Solera - Minneapolis
Solera - Minneapolis

Solera - Minneapolis

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.solera-restaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6123380062
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: 6-days a week 5:00pm - 10:00pm CLOSED Mondays Bar: Sunday - Thursday until 12:00am; Friday and Saturday until 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Jorge Guzman
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 9th Street
  • Public Transit: On Bus Route.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet service available for $8 at the curb on the 9th Street side of the building, it is also open to the public.
A word from Solera - Minneapolis
Featuring an evocative menu, authentically embracing the cuisine of Spain, Solera offers an unparalleled experiance for social dining in a vibrant, Spanish-influenced atmosphere. In addition to spectacular dinner, dessert and late night menus, guests enjoy an extensive Spanish wine list, organized by region, expertly crafted cocktails and signature sangrias. Solera offers several inside dining spaces including a lounge area, main and private dining rooms, and a tapas bar, along with outdoor patio dining on street level, a private veranda dining space on the second floor and a lively rooftop bar. Fresh menu selections, seafood, house-prepared charcuterie and Spanish cheeses are all served with exceptional, personalized service, right in the heart of the Hennepin Theater district. PLEASE NOTE: The bar, lounge, tapas bar, patio and roof are all seated on a first come, first serve basis.
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Solera - Minneapolis reviews from OpenTable diners
103 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (69)special occasion (40)romantic (35)good for groups (35)notable wine list (28)hot spot (26)great for outdoor dining (24)late-night find (16)vibrant bar scene (14)neighborhood gem (10)scenic view (10)great for lunch (3)kid-friendly (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Highly recommended but just OK
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    For an empty restaurant service was lackluster at best. Appetizers were very good. Paella was burned on the bottom and overcooked in general.
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  • Won't be back for another 12
    JeanVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    To be fair the last time I was at Solera was 12 years ago and I don't imagine I'll be back for another 12. The ambiance is still good The service is still good but the food is no longer innovative and it is absurdly expensive for the quality. I am disappointed because there are so many good places to eat in Minneapolis and we wasted an opportunity. What I would suggest is that you stop by before of after the theater or event, order a drink and have a tapas of your choice. That is where your investment of time and money should end.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for Theatre goers
    annbrVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I really like this restaurant and forgot how much fun it is to go here before a show. Small plates are just the best for sharing and don't fill you up too much before you sit for a few hours. we had scallops, and the charcuterie with the chicken liver pate is outstanding! Also, bacon wrapped figs, and the goat cheese peppers. The waiters are always good here--great spot==glad we went!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great experience!
    leslie
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I didn't know what to expect at a tapas restaurant & didn't realize that most choices were small plates. There were a few pasta and paella choices as main entrees but they were quite pricey so we stuck w/the tapas, which were excellent. We chose piquillo peppers stuffed w/goat cheese, scallops w/lentils, blue marlin crudo, & bistec w/piquillo glaze. All the dishes were excellent. My least favorite was the blue marlin crudo - a little too spicy for my taste. We followed dinner with dessert; I had the raspberry sorbet & it was delicious while my husband had the truffles. However, don't rely on the online menu if you're trying to decide on a dessert prior to going to the restaurant as it isn't up to date.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for Happy Hours
    KatN
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Group of us met for HH and we enjoyed wine, $3.00 sangrias and great food. We had dates, patatas bravas, assorted cheeses, stuffed piquillo peppers (our fave) and other tidbits. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dining pre theater
    612WhereAreYouVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Great place for dinner pre theater, or any other day of the week (except monday). Small dishes are meant for sharing and a bite from a handful give you an excellent taste of many dishes. Charred beets and Octopus were 2 of the standouts. Great, unique wines and sherry highlight the alcohol list, as well as some interesting cocktails. Great service that will take care of you if you find yourself in a pickle. Warm, friendly environment. I feel like with all the new hot spots, solera has fallen behind in recent years, but it is still an awesome restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spanish Fare & Atmosphere!
    Foxluvsfood
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We decided to throw a small surprise party for my husband here because he loves Tapas. We reserved the private room which seats up to 11 people. The room was gorgeous with its' brick walls and beautifully modern, hand blown glass lighting. The Paella was authentic, the tapas were very tasty and, the staff was superb. They poured the champagne in perfect timing (per request) and presented a delicious chocolate cake, prepared by their pastry chef for the occasion. They were very accommodating and we had a wonderful experience. Thank You for a memorable evening, Solera!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food & Service
    Outstanding
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We made a reservation online and it worked out perfectly to arrange a space where we could meet with our 5 adult children to share a meal and experience something new. Our waiter Matthew was outstanding, the food was amazing, we were all delighted with the food and service, and came away with a tremendous memory of our time shared together. It was a bit loud when we arrived... partly due to people trying to eat and leave quickly so they could get to a nearby show. Once that crowd diminished, we had a real opportunity to talk and hear one another. It was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nicky
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I seldom drink and I had two cocktails and felt very little effect from the a alcohol. Sea food was over cooked. Also we were given more food than we ordered and when we told them they didn't seem to care and charged us for those items. And you could not find any ham in the ham and cheese courgettes. I, m serious.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent pre-show dining
    Elkinsecon
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Solera is a great place for a romantic dinner before a show at one of the Hennepin Ave theatres (it's right next to the Orpheum). The small plate Spanish "tapas" menu is innovative and ever-changing (except for the patatas bravas, which have stood the test of time - delicious!). You can easily adjust the amount of food that you order to suit your apetite by ordering more or fewer tapas (like you can when eating sushi at a Japanese restaurant, for example). We've had an exceptional dining exerience every time we've eaten there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pork and potatoes!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    loved the view. ate on the roof, fries and sangria are to die for!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Server Makes a Difference
    Apars
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    This was our second time dining at Solera, and sadly not as good as the first time. The food server was excellent the first time- with knowledge and enthusiasm of the wine list and menu. This last time, our server did not speak to us much and we did not have time to eat the dessert we ordered and for which we paid. We thought an hour and a half would be enough time to have dinner before catching a show next door. Of course, our server could have asked if we had plans to go to the show that night. Our server the first time did ask.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Downhill
    Stacy
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I used to be a big fan of Solera, however, the rooftop is no longer very nice compared to others downtown, the food was mediocre, and the service was fair at best. Probably won't go back and no longer would recommend to friends.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We hadn't dined at Solera since it opened many years ago. I thought the food was better during those early days of dining there a few times, but not the night a week ago. We sat at a requested quiet booth in the back. Waiter was very good, but the food was disapppointing in portion size than expected for the price: rabbit pasta & chicken; 3 bites from each of the Game Hen's 2 legs & of the 2 sm. pieces of breast meat. Had to wait for a very long time for the walnut cake dessert to arrive. I wouldn't recommend dining at Solera to others.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fun place. Good food.
    moebius
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Solera is a good place for large groups. The food is good. We weren't too impressed with the service, but overall they weren't so bad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • my favorite
    NicFit
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Solera is one of my favorite places in Minneapolis, especially for special occasions. The Spanish wine list is phenomenal, I would recommend the AN/2 highly, and the food is so fun and unique is hard to not have a wonderful meal here. Finish with a glass of the cream sherry and you will sleep like as very well fed baby
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Pre-Show Dinner!
    mikie376VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food, service and ambience were outstanding for our dinner at Solera before Book of Mormon on Saturday! I highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the tapas
    AudyGodwech
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Got the beef heart, croquettas, rabbit and more! It was delicious! Churros were very authentic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and fun
    Ladies
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    This is perfect spot for pre theater dinning. Our server was very professional and knowledgeble of the menu and wine list. She didn't bat an eye when 10 women asked for seperate checks. The water and bread baskets were kept full. The people watching was so much fun from our sidwalk table on a summer evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Satisfying tapas with flair!
    FoodieSuzy
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The reviews that panned the service were so far off of our experience as to be laughable! We had an amiable and attentive server who really knew the menu and ingredients, and did a wonderful job of suggesting plates that were compliments to one another. I have lived in Spain, and found a couple of old favorites at Solera. Great escargot and I loved the croquettes!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memorable Food
    Diner
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We returned to Solera specifically for their delicious bacon wrapped dates. They were as good as we remembered them!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Experience
    time2dine
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Though a bit noisy and dark, Solera provided a first rate evening. The menu options were varied and excellent and we sampled many dishes. The service was professional and unhurried; there when needed and not when not.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great tapas
    Slpdiner
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Delicious Spanish inspired food, small plates to share. The cheese plate features a blue cheese that melts in your mouth! Variety of sangrias. Better to be seated in the rear of the restaurant, quieter and more intimate. The service is also very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • McCartney Concert Night
    Frenzied
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I think it was a bad night for Solera. Understaffed? We should have known something was amiss when the hostess mumbled something, grabbed 2 menus and took off walking. She turned around at some point and said "I'm not ready for you yet - just taking these menus back to the bar." Then, we saw and heard the manager at 2 tables near us making apologies. One because they had been there 20 minutes with no server contact at all. Another because their main tapas (entree) order had been lost in the kitchen and they were not going to have time to eat it before leaving. We ended up skipping the main dish because the order got lost. Our server disappeared for 20 minutes. They did take the cost of one tapas off the bill. Food we had was good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't go here!
    Suzfoodz
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had terrible service, the menu you was limited and we didn't understand most of the items. It took 10 minutes for someone to finally come over take our drink choice. Then it took another 20 minutes to get them. It took 45 minutes to finally get our food. We ended up canceling our last items we ordered because we had to make it to a concert. Wouldn't you think 2 hours is enough time to plan for dinner?
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  • Solera with friends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Solera is a great place to enjoy a wonderful tapas meal with friends. Great food and service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • not the same menu on rooftop
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    It was a perfect Minneapolis summer night, so we decided to sit on the rooftop instead of the dining room, but we were unaware the menus are not the same, the rooftop has a seperate kitchen, food choices were poor and what a dissapointment, I could not wait long enough to get the check and leave. I also wish rooftop patios would ban smoking, hard to enjoy anything when people are lighting up all aroundyou. Gross!!
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  • Still fantastic Tapas!
    BobtheFoodie
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Had not been back to Solera for a while, but even though it has changed Chefs, the quality was still superb and very inventive. We had about 6 courses and they were all incredibly good. In addition to the great items they have on the Menu now, we are also hoping that they bring back at least one of the perennial favorites from the past, their Mushroom tapa. Anybody familiar with Solera will know exactly which one I mean. We will be back again...and again. Great job!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    My wife and I went on a Thursday night before a concert at First Ave. Sat inside to take advantage of the full menu. Although the rooftop seating was appealing, the menu was limited. Everything was on point. The bacon wrapped dates are not to be missed. The service was perfect with our waiter guiding and pacing us through 5 different tapas with perfection. The only criticism I have is the weird lighting and dark interior. Overall, the dark walls and seating colors make you feel like you're in a cave. But, you also might have a ceiling spotlight right in your face giving the feeling of "the third degree" I would definitely go back because the service and food were great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday outing
    OutOfTheKitchen
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I'd never been to Solera before, and was hoping to sit on the rooftop. When we realized that the rooftop menu had fewer food choices, we opted for sitting in the open floor-to-ceiling window area. It was a lovely, mild night, so that was the perfect choice. The rush-hour traffic was entertaining, and eventually slowed to a trickle. Our server was excellent - knowledgeable about all the drink ingredients and about the wines; we followed his drinks and food suggestions several times and were not disappointed once. Loved the complimentary birthday dessert, too! We'll be back again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent ambiance!
    ResaVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Finally! A restaurant where my dinner party does not have to yell across the table at each other to be heard! I loved the ambiance of Solera! The seating was very comfortable especially with the cushions on the backs of the booths. The lighting was romantic and the colors were soothing. The presentation of the food was appealing, and every dish I tried was delightful.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Foodies
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    One of the best Paella ever. We had mussels and patata bravas which were delicious. Our server w as extremely friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solera in the summer
    Uptownfever
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We went to Solera for a friends bachelorette party. We were able to get great seating on the roof- fun outdoor space, but the tapas were a bit pricy and for such small quantities of food. We walked away hungry. The drinks are great! Go for drinks- don't stay for the food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Groups
    FriendlyFoodie
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Nothing negative about this place, went with a group of 6. Had an excellent time the staff was kind and gave great suggestions. Returned a few weeks for movie night with another couple, yet again outstanding service and food good. My only complaint was the oysters were not shucked and they were a bit dirty. Had more than trace amounts of sand. Only thing to note some menu favorites might not be available on the rooftop, but the dates are! I wouldn't order the oysters again but everything else was superb!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Different menu for rooftop dining
    downtowndiner54
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The hostess offered us rooftop dining, it was a beautiful evening, so we said 'why not?'. What we later learned, was that the menu was completely different than what was in the restaurant... and left us feeling very disappointed. The entrees on the rooftop just weren't very good. We wound up having a couple, but left to dine across the street.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Pre-Show Dinner Spot!
    mikie376VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We had 10 or 12 different Tapas dishes for 4 people. We all enjoyed every one! Wonderful flavors, smells & tastes! And just the right amount of food, so that we weren't going to the Theatre stuffed. Highly recommended!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • quick, attentive service, good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Service was excellent, we were seeing a play and only had about 45 minutes to dine, the server made it happen for us. The food was unique and delicious! The bar was louder than I've experienced before, great for groups, but not for a date probably.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Solera
    gzlg123
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    This was my second time going to Solera - my friend suggested we go for their rooftop movie night. We ate downstairs outside on their patio as the indoor seating is a little bit too dark. We shared a pitcher of sangria and a few tapas. They were delicious albeit maybe not the best value. Since it was a Sunday night, it wasn't too crowded, so we could relax, eat slowly, talk, and listen to the music coming from across the street. It was a fun Sunday night! Also, our server, Meghan was attentive and very helpful.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    Actout99
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Michelle was our server, and it was our first time at Solera and she was so patient and had wonderful suggestions! She explained everything to us in layman terms and challenged us to try different things and was very conscious of my seafood allergies in her recommendations. What a treasure she is and a great asset to your restaurant. The food was fantastic, but we would come back just to have her wait on us again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, mediocre service
    Jess
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    We enjoyed the mussels, cheese plate (although small), dates, and several other dishes. Service was lacking though; several times we wondered if our waitress had simply disappeared...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.