Sparrow Bar + Cookshop
Sparrow Bar + Cookshop

Sparrow Bar + Cookshop

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.sparrowhouston.com/
  • Phone: 7135246922x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday - Thursday: 2:00pm - 12:00am;

    Friday & Saturday: 10:00am - 12:00am

    Brunch

    Saturday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Southern, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Monica Pope
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Alabama
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet and Street Parking
A word from Sparrow Bar + Cookshop
Celebrated Houston chef and restaurateur Monica Pope left behind the landmark local eatery t'afia in its prime to chart a new culinary adventure – a fresh start that is a result of Pope's continually evolving dialog with food, family and community.

Sparrow Bar & Cookshop is a back-to-basics concept that finds its story in the intimate, 1940s-era warehouse building at 3701 Travis Street, where t'afia was born and helped to re-gentrify a now bustling neighborhood. Sparrow represents a new freedom, a more free-flowing and easily sharable menu that often activates guest interaction in the final composition of dishes.

"At Sparrow, I am going to be cooking the things I would make at home for my family and friends – fresh, unpretentious and full of flavor," says Pope. "I want people to stop by without a reason or reservation, but we'll certainly accommodate that, too."
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Sparrow Bar + Cookshop reviews from OpenTable diners
104 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (80)special occasion (46)neighborhood gem (46)romantic (36)great for outdoor dining (25)great for lunch (24)hot spot (24)great for brunch (20)vibrant bar scene (18)good for groups (18)notable wine list (16)late-night find (8)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Awesomely enjoyable
    PunchDrunk
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This was my third trip to Sparrow and once it again it has not failed to impress and satisfy. I love the stripped down repurposed look. The wines and beers are superb. The shiitake dumplings drip with umami and the macaroni and cheese is delightful. The waitstaff take excellent care of you and the ambiance creates a great vibe for flirting conversation and sharing. I can't say enough about Sparrow!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Won't be returning.
    Htownfoodie
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This was the worst service I have had in recent memory. It really ruined my experience, which is a shame because the food was good. However, only one dish was really amazing (we had a 5-course chef's tasting menu) and one was mediocre at best. Overall given the experience and having had more interesting food elsewhere for the price, I won't be returning.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't go if you're on a budget
    NOtoNOBUVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Very good. But a bit pricey! Very good but a bit pricey! Very good but a bit pricey!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eat2bfit
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We have eaten ay Sparrows three times prior and drive two hours to dine there on special occasions. Last nights food was the first time we were unsatisfied with the food we ordered. We will try Sparrows again and hope that our next experience will be as good as always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tofurific
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I am a vegan, so to my surprise there were things in the menu to eat. I had the tofu and market vegetable curry dish. It was absolutely delicious.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, slow bar service
    eat2live
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    This was our second visit to Sparrow, and we didn't enjoy it as much as the first time. Part of the problem was that our drinks did not arrive until we were done with our appetizers and into our main courses. Inventive food with twists on everyday dishes like mashed potatoes with a choice of 3 different toppings. Shiitake mushroom dumplings and chocolate-cherry bread pudding to die for. We thought that the starters, sides and desserts were way better than the main courses, which we could have skipped.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and more
    HouAg
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My friend and I went on Sat night at 8:30. The restaurant was full, but not crowded. We had a great conversation over a wonderful meal and some cocktails. I had the boar and he had the steak, both were prerared perfectly. We got 3 sides, my favorite was the okra/beans. My friend liked the greens. We both liked the butternut squash gratin. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best overall quality
    localdiscovery
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I eat out most every evening, be it steak houses, Italian, burgers or sushi so when friends and colleagues are pondering where to go I'm the 3D living Yelp. I'll leave you with this: 1)quality of meat or veg is superb 2) preparation is excellent3) flavouring reflects that someone actually understands the chemistry of spices (e.g.wine paring)3) evening bar crowd and guests are a good mix. The ambulance is a mix of modern and antique. okay not good journalism but this is about taste buds :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Evening
    HubyVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The food was very good. Inventive and fresh. We had read reviews that complain about portion size but appetizer, entree and two sides for both of us was plenty of food. Wine list was eclectic and interesting. The white blend from Lebanon we chose was fantastic. Service was fantastic - attentive but not overbearing. Atmosphere was comfortable and neighborhood like.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Lovely food: great selections. Big hits at the table that night were the brussel sprouts, the mushroom dumplings, and of course the scallops. The service was smooth and unintrusive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My New Favorite Place
    htownjigga
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The best drinks and the best food in Houston! My wife and I was blown away on how good everything was.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birmingham
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Wonderful experience! Food and drinks were amazaing. Great wine list! Top notch service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mostly consistent Farm to Table
    PerryMason
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Sparrow is consistently farm to table, so freshness and an abundance of quality greens and vegetables is on the menu, along with pastured meats with both conventional and adventurous cuts. Recipes are kept simple, but Monica Pope has a good eye for combining unexpected ingredients and flavors to make the familiar more interesting. The use deep frying for some of the dishes (like the celebrated brussel sprouts) I think is a misfire on the healthy and fresh aspect, but there is enough on the menu to avoid that. See Candelaris for brussel sprouts done better in a small cast iron pan. Service is above average, but a little boisterous depending upon the server. They made a big mistake on my bill but I caught it and they fixed it promptly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food, superior service
    FrequentCustomer
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Our dinner at Sparrow was delicious, fun, and comfortable. The appetizers actually stood out as the best part of the meal. We also greatly enjoyed the expertly refined wine list and the outstanding service by our waiter, a jovial and accommodating veteran of the job.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Truly unique and tasty!
    lookingforflavor
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Sparrow is by far my favorite restaurant in Houston! Every time I go, there is something new and interesting on the menu. Monica Pope creates some truly thoughtful and delicious flavor combinations. Across the board-cocktails, starters, mains, side, and dessert-amazing choices in all categories! This most recent visit, I had amazing cucumber, feta, date and truffle oil salad that was inspiring! The feta was incredibly fresh and light. My main course was a cut of beef with miso caramel sauce that was delicious and a great complimentary flavor. Dessert was the pot de creme with figs. I was hard to keep from ordering a second one! If you enjoy inventive flavor combinations made with the freshest ingredients, you must visit Sparrow!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Owner/Chef Monica Pope continues to deliver. This woman can do no wrong.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    wonderful service, interesting crowd, great wine list...and such interesting, healthy food...fun to eat!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Different but tasty
    mamasgottaeatVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I had the dal, an Indian dish. It was simple and delicious. Also enjoyed the scattered sushi as an app. Basically deconstructed sushi on a plate. The selections are a little off the beat path, and that is what is so enticing.
    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.
  • Great experience!
    ttambboc
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We brought my mother-in-law here when she came to visit. The food was exquisite and the service was also impeccable. This is my second time going to Sparrow and I have yet to be disappointed. I highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable night out.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Delicious food, nice atmosphere, without pretentious prices. Lots of interesting things on the happy hour menu to try. (And all that we sampled were delicious). Will have to come back to try some more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Doesn't live up
    FoooodieVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Given all the hype I read about the chef and restaurant, I was excited to check it out on a recent business trip to Houston. I ordered bacon dates which were great and a cocktail similar to a mojito which was watery and not so great. The worst was the steak entree. Breaded hanger steak with a dollop of bbq sauce? One of the worst dishes I've eaten and had to send it back. The avocado sashimi was nothing spectacular and eggplant soup was dull and no flavor. I didn't bother with dessert since I was unimpressed with the other dishes. Service on a weekday night was slow and not too interested in the diners. I was happy he didn't charge me for the steak dish but it took him 10 minutes to check on me and see that I wasn't loving the entree.
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  • Wonderful dinner
    GiulioVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Hope it lasts... nice, simple food, uncomplicated mixes, yet innovative, what we need more of in Houston. It will take a whle but Houston will be able to compete with Chicago, New York, Copenhagen.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    Lindsey
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We came here for dinner with a group of 6 girls for a bachelorette party. The service was great, food was excellent and drinks were outstanding! I will definitely be back for date night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, good drink
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Went to Sparrow for a date night with my wife and we had an enjoyable time. Server was helpful and friendly and we were in before the dinner rush which was nice. We were not rushed and enjoyed all our courses at a nice pace. The cocktails are really good and the food is done just right. My one complaint would be that as dinner got going, service got a little slow (my second drink arrived after we had finished dinner even though it was ordered as our main course arrived).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cool place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Food, atmosphere, décor is awesome! I am so happy that Houston boasts such a restaurant. Will be going back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Experience!
    DinerHLMVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    This was our first time visiting this restaurant, and it definitely won't be the last. The best service ever...perfect timing, answered questions, joked a bit, recommended appetizers and dessert choices. We felt that we were experiencing the meal...not just eating a meal somewhere! The lemon hummus was delicious w/ lavendar pita bread. OMG! The baby greens salad was fresh and lightly dressed. The chicken confit mac & cheese was DIVINE! Creamy but not gooey and heavy cheese. My date had the hanger steak tacos & chilli. The hanger steak tacos were filled with meat that was seasoned well, and the venison chili was savory with a thin sauce (making it a good option even in hot weather). We cant wait to go back for brunch on the patio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable Quality
    Cruella
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Once again a great meal. Sparrow is a good "go-to" for casual, special occasions. We reserved a table early - 6:30 - to take advantage of a quieter meal. The food was delicious, we were seated immediately. Our server "served" some patronizing attitude but not enough to greatly impact the experience. He still got a generous gratuity.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch/lunch
    DinesoutalotVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Took us awhile to get to Monica's latest culinary adventure. We had a fine brunch experience. Nice small portions allowed us to get a number of tastes. Highly recommend a visit to Sparrow! ,
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Jim
    Jimbec
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Everything was super except it took to long to get the check from the server.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sparrow does it right.
    OpenTableDinerVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Monica Pope and Sparrow Bar + Cookshop do it right! The food is inventive and tasty. The service is friendly and knowledgeable. The restaurant is quaint and comfortable. The Shiitake Mushroom Dumplings are awesome as are the Brussels Sprouts. Another really great meal at Sparrow.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Creatively Tasty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Great mix of quality food and news tastes. Sparrow always offers something new and unique, while contnuing to offer high quality staples. The crispy chiaken was excellent and the cheesecake (walnut crust) was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, not-so-great value
    brchodzin
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Party of six on 6/21 at 8pm. The table was ready when we arrived a few minutes early. The restaurant is decorated nicely, with an eclectic mix of art but overall we felt it was too dark- one of our friends had to use his phone's flashlight to read the menu! There is a funky cocktail selection, a large wine list and small but lovely dinner selection. We ate scallops, flank steak and shrimp entrees, with mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts, beets and mac & cheese sides (family style, ala carte sides). The shrimp and potatoes were mediocre; scallops, steak and sprouts were outstanding. The food was really, really good but for over $400 for the table, the portions were far too small. We probably won't return for that reason.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great date night!
    MovingMountain
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Great place! Arrived on time and seated right away, Thomas our waiter provided great service with recommendations and suggestions on appetizers and drinks. The Shiitake Mushroom Dumplings are fantastic! Drinks are wonderful, the crispy chicken and venison noisettes tender and moist, wasn't that excited about the brussels sprouts or the mixed greens, but the sweet potatoes with mustard made the entire dinner. I look forward to visiting again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    PatrickS
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    The food was incredible. Drinks outstanding. Had a really enjoyable evening here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • millie
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Fantastic food, unlike anywhere else I have been. The menu is very different and yet it has something for everyone including picky kids. I can't say enough about how good- how absolutely "right" every dish is. Could eat there every night and never tire of it. Very pleasant atmosphere and terrific servers.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inspired. Fun. Consistent Yum.
    FoodastherapyVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Creative and fresh local farm to table restaurant that never fails to delight and inspire. Evident chef puts thought into her menu and executes it well. Always a treat to dine here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I took my dad here for father's day. Not good. Service was off all night. Two of our sides arrived at the end of our meal. Servers were running around and rushed. Table next to us was complaining too. Food was not as hot and fresh as it should've been. Not going back.
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  • Sparrow Bar and Cook Shop
    Truelove24
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We went for our 24th year wedding anniversary and it was an awesome experience! The food was excellent and we felt the ambiance as soon as we walked in. Everyone was friendly and we will visit again next time we are in town. Jeff was our server and he was very knowledgable and assisted with wine pairing and sharing his great sense of humor and love for great food with us, thus making it a memorable experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Minimalist refuge
    Larkspur
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Very nice atmosphere--minimalist/industrial yet still with genuine warmth. They have worked hard to make this space feel welcoming. The scallops are superb; chicken with salsa verde is tender and flavorful. Milled potatoes, chickpea soup, heirloom tomatoes also excellent. The restaurant serves (by glass and bottle) a Tempranillo from Lubbock that is inexpensive and quite good. Cocktails rival the Anvil--creative conception. Servers are helpful and not overbearing. It is relatively quiet if you go earlier. It can be lively later on. Have been several times now, including Valentine's Day (pleasantly crowded with couples across the generations--nice to see.)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Great Service, but the food came out cold. Had a great time with waiter. Food selections nice but food needs to be hot!
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.