Solaire Restaurant + Bar
Solaire Restaurant + Bar

Solaire Restaurant + Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://solairerestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (831) 600-4545
  • Hours of Operation:


    Breakfast: Daily: 7:00am-11:00am

    Lunch: Daily 11:30am-2:00pm

    Dinner: Daily 5:30pm-10:00pm
    Happy Hour: Sun-Thurs 4:00pm-7:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Californian, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Ross McKee
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We can host parties from 10 to 300
  • Special Events: We have special menus for all Holidays

Getting there

  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Complimentary
A word from Solaire Restaurant + Bar
Whether it be a cocktail while soaking up the sun at the poolside bar, an
expertly prepared meal, or a spirited conversation at the bar, Solaire
Restaurant + Bar offers the best of what is available with the changing
seasons.

Solaire offers a truly local dining destination that offers unexpected and
offbeat twists on local ingredients and flavors. The atmosphere of the
seasonal restaurant changes based on the weather—in the warm weather
months it is a playful experience centered on the indoor/outdoor bar and
the vibrant pool scene and in the foggier months guests can cozy up to the
fireplace or by a fire pit while enjoying a cocktail. Mirroring the laid-back attitude of Santa Cruz, the restaurant and bar incorporate the natural elements of the water, sky and fire in imaginative and modern ways.

Sink your teeth into fresh farm-to-table American comfort food at our Solaire Restaurant + Bar.
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Solaire Restaurant + Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
10 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.7
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (4)special occasion (3)great for lunch (3)neighborhood gem (2)good for groups (2)great for outdoor dining (2)vibrant bar scene (1)hot spot (1)romantic (1)Show More
  • Keeps getting better
    Bonvivant
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    The food this time was the best since they opened. The seafood on polenta delicious, our server was very attentive. I wish if remembered her name. Loved the complimentary chocolate dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprisingly good
    FrequentDinerVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    First time ate at Solaire and didn't expect much because of being a hotel restaurant. The food was excellent, well prepared and presented, with a menu that offered something for everyone. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • yummy and sophisticated
    VJBH
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Go directly to solaire for a sophisticated meal in a stunning-not stuffy atmosphere. Presentation beautiful. Cooking techniques first rate. My kinda place. Already planning my next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Food.
    Menotyou
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Food was below average, Bland & did not really match the descriptions.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great
    kjkhysappa
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Very nice all around. Nice ambiance. We were seated with the kids outside. The kids loved it as there was a pool right in front of them. Food was good (although a bit pricey) and would definitely go again
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow, hotel restaurant this great?
    GinnyVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    My goodness. We had the chicken and the meatballs. Yawn. Surprise.. They were awesome. The chicken had great flavor, the bread pudding side was great. But for me the surprise was the meatballs. Oh my! It is served in a amazing broth, I think some cardamon plus celery and onions. Devine. It was my main dish and I just smiled so much. Service was great. Thank you John and everyone else. The restaurant is lovely, we love the decor. What a great evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our first time
    NateVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I would not recommend sitting outside looking at the pool. Indoor seating is much better. We started with the calamari. My wife had the halibut and I had the pork steak. The food was very flavorful. Service was excellent. Kyriea was our server. She was great. We will return.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 3 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.3
    • Food3
    • Ambiance3
    • Service3
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 62 reviews are from the Solaire Restaurant + Bar reviews archive.
  • Bad service
    aptos182
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    For an expensive restaurant, the service was like that of a cheap diner. We were told to save our forks between courseseven thought they were dirty had little plastic cups for water instead of glass (for a $39 brunch!) and were ignored unless we specifically asked for something. Its a pretty place and the food was pretty good but the attitude was discouraging.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious but noisy
    Localdoc
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Fantastic food with impeccable service. However, we went to dinner during NBA playoffs. There is no separation between bar and dining. We could not have the romantic dinner we were hoping for and may be possible at others times when the Warriors are playing. I'd give it another try at hopefully a less boisterous time. Recommendation to management: sound mitigation.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fantastic from Start to Finish!
    SeanCVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    This was not our first visit to Solaire, but this time we had guests (potential clients) from out of town. These people are used to dining in the finest restaurants around the world, so they are not easy to impress. However, they were delighted to find a great selection of wine, amazingly delicious food, and outstanding customer service. Thanks to the staff and management for doing such a great job. Their efforts ensured that everyone in our party enjoyed a delightful evening. We will definitely be returning again, and again.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Turleyfan
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    First time here not disappointed...Pork Porterhouse entree decent (though Canitte Luca better) bone marrow and crab mac/cheese appeys quite good panna cotta dessert excellent...service good but not polished...would go back on occcasion
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Discreet meet
    leaveusalone
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Loved the poolside privacy and the discretion of the wait staff. Food was good, company was better. We'll be back, maybe for an entire afternoon. . .
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice surprise
    jazrocVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    My wife and I took 2 new friends out for dinner in Santa Cruz... we initially went to a place I remembered from many years ago, but it had closed down. I scrambled on Open Table to find something decent, reserved at Solaire trusting a few reviews and off we went. The food was great. Service was great. Presentation was great. Atmosphere was great. We really couldn't ask for a better experience. My only issue was that, since it was part of the Paradox hotel complex, the walk from the front of the hotel was confusing and not the best way in... go around the side next time, got it. Very expensive, but no real complaint there as the meal was excellent all around. We'll stop-in again when we're in Santa Cruz.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bland food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    I had the special halibut (mar 29) perfectly done, crisp on outside, moist inside. But it was on a bed of black beans, corn, peas and red pepper which tasted like they just opened a can of beans. The chef needs more imagination, like a flavorful sauce, some herbs, or something. The overall dish was just plain boring.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loud fundraiser lessens enjoyment
    snewwithyouVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Next time I'll call to make sure we won't be dining at the same time as a loud party of celebrants raising funds. The noise made our dining experience less enjoyable than on past occasions.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not impressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    I am generally very "low maintenance" and tend to enjoy most restaurants. I chose Solaire because of the great reviews on Open Table. It was difficult to find as it is attached to a hotel. We started with the cauliflower gratin. It was good but not amazing. The goat cheese and beet salad with salmon was quite delicious. We ordered the risotto as our main dish and only ate a few bites. I love risotto and this was terrible. The mushroom sauce on the top was overbearing and did not mix well with the overwhelming taste of parmesan in the risotto. I will say that the cocktails were fantastic! I had the lemon drop and my sister had the martini with cucumber in it. Both were delicious. Overall, I will not return here.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed for a Saturday night
    SCresident
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    A friend recommended that I check this restaurant out. Made a reservation and got there but had to wait about 15 minutes for a table. No biggie. The bartender seemed flustered as the bar was full and he was doing drinks for the tables so it took a while for our drinks.The drinks were excellent. We were then seated at a lovely booth. I chose the salmon and my friend chose the sirloin (ordered medium rare). The presentation of food was great. Unfortunately salmon was raw in the middle but most of it was edible. The steak was well-done and charred on the outside. Both disappointing. I probably wouldn't go back except for a drink at the bar. Too bad.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very disappointed
    GarthVIP
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Mediocre food served very slowly. The waitress forgot our soup and salad course and had to be reminded. By the time the entree arrived an hour later we just boxed it and left.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great local food
    Mark561
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    My seafood dishes were cooked perfectly and locally sourced. The quality of all the dishes at our table met our high standards.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic spot!
    Mandy
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We loved our dinner at Solaire! The food got better with every course. I especially enjoyed the Tomato Basil soup and chocolate mousse cake. Our server Laura was friendly and helpful. Overall, a great experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cool spot for dinner and drinks
    BelyjParus
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I booked a reservation through Open Table at Solaire Restaurant for Valentine's day dinner. The decor is quite modern and the ceiling in the main dining room is imprinted with sky and trees. The cocktails were quite good and unusual. My fiancee and I decided to order the prix fixe special dinner which was excellent. My steak was cooked perfectly and her truffle pasta was excellent. Our desserts were delightful.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So glad we finally made it here!
    SCGigi
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    We've been saying we should try this restaurant for dinner ever since it opened, but it just wasn't on our radar when we'd be choosing where to go. We drove by on Friday and decided to go that night and it was great! The food was delicious, the ambiance was lovely - very pared down decor with a fireplace near our table, perfect for a rainy night. We will definitely be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience on NYE 2013
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the food, service and evening entertainment. They accommodated our group of 12 effortlessly.
    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.
  • Excellent Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    First time at Solaire. Food was excellent quality and staff attentive but not intrusive. Would certainly go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great poolside summer spot
    Bonvivant
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    Although we were there for thanksgiving, there is a great indoor/outdoor bar. A fun atmosphere for hotel and restaurant guests. The pre-fix menu was good, chef had nice selections to choose from, excellent risotto. Would go again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best thanksgiving ever
    MahadanaVIP
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    We treated our small party of six to a feast without the stress of shopping, cooking and cleaning up. The pre fixe dinner was superb and plentiful -- usually two words that signify less than excellent but not in this case. No point going into details since it was a holiday menu, but our group of sophisticated world travelers all give this big thumbs up. We will be back before the next holiday,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Stumbled upon in Santa Cruz
    GlobalFoodie
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    Had dinner on a Friday evening. Our server was informative about our questions with the menu and attentive throughout the meal. Ordered Crab Firecrackers appetizer-very good. Ginger dipping sauce was a bit over powering and had a different texture. I had Shrimp and Grits. This dish has bacon lardons (gave it a great smokey flavor), the grits are white cheddar polenta. While the shrimp with sauce over the grits was flavorful the polenta itself was very bland, no cheddar flavor at all. No taste whatsoever so I had to stir it all together for flavor. Husband ordered the Roasted Half Chicken. with roasted asparagus, roasted potatoes, cipollini onions and mushrooms. Very good flavor! My Lemon Ginger Martini was excellent! We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful food and great service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/28/2013
    Wonderful food and great service. We ate both dinner and breakfast at this hotel restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful addition to Santa Cruz
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    This restaurant is a wonderful new addition to the fine dining scene in Santa Cruz. The food is excellent--the succotash on the diver scallops was the best we had ever had. The vanilla pana cotta is superb. The design that went into the restaurant and the hotel is outstanding. We were pleasantly pleased with our dinners. We'll be back for more and will likely do a staycation at the hotel.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WOW!
    SwampRat
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    Random decision to eat here at Solaire and we were very pleased!! We got there early (right when dinner was starting) so service was very prompt (we cannot speak to what service would be like when it is busy busy!!). The decor & vibe is really great and the food was absolutely DIVINE!! HUGE compliments to the chef!! We had the beet salad as an appetizer then the risotto, gnocchi, & halibut for entrees ... there is nothing else to say except ... WOW!! Mouth watering ever bite!! We will definitely be going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great upscale restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/19/2013
    My husband and I have been here several times and enjoyed ourselves. I wanted to take my special friend to celebrate her 80plus birthday. She is a native of Santa Cruz and felt if she liked the changes to this hotel and restaurant I would have a hot! Well she loved our lunch. The service was very gracious and the response to our needs was immediate. We were not rushed and enjoyed sitting in the sun by the pool. The food was just delicious! My friend was surprised that such a pretty spot could be right of the main road into town...she will be back and I will booking another meal soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • uninformed wait staff, but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/14/2013
    uninformed wait staff, but attentive, food was adequate, nothing spectacular
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • not a bar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/13/2013
    Even though the name of this restaurant contains the word "bar" in it. It is not a bar. It is a Wine bar. No drinks except wine drinks. When I went the place was mostly empty yet they seated everyone right next to each other. In fact right between two exceedingly loud tables.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place to eat dinner.
    Great
    Dined on 5/26/2013
    Great place to eat dinner. Food was excellent. Best clam chowder I have ever had. Service was great. Will go back for sure. Recommend this restaurant to all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solaire, great food, great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    Our party of four had an overall great sampling of food (steak, pork, shell fish, fish) and everybody thoroughly enjoyed their food. The service was outstanding, the ambiance lovely. A combination of modern, sheik. The only thing that was missing was a full bar. But, according to the waiter, they should be getting their full liquor license in just a matter of weeks. I highly recommend Solaire & will definitely be coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solaire Breakfast
    VaughnVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    We enjoyed a fantastic 2 night stay at the Paradox Hotel and had breakfast each day at their restaurant, Solaire. How can you beat crab cake eggs benedict for breakfast. Delicious! Fresh squeezed orange juice was also a treat. We also enjoyed happy hour at the Solaire bar. Needless to say, a great stay and good eating. We look forward to a return trip soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Breakfast
    VaughnVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2013
    We were staying at the Paradox Hotel (we highly recommend it) and had breakfast at their restaurant (Solaire). We got our day off to a great start. The coffee is excellent as was the breakfast. A friendly and accommodating staff helps. Thanks for a great time and we wish you all good luck with this newly opened hotel. My wife and I look forward to our next visit to Santa Cruz and the Paradox.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We will try again...
    Bonvivant
    Dined on 4/21/2013
    Need full bar, however bartender does great, handling job for two people Making creative infused drinks. Service slow for a non busy time. Love the indoor outdoor feeling. Could use a really good steak, rib eye or porterhouse. The sirloin was not great, we are meat people. They gave us a complimentary dessert that was beautiful but inedible because wafers were stale. Good efforts but no good rhythm here yet. Will try again when full liquor license operating. Pool scene looks fun
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is a real gem and what
    Maurice
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    This is a real gem and what an improvement over the previous restaurant that was at the same location several years ago before the hotel was the Paradox. The food is excellent, and the wine and drink list good although they do not as yet have a liquor license. The meals are fairly priced but not what you would call a bargain. There is a range of dishes offered for all tastes and the appetizer we tried (calamari) was excellent with the restaurant's own special touch. We went there for our son's 25th birthday, and it was a perfect choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enter sellection is limited,
    epicureanVIP
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    Enter sellection is limited, but very good in preparation and quality. Restaurant has a notable wine list, but was still obtaining hard liquor license. Fish and vegetables were cooked to perfection, ambiance was great, very good experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic