The Irish House
The Irish House

The Irish House

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.theirishhouseneworleans.com/
  • Phone: (504) 595-6755
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Sat/Sun: 9:00am - 3:00pm
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Dinner: 5:00pm -10:00pm
    Bar: Daily: 3:00pm-5:00pm/10:00pm-close
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Gastro Pub, Contemporary American, Irish
  • Executive Chef: Matt Murphy
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Call The Irish House to find out about our catering options.
  • Entertainment: Coming Soon: Irish Musicians in our upstairs bar!
  • Special Events: Located right off the St. Charles streetcar line and only minutes away from Downtown New Orleans, The Irish House is the perfect place for any private event. This pub and restaurant offers a variety of gorgeous spaces rich with Irish character & wooden floors worn smooth by everything from traditional Irish Ceilis to board meetings, from rowdy World Cup parties to baby showers, from holiday parties to wedding ceremonies. Our staff exude the natural warmth and good-hearted ambiance of the Irish, and are sure to keep your stomachs, and pints, full to your heart’s content.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Melpomene
  • Public Transit: On the St. Charles Avenue Street Car line.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We have a private lot that can be entered on Melpomene or St. Charles Avenue. Overflow parking is available on the street.
A word from The Irish House
The Irish House is an Irish Gastro Pub by Chef Matt Murphy. Chef Matt uses his Irish culinary roots to create elegant food featuring fresh, seasonal ingredients. You can also enjoy light Irish fare in our pub, where we feature 12 beers on tap, a large selection of Irish beers, a carefully selected wine list, and television coverage of all of the biggest Rugby & Soccer matches. Coming soon: Irish musicians in our upstairs bar, Irish souvenirs in our old fashioned shoppe, and Irish Tea in our Tea Room.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
The Irish House reviews from OpenTable diners
27 reviews since July 23, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.7
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (14)vibrant bar scene (13)neighborhood gem (12)great for lunch (10)fit for foodies (7)great for brunch (6)hot spot (5)kid-friendly (4)romantic (4)special occasion (4)late-night find (3)great for outdoor dining (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Great place to grab a pint
    jgardner04
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I'm a fan of Irish House. The food is good and the pints are proper. Great place to spend a Friday evening. And with all of that, it is smoke free which is a great bonus.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old favorite comes through again
    JohnWVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Each time we come to NOLA, we try to hop on the trolley and go to The Irish House. The bar/restaurant itself gives the feeling of visiting a pub in Ireland. When we arrived this time, the chef owner was among three folks playing the bagpipes outside the front entrance. Food was very good; service was as well. The choice of beers both by the bottle and on tap is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A horrible experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We came because we wanted some Irish food and found this place. We were incredibly disappointed, starting with the service. Our callous server continued to rush us through our meal, despite the fact that the place was nearly empty. The only thing worse than the service was the food. The mixed drink from the bar was undrinkable; the bread was hard and tasteless; and the entrees were bland.
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  • Disappointed
    sharibaby
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The service was very good but the food was just mediocre. Shepperd's Pie was oily and watery at the same time. Chicken dish was under cooked, sent back and returned over cooked and plated very unattractively. This place was really a disappointment.
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  • Great Food. Great Beer
    Here4thebeer
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Easy parking. Great live music. There is always something interesting on tap. Food was spot on. Definitely will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Time!!!!!
    Peccant
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Great place, great staff, GREAT FOOD! I even brought family from upstate New York who have been going to Irish Pubs all their livesand they gave this play Two Thumbs WAY WAY UP!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We'll be back.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This was our first visit and will not be our last. We had reservations for 5:30 on a Saturday because we weren't interested in the 7 pm band. No need for reservations at that time. Football games were on but no sound so we were able to have pleasant conversation without yelling. The food was good - shepherd's pie, Irish breakfast and fish and chips. Decor is warm and inviting. Great beer selection as you would expect. Parking was not a problem and the restaurant is on the streetcar line for those using public transportation. Next time we'll go later in the evening to enjoy the provided entertainment.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a good night
    Hope4future
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Irish House was a favorite for us. Even had our daughter's rehearsal dinner there. The food was excellent for that. However, this particular night, the food was not good. Crab cake appetizer was cold, sent back and came back still cold. Risoto dish was bland and also cold. One in our party got the short rib dinner and arrived all fat. Not a piece of meat on it. Someone wasn't checking items sent out from kitchen. He sent it back and ordered Fish and Chips instead. Fish and Chips for two in our party were overly greasy. Only one was happy with her meal, Shepard's pie. Hope they get the issues resolved because it's a fun place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our special place
    loveIrish
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I often take my wife here for romantic dinners. Love the extensive beer and whiskey lists.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I enjoy the Irish House. Their food is upscale pub quality. They have great drink specials. They often have live music. My only complaint was my reservation was at 10pm, and we felt VERY rushed. The kitchen staff came out around 10:30 and started talking loudly about how they were closed. Out apps came out with the entrees in an effort to rush us. I just feel that if you allow a 10pm reservation, you should accommodate that and not rush diners or make them feel unwelcome. If the staff is not on the same page it affects what would otherwise be a lovely meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Almost there
    Jody
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I felt it was right on the verge of being great, and not so good. My wife had the best soup I've ever tasted, while on the other hand, the tart we had for an appetizer was cold in the middle. She also ordered the risotto. On the flavor scale, it was a 10, however, it was slightly larger than an appetizer portion, and there was no protein on the plate. A few shrimp on top would have made all the difference. In contrast, my lamb shank was huge and I loved it. Same thing with dessert. Her apple tart had zero sugar in it. We both thought it was really weird. My toffee pudding was delicious. All in all, I loved it, she didn't. Maybe just an off night. Enough positive for a second shot, will definitely give it another go sometime soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the Fish & Chips
    LesPocheVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Love the Fish & Chips-very authentic. Absolutely delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • rewolf52VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Great concept for an Irish pub/restaurant. GREAT BEERS. The Irish stew was over cooked and totally over salted. I am hoping it was just a bad night for stew. The person sitting at the table next to mine said the same thing. "too salty and the beef over cooked". Maybe it was yesterday's stew. You can put a potato in a stew and cook it. That will remove the salt. But if you are Irish you should know that. Music good downstairs. Wait staff pleasant but a little slow with the orders and attention. thanks
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 14 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 260 reviews are from the The Irish House reviews archive.
  • Great spot!
    truebluebeth
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Went there for my daughter's birthday and had a great time. Food was great, the service exceptional and the 2 for 1 Mimosa's didn't hurt! We managed to go out for brunch for under $100 before the tip and that was with 6 adults.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    StephanieAnn
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My family and I LOVED this place! The food is FABULOUS!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTableUserVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    irish breakfast was amazing but the shepherd's pie was so bland and unappealing in both taste and texture that I had to rate the food down.... place is too expensive for the actual quality of the food. servers are friendly and welcoming though.
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  • SO NOISY
    Ellmaxx
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Really have to listen closely and talk loudly. Service is fair, not much on checking back to see if you need anything. This seems to be an ongoing problem and needs to be addressed! However,that being said, I will continue to go back because I like the food that much. Authentic Irish (english) dishes with a new Orleans touch. I even liked the black (blood) pudding served with the Irish breakfast.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Monday Night
    MichelleVIP
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    The Irish Harp Ensemble was a great addition to some delicious food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    I have been eating here for years and this is the first time food has been average at best. Just 4 weeks ago I gave everything 5 stars but not today. There were only a few other tables on a Sunday morning. Breakfast foods were not tasty as usual. Hostess was not friendly at all. Our waitress however was very nice. I hope things get back on track.
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  • Nice, Relaxed Dinner for a Group
    jenniefoodie
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We came for a Sunday Brunch with a big group. There was a good variety on the menu to satisfy all of our various tastes, there wasn't much of a crowd, and the quality was a bit above average. It was a great choice for visiting the city as the streetcar was just about a block away and we were able to use this as a starting point for exploring the city.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice but watch it at the bar!
    RegularRCdiner
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Nice restaurant but the singer in the bar irritated my wife with two of His off-color jokes. We hail across the Bayou from Jacksonville, FL and Tim Tebow and a couple of other topics discussed by the singer did not elevate our bar scene. The food was good and generously portioned, unfortunately the wait staff did not rush to refill any drinks. All in all a good time at the Irish House.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, poor service
    Strick3
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    I have been to the Irish House for brunch two times now, and both times I have been disappointed with the service. The first time our server would disappear for long periods of time and was unapologetic that it took 30 minutes to get our drinks. This past time,our server was so rude it was offensive. The meal started off poorly when the first thing he said to us was that our table was "difficult to serve" due to the size of the table. After we ordered drinks, we watched them sit at the bar for 15 minutes while our waiter chatted with another server next to him. Then he lied to us and said they were "being made" when they were in our plain view. He also made rude comments throughout the meal. The food was good, but the service was terrible.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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  • Misleading website and listed menus
    SuzAndEd
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Terrible experience to search for a restaurant w a glutenfree menu, find one w a website that included a lengthy specific gf menu, travel to get there w a party of 7, only to find their "website needed updating." Wait staff was rude, dinners arrived at 9:30 (we arrived at7:30) and I ended up eating the PB sandwich on gf bread that I'd stuck in my purse "just in case." Lousy meal, noise levels made it hard to converse. Stay FAR AWAY!
