Sylvain
Sylvain

Sylvain

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sylvainnola.com/
  • Phone: 5042658123
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Friday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
    Sunday Brunch: 10:30am - 2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Alex Harrell
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Toulouse and St. Peter
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Sylvain
In fall 2010, Sylvain opened its doors in one of the world’s most celebrated neighborhoods. By celebrating the city's storied past as well as creating a menu and design aesthetic that blends both the past and future, Sylvain provides an oasis of style and unmatched quality. From dining on elevated bistro classics to enjoying a wine program and cocktail menu that leans toward the classics while embracing the resurgence of cocktail culture, guests will savor the restaurant's unspoiled rawness and modern luxury.

Our tree-covered courtyard only adds to the space's timeless feel to create a truly New Orleans experience. By restoring the historic doors, ceilings, and balconies to their original glory and adding elegant seating, lighting and artwork, Sylvain feels at once historic, yet thoroughly modern — all done with a nod to the comedic opera that bears its name. And isn't a skillfully-performed comedic opera something any truly great New Orleans restaurant should aspire to be?
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Sylvain reviews from OpenTable diners
123 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (88)neighborhood gem (65)romantic (58)great for outdoor dining (49)vibrant bar scene (42)special occasion (38)hot spot (35)great for brunch (20)late-night find (19)great for lunch (17)notable wine list (11)scenic view (5)good for groups (5)Show More
  • There are better choices.
    KenV
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We went to Sylvain on the recommendation of a friend. The menu is fairly limited, with none of the options particularly appealing. And one item I decided I would have, the duck breast, they had run out of before 8 PM. I settled on the roast quail, which was fine itself, but the cornbread stuffing was an uncooked paste. We brought a bottle of wine with us to celebrate our anniversary. The waitstaff did not seem to know what to do with a wine that had sediment, and each glass poured for us had a renewed sludge of sediment. Corkage was $20, which would have been fine if they'd decanted it. We put the cork back in when it was half gone, and took it back to our hotel room. Overall, not much to recommend for this fairly spendy restaurant.
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  • Never disapoints
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    As always, the drinks were fantastic and the food was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great! (could be even better!)
    iann
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    This place has many things you would want in a restaurant: a nearly hidden entrance by way of a alley way makes it feel like a "find", nice ambiance indoor and out, good service, high standard of food. Here are some things from our experience that would have made our dining experience five-star worthy: The A/C indoors was cranked way too high and/or the vents were directed at our table. If we were dressed for winter in San Francisco it would have been ok but this was summer in NOLA. The courtyard outside, where we relocated, is great except the condensers for the A/C inside are located there and are so loud you have to shout over them. Occasionally they shut off letting showing how nice a space it could be.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOUD
    Diningduo
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    If you enjoy screaming at your date while eating your food with a flashlight, this is the place for you. Staff was very good and tried to improve our experience, but we left after a very unimpressive antipasti tray.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great late night dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Fabulous, affordable wine list! Beef checks perfect balance and tender. Quail was outstanding, but the corn bread stuffing too salty for my taste. Gelato divine. Our servers were attentive without being intrusive. It's a bit noisy, even at 11 pm, but it is New Orleans after all?!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique dining in the Quarter
    BrichCRA
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The food and the service was impeccable. Every bite was a joy. The only thing I would say is turn down the air conditioning. I was shaking from the cold by the end of the meal. The air was also chilling my food so I had to eat it rather quickly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gem Alley
    chifdlvr
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Had brunch, chicken biscuits amazing, brioche French toast very good. Wonderful Bloody Mary's. What a gem, will def go back next time in NOLA. Portions a tad less than most places but adequate, our Server was lovely. Nice ambience albeit noisy inside, was too muggy to sit outside in patio being August but nice patio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this place!
    ChadVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Whenever I'm in New Orleans I always stop in here for at least one meal - fantastic food and amazing cocktails. It's a small place, but does have some outdoor seating so make you reservation in advance so you don't miss out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PaulVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Everything was great; the restaurant is very dark.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very lovely setting
    504foodie
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Cocktails, food, and service were all wonderful. Our server was very helpful and nice. We had the pork shoulder and quail dishes, both of which were awesome. Looking forward to my next visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Modest New Orleans Treasure
    BrianH
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Sylvain is one of our favorite restaurants - we live hear and enjoy taking guests out for dinner here. The space is beautiful, the food is always outstanding, and its in the heart of the French Quarter. In the spring and fall, sitting in the courtyard is an additional treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food find
    deltadiner
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had an early lunch and all the dishes were well prepared, tasty, and trendy.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Friendly ans cosy
    Sylvain
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Amazing and tasty seafood. I liked the wine list and the little Portuguese white wine we took. Cosy and romantic ambiance
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable
    Bar1
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The food and the drinks were excellent, but it was a little too dark. I had trouble seeing the menu.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We had a great experience in this restaurant. The food and drinks were delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The food was Great. Nice and small cozy place but the noice level was very high which took away the feel of the calm Ambience that it had when you first walk in.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find in the French Quarter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The best thing about this restaurant is the lack of touristy-tourists. Sure, there may be out-of-towners but they aren't wearing beads and acting like drunken idiots. So that's a huge plus. The food was pretty good. I had a special salad to start - good but nothing extraordinary. Chili almonds were nice with a drink. My pork Milanese was a very large portion served with some more salad (wish I had known) and farro that was a bit undercooked. I would go back to try something else. My husband had the chicken sandwich which was moist and well-prepared but nothing special. Nice service, friendly and prompt. The worst problem is that the lighting is too dark and I simply could not see what I was eating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Could use some ambiance outside
    Atlantashopper
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Really delicious food, but sitting outside on rickety wooden furniture not compatible with really delicious food. Outdoor decor could be done so simply to enhance experience. Overall, good food, but not a fave destination, may choose inside next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Lighting too dim but the location itself is quite beautiful. The courtyard would be nice weather permitting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great!
    boblikesfood
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    food, ambience, service all great. Highly recommend brunch or dinner, and dinner is open pretty late.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food, service, & music
    Gorgongirl
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I found this restaurant on one of those review websites and quickly picked it out as a must-do in New Orleans. The restaurant did not disappoint. Our server was helpful, patient, and always right on time. He seemed as though he really cared about our dining experience. We had the antipasti plate; it offered a wonderful selection of meats and vegetables pickled, cured, and seasoned to perfection. For dinner we had the shrimp and the pork Milanese. They were both excellent, but the pork stole the show. I ordered sorbet for desert and it quickly changed all my opinions on sorbet. It was smooth and flavorful. The pot de creme was rich and decadent. Finally, the music selection is top notch: contemporary and classic indie and alternative.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good FQ lunch
    MaddogVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Good eats, nice service, a little noisy. Antipasti plate was good, especially the black-eyed pea hummus - lots of lemon. Generous portion - would be good to share with a couple other people. My date and I ordered the chicken sandwich and burger. The chicken breast was huge, with good breading and very moist. Burger was perfectly cooked with cheese, served plainly on a bun. Look elsewhere for lettuce and tomatoes. Generous side of fries with both plates, and delicious house made pickles. Had a glass of the rose, very nice. Had a cute table by the window overlooking Chartres. The bar looked like a fun place to hang out - will be back for drinks sometime.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Needed more flavor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We only got salad (excellent) soup ( just ok) and 3 appetizers ( all 3 were pretty bland) . Nice wine though.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very plesant, solid restauarant
    Grisst
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Sweetbreads and beef cheeks very good and tasty. Good atmosphere, but not for the hard of hearing. Wine list a little too abbreviated. Service a little confused but friendly. Worth a visit
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of the Best Meals in NOLA
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I'm from New Orleans and have tried many of the newer hot spots. Sylvain's cuisine is really top notch - full of flavor, but not fussy or too precious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasant surprises!
    LUVNOLA
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    It is a small rest with lots of energy. The Bar was hopping, & the vibe was fun. The menu is on the small side, but there is something for everyone. Most of the offerings presented a new & welcome twist on everyday foods & are somewhat different than most other New Orleans Restaurants .The flavors/foods were rich, but not heavy, & the ingredients were fresh. I felt the pricing was appropriate. The cocktail menu was excellent, with spirits to please everyone. The staff was FANTASTIC, the hostess graciously accommodated a change in our reservation & was eager to see that we were taken car of as quickly as possible. Our waiter, (I forgot his name, but he was so good looking!) anyway he worked very hard & efficiently, meeting our every need.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lives up to its reputation
    Yardbird83
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I had pork shoulder, collard greens, and grits. It sounds like a meal my grandmother would have made, and it was one of the best meals I have had in a long time. I have no idea how they made such humble ingredients so exciting. I am craving the collards two days later. Loved this experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fun, vibrant, delicious food
    Terz
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We have been to Sylvain several times and always enjoy it. The food is excellent and different--a blend of old style with a modern twist. I had duck confit and duck sausage--yum. We also had the best appetizer plate with different cheese, sausage, etc. Delicious. Also good wine list. The servers are friendly and helpful. It's a small place, so good to make a reservation if possible, but they try to be accomodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Solid meal
    Solidmeal
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The antipasti was solid with a special watermelon and feta salad. The chicken sandwich as the only misstep and could have been aided by brining, although, still tasty, hot n paid with delicious fries. The table we were given had a great view onto the street but did have to be leveled. The waiters wine knowledge was great and he was helpful selecting dishes although he lead with a long 86 list. It's a popular place. Reservations necessary! A hipster hotspot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great little restauarant
    SunshineMakesUsHappyVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Food & Service were GREAT! We've walked past Sylain so many times (it's a block from Jackson Square) but before reading about it on OpenTable, we had no idea what we were missing. The person who said he ate there two nights in a row was right. The snapper over 'succotash' was melt-in-your-mouth magic -- hard to describe how utterly delicious this meal was! We are looking forward to returning to Sylain every time we return to N.O., but we will hope for a quiet table in the beautiful garden/courtyard (note: if you are hoping to really talk with your dining companions, note that it was packed and conversation was impossible on Saturday). The large group of people at the next table said lunch is a real treat, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The other New Orleans.
    Jules
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Breaking the apparent requirement to serve Creole food, Sylvain offers a hop alternative. Popular with restaurant people.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious food, great fun.
    Valndon
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The food, service and vibe were first rate, TOO NOISY! Quail and creamed spinach were terrific.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    My husband and I went here for our anniversary. Unfortunately, we were packed in so tight and the restaurant was so loud that we ate as fast as we could. We headed out for drinks afterwards so we could actually talk. I was so looking forward to this dinner, that the whole thing was fairly disappointing.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • luv2eat
    luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This was the 2nd time we came here. The 1st time, the food was really good but the service was terrible. We came back & the service was still terrible & the food was not as good as the 1st time. Burgers were not cooked inside & pasta tasted like hamburger helper. Will definitely not go back.
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  • Impressive
    heythereVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Really enjoyed Sylvain. Food, service and overall experience were so very good we that had dinner there two nights in a row. Can't remember the last time that happened. Right up there with our most enjoyable dining experiences in New Orleans. The chef sure knows what he is doing. He clearly has alot of talent and a great team working with him in the kitchen. Service was great too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic!
    Foodienatl
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Lovely little spot in the Quarter. Service was great, but the food was outstanding. I thoroughly enjoyed the Brussels sprouts salad (unique!), the pork shoulder was divine (served in succulent patties with creamy grits and greens),and the pot de creme was rich and wonderful (can I have two?). The cocktail menu was innovative although I didn't fall in love with my choices. I'd try others next time. Only slight downside was the noise level. It was a little tricky for 4 of us to hear one another bit we managed. Bottom line: highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • patio to ourselves
    jwjt001VIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    We had a great summer New Orleans night at Sylvain; very warm so the patio was empty except us! Vey nice casual back garden that while tiny (and had a refridgerant unit that sometimes made a little noise) was evocitive of a local New Orleans experience. The cheese plate and chicken were delicious as was the watermelon sorbet and pot de creme. What made a difference? The calm genuine care and service provided by Eleanore who was never intrusive and always happy to answer the ridicvulous amount of questions we had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food for Foodies in the Quarter
    Laurabeedee
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    I'm from Portland, OR and was briefly in NOLA for work and wanted to see the French Quarter but avoid tourist-trap hades per my hipster-Portland food lust. Enter Sylvain! The food was fresh and delicious, my fried pork was not greasy and crisped-up perfectly--a difficult thing to come by in the tourist-destinations of the south, I've found. My dining companion's house-made sausage with duck was also fantastic, perfect texture. My friend is also a genuine sufferer of celiac disease, and the staff were very helpful in pointing out the gluten-free options for her.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Highly recommend!!
    llhnbigD
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Food, service and ambience were all incredible!!! A beautiful restaurant tucked away with a unique menu. We will most definitely be going back on our next trip to New Orleans!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • akw46845
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Happy to have found Sylvain on our most recent trip to New Orleans. They serve up great food in a classy but casual atmosphere. Service is friendly and it seems like the servers are as into the food as the diners are. Great recommendation of wine by our waiter when our first choice was not in stock. Food was southern with a modern twist. Salads are fresh and inventive; Mains are comfort food with small twists that keep it not boring. The ONLY grouse we had which was a minor one is they could use just a little more light - even our 8 year old with her young eyes had trouble reading the menu in the dim light and for us oldies it was nigh impossible let alone actually seeing the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.