The Mermaid Inn
The Mermaid Inn

The Mermaid Inn

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.themermaidnyc.com/
  • Phone: (212) 674-5870
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Tuesday - Friday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
    Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm
    Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Michael Cressotti
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The Mermaid Inn’s completely private dining rooms are perfect to celebrate any special location. We welcome parties of all sizes, for any occasion, in The Mermaid Inn’s and The Mermaid Oyster Bar’s private dining rooms.
  • Private Party Contact: Adam Conrad 8884866855
  • Special Events: We regularly hold cocktail and hors d'oeuvres parties as well as private sit-down dinners in the back room or entire restaurant for any occassion.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 5th and 6th Streets
  • Public Transit: 6 train to Astor Place
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Lot at 3rd Ave. & Bowery
A word from The Mermaid Inn
New York’s favorite fish house serves up classic seafood specialties in a relaxed and comfortable setting. Danny Abrams’ flagship Mermaid Inn, dubbed an inexpensive version of Le Bernardin by New York Magazine -- features a cozy, secluded garden in back, sidewalk café in the front and a dining room that’s always buzzing. The cuisine and the décor are sure to bring back your favorite memories of New England. Belly up to the bar and wash down some ice cold oysters with expertly crafted cocktails, or drop by between 5:30 – 7:00pm for Happy Hour & a Half - dollar oysters, drink specials, and a snack menu in the entire restaurant. And if you love wine, The Mermaid’s well selected wine list means you’ll find some gems and some splurges that won’t break the bank.
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The Mermaid Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
114 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (71)fit for foodies (57)great for outdoor dining (45)romantic (36)good for groups (30)special occasion (26)hot spot (24)vibrant bar scene (23)great for lunch (9)great for brunch (8)notable wine list (6)kid-friendly (5)late-night find (4)scenic view (3)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Can't beat $1 oyster happy hour and drink specials! Mussels options are A+
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Great find! Great food..have the clam chowder!! Good service, welcoming staff - Jen!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marvelous Mermaid Inn- East Village
    HappydinerVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    We have dined here many times and have always been served delicious fish dishes and been treated exceptionally well. Our twenty-something aged children live in Manhattan and it is a place we all enjoy. Seafood is "queen" at the Mermaid and I have never gone wrong ordering whatever is the special. The trout, safood tacos, most of all, the Lobster Roll (served on brioche) are all delicious choices. What I love most is the causal yet romantic atmosphere in the back room - white brick walls, wooden floors and tables, candle light, and french doors leading to the romantic ourdoor patio garden. The tables are well spaced so each group can enjoy a relaxing meal. The service is welcoming and helpful. While the prices are resonable, especially considering the quality of the seafood, the "happy hour" is a true bargain. There are appetizers and items from the raw bar included in the specials. Whatever time you dine be sure to order the "Mermaid Mary" cocktail.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Mermaid Inn is amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    The Mermaid Inn is the perfect spot for a great meal. The food was fabulous, definitely a foodies dream. The Trout was perfectly done and the kale was perfectly done with so much flavor! Did I mention the Hot & Dirti Martini, it was out of this world and the best martini I have ever tasted! I recommend this place for anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid all around
    David
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    My first time at mermaid inn and I liked it. Service was quick and easy. Ambiance was loud and energetic, but it was Friday night in NYC so that isn't too surprising. We had the grand platter to start with and it was exactly as advertised: fresh oysters and clams with the classic combo of additions. The tuna crudo in the middle was excellent; large chunks of delicious tuna with the right proportions. Indubitably, the highlight of the meal. For main, I had their special snapper which was fine. The veggies around it were a little underdone. The tuna gave me enough hope that I'll go back if I'm around and want seafood. I'd probably order a completely different set of dishes though.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious Seafood!
    thegangof4VIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Our family of 4 had a delicious dinner here. We happened to go during happy hour and took advantage of the dollar oysters and other small plates. All were really good, especially the chowder, seafood taco, calamari and fried oysters. We also had a scallops appetizer with a creamy mushroom sauce and the traditional mussels. We had a delightful time and would recommend The Mermaid Inn!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ok, not great
    jwesVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We ordered a dozen oysters to start. They were overly large, difficult to eat, & upset my wife's dinner. The entrees that we ordered were ok, nothing special. So, all in all, the ambience was nice, but all else was mediocre......
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best happy hour
    icecreamVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Love the grown-up atmosphere (somewhat hard to find in the neighborhood) and the happy hour specials are amazing. The chenin blanc they were pouring for $6 was great!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great seafood!
    MrCEVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Awesome place, prompt service, and great food! I definitely will be back. I highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • expectations almost met
    dlrfoto
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I ordered the crab cake and my friend had skate, both were excellent. Ambience was excellent. We were in the back area overlooking a little garden. I have wan't to come to this restaurant for a long time and I was not disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • goldfinch
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I was disappointed on this visit. Previously had late dinner there with the same friend, and we both enjoyed our meals very much. That previous time, one of us had soft shell crabs. But this time the food was just not exceptional. For example, the trout had little flavor, really no "trout" taste. The sauce and chick peas served with it were flavorful and good, but the fish itself was disappointing and the sauce had not affected the fish. Also, when eating at 7 rather than late, the room was quite loud.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for special occasions
    720meals
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The Mermaid Inn has a great atmosphere. It's lively and fun, great for a small celebratory gathering. The food, assuming one likes seafood and fish, is excellent. The cocktails and wine selection is also great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Nice Happy hour
    JapaneseTORO
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I visit here with recommended from a friend. Clam and oyster said $1 in it to happy hour. Other meals also delicious. I was able to spend a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • happiest of happy hour
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    $1 oysters everyday during happy hour. Oysters were so fresh. Entrees are good as well. Definitely worth trying if you're a seafood fan.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambiance & divine mussels!
    livetoeat
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Came here with a group of 5, it was a little disappointing only groups of 4 or less could sit outside because it was a beautiful night and we had made reservations with sitting outside in mind. However, once seated our waiter was very attentive and we quickly got in orders for the Happy Hour deal - which was amazing. We ordered tacos and two dozen oysters. The tacos were okay, nothing special, but the oysters were a great start and at $1 each how could anyone be upset? We continued with two bottles of white SAUVIGNON BLANC 2012, Arona (Marlborough), which has now become my favorite Sauvignon Blanc. For dinner, we ordered the seared asparagus (delicious), calamari, charred portuguese octopus(delicious), old bay fries, mussels (AMAZING)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great happy hour
    MarlenedcVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The sliders are terrific, avocado and shrimp. Mini soup, was gazpacho, now chowder.The Cava worked perfectly.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Seafood enjoyment
    Judy
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Delicious evening at the Mermaid inn. The food was amazing. We shared several appetizers and a main entree. Oysters were fresh and delicious. Fish taco was yummy and the tuna tartar was to die for. Red snapper rounded off the meal.. The wait staff were friendly and gracious. I highly recommend the Mermaid Inn.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Almost Perfect
    chang3d
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The shop is at a great location, with easy to find parking*. I also had great food and our waitress was great too. The issue is the hostess is rude and lazy. I ask where is the parking meter; she said it should be right outside. I looked again and still can't find it, so I ask her again. She responds, "I thought I already told you. It's outside." So I told her I can't find it. She then said, "Well, I don't park here, so I don't know. Why don't you ask someone else." Why don't you find out for me?! So I did ask the nice bartender myself, he left the bar area and went to the street with me to point out where the meter is on the other side of the avenue obstructed by a truck. If I didn't tip as much as I should, it's the hostess's fault.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Always love the food, our server was excellent. Knowledgable, attentive and great attitude. Wish I knew her name
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not as good as we heard
    ZekeVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The grand plateau was not very good, the raw seafood just wasn't amazing or incredibly fresh. Everyone except for one person in our group thought their fish was over salted. Our server was super spacy, she may not have even realized she was at work...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed Oysters and Clams
    Moomoo23
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The oysters and clams were very tiny and only a sliver, there should be QC on the quality offered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, food, and drinks!
    MasaVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Just a fun happy hour+ drinks and food. The Dark n' Stormy was authentic too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Super fresh and delicious seafood
    Sushiaddict
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Everything we ate was Super fresh and beautifully seasoned cooked to perfection. Nice variety of oysters. Love the grilled octopus and linguini and clams. We will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing Crab Boil
    PiaPilVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Overall disappointing crab boil. The crabs were already too soft (overcooked?). Will go back, but not for the crabs.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Date
    Knight
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Great first date! Myself and my date reconnected after ten years we're both from Maryland so I was trying to find a nice seafood spot in the East Village and The Mermaid Inn not only fit the bill price wise due to "The Happiest Happy Hour" offerings but the food was amazing, served quickly, the server was attentive, and the ambiance was superb. My only issue would be that the drinks were pretty weak. It's happy hour and I'm on a date get me at least tipsy! Bartender's don't need to be shy during happy hour.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid
    AngieDeeVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great little spot on the LES. Food is solid, not expensive. Great for a double date or with friends.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely Friday night dinner
    TryItOnce
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Perfect for 2 friends & 1 mature <10. We appreciated their strong happy hour drinks, plump $1 oysters, fab shrimp avocado sliders, perfectly breaded calamari & crispy (& cute!) mini fish tacos. Glad we ordered this all at the beginning, since the waiter was missing for ~15 minutes, even after we asked a bus person's help to find her. She came by at 7:01p when HH had just ended. No more sliders for us, but decent Jonah crab cake (yes, singular...there's only one per order) & grilled octopus that was cooked too soft for our taste. We 3 sat & chatted for 2 hours sans interruption, which for a busy NY restaurant, we greatly appreciated. Lovely time overall. We'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very fun place, really great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Can't go wrong with anything on the menu. If you enjoy seafood you should check this place out, very fresh and extremely tasty. If you have someone with you who isn't into seafood they have great salads and their steak will have you licking the plate after you're done.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Here's to good friends
    mermaidfan58
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Always enjoy coming with friends whatever the season. The happy hour oysters are very good. Fish tacos are hidden gems. Missed the crab boil this year; schedule mixup.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Other locations are better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    I have had great meals at the Upper West Side and Macdougal Street locations, but this was disappointing. So incredibly loud, and the food was mediocre.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Overall awesome.
    Zhenyoohoo
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Good service, nice people, easy menu to work with, and just a good experience. I made the reservation, showed up 20 mins early, and they gave me a table, no problems. If you like oysters, clams, or chilled seafood in general, this place is perfect. Easy menu to work with. They don't have a million options, but the options they provide are fantastic. Ordered the small seafood platter, half dozen oysters, half dozen clams, a tuna dish, and added shrimp cocktails. Perfect amount for my girlfriend and I for an appetizer. My girlfriend had the lobster sandwich, it was fantastic and I ordered the snapper which was delicious. Fantastic place, I recommend this place to all seafood lovers. Oh, and they give a free dessert! =D
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Original Mermaid
    heightsrunnerVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I am a fan of all locations of the Mermaid Inn but this is the original that started it all and it's as wonderful as the day it opened. The Mermaid Inn personifies hospitality - from the host desk, to the waitstaff to the management customers are treated right start to finish. The food is fresh and innovative and comforting all at the same time. Happy hour - dollar oysters and drink specials - yes please - one of the best deals in town. I keep coming back - the best endoresment of all.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 82 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 790 reviews are from the The Mermaid Inn reviews archive.
  • Monday HH
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Great for Monday HH. $1 oysters and $3 fish tacos. Solid drinks too.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Small Selection of Oysters
    PseudoFoodie
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    The happy hour special was ok. $7.00 for cocktail drinks is moderate as there are places that still offer $5.00 happy hour drinks with a bigger list. The $1.00 happy hour oyster was nothing to rave about as it was only 1 oyster choice. The calamari was also part of happy hour, but the price was moderate at best. It was $7.00 for a small basket of calamari. The normal oyster selection was also tiny as they only offer 7 oysters to try from; 5 east cost and 2 west coast. The staff seemed not to know their oysters and had a hard time differentiating them from one another. The best part of the night was the service itself and the free dessert that was available after dinner. Who could resist chocolate pudding?
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cozy/Romantic/Fun Spot
    Macca
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Dinner at the Mermaid Inn was fantastic - wonderful cocktails to start the night followed by amazing raw bar food. This then is complimented by exceptional starter and main dishes. We will be definitely coming back here to work through the menu, trying all their delicious dishes. In addition to the food, the ambience is romantic and whimsical, but not so much its only reserved for lovers. It made the perfect ladies night out, while I would feel equally comfortably taking the out of town parents. I can't come back soon enough. It may be a bit loud sometimes and service can be overwhelmed as it is a popular joint, but we paced the evening slowly so it worked out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mermaid Inn outdid itself
    tomnor
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We'd been coming here for a long time. Over the last 2 years, we've come less often, mainly because the menu changed and it wasn't very appealing. But our latest visit was great, new menu, everything was delicious. We'll be revisiting this restaurant on a regular basis.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasty Food and Great Service
    NYCDiner
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I was pleasantly surprised by how friendly and accommodating the service at the Mermaid Inn was. The hostess seated us early so that we could have a table outside even though our party was not complete. Our waitress was knowledgeable, friendly and made great recommendations. Menu highlights include: delicious cocktails, lobster knuckles prepared escargot style, oysters, and the red snapper - this is a must try - delicious fresh flavors with a hint of chili. To sum it up, great food and atmosphere without the pretentious attitude that it could have because it's just that good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A classic
    CityGalVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Consistently a splendid dining experience. Fish is the freshest, service friendly. Try the tuna crudo!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Great food, ambiance, and friendly service. Lots f fun.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • audrey
    audrey
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Food and service was great - however noise level was extremely loud
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic