The Crimson Sparrow
The Crimson Sparrow

The Crimson Sparrow

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thecrimsonsparrow.com/
  • Phone: 5186716565x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Dinner: Thursday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Benjamin Freemole and John McCarthy
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: The Crimson Sparrow has a private dining area that can accommodate up to 10 people. The table in The Bakery is also semi-private and can accommodate up to 5 people comfortably. The entire restaurant facility may also be rented for private functions.
  • Private Party Contact: John McCarthy 5186716565x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 7th and 8th Streets
  • Public Transit: The Crimson Sparrow is located approximately 8 blocks from the Amtrak Hudson station (HUD).
  • Parking: No
A word from The Crimson Sparrow
The Crimson Sparrow offers a daily tasting menu Thursday through Sunday evening. The restaurant opened in June, 2012 and serves contemporary American cuisine. Located in the historic Keystone Buildings on Warren Street, the restaurant provides a comfortable ambiance and includes a large outdoor patio that looks onto a windowed kitchen.
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The Crimson Sparrow reviews from OpenTable diners
40 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelQuiet
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (35)special occasion (27)romantic (26)great for outdoor dining (24)neighborhood gem (16)notable wine list (12)hot spot (6)good for groups (6)scenic view (2)great for brunch (2)vibrant bar scene (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Perfectly lovely
    HudsonGramercyVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    In every visit to the Crimson Sparrow we have enjoyed gracious hospitality and delicious food and drinks. Friday's dinner with (perfect) wine pairings included a confit of carrots that we agreed was one of the best dishes we'd ever tasted!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb Tasting Menu
    awgrbr
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Crimson Sparrow's tasting menu encompasses a wide range of preparations and tastes. From delicate to smokey, every dish was on the mark. Even if a course wasn't somebody's "cup of tea," everybody felt like the dish was an excellent use of the ingredients and flavors. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic
    TimothyR
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Tasting menu offers 3 courses, 2 options per course, plus an optional wine pairing or sake pairing. Stunning menu, reasonably priced ($45 per person, +$25 for wine or $30 for sake, wine by the glass priced ~$10-12/glass).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sunday dinner
    Food4thought
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Delicious Sunday evening tasting dinner with wine pairing. Sat inside and had the place to ourselves , the outdoor area had limited seating and was booked. Very attentive and knowledgable servers and the dinner was sublime
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trying
    FoodyBuddy
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The chefs are trying hard to make it a foodie experience. The combinations in a course are wild and delicious with a fine eye for texture and umami. However, course by course was a decrescendo with a disappointing beef containing sinew and a cheese wedge with honey for a dessert. Come on now!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always outstanding
    russg4willard
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We've been to The Crimson Sparrow several times and we are never disappointed with any dish, the service or the atmosphere. The food is creatively prepared and beautifully presented by knowledgeable and friendly servers. Wine and sake pairings are always spot on and the house "specialty cocktails" are always superb. The Crimson Sparrow is a must do for any visitor to Hudson. Simply wonderful
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb dining at its best
    BillN
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    My wife & I had a memorable Sunday evening tasting dinner. There were 2 choices for each course so we were able to select all 6 presentations plus dessert. We also separately selected the wine pairing and the sake pairing for each course. Every aspect was wondeful. Professional and courteous service, environment, food quality and quantity.....each reflecting pride and service to the customer. Thank you!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    Namdeploom
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Another fantastic meal here. Once again, the chefs did not duplicate anything we'd eaten here before. The rarest combination of super-high-end food and super-low pretension: they're artists, and TCS is a great restaurant, one of the best in America.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretentious
    Lesm4
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I know good food. I'm a member of the James Beard Foundation, and have dined in the best NYC restaurants including a recent trip to Per Se. The only dish that either I or my wife enjoyed was the amuse bouche (the first dish, on the house). The other dishes had strange combinations of ingredients which ultimately did not work for my or my wife's palate. They were disjointed combinations and often conflicted rather than complemented each other. Ultimately, it was a high priced disappointment. Next time I travel an hour to Hudson, it will be to eat at Fish and Game.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing food
    Dotinhudson
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    My husband and I like to sit at the bar in the garden and watch (through a plate glass window) the chefs meticulaouly prepare each dish, in their spanking clean. beautifully equipped kitchen. This is some of the best food I've ever had. On sunday nights, there is a $45 prix fixe, with two choices per course. A huge bargain. Wine and/or saki pairings or reasonable as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tasting menu
    bluford
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    As good as any I've had anywhere. Including San Francisco. $$$ but worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    While we were less than satisifed at several spots in Hudson for dinner, the Crimson Sparrow left us in a remakable mood at the end of our journey. The food and wine pairing ($75 prix fixe, $55 accompanying wine courses) were remarkable. There was not a single uninteresting dish in the repertoire. The atmosphere is crisp, quiet, and the service impeccable. I cannot begin to say enough good things. Since the menu changes nightly, no need to talk about specific dishes. Let me just say that if you're considering a special dinner, this is the only place you should be going in Hudson.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • skeetersaysVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    When we arrived we were seated at a table right next to another couple in an almost empty restaurant. Our waitress, sensing our displeasure, moved us to the first available table that was not right on top of another table. From then on our meal was quite nice. But until she did, we considered leaving. It simply doesn't make any sense to me to not provide your patrons with as much privacy as possible when the restaurant is not full.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Nouvelle Cuisine I've Had
    CopakeDiner
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This is a prix fixe nouvelle cuisine experience of the highest calibre. The complexity of the flavor palette is very high: every dish appears to be shockingly, impossibly contradictory...until you taste it. The result flavors that surprise and delight again and again; an evening of gastronomic sleight of hand in which the mystery of "how did they do that?" never ends. Service is amazing: warm and un-snooty. The tasting menu and the wine pairings (same story: you will be surprised and delighted at ever turn) come to $130 per person. Don't let that put you off. Get out your calendar and mark that anniversary, very special romantic date, or important celebration as an evening best spent at the CS. I promise that you won't regret it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Restaurant Outside NYC
    fischgrape
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Oh my. I've worked in the restaurant biz for thirty years and teach at the CIA. Crimson Sparrow is one of the best dining experiences I've ever had. Part of the joy (beyond the incredible food and beverage quality) is relaxing into the menu choices that have been made for you. The set menu allows the chef to create a complete dining experience for the guest. And I *highly* recommend doing the beverage pairing as well. Unique products (wine, sake, spirits) in near-genius pairings with the food. It completes the picture being painted for you. This would cost double in a major city. If you are serious about dining, you *must* eat here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    jimlo
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Unusual taste combinations! Pleasant, relaxed surroundings. Polite, attentive service. Excellent preparation and presentation. Our waitress was informed and answered our MANY questions politely and to the point. Overall a pleasant evening well worth the drive from Albany.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely and gracious
    columbiavet
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    My husband and I dined here for our anniversary and the evening was memorable. We started out eating on the beautiful, romantic patio with a view of the open kitchen, but it started to rain so we moved inside. The waitstaff were warm and welcoming and very knowledgeable. Though there is a fixed menu with option only for the main course and dessert, the kitchen was able to accommodate allergies and other food issues. Each course was complex, unusual, delicious, and beautifully presented and the evening was relaxed and extremely enjoyable. I look forward to a return visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very special dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We were incredulous that we were in Hudson NY. Unbelievably sophisticated dining experience, from gorgeous patio setting (we sat at the chef's viewing table and watched the activity in the incredible kitchen) to artful tasting menu. Inventive presentations and combinations - easy to believe these chefs are from WD-50. They do not try to woo you with easy and obvious flavors - this is for the adventurous eater who will appreciate truly unique food. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mtgirl
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Every morsel of food was packed with interesting and delicious flavors. The presentation was artful. The service attentive and the outdoor patio restful and conducive to full enjoyment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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  • Excellent
    RDC123
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The Crimson Sparrow is a great place in Hudson for dinner. The degustation is well priced and really thoughtful. We sat outside which we loved, it was a beautiful night as well. The service was informed and friendly, very nice bunch. The owner and chef came out and had a chat with us, super friendly and passionate. Overall, one of the better dining experiences I have had in quite a while. Highly recommend it. They are doing great work.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not quite ready for prime time
    Dianet123VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The food was uneven, with 2 of the 7 courses memorable, 2 disappointing, 3 adequate. The service and the operations were unpolished. At $130 a person ($75 food, $55 wine pairing) it was overpriced. We wish them well, but won't be rushing back anytime soon.
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  • happyinhudson
    happyinhudson
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    magical food; amazing. not for the unadventurous in palate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • woofoosVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Lovely space with a beautiful back garden, although we couldn't use it because of the rain. Pristine ingredients were presented in fresh ways, but the wine pairing was lack luster. Attentive service without being overbearing. Will definitely go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful Experience
    mfmars
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Everything about Crimson Sparrow speaks to excellence. The food is beautifully prepared with such attention to detail. The chefs do a brilliant job of showcasing the simplicity of incredible ingredients while creating flavor combinations that are remarkably unique! I have been here twice with my husband and have been literally blown away both times!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 16 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.8
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 124 reviews are from the The Crimson Sparrow reviews archive.
  • An absolute foodie de-light!!
    Bjanema
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Tasting menu par none--EVERYONE there was attentive, kind, knowledgable, and genuinely into the food served-- wine pairing is worth the money--and very uniquely devised- we are going back asap
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Many highlights...
    NYUlaw
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Overall, really good meal, creative presentations, and cool atmosphere/space. Everything on the tasting menu was great *except* for the entree; what bothered me more than that, though, was the fact that when a server came by to ask how we liked the entrees and I mentioned -- very politely -- that the fish seemed off (and it was obvious that I'd left most of it over), she acted as though I was incredibly rude for making that comment and said, defensively, that that was how the chef intended it to be. If you don't want feedback, don't ask for it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pric Fix one of my best meals ever!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    eight courses each better than the lats. mixture of flavors and texture was superb. Staff attentive and extremely knowledge.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Haute cuisine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Was recommended to us by a friend back home in California. Very unique. It's good to be an adventurous eater. I am not but the vegetarian options were very good
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Truly Special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I reluctantly drove 1 1/2 hours for our first visit to the Crimson Sparrow. I will happily and unquestionably make a return trip distance or no. This is definitely a gourmet's delight and food wise perhaps the finest dining experience I can recall. My wife enjoyed the wine pairing which added that much more to a lovely evening. Each dish was unique, nicely spaced, well presented and consistently excellent. The waitresses were vey well informed and most helpful. Don't miss this gem.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    The tasting menu was wonderful...very unusual and beautifully presneted. Great service and very knowledgeable staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely Delicious
    RSewell
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    My husband and I went on a Friday night in May and were one of the few couples there. I know from trying to get a reservation that many more people come on Saturday. Since we were one of the 8 tables at that time, we were able to relax and have a very luxurious meal. We did the wine pairing which was a good experience. It stretched me a little bit and that was a good thing. Every dish was delicious. The chef even sent out some surprise courses so our meal went from 7 to 10 courses. The servers were so kind and attentive. I would absolutely return and have already recommended the restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Jack's review
    Jack2dine
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    We dined on a Sunday evening and we chose to sit at the bar since we like it very much. We elected the prix fix menu and we were amazed at the quality of the food. Absolutely delicious, each course. We selected a wine pairing for the entree selection on the menu and we were not disappointed. Service was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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  • amazing
    happyinhudson
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    if you like your meals to be aesthetic to the eye, diverse in textures, and pleasing to your taste buds, this is the place. Most importantly, not only do the individual dishes "work" they also all "work" together to make the meal an incredibly delicious experience.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed feelings
    jenesais
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    The foodie and I had walked in one day for brunch and been beyond impressed. The food, the service, the ambiance all first class and we had a terrific time. Naturally we had high hopes for our dinner reservation. But sadly, the food, service and ambiance were all disappointing. Yes, these are somewhat subjective so there is no point listing our specific comments. But these Hudson restaurants that don't open every day and only offer a set menu seem to us to be setting themselves up to fail. If you're not open when the customer wants to eat and do not serve what the customer feels like eating then you had better be doing something amazing. On this occasion the Crimson Sparrow did not. The only positive were excellent cocktails.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Easter Sunday Brunch, delicious well prepared food. Only regret, did not have our favorite wine on the winelist.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best brunch!
    PicklejaneVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Wow this place was perfect. The fact that you can pick four options is just genius. The restaurant itself is in a gorgeous renovated building. The dining room is spacious and the service was perfect. I look forward to going back for dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Brunch
    arlenebdmVIP
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Our brunch was outstanding. Every selection (you choose 4 for $16) was delicious; the French toast custardy, the pork belly crisp yet tender. The brunch menu is a clever way to be able to eat an assortment of complementary foods without breaking the bank or over eating. Service was attentive and friendly. We will definitely try dinner next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great great place
    ahillelt
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Really outstanding food, price appropriately for the area. We did a full tasting menu with wine pairing - it did not disappoint. While some dishes were more exciting than others, none disappointing. When there are exceptional dishes, those slightly less (still great) stand out more. This restaurant will evolve, the kitchen is in control, and I believe the type of patrons change with the season. I look forward to hearing news of this place receiving a much deserved spotlight - hopefully I can still grab a table then.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing & Inspiring
    A234
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    What a fabulous restaurant! This was our second visit and once again, it was absolutely splendid. The food was exquisite, beautifully balanced, imaginative, presented with wonderful care and spirit. A very special place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    We went to Crimson Sparrow for brunch this past Sunday. We were seated at a quiet table in an alcove and the server was attentive and personable. The brunch menu consists of 13 items and you order any 4 for $16. Since there were four of us, we ordered one of everything and seconds of a few items which allowed us to taste everything on the menu. The food was pretty and delicious without being precious. We would definitely go back and perhaps try dinner - perhaps in nicer weather when we can sit outside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.