Elephant Walk, The - Boston
Elephant Walk, The - Boston

Elephant Walk, The - Boston

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.elephantwalk.com/
  • Phone: 6172471500
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Sunday 11:30 - 3:00
    Lunch: Monday-Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm -10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Cambodian, French
  • Executive Chef: Nadsa DeMonteiro
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Whether it's for an informal buffet for 20 in your home or a tented wedding for 100, our award-winning cuisine and personal, attentive service will make for an event to remember. Our standard of excellence allows you to relax with confidence and celebrate with your guests, while our incomparable cuisine elevates the entire experience.

    As a full-service hospitality resource for planning, executing and managing your custom-tailored event, we will help you create for your guests - and yourself - a uniquely delicious, genuinely satisfying and memorable occasion.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Accessible by the Saint Mary's T-stop on the Green Line "C" Branch
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Lunch customers self park in small private lot behind restaurant which is serviced by a valet at dinner.
A word from Elephant Walk, The - Boston
The Elephant Walk serves Award-Winning Cambodian and French cuisine. We also feature strong VEGETARIAN and GLUTEN-FREE menus! With so much depth and breadth to our menus, both exotic and familiar, we have something for just about everyone. Cambodian cooking is beautiful and delicious, but still rare in America. Less hot and sweet than Thai, richer and more complex than Vietnamese, the complex spice pastes that are the foundation of many Cambodian dishes reflect Cambodia’s Indian ancestry. Our Cambodian menu features both traditional Cambodian dishes and originals created by our Chef/Owners Longteine and Nadsa de Monteiro, a Cambodian mother-daughter team born and raised in Phnom Penh. Why French too? Cambodia was a French colony for a century, ending in the 1950s. Consequently, our chef-owners were French-educated and grew up speaking French and enjoying French cuisine too. In other words, our Cambodian-and-French theme is an authentic reflection of…us!
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Elephant Walk, The - Boston reviews from OpenTable diners
94 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (55)neighborhood gem (45)special occasion (32)good for groups (32)great for lunch (21)romantic (16)notable wine list (14)kid-friendly (11)great for brunch (7)hot spot (6)late-night find (3)scenic view (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Elephant Walk Still Great!
    SilkeVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We hadn't been to The Elephant Walk for probably ten years, had kind of forgotten about it. Then walked by the other day, reminisced about how good it used to be, and decided to give it another try. Its 20th anniversary is now! And, while most places are a little "tired" by this stage, The Elephant Walk is still really good... not much decor (in a former bank building which looks like a former gas station) but good food, pretty good (though not expert) service, in an unpretentious and cheerful atmosphere, with a diverse clientele including young people, families with kids, seniors... all enjoying delicious Indonesian-French food, nicely done all around. Glad to be back, and we'll probably go again soon!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Cambodian in Boston
    Grassyknoll
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Can't beat this spot for tasty Cambodian/French in Boston. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our favorites!
    massmomof2
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    My husband and I met for a lunch date at the Elephant Walk in Boston. The dining room was sunny and inviting, though the road construction outside the windows was not that pleasant to listen to or watch. We were so distracted by the food, though, that it didn't matter!! We LOVE the nataing, the rouleaux, and the mee siem, but everything we ate was amazing. I even had a lemon-ginger martini, which was light and flavorful and perfect with the meal. Elephant Walk has been one of our favorites for many, many years, and we are always happy there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent food
    4todine
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    good service and we enjoyed everything that we tried
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Zesty Fresh Flavor
    Zatoichi
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed an anniversary dinner at the Elephant Walk. We had often driven past the restaurant and were always curious as to the typed of food they served. The ambience is very nice, and the service was great. We enjoyed several dishes and enjoyed sharing and sampling each other's food. The Cambodian fare was very nice. I particularly enjoyed the rice garlic soup. For appetizers, the endives with a peanut based sauce was delicious. I had a beef dish and my wife has shrimp. The sauces were very nice, fresh with the right combination of sweet and savory.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yummy!
    ChrisC
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Delicious! Portions were perfect for me, though may be on the smaller size in comparison to other restaurants. The fusion aspect is creative, and service was A+! The restaurant itself is very lovely as well.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dine-Out Boston
    Tom58
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We did the $15 lunch for Dine-Out Boston. We had a choice of two courses. We each ordered our own entree and one starter and one dessert which we split. The Rouleaux (two pork spring rolls with side greens & dipping sauce) was very good. The Crevettes Kep Ser Mer (Shrimp & Vegtables in coconut milk) also very good. The Filet de Cabillaud au Gingembre et Haicots de Soja (Cod with ginger) was a little heavy on the soy which overpowered the well prepared cod and soaked the rice. The Mousse aux Fruits de Passion (passion fruit mousse with fresh pineapple) was excellent. All dishes were beautifully arranged and presented. The service was excellent. The value was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice for special occasion
    kelvin
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    It is restaurant week. Nice scene especially when you sit beside the window. Music warm and low-level enough. You can whisper to your lover. Romantic light and candle-although it is electronic. A group of six sat beside us without making a lot of noises. Waitress beautiful and warm hearted.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Different food
    Youngji
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Food was not REALLY TASTY but it was just very different types of food. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for something other than what we normally eat.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    green
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    My only negative is that they initially seated our party of three at a two-top, even though we had a reservation and there were plenty of tables. We asked to be moved and we were seated at a four-top with a bench on one side. The food was good and while the menu is tight, there are options that will probably please various tastes. I would definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    My dining partner and I thoroughly enjoyed our first dinner. The wine list was great, and the prixe fix was wonderful, many flavors, and nice presentation. Wish I lived in boston as I would go to this dining place a lot. The mousse dessert was incredible as were the rouleaux.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unusual and delicious
    Foodie100VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We lived in Boston 20 years ago and the elephant walk was one of our favorite restaurants. When we visited Boston last week, we went back to try it again. It was just as good as we remember. Excellent, fresh and tasty food. Our teenagers even enjoyed it and our youngest ordered off the children's menu. Our favorite dishes were the lac loc and the chicken citronella. Yum!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine food, helpful staff
    Celebratingout
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We dined with friends, and were only challenged because the menu had so many offerings that fit out dietary restrictions. One of us complained that her food was too salty. The manager left the dish on the table, but soon returned with a much-improved version. Then he took away the first dish. That was outstanding service! We are so sorry to hear this location will be closing at the end of October, but moving to the South End. That's a bit less convenient for us, but we'll follow the Elephant, for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elephant Walk is a neighborhood gem
    Miriam
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We were seated quickly. The good arrived in good time. The waiter was polite and helpful. The food was beautifully prepared and delicious. We were allowed to dawdle beyond our meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Saturday night!
    NyneveVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    My boyfriend and I went to Elephant Walk on Saturday night and loved it! We had the mussels for the appetizer and the broth that they were sitting in was delicious. The bread was okay, not the freshest, but tasted amazing when dipped in the broth. My boyfriend got the grilled flat iron steak and I got the crevettes amrita. Both were wonderful, but I was a little jealous of his steak. The mushroom sauce was delightful. After that, we had the creme brulee for dessert. It wasn't the best one I've ever had, but definitely topped off the evening nicely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty but expensive dinner
    sausagedog
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We started with two specials-- an avocado soup and a brown rice/microgreen/cacao nib salad. It is a disservice to call that salad a "salad," it was so full of flavor and texture I wanted to eat a vat of it. Soup was alright-- extremely sour. We lingered over our appetizers and the bread basket for quite a while, as our server kept going to the table next to ours to chat, instead of coming back to get our entree & wine orders. For entrees, the tofu amrita (veganized from shrimp) had the most delicious sauce, but had more onions than tofu or peppers. The noodle dish my companion got (also a special) was awesome-- sour and salty, with strips of omelette. Neither was that much better than a less-fancy Cambodian joint, though, for the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved our dinner
    Celebratingout
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We were given an Open Table Gift Card. We had to select one restaurant to which we'd want to return a number of times, since the value was so large and you must choose only one restaurant at which to use the full amount. As we were enjoying our meal, we realized we had chosen well. There were many choices, even though we have limited diets. The food was delicious. The host was friendly. Our server was a bit overwhelmed, but no worries, she came through with each request.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Asian/French Fusion
    TheMinnesotaMsVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Elephant Walk was recommended to us from A friend who operates a food truck in Minneapolis - it was an excellent recommendation, the combination of flavors are awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • enjoyed before Billy Joel concert
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Enjoyed the tuna avacado salad and shrimp dishes. My wife especially enjoyed the cambodian dessert sampler. They were different and enjoyable.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love cilantro
    Charlottesville29
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    The restaurant begins with a delicious smell of rice. Choices are French and Cambodian, and we went for latter. A citrus and avocado chilled soup was delicious and textured. The main dishes had somewhat similar Thai-related flavors but were simple/elegant to see, a pleasure to eat as the sauce is absorbed into the rice. Service unobtrusive and well timed. Wine choices somewhat expensive, but altogether this is a special but not formal restaurant in an interesting location, well worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it!
    DanTheVegan
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Great food... great service... great time! I would recommend this restaurant, especially to vegans.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    The food was as usual very good and our waiter was wonderful
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistent Great Food and Service!
    NTD217VIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    The team at the Boston location of Elephant Walk is fantastic. They are courteous, responsive and consistently turn out some of the most delicious fare in the city. We have been coming to this location for years and thoroughly have enjoyed every meal. Thank you to a great team. Yum!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Food was terrific and a great selection. Server treated us as we were a burden. If the server had possessed some social skills it would have been an outstanding experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 70 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1197 reviews are from the Elephant Walk, The - Boston reviews archive.
  • A disappointment
    brooklinegal
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Used to love brunch here but hadn't been in awhile. Menu has changed for the worse. Not enough wait staff. On my way! let's were tasteless. No bread or rolls as part if meal. I will not return
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  • French + Asian = delicious
    AMunchie
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I've been to three of the Elephant Walk restaurants, and the one on Beacon is my favorite. I usually get the tasting menu and did so again this time. The food was delicious, service was ok, but not fantastic, and it was surprisingly quiet for a Saturday night at 8pm. The combo of French and "Cambodian" makes for a tasty treat and it's hard to go wrong with any of the food options, especially if you are willing to be adventurous and trust in the chef and menu. Some get squeamish when reason of squid ink or whatnot in their food. My advice is to go there, don't stress about the ingredients and savor with an open mind. Foodies will like this place, and need no other intro except I've found quality varies by location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A special treat
    Bostonbooster
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    I do not live in Boston, but have two kids in college there. My daughter first went to the restaurant as part of a class she took at Boston College. She took us there the next time we visited, and we have gone there each time we visit ever since. The food is very different, and always delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty good but not outstanding
    AJBBB
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    The service was superb and the atmosphere festive; the food, however, was a bit underwhelming. The spring roll appetizer with pork was a tasty start. The lamb entree was a bit bland and the pork tenderloin pretty conventional. I would try this restaurant one or two more times but so far it seems overrated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TreeVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Each and everytime I visit the elephant walk, I love the food and the experience. I come back over and over again. What an array of flavors!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My Favorite Boston Restaurant
    BerkleeMom
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I adore Elephant Walk! Whenever I visit Boston, I make a reservation at Elephant Walk, and I've never been disappointed. The wine list is great. Service is always attentive. The seasonal menus are wonderful, and they always have a few dishes for vegetarians. The summer citrus and avocado soup is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it!
    SportsFan
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    We go to The Elephant Walk often. The service is excellent and the food is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • oatsandhay
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We have been here twice and both times it was very good. Will certainly be back. Parking is available fairly easily.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fancy but mediocre food
    FoodIsGood
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    I'd heard this was among the best restaurants in town but the Cambodian shrimp was very bland as was the salmon and they were absurdly overpriced for what they were. On the other hand, the cocktails and the duck crepe appetizer were delicious and the ambiance was nice if crowded and noisy.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • favorite place for years
    PennyVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    It was a treat to get to have easter brunch at Elephant Walk. The food is dependably delicious, and the staff is always professional. My out of town family enjoyed it enough to go back the next day.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Brunch
    BrooklineCarole
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We loved our brunch on Sunday at The Elephant Walk...I thought all the food was really delicious, the prices very reasonable and the room very pleasant. No one hurried us and we had a great time!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • entertaining guest from Ohio
    outandabout
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Our guests were intrigued by a restaurant that had a dual menu of Cambodian and French entrees. I have been to the Elephant Walk many times over the years and always order the Phnom Phen (?) soup; I recommended this soup to our guests and they agreed it is unique and delicious. Our waiter was helpful with questions regarding the menu and checked in routinely to make sure we had what we needed especially drinks. We were not rushed and I believe our guests took away a good dining experience that they can't get in Cleveland, Ohio.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and flavors
    Stevedine
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    This restaurant makes all their food from scratch. If you have any allergies or food ingredient problems they can accommodate you. The food is tasty very well spiced with interesting flavors. The service was great and the attitude of all the employees was great. I highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful as always
    rwinkley
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    I've been a fan of Elephant Walk for 15+ years. Beautifully prepared food and great wait staff.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent
    treeohlow
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    As a vegan I was very happy with there selections of dishes. My date was impressed and we had a great time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very pleasant
    JF02461
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Good food and service. Ran $300 incl tip for 5 adults incl 2 bottles of wine, each person had appetizer or salad or soup + entrée, and 2 desserts. My wife's dish, a kind of risotto, was cold, but that was taken care of quickly and politely. Staff were sensitive to our need to get from there to another occasion at a particular time. Tofu and the risotto type dish were especially good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate