The Artist's Palate
The Artist's Palate

The Artist's Palate

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://theartistspalate.biz/
  • Phone: 8454838074
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2.30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - Close
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from The Artist's Palate
Installed in a building once occupied by a Golden Era clothing store, M. Schwartz, The Artist’s Palate restaurant has brought back life to Main Street in Poughkeepsie. Designers have reworked the interior space of the 70-seat dining room to combine cosmopolitan elegance with an edgy industrial accent. Like the décor, the menu showcases innovation: An extensive array of wines, handcrafted beers and unique cocktails complement our revolving seasonal menu. The lunch menu is available for delivery within the city from 11am-2:30pm.

As its name suggests, The Artist’s Palate treats food as art, introducing new flavor combinations to local and regional diners. What is more, the restaurant gallery is committed to showcasing the best of up-and-coming local artists in a revolving exhibition. When it opened in 2006, the restaurant was quickly lauded by local and regional restaurant critics and discerning diners. The Artist’s Palate has fast become a Dutchess County institution.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
The Artist's Palate reviews from OpenTable diners
32 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (25)fit for foodies (21)special occasion (16)romantic (14)good for groups (12)notable wine list (10)hot spot (4)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (2)late-night find (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Maestros of Main Street
    DiningDivaVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    This was a great last minute find with a diverse menu. The service was outstanding. They truly cared about our dining experience. I didn't like the original dish ordered and they immediately offered to make me a new one (well, they practically begged). The second dish was outstanding. A must visit in Poughkeepsie.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The wait staff was excellent. The Artists Plate Starter was very good, though I felt the selection of cheese was not a wide enough range. The duck was over done and dry. I was very disappointed in it, but my dining parter likes food well done. She ordered the steak medium and it was rare, so we switched plates.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • amazing
    djh1994
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Had the best customer service I have ever received.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant
    MikeDC
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I recently dined there with three friends, all of us visiting from Washington, DC. We had a great time. The food was outstanding, as was the service and wine. The owner(s) stopped by to greet us. It was a memorable experience, especially as we were visiting for a wedding. I would thoroughly recommend this restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Highly-recommended!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Wonderful experience all the way around. Very accommodating of vegan diet.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding food!
    Mari
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This was our second visit to Artist's Palate, and we were even more impressed this time. The food is upscale, new American - beautifully plated, and very well prepared. Rack of lamb was perfectly cooked medium rare, and the tile fish was also delicious. The carrot creme brulee was a surprise - a combination of a chilled pureed carrot mixture topped with a sugar caramelized topping. It was so good!! We ended with the combination dessert platter and didn't leave a drop. Our server, Peter, was friendly, and always kept an eye out for our needs. We will return again soon, and bring friends.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Attention to detail
    GoldenPond
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Best food we found in the Hudson Valley. The dining experience was made even better by a personable but professional staff.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Oh, What a Night!
    dinerbelle
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    For our 2nd visit here we hosted ten friends who travel widely & enjoy fine food. Several declared this to be the best meal they'd ever had. We were expertly served by Daryl, who was knowledgable, attentive, patient, & gracious throughout the evening. The stage was beautifully set with an amuse bouche that delighted taste buds. Appetizers received rave reviews as friends savored carefully layered flavors & textures, from the crispy fried tofu to the grilled figs. For entrees we had the rack of lamb, the wild sockeye salmon, and the day boat scallops, all tantalizingly presented w/ delicious accompaniments that never intruded. We shared desserts, one offered with chef's compliments. The chefs here are, indeed, artists. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • James Beard Award Worthy?
    MigFer711
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    It is on the top of my list before the Brasserie, Crave, & Crew. Why? The ambiance, exquisite food and friendly service meld together by carefully crafted artists for a delightful experience. A staple are their Queen City Manhattans. The amuse they served was particularly tasty - a salmon tartare with a punch of spice. Appetizers were fresh and umami: Maine Lobster Mac and Cheese, and the grilled fresh figs. To keep it summery I went with the sockeye salmon, the fregola sarda with addition of blood oranges and cooked to perfection salmon sent my taste buds exploding with joy! To finish it off the Berry Tart hit the spot. Megan, the executive chef, even greeted our party afterward. Can't wait til next time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellant food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The pork chop was cooked perfectly and had so much flavor. Jason was a great waiter. Wonderful experience.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Near perfect
    AnniesBoy
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Server, name not remembered, was friendly and fine but only when we initiated interaction. He was not a proactive consultant which is something we expect at a restaurant this wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food; warm atmosphere.
