The Elm
The Elm

The Elm

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.theelmnyc.com/
  • Phone: 7182181088x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast
    Monday - Saturday : 7am - 11am
    Sunday 7am - 10am

    Brunch
    Sunday: 11:45 am - 3pm

    Dinner
    Friday & Saturday: 6pm - 11pm
    Sunday and Tuesday - Thursday: 6pm - 10pm
    Monday: Closed

    Little Elm
    Thursday - Sunday
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Paul Liebrandt
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bedford Avenue
  • Public Transit: Take the L to Bedford Avenue and walk north. Turn left onto North 12th and The Elm is one block away on your left between Bedford Avenue and Berry Street.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Little Man Parking is located at 162 North 12th as you approach The Elm. The phone number for Little Man Parking is (718) 388-5881.
A word from The Elm
The Elm serves classical, yet forward-thinking French fare. The menu is complimented by a wine program that offers a wide-ranging cross-section of eclectic wines. The seasonal cocktail program cross-utilizes freshly-picked herbs and fruits.

Little Elm is our 8 seat counter which offers guests a front row view of our kitchen team in service. Executive Chef Arnie Marcella will offer a seasonal eight course tasting menu created nightly. With advanced notice, we are able to accommodate most allergies and dietary requests.
Little Elm is open Thursday through Sunday and reservations are booked one month in advance directly through the restaurant. We offer reservations at 6pm, 6:30, 9pm and 9:30pm.
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The Elm reviews from OpenTable diners
46 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.2
  • Food3.4
    Service3.3
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
60% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (24)neighborhood gem (14)special occasion (11)good for groups (9)romantic (8)hot spot (8)notable wine list (7)late-night find (4)great for brunch (3)vibrant bar scene (2)great for lunch (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Some friends had been here a year ago a and enjoyed it -- my how things have changed. I should have realized the risk when I came in on a Saturday night and it was less than half full. Food was anemic and bland tasting; service was slow and tortured. (It was 15 minutes before our cocktail orders were thought to be taken.). All in all, a disappointment.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Innovative French cuisine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We went on a Tuesday night - there was only 3 parties at the restaurant which was peculiar. The food is outstanding - I call it French nouvelle cuisine. It is easy to get to. It is a large restaurant - I hope business picks up for them!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    eatyou
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    For all the good reviews, here is another lovely looking restaurant that just doesn't live up to the hype. Artistically , though not surprisingly plated, all the food we ate was bland and unsatisfying. And considering the price, we left feeling cheated.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service is a mess
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I really wanted to like this place, but the service issues will probably not have me coming back any time soon. We were seated promptly to our table, but it took a good 10-15 minutes before anyone acknowledged us or brought us menus. Although the room seemed to be amply staffed, there were several occasions where we had to ask to be properly served, e.g., refilling water, bringing bread, etc. Also, the pacing of the food was not quite right, with the sides (which I had presumed would accompany our entrees) being brought out before our appetizers, and both my appetizer and entree were lukewarm, verging on cold when they arrived. On a Saturday night, the dining room was only half full, and now I see why.
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  • Beautiful food but service eh
    JazzManVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Near-empty dining room, still, it took a while for our waiter to come to the table and take a drink order. He was not particularly informed about the food, and our 'snacks' and 'starters' came at the exact same time - very clearly not correct. Later, when one of my dining companions asked for bread it took 10 minutes before they came back to say they were 'baking it'. That said, each dish was spot-on in terms of taste (not oversalted as mentioned by others). Mains were all excellent. Portion sizes are somewhat small, but we did not leave feeling hungry (meaning the flavors and fat content were there).
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lots of changes
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    New menu, new approach. The incredibly lobster caasoulet has been removed from the menu. There also seem yo be staff changes. Too bad. The drinks took an absurdly long time. But the past dish and the cheeseburger were superlative. My friend loved the bouillabaisse.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second visit
    Carolepip
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Our second visit to The Elm. We are very acquainted to Chef Paul Liebrand's past endeavors and are big fans. Even though this restaurant is presenting quite nice dishes, we miss his old self. We tasted a few new things on this visit that were outstanding: vegetable tempura, spaghetti chiatara and a small burger that melts in your hands before it even reaches your mouth. Portions are very generous and we couldn't make it to dessert. Wine choices excellent and well-priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very brooklyn...?
    ninic
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I expected that this is sort of Michelin Star level restaurant however, not so sofisticated. All dishes are including unique - I would say it is "strange" - taste of spice and it is never work well. lady's room was extremely wild(can you imagine?), This is just an aside but important for restaurant. This is very brooklyn, in a positive and negative way.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dinner at the bar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Hi, we arrived and it was empty on a Friday night. That was my first clue. Everyone was very nice and service was great. However the bar did not have maraschino cherries for a manhattan. The portions were incredibly small. Fish n Chips was one small over fried chip with vegetable chips as the side for $26, crazy. My steak frites was like 4oz! Tiny and not filet mignon savory.
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  • rickVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Very, very good. The tasting menu is well worth the reasonable cost. Will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Okay place
    bklyndays
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Over priced and not much there there. Okay food. Stilted service. Cold ambiance. Feels more like being in Miami than Brooklyn and not in a good way. Lots of families with kids, which is strange given the prices. Maybe we were just there early.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nice, but not great
    NYCfoodie
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The restaurant itself is beautiful but the first thing we noticed after sitting down was how limited the menu was. There was one fish on the menu, one chicken dish, and so on. The salmon I ordered was just weird and not very flavorful. The scallop appetizer is actually cold and mashed out flat. The portions are small. The wine was good and served at the right temperature.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Culinary Prix-Fixe Coup!
    Kitkat
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The four course prix-fixe for $65 (with wine pairing extra $25) has to be the best gourmet value meal in the Boroughs. The aged steak was prepared sous-vide than seared, superb texture - tender and meaty. served with tempura fingerling potatoes (making french fries obsolete in my book !) The Tuesday evening starter special was foie gras served with a sheen of apricot gelee and subtle spices. Its arrangement on the plate reminded me of a Miro painting. I also had the steak tartare with microgreens accompanied by petite pickled vegetables. Again, the creativity of the food preparation was matched by the thoughtfulness of its presentation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    NYVISITOR
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Very disappointed experience! I made the reservation via Opentable but the place wasn't opened for lunch at all. If it was not going to open for lunch, people should be blocked for making a reservation or informed or not getting a confirmation at all for the booking. Very displeased!!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed in choices
    lucany
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Loved the chef's food at Corton, but not so much at The Elm. The choices were limited, portions were small. The drinks were great, however. Service was good and friendly, the ambience was nothing special, but I expected much more from the food. I had the special, sweetbreads with roasted peaches and the plate felt empty. My friend had salmon that was not at all inspired. The deserts were tiny and not very good. I would not recommend this restaurant for any reason except the drinks.
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  • No disappointments in Brooklyn
    happyinmiami
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The Elm was my first foray into Brooklyn for dining. I was not disappointed. 7:00 pm on a Thursday night proved to be quiet enough to enjoy date night conversation and appropriate attention to service. The four course prix fixe with wine pairing was just enough to both satiate and please my appetite. The pork belly appetizer melted in your mouth and the creamy foie gras was combined with a delightful combination of peanut butter cream and apricot fruit and a wonderfully rich brioche toast. The duck with pickled vegetables was as tender and tasty as any duck I've enjoyed. The young lady who presented the wine pairings was unpretentious, certified and studying for her sommelier test. But the piece de resistance was the Gold Bar dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • come on guys!
    jn22
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Although there was a gentleman there who was accommodating and tried to make our experience a good one we were very disappointed with our experience at the elm. We arrived on time for our reservation. We sat for 20 minutes waiting for a menu. Then another 30 minutes waiting for wine while the table who sat down after us were toasting to their evening-not a good way to start an evening. The air conditioner was too strong and cold. The fish and chips had a curry flavor which I felt was a bit strong and misleading as it's not described on the menu. I definitely would not recommend this restaurant for the price. It was expensive and in an area of williamsburg where you have many choices for good meals I would consider dining anywhere else.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • not impressed
    RajaB
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We came to NYC for a weekend trip and decided to try the Elm as one of the few meals during our trip based on a recommendation. We were really disappointed and felt that we wasted a meal there. The service was very slow, especially for dessert. I got up from the table 3 times to ask about dessert and the server said the pastry chef was behind... however I saw all of the other cooks in the kitchen just hanging out drinking soda... I wonder why they couldn't help. The duck was so chewy it was inedible. The burratta was so salty we had to ask for a new one. Everyone just "picked" at their food or moved it around the plate. We never saw a manager the whole time which was shocking given the issues we brought to the attention of the server.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Wonderful take (reconstruction) on classics, beautifully plated Solid, if uninspired, service -- staff could benefit from a bit more training
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    fit for foodies
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  • Bad Service
    CobbleHillEater
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I was shocked to receive such amateurish and inattentive service. The Elm has a great reputation, and I hope I was just there on an off night.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not the restaurnat if u are hungry
    cah251VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Portions are minute. The main courses are the size of appetizers. I ordered the bass and it could not have been more than 2oz with decorative swishes or two sauces. I also had a reservation for three and had to wait for a table to be set. We were the first set of table turns at 6:30pm. Also, had to stop at the neighborhood deli for food on the way home - was starving and I am 5' 2", 115 lbs - not a large eater.
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  • Only OK
    EclecticGuyVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    It's an odd place. The room, underground, is gray, devoid of personality -- vaguely Marriott-ish. The menu is unexciting. Amish chicken -- a Wednesday night special -- was tasty, but arrived on such a laughably over-sized plate that the lonely chicken pieces look like re-plated Lean Cuisine. Service was indifferent. Overall, disappointing without that one great dish or waitperson or host or anything to compensate.
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  • Outstanding food, mediocre service
    CitydinerVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    What a bummer. An excellent meal, in a beautiful room was marred by slipshod service. Waitress couldn't open wine at table, spilled water when pouring every time, cleared dishes like at a cafeteria, and spent most of the time at the bar chatting with the bartenders.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Leonard73
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Although the menu is rather limited, everything we had was well made and well thought out. We plan to return sometime in the future, but willl wait for seasonal changes in the menu.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 22 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food3.7
    • Ambiance4
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 145 reviews are from the The Elm reviews archive.
  • Satisfying and Savory
    DrinksNDinner
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Our table of four had a wonderful evening! The restaurant is casually elegant, the service was attentive, and the food was spectacular. I can't stop thinking about the foie gras and the specialty cocktail, Diablo, both to die-for. Chef Marcella came out to greet us. We came to check out his "Best Burgers" (http://aht.seriouseats.com/archives/2014/02/eaters-19-hottest-burgers-in-the-us-right-now.html) but we were pleasantly suprised by the flavors of the entire experience. We definitely can't wait to come back to The Elm but also this part of Williamsburg.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It's OK
    GoodVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Greatly decorated. Very sophisticated modern style. Very cozy. Food is OK.
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    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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  • Great food as usual
    pcolinoVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Food was amazing though dessert was a little too forward thinking for my parents in law. Service was really slow, much different than my previous 2 visits and the restaurant was not even full.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch Disaster
    JMPW
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Greeted by a row of dead plants behind a wall of glass and the strong food odor of an under ventilated restaurant, there was no hostess in sight. The restaurant felt as though it hadn't opened for the day. There were children chasing around. Once seated we noting a lack of overall cleanliness, a half dead vertical garden on the dining room walls. We waited. When the food arrived one dish was cold and the "steak" (steak and eggs ) was short rib. The eggs were inedible and rather than remake them, they reheated and returned them to the table. The waiter and manager were apologetic. They tried to handle it professionally after the all round experience had been a disaster. It was the worst restaurant experience I have ever had.
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  • Great Father's Day brunch
    BruncherNYC
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We had a great time at The Elm, and the food and service were both excellent. We had our little baby with us and everyone was very accommodating and kind.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too expensive
    Gregnyc
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Will not recommend because of the price and the size of the food.
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    scenic view
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  • Disappointing service
    mrowland
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    My wife and I went to the Elm for our anniversary dinner. The food was good, although not particularly amazing. However, the service was terrible. Brusque, inattentive, and seemingly overwhelmed by a not that busy Friday night crowd. I was very disappointed and will not go back. It's really too bad, as I was excited about having a fine dining establishment in the neighborhood for special occasions.
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  • CwjeVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    The Elm is a very lovely space. Presentation of food was perfect and quality of the food was very good /food was quite delicious. Small portions, embarrassingly so, were disappointing , especially with the high end prices.The small martini glasses were a disappointment as well. The restaurant was almost empty at 7:15 when we arrived until 10PM when we left and yet service was slow. A note about making a reservation for the Elm: We wanted to dine at The Elm at 8PM that evening but the only time available on Open Table was 7:15 which is what we took. It is hard to understand why we could not get a later reservation since , as I mentioned, the restaurant was empty all evening. We really would have preferred the later time.
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  • Very Good Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed a very good dinner at the Elm. Food and service was excellent. Ambiance was great. Drinks were also very good, recommend the Strangely Brown.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Excellent Meal; Excellent Service
    25Peppers
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Our dinner experience at The Elm was perfect. The space is gorgeous and the meal was delicious. More than that, though, was the service. Excellent restaurants are everywhere and maybe because of that, (Williamsburg especially) terrible service is not uncommon. Owners sometimes ride on a chef's reputation or good reviews and they let service slide, leaving diners to feel they're being given the privilege of dining there, rather than the other way around. Not so at The Elm. The manager and waitress especially (a delightful woman from South Africa) made us feel special and gave us just the right amount of attention. Go for the food and ambience, return for the unparalleled service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Small Plates with Big Plate priice
    MsSMR
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    The service and food was excellent. Our party of four shared 5 small plates and one large (family style) plate. We had two vegtable plates, the bass, fish and chips, and foie gras. All plates were delicious but very small and we thought too pricey. ($22.00 for small plate) There are so many options in Williamsburg and wish we had gone elsewhere. We decided on The Elm as we had just arrived at the hotel after a long day of travel and did not have the energy to hunt for other dining options
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    fit for foodies
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  • On the way down
    likestoeatVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We have eaten at The Elm several times, starting with when it first opened. Sadly, it is a fading star. Most of the original kitchen staff has moved on and Chef Liebrandt is absent most of the time. The quality of the food has deteriorated. The food is wildly overpriced for what is served. The Elm has evolved into a bar that serves food at tables adjacent to the bar area, and is not focused on being a restaurant, which is a shame because Liebrandt is phenomenally talented although one would never know it from the food currently being served.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not worth it!
    ohvin
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    I have to say the food was good, however, the portions were unacceptable. When I pay $100-125/person, I should not leave hungry, and they should not run out of advertised food or drink.
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  • He still can cook!
    Millieur
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I have wanted to go to one of Paul Liebrandt's restaurants since he canme to NY. I recently took a demo class he gave at Macy's DeGustibus. The food was fabulous. So I made a res for The Elm and was just as blown away. Every dish was great! I only wish the other couple didn't cancel so that we couls have ordered more choices, especially the Lobster cassoulet which I had in the class. The lamb neck was sooooo delicious. Hope to go back again.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding cuisine, great service
    joshwbklynVIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    I found Mr. Liebrandt's work at Corton at little too fussy, but at The Elm he's hitting the sweet spot where beguiling and complex taste profiles mix with great execution and accessibility. We went on a Thursday night when it was a little quiet and the service was very attentive. Not inexpensive but I felt I received my money's worth. Lobster cassoulet. ummmmm.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    Gina
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    We loved this place !!! Excelent food and service !!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.