The Glass Haus Kitchen
The Glass Haus Kitchen
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The Glass Haus Kitchen

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.glasshauskitchen.com/
  • Phone: 4342448439
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Ian Boden
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: South Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: In addition to spaces in front of the restaurant. We offer complimentary parking in the Water Street & East Market Street Parking Garage. Please bring you voucher to be stamped at the restaurant.
A word from The Glass Haus Kitchen
"In a class of its own."
"Already the most exciting place to eat in Charlottesville."
Washington Post - February 2013

Chef Ian Boden - James Beard Award Semifinalist - Best Chef Mid Atlantic 2013

The Glass Haus Kitchen is located in The Glass Building, conveniently situated in the Warehouse District in the heart of Charlottesville's Downtown area. Chef Ian Boden's unique, inspired American cuisine is created by his primary use of a wide network of local and regionally produced food source. The menu is based on the concept of cooking with the seasons, using finely honed contemporary and classical techniques that accentuate and utilize the season's bounty. The aroma, flavor and textures of his cuisine, mingled with his passion for the perfect fusion are a testament to Chef Boden's ability to leave you with an indelible experience.

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The Glass Haus Kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Fresh Creative and Local
    cvillejur
    Dined on 10/22/2013
    Lots of options on this ever-changing menu. I haven't seen such flavorful & imaginative cocktails since we had dinner at the Proprietors on Nantucket. I had the ginger gimlet with local Blue Ridge vodka - delicious and fresh! Similar to many menus in town, you can combine cheeses and meats for a personal charcuterie plate, but here all the meats and cheeses are local or house made. Very tasty - pickles, jams, and mustard that accompanied were also extremely flavorful. My companions had items from the market section - field peas were amazing. My main was the red snapper - cooked perfectly and served over a flavor enhancing wild rice & greens blend. The duck was also delicious! Our server was attentive & knowledgeable. Slow night, quiet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • world class in casual setting
    TLloyd
    Dined on 10/16/2013
    Chef Boden is a creative force. As a pioneer in the farm-to-table movement, he established his excellence at the Staunton Grocery, before opening this restaurant. Any time you can have several tastes that are unprecedented and delicious, you are grateful. Our meal included this kind of innovation in every plate, from the rather astonishing Wagyu tartare to the buttermilk mini-gnocchi, the eggplant feather-light slices dressed with in-house miso to the melting braised duck. Prices are more reasonable than you'd think too, at least for the food. The wine list is not special. They do not have a cellar, and rely on distributors week-to--week for their selections.. One of our selections had changed vintage, and another was out of stock.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inventive cuisine
    Myrt
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    Having just moved out of the DC area, it is my opinion that Glass Haus Kitchen compares favorably with fine dining experiences in DC. We had the 5 course Tasting Menu and although there was some delay in the kitchen that caused the 2nd of 5 courses to be extremely slow in coming (almost a full hour), the rest of the courses flow smoothly. Out of 5 courses, two were outstanding including the long awaited second course which was foie gras and the meat course, duck with field peas. Most of our fellow diners who ordered ala carte also appeared to be very happy. This is fine option for upscale dining in Cville.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Arlingtondiner
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    Adventurous menu. But the service was poor and the staff fairly rude. There are train tracks next to the building and the noise and vibration from the freight trains was disturbing during dinner. Cannot recommend and would not return.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • first experience at the glass house
    valleywinemaker
    Dined on 10/10/2013
    My wife and I were there for the first time in a cold rainy Thursday evening last week (10/10/13). We found the experience delightful. The setting is rustic elegance and authentic which we particularly like, much like our winery (we have barren ridge vineyards in fishersville). The food was eclectic and very good. Thank goodness for modest potions. We have always enjoyed Ian's cooking. The service was perfect, non intrusive, pleasant and on top of everything. A lovely repast and much appreciated. John Higgs
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun drinks, great service, bad food
    Ebgg
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    Great drinks, service was responsive & helpful. And the menu looked really good, but all of our dishes were way too salty. I like salt, but most of the dishes served were inedible due to the salt content. Would definitely go again for drinks but not for food
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  • Amazing
    oenomanVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    The food and service at Glass Haus are splendid. Every dish was bursting with flavor and use the fresest ingedients. The heirloom tomato salad was the best of the summer,and the Surryano Ham and figs was perfectly simple and delicious The service was serene and well paced. Kudos to everyone at Glass Haus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • just okay
    PtchB8
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    Food was very salty. This restaurant was fine - but nothing special. There are plenty of better restaurants in Ch'ville.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Met expectations
    ChefDani
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    Service was excellent, food was good- entrees took a little longer than expected to be presented, but we were generally happy with the dining experience.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious, interesting food choices
    Traveler
    Dined on 8/30/2013
    Cool environment! Architectural design of the restaurant was as intriguing as the menu. It was our first time so we ended up ordering a variety of items so we could try as much as possible! Everything was delicious, well presented and the staff was great! Txs!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good, and loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/27/2013
    A restaurant whose noted chef has brought a new level of sophistication and exploration to Charlottesville. The experience is one that is more attuned to New York, perhaps more than Washington DC, with a somewhat surly 'greeter', and extremely courteous service. Our table of 4 had the 5-course tasting menu and 2 of us had the wine pairing. Positives -- the food was consistently excellent-outstanding; innovative preparations, sauces, flavors, textures; the staff was attentive and informative, and the wine paired well, but not exceptional. The booth that was comfortable and provided ample space to enjoy the meal. Negatives -- isolated location (parking?), and noise - from the adjacent booth and the people surrounding the bar. would return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, but not for vegans
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/20/2013
    This visit we had 2 vegans with us, but we had called ahead and been assured that was no problem. We told the server when we were seated, but had to remind her 3 or 4 times after that (awkward), and when she finally did bring us word from the kitchen, it was pretty much what we had already figured out - that they could "pull the cheese off" of the beet side dish, remove the cheese from the tomato salad, that sort of thing. It was disappointing for us, to say the least. Such a creative kitchen, with such fresh and locally sourced ingredients, should have been able to provide our vegan friends with an amazing meal instead of stripped down market plates. That said, we enjoyed the dishes we had very much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • If you have one night to dine out..
    Ives
    Dined on 8/20/2013
    In Charlottesville VA...this is it. Nothing more to say. The owner chef is behind the range and the food doesn't get more creative and seasonal. This restaurant could make it in Manhattan.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Overpriced for what it is
    profe1967
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    We went after hearing rave reviews of the chef's previous restaurant, the Staunton Laundry. We had the five-course tasting menu, which consisted of a soup, an appetizer, a fish dish, a meat dish, and a dessert. No one in our group had alcohol, but we enjoyed a wonderful mocktail. The semi-industrial ambience was fabulous, and the service friendly and attentive, if a bit slow. The food was very good, but the meal turned out to be one of the most expensive we have ever eaten in Charlottesville, without being as good as many a meal we have had at less expensive venues. The dishes were creative, even audaciously so, but they sometimes failed. The best thing we ate was a la carte, the so-called animal crackers. Fatty decadence!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fine dining in cool open warehouse
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    Beginning with great service and knowledgeable waitstaff, delicious signature cocktails for a reasonable $11 each, and then through locally -sourced seasonal fare, this whole experience was perfection. My partner and I each enjoyed the heirloom tomato appetizer with our cocktails (delicious kombucha mint julep and the "glass germain") and then split market plates with our meals. Crispy fried squash blossoms and spicy aioli were delicious and my partner really enjoyed the beef short rib. The had me with the cocktails and everything else was the icing on the cake. I can't wait to go back and try more veggie options - there weren't many which was really the only downside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We enjoyed the tastings menu
    localrevur
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    We enjoyed the tastings menu with wine pairings and found the food to be innovative with fresh ingredients, unexpected pairings and good flavor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    Some of the food was very good but not all of it and it was very overpriced for what it was. My husband had the ravioli and I make better pasta than that. It was also not a very generous serving. The trout was delicious as was the corn, but, quite expensive for what it was and the amount.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique and original
    happydiner
    Dined on 7/25/2013
    This restaurant has great service and a menu full of original recipes. The food was prepared with a lot of care and was delicious. It is a great place for a special dinner, and for anyone who appreciates great food. We would highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic tasting menu
    CharlottesvilleFoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    We had the 5 course tasting menu and were not disappointed! Every course was delicious and well balanced. Wine pairings were spot-on. We would definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Def worth a try
    Mungob
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    Off the path of the main downtown walkway but absolutely worth a try. My wife and I were amazed we had foodie level cruising - appetizer, entree, side and drink and we were under $100! Well worth a visit. Side note - feel free to park in the spaces directly in front of the entrance.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    fredcity
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    This was my 2nd dining expireince at the Glas Haus Kitchen. The 1st was June 8, celebrating 5 years of my business. On Sat. I helped a friend celebrate their 25th B-day and also take part in C-ville Resturant week. I appreciate everyone's effort to make the expirence quite enjoyable. The staff is very knowledeable, and the teammwork exceptional. Being in a business that relys on customer service I appreciate Francue's ability to lead by example and trust his staff to do their best. Thanks so much Chef and staff. I enjoyed all of my dishes and look forward to coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • friendly service
    Ednam
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    Our first visit to this restaurant, during "Restaurant week". We were seated in a booth. Our friends had the sun in their face for about an hour, which was very uncomfortable. The food was good, creative. Two of the desserts were not that great (we were 4).
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative food, local ingredients
    cvillian
    Dined on 7/12/2013
    Glass Haus focuses on local ingredients and creative dishes. We went for Restaurant Week, so did not see the full menu. Overall, the food was quite good (we had flounder with beets and spaghetti with heirloom zucchini), though not quite as inspired as I hoped. The dishes were well presented and the service was professional. The desserts (a corn pudding and ice cream dish as well as a dish that was described as chocolate and brown sugar but was more of a bread pudding) were off -- although more unusual than the other courses, the combinations were strange and just didn't work well. Nevertheless, I would definitely go back during a different week.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not up to the hype in the press
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/12/2013
    We did not particularly care for the "warehouse chic" decor. All of the staff were attentive and helpful. We ordered from the Restaurant Week menu. Our first courses were disappointing. Chilled vegetable soup was a small (1/2 cup?) portion of broth with tiny slices and cubes of vegetables floating in it. It probably would have been more flavorful if hot. Entrees were the most successful. The duck leg was moist, tender, and delicious. The field peas had a delicious smoky flavor. Desserts were not as successful. The cherry hand pie was fine. But the Bittersweet Chocolate with Burnt Sugar Angel Food, Blackberries & Whipped Goat Whey was a mess served in a jelly jar topped with tasteless unappealing bubbles.
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  • Good Food and Service
    CvilleDiner
    Dined on 7/11/2013
    Visited during restaurant week. Nice use of local food. Great job in presenting fresh sweet corn in multiple dishes. Loved the fresh vegetable salad. Beautiful presentation and friendly attentive service. Liked the interior spaces and the overall design of the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week
    afoodiefirstwinosecond
    Dined on 7/11/2013
    I went here with a friend during Charlottesville's restaurant week. A decent spread of options-and some interesting flavor ideas. Not completely impressed, but would like to see what else this chef has up his sleeves.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They have a great wine list.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/11/2013
    They have a great wine list. We were not disappointed. Nice to have the bottle chilled at the table. The bread was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wanted it to be better...
    cvillefoodie4
    Dined on 7/10/2013
    We recently ate here and I was really excited to try the restaurant out after it has received so much positive publicity. It was to celebrate a new job so I made reservations in advance. When we arrived, we found out that we only could dine from the restaurant week menu. I wish someone had told us this before as this was for a very special occasion. Then we were seated at quite literally the worst seat in the house. Despite a lovely atmosphere, we were placed by the emergency exit, next to the entrance curtain and next to a loud fan. The door slammed the whole time and by this point we were just really frustrated. The food was pretty good but all the other factors made for an expensive and frustrating experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Observations
    Firsttimer
    Dined on 7/10/2013
    Our service was extremely slow. Especially the time period after the entree and before dessert; then after dessert and waiting for our check. I did not feel like the $36 meal was commiserate with the portion and the service. We sat upstairs...it was very warm and stuffy. We were excited to try a new restaurant during restaurant week. The food was ok - but not outstanding. Unfortunately, we will not be going back.
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    romantic
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  • Restaurant Week find
    NoNickName
    Dined on 7/10/2013
    The food was absolutely incredible and its presentation beautiful. The belief as to how their food comes to them is most appreciated. Their support of local farmers and being mindful organic and non-GMO is a wonderful step forward in raising the bar as to what a restaurant should be. To Ian and is fine staff, "thanks for moving to Charlottesville."
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Total Experience
    michele
    Dined on 7/10/2013
    From the food taste, quality, and presentation to creative aspects of how the Chef designs his food. All aspects of the dining experience are in full harmony here. It's an honor to witness someone doing what they were created to do by God. Amazing all around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Blah
    Dusty
    Dined on 7/9/2013
    Really slow, in attentive service. Food was very bland and disappointing. Way overpriced. Served half a martini for $11.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Over rated
    ChvilleRN
    Dined on 7/9/2013
    Poor service, a/c was broken, unfriendly waitor and mediocre food. NOT worth it.
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    vibrant bar scene
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  • great ambiance, mediocre food
    greatVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2013
    The decor was lovely but the staff was particularly unfriendly during Restaurant Week and we had three different servers. The cocktails were delicious but the food was underwhelming, steak had minimal flavor and the angel food cake in the bitter chocolate dessert was chewy.
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  • Been there, done thar
    Cvillediner
    Dined on 7/9/2013
    Poor service, mediocre food, been there done that, will not be back.
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  • The cuisine was excellent,
    johnbz
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    The cuisine was excellent, but sparse, and expensive.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Unique good food.
    Eatoomuch
    Dined on 6/28/2013
    We went with a large crowd and I tried many appetizers and main dishes. The wine was fantastic. Since they don't have salads I would have liked more vegetable options. Beautiful presentation of quality food. Not overly expensive considering the obvious work involved. I would have liked a bit more flavor/herbs/spices. My dish ( spaghetti with lump crab meat) was bland and not as good as I could have made it at home. The fish options were nice. Overall I might try the place again.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful evening
    YellowpurseVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2013
    Four of us had dinner and we each had a different entre. All of them were superb Adam was our waiter and he was fabulous. We enjoyed Everything about the evening
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Discovery
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/22/2013
    Because we had known the Staunton Grocery, we knew we loved Ian Boden's cooking. I had a drink called something like Art in the Age, which featured rhubarb liqueur and had a zesty taste. Everything we ate was excellent too: innovative, crunchy when it needed to be, savory, tender, beautifully presented, and delicious. The wait staff were attentive without being cloying or overly familiar. The heritage pork I had was unbelievable: succulent, and coated thinly with an amazing crust. My wife's fish course was fine too, but perhaps a trifle bland. The desserts were fantastic. It was a relief that it was quiet enough that we could carry on a conversation. It wasn't cheap, but we'll come back soon. Over all, this is now the best place in town.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing tasty food and Drink!
    LoveFUD
    Dined on 6/20/2013
    We arrived at 6:30 on a Thursday night, we were immediately greeted by our waiter who showed us to our reserved table. Service was prompt but not over done. We relayed to the waiter that we were not in a hurry and wanted to take out time. We decided to try the 5 course chefs tasting menu accompanied with a flight of wine with each course. The wines went with the courses perfectly. All our dishes were explained to us thoroughly before we received them our mouths were watering! Creamy pate, perfectly pickled vegetables, perfect tender duck confit, all the our dishes were thought out and very quickly left you smiling and happy after every bite! It was a perfect birthday dinner! Will be going back and recommending to all my friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.