The Kirkland Tap & Trotter
The Kirkland Tap & Trotter

The Kirkland Tap & Trotter

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://kirklandtapandtrotter.com/
  • Phone: 8572596585x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday-Thursday
    Food: 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Drink: 5:30 pm - 12:00 am

    Friday and Saturday
    Food: 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
    Drink: 5:30 pm - 1:00 am

    Brunch Sundays: 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Gastro Pub, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Beacon St
  • Public Transit: Harvard Square
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is ample parking available in metered spots on Washington Street and Beacon Street. Additionally, if you are a Cambridge or Somerville resident, there are plenty of resident parking spots in the area. We do not offer valet parking, nor do we have a parking lot.
A word from The Kirkland Tap & Trotter
Welcome to The Kirkland Tap & Trotter Our food is simple, hearty and approachable. It is how Chef Maws cooks at home for friends and family. At the center of the kitchen is our hardwood grill where you can find us cooking up any of our options to share as well as other grilled fare. Tony has designed an affordable menu, making it easy to eat here often. Keeping with the theme of The Kirkland Tap & Trotter being an every night of the week establishment, beverage choices will also be representative of things we like to drink. We invite you to drop by after work to try something from our expansive beer list, a straight forward and delicious cocktail or one of our many wines by the glass with our usual preference toward wines with a bit of funk. We’re open for dinner seven days a week.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
The Kirkland Tap & Trotter reviews from OpenTable diners
222 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (173)neighborhood gem (147)hot spot (97)good for groups (93)vibrant bar scene (89)great for brunch (49)special occasion (39)kid-friendly (35)notable wine list (25)late-night find (21)romantic (11)great for lunch (6)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Great food and staff
    TedM
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The mussels and beef kabob main entrée were excellent. The staff is upbeat, attentive, and creates a very positive atmosphere.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rocking gourmet
    AntikVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I like this place for a creative take on simple ingredients. Speaking of which my hamburger was heavenly. grass fed juicy beef full of flavor. As soon as I bit into my first morsel, there was no stopping. interesting take on pickles pears, peanuts and such, Crinkly pickles that accompanied hamburger were rather unsatisfying, nothing inside only the skin, I found cut too hard. Side dish of turnip was heartwarming tribute to the fall. Music selection, Sunday night was rocking !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • bring a small appetite & big wallet
    elHamsterDiabloVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The service is professional. The portions are silly. Especially for a place the bills itself as a "tavern". To charge me standard price for a cocktail half the size is just silly. We started ordering two at time, they are just that small. And the food? Good not great. My "entree" burger was only slightly larger than a slider. I asked for it medium, it came out medium rare. Halfway through the bun is a soggy mess. So it was ok, but money vs enjoyment vs portions this place is EXPENSIVE, and not in a good way.
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  • Hip, fun and delicious
    starlingtonVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    KTT is a really fun little place. It was laid back enough to take the kids and hip enough that we felt good about being there. And the food is really amazing. We had the salmon head - gross and yet so delicious! I need a moment to recover! The pate de campagne was excellent. The duck for two was juicy and perfect. And the banana split should not go by such a mundane name. Soo good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Purdy Good
    KenS
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I liked it. Decor is sweet, lots of mechanical/dirty hanging objects, but lots of natural light keeps it all looking clean (and of course it is actually clean). Tasty food, including the most gently poached egg I've had. I'd come back. BONUS POINTS: Waitress didn't flinch when we showed the free entree coupon. I'm always anxious about the staff being cranky when I use those, but not so at Kirkland Tap & Trotter!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, not for Vegetarians
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Delicious food. Had a great piece of swordfish. Not a huge vegetarian selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • TOO MUCH SALT
    TAC1VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We've been to KT&T four times and the first three were in the 3 or 4-star range, but this time was not good at all. All of the food was WAY over-salted - from the octopus app to both entrees (burger and swordfish)- all we could taste was salt. I'm also disappointed that the chef known for his burger cannot get French fries right. They've changed them a few times and the most recent version are a soggy, salty mess.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Free bar snacks? Yes, please!
    crev34
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I thought the word complimentary meant something else for just a second... but this is true, there are free bar apps everyday from 5:30-6:30. Everything we had was delicious: whipped ricotta flatbread, chicken, burger. You name it, all amazing! The bar was energetic and the staff was very knowledgeable and welcoming. I went twice in one week for dinner if that tells you anything!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Craigie Does it Again!
    Poosier
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The Kirkland Tap & Trotter is just like their sister restaurant, Craigie on Main - excellent food, great atmosphere. You really see the influence, but KT&T is definitely their own restaurant. It's more affordable than Craigie and menu is unique. Service started off great, but a big party came in and we started to see it slack, but understandably so. The mussels and the amazing sauce with the corn is great, prefix menu with the housemade kielbasa is a must try - and I loved my sirloin tips! The grilled corn and green beans make great sides. I can't wait to go back! It's a must try
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ginny
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Our table was waiting when we arrived. We had a pleasant experience. The food was good and the service was excellent. We will return for other brunches in the near future.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • brunch
    JessaVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We tried Kirkland for brunch recently, we got the burger and the house-made spaghetti. The burger was ok, the meat was cooked a little too rare (I asked for MR and it was rare); I've had better burgers in Boston, so I won't go running back for this one. The spaghetti was delicious, as always. We also split a sticky bun which is out of this world good. Coffee was excellent and bloody mary was good if you like cumin (note, if you are not a cumin fan, do not get the bloody). I would certainly come back for the spaghetti and some cocktails, and perhaps a sticky bun or two. Note: Apparently this is a very kid-friendly brunch spot (so maybe avoid if you're looking for a quiet meal).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best of the best
    HungryDiner
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Hubby had their rightly named best burger. I had the American Breakfast which had what my husband proclaimed was the best sausage ever. Also though brunch was very filling, we opted for the dessert biscuit which was extraordinary definitely a must!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great food but also accessible. Great service. Only comment is a more affordable wine list
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, Great service
    Frozzy
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I brought my out of town relatives here for a first visit because I had heard good things. The food was quite good and the staff was attentive and helpful. My wife and I got the duck for two which was delicious, and a lot of food (we didn't finish it, but cold duck is lovely!) My Aunt got the sardines which she was very happy with and my uncle made a meal from sides with the crispy pork ribs (fantastic) and the grilled corn. The corn was so good we got another order for desert. Pro-tip, you can ask for four cobs instead of three on the corn side-dish. I started with the pickled peach salad, good and interesting (I really liked the pickled peanuts,) but not exceptional. The heirloom tomato salad, on the other hand, was perfectly executed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is great, but...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Good food, but very noisy and over-packed. Probably, weeknights are better than Fri/Sat nights.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great night out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Enjoyed a wonderful dinner with family (including two boys, 7 & 8). We asked for and were seated right near the cooking area and the boys loved watching the grill. Food was excellent. Very well prepared and the serving sizes were just right. Drink choices were fun too, will have to come back sans kids to try more of them. All in all I would heartily recommend this place to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • CAn't WAIT to go back
    1serialdinerVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    What a FIND! What a pleasant surprise, we weren't "in the know" about the name and were kind of skeptical. Boy did they set us straight! FANTASTIC cocktails that I'm drooling about as I write(at 7am) bar aged bourbon and creative concoctions! Then, the food intrigued as well, each course! This was a first try, we'll be back asap, hopefully this week, in case it was first blush. I'm willing to try repeatedly to make sure each subsequent visit lives up to the first!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious and different
    Snack54
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The selections are inventive and not what you'll see everywhere else. Interesting cuts of meat and the freshest vegetables are prepared and presented beautifully. There is not a lot of seafood on the menu and just one veggie dish. I loved the homemade whole wheat linguine in ham ragout. The beer and wine selection was varied and interesting. The servers were enthusiastic and friendly. It was a delightful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special attention paid....
    Maryor
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    ...three of us - all with different allergies and preferences - decided to give it a try. We'd heard great things but were a little tentative about what we'd be able to eat. They proposed alternatives to everything we worried about and they were delicious. They also gave us little bites of their special hot dog which we loved. Thanks KTT! We'll definitely be back and are anxious to try the brunch. Have heard great things.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dissapointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food was fibe but nothing special. Great beer list.
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  • Neighborhood Go To Place
    skrebel
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Absolutely love the restaurant. This was my 5th time and with every experience have no complaints. This time decided to give the burger a try and it had to be one of the best I ever tried. Meat was really juicy and had great flavor. If you haven't been to this restaurant, well, what are you waiting for?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NOT SO GREAT
    nlm27
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I really wanted to like this restaurant but the whole experience seemed over priced and a little underwhelming.
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  • Get the corn while you still can...
    Steelers4Life
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Corn is in season, and grilled corn is one of the side dishes. You are obligated to order it every time you go there because it is that good. I'm addicted to their grilled oysters. $2 grilled oysters every Wednesday. Nuff said. I ordered their special this time around...a whole bass cooked on their wood-fired grill. Maybe the most tender grilled fish meat I've ever tasted. Coupled with a large format Clown Shoes Russian Imperial Stout off their underground beer menu. No matter what you get here, you'll be satisfied. If you're looking to get something to go or if you want to have leftovers, their wood-fired grilled chicken reheats quite well and retains all its smoky flavor...even more so after reheating. Yeah, this place f***ing rules.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hot4FoodVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The lively, warm and welcoming gastropub Kirkland Tap & Trotter in Somerville has a very comforting grill smell that immediately sets high expectations – and boy do they deliver. Perfectly grilled pork porterhouse with a red IPA – a heavenly treat
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • cool space, TOO expensive
    Eats44
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Great food and love the ambiance. Our service was terrific and I especially appreciated the manager/owner checking in. Staff was accommodating to my five year old. I'd make this a regular dinner out with friends but it is WAY overpriced for pub fare, even wonderfully prepared pub fare. If I'm going to spend $27 on chicken I'm going to get dressed up and get a babysitter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time - will return
    YogaenthusiastVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We went for brunch and were really pleased. The selections are creative and really well prepared - not the fare found at most brunches. A special mention of the waitstaff is in order. They set just the right tone - very helpful, but never hovering. The noise level is a bit high because of the all the exposed concrete and high ceiling, and could use improving, but we'll definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Highly Recommend!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Awesome dinner for my boyfriend's birthday. Fun, rustic, excellent food and service. The only improvement would be to put more room between the tables. It's a tight squeeze on a busy Saturday night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but prices have jumped!
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We enjoyed dinner there recently but I can't help but notice that their pricing seems to have escalated from what was originally intended to be a great place for interesting, well-prepared, casual food to what now seems to be priced to compare more with a finer dining focus. We will come back but not as frequently as we might otherwise if it were viewed to be a more casual place for regular dining.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great dishes
    diningoutoftenVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    really enjoyed the pork belly main course, the shrimp special. space is really open yet intimate. Kitchen is super clean. line guys have some personality so its fun to sit at counter if you can.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great chicken! Excellent service
    LloydVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    KT&T's "fire-roasted" chicken remains one of the most succulent chicken dishes in Boston, rivaling even Hamersley's. The bok choy that comes with it is ample and deliciously juicy. The menu says it's a 20-minute wait. At $24 it's pricey, but worth it. The $15 heirloom tomato salad is OK but definitely not worth the high price. The restaurant is fun and quite loud, though the quartet sitting next to us must have been too used to eating in loud restaurants. They were practically drowning out all the other ambient noise. Once they left (I wish it had been sooner) the whole place seemed suddenly hushed. Our waitress was delightful and helpful, But I wish she had't recommended the salad to keep us occupied while we were waiting for chicken.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best gastro pub food in Boston!
    EdikVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    burger was just ok, all other food was brilliant! Beer selection is a bit strange - lots of bottles, not enough draft choices, which is why I'm giving them 4 rather than 5 stars
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our group loved it
    Maryor
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    There were eight of us and the excellent server managed to make all of us feel well taken care of and to discuss our individual preferences. Standouts were the salmon heat, vg stew and banana split dessert. Great beer list and nice wines too. Very reasonable for the quality of the foot. Thank you tony! We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We love this place
    Matt
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I only have good (and great) things to say about this place. My wife and I love it so much, that we chose to host our wedding reception here as well. The bar staff know their beers and cocktails, and the auxiliary beer list is worth looking at. The food is always interesting, to say nothing of delicious. The service is top-notch. Kirkland pretty much covers all the bases for what I like in a restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • duck was superb
    JaneVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great ambiance, very noisy, great waitress and everyone wanted to be sure we loved what we were eating. Will go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Spectacular
    Chris
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    They had room for our group of 6 which included 2 children. Food was excellent and the waitstaff were even better, especially with the kids. A friend and I split the duck and I can't rave enough about it. Easily a top pick in Cambridge.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Decent Food - Poorly Trained Staff.
    MemphisTrixie
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Went for dinner on a Friday night, party of 4 at 7pm. Had a reservation. Many many children/toddlers in the restaurant. Not a restaurant problem, I just wasn't expecting a "family restaurant" atmosphere. The food was well done but not exciting. The real problem was with the poor or untrained wait staff. Drinks took a long time, drink refills took a long time. Server had difficulty answering questions on ingredients in dishes, and was reluctant to get info from the kitchen. Meals did arrive in a timely manner. It wouldn't be my first choice of where to return for dinner.
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  • One of the best in greater Boston!
    jamesc
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Went with a couple of friends to try this place out. We shared some mussels in a tomato-based broth and fried spare ribs as appetizers which were out of this world! I ordered the pork belly entree. I wasn't hungry at all, having had a home-cooked meatfest by the 'rents, but I finished my dinner as if I haven't eaten in days. Crispy, savory, succulent are the terms to define the pork belly. I think there's a bean ragout, cooked in the pork confit I believe, underneath which I heartily downed as well. As for dessert, I had fresh fruit in a egg-white aioli. Very light and refreshing. My friends had the panna cotta and the ice cream sandwich with guinness ice cream and oatmeal cookies. Finally, all the staff were fantastic! I'm sure to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Really Nice Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We heard about this restaurant via its sister restaurant Craigie on Main and were not disappointed. When we arrived, we were initially told it would be a ten minute wait but they found a table almost immediately. It has a nice rustic vibe, good cocktail and beer list to go along with the food. We ordered the mussels to share as an app (a little small but very tasty), roast chicken and duck for two. The duck included duck sausage made in house. The portions were large and the prices reasonable. We had the strawberry sorbet to finish off which was fresh and flavorful. Would recommend this restaurant to friends for a casual dinner in a comfortable yet lively atmosphere.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • memorable food
    Liv2eat
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great food. Every dish had character that you will remember.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty Food but a Noisy Atmosphere
    Bonce
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We were seated immediately and didn't wait long for our order to be taken. The menu was good with lots of interesting choices. We ordered an app to share and two mains, plus drinks. The app arrived before the drinks which was a little surprising. It was a generous portion, great for us to share. We both enjoyed our main meals as well, my summer veg casserole was really tasty and not too heavy. My only complaint would be that it really was noisy in the restaurant. The tables are quite close together so we were competing with our neighbors to hear our own conversation, plus there is little to no sound absorption in the room so it just felt really loud. Great for groups of friends but not so good for a couple looking for a quieter evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic