The Fainting Goat
The Fainting Goat

The Fainting Goat

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.faintinggoatdc.com/
  • Phone: 2027350344x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - 5:00-10:00pm
    Tuesday - 5:00-10:00pm
    Wednesday - 5:00-10:00pm
    Thursday - 5:00-10:00pm
    Friday - 5:00-11:00pm
    Saturday - 11:00am-11:00pm
    Sunday - 11:00am-10:00pm
    Bar Open until 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Gastro Pub, Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from The Fainting Goat
The Fainting Goat is a genuine neighborhood tavern in a sophisticated atmosphere with funky chandeliers, cozy banquettes, and a laid back atmosphere. Our dishes are inspired by modern American cuisine with subtle notes of whimsy, made with only the freshest ingredients available locally whenever possible. The Fainting Goat serves as a meeting place for locals, whether it be for the happy hour specials, a laid back date, or late night drinks with friends.
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The Fainting Goat reviews from OpenTable diners
86 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (47)fit for foodies (45)good for groups (28)vibrant bar scene (23)romantic (19)hot spot (14)great for brunch (13)special occasion (10)late-night find (10)notable wine list (7)great for lunch (5)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Fun, relaxed and good food
    DCVisitorVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We went on Saturday night at 8PM. Asked for a quiet table so we were seated at rear on uppper level and while not the place to people watch. We were able to have a great conversation so suited us fine. We had carrots, crudo, and two other starters. All pretty good. Would have liked a bit more fish in the crudo but still nicely done. Mains we ordered were pork chop, roast chicken, and two others. All tasty. Chicken was crispy tasty on outside and nice and moist inside. Good desserts. Really enjoyed the U st. vibe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Incredible
    StacyCVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We stopped by the Fainting Goat before heading out to a friends birthday. From the moment we walked in, we were hooked. The atmosphere and thoughtful decor made for a unique dining experience as much as the curried goat with grilled shrimp and mango slaw! Our server, Dru, who though was only in her first week performed like a pro. We rarely get an app/entree AND dessert, but because we were so interested in the menu, and the pricing was so fair, we couldn't stop ourselves but to keep ordering. Will definitely be back, it's the type of neighborhood gem you bring your out of town friends to that really shows off the DC resto scene, without spending an fortune.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Restaurant Week Place
    LessThanImpressed
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I love trying new places during restaurant week. This was one of them. Our waiter was very good, the gazpacho was amazing - the grapes really came through! The scallops were nicely done. The BLT under performed - Laredo was too heavy and the whole dish was too salty. Tart had a little too much cheese. Loved the ambience though. Parking was a nightmare for those who don't live on the metro. Owner was incredibly friendly as well. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • On the brink of awesome
    nomnomer
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    This restaurant is inviting, friendly, and tasty. The only reason I don't give it 4 stars is because it seemed like there was something a little off with every item that kept it from breaking the threshold into damn good or really amazing. Maybe its a matter of taste, but I'm confused why it happened with every item. It does have a great beer, wine, and spirits selection! We were here for drinks and restaurant week.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Dined here as part of restaurant week. The service and ambience were both very good. The bar was great as were the house cocktails. Overall, the food was good, most of it was very good to outstanding. Both the scallops and pork chop were done exceptionally well. The sauce with the scallops could be bottled and sold separately...it was that good. The flank steak was cooked well. It just didn't really have any flavor to it and the meat was very tough to cut. That was the lone detraction to a very good evening. Will definitely return for another visit.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    PAWs
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    While the menu is a little limited, what is available was very creative and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great beer list, awful food
    AZB1
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The Fainting Goat is an adorable restaurant that at first glance seems like a perfect neighborhood spot. It plays great music that we loved. The problem came with the food. Several items were delicious- like the risotto goat balls and duck ball appetizers. But the items that were bad were BAD. My boyfriend ordered a salad that as literally 3 pieces of lettuce covered in what looked like half a jar of raspberry jam with crushed peanuts on top. A friend ordered peach empanadas for dessert, only to be told the kitchen had burned all of them. Instead she got a blueberry crumble that turned out to be a skillet of blueberry soup. I think a few menu changes could go a long way to turning this place into something really special- let's hope so!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loud but good
    Katie
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Lots of people crammed into the space, and the service was rushed - they seemed understaffed. However, our server was friendly and tried her best to be attentive, refilling drinks a LOT (I drank a ton of coffee thanks to her); however, she did forget to tell us which items were unavailable until she couldn't deliver them, and randomly gave us extra food we didn't request or really want. She had the best intentions, I'm sure, but it just seemed disorganized. Food was delicious, ESPECIALLY the omelette, and my compliments to the chef as those are extremely difficult to do well. That was the dish we didn't order, and it was one of the best.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food service & atmosphere
    diningNy
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    AWESOME! Had a date night here, and picked it based on reviews. We started with drinks - they have a great cocktail menu with unique flavors. We tried the Brucey's cocktail (loved it - lemony with a taste of a summer bbq - you won't understand it til you try it!), My-O-Tonic, and Welcome to the Rest of your Life. All 3 were good and unique. For a starter we had the Arancini with goat meat - it is 3 generously sized risotto balls on top of goat meat and cooked tomatoes. Loved this, definitely add the goat meat to it since it's optional. Otherwise it's a regular risotto ball. For meals had the Pork dish - delicious, topped with peaches which I thought was odd but worked so well. And also had the Fish - delicious but small. GO! So worth it
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous atmosphere; good food
    cmbindcVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We really enjoyed our meal at The Fainting Goat. Service was a bit slow, but other than that, no complaints. Loved sitting in the corner booth with the mini chandelier overhead. Great decor and atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful ambience
    GoodTaste
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Wonderful ambiance and great service at the Fainting Goat. We were able to talk and enjoy our conversation while also in a hip environment and delicious food. Decor is on-trend with brick walls, wood tables and shabby chic lighting. Drinks are delicious. I'd like to go back and try more of everything.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh!
    TakomaDCTitan
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Nice ambience. I appreciate the effort of the menu offerings to appeal to many pallets but it just was lacking in flavor there was something missing
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic birthday dinner!
    Elizabeth
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Service was friendly and attentive, the food was delicious, and the half price bottle of pinot noir didn't hurt, either. It was all topped off with two glasses of complementary champagne. Perfect from start to finish. I had the fontina cheese "nibble," my husband had the duck meatballs (YUM), he loved his pork chop and polenta, and my salmon was cooked to perfection and topped with miso broth. How we had the whole dining room upstairs to ourselves is beyond me. This place is a gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Romantic Evening
    JoeD
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    I had heard a lot about this place before I walked in, but they overshot all of my expectations. The menu did not match the one on the website, but everything we had was delicious. The clams were amazing, so was the ricotta on grilled bread. Our sandwiches were also excellent. And they read the notes section and brought out an amazing lemon tart with strawberries and a candle. Our waitress was attentive and helpful. Great restaurant, and look forward to going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, interesting cocktails
    FlyingDiner
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    I came here on a date with my girlfriend for some late-night dinner and drinks and was very happy with the delicious combination of tapas and larger plates. The beer menu and cocktail options were also excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chef change
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    I loved coming here because the chef would specially make me a vegan dish but apparently the chef left and I want to know where he went! I have been here 6 times and all trips except this last one were great. I asked if he could make me a vegan dish(per usual) they brought me out something on the menu that we had already ordered and ate as an appetizer. I knew this place was too good to be true! Disappointed. Not sure I would go back again which is a bummer because I did love it.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mccm
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Great decor, funky menu, cool vibe and nice staff -- I liked the ricotta appetizer and the veggies
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New find
    sweetpotato
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We read about this new restaurant in the Washington Post and were pleased to find that it lived up to the review. We loved the simple menu. After learning that the chef had worked with Jose Andreas and Mike Isabella we were delighted to see the same complexity and depth of flavor with simple ingredients. The clams in smoky tomato sauce appetizer was terrific. The snapper was really outstanding as well. We liked the emphasis on seasonal vegetables.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect fun date night on Fridays
    Aaron
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Not only do they have amazing food, and cocktails, but they also have live music on Fridays! Really fun, inviting, and lively scene.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming Brunch
    Jessica
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Some friends and I came for brunch a few weeks ago and were very pleased with all of the food. I had the shrimp roll, which had the buttery-est (aka the best) bread I could have hoped for. I also had the mimosa with blood orange-secco, and it was absolutely divine. Each of us was pleased with our dishes (vegetables, honey and walnut, poached eggs), but the major bummer was that all of the sweets (pastries and cinnamon roll) listed on the menu have actually been discontinued! I wish that that had been noted either before we ordered or had somehow been on the menu, since it was a bit of a bummer. Still, the service was good and the ambience and food lovely.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great
    LJH26
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The service and food were both wonderful. I will definitely be returning.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • vegan friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Don't let the name fool you. I am vegan and the chef made me an amazing entree... It's my third time there and would definitely go back again!! Fit for foodies vegans and carnivores. They use veggies that are in season, always delicious. The cocktails are fantastic as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid, but not worth the $$
    samG
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Went to Fainting Goat after hearing pretty good things about it. I like the restaurant a lot, but the entrees were just underwhelming considering the price point. Everything was very salty. I would come here again just for their happy hour. This is a good spot to get some wine or beer, have some appetizers, and then move on. Wouldn't recommend it for a dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nothing special
    Itsmemf
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Seemed like a restaurant coopting farm to table rather than staking out new or interesting ground. Server was dismissive and over it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Charming & Delicious!
    DCfoodluvr
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Fainting Goat offers everything we look for in a DC restaurant; an excellent farm to table menu, great service, charming decor & ambiance, excellent wine list, great cheeses, outstanding service. We just keep coming back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • DC01
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    great space. server was a l aggressive. food good, not spectacular, but ambence great
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jennifer
    treatmeVIP
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Great bar, terrific (but small) menu, fun atmosphere, incredible beer list. Loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, service, menu vague
    DCfoodie
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I have to agree with nearly all of the posts I read on this restaurant before going. The food is great, but the menu is to vague. It's kind of annoying to have to have your waiter explain every item on the menu. The restaurant itself was surprisingly large. My party of 4 met at 7 on a Friday, and the restaurant was only partially full, but as we were leaving at about 9 the restaurant was starting to get crowded for the night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best New Restaurant on U Street
    RobertVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    I have been to TFG four times now and every time the food, service, and drinks were great. It is also very reasonable in cost and most of their wines are priced very fairly. I highly recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GREAT NEW U STREET CHOICE
    1KTravelerVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I sat at the bar and asked for 3 courses, "Chef's Choice" with wine pairing. I started with the roasted vegetables and leek, which were delicious. Second course was the burrata, mixed with potatoes for a new twist on potato salad. The main course was the pan seared pork chop - one of the most tender I've ever had. The wine pairings were good, and I was surprised they selected reds for each course. Probably not the best way to go, but the wines all worked. Service was attentive and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 56 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 33 reviews are from the The Fainting Goat reviews archive.
  • The Name Isn't Everything
    ChrisGo4
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    The name of the restaurant is was the first attraction, "the fainting goat" clever, catchy and pretty well infused with their theme decor and food options. The mixology is great, the cocktails are visually appealing and tasty. The food however, is just Ok. And maybe it has something to do with the tremendous competition and boom that this area of DC as well as the 14th street strip has had over the past few years that makes the fainting goat food less foodie and cache and more similar to others I've tasted. I'm not sure I would go back for food, the drinks I would try again. And the decor and ambience is a plus.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Small but Expertly Executed Menu
    Susan
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The menu looks odd at first glance, but it seems that you can't go wrong. Everything we had was terrific, and it was terrific down to the tiniest detail. They are really interesting dishes and delicious. On top of that the service is very friendly and helpful, and the décor and atmosphere are a lot of fun. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beware of pickpockets
    Liza
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    The Fainting Goat has good food and a lively atmosphere. However, the evening was ruined for me when I realized that someone had stolen my wallet from my purse during dinner. I alerted the restaurant staff, who basically shrugged it off.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good, original small plates
    lasagnalover
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    This place has a good selection of interesting small plates. I loved the Ricotta and the Lardo appetizers. You can also order a customized cheese and meats board. They have a long list of items and you tell them which ones you want. The two cheeses we ordered were pretty good. It comes with some good grilled bread, the same used for the Ricotta and the Lardo appetizers. We went on a Saturday night. There was live music and it was very noisy. The service started out good, but as more people came it became really slow. The waitress was great and was doing a very good job of moving from table to table very quickly. Unfortunately, she had too many tables to tend.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Late-Night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cute brunch spot!
    dcdiva
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We came for bottomless brunch on a Saturday and really enjoyed our meal--service was a little slow at first, but the great food made up for it. The atmosphere is fresh and great for groups. Would return.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    After ordering a bottle of wine our apps did not arrive until 45 minutes later, including a cheese plate. The waitress did not know why kitchen was slow. The sausage sandwich obviously sat under a heat lamp for too long. It was obscenely hot and bun was black on the inside. We won't be back.
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  • Great bartender
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    My friend and I had drinks at the bar before dinner. The bartender was amazing. Great personality and was very helpful recommending what drinks/dishes we order for our dinner.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Now I know why the Goat Fainted
    Mookie
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Brunch at the Fainting Goat (the name - got me curious) was a disappointing affair. Firstly, it was hard to find food on the menu that met my brunch expectations (the chef needs to add a few more breakfast type dishes), although the free flowing mimosas were great. And then, there was the music - a horrible mix of higgledy, biggledy, dumpy, screechy sounding songs that made me state to my very amused date - "this must be why the goat fainted!!!" There is a lot going for the place so lets hope the goat herder hears this, gives the goat some smelling salt and gets it up on its feet.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Neighborhood Place
    rrschrumjr
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Had a great experience. The vibe is awesome. The cocktails are quite good, and there's a nice beer selection. The menu is simple, and the food is quite good; I had the beef, my wife had a burger. Our only complaint would be that everything costs $3 more than it should. I will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food not good and pricey!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We were disappointed with the food and their prices. It seems like a great place for drinks though!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic