Story
Story

Story

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.storykc.com/
  • Phone: 9132369955x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm, a la carte menu;
    Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm;
    Happy Hour: Tuesday - Friday 4:30pm - 6:30pm Featuring half-priced bar menu in the bar.
    A $10 Entree will be offered every Sunday evening in addition to the regular dinner menu. Items are limited in quantity. Reservations are encouraged. Sign up for our email list for updates on Sunday $10 entree.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Modern European, American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Carl Thorne-Thomsen, 2013 James Beard Semifinalist Best Chef Midwest
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Special Events: Visit our website for special events at www.storykc.com/events

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 69th Terrace and Mission
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Story
Story is a contemporary American restaurant in The Village Shopping Center in Prairie Village, KS. The Center is located 10 minutes southwest of Kansas City, Missouri's Country Club Plaza.
Story offers local, seasonal creative American cuisine from Chef Carl Thorne-Thomsen. Chef Carl Thorne-Thomsen is a 2013 James Beard Semifinalist for Best Chef Midwest and FOOD & WINE magazine's The People's Best New Chef: Midwest.
Story features comfortable dining room, patio and bar seating. Brunch is served on Sunday 10 am - 2 pm. Dinner is served Tuesday - Sunday 5pm - 10pm.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Story reviews from OpenTable diners
175 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (135)neighborhood gem (115)special occasion (113)great for outdoor dining (67)romantic (65)notable wine list (56)great for brunch (29)hot spot (23)good for groups (21)kid-friendly (14)great for lunch (11)vibrant bar scene (4)late-night find (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Excellent....
    Foodist
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Food and service were top-notch. This was our 2nd visit and we love it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    So disappointed in Story. Our waiter was pleasant but inattentive to our table of two. We were excited to try this restaurant due to the accolades of the chef. The entrees were cold, short ribs and the special Mahi Mahi. My Mahi Mahi was over cooked also.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Story was recommended to us by a friend so we wanted to try it. We found the food and service to be excellent. However, I think it is fairly pricey and definately only a special occasion place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for a special occasion
    CAtransplantVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The food was very good and beautifully presented. I was particularly happy with the appetizers. They also have a great kids menu that offered a fun variety. My boys enjoyed the gnocchi, spaghetti and meatballs, french fries and green beans! I wish they had a place in the restroom (men’s and women’s) to change a diaper.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Didn't quite stack up
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I'm no foodie, but I was super excited to check out Story given all the recent buzz. The restaurant was charming, and the service was great, but the food was a little lacking in my opinion. I had the fish special (mahi mahi) and it was a little blan. The bacon cream sauce that came with it spiced things up a bit but not enough to give me the full flavor experience I thought I would be getting with the delicious description of the dish. My boyfriend had the chicken breast, which was good, but still didn't quite stack up. For the price, not sure this is worth a return trip to see if different entrees are better. We did have the empanda appetizer and chocolate cake dessert and those were both great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Anniversary Dinner
    luvbirds
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This is a very nice restaurant that pays attention to details. The staff went above and beyond to accommodate us, even changing the reservation time at the last minute and we received congratulation's on our anniversary from everyone individually. The plates were larger sizes than we expected and we couldn't finish everything, however it was all delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not my #1
    Pippa
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    After reading that Story was voted #1 fine dining restaurant in KC by residents, I definitely wanted to take my foodie family member. We went on a Friday evening. We ordered cocktails that were quite tasy and then started with a pear salad and a crab salad. The presentation of the crab salad was very well done with a great symmetry of yellow watermelon, cherry tomatoes, and rounded balls of almost pure crab. It was delicious. Entrees were veal tenderloin and braised short ribs. Both were good but not great. Service was attentive but not intrusive. We did have to ask for the wine that was ordered to be presented with the meal. The noise level is pretty high so conversation was a little difficult. The decor is stark and uninviting
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • jeneliseVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    AMAZING! Great cocktails, great wine selection, everything was above and beyond! Been a couple other times, $10 Sunday entree is a steal. This time we brought my husband's mother to celebrate his birthday on a Friday evening. The staff and service was some of the best in town, attentive, know a lot about the food, and have great suggestions. My husband's favorite is the short ribs, I had the pork belly which was crispy and meaty and the sauce and shrimp really complimented the pork. Definitely will be back, it's one of my top 3 places to eat in KC!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Absolutely fantastic!
    Foodlover
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I have been to Story twice since moving to KC. Once for brunch and once for Sunday dinner. I, and my table guests, have loved everything we have ordered, drinks and food. The green salad is one of the most amazing summer salads I have tried; such subtle and pleasing flavors. The staff are so friendly and knowledgeable, which just enhances the experience. I will keep coming back and recommending it to others. Absolutely fantastic! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Italian Night Dinner
    KSdiner
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We participated in the 5 course Italian dinner (actually six) with wine pairing in Sept. The food was spectacular and the wines were exceptional. The presentation of the food and the variety really added to the overall dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • anniversary brunch
    brunchgem
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We have been for dinner multiple times. Brunch was perfect match of breakfast and lunch selections. Sautéed shrimp was amazing. Best fried chicken ever. Great selections for the pickiest children. Brunch at Story was not that busy and staff was very attentive and accommodating for our children.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's a keeper
    Hardtimes
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    It doesn't get much better than this. Dinning at its best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb
    Diner580
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The meal was delicious from start to finish! Crab salad was the best cold salad I've ever eaten.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food over salted
    BksdSC
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We shared a few of the appetizers ( tuna and ceviche) for our dinner and while the presentation was beautiful, the ceviche was way too salty for our tastes . Also, the ravioli was not quite al dente but the flavor was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Danimal
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Story was our favorite restaurant of the weekend. It was a little hard to find, but was well worth it. A definite repeat the next time we are in Kansas City.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Another flawless evening at Story
    luveverythingFrench
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We have been to Story numerous times & have never been disappointed in any aspect of the restaurant. We found it to be very refreshing to spend a hot summer evening in the delightful coolness of the restaurant. Our waiter had a good knowledge of the wines & was helpful in choosing a good pairing for our meal. The staff is extremely friendly & makes for a very enjoyable experience. The food is without comparison - superior to any other restaurant. The food presentation is impressively artful & constantly changing. If you want a memorable evening, spend it at Story.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive and loud
    KCDiner
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food was good, but the dishes were expensive (East Coast levels and above). We spent $100 pp with wine but no appetizers (2 courses plus 2 shared desserts for 4). The menu also is unique, so I found it challenging to choose an appetizing meal. This small restaurant was noisy - I had to strain my voice to be heard by my dinner companion right next to me. The tables are very close to each other. Service dropped off after entrees were served. It is conveniently located in a shopping center with plenty of parking, though.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Lovely Evening
    Hawkeye
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Wonderful food with a great ambiance. Always feels like special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food & service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    This restaurant is a real neighborhood gem!! I love this restaurant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous food and friendly service
    perfect4conversation
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My husband and I read a rave review of this Kansas City restaurant in Food and Wine magazine. We were not disappointed! The food--from appetizers to dessert--was delicious and artfully presented. The Australian Shiraz was amazing! Our server was helpful but at the same time sensed our need for a leisurely evening with friends. I would recommend Story to anyone who is planning a special night out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Finest restaurant in PV
    nycrite
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This is PV's best restaurant hands down. It is also one of KC's best. The menu has plenty of well-made dishes that aren't too weird or risqué. Don't get me wrong, there are some unique entrées and appetizers (sweetbreads), but there's something for everyone, adventurer and conservative alike. Execution is top notch as is presentation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a favorite dining experience
    paget
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We always look forward to Story. Love the chef, the hostess (his wife often) and the welcoming atmosphere and most of all the food and the service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • bonnieapetit
    bonnieapetitVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Very sophisticated environment. The interior would not be out of place in midtown Manhattan.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Another terrific evening at Story
    luveverythingFrench
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We enjoyed another wonderful evening here. The restaurant was delightfully cool on a hot summer evening and our server, Matt, is not only very competent and took great care of us, but his knowledge of the individual wines on the wine list has been helpful many times in choosing a wine to go with our meal. Unfortunately some inconsiderately loud patrons nearby interfered with our trying to have a quiet conversation at our table.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Menu Items
    BuzzVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Chef Thorne-Thompson continues to add new, terrific items to his menu while leaving the "favorites" on as well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    First time there and loved it. Everything was prepared very well and the flavor combinations were great. Of particular note was the ceviche appetizer, incredible!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great--as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Everything was very, very good, as always. The standouts for us this time were the crab and tomato salad and the chocolate torte with the toasted meringue. The crab was delicious and generous and, of course, it's the time for tomatoes and these were perfect. The chocolate torte was amazingly silky and full of deep chocolate flavor. We'd not seen toasted meringue, but it's a great idea. Melts on contact in your mouth.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    we had great service and the food was delicious. We can't wait to go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great first time experience
    Allsmiles
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Wife and I sat outside on a great midweek evening. Service was impeccable being attentive, but not 'in your face'. Wine steward was knowledgable, and helpful in wine selection. The food though stole the show. We shared multiple appetizers from foie gros, sweetbreads, to steak tartar. Dessert of house-made mini doughnuts served with a sauterne was a great way to end a fabulous meal. Every course was excellently prepared, and served with thought in presentation. I'll be happy to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Friendly haute
    Goodfoodhound
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food is the main draw, but the friendly service and cool modern design leave an impression. Try the ceviche, octopus, duck empanadas, and linguini. It's food that tastes as good as good as it looks.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, 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.
  • Noisy Overpriced
    Disappointed
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Seats were too close and room was too noisy to talk to my date. Food was good but not that special. Service was a little slow but the server was very informative and did a.great.job! Portion size was small for dinner items and pricing seemed way too high for the menu selections especially here in KC. I was expecting more with elevated reviews.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First visit
    peterstorandt
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We were in town for the weekend and on the recommendation of friends who have been to Story dozens of times, we were eager to enjoy dinner there. Nothing disappointed, and some selections were outstanding. Jamie, our server, couldn't have been more helpful and attentive. The main room was full, so a little louder than we like, but not to the point of annoyance. It seemed that most portions were on the small side, but you can still enjoy all the flavors and textures to their fullest. I doubt that anyone has ever taken any of their meal home.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic Food…
    msharmonVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Food and service was great! Hard to have a conversation with our table mates. Room was very loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Met expectations
    Martinepad
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Our group of 5 had all been referred to Story. Half of us had the braised ribs, other half, the Halibut. We all agree the food was amazing! For me, the Halibut was the best I have ever had. The empanadas appetizer was awesome too. We all will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding food and wine!
    RonB
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    A must visit restuarants every time we visit KC! We have tried over half the dishes on the menu and each is excellent. The bread served with the salad is some of the best bread I have ever tasted.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 50th Anniversary Dinner Success
    HighStandards
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We picked Story to celebrate 3 big events: our 50th wedding anniversary, our friends' 25th wedding anniversary, and our daughter starting a new job. Story did an outstanding job serving the 6 of us in a perfect manner. Story continues to impress us by maintaining a CONSISTENT and HIGH level of food quality, food creativity, service and ambience. We have recently returned from eating in some of the better restaurants in Paris, and Story competes very favorably with those. Carl and Susan Thompsen have created a world class gem in the center of the US.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    very enjoyable meal, all 4 meals were very good. would go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Repeat Visit
    KCHOOSIERVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    This was our second time dining at Story, the first being about a year ago. We went to celebrate someone's birthday and just lightly referenced her birthday when deciding at the hostess table whether to sit outdoors or inside. We sat outside, had a wonderful dinner with a fantastic server. The pork tenderloin was the most tender piece of pork I have ever enjoyed! We ordered the german chocolate cake for dessert and they brought it with Happy Birthday written on the plate with chocolate syrup & a candle. It was a welcome surprise and the cake is the most amazing german chocolate cake you'll ever encounter. My only "gripe" is that they charged $1.00 for blue cheese stuffed olives in my martini…really?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Short Rib
    Corkit
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    I love braised short rib and this was one of the best ever. Beet appetizer was also outstanding. Carrot cake dessert was very disappointing, lacking in flavor and very overpriced for what was received. Wine list also seemed a little overpriced but likely priced for the neighborhood. Service was very good but just a tad overwhelmed at times. Overall a very good meal and glad to go. Given the price point, I'm not sure I would return knowing what else is out there at that price.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the Quiche
    Nicola
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    My second time here, second brunch, second quiche. The texture is beautiful. However, though I complained about my first salty quiche, it's still too salty. My companion, who order same, concurred. I intend to go a third time, order the quiche and endure the salt if I must. But it would be lovely with just a bit less salt. Lovely Bellinis and excellent service, but for me, the ambience keeps me coming back. It's a lovely room.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet