Tastings - A Restaurant, Wine Shop & Wine Bar
Tastings - A Restaurant, Wine Shop & Wine Bar

Tastings - A Restaurant, Wine Shop & Wine Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.tastingsofcville.com/
  • Phone: 434-293-3663
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Wednesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Catering: Tastings does cater locally. Contact 434-293-3663 for a personal consultation or email Bill at billcurtis@tastingsofcville.com.

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Tastings - A Restaurant, Wine Shop & Wine Bar
When Tastings started in 1990 it was the only fully integrated Wine Shop/ Wine Bar/ Restaurant on the East Coast. About twenty years later, there is still only a handful of establishments in the U.S. such as Tastings. Besides being an outstanding wine shop in its own right as well as a fine restaurant, Tastings offers a large selection of wines by the glass. Wines are offered in flights for experimentation with a meal for a modest fee over the retail price of wines in the shop. Tastings' restaurant serves simple, direct cuisine that allows each customer a gustatory and educational experience in a friendly but professional fine restaurant.
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Tastings - A Restaurant, Wine Shop & Wine Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
15 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
notable wine list (13)fit for foodies (11)special occasion (8)romantic (5)great for outdoor dining (4)neighborhood gem (3)good for groups (1)hot spot (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Tastings-Charlottesville
    Fred
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Tastings restaurant is a novel concept where many wines can be tasted in an evening along with food. Wines are sold by the half glass or glass and the choices of wines are numerous. The accompanying dishes are good too. For tasting numerous wines this venue is excellent. We also bought a couple wines in the store-side to verify reviews I read on Trip Advisor concerning the owner's noteworthy reputation for pinpointing an individual's tastes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice!
    Lovely
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Took my foodie teen sons here on trip to Charlottesville. They liked it and they have eaten at some very fine dining across the country. Wine pairing was great. Recommend the wild boar and crab casserole. Duck was not cooked as I like it but the sauce was excellent. OMG pecan cake to die for! Prosciutto and melon delicious. Only negative was 2 waitresses really had the entire restaurant and one was the wine server. They personally handled it well, but a third server was needed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinner on saturday night
    goodeats
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We had a lovely time with great wine choices. The mushroom soup was excellent.. The staff was very friendly but not intrusive. The wine shop that is near by has a wonderful wine selection. If you get a chance to talk with the chef/owner he is very knowledgeable about wines and local history. I would highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow - what a surprise
    doonalucVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This place is tiny and we were a little nervous when we got there. The food was FABULOUS. We loved that the chef wandered around and talked to patrons and Louis knows his wine. We will make the 2 1/2 hour drive to eat there again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Match
    timeforwine
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food was excellent and our waitress did a great job of matching up wines with the food. Wines we had never heard of but liked so well we bought them to take home. Dearly wish it wasn't 4 hours away.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BMW
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Tastings is a favorite for us. Bill Curtis' wine pairings are always spot on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Top notch refined dining experience
    SkyKing
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    This operation is run by real pros. Whether it is in the wine shop or in the kitchen, the result is terrific. The starting place is great food which is then matched by a wine cellar that doubles as the wine shop. As they sell for a margin of above the shop price, you have a great handle on the wine value. A learning experience as well in that the enthusiastic proprietor regales you in the reason that he selected the wine for the shop and for the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Accidental Diner
    DFPdlM
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    An delightful surprise. Not being from the area I had modest expectations that were exceeded all around. The food was nothing short of perfect. The wine list includes the entire adjacent wine store. When I asked for a specific rather rare varietal, they had it. The friendliness of the staff compensated for the brief shortfalls. Pricing was very reasonable for the level of quality. This place should be full every night, yet paradoxically it wasn't even at half capacity. What is wrong with the people of Charlottesville? Get out and frequent this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 7 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.6
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.3
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 62 reviews are from the Tastings - A Restaurant, Wine Shop & Wine Bar reviews archive.
  • Graduation Weekend
    momoVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Wonderful choice for our graduation celebration. Food was excellent, especially the seafood choices- I had the grouper. great selection of wine (almost too many choices-so we took some home) and very helpful staff in pairing the wine with the food, owner was very gracious and entertaining
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hidden but worth it
    tymelyronVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    A bit hidden a block off the downtown mall but enjoyed our dinner. Fried oysters as either appetizer or entree were great, as was the bison short rib. The crab casserole was excellent as well. Lots of specials for the night and parking at the garage next door was validated.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A jewel
    Louise
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    The food and wine are outstanding, but it's the owner who makes this nook glow with particular warmth. A marvelous character who welcomes you into his home. Have dined at Tastings several times over the years and never been even MILDLY disappointed. EVER
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming and great food!
    Charlie
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Tastings is a quirky little place with a real charm. We were greeted warmly and seated promptly. Service was friendly and prompt. The food focuses on outstanding ingredients and simple preparations that highlight the flavors without a hint of pretension. The mushroom soup was outstanding with a French onion soup base and black trumpet mushrooms. My wife's fried oysters were perfectly done. She had the mushroom plate for her entre, almost a vegetarian plate except for bacon included in one of the components. I had the medallions of leg of lamb. Both were great dishes with beautifully chosen side items. Best of all were the wine selections by the glass recommended by the sommelier -- perfect and not always obvious choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • remarkable
    CharlottesvillianVIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Fantastic wood - and a shocking selection of wines professionally selected with great taste by the owner. All around a superb dining experience in a relatively informal setting. Top choice in downtown Charlottesville.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • even better than I had hoped
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    I was intrigued with the comments about wine recommendations and the intimacy of the place...it was everything I had hoped...wine paired perfectly with food perfectly prepared....I will definitely be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Idea
    JeffVIP
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    We really enjoyed the ambiance and combination of selecting wine from the retail shop to pair with our dinner. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The menu was very eclectic and ambitious, some of our selections were excellent some missed their mark. However it was an overall fun experience and we will return next time in Charlottesville.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Magificent wine and food selection
    CharlottesvillianVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    As always - fabulous wine tasting to go with outstanding dishes. Great place, great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find
    RedheadVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    This is a small hole in the wall place with excellent food and a great wine selection. The owner will come to your table and suggest wine pairings that are right on the dot. No fuss, no attitude, just great wines and delicious food. We were very happy we came here during our weekend visit to Charlottesville.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lots of good wine choices;
    colgate
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    Lots of good wine choices; we had four. Excellent wild mushroom entree and Sherwood Farms filet. Service was attentive and we had good conversations with long-time owner Bill.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A lovely place to dine with friends
    netway
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    I used reviews for restaurants in Charlottesville to find a place where the food was good and the atmosphere was one that would allow pleasant conversation. We hit the mark with Tastings! We had a lovely evening catching up with our college son and his friend. We never felt rushed and it was quiet enough for good conversation. The food was also very good and it was fun to talk to the owner about wine choices. We are not wine connosieurs and he never made us feel lesser than because we didn't know our wine. He genuinely wanted us to have a great experience and to help us find something we would like.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Uncomfortable
    outnabout
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    I made a reservation for 6. I came in 30min early to let them know we were going to be short a person, possibly two, but I was not for sure. Immediately, I was made to feel as though our group was an issue for them. Come 6:05 we had still not been seated and I had to ask him to seat us. The room was empty other than one table of 4. The menu was on a chalk board, which we could not see from our table. We had to get up and walk over to the board in order to choose our food. The staff was unfamiliar with the menu. I will say food was very good, no complaints there, but the overall experience was uncomfortable. We have so many great local restaurants around C-Ville where the food and service is excellent. This is not one of them.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth the ride
    good2Bback
    Dined on 8/29/2013
    We met another couple coming from an hour on the other side of Charlottesville. We gave our sommelier a taste range and a price range, and he served us to two different and equally satisfying reds. The menu was diverse, and we ordered accordingly. All meals were wonderful - meats, seafood, sides, appetizers. The servings were more than ample. We agreed that we would all eat and drink there again.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Once again, great food and wine
    RegularChicagoDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    Tastings is a regular for us due to the exceptional wine flights and knowledge of the owner about wine. The food is reliably good, but was exceptionally tasty tonight. Service, which can vary in friendliness and efficiency was high on both. Great place to pick a flight and ask Bill (owner) or waiter/waitress to suggest food to go with it. You will enjoy the adventure and maybe learn some new and interesting food and wine information
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great experience
    Bacchus
    Dined on 8/22/2013
    Excellent food with an impressive array of fine wines which the owner will help you select to complement your food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We have been coming to Tastings
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/26/2013
    We have been coming to Tastings for 20+ years and have never been disappointed in the food. As wine lovers, we feel this is the perfect place to dine and be able to pick from anything in the wine shop. We live in another state and come to Charlottesville for dining and visiting wineries.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This place has hung on a long
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    This place has hung on a long time, in a town with many fine restaurants, yet has not flagged a bit in quality. It is just such a pleasant place to eat.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This was our first visit.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/9/2013
    This was our first visit. The food and service was superb; my husband said it was the best duck he'd ever had and my guinea hen was very tasty. Although we were pleased with the service and food, I was a little disappointed with the atmosphere (a little too quiet)and the dated feel of the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This restaurant is located
    CharlottesvilleFoodieVIP
    Dined on 1/5/2013
    This restaurant is located in a wine shop so of course the wine was spectacular! That was my favorite part of the meal. The owner picked several wines to make into a flight and then told us what they were after we had tasted them and picked our favorites. All were very good. The dinner itself was a little disappointing to me. They had run out of a few options and it's already a limited menu to start. Also, I felt like I've had better food at other restaurants. We were the only ones dining here on a Saturday night, which did seem a little strange. I would return for the wine but not necessarily the food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I loved the atmosphere--local
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/19/2012
    I loved the atmosphere--local wine appearing on the wine list, local produce and local meats included in the menu's dishes, local paintings on the wall. The service was exceptional, luckily due to my good fortune of eating at a time when it was completely empty. The service was timely and gracious, and reminded me of a cozy family dinner. The staff was informed and welcoming, shared in friendly banter with my overbearing father and provided helpful guidance. Do not let the empty restaurant fool you, this place is fantastic. I particularly enjoyed the Grouper and the Skirt Steak. Tasting's is easily one of Charlottesville's hidden gems, tucked away in a wine shop on the backside of the Downtown Mall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • KCinDC
    kcindcVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2012
    What an unexpected delight to find Tastings and Bill Curtis in Charlottesville! We had read he knew his wines, but were still unprepared for the exceptional experience we had at his restaurant and wine bar. Let's just say this: Bill IS the wine list! He finds out what you are eating and what you like and then produces half glasses paired perfectly with the dishes. He won't tell you what you're drinking until you've tasted and he is spot on! The prices were reasonable, the food delicious and the whole evening completely memorable. Book now!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Wine and Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/23/2012
    Tastings is a combination wine shop and restaurant run by a guy who loves food and wine. He cooks what he likes, using the best available ingredients (often local), and, rather than a wine list, you can choose any bottle from the conprehensive collection in the store (for a small service surcharge), or choose from a wide variety of flights and/or wines by the glass. It's not a fancy restaurant, but the menu always includes items that that aren't common for a small town bistro: fresh morels and chanterelles, wild boar, quail, confit with cassoulet, shad roe, etc. Only issue is that the staff is small, and the place can get overwhelmed (and slow) if there is a large crowd.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very good food and the sommelier
    nicknameVIP
    Dined on 6/2/2012
    Very good food and the sommelier did a very good job with wine pairings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Odd
    Wimpy
    Dined on 5/11/2012
    What an odd restaurant. We entered through a wine shop where guests were sitting around at the bar. We had to wander around to figure out that there was an actual restaurant attached to the wine shop. The food and wine were mediocre. My daughter and I chose to drink a flight of wines recommended by the restaurant owner and didn't really like any of them. There wasn't a wine list to choose from which I also found odd. The highlight of the entire meal was the olive oil and the bread.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place for quiet night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 4/14/2012
    Great place for quiet night out for mom and dad, or special celebration. Service first class, food wonderful, and the wine...well it's in a wine store, so I need say no more. Staff very knowledgeable with reliable recommendations. We were visiting from out of town, but would return in a heartbeat. Try this!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • We had a wonderful afternoon
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/24/2012
    We had a wonderful afternoon at Tastings. The food was wonderful and the wine choices were outstanding. No one rushed us and we could still be sitting there and it would be fine with the employees! All of this and the prices were more than reasonable. A great place to spend a Saturday afternoon with friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wine and Food Paried Well
    Luv2doWIneVIP
    Dined on 1/7/2012
    This is the real deal: from Wine to app to entrees to dessert. The soups are unbelievable - get the Lobster Bisque and "mushroom" soup, though the mushroom soup is more like a french onion with mushrooms (best I've ever had!). Apps are outstanding. If you like wine, you are in the right place. You can choose from flights of wine or pick your own from the retail wine shop on the premises (actually enhances atmosphere) for a moderate corkage fee of $7. Good selection, especially french wines. Entrees outstanding but can be a little pricey, however definitely worth the money. Tastings is about a lot more than just wine, and you will experience that when you taste the chef cooked food. Highly Recommended, especially if you love wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • If you're looking for a place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/17/2011
    If you're looking for a place to shop for wine and also have dinner with a flight of wine, this is your place. The wine store staff is very knowledgeable and will assist you in picking the pefect wines to go with your meal. As for the restaurant and food, there are some issues. The duck breast was very fatty (not rendered as well as could be) and the veal loin chop also was excessivlely fatty (about 1/3 of the serving was fat). But the flavors are good and there is potential. I suspect the specials of the day would have been a better way to go. The night we were there it was practically empty. If you're looking for a quiet place to dine with good wine, that makes it a good thing. But a lack of patrons also may mean mediocre meals.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Highly recommended
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/26/2011
    On a weekend visit to Charlottesville, we were looking for a place that had a great wine list and great food. When I stumbled upon Tastings (through Trip Advisor) I was thrilled with the description! We ate there on Friday evening and loved it so much we returned on Saturday evening with our guests! The service was excellent, our server was excellent at asking questions to help him choose the perfect wines for our meals. The wines and the menu were not "run of the mill" but were not so unusual to make you uncomfortable. Highly recommended! (Don't forget to get your parking garage ticket stamped at the restaurant.)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • good food with variety and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/11/2011
    good food with variety and very interesting feature dishes
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good French country food in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/22/2011
    Good French country food in a wine store--$7 corkage charge, so slurge on a great bottle of wine to go with your cassolet, fish or meat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Perfect Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 10/21/2011
    While visiting son at UVA we arranged to dine here on friday night and everything was perfect. Food was interesting and delicious. Wine selections were off the charts, so some help was requested -- I wanted a Viriginia red with dinner - and the perfect red was presented and enjoyed. Could not have been happier with the evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet