The Heritage Restaurant
The Heritage Restaurant

The Heritage Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://grcc.edu/heritage
  • Phone: 6162343700x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:15am - 12:45pm

    Dinner: Tuesday - Friday: 5:30pm - 7:15pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Global, International, Contemporary European, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Angus Campbell and Kevin Dunn
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private Executive dining room available for up to 12 guests
  • Private Party Contact: Bob Schultz 6162343700x
  • Entertainment: Come and be served by our future chefs!
  • Special Events: Dining in our classroom is a special event and as such our service schedule follows the academic calendar. We look forward to serving you during our class schedule which can be found here:
    http://cms.grcc.edu/heritage

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ransom
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Free Parking is available under the ATC building at the corner of Fountain and Ransom. Also, additional free parking is available in the student lot on Ransom.
A word from The Heritage Restaurant
The Heritage is one of the many classroom/laboratory facilities operated by the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at GRCC. The restaurant is staffed by students in the Culinary Arts programs and is under the direct supervision of chef and table service professors.
During luncheon hours, your meal will be prepared and served by freshman students. The meals represent International Cuisine with
modern and classical touches. In the evening, The Heritage reopens to feature a relaxed atmosphere, more Continental Cuisine, and our sophomore students preparing much of your meal table-side. The food is wonderful.
The Secchia Institute for Culinary Education restaurants and kitchens are our classroom settings. We take pride in them. Our students prepare our meals daily with the finest seasonally available ingredients including home-styled baked breads, and taste-tempting desserts.
Our students and faculty thank you for joining our classroom and for your patronage.
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The Heritage Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
13 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.8
  • Food4.9
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelQuiet
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (10)special occasion (8)scenic view (5)good for groups (5)great for lunch (5)neighborhood gem (5)romantic (2)great for brunch (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • The Heritage is wonderful!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I would highly suggest a lunch reservation or dinner reservation be b quick because reservations fill up fast. The offerings are delicious with every bite and artistically prepared. The food is prepared by culinary students under the direct supervision of Chef Angus - so know that your food will be well prepared. Even the wait staff are students that are learning the front of the house as well as the back. I have enjoyed the meals every time I have brought people to dine at the Heritage. Chef Angus is wonderful. He was the one who inspired my daughter to pursue her love for culinary! Book through OPEN TABLE today - you wont regret it. 5 star cuisine at 10.00 pricing.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Classic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The Heritage offers an elegant menu at reasonable prices. Lunch is a lab for first year students who take their roles seriously. Instructors in the kitchen and on the floor provide excellent mentorship and guidance for the students.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Every Detail Perfect
    Constipated
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The Heritage is the restaurant auxiliary to the Secchia Culinary Institute, so everyone in the kitchen is a student overseen by a master chef. The detail taken with regard to both ingredients and preparation is second to none--every dish a masterpiece. I had the best sauce mousseline ever. The students are all studying to be chefs, not maitres 'd. Our server was a fully polished diamond, but there were plenty of other students milling around, trying to provide a high level of service but without the requisite training or experience, with a deer-in-the-headlights look in their eye. Just part of the experience. No alcohol, but an amazing selection of tea and pour-over coffee, made table-side. I'll definitely be coming back!
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    fit for foodies
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  • Consistently great
    Yumyum
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Always have great food here! Nice to have a treat upon entering the restaurant. Service was pleasant and eager. Everything arrived as it should have.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pande
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Great food for great price. Who's highly recommend.
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    neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Food in Grand Rapids
    Patti
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The menu is varied and creative. The food is consistently delicious. Some dishes may be more to your liking than others, but in general, the food is far superior to the "best" (and highest priced) restaurants in town. The student waitstaff is courteous and friendly. The desserts are phenomenal. On a recent night, we had the amazing flaming apples and brown sugar over vanilla ice cream. There is just one downside--the service at the Heritage may be slow and/or the students may be less confident--based on how early in the term you go. Still, it's wonderful to see them gain confidence and help support them as they learn "the ropes."
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place
    Foodiefriend
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    If you haven't been here to eat you must. The culinary students do a great job for lunch and dinner. A 5 star meal for half the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • happytummy
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    For The Heritage to be a classroom, it far exceeded many established restaurants that I've been to. The student staff were very professional attentive. They will do well in this industry.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 5 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.8
    • Food5
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 180 reviews are from the The Heritage Restaurant reviews archive.
  • One of GR's best kept secrets!
    LocalFoodie
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Attended school here about ten years ago. Had to back out before completing the course due to medical reasons. Absolutely LOVED the classes that I did complete. Always try to make it to the Heritage at least once per semester. WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE EVERY TIME!!!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Culinary school dining
    CookForYou
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    Nice atmosphere, students have a wonderful attitude, and food quality is very high. We wouldn't hesitate to bring guests here.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Supervision lacking
    1badmeal
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    Until there is some experienced person directing the students at Heritage Restaurant to assure coordination and hot food, the experience will be middling at best. Each student has a delegated task, but there is no coordination or communication between posts. We saw no supervision taking place in the dining room, helping the students improve their technique and timing.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Staff training still needed
    isherempress
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    Overall, liked it very much and received good suggestions from all of the waitstaff. Drawback: I dropped my fork, and it took someone more than 3 minutes to bring a new one (and she needed a reminder). Salad plates should have been cleared before entrees were brought to the table - it should not be the patron's job to juggle plates. Also, menu changes had been made since the beginning of the semester - but they didn't bother to print new menus! I would expect a small print run of menus on a weekly basis, especially if chef is getting a special on some products. Even so, we will certainly be back.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Steak despite the service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Nice meal and a great steak, but the service was below expectations. The server was slow, bordering on absent. Not the best student in the program. I guess this happens in a student based restaurant.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • All about the food
    HugeInJapan
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    This is a training ground for culinary students, and as expected the emphasis is on the food. Service is well-meaning, but not the kind of sycophantic pandering you get from a server gunning for a $30 tip. (Student servers are not allowed to take tips) So, great place to try out some unique fare at a reasonable price (I had the foie-gras creme brulee followed by the Wagyu filet-mignon), but not necessarily a place you want to take a date on a special occasion where you would want a little more atmosphere and 5-star service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Usually a good experience
    ckcsfan2
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    We have been to The Heritage several times before. The experience was always positive. We consider this experience an exception to their fine reputation. The waiter seemed overwhelmed. He was seating a larger party (10) when we arrived. It took 20 min. to take our order and it ended being taken by another waiter. Our waiter came by to confirm the order we had given. Somehow, he had not noticed that we had received/eaten our appetizer and brought it out again. We had to inquire about receiving bread. Our water glasses ran empty a couple of times before being filled. It took 40 min. for our entrees to arrive. Although we had mentioned our time constraints (to get to a show), we had to go to the desk for our bill. Next time...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Heritage - A jewel in GR
    JacksonsDad
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    The Heritage at GRCC is a student-operated restaurant which serves up high-end cuisine for the same price as a steak house. The menu is available online so you can decide what you want beforehand. I enjoyed the way that the menu breaks things down for you (small/large plate). I had a few pieces of the complimentary bread with regular butter and also a flavored butter (with bacon) and a small plate and was satisfied. The dessert offerings are brought around on a cart at the end of the main course by one of the students. They will explain what each dessert contains and you will be able to see what it looks like (we eat with our eyes too). I brought my family of 5 and the cost of lunch was around $60.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best kept gr secret
    svm4
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    the heritage continues to amaze and satisfy. the quality of the food and service is a testament to the talents of the chef/professors, and their students who are amazing as well. by far out favorite restaurant in gr. thanks to both chefs and their students. Outstanding lunch had by all!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a treat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    We love going to the Heritage restaurant. We got a few times a year. Since it's a teaching/learning restaurant the students really make a great effort to serve you well. I love finding out what the students will do after graduating. They are very nice and sometimes nervous, but all do a great job and put in the effort of great service. The food is outstanding. Chef Dunn does a great job with the kitchen students. We enjoy going out with our family and also taking friends and co-workers there.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food, Attentive service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Our group of eight especially enjoyed the table side preparation of the scallops, as well as the wonderful interaction with the servers. The food was marvelous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely evening out...
    vbarb
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    The Heritage is where we like to go for a lovely evening out. The food is beautifully presented and delicious. The wait staff are not rushed to get you out of there so it feels more like European dining to me. They also have some unusual items on the menu that are fun to try...They have a good wine selection and I like their tables set with linens...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Happy
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    It's always a fun experience to dine at the Heritage.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was great, just a bit busy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    It was great, just a bit busy (atmosphere wise). It felt like every time I went to talk to my partner we immediately interrupted by the countless number of staff members. Everyone and everything was fantastic but just TOO attentive I suppose.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food; attentive service
    crowman
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    The food was unique and plated well. They pay attention to creativity and presentation. The servers were very attentive, although a bit hesitant and reserved. Overall, I look forward to going back to try some more of the items on the menu.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Heritage
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    This was not our first time at The Heritage and it definitely wont be our last. We are always extremely impressed with the service. The enthusiasm and the knowledge of the students is always impressive. The food selection is one of the best in Grand Rapids. The menu changes regularly so that there is always something new and exciting on the menu. I have yet to have the same thing twice! The food is always outstanding. From the presentation to the final bite, it is simply delicious. The prices are VERY reasonable, you can NOT beat the prices for the quality you get. My family raves about this place and I am always telling people about it. It is a great spot and it is a great experience. HIGHLY recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful Setting!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    I wasn't sure what to expect walking up to the restaurant but I was pleasantly surprised. It's like walking into a fine dining spot, great atmosphere and attention to detal. We waiting a bit for service, finally asking someone walking by for help, but other than that it was awesome. We shared a small plate of Duck, it was fabulous; then the entrees were good as well. The dessert alone would bring me back, divine!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, community benefit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    It's great to support the training of future restauranteurs. Food was excellent and they were able to accommodate a special request.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Heritage
    dwnhill
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Wonderful experience at The Heritage. Wonderful to see staff ( students) be so engaging and enthusiastic about working the restaurant. Food is stellar, this is a must try for anyone's dinning list.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 5 Star Dining - Best in GrandRapids
    RUWestMichigan
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We had a fabulous evening at The Heritage! After ordering a local beer, Founders All Day IPA, we were served Potato/Asparagus shooters with tiny cheese biscuits to prepare our palates. After ordering, a server came with a loaded fresh bread cart and flavored/whipped butters. We had mock eel (yummy shiitake mushrooms!) and a fresh salad plate with grapefruit, avocados, and herbs. Next came a peach mango sorbet. Entrees: Rainbow Trout with red quinoa hash and Macadamia Nut Encrusted Black Sole with Forbidden Rice with roast veggies. Shared delicious layered buckwheat dessert cake. French press coffee was fabulous. Michael, our server, took care of all of our needs. Amazing restaurant. Best in GR! Pampered by students in an amazing program!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memorable
    Deborah
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    I brought my 88 year old mother and my daughter to the Heritage to celebrate a milestone birthday of mine. The food was amazing, each and everyone of us was entirely please. My mother remarked several times how her soup was still hot even when she got to the bottom of her bowl. She was so pleased with this. I thought the complimentary desserts for my birthday was very generous, each was delicious. We live in walking distance and I said to my husband when I got home that we have to make this our neighborhood restaurant. We will be back :-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, but don't be in a hurry
    markk
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    The food was very good and quite eclectic. The fresh bread was awesome too. The downside to our dining experience was the dis-organization of the wait staff. We were greeted right away and a drink order taken, but then it was a long time before we saw our server and there were long stretches throughout the dinner when we were waiting for him to check back on us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eat Early
    Grandmato4
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    I had a wonderful lunch,. We had a late reservation and they were folding up the resturant before we even finished eating. It made the end of our meal feel very rushed. Perhaps they need to narrow their reservation window if they need to be out of the facility by a certain time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Everything is fantastic
    Melomaniac
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    While I thoroughly enjoy my meal every time I visit The Heritage, the whole idea behind the restaurant is what makes it such an enjoyable experience; the fact that it's basically a lab for GRCC's culinary students. I love to support these students while they practice their art and home their craft. That being said, they all do a fantastic job. The food is delicious, comparable to any gourmet restaurant at a fraction of the price. Service is efficient and friendly. The atmosphere is positive and you can tell all the employees/students truly care about their work. The Heritage is an easy walk from work for lunch. I feel it's a hidden gem... they deserve more recognition!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • first impression
    jennkemp
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    we began our culinary journey at 5:30 thursday evening with a beautiful view of grand rapids and Shrimp ala Sarah! little did we know that 3 1/2 hours later, we would be reluctantly putting on our coats to leave. needless to say our food, the education we earned along the journey that night and the service was top notch. we didn't want to leave! the platings were gorgeous, the wine pairing was spot on! james, our server, was both friendly and personable as well as knowledgeable. the whole dining staff attentive and quietly in the background doing their jobs with great attention to detail. my water glass was ever less than half full! looking forward to many, many meals in the future! great things are happening here at The Heritage!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun night at The Heritage
    foodyVIP
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    It is always a good time getting to know the servers and kitchen staff and directors of the GRRC Heritage program. Sometimes they are very nervous and not yet perfect, but they are well-trained and try their very best at their early attempts to please and serve. There are always experienced staff around and the food is magnificent. It's a good deal for the diners and a good learning experience for those preparing and serving. There are always table-side-prepared items to order and we highly recommend them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Heritage
    Josie
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    The service and the entire staff was excellent. The food was excellent but our dinners were cold.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Treat, give it a chance
    sunshinegirl
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    Wonderful opportunity to experience fine cuisine and help the students learn at the same time. It was the first day so things were a bit "nervous" but food was wonderful and the students were trying so hard!
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • relax with great food and service
    frenchkev
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    The food was excellent and the service outstanding. Great wine and the background music played added but did not distract from the light and elegant ambiance. Very enjoyable night. it is one of our favorite spots in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vegan food was great. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    Vegan food was great. The wine was not notable- or sometimes even drinkable. Servers were not fully acquainted with each item, but were friendly and did their best.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • If you want to impress someone
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    If you want to impress someone with a fine dining experience, this is definitely the place. And you get to do it on a budget no less!!!!
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    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Students are great chefs and wait staff! Table side preparation! Interesting menu! Good wine selection! Nothing not to like!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.