Sad. No character. Uncomfortable. Empty. Website was misleading. Lights need to be dimmed. A lot. Restaurant made me sad because it was so empty and had no life and it seemed on the brink of going out of business.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • classic place re-done
    WMColmes14VIP
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    was formally the Caucus Room (which moved to G'town). Very American-style menu. Braised ribs, seared scallops, crab cakes, a pasta, and mussels. The specialty of the house is steaks. I had a NY Strip which was cooked to perfection. the garlic green beans were fresh and had a nice snap. Also tried the short rib, which was tender but a little dry. Also tried the scallops which were perfectly cooked as well and had a dcent black rice on them. good portion of rice. Service was friendly and the MGR was fast to assist. Would eat there again, perhaps lunch. If you're in the Chinatown area, try it, bc it isn't a tourist place
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for before or after theatre
    happydiner
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Good food, good service, a calm and inviting place
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at Social Reform
    BlaneyVIP
    Dined on 11/4/2013
    The oysters were excellent, with a very nice salsa that complemented the oysters very nicely. A nice change from the usual sauces with oysters. The halibut was somewhat over done. and the fresh fettucini had a bland sauce that was a disappointment. It really needs some TLC with some spices to give it more body. Overall, it was overpriced for what we ordered. Perhaps their special steaks are better. However, I would have ordered the hanger steak, except the waiter said it was not marinated . Hanger steaks cry out for great marinades. Also, the excellent cuts of steaks are very big and very expensive. (e. g., a 22 oz. rib eye for $48.) An option for a smaller cut at a smaller price would be an excellent alternative.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Style and Food
    Dane
    Dined on 10/31/2013
    This is a wonderful venue for a group lunch. Great food and drink. A little lively with clientele, yet quiet so you can discuss business as needed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Business Lunch Spot
    Stephanie
    Dined on 10/31/2013
    This place is always a great choice for lunch. Its dining area is seperated by "rooms" which gives it a cozy feel and lets you get that quiet type place where you can actually have a nice business lunch and hear all your guests. The menu has a wide variety of options, so it's sure to please everyone. I love their burgers, but my favorite has always been the various salads with steak which has been cooked just right. The service is also great and paced well, so you don't feel rushed. I have taken several guests there and it's always my go to place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A decent, if unremarkable, lunch
    LaughingLion
    Dined on 10/29/2013
    My girlfriend and I had lunch here; the food was good, if unremarkable. The person who made the menu had some fun with the names of a few sandwiches, and while everything was high quality, nothing was particularly memorable.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for special occasions!
    EmilyBVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    We visited prior to a show at the Shakespeare Theatre Company, and the entire staff was so lovely and accommodating. We were also celebrating an anniversary, and everyone was lovely - the dessert they brought was spectacular and made our evening so special! Excellent oysters, knowledgeable staff, great wine list, made for a great night. We will be sure to return!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We all really enjoyed our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    We all really enjoyed our dinning experience. The wait staff was helpful and very informative. Food was timed perfectly. Everything was excellent considering we made reservations only 20mins before arrival. Highly recommended to visit Social reform Kitchen (aka Caucus room).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprising Disappointment
    Tree17LeavesVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    Considering it's the heir to the Caucus Room, I was very surprised by how unlike the Caucus Room the food at Social Reform Kitchen and Bar was. My first visit since the change. The steak frites did not even meet the good grade - meat was tough and frites were thick discs of fried potatoe - bad on the palate and not well seasoned. What happened to the thin cut fries the Caucus Room used to have? What happened to the top notch beef there? The soup was average - nice presentation reminiscent of the Caucus Room, but the taste and thickness were not there. Service however was gracious and very good - just like the old days.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing food, atmosphere lacking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    One of the best meals I've had in DC in quite sometime, however, the ambiance needs to be revisited.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2013
    I planned this for a work dinner. They were very accommodating as I had to alter the reservation a few times and once we arrived were very attentive. We had our own room, took our time and they were great. I felt bad that the place was pretty dead but we really enjoyed it. The food was delicious as well. I had the scallops which were cooked perfectly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • No one greeted us on this
    Carroll
    Dined on 6/22/2013
    No one greeted us on this warm evening. We had to ask people in a crowded room reserved for a noisy party how we might find someone who could find us a table. After a host finally walked by we approached him and the staff was very accommodating and apologetic about the air conditioning needing repair in the dining area. We were kindly moved because into this warmer space, however, because the cooler bar area where we were first seated was deafeningly loud. The food was VERY good.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, only okay service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/14/2013
    When we arrived we waited at the front for about 10 minutes before finally giving up and going to the bar to ask if there was a hostess. Eventually we just sat in the bar where literally everyone else was (there was 1 table sat in the dinning room when we arrived). Despite obviously not being busy servers were rarely seen in the bar area leaving the one bartender to fend for herself. It took a long time to get drinks and place our order. The bartender was perfectly nice but just had a lot of guests to attend to without much help. We were actually trying to get to an event nearby and ended up being late b/c it took so long to get served. Food was great and the drinks were very good but it definitely took longer than it needed to.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Social Reform lunch review
    foodietravlrVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2013
    A coworker and I went her for a business lunch so we were on a tight timetable. We were both impressed by the menu choices but unfortunately had some issues with service which we found to be odd since it was not busy. If you do come here for a business meeting perhaps the strategy is to state that up front here?
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch venue
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/29/2013
    Excellent atmosphere for a lovely lunch. Excellent food and there is something for everyone. Good for taking guests.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Find
    BRock
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    We came to Social Reform on March 19 because it was on the "recommended" list for Ford's Theater. We have been back three times since. It is a great location; easy to get a reservation, good service, good food -- and a great bar. My husband is especially impressed with the martinis. My only complaint is that is difficult to remember the name of the restaurant. I keep going back to the Ford's Theater website to find the link.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out of town visit
    Heavydrop
    Dined on 5/13/2013
    While visiting DC we had dinner before attending a musical at the Ford Theater. The proximity was one of the reasons we chose The Caucus Room. Great service, and wonderful ambience, although my steak was over cooked it was still edible and my guests loved their dinners. When in DC again I would definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Staff was great. Bartender
    VonG
    Dined on 5/10/2013
    Staff was great. Bartender makes a great Old-fashioned, which I hold as a barometer for a bar program... Burger was delicious. Bar crowd is non-existent after happy hour, definitely better to visit Mon-Thurs if you're feeling social...
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service was great at first,
    twblVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2013
    Service was great at first, had a blip of 45 minutes where we were ignored, and then he came back and all was good. There weren't a whole lot of people there for a Saturday night, so I don't know why he was so scarce for a while. Regardless, food was wonderful and the beer selection is pretty darn good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Night Out
    Likestoeatout
    Dined on 5/4/2013
    Our party of 6 had wide and varied requirements that the new menu satisfied. From salads to sandwiches to meals to desserts, all enjoyed their food choices. The dessert sampler of sorbets & gelatos was excellent! The service provided by Cooper was great as well as relaxed and fun. The staff even went out on the street to hail a cab for one of our party and did not give up until a cab stopped. Everyone enjoyed the evening very much! I will go back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.