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  • Not a pleasant experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The food was terrible. Most entrees were missing the items identified on the menu. I would not recommend this restaurant.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    It's great for a crowd of all ages for special occasions (we did Mother's Day). Everyone was very pleased.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre Irish pub food decent
    Biloxidine
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Great atmosphere okay service and poor food!! Ordered the fried cheese app it was two slices of cheese that were okay but didn't knock socks off, and topping was horrible. Sheeppards pie was small and not the greatest I've had box Shepard pie better!! Don't waste your money!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
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  • Would Go Back
    AuntMonkey6
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    They were very accomadating for a group of 15. The food was really good and several of us want to go back and try other things on the menu. Kid friends also.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Irish Charm
    RADBIRD
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Wonderful atmosphere, wait staff fine but lacks knowledge of beers and ales. Chef was excellent. I have a food allergy and Chef came out and made suggestions and substitutions to my meal. What a personal touch. Food was very good with fine presentation. Recommended!!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Easter Brunch
    Dragonmom24
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We had 5 dining at 12:30 on Easter Sunday. The restaurant was very busy, but we had timely service. Food was very good.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great get together spot
    Tomcat
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Great place for family and friends to celebrate special occasions. Reasonably Priced and fun food
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Crab Cakes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    The crab cake was more than delicious. Everything was great but the crab cake was the shining star.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Brunch Experience
    Kolleen1977
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    In honor of St. Patrick's Day, my book club chose The Irish House to meet and discuss the book we selected by the Irish author, Oscar Wilde. We had a wonderful afternoon at The Irish House - can't wait until we visit again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Such a disappointment!
    prestose
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    We were so disappointed in every aspect of the evening. We had been there once before for an Irish Coffee and liked the place, so we made plans to return on our next trip. The service was indifferent, and the food was nothing special. I had expected so much more from Chef Murphy's restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Something different
    rbmlsu93
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Great place to hang out with friends. Food is a nice change of pace from traditional New Orleans cuisine. Shepherd's pie was excellent. Server was very friendly but slow. It was a busy night. Was not a buzz kill and we were not in a rush so it was ok.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and Service Disparity
    UptownJohnVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    The food here is very good. I am a bit of a French fry critic and I will have to say these pass the test with flying colors. I am sure they are home made. The fish (in the fish in chips) are a decent size and aren't covered in breading. Now - let's turn to the disappointing part. The service at this restaurant has always been an issue. We arrived at 630pm on the Friday before St. Patrick's day, not super busy yet but lively. We were put a table immediately only to have our server walk around us, never acknowledging us, or even looking at us for that matter. I ask for a different server immediately and was quickly asked by the hostess if we want a drink. Manager came and spoke to us...seemingly everything was put back into order.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • From brucy
    mowa46
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We had a great time. The food was great, Irish House favorites; fish and chips for me and bangors and mash for Susan. The servers were great, we talked to several staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Have enjoyed will return however
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I have enjoyed this restaurant before and I will return. However, there were major inconsistencies that I feel at the end of the meal I was not happy with the experience. My partner and I both ordered the the chef's valentines day special. which started off with a salad with strawberries but hardly any dressing in proportion to the size of the salad. I found the choice of bbq meatloaf a bit odd for the second course but it was prepared well. Both pieces of salmon that I received for my main dish were visibly overcooked on one edge and I was expecting more lump crab meat. But the creme brule was excellent. I understand that this is one of the busiest days of the year but I feel they could step up there expo.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PORTION LITE
    HAPS
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    WHILE THE FOOD WAS GOOD THE PORTION SIZE, FOR THE MONEY, WAS SMALL. SERVICE NOT UP TO STANDARDS FOR WHAT YOU WOULD EXPECT.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun place great food
    BillyBurk
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This chef is high caliber, and the decor is phenomenal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bait & Switch
    NativeNOLA
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My wife and I ate here for Valentines. I had gone online to see the menu and it had a great selection to choose from. I. Knew that I wanted to try thr Lamb Shank, when I looked the menu after being seated that it was a much more abbreviated menu than the one online. I settled for the Pork Cheeks and they were fantastic. My wife ordered the salmon dinner but was a little disappointed. She said the salmon was tasty, but the grilled vegetables and beet reduction that the salmon was sitting on was a little different. The farmer cheese appetizer was great. The singer was enjoyable, but not sure I would clarify the restaurant as romantic. All in all it was a very nice dinning experience. Will be back.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.