Stark's Steakhouse
Stark's Steakhouse

Stark's Steakhouse

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.starkssteakhouse.com/
  • Phone: 7075465100
  • Hours of Operation:
    All Day Dining: Monday-Thursday 11:30am-9pm
    Friday 11:30am-10pm

    Dinner: Saturday 5pm-10pm
    Sunday 5pm-9pm

    Happy Hour: Monday-Saturday 3pm-6pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, American
  • Executive Chef: Mark Stark
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: For information regarding catering please contact Jennifer Gipson at 707-576-9610.
  • Private Party Facilities: Here at Stark's Steakhouse we have quite a few options to accommodate groups anywhere from 14-125. Whether you are looking to host a special occasion, dinner meeting, cocktail party or wine maker dinner, our newly renovated historic restaurant is the ideal setting.
  • Private Party Contact: Jenny Gipson 7075769610
  • Special Events: Please check our website for information about our Winemaker Dinner Series and other special events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Seventh Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Self parking available in private lot.
A word from Stark's Steakhouse
Stark's Steakhouse brings classic fare with a modern approach to downtown Santa Rosa's Old Railroad Square. The restaurant's decor blends classic charm and vintage detail with lush fabrics, weathered leather, and two fireplaces in an old brick setting.

Stark's Steakhouse features CAB Certified Prime Angus, grass fed and beef and also features the only in-house dry-aging program in Sonoma County. Cuts of meat include Bone in New York Strip, Rib Eye, American Kobe and Filet Mignon. Keeping with owner/executive chef Mark Stark's "farm to table" philosophy, Stark's Steakhouse also offers a wide selection of "non-steak" dishes that highlight the plethora of fresh, seasonal and local ingredients available in Sonoma County.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Stark's Steakhouse reviews from OpenTable diners
191 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (148)romantic (97)fit for foodies (85)vibrant bar scene (70)neighborhood gem (63)notable wine list (61)good for groups (44)hot spot (32)great for lunch (10)late-night find (10)kid-friendly (6)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Expected really good, and it wasn't. Prime steak was very ordinary especially at $41.00. Baked potato was not quite done and was warm, not hot. Stingy dollop of sour cream on top. Green beans sounded great but the bacon, while there was a lot of it, had zero flavor. If I did a blind tasting I wouldn't have known what I was eating. Cheesy cauliflower was Ok but nothing special. I thought I was taking my visiting adult children somewhere special and it wasn't at all. Wish we had gone to Cattlemens or Outback.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great steak! and sides to match.
    awcfp
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Service was on part with the food: excellent! Drinks were very good: our group loves Kamakazis, and theirs were excellent. All our main dishes were good, but they ran out of one special, the only negative.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    It was her first time at Starks and I was a little disappointed. My husband had fillet and I had ahi tuna. I realize it is steakhouse but they put barbecue sauce on top of the Ahi tuna. It didn't taste fresh and the barbecue sauce ruined the ahi tuna. My husband steak was good (not fabulous) but the side dish of broccoli was drenched in butter. The spinach salad also had way too much dressing on it. The crab tater tots were very good. Overall I would rate this restaurant about a three star. The atmosphere was nice and pleasant and very large. I might try it again and order steak this time though.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Starks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Had the filet and the wife had the salmon. Both were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Our first visit. It was very nice- staff was outstanding. Food was very good- very thoughtful, too. Looking forward to going back and try other selections- menu looks yummy. And maybe remember to save room for dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful dinner
    JasonS
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We went to Stark's for our wedding anniversary. Booking on Open Table was a breeze and indicated it was for our anniversary. When we arrived they took us to the Hostess and introduced us say it was our anniversary. Our server greeted us at the table and also wished us a happy anniversary. Wonderful service, great recommendations by the server. The meals were off the hook wonderful. On the pricey side, but well worth it...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anne C.
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Food and service was excellent! Steaks were done to perfection and very tasty! Sides delicious, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice place & excellent service
    jopudus
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I brought my fiance to Starks for our anniversary dinner. The food was great, our server was very kind and resourceful. The only thing that I would say about Starks is that it is a bit more on the noisy side if you are thinking of having a quiet dinner I would come either early evening or late evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • knows good food
    1935SFred
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We brought friends who had driven up from Pacifica and had 5:45 reservations. My dinner of Steak Tatare, Wedge salad, creme brûlée were as usual excellent. My husband tried for a change the ribeye steak and said it was overcooked & said he would not be ordering again. The balance of his meal was excellent. Our guests had prime rib and said very good. My major complaint is that there was a group who evidentially were celebrating so loudly that people were not able to hold proper conversations. The manager should have done something (?) to quiet them down at least somewhat. People like that group should be in a separate room because they spoil what should be a lovely evening for everyone. However, we will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and ambiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Love Starks. Best Steak house north of the bridge. Easy parking, great bar area, and easy to make reservations or walk in. Their bread is to die for. The wedge salad is fabulous- the dressing is amazing. I always order the prime rib, and last night was quite easily, the BEST piece of meat I have EVER eaten. My husband ordered the ribeye with red wine sauce and said it was amazing- tender and juicy. The creamed spinach is just okay. The crab cake "poppers" are spicy and awesome. We were seated by the fireplace- very romantic. The place was packed, but very quiet. We love Starks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always Excellent
    JohnHVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Regular diner. Recommend the potato skins if you are hungry. The tuna tartar is fantastic also.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food, rushed service
    Windsordinner
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Every dish was fantastic and the drinks were great. However the server made us feel very rushed and did not even ask how I wanted my steak cooked. He was slightly rude and when he dropped off the check he never came back. we waited about twenty minutes and found another server to run our check for us. Loved the food and will go back but the service was disappointing
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • yummy
    sarah
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This was the first time my husband and I went to Stark's and we loved the food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic steak
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Best New York prime steak I have ever tasted. Service attentive but not overwhelming. We are non-drinkers and still felt welcome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Don't Miss
    JustinandJaimeVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    If you're in Sonoma County, you must visit Stark's Steakhouse. Amazing steaks, ahi tuna tartare and the kale salad are to die for!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food with good service
    ETMan
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The best food in town. Recommend it for those special times of celebration.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food from start to finish
    DeeCee
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The look is retro masculine. The food is delectable. The fish and the steak we ordered were perfectly cooked and seasoned. No sauce necessary--it was already fully flavorful. And the dessert was not just delicious but the best "cheese pie" we've ever tasted. We have to go back to try the garlic bread, which we've since learned is incredible. The wine selection is similarly well chosen.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprisingly great
    FantasticVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    To look at the outside it looks like the restaurant/bar could be a dive, but very nice ambience and decor. The food selection was good. My friend and I had prime rib that they had on special. We also had roasted bone marrow that you put on toast points like pate. So yummy if you like that sort of thing which we did. We also had a very nice, refreshing heirloom tomato salad with a really nice balsamic dressing. We had mac and cheese to accompany our meal. All in all a very hearty, but wonderful meal. Oh I can't forget their bread that is dunked in a garlic butter mixture. So good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • rlcangel11
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Steak was undercooked a bit and the service was very slow this night but overall still a great dinner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding!
    suzin14
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Fabulous restaurant with top quality menu. Delicious. Service was incredible though out our visit, making you feel well taken care of. Will most definitely be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Place-But.....
    Agent21
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    My Wife and I ate there recently, place was awesome inside, very cozy and romantic. Service was good, though I had to pour my wine from the bottle most of the time, no big deal really, my only gripe was I ordered the New York Steak "prime choice cut" and this cut was no where near a prime choice cut, I have had a better steak from Safeway. It was cooked to perfection though. The restaurant should invest in some better steak knifes also, the ones they offered were not very good. My wife had the prime rib which was excellent and we got some Drakes Bay oysters as an appetizer(drakes bay oyster company is being shut down by the government soon-they were very delicious)-sorry to see them go. Parking was also lacking, not sure if I would be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice evening
    Rich
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    All in all the evening at Stark's Steakhouse was very enjoyable. Both of us, however, were a bit confused by the menu, especially the steak entree section. First of all, we were kind of shocked that some of the offerings (for 1 person, not 2!) of steaks were up to 20 oz.--WHO eats that much steak??? The second thing was that everything is a la carte-very expensive meal! Also, our server announced that they were already out of prime rib--a disappointing surprise, being that it was only 7:15--kind of weird for a steakhouse. The only other issue was the size of the appetizer and salads--HUGE (no wonder America is FAT!!!) Everything was, however, very tasty and pretty unique. Glad we were able to apply a $100 gift card!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Off night?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    This meal didn't measure up to previous visits. Service was extremely slow--45 minutes between salad and entre. 2 Prime NY steaks were short on flavor and long on gristle--nowhere near prime. Both seafood dishes were heavily salted. Overall a clumsy 3 hour performance. Once had considered Stark's to be excellent. Hope this was just an off night.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My favorite place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Starks is always consistent in service and food. Even when an error is made the do everything to make it up to you. The steaks are truly one of a kind!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for special occasions...
    Davidio
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food and the service has always above average. The menu hasn't changed much but we don't care 'cause they have what we like!...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding service and food
    justbecameafoodie
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We celebrated our anniversary at Starks Steakhouse, waited in the lively bar until our reservation time, at which we were escorted into a quiet dining room with elegance and comfort. The server found out about our occasion and brought over complementary glasses of champagne! The food was superb, the service quiet, friendly and unobtrusive
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Knows good Food
    1935SFred
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Our 3rd time here in 3 weeks, that may be the problem. I thought my salad (the wedge) was not quite right, seemed like it consisted of large pieces of lettuce rather than wedge of ice cold iceberg.. The salmon was good and the creme brûlée was outstanding. Our guests who are not as "foodies" as much as we are, loved their wedge and prime rib, cauliflower gratin and truffle fries. All in in you cannot go wrong!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Starks is a really nice local place for a special night out. Service was good and the food was well prepared. Not sure that was a $50 steak, but I left full just the same.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I went on Open Table because it said it gave a discount which did not happen. The food is very good as usual, drinks are exceptional! Service was very good but slow.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We entertain weekend guests often and Stark's is a wonderful restaurant for showing off Sonoma County dining! Service is always top notch and the food never disappoints. Love the vibe and overall experience. Only reason the ambience is not outstanding is the noise level is such that it makes conversations a bit challenging.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We were there to celebrate our anniversary. Our server spoke very fast, we did not feel relaxed or comfortable, our cocktails took forever and were finally comped and our server never stopped to pour our champagne so we did it. All our food did not arrive at the same time, side dishes arrived after we were finished with our steak (steaks were under cooked). Our dinner plates were cleared before we actually received one of the side dishes. Overall, for a special occasion at a pricey restaurant our experience was not memorable!
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still on par
    JohnHVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I always enjoy eating at Stark's and have actually had trouble getting a reservation the last couple of times. The reputation of excellence is well-deserved. My only complaint was that the tempo of the meal seemed slow to me this particular visit. Not awful, but just slower than usual and slower than expected given the dining room was not packed full.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The smell of heaven
    Bdaguy
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    From the moment we got out of the car, you breathed in the smell of a delicious steak! While the neon lighting exterior gave off the impression of being a well-anointed diner, the dark interiors of the dining area immediately impressed me in their style and richness. We were recommended an excellent Cabernet which I was thankful for since I recognized very little from the wine list of regional vineyards. The bread on its own was excellent but was made oustanding as it was covered in a dill butter sauce. My wife and I shared a calamari starter that was well prepared in a light, sweet glaze to be followed up by an excellent almost melt in your mouth steak. No room for dessert but we were all well-satisfied by the meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Starks for dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We have been to Starks many times. This last time was very good. Food was great, and the service as always was excellent. Sometimes it can be hit and miss with different chefs. If we ever have a problem though the manger is quick to take care of the issue. I was disappointed that they did not have the dry aged filet but I did have the New York and it was outstanding. G.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pay attention the low star reviews.
    Sonomachuck
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I was concerned about the variance in the effusive and low star reviews. The low star reviews were more honest and valid. The noise level made understanding the waiter nearly impossible as the restaurant filled up. It was not much better when we first arrived. There was an unpleasant dismissive attitude where we did not over order more than we wanted. Upselling seemed the order of the day, and it left an unpleasant cast over the entire meal's service. The food was good and well prepared, but for the cost of this meal, and the singularly poor service, it would be worth the drive to the city to go to Morton's than eat here. I would be unlikely to return, given the overall feeling of being a table the staff was waiting to turn.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special Evening
    LovedAndAdored
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We wanted something local and special to celebrate our son's 10th birthday. We were originally planning on driving to the city, but remembered Stark's. We are so glad we did. We had reservations and were seated immediately upon arriving. The servers were very attentive and accommodating. If we needed anything, it arrived at the table almost before we could ask for it. Our son said that he 'felt' like a millionaire and couldn't wait to come back. Stark's and their staff made this night a very memorable evening for him and we are very appreciative.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I really like the decor for a hearty steak house feel. Romantic, sure. Good feel, sure. Attentive waitress & bus people, great. I am a vineyard manager, have owned a restaurant, part owner of a winery back in the days. All of that doesn't mean I know what I am talking about, believe me. Food: the calamari was in a sweet sauce, and we couldn't get through it.Too sweet. I probably didn't look close enough at the item description. My fault. I ordered an aged ribeye. MR. My guess is the steak was everything it was supposed to be. For me, I won't order aged meat again. It was dry due to natural dehydration through air contact. Took the tender moisture out of the meat for me. I will go back again.Baker tops !! thx
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    There were 3 of us so we got to try several dishes. My friends had steaks, which they loved, and I ordered a small portion of the shrimp which was fantastic. The vegetable side dishes and kale salad were all perfect. Nothing really fancy but everything was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    We went there for our 35th wedding anniversary. The service and the food were outstanding. It is a little pricey, but for a special occasion it is great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pleasant dinner
    srk2013
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Loved the look and feel of this restaurant. Food was good, but we ordered a porterhouse for two, our favorite thing to order in a steakhouse, and Stark's was out of it. A steakhouse out of porterhouse? On the positive side, I can't eat dairy or gluten and they were very accommodating.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.