The Oval Room
The Oval Room

The Oval Room

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ovalroom.com/
  • Phone: 2024638700x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm , Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Tony Conte
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The newly renovated Oval Room has 2 private party rooms accommodating 20 to 75 guests for a seated dinner.
  • Private Party Contact: Todd Ashline 2024638700x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: H & I
  • Public Transit: Faragut West (Orange and Blue Lines); Faragut North (Red Line)
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: $8.00 validation
A word from The Oval Room
The Oval Room, an elegant & sophisticated restaurant, near Farragut Square across from the White House, which accounts for its popularity among politicians, journalists, lobbyists, lawyers, & former Presidents. The setting is contemporary & chic. It offers private dining. Its seasonal contemporary American cuisine has charmed critics & connoisseurs alike. USA Today said The Oval Room's flower-bedecked patio is one of the best outdoor dining experiences in the United States. The Oval Room has been awarded the "Distinguished Restaurant of North America Award".The Oval Room is honored to be Modern Luxury Washington D.C.’s “Restaurant of the Year”! Executive Chef Tony Conte and his team are serving some incredible, seasonal dishes and would love to see you at The Oval Room soon. To read the Modern Luxury Washington D.C. story, please visit:



http://dc.modernluxury.com/dining/restaurant-year-oval-room
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The Oval Room reviews from OpenTable diners
116 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (78)special occasion (77)great for lunch (43)romantic (38)great for outdoor dining (35)notable wine list (23)neighborhood gem (20)good for groups (16)hot spot (9)great for brunch (7)scenic view (6)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Good food with nice touches
    sithanas
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Tried Oval Room for my birthday (at no time did we tell the staff it was my birthday, though!). The food was consistently excellent across appetizer, entree, and desert. Service was good--we appeared to swap wait staff at the beginning of the meal but once that blip was overcome there was no issue with attentiveness. The staff also must have overheard us talking about my birthday because they brought out an excellent birthday dessert, compliments of the house. I was impressed overall. Sadly, you can't see the White House--at least not from where we sat outside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rethink the Menu
    not4forksbut2yucks
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I had the pumpkins, braised duck, pasta with kimchi. Terrible. The guest of honor ordered it as well. She couldn't eat much of it although she tried valiantly. I gave up. The donut holes weren't just dry, they tasted stale. The peaches were certainly not ripe--hard chunks without flavor. The mascarpone ice cream was delicious but not enough to save this dessert disaster. In fairness, another guest in our party enjoyed a fish dish. I regretted the entire meal. The service was great, and the restaurant itself is beautiful, a quiet oasis. The abstract expressionist art and stunning wall sculptures make this restaurant a place with much potential.
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  • I'm becoming a regular
    BacciVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The peekytoe crab salad with a peach cocktail sauce is a must order appetizer. I ordered crispy snapper with lobster mushroom as my main course. The crispy skin was perfection with many notes of scrumptiousness. The portion size is perfect..enough to feel full and happy. The service was attentive. You can see the White House if seated at the right spot. I would return in a heart beat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for business lunch
    Montagne
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    good food, also good for light lunches if you wish so, place to be for business encounters
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TeddysVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Excellent food and excellent service. All I could ask for in a business lunch when entertaining a client. Will be back many times in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food was wonderful but left hungry
    LucyfurVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We ordered a side of risotto to share. The portion would have been inadequate for one.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent find near the White House
    BillVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My wife and I celebrated a special occasion via a superb meal served outdoors. The Octopus starter was fantastic. Highly recommend the place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb!
    SuzieVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Positively a great dinner restaurant....even better the deck time. Will return again. Redo of decor a serious plus-plus but the food here reigns. The lamb chops were terrific and the risotto creatively prepared. It's a great choice for dinner....go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice updates
    AjbafVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The new decor looks lovely, nicely done. The food was fantastic. I would definitely recommend Oval Room for an elegant night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent find
    BacciVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Wonderful evening. Nice selection with knowledgable staff. It certainly meets the same standards of its sister restaurants Bombay Club and Rastika. Already made reservations for dinner next week.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great tasting menu!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Two of us had the tasting menu with wine pairings. Yellow fin tuna with spicy tapioca appetizer was unusual and was exceptionally flavorful. Butter roasted prime beef was melt-in-your mouth. The wine pairings with both of those courses were both perfect. The pairings with the other two courses were a bit disappointing, but an adventure just the same. Service was perfectly attentive, although oddly our server at the end of the meal was not the one we started with. Lovely, quiet atmosphere. Kudos to the bartender, who gave us a fun tutorial on gin before we were seated for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delectable in DC
    MAMinDC
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The Oval Room continues to improve every time we dine there. A wonderful modern note and twist to contemporary American-French cuisine, one is never disappointed. With beautifully set tables, in a lovely setting, and wonderful service, it truly is one of DC's best dining venues. The Sommelier, Alek, was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Great in-town dining
    CorbinVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    GREAT GREAT GREAT Food was WONDERFUL...unique menu...great portion size...the sauces were AMAZING Mixed drinks...different...as unique as the menu and every bit as good Service...made you feel special. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Our Special Place
    Whiskeyman
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My wife and I have celebrated our Anniversary here for the last 5 years. Always special, this year simply outstandung
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food4me
    food4meVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The dinner was good--fresh, nicely presented. The service was just fair--perhaps, a new server. I ordered a drink on the rocks and the hi ball glass was presented half full. I asked about the small drink ($14) and the response was "a full glass is double". A total turn off!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had a wonderful meal, every person had something phenomenal! Our waiter was extremely helpful and gave us suggestions and tips on what was best on the menu and what he personally really enjoyed. Overall, everyone working there is very professional and obviously cares that the customer has an amazing experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New Oval Room Delivers Big
    CRCEatsVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    On our first time back to the new oval room we were very pleased; a special evening from beginning to end. Ross at the bar treated us all to a mixing demonstration as he handcrafted near perfect Manhattans, a Negroni, and a drink of his own concoction for our guest who wanted a "rum drink." We were well attended yet not rushed or interrupted with plenty of time for all to discuss and interact. It was a birthday dinner for six that ran at least three hours quite pleasantly. The menu selection was excellent for one that changes nightly, with something for everyone but not too many choices to have any weaker dishes. Each of the dishes our group selected was near perfectly prepared, elegant presentation, not too big portions, and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    we went during restaurant week. Good value, attentive service, great ambience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous
    Nadia
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Fabulous food, fabulous presentation, fabulous service
    Special Features:
    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 LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing
    JodiVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We're big fans of the Knightsbridge Group's places, but our experience wasn't up to the level others, especially 701 and Rasika, and especially regarding the food, which was good but flawed (e.g., stringy fibrous cooked greens, bread more chewy than fresh, rather dull pasta dish). Some dishes were, indeed, very good - a fluke carpaccio, an Asian rockfish dish. The servers were attentive but again, not at the level of professionalism we've come to expect at Knightsbridge. We used Restaurant Week to try it out, but wouldn't come back.
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  • Great experience
    SirGuy15
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We chose this restaurant to experience for DC Restaurant Week and we are so glad we did. The food & service were EXCELLENT. I had the chilled corn soup, wife-the roasted beets salad for appetizers; Main entrée -I chose the Salmon dish, my wife-the Pork Loin; for dessert we both had the chocolate Brownie. We enjoyed our food So----Much. Loved the wine, too. We felt quite satisfied after the meal. We will be returning to the Oval Room!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    AlbenaVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This place is outstanding. The food and the presentation of the food is excellent. The wine list is great also. It is really nice inside but just a little cold. The service is good and the entire staff very attentive. highly recomending...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious all the way
    DCFoodie
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    From greeting by the host, service, and amazingly prepared dishes this was a first class experience. I had been to this restaurant many times for lunch and visited this time for the restaurant week dinner. My appetizer, entree, and dessert (baby artichokes, jalapeño homemade spaghetti, and brownie) were clearly lovingly made and delicious. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for restaurant week
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great food, great service. A great place for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • Not my style
    AFN21
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I went to the oval room during restaurant week and was disappointed with the ambiance. I also heard the food was delicious and was looking forward to trying the lobster. This was unfortunately not on the menu, so I went with the salmon. It was good, but nothing spectacular. I was wanting something that stood out -- the sauce, the sides, something. Now, the food was far from terrible, but I went in with higher expectations and hopes of saying to my date "oh wow, you need to taste this!" I was also disappointed with the burrata appetizer and the dessert. I may come back when it is not restaurant week, but certainly not any time soon.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • Outstanding RW menu
    RonGVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We've been here many times and always enjoy the restaurant. The recent renovation has spruced up the interior, but the al fresco dining is still the same--and wonderful. There were so many good choices on the RW menu that we "may be forced" to return next week. Corn soup and crudo appetizers were amazing. And Tony prepares great fish dishes. The desserts were delicious, and we didn't even have the chocolate brownie. As always, it was great chatting with Christian and Simon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not quite back yet
    annfromdc
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I used to eat at the Oval Room before it closed for renovations. I don't think the food is quite back where it was. Actually, my meal was perfect but my companion's was less so. She asked for her steak to be medium and it came at least medium rare. It did get fixed quickly. Also the waiter pretty much disappeared after he delivered our first course. Another server was able to help with the steak re-do and get us our check.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Attentive Service
    NoBethesdaEaterVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We dined for Restaurant week. They offered a strong menu of choices all good portion sizes and very attendtive service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Food and Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    This was my first time at this restaurant. The food was delicious, the service was great. Overall a great dining experience. The only thing I didn't like was the noise level. However, I'd absolutely go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine food
    foodVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Very nice restaurant overall. Very good service, accommodating when they can. We all had the meat and it was very tasty, tender and not greasy. We did not feel rushed at all yet very busy place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Keron
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The food was average. It did not have vibrant flavors but was prepared very well. Great location and decor.
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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  • A truly DIVINE experience!
    EATinDCVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The RW menu was sublime! They really take good care of you at the Oval Room-- there was no skimping and the meals were creative, top notch and delicious. Everyone who ate the iron steak -- at the first bite you could hear the audible sigh of delight and the sinking in to the chair to savor such perfection. We loved it so much, we were tempted to order another round right away-- but a few minutes later realized how full we already felt.. From the appetizer to the dessert -- everything was superbly delicious, absolutely no flaws! I even went back later in the week to bring new friends and try out other offerings-- this was definitely my top destination (by far) for restaurant week.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • Restaurant week - ok
    SFfromDC
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Really wanted to like the restaurant. Liked it much more last year which is why my group came back this year. Food was good - solid, reliable and tasty. Nothing really blew us away though. Noise level was high, which was surprising since there weren't a lot of people there.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Great date night
    EBLizVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    My fiance and I had never been to Oval Room so we mad e a little Restaurant Week date night of it. The menu was pretty diverse for RW, though as someone who doedn't like mustard or pickled things, I had a bit of a challenge figuring out what to order. My appetizer (the Fluke Crudo) was stellar. The fish was so tender and so much flavor was packed into such a small package! I then had the salmon entree, and though it didn't say so on the menu, the sauce seemed to be mustard based, so I tried to stay a little away from that. The fish was cooked perfectly though and again was very flavorful. Scott had the rockfish which was a little bland for him. Dessert was great, and I was pleasantly surprised by how reasonable the wine list is.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Redone with a Young Crowd in Mind
    JoJoVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The "new" Oval Room has joined the young crowd, and, alas, as part of the old crowd we found it too noisy to enjoy conversation along with dinner. Wonderful beet salad and rockfish as part of Restaurant week. Desserts were not special. We will return only if we can sit outside, pity.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The meal was excellent.
    MAQ1
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The service was better than excellent, attention to our needs without being too intrusive. We asked for a new table for privacy and our wish was granted. I certainly will recommend this great restaurant to my friends.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Lovely renovation! Restaurant continues to be on our go to list for inventive cuisine. All items on the menu are excellent. Our recent visit was with a group of five so we sampled many different items. The leek soup was excellent as was the foie gras and the crab salad. The lobster entrée and the rockfish were wonderful! Doughnut holes with the mascarpone ice cream are a great way to end a meal! Service is attentive and knowledgeable. All in all a great dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • A Lovely Evening!
    NewFanVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My husband and I were joined for dinner at The Oval Room by an friend who lives overseas and so it's always a special occasion when he's in town. We correctly predicted that the Oval Room would provide a memorable evening of good food, good drinks and impeccable but friendly service. We were not disappointed.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oval Room continues to impress
    BLDining
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We went to see the new decor which is very nice, though I'm probably one of the few who misses the great mural of their early days. The food continues to be consistently fresh and delicious, taking advantage of seasonal ingredients. I had Citrus Roasted Beets appetizer followed by Butter Roasted Prime Beef Strip and Blueberry Tart for dessert. The beets were accompanied by a blackberry sauce on top of homemade yogurt which gave it a nicely contrasting sweet/tart/salty mix. The beef was fork-tender and perfectly cooked and the accompanying multigrain risotto enhanced the earthy quality of the beef. The tart was not too sweet, with a flaky crust and came with a delicious sweet corn ice cream. Service was friendly and welcoming. A great meal.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • NJfoodie
    NJfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    First time here, and we were incredibly pleased with the cocktails and meal. I suggest a table by the window or outside, because the seating is off the street a bit in a very nice setting. The fluke crudo in coconut and lime was out of this world, as was the duck. I highly recommend this easy-to-get-to restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.