    Taylor
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Great attention to detail and friendly service. You cannot go wrong eating here!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Frequent flyer
    FreqFlyer
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We had a very nice dinner. We were there for 3 hours by our own choosing and did not feel rushed. The service and food were outstanding. We will definitely dine there again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rootie
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Our dining experience was only enhance by the friendliness of the staff, including the chef/ owner herself. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. We will certainly go back and count this among our most favorites restaurants! Kudos
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Great for Hudson Valley
    174ltorres
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Open Kitchen and good basic food. Staff friendly. Very few people for a Tuesday.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cold food
    NYCFoodie
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    We liked the restaurant but my food was brought out cold. The sauce and rice were cold and I asked to have it heated... this was a 27 meal. My wife's pasta did not look like anything special. Oddly a diner next to us also had cold food. For the price this restaurant is not worth it, there are better options.
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  • Modest Little Place
    Steve
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Good simple food from good ingredients and good service. Good.
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  • Always enjoyable!
    Oscar
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Consistently great food and service. That is what we always get at The Artist's Palate. Megan and Charlie never disappoint. Can't wait to go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • creative cuisine that respects food
    dinerbelle
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    We dined here for the first time on a Monday night and were delighted to find it busy. We were welcomed warmly & seated swiftly. We took in the exposed brick, the original tin ceiling, the warm lighting, the effectively used mirror along one wall, the open kitchen at the rear. The simplicity and elegance of the decor matched the superbly simple yet sophisticated food preparation & presentation. Crab & corn fritters followed by lean buffalo ribeye, fried green tomatoes w/ shrimp & piclled ramps, a light buttermilk dressing on the side, followed by seared scallops w/ lentils & swiss chard w/ a perfectly light but savory whole grain mustatd sauce--a delicious meal. Chef-owner Megan Fells came out from the kitchen herself to serve our entres.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Artist's Palate a fine restaurant
    jasonVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner at Artist's Palate this weekend, generous drinks, delicious food, well chosen wines, great service.The dining room was spacious and airy, the table and seating comfortable. Our server was knowledgeable and enthusiastic as she guided us through the menu. I would not miss the soft shell crabs, done perfectly and presented artfully with ample, fresh sides. My buffalo ribeye was done just as i requested, seared outside and rare inside, great fried onion rings and potatoes made a great plate. We hope to return soon.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Needs some work
    DocAlVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Let me some it up this way...I think...the idea behind the dishes was fine...the outcomes were not all that spectacular. The drinks were imaginative and well done. I like especially the traditional gin martini but it had blue cheese stuffed olives wrapped in sizzling bacon.Salad was an ample portion, enough for two,but he salad was totally overpowered by vinegar....and I tend to make my salads shorter on oil and more on vinegar..but this was excessive.The 14 ounce shell steak looked nice prepared but when my partner cut into it, it was medium rare rather than medium well...and it was cold...it when back to the kitchen. My pork chop also looked nicely done, but cool and it was quite undercooked for a piece of pork.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Every bite OUTSTANDIN
    SassyclaxVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The decor is great. The food was outstanding from amuse bouche to dessert. Menu has so many options it was hard to choose because they all looked good and the menu changes every 2 weeks - creative, fresh and local. We had watermelon gazpacho (not overly sweet, crunchy veggies kept it fresh), shared the octopus with perfectly crispy potatoes and the fried green tomatoes with shrimp and buttermilk dressing. We then shared the buffalo rib eye with its own steak sauce and the cashew crusted fish with mango and cucumber salsa. The warm pineapple upside down cake was the perfect finish to a pretty perfect meal. Also lovely that one of the chef owners comes in and chats with each table. We can't wait to go back.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely food, nice ambience
    occasionaldiner
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We enjoyed our meal at the Artist's Palate. The food was consistently good. However, the service was painfully slow. We had 3 young children with us and that was difficult. The ambience was lovely, neighborhood a bit shady, but we were overall satisfied with our experience.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 9 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 92 reviews are from the The Artist's Palate reviews archive.
  • Good food, bad service.
    Foodmc
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Took my mom here for Mother's Day. Food was good, but wasn't overly impressed. Had a server with a tattoo on his hand - he was condescending and was rude when we asked him questions. Server at the bar was very nice though and made a great cocktail.
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  • Hope to get back again soon!
    KG123
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Very happy to have found this spot. Service was very good. Portion sizes were very good. Members of our party enjoyed the steak, lamb, pork and pasta dish. All were cooked and presented well! Beer selection and wine selection was good, plenty of choices and price points.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Dining Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    What can we say, but total PERFECTION!! From entering the restaurant, we are immediately greeted and escorted to our table. The ambiance of the restuarant itself always has a different vibe, as the artwork from local artists change the scenery. You can enjoy one of their signature cocktails or a bottle of wine from one of the hudson valleys local wineries. Megan and Charlies artistic talents of combining different spices for the most impeccable dining experience imaginable. They are truly award winning culinary talents!!!! I look forward to returning just to begin all over again!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Love what the owners are doing with the food. Had a college event in there space next door and was very interested in trying this restaurant. We went before an event at the civic center thought we had plenty of time, 2 hours. The service was so slow we ended up taking my daughters ice cream to go. The service said "hope you make the event on time." Need to ramp up service. Only had 2 servers maybe need more.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday night dinner
    Addal1987
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    The Artist's Palate is a dining experience. From the outstanding service to the gourmet cuisine; this place is amazing. It is a very vibrant and metropolitan atmosphere. Be prepared to spend a little extra, but so worth it. I cannot wait to go back.
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    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    foodyfamily
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Getting a table on Mondays proved a challenge - glad that I found the Artist's Palate. Fantastic food - we have been looking for 20 years to find an octopus prepared like this again! The Chef's sampler was another highlight for salami and cheese lovers. We normally don't eat pork but ventured for the The Little Pigs - great choice, just delicious. Big wine list - everyone will find something. Service was excellent. We had the table right at the entry - sounds like a bad spot, but it was the best table - a little recessed with nice comfy chairs away from the traffic. We will go there again and again!
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    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem in Poughkeepsie
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    There isn't all that much in the downtown area of Poughkeepsie, but The Artisit's Palate is likely the best place there. The menu is interesting, the food is creative, nicely presented and tasty, the wine list is just fine, and the service is professional and friendly. This is definitely the place to go if you have to dine in the city of Poughkeepsie.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The tomato pesto with bread
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    The tomato pesto with bread was amazing! The artists plate had a great selection of cheeses and meats but I felt it was lacking a cracker or crostini to eat them with. The waitstaff was very friendly and helpful but seemed a little understaffed which is why I gave them 4 instead of 5 stars (they had slight issues refilling the water but otherwise outstanding). The ravioli were a bit thick skinned in my opinion and kind of bland, the broth was good though. The lobster mac and cheese was good but not the best I've had.
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  • Very New York City feel with
    wendy
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Very New York City feel with great menu and bar selections. Ambience is top notch as is the food. Lots of young couples, definitely not for kids. Special night out for Mom and Dad or a ladies night out.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good try but not good enough
    RelentlessVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    We love the nice modern decor; we so want to like this place but won't go back. It's too pricey for what it is. Our server was obnoxious, so in our face and overbearing. We were glad the chef came by to schmooze, but we almost thought he would pull up a chair. The lamb wasn't tender enough and plenta so-so; the chicken dumplings had almost no taste and overbearing sauce; the trout was good; the bread VERY good, we had one dessert and shared and wasn't great except for the sorbet. We think the food needs to be improved vastly for the prices; $70 per couple for what we ate which included only 2 glasses of wine was far too much!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A little off their game
    Kdaws1014VIP
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    This was our second visit to the Artist's Palate. Our first visit was amazing. Couldn't say enough about the service, quality and presentation. With high expectations for our second visit, it did not compare. The menu changes and we weren't as pleased with the options. I ordered a New York strip that was tough and fatty. It was accompanied by blah mashed potatoes. Our waiter did a great job and we enjoyed dessert. For the price and location I would look for other options.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great dining experience!
    Fancy
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Every time we're in Poughkeepsie, we always make an effort to eat at the Artist's Palate. We love that the menu is never the same.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is our second visit and
    doug
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    This is our second visit and we were not disappointed - it was superb.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solid fine dining experience
    Hakko
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    Had an excellent dinner at the Artists Palate. All the course were solid, but the pineapple upside-down cake was the star. Excellent service, wide-ranging beer list, can't offer an opinion of the wine list. The ambiance was very nice and quiet, but we were there on a Tuesday and were one of two tables that evening. I hope that isn't always the case, as this restaurant deserves to do well.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    GoodTastes
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Hate to sound like a broken record, but the good was simply amazing. I had the catfish dish which was perfect for a cold rainy night, and my wife had the Murray Chicken, which was to die for!!!! Highly recommend it all. Our server could have been a bit friendlier and more personable, that was why I gave it a 3/5 for service. My wife and I had a great time and are very please we chose to dine at the Artist's Palate!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Have the mussels!!!
    Jguide
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    What a great experience! After reading the reviews I had high expectations for this place and I was not disappointed. We were quickly seated upon arriving and the service was great. Sit with Lindsay if you can. We had the Maine mussels for an appetizer, they we cooked to the perfect temperature and had chorizo and cilantro in the broth to give them a little kick, and great taste. I really wanted to try the venison but they were out so I had the ribeye that was done perfectly. This will definitely be a place that I will return to often, very glad that I found it!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another wonderful dinner.
    JCL928
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    We are regulars at the Artist Palate and always love their food. My wife & I had the Schnitzel this evening, a new item on their menu. It was very tasty, except the bread coating turned out to be just a little bit dry for us. We prefer ours with a slightly heavier batter on Schnitzel. Still a delicious dish with the mushroom gravy and roasted potatoes. Our son & his girlfriend had the fried catfish & grilled salmon respectively. Both enjoyed their meals very much. The waiter was always checking in on our needs. Another wonderful dinner at the Artist's Palate. We'll be back in a few weeks.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate