The Napa Tavern
The Napa Tavern

The Napa Tavern

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://thenapatavern.com/
  • Phone: (805) 497-4911
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Sunday: 10:30 am - 3:00 pm;
    Lunch: Daily: 11:30 am - 3:00 pm;
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00 pm - 9:30 pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00 pm - 10:30 pm, Sunday: 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Alfredo Castillo
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We are happy to cater your private function at the palce of your choosing.
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer two very special places for private dining. The indoor firplace area or our garden filled patio, either area will make for a memorable event.
  • Private Party Contact: Peggy or Jan 8054974911
  • Entertainment: EVERY TUESDAYS - TAPAS + WINE = $19 Choose 2 Tapas and your choice of 2 glasses of The Napa Tavern Private Label Wines. Choose the Chardonnay or Red Blend. EVERY WEEKEND WINE TASTING Every Saturday and Sunday from noon u Please reserve your seat for our Fall Wine Dinner featuring Toad Hollow Wines. 6:30pm $39 per person November 5th, 2011 - EVENING OF JAZZ Join us for an unforgettable night under the stars. The Paul Weitz Trio with guest vocalist Donna Dussan will be entertaining you from 8pm until 11pm. No charge EVERY TUESDAYS - TAPAS + WINE = $19 Choose 2 Tapas and your choice of 2 glasses of The Napa Tavern Private Label Wines. Choose the Chardonnay or Red Blend. EVERY WEEKEND WINE TASTING Every Saturday and Sunday from noon u
  • Special Events: MERRYVALE VINEYARDS PRESENTS: 5-Course Wine Pairing Dinner at NAPA TAVERN =========================================== This event will not be open to walk-ins on the day of the event. Please call us at (805) 497-4911 to place your reservation today!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Thousand Oaks Blvd.
  • Public Transit: There is a bus stop right on the corner of Thousand Oaks and Westlake Blvd.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We offer free parking in our spacious private lot.
A word from The Napa Tavern
We invite you to join us at The Napa Tavern.
Take part in our extraordinary wine list, boasting over 90 wines, many of which have been selected from small production boutique wineries throughout Napa Valley. Savor our tantalizing fare; all of our menus were thoughtfully planned over the course of six months by a team of culinary experts. Expect a selection of grain fed beef; fresh seafood caught daily, free range poultry and the freshest ingredients available. Organic herbs from our own garden complete many dishes.
The atmosphere of The Napa Tavern sets the tone for a memorable dining experience. Our elegant yet relaxed dining room is the perfect back drop for a relaxed lunch, celebratory dinner or business gathering. You will find our staff knowledgeable, courteous and committed to ensuring your dining experience with us is memorable.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
The Napa Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
36 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (14)neighborhood gem (14)fit for foodies (11)special occasion (10)notable wine list (10)great for brunch (8)good for groups (8)great for outdoor dining (7)romantic (6)kid-friendly (2)vibrant bar scene (2)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Too bad
    upintheair2muchVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    I wish I would have remembered or even better I wish their wait staff would have mentioned that they had a "Blackboard Special." This did not hapened and I didn't discover their special until we were leaving. It's clearly the little things that matter and this little one mattered. Now that I know for sure, I'll be sure to be more assiduous about asking.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just so-so
    MrEd
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Experience was just so-so. The food was rather poor, actually. I had the roasted chicken. It was overdone and on the dry side and tough. A friend had a steak - he said it was flavorless and on the tough side with lots of fat. Our wives had the ahi salad and both of them didn't like it. We had wine and the total bill was $125 per couple. Way to expensive to not have an almost perfect experience with great food. We won't go back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Experience
    CaynerVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I snuck into a reservation for a dad/daughter date and there were so many great things to try on the menu, we opted to enjoy more options (appetizers/small plates) versus a traditional dinner. Everything we had was fantastic and the service was spot-on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect for lunch with friend
    MERCVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Great service and quiet outside so we could easily talk. The salads are great and we split pizza
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Don't Go !
    Sugo
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    After reading reviews on Yelp - I was hesitant, but other people I was meeting there said they heard it was nice. The Sunday Brunch was awful ! Quality of food - terrible, Food items available was slim - we ordered pancakes with strawberries and they were delivered with 3 raspberries and 3 blueberries.....we asked twice for the strawberries and finally started to eat the awful pancakes (who can spoil pancakes ? ) and found out they ran out of strawberries. No bread on the table, poured a lot of water without asking - but anytime we asked our waiter for something, he took so long to bring it - it was ridiculous. Can't believe they're still in business.
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  • fun place to eat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We had a wonderful meal and no rushing. Service good but a bit slow when asked for a few additional items, like lemon for the scallops.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food, Server not
    reddeb1
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We really like the food here, it is the best around. However, we were disappointed with our server. It took too long when we first got seated to even be greeted by our server. Once he finally came to our table, it was almost like he didn't want to take care of us. We live out of state now, and we are not certain if we eat here when we come back again in November.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mmmm good
    Ilovefood
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    What a terrific place. All was perfect. Ask to sit in Janet's section. Best server we have ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch with girlfriends
    MarilynVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We went on a Friday. One person ordered the buffet and came back with several pieces of cauliflower. They were out of everything and it was not even 1::00. She was told they were filling up the buffet. She waited 15 min and returned and still no food. The waitress said people are heaping their dishes and they were trying to fill everything again. After 35 minutes my friend returned to buffet and did get some food. I think they should limit to once around so they do not run out of food or people should not pig out!! My salad from menu was nothing special.
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  • Great special occasion spot
    Clutch3putt
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Booked an anniversary dinner and got exactly what we were hoping for. Top notch food from a varied menu. The wine list was extensive and Devin made a wonderful suggestion for us. The filet mignon trip was beyond description excellent as were the accompanying side dishes. We splurged and got the lobster Mac and cheese and didn't regret it. A bill well north of $100 but worth every dollar if you're looking for a special meal at a great restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Texw
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We ordered the heavily promoted pre-6:30PM "blackboard dinner" for $16. The appetizer caesar salad was good - fresh with just enough dressing. For entrees, there were two choices: chicken marsala and fish & chips. I ordered fish and chips. The fish was dry and had no taste. The chips were potato chips that I think were out of a bag. Value about $2.00. The chicken was better, but barely. The chocolate cake for dessert was also good, as was the Greek yoghurt. Their wine list is pretty expensive. On the positive side, the ambiance is very attractive and welcoming; and the service was friendly and efficient. I don't think we'd go back for this "bargain".
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place for wine and Tapas
    Whjnlp
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    this restaurant had a great menu with some very good flavor combinations and a wonderful wine list. We really enjoyed the Tapas, especially the lamb and they had a great happy hour on both their wine and food. They have patio dinning and the service was great. We had a wonderful experience there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LUVFOODVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    GREAT SERVICE. HAD THE $10 BUFFET OFFERED EVERYDAY FOR LUNCH. AMAZING DEAL. GREAT WINE LIST
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A little pricey
    Weekender2
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Dinner was good but a bit pricey for what you get. There on a Friday nite and mostly empty. Okay place for no hassle dining , but nothing to write home about.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the Napa Tavern shines, as ususal
    Golias
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Went over for Brunch last Sunday after making reservations late Saturday night. Food was very good, always like the food servers. Made plans to attend a wine dinner coming up later in the week...should be fun!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 21 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 289 reviews are from the The Napa Tavern reviews archive.
  • Dissappointed
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    This restaurant was good but really seems to be going downhill. The food is still good but the service is bad. I used to feel comfortable having a business lunch at the restaurant but not any more. They now have a lunch buffett in addition to the menu...what are they Shakey's Pizza?!?
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  • goodtimesVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    First time a the Napa Tavern, had lunch with a friend. The menu has many selections to choose from, however since it was our first time here we decided to try the $10.00 Lunch Buffet, this way we could taste a variety of the foods that they offer. It was a good decision, the food was delicious. A little noisy inside however the outdoor seating was quiet and relaxing. The servers and staff were very friendly, we will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    Idrmofgeenee
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Celebrated a friend's birthday at Napa Tavern. I have been there MANY times. It never disappoints. We had a lovely time. Will continue to frequent Napa Tavern.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • On the way down
    whitney91VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Unless they do something to improve, this place will not be in business too much longer. It was Sunday evening at 7, and the place was almost empty - but they still took 15 minutes to deliver cocktails. The food was mediocre - vegetables overcooked, and another meal over-salted.
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  • great place
    TJB1131VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    good food and wine --excellent location and ambiance-- good service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • stick to the menu!
    Travels2dineVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I've always loved the lunch time white fish in a champagne sauce, but this time was a little more rushed for time and tried the $10 buffet. the waitress made it sound yummy….and although we might have been the later lunch crowd, having come at 1PM, the food tasted over cooked and not to Tavern expectations. take your time and order from the menu.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We have lunch here all the time. Great food and really great luch prices!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    It seemed like Napa Tavern would be a unique, singular dining experience, but it felt more like a chain and the food was the same as what you might expect at Pizzaria Uno or other similar chain.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service
    Nichi
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Great service every single time we go. We enjoy Gabriel, one of the waiters and we like their menu variety.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday lunch
    SquirrelGuy
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Had lunch Saturday with my wife and another couple. The waitress (April?) was friendly and attentive. I enjoyed my Russian River Reuben and my wife enjoyed the corn chowder and lobster salad. Our friends enjoyed their lunches. The only mediocre part of the meal was complementary bread served at the beginning -- not bad, just plain.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience!
    Kimothys
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We've been twice now and have been equally impressed both times. The first was date night, the second was family night. Love this place. Was disappointed hat it wasn't more crowded on a Friday night, so we hope it lasts.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sad. Just Sad.
    RedTangoVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Made reservations via OpenTable for an "after movie" birthday dinner for a dear friend. And while OpenTable accepted the reservation time of 10:00 on a Saturday night, I took the extra step of checking the Napa Tavern web site to confirm they were open at that time. All good. Upon arrival at the restaurant we were greeted with puzzled looks and a "sorry we close at 9:30". When we mentioned that we'd successfully made reservations for 10:00 on OpenTable and that the NT website confirmed they were open until 10:30, the manager's response was...no joke..."Yeaaaahhh. I guess we should fix that". Ya think? Thanks for ruining our birthday dinner plans, Napa Tavern.
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  • Delicious Flavors Excellent Service
    IamBMWVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    This was my second visit to Napa Tavern. I am very glad I gave this place a second chance - as the first time last winter, the service and noise made the evening most unenjoyable. The food was again wonderful, complex flavors, a wide variety of selections! This time the SERVICE was SPECTACULAR. Gabriel took great care of our table, even when we had food allergies, which required a new dish, custom-cooked. I would highly recommend Napa Tavern as a place for cocktails, a nice glass of wine, or an evening with friends and fine food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • never before unhappy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Something has changed. We have eaten here often but not lately. We will not be back as we took guests and were embarrassed.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • grandmasherry33
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    The three of us split five of the tapas appetizers, whichwere very good. The crème brulee for dessert was only so-so. The top had not been burned and we missed that hard sugar crust. The singer-instrumentalist was good, but extremely loud, making conversation difficult.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sunday brunch
    luvvegasVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The food was horrendous. Eggs and French toast was cold. Fruit looked like it was sitting for days. It looked very unappetizing. Would never go back or recommend.
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  • Mothers day not a great here
    MAP1
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We have been to this restaurant several times and it has always had outstanding service and food. Great wine selection and nice ambiance. So I thought it a nice place to celebrate Mother's day. Service was almost non-existent. Had to get up to ask the Maitre'd for a fork. The buffet looked as though someone had walked in bare feet over the food (it was mostly in crumbs). The taste was pretty bad! On top of it an 18% mandatory gratituity was added for reasons unknown! I probably will go back to the restaurant during their normal days but NEVER, NEVER on a Valentines or Mothers day or one of the other days when people normally cluster in restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mother's Day
    Sweets
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Went for Mother's Day brunch and it was fabulous. No waiting for a table we were seated right at the time of our reservation-it was great. the champagne was great and always my glass was full. My first time there and I will definately go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Mother's Day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We had the buffet on Mother's Day at the Napa Tavern and were very pleased with the experience. Or course it was busy, but the food was delicious, with lots of desserts for my mother in law. Sunny was a great server.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • meh brunch
    AHMMPM
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    There for brunch on mothers day. The brunch area was in a cramped courtyard. The items were OK quality/taste wise but not variety wise esp for $30. You'd expect waffle station, omelet station etc. But only standard items you'd find at e.g. free hotel breakfast buffets. Sodas and coffee and tea were extra to my surprise. The dessert part was excellent which gets it an extra star. Service was OK. They appeared understaffed. Overall, not what you'd expect for the money and for a special day brunch. The women really liked it b/c of the desserts but overall was disappointing.
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  • Prep Needs to Taste-Test Everything
    Morwalk
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This was our first time to Napa Tavern, and we went on Mother's Day. The cooked food was very good. I really enjoyed the breaded fish, crab cakes, and scrambled eggs with cheese and spinach, as well as the salad. Most of the fresh foods we ate were good, but I need to point out a few problems. I took one bite of the cantaloupe, but it tasted like it had not ripened properly and had an odd taste. The pickled ginger for the sushi tasted moldy, so my sushi experience was really unpleasant. Finally, a couple of the grapes my son ate were moldy. I question whether they were even looked at and washed at all.
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  • A good "regular" restaurant
    Fastredcar
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Good food, good service, but on the noisy side. For conversation, eat outdoors.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dining Experience
    keoki
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    We were a party of four. Our waitress was informative about the specials, We ordered 2 of them and both were okay. We ordered 2 appetizers, the fondue was excellent, the filet skew at 19.00 dollars, took a long time coming out, was cold when served, and was very tough which I did tell the waitress, and she said she would tell the chef . I have a lot more to discuss, but thw web site stinks.
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  • Once2di
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Food was high quality and very tasty it was like eating in your own at home dining room.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gabriel made it work!
    domino
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    When we arrived on time for our reservation the hostess told us they wouldn't seat us at the specific table we had requested and confirmed in advance. She said another group had reserved that area earlier. This spoiled a special surprise that i was planning for my wife and the hostess actually argued with me when I told her that I had a confirmation in writing and by phone that we'd get that specific table. I was ready to cancel the dinner and go elsewhere when Gabriel arrived as our server and saved the day. He was gracious, professional and he even reset things so that we got the table we wanted. The meals were excellent and Gabriel waived the corkage fee on the expensive wine I had brought for our celebration. I'll go back.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate