Talara
Talara

Talara

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://talarabaltimore.com/
  • Phone: 4105289883x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
    Friday-Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
    Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, South American, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Kenny Hamilton
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Entertainment: Every Monday at Talara is Salsa Night! FREE beginner Salsa Dancing lesson begins at 9pm and then open Latin dancing from 9:30pm-1am.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fleet Street & President Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: $8 Valet parking is available 24/7...in partnership with Hilton Garden Inn / Homewood Suites. Access to valet parking is northbound on President St.

    Self-park in any of Harbor Easts three(3) parking garages after 5pm and ask us to validate your parking ticket before returning to receive $5 parking. (Participating Garages: 650 S Exeter, Whole Foods, or Legg Mason)
A word from Talara
Talara Latin Fusion restaurant offers an extensive menu that includes flavors and recipes from Central & South America. Our chefs take old, traditional Latin American recipes and execute them with new technology and new ingredients. Our restaurant features Baltimore's ONLY Seviche Bar. Our Seviche Bar offers 6 different Seviche preparations and 10 seafood options so that you can mix & match to create your own seviche. In addition to our Seviche Bar, our menu features other Tapas, Sushi, Soups & Salads, Entrees, & Desserts.

Talara also has a full bar that features an array of hand-made mojitos & caipirinhas, as well as an extensive offering of cocktails and beer. Our Wine List features 50 wines from South America and Spain.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
Talara reviews from OpenTable diners
71 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (42)special occasion (26)good for groups (25)neighborhood gem (25)vibrant bar scene (15)romantic (15)hot spot (14)late-night find (13)scenic view (5)great for brunch (4)great for lunch (4)notable wine list (3)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Excellent!
    Jjscz
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Very nice dining. A group of six. A bit noisy -bar crowd, but a perfect prequel to a Pier Six concert just around the corner. Excellent food. Well prepared. Knowledgeable staff. Nice drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, slow service
    amdew717
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    This was my first visit to Talara. Overall, it was fine, convenient for a casual meal before a concert at Pier 6. However, do allow yourself enough time before your show because the service here is quite slow to the point of nervousness that you won't get out ontime for your event. Our waiter did not stop by our table to refill water or to check out how our food was. The food was good: I had the Carne Asada, she had the Shrimp & Grits. They offer a gluten free menu which was great for her. And they carry Clausthaler, a very nice German non-alcoholic beer. It's always a PLUS when I can get something other than O'Doul's. A MINUS, however for the outdated menu link from the Open Table website. Prices are at least $5 more on the actual menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot for pre-Pier Six event
    sailorgirl
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    One of the best restaurants I've tried. Great food, great service, Latin-American ambiance, and really close to Pier Six. Casual dress. Will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food all around
    JB29
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Wonderful food and drink most notably the seviche. Used a travel zoo coupon which allowed us to eat what we wanted very affordably.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sonny
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The restaurant needs a bit of an overhaul in decor and cleanliness we thought. It mostly looks and feels a bit tired.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fusion for the Foodies
    MuffinandRy
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Our experience at this Talara was awesome! Parked at the hotel next door & used the valet service, which provided a convenience for us. We were seated right away and greeted a few minutes later by a very friendly waiter. He proved to be VERY knowledgable, patient, and efficient. He gave suggestions for us and made us feel like we were the only ones in the place. I recommend the ceviche (any one would be great), the ribs as an appetizer (fell off the bone) and the crab cakes dinner. My husband and I, as Marylanders, swear that these are the best that we have had in the whole state; loaded with crab meat and lightly crispy on the outside. The ambiance was great with detail given to light fixtures and decor. A place to brag about!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Tapas was great, all the food excellent; somewhat long wait for main courses on a slow night
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quite tasty!
    xinaruthVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    caipirinhas were amazing! all of our food was quite nice and we loved the way the staff worked as a whole to take care of us (because our primary server was a little absent/tweaky) - it was a lovely evening
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it here!
    Raquel
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We just love the food and drink selections at Talara. I do wish you got a little more food for the money, but it's nice for a special occasion or splurge. My only issue this time around was that there was a large party there and whatever they were cooking started smoking a good portion of where we were sitting...pretty badly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I Will Return!
    CheeseNWine
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I had been to Talara before when I recommended it as a dinner date spot last Saturday night. Again, the seviche was fresh and presented creatively, the drinks were different and tasty, and the server had plenty to recommend after an appropriately energetic conversation with us. Everything was great. The drinks took a while, but we enjoyed the scenery and music (cool playlist!) while we waited. It was all worth the wait and I will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Talara never disappoints with their ceviche and tapas. I have yet to try an entree because we always end up ordering more apps because they are just that good... mojitos are the best around
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't go when it's busy.
    JRE44
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Busier than expected for a weeknight, but they couldn't seem to handle it. Had a special deal for two drinks, two tapas, two entrees and deserts. Took longer than reasonable to get all courses. For dessert, we ordered and waited for 20-25 minutes for a brownie and ice cream. The waiter kept saying he would check on it. Even if the chefs were busy, we couldn't understand why the waiter or manager or someone couldn't dish up a simple brownie and ice cream rather than just providing excuses and apologies. Really unacceptable. After all this wait, we never got the brownie, just another final apology. The tapas and drinks were good. One of us got the ribeye entree and it was quite fatty. The other got the crab cake and it was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Food came out really quick, drinks were really good. Felt a bit rushed by the waiter, but it wasn't very busy, so he may have just been bored. Great first date spot.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyably Different
    LoveToEat
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Everything on the menu is done in a unique style, at least compared to other places I have been in Baltimore. I have eaten there 3 times and keep going back. I am sure I will continue as the food is great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Conveniently Located
    Treni29
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    It was recommended by a Fells Point resident to have dinner at Talara before our concert at Pier6. We parked on President's Street across from Pier 6 and walked 1 block to Talara. We had a 5:45pm reservation on a Tuesday eve, but the place was not crowded at all. The host was also our waiter. He did a great job at explaining happy hour and giving recommendations. Unfortunately the busier it got, the less we saw our waiter and had to ask other servers for help a couple times. Other than that,my crab cakes were ok, but my boyfriend said the crispy duck was excellent. I tasted the coconut rice on his plate and it was to die for delicious. The tropical shrimp/calamari ceviche was really good. I enjoyed the sangria the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    preciousjulien
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food was amazing. Everything we tried was delicious. Out waiter was very knowledgeable and gracious. Would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What an experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My boyfriend and I love going to different restaurants with new ethnic cuisine. The reviews (and a tipsy couple on the way out hahaha) recommended the fire and ice seviche so we tried it! Definitely not something we were used to but glad we tried it! Our meals were amazing and we really enjoyed ourselves.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Empty
    RCfood
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We had an 8pm reservation and it seemed very empty to me, a lot of open tables. I would have liked a more lively scene, but the food was good and the drinks were okay. I would go back, but would try other places first.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • pickyeater
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Interesting menu, had vegetarian options which we needed. Attentive service. Restaurant is a bit noisy, but attractive and pleasant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was delicious!
    Cyntg
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The kale salad and crispy duck was delicious. The presentation for the fire and ice was beautiful and it tasted great too. It was quite spicy, though. My husband really liked the crab cakes and he usually never likes them fried. The chef was very accommodating for our vegan diner which is why I gave service a three. Otherwise maybe a two because the server never checked on us unless we flagged him down. Also we were sat next to the kitchen and it gets very smoky. Don't sit there. All in all very impressed with the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • amazing tapas.will be back.
    kcbrazil
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Loved. We had a great time. The waiter was very helpful. Other waiters gave food suggestions. The tapas were amazing. Also the desert was delicious! ! I will be coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Meal!
    yachtiegogo
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Had an exceptional meal here while staying in the Inner Harbor East Marina. Started with fantastic cocktails and seviche 3 ways. WOW! The Fire & Ice was a stand out. Perfect start to a special evening. We also tried the Crab Cake Chile Relleno which was excellent. We are looking forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service
    Diane
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    I guess it pays to eat early. As we had very attentive service and good food. It was a Monday evening that we dined.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful evening
    Jules
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We had a great evening at Talara. I was very impressed by our server. She gave great descriptions of the food and great recommendations. The jalapeño marg was outstanding. The fire and ice seviche was also tasty. Don't order the Brooklyn Pale Ale. It tastes like Coors Light.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    YPFoodie
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    The FOOD was outstanding and the prices are beyond reasonable for the succulent dishes this restaurant serves. Faves: - Asian Tartare (Amazing little bites) - Mussels Cataplana (Divine... make sure to dip your bread in the broth) - Sesame Glazed Ribs (Braised for four years and served with a scoop of mashed potatoes) - Crispy Duck (Cooked to perfection!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    nyclapotra
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Came here on a first date; my reservation was not honored and we were set by the bar even though other tables were open. The entrees we wanted were unavailable. The food was mediocre at best. Would not return there.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome
    SimpleAbundance
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I booked my reservations blindly. This was my first visit. The food, service and prices were great. I had the shrimp and grits. They were the best that I had. I can't remember the name of my guest dish because I kept talking about mine. I planned to go again for happy hour this week and take my mom one day after church. I really enjoyed my experience
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner Before Movies
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Food was excellent, shared all the appetizers and they were all fantastic. Mussels were tender, meat fell off the braised ribs, flatbread was terrific. Also shared pitcher of white and red sangria and both were very good and large pitchers for the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Luv2trydifferent food
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    This is my 3rd time there and I can't get enough of their great food. I try something new every time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Our experience was overall a positive one. Food was very good, wide variety with many different sauces. The main negative was our waiter was less than knowledgable about the menu. We had never been to the restaurant before and had several questions about the menu. For each question asked, our waiter didn't have an answer and had to check with the chef. It would have been more enjoyable had our waiter been more informed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    This was the second visit to Talara. Each visit has been nothing less than outstanding. The food and service is excellent. The management staff has this restaurant clicking on all cylinders. It was my birthday and I was honored to celebrate it with at least four other birthday folks who know a great place when they eat at it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • consistant, outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    I have been here a number of times and found the experience to be consistantly outstanding. High quality, diverse food, good service and an atmosphere that is fun. One of my GO-To's in Baltimore...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Creative appetizers; Fun cocktails
    omeallymd
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We have dined at Talara twice now, and it is one of those places where we enjoy the appetizers more than the entrées. They offer ceviches, tapas, and sushi, all with a Latino flare. I was most impressed with the ceviches: choose the preparation, choose the fish (raw or cooked). Try the Fire and Ice with cobia. My wife had the delicious crabmeat and avocado sushi called the Jimmy Roll. The cocktails are creative as well. We were wowed by the jalapeño-infused Fiery Blood-Orange Margarita. Entrées were not of the same calibre. While my dining partners' dishes came out piping hot, my tepid crabcake chili relleno had obviously been sitting for quite some time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Declining
    Foodie88
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    This restaurant used to be very good several years ago, but recently, it has declined. The food is just fair. Things are over cooked or omitted. We ordered kale salad which comes with cranberries, however, we told the waiter and manager it was missing, and they said we "assure they were included". It was. It there. The tuna meatballs were over cooked and flavorless. Truly declining. Not planning to return anymore.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 37 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 159 reviews are from the Talara reviews archive.
  • Good Drinks, but poor food.
    JMo1974
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The mushroom "flatbread" was good, but the "flatbread" was tortilla chips. My wife got the shrimp and grits and I got the 6 hour Malbec braised short ribs. Both entrees were far too salted for my taste. My wife agreed as well. Also, my short ribs were actually pulled and shredded. Unless otherwise stated, I expect my ribs (any type) to be on the bone. Service was adequate. We will not go back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyed!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    4 of us went for dinner. The food was great and service was good. We would go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun, delicious dinner...and drinks!
    nomnomnom
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    As a foodie I appreciated the exciting mix of cuisines presented in Talara's menu. We ordered one of the triple orders of ceviche - however, each serving was tiny (keep that in mind considering the price). However, that being said it was DELICIOUS, and worth the money for a special occasion (mine was college graduation). Cocktails were phenomenal - we had the pisco sour, mojito, capirinha, and another I can't recall the name of - a tequila drink with some pinkish/orange fruit juices. Paloma maybe? All wonderful - and my mom has spent time in Peru, Argentina, and Cuba - so her opinion is worth something. The food itself was all great, and presented in fun, decorative displays. Everything was absolutely delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too noisy
    Brian
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    The kitchen is in the same room with the dining area - too noisy. Service is so so. Food is good but overpriced. The restaurant doesn't have very good scenic view (busy street)
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  • definitely not worth it
    mrgigi
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    went for brunch and food was mediocre at best (cold tater tots at the brunch buffet-c'mon seriously?) and poorly presented, they ran out of certain drinks (iced tea and bloody mary)and had to run to the grocery store down the street for refills, overall not impressed.
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  • Mother's Day Brunch
    BaltimoreFoodieVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    When we arrived, they tried to cram us all in a table meant for 3 instead of 6. The staff realized it was silly and gave us another table. For Mother's Day there was a buffet set up which is not optimum with the layout in the restaurant. It was very confusing which way to start (the staff kept pointing us in the wrong direction). The majority of the aluminum picnic trays (not chafing dishes) were empty. We had to keep asking the staff whether there would be more food. They finally made some ceviche for us. The salmon platter was empty, and the cook made me pick up the dirty platter so it could be filled up. The polenta looked like cement, everything else was cold and tasteless. On a plus, the drinks were decent. Will not return!
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