Sublime Tavern
Sublime Tavern

Sublime Tavern

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://sublimetavern.com/
  • Phone: 8582599100
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch
    Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm
    Dinner
    Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Californian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Josh Ricciardi
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Farm to Table, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Please contact us for any and all of your catering needs.
  • Private Party Facilities: We have a small private dining room overlooking the polo fields that can accommodate up to 40, and we able to section off and accommodate much more, up to and including complete restaurant rental.
  • Private Party Contact: Jason Bitsko 7025012688

Getting there

  • Cross Street: El Camino Real
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Open parking Sunday-Thursday. Valet Friday and Saturday
A word from Sublime Tavern
Home of craft beers and gourmet comfort food. We pride ourselves in fresh, local flavors, and presenting only the finest beer and wine selections in the world. Come join us for a flavor extravaganza, and just a good old-fashioned great time.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
Sublime Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
19 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (14)neighborhood gem (14)kid-friendly (9)great for outdoor dining (8)fit for foodies (8)vibrant bar scene (6)scenic view (6)notable wine list (6)great for lunch (5)late-night find (4)hot spot (4)special occasion (3)great for brunch (1)romantic (1)Show More
  • Delicious!
    Jaxx
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Had no idea this place was even here but will be back for sure! The service was great and the food was fantastic! Very relaxed, easy atmosphere with plenty of space between tables and open throughout bar/dining but not too noisy at all. Very impressed with the food for a 'tavern' that touts 'comfort food'. We loved the gourmet mac and cheese selections (we had 'ecstasy'), truffle fries and the Sublime salad. There were so many great-looking options to choose from that we decided to share several items - can't wait to come back and try a few others. Thanks for a wonderful first impression and great dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Accommodating for our huge group
    SDpartyof5
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Two groups made reservations for dinner. One had a party of 10 and the other 15. The staff completely embraced our idea to push tables together into a huge square and take over a room. The friendly staff managed to serve us all wine and beer and get our many meals out in a timely manner. Everyone loved their dinner and agreed they would be coming back
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gotta try it!
    Oceansidefoodie
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I don't usually order salad at a restaurant, but I'm so glad that I ordered the ahi salad! Best that I've ever had! Definitely will order it again...the museum is fascinating. Be sure to make time to spend reading about our history.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Goof Comfort Food and Drinks
    SDCVDiner
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had a large group (13 people) for dinner. The appetizers and drinks were excellent, the main courses were good -- the pizza is very good. The service was OK (not great). They had us in a corner, so they kept asking us to pass down food and drinks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cosmic tasty food!
    Swifty2
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Great food for everyone's pallet. Interesting pizza toppings, unique hamburger toppings, terrific salads....and then there is the macs & cheese! I had the Fiery macs. It had ham chunks and fresh jalapenos. Fantastic! The beer menu will take some time to study with all the choices. Watch the sun set from the patio seating. Hidden gem of a place to eat-off the beaten path and out of the way.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best suited for kids
    NMNATIVEVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We had a large group (12) and had 3 under 15 yrs old. I had a hard time deciding what to have because the food seemed best suited for the kids... Several varieties of Mac and cheese, and grilled cheese sandwiches, pizzas. Not enough entrees for adults or folks who don't want pizza, Mac and cheese or grilled cheese...
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasantly Surprisingly Great Meal
    FriendlyVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We were surprised and impressed. Great selection of draft craft beers. A diverse and widely delightful menu. Service was superb.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We have been to Sublime Ale house in San Marcos, and we wanted to try Sublime Tavern. Food was great (steak, medium-rare and Mac-n-cheese). Service was very good and we ordered multiple beer flights. Large selection of beers. Will definitely come back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 11 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 44 reviews are from the Sublime Tavern reviews archive.
  • Great service!
    KatC
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We had a party of 10 that went to Sublime for my daughters birthday. She loves their grilled cheese. It was my first time there and I loved it. Great food, fantastic service and beautiful view. I'm not a beer person but everyone else very much enjoyed their variety of beers and wines. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    If you like MacNCheese, This place is going to be your next favorite restaurant. Go online and look at the menu. Youre going to love it and get hungry just reading through it. All the food surpasses expectations with flavor and size.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unexpected gem
    Leendar
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Although virtually no one was there at Sunday brunch time, the food is worthy. My guess is that is not their golden time of day for guests... The server was very nice and all were quite accommodating. Thankfully, did not try to hurry us as most places do. The salmon benedict was very good, and the lobster scramble was excellent!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not bad
    udpumpkin
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    The service has been hit or miss for us but the food is pretty good and they have a good beer selection. It can get loud by the bar but the patio is nice and has a good view of the polo grounds.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NomoreSublime526
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Very disappointing. This was our first visit to Sublime Tavern. We were one of about 4 tables that were occupied in the entire restaurant, which should have afforded us great service. However, our waiter was obviously untrained and we had to walk him through many of the simple expectations of providing service in a restaurant. He was pleasant enough, just ill-equipped to provide even mediocre service. Our party found the food to be extremely disappointing. We had informed the restaurant that we were celebrating a birthday, but there was no "celebration" provided by the restaurant, even after reminding our server of the occasion. We don't intend on returning to Sublime Tavern.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • yum!
    deefoodie
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We ate here before a show at the Belly Up. The service was good. We ordered the ploughing platter- which had a variety of cheese and meats on it. It was delicious. We also had the Caligula salad and the jalapeno grilled cheese sandwich on foccacia bread. Both were delicious. I would totally eat here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mother's Day Lunch
    Brendan1
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    This place has great grilled cheese sandwiches. I ordered the meatball grilled cheese, and it was good. The service was overall very good... the waiter was friendly and the salad I had was wonderful. It isn't over priced at all... very reasonable, and has a great view of the polo grounds in Del Mar. I would reccoment this place to anyone to try at least once!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, great time.
    CHL80
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Loved it here. The service was excellent and fast and the food was sooooo good. Get the Mac And Cheese.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    There were seven of us, we all live in Carmel Valley and none of us had heard of Sublime. We were all very pleased with our dinner. We had a great time, found solid value, really good food and service. We were talking about when we were gonig to return, before we left.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Found a new place in Del Mar/RSF
    PaulG
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    I took a small group (6 of us) to Sublime on Monday night this week on the recommendation of a friend. I have driven past this restaurant for years (though it has been many things prior to being Sublime). I was really impressed. The food was outstanding - I had the salmon filet and sticky rice. The salmon was perfect and flavorful. The rice and side veges were just ok. We tried the Ahi tacos, marinated artichoke and sausages for appetizers and found them all to be outstanding. The beer selection and wine list is extensive and wont leave you disappointed. Service was attentive and the environment was casual - great for a simple business meal or even a family night out. I will be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place
    CaJetsFanVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Everyone at our table had trouble deciding what to order. So many yummy sounding things on the menu. We ended up ordering one pizza, one Mac and cheese, one panini and one burger and sharing. I'd absolutely return to this place.
    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.
  • Fun with Family
    SDRay
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Great place for birthday celebration. Good view, friendly staff. Great food and awesome beer & wine. Loved the decor. This will be a new favorite for us!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beer and a meal
    SeanVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Lots of beers to select from, which was fun. The food is as advertised, comfort. Not really interesting, but well prepared. Patio dining in the summer would be awesome.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sublime Tavern: good not sublime
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    On our first visit to Sublime for an early Sunday dinner, we liked the extensive crafts beers list (as well as a nice wine list). The food was uneven...tomato bisque soup and foccacia were great, salads were very good, but a couple of ingredients promised on the menu were missing. A mac and cheese dish with pulled pork was just so-so. I'm not sure why, but it did not have much flavor. We had a lovely waitress and the place seems really nicely put together, but they had damage to their outdoor patio, so that was closed. When the patio is opened up again, outdoor seating will be great for summer lunches or evenings.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious, Affordable, Enjoyable
    hilmac
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Hubby and I have been here twice. Once for a retirement party on the patio. Once just the two of us. Good find. varied and tasty menu, comfortable and lively without being too loud. Nice bar if you enjoy chatting with a friendly and accommodating bartender. You can also watch a game. Being able to make a reservation for just 2 is great. The separated, enclosed patio is perfect for a private party and could probably accommodate 75-100. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit of a hidden gem
    Shannan
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Really good food selection and quality as well as a fantastic selection of beers on tap. Casual yet classy ambiance. Highly recommend. We'll be going back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Way too loud
    SDFoodieVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Went for dinner with the family on Saturday night and because the back patio was closed had to sit in the smaller of the 2 indoor rooms. It was so loud I could not even hear my husband who was sitting next to me. We ate quickly and left. Not an ideal experience or one that will have me racing to go back. They need some sound-absorbing materials inside.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Families Comfort
    JoyofDiningVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Wow! Great grilled cheeses and tomato soup. Kids LOVE the pizzas and hot dogs too. This is THE place to take the kids for the old fashioned comfort food. Located conveniently by our hunter jumper trainning center at Del Mar Horsepark, this is part of our new dinning routine.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed again
    EastcoasterVIP
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    Has great possibilities but food is inconsistent and pizza has interesting toppings but crust is average. Beer choices are amazing but wine is expensive and just not that good. Wine is as high as $28 a glass which does not fit with a basic pizza and mac and cheese type of place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Luke Warm
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Service was pretty good, food was very good. Can't get past the ridiculous policy that you can't try a small taste of a wine before you order a glass. They actually charge for a 1 oz pour...I don't want a pour, I want a sip to see if it's what I am looking for. To me it's a dis-service and I can't imagine that it helps them sell any more wine, especially anything different. I couldn't get a taste of what I was interested in so instead I ordered an average pinot...which cost less than what I was thinking about getting. The place was very noisy and it was tough to have a conversation, but the food helped make up for it. Not sure I'll be back. Wish they were open for lunch, but the location probably isn't conducive to a large lunch crowd.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was good and service
    Kitt
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Food was good and service ok. They were having some type of private event in their large dining room with cameras and the like. Staff was a bit distracted.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • More than a Tavern
    fullbelly
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    This was my first time to Sublime Tavern and there were 9 of us in the group. We had three teenagers with us too. There was something great for everyone. The truffle fries appetizer was a hit for the table. The beer selection was great. I am definitely going back to try more selections.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Burgers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Ordered the mushroom cheeseburger w/o the bun. It was fantastic and so was the horseradish aioli!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Went here for Valentines Day
    jsbradbury
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Went here for Valentines Day with my fiancé. Our waitress was extremely knowledgeable and recommended two craft beers after asking us a few questions about what we liked and she was spot on. The cheese platter appetizer was great. Our meals were quite good. We both plan on being back soon.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just as everyone said
    rose
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Usually I take reviews with a grain of salt but this place was really good! Loved the mac and cheese and the appetizers. The atmosphere is great . Looking forward to visiting this place again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is a friendly, lively
    LL13230
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    This is a friendly, lively place, great for large groups and families. The portions are very generous. Perfect comfort foods, burgers, pizza, salads, mac and cheese. Prices are fair. Save room for dessert. Only negative is the LOUD side room for large parties. We couldn't hear ourselves!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Two Mishaps In One Meal
    PattiJo32VIP
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    I don't typically return food. I tend to just be laid-back about it all. It's just a meal for goodness sake, right? Well, my husband nearly ate his whole salad only the find a short, dark hair on the bottom of the plate. Sort of set the tone. I had asked for my burger to be "Medium". It came back dry and well done. I sent that back. That's just a bad kitchen mistake. The manager did come over and claim that all cooks wear hair-nets (none of them had them on when I looked up into the open kitchen) and he took both the salad and the burger off of the bill, and asked for a second chance to get it right. With all of the amazing restaurants we have available in the San Diego area, I might not make it back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We have not been disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    We have not been disappointed in any way and will return often. Working our way through the menu, beer, and wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but could be better
    Fritz
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Everything was delicious tasting. The macaroni could have been tastier if it was hot. Three orders of it came to the table....all just moderately warm. The burgers were already served and the place was busy so would have been futile to have it taken back to the kitchen and re-nuked. The two burger orders were very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent place!
    MLarish
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    It was our first time here...Food was great and service was EXCELLENT! We will definitely be back!!! You have a great team and a great restaurant!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice vibe and decor
    ScottEVIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    My wife and I went to Sublime Tavern just for fun, and found the food to be pretty good (not outstanding, not bad), and the service to be pretty good as well. We had a salad and two appetizers (rather than a main), and it was more than enough food. We're not beer drinkers, but we each had an interesting beer to go with our meal. Parking is ample, seating is ample, and the overall experience was very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yummy Comfort Food
    otreview
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    We decided last minute on NYE to go out to dinner with the whole family and this menu had something to offer for everyone. We all liked what we ordered and plan on coming back for more. Can't wait until they add a brunch menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate