Sotto Sopra
Sotto Sopra

Sotto Sopra

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sottosoprainc.com/
  • Phone: 4106250534x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am – 2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday: 5:00 - 9:00pm Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm – 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm – 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Riccardo Bosio
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Opera Night: Once a month on a Sunday evening, Sotto Sopra offers a multi-course pre-fixe menu along with live opera performances. Check our website for each month's menu.
  • Special Events: Monthly Live Opera Nights with a multi course dinner.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mulberry and Franklin St.
  • Public Transit: Downtown Trolley - Free Circulator
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking
A word from Sotto Sopra
Sotto Sopra is an Italian restaurant housed in a beautiful 19th century building just blocks north of Baltimore’s Harborplace on Charles Street. Sotto Sopra specializes in true contemporary Italian cuisine adapting farm to table. We buy local whenever it is possible. The perfect risotto, handmade pastas, roasted meats, local seafood, and regional produce are here for your total enjoyment.

Join us for our Power Lunch, featuring what's freshest and best in Italian cuisine. Two courses from our full lunch menu, $18.

Sotto Sopra invites you to dine for lunch, Monday through Saturdays and dinner every evening. Eat.Drink.Sleep.Dream--Italian
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Sotto Sopra reviews from OpenTable diners
223 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (154)fit for foodies (145)romantic (141)neighborhood gem (105)notable wine list (80)good for groups (32)hot spot (20)great for lunch (15)late-night find (12)great for outdoor dining (8)vibrant bar scene (8)great for brunch (5)kid-friendly (5)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Fabulous!
    beetreaux
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Came to Sotto Sopra for our Anniversary Dinner and we were, yet again, completely blown away by the food and the service. You can't go wrong here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice Spot for Business Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    This is a nice spot for a business lunch--you can hear one another, the ambiance is elegant but informal, and the service just right. That said, the food was unusually hit and miss. The caesar salad and an arugula salad with fennel were just right, very fresh and not overly dressed. But, the special risotto with arugula had too many bitter tones, especially with the richly flavored chicken that accompanied it. We both finished every bite of the chicken but picked at the risotto. Everything else we liked . I do recommend this restaurant.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Change is not always good!
    lvitalianfood
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Our party dines at Sotta Sopra regularly about once a month or every two months. The Saltimbacca was prepared differently than on other occasions and not as good as the old recipe. The sauce for the ribeye was underwhelming. There seemed to be a problem in the kitchen that night since service was unusually slow. Other dishes were generally up to previous standards.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    NinerdawgVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Was I. Baltimore for business, went with four colleagues for dinner based on Open Table reviews. The food was outstanding, with great variations on traditional northern Italian cuisine. Our waiter was probably the best waiter I've had in the past several years. Great wine list and a fantastic set of deserts. Would highly recommend. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delish!
    Discerning1
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Reserved for a small party business dinner; it hit the mark with my guests. Food was excellent, wine selection generous and well suited to Northern Italian cuisine, staff very welcoming and attentive. Plan to return for a more quiet intimate date night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great experience
    JorgeVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This is an excellent choice for a special occasion. I had the halibut and it was perfectly cooked, and the sweetness of the gnocchi and squash purée gave it a nice contrast. My wife had the veal saltimbocca and she loved it. We agreed that the grilled octopus salad is the best we have tasted, and we have tried octopus in a variety of ways coming from the Caribbean. Our server was very attentive. In summary, great experience.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant dining
    tobes
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My girlfriend and I had a wonderful time (again) at Sotto Sopra and were both very impressed by the dishes we were served. My girlfriend got the duck and ate it up rather quickly, while I enjoyed the Sacchetti pumpkin dish, and it was scrumptious. We both had room for dessert and enjoyed the crème bruele mightily. The restaurant also has an impeccable wine list to chose from and the service was exceptional. The one thing that kind of got to me was that early on (probably around 7pm), they decided to dim the lights considerably, which I thought was an odd choice. Of course this did not detract from the special evening we had but just wanted to point it out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good food good servoce
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Food was well prepared and good service--though waiter tried to "sell" all the time-- not offensive but...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent as always
    JunoVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    My wife and I love Sotto Sopra. Lately it's been tough to visit them due to 2 little ones but as always the service was great, food was great, we love this restaurant. Malbec by the glass.. wow. generous pouring.. we did the tasting menu.. my main course was bit skimpy while my wife's main course was more than enough for 2 people. (She shared) But other than that.. no complaints.. we left full and we had a great time. It gets noisy when the restaurant gets full so just beware.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Stumbled but caught themselves
    Ladycloudbottom
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The restaurant was completely full on the week night we visited, apparently due to a conference at a local hotel. The additional and unexpected crowd meant that they were a little short-staffed. We waited almost 40 minutes before getting bread and cocktails. That said, the restaurant took full ownership of the situation, giving us our cocktails for free and not charging us a corkage fee for the bottle we had brought. After the initial hiccup, the food was excellent and we enjoyed everything we ate. It's the effort to go above and beyond when they know they're not at their best that makes restaurants like this stand apart from others. We would definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It Works!
    kneesVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We had a lovely time. Food preps were excellent along with attentive service. Classy but relaxed atmosphere. Bronzino was perfectly grilled accompanied by a tasty lemon confit...yummy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic grilled octopus
    Ischialover51
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We dined on a Saturday night after a baseball game. We were a party of four. We especially enjoyed the grilled octopus. One person felt it was the best he had ever eaten. The seafood and pasta were delicious and well done. The server attended us very well. There was one mishap, however. When the entrees were served, the two people in our party that ordered the fish special were not served and it was realized that the computer did not register their order. The server explained this to us, apologized several times, and quickly reordered their meals. They were delivered in a timely fashion, even though the other two diners were almost done with their entrees. All in all, a very enjoyable meal and a beautiful setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The best homemade pasta anywhere!
    Galeberta
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Ambiance had an old world European feel. Our waiter was friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and gave us great service. I had a pasta dish that was so unique. Pumpkin filled pasta with crumbled sausage and a hint of amaretto. This dish was so light. We are going back 2 days later to visit again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date night gem
    DrGeorge
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Bf and I wanted to try a different venue for a spontaneous Monday night dinner date, and happened upon Sotto Sopra. Monday night venues can be slim, especially if you're trying to have a unique dining experience, but we luckily found this restaurant, and couldn't be happier. Service was great, unobtrusive but available and knowledgeable with food and beverage recommendations. Menu was diverse enough to satisfy any palate and appetite. I had the lamb osso buco with basil mashed potatoes and candied carrots: lamb was tasty, not gamey, maybe slightly dry due to our dawdling with our appetizers. Bf had lobster ravioli in a butternut squash sauce: lobster was plentiful, though the sauce was sweeter than expected. We'll definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    although we went specifically because we had seen the facebook post of Black Cod with butternut squash and lobster broth...and no one at the restaurant knew of that specific post...we were not disappointed with the dishes we ordered...to the contrary, everything was amazing!! the polenta with poached egg appetizer was outstanding, the grilled octopus salad perfect...the special fish, barramundi, and the halibut..perfection!! will be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • slow initial service
    jjbaltimore
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Non-existent support staff for the first part of the dining experience. After being seated with our menus, no one took a drink order or approached us for a long time. We drained our water glasses quickly and they didn't get refilled until the waiter did it. He was very busy and slow to come around but he was great once he got there. We ordered drinks, appetizer and entrees all at once since we had had plenty of time to kill with our menus. We got the appetizer well before our wine, which was unfortunate because it was a delicious grilled cheese that we really wanted to have with the wine. It got cold while we waited. The food was very very good but for the prices, the service should be outstanding.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful dinner experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Excellent service, and food. One member of our party had to catch a train, and they were very accommodating of our tight schedule. We had the pumpkin pasta, which our server, Alex, recommended, and it was delicious. We hope to come back next time we are in Baltimore!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We came in here late on a Friday, and had a wonderful meal - I got tomato risotto with scallops and shrimp and the flavor combination was great. Our waiter suggested a nice wine pairing. We tried the summer sangria with a prosciutto appetizer with fried artichoke hearts for an app - it was good too, but the main course was the best part. Service was good, it was a little slammed at first, but our waiter made it up to us with great service.
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  • Awesome
    Foodies4life
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    If your looking for great food, great service, and a romantic atmosphere then this is the place. This was our first time and we will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lived Up to Expectations!
    Kris
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    My fiance and I dined here for our anniversary and I made note that it was special night for us when making the reservations. They congratulated us upon arriving and at the end of the meal, brought out a sparkler on our desserts, which were phenomenal! We dined the Sunday before labor day and it was not crowded at all, which we expected. We were seated promptly and and our waiter, David, explained the menu in detail and some of the favorite dishes suggestions based on our preferences. His, recommendations were spot on! We opted for the tasting menu and each course was better than the next. One must have, is definitely the risotto, it is to die for!. Our meats and seafood dishes were seasoned and cooked perfectly! Great date spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very romantic
    laurak
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    loved it! second time there. excellent service. Try the lobster ravioli or the pumpkin pasta with sausage and amaretto cookies - very unique. I've never had anything like it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Outstanding
    JackVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Sotto Sopra is consistently terrific. It's cuisine is innovative and wonderfully executed. We have never had even one dish that was sub-par. During our most recent dining experience the mussels in a light curry/coconut milk/white wine broth, the whole baked bronzini and the veal agnolotti were all amazing. And there is a very approachable wine list. The service is always attentive and helpful. We highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OTfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    One of our favorite restaurants and we've been eaten there many times. While the food was good, we were pretty disappointed that we were seated at least 20 minutes after our reservation time and there were open tables available for two people that remained empty the entire evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hope to return soon
    amylbour
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    This was our first time here, and we really enjoyed it. The food is very well done and inventive. Service was a little slow.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another visit to Sotto Sopra
    NYCboylikestotravel
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We've dined at Sotto Sopra a number of times. We love the food. Not only is it beautifully presented, but it also tastes delicious. Service is professional, for the most part. The one thing that I don't understand is why do we always have a long wait for a table, even though we have a reservation. It does take away from the enjoyment
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Baltimore goes European
    FirozeVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Very nice, restaurant in the Mt. Vermont neighborhood of Baltimore. Large wine selection and very nice murals on the walls. The menu is extensive and varied. One look at eh menu and you know this is not Little Italy. Expect more upscale and very well presented items with a top shelf ingredients. The servers are very efficient, but they could use a couple more to ensure that a table of five get their items all at the same time. All in all a very good meal and fun evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Nice Italian Restaurant
    LarrydermVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    A lovely Italian restaurant with well prepared food. The menu selections might be a little more varied, but there are many pasta dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Homemade gourmet Italian food
    Luv4cibo
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I had the tasting menu and chose grilled octopus salad, hand made pasta with mushroom, cioppino, and tiramisu for appetizer, first, second, and desert course respectively. It was all outstanding! Sotto Sopra is probably the only Italian place I like in Baltimore (so far). It is pricey though, so not a place I would go everyday... But I want to go back a few more times to try other dishes such as the duck breast, pork ossobuco, and lobster ravioli.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner!
    dineDE1VIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Dinner here was excellent - quiet weeknight dinner in the summer with 5 guests. No problems with valet and reservations...quiet during the summer. Service and attention was great! No rush, no need to hurry from one course to the next. Food was very good - go for the Osso Bucco! And they have some nice Borolo on the wine list!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious
    ydoyouask
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The food here was wonderful! We got tomato risotto and some kind of pumpkin pasta with sausage, both of which were fantastic. The waiter was very pleasant and entertaining, and there were surprisingly few other people there, making it nice and quiet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Yummy
    Ssc3201
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We enjoyed the food so much, we decided this was the spot for our sons graduation dinner. Bolognese was the best ever thanks to the light fettuccine. Osso bucco fell off the bone and paired with excellent risotto. Knowledgable waitress who suggested perfect wines. Sachetti was very pumpkin-y and sauce was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot
    Jazzy
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great food in the Mount Vernon neighborhood! The service was a bit slow, but the food was flavorful, and tasted fresh.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fabulous restaurant
    cramadia
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Went there on a Friday night, and almost went back the next evening. IT WAS THAT GOOD!!! Food was outstanding. Atmosphere was outstanding and the service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good!
    Wizbangs
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Returned to Sotto Sopra for my birthday (as it's a little pricey to be a regular stop) and it was excellent a second time. The wait staff are, without exception, the best in town: attentive, but not overly attentive & willing to make great suggestions if you ask. The new Octopus Salad app is the best octopus ever I've had (and I've tried it multiple times at other high end establishments). The recommended Pork Ossobuco was good & the Sacchetti do Zucca was phenomenal! (Home made pasta). Sotto Sopra will remain a special occasion spot for us!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    TerriVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Dining at Sotto Sopra was a wonderful way to end my birthday celebration and I knew it would be the perfect choice because they are consistent. I have dinned here many times before for special occasions and they have always impressed. The selection, presentation and delicious variations of Italian dishes exceed expectations. I will be back!
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sotto Sopra - Fantastic
    eatingoutfreak
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Out evening was wonderful and Sotto Sopra staff was very friendly and efficient. The ambiance was great and the food absolutely spectacular!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday dinner
    calieatery
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    My boyfriend took me here for my birthday, which was luckily at the end of restaurant week. The restaurant itself is beautiful with large mirrors and interesting paintings around; each table was lit with a candle. It's a little bit cramped as we were about 1 foot away from the next table on both sides and could easily hear their conversations. We had a reservation at 7:30 PM and we didn't get out until 9:45 PM. Most of the time was spent waiting for our food -- our waiter was missing for most of the time although the tables around us (with a different waiter!) came in after us and left before us. The food was too sweet and we spent too much time waiting for me to ever go again!
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  • Highly Recommended
    megantmorrison
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The best thing we ate was the pumpkin sacchetti--so good it might make you go cross-eyed. We also had a great cocktail made with gin, lime, and chartreuse. The mussels were the only weak point of the dinner; the flavors were muted and unbalanced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant week. Good choice.
    fatskinnyguy
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This was our 2nd time here and it was just as good if not better.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall Good Experience
    Dsakpa
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food was very good but slow to come out of the kitchen. It was restaurant week so I expect some delays. The service was attentive but not very professional. If they categorize themselves as a fine dining establishment more training is needed for the servers. Ladies first, food eaten with a fork is served from the left and with a spoon from the right...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.