The Painted Burro
The Painted Burro

The Painted Burro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thepaintedburro.com/
  • Phone: (617) 776-0005
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Sunday: 10am - 3pm
    Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Saturday & Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
    Bar: Monday - Sunday untill 1am.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Dante Bua
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Our company has a catering department called Posto Mobile. See our website for more information. www.pizzeriaposto.com
  • Entertainment: The Painted Burro is an energetic, fun atmosphere. There is music. It is not quiet. There may be bands on the occasions which warrant a little something extra.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Summer Street
  • Public Transit: Davis Square MBTA Redline. Follow Elm Street from the center south. After you cross Bowers Ave we will be on your left.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a public lot directly behind The Painted Burro off of Bowers Ave.
A word from The Painted Burro
The Painted Burro is Davis Square's new upscale casual Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar from the family that brought you nearby Posto Restaurant. Our goal at The Painted Burro is to provide diverse food and drink inspired by Mexican culture using local ingredients. Imbibe on cocktails, craft beer and an extensive Tequila and Mezcal list in a fun and unique venue.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
The Painted Burro reviews from OpenTable diners
147 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (80)fit for foodies (76)good for groups (73)hot spot (66)vibrant bar scene (64)great for brunch (36)special occasion (23)late-night find (16)kid-friendly (11)romantic (11)great for lunch (8)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Brunch was good, not great, but good
    Chai
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We had dinner at the Painted Burro awhile ago and really enjoyed the meal so we were looking for a place to eat brunch on Saturday. They were one of the few more interesting places that were serving Saturday brunch in Somerville. Four of us went for brunch. It was not very crowded and was pretty tame, except for a table of three loud giggly college-age women. Overall most of the food was tasty and presentation was very nice. My dish was only warm. Service was attentive but our server was a little over-the-top with his enthusiasm. He said that he wanted to make our meal a special occasion at least three or four times. Big kudos for keeping our water glasses full! I would've given the review four stars if the food was served hot and the portions were larger, especially for a brunch meal.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amie
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Service was spotty in the beginning, but they more than made up for it! Painted Burro is great! I can't wait to go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food
    azulita
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    We needed a place open after the show, the Painted Burro came through. The margarita I had was evenly balanced on flavor and alcohol, the food (try the BLT, it's really wonderful and not quite what it sounds like) was tasty as always and the waitstaff were kind, reasonably attentive and left us along when we wanted to have deep conversations. Also, best chips and salsa!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch!
    DinerVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We had brunch here on a Saturday. It was quiet, but great since we could talk without yelling. The blood orange margarita's were amazingly good as was my brunch of the chilequila's. We were a party of seven and four people in our party got some version of the chilequila's as one person didn't eat eggs, the other no pork etc etc. The staff were very accommodating and everyone loved their food. The other three were also happy with their meals tho I can't remember what they were since I was too busy eating my very tasty food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DanS
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Take Mexican food, add a chef-inspired menu, outstanding craft beer list and top-shelf spirits...another excellent job by the kitchen team, lobster and crab enchiladas!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The food was phenomenal and the service was outstanding! Thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Tasty but heavy food. While waiter was great, we were nudged several times to eat faster so they could turn the table -- food came out so fast that we hadn't even finished the appetizers when some main dishes arrived.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brunchtastic
    Shotsforbreakfast
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    We came out for brunch on a snowy Sunday afternoon and found it pleasantly crowded. The boozy coffee was amazing! All the cocktails were fantastic and the food was drool worthy and more than filling! Definitely recommend the superbeasto! Complimentary chips and salsa was a definite plus too. Service was fast and attentive. Can't wait to try dinner there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Mexican
    EandJakeVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Service was impeccable, very friendly staff everyone working together in fluid team if our water was low it was only for a second. They seemed to be having fun in their costumes for Halloween but it seems they enjoy working there which makes for a good vibe that customers pick up on.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yelp was wrong on this one.
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    $7.95 for a small shrimp taco that maybe had one shrimp ... really? Another diner had a pork enchilada that was terrible another a salad again tasteless. Not worth the money AT ALL.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Modern Mexican Spot
    Will
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The inventive tacos were outstanding--the lengua special in particular was very tender and flavorful. The bartender couldn't make the drink I had in mind, but suggested their cranberry margarita to me, which turned out to be even better than what I had planned to order. Our server was affable, knowledgable, and very personable, although the attention and vivaciousness she brought to our table was lost when a huge party came and sat at several tables to our immediate right. Overall, an excellent meal, true to the integrity of classic Mexican cuisine, while incorporating surprising and delightful modern twists.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun vibe, great food!
    KatKerr
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Enjoyed the enchiladas, tacos and margaritas! A great date night spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    slightlyslanted
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    My boyfriend and I went here on Friday and it was busy, but not crazy - we still had great service. We had chips and guac, which were very good, and tacos and the short rib. Everything was fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food
    tdunn555
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Very Davis Square in terms of the scene. The drinks were very strong, but also very small. The price seemed high given the food and portion size. It is an upscale Mexican resturant so not really traditional mexican food and more exotic. The overall location was great, but the did pack everyone in so there was very little room between tables and hard to more around. It was good for a place to do before a show, but don't know that I would go again just because I did not feel that I got my money's worth.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Happy at The Painted Burro
    BklyneaterVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Visiting our son at Tufts for Family Weekend we took a large group to The Painted Burro for dinner on Saturday evening. Luckily we had made reservations well in advance because there was no hope of getting in without one on Saturday. Our large group didn't phase the staff one bit, and the service was remarkably efficient and pleasant. I was convinced by our server to try a bizarre sounding butternut squash bourbon cocktail which was absolutely delicious. And, of course, the food. Our table shared piles of nachos and quesadillas along with several bowls of quacamole. All was delicious and a great way to start us off. Got the 1/2 chicken as a main, with some sort of creamy rice and cooked plantains and I was very happy. No room for dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Outstanding!
    KATIEROW
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We were blown away by the service we experienced! Our dinner was to celebrate a good friend moving out of town, and upon arriving to dinner we were graced with not only the entire staff wishing her well, but homemade decorations surrounding our entire table! The food and drinks did not disappoint, as they never do, and our waitstaff was attentive and FUN! The whole evening was the perfect sendoff and, although I can't say we were surprised, we were extremely impressed with the thoughtfulness and genuine care the entire house put into our night. This has been one of our favorite spots since its opening, and of course we will be back for more occasions in addition to our generally regular attendance -- thank you thank you thank you!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brunch
    robert
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The 3 of us has a pleasant and good mexican brunch. Great bean sauce! Noise level was energetic and waiters spoke in low voices. Everything had to be repeated. Suposed to be great for cocktails, but considering the time of day, we cannot verify that. The drinks we had were great for brunch, so it's probably true.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Carlos took great care of us and had a fantastic time with excellent food and drink.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great bar, bad guac
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    great cocktails and beer list! Great assortment of tacos but guacamole was terrible and overpriced. Would recommend, but pass on the guac.
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  • Comida fantastica!
    Yumyum
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    First time here and the experience was fantastic. We ended up just getting apps, drinks and dessert, which was a great idea. The food was super tasty and filling and the bill was super reasonable. Highly recommend that you make a reservation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tequila…Oh my!
    NancyDVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We enjoyed every morsel of amazing food we got at the Painted Burro. From the Chicharron and Mango to the daily dessert special. We enjoyed the margaritas but also decided to try a tequila flight. I never knew I liked tequila so much!Bravo Painted Burro…Bravo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Margaritas and Tacos!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This place came highly recommended for their Margaritas and they did not disappoint! Also, the tacos were outstanding! I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!
    jacattack
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Went here for my birthday dinner recently, and it was my second time at the Painted Burro. We had a large party (10 adults) and I was very impressed by our waitress. Very attentive and knowledgeable of the menu. Our drinks and meals were brought out in a very timely fashion. No complaints whatsoever. Great job Painted Burro staff!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As always: a wonderful experience
    Duncan
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    I always have a great experience at the Painted Burro. The service is always superb, the food delicious, and the atmosphere perfect. This experience was no different, and it's why I could eat at the Burro multiple times a week without hesitation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Slipping??
    mellenVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Went on Monday night (Labor Day). The place was packed and extremely loud. Our waiter - while pleasant enough - made mistakes on every single thing we ordered. We were just ordering from the menu: no special requests, no substitutions. Food delivery was slow and the food was lukewarm on arrival. The carnitas taco had no real flavor except cilantro. The short rib taco was a greasy mess with a soggy tortilla. The special fajitas were supposed to be pork, but were clearly chicken. Hope it was just an off night as it's always been a reliable place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always great food and service!
    Kelly783
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Went for brunch this past Sunday, food was great. I recommend the tres quesos burrito with chorizo and strawberry rhubarb margarita!!! Our server Ali was fantastic, she's served us twice now. Never been disappoints here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Mexican in the Northeast
    Mandie
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Since moving to Boston 3 years ago one thing that we have lamented over was the complete lack of good Mexican Food. A friend recommended the brunch at The Painted Burro and we were not disappointed. We brought another friend who had recently moved from Austin, TX and she loved her meal as well. I had the breakfast tacos and have to say that they were by far the best breakfast tacos I've had in the Northeast. The server was also knowledgeable about allergies (I'm gluten free) and it was easy to find gluten free menu items. The breakfast cocktails were some of the best we've had in a long time and my 5 year old ate every bite of her waffle (with marscapone whipped cream...yum!) and fruit, then ate some of my plantains as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service
    zzfoodies
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We went on a Monday night around 6:30pm :: food and service were outstanding. 3 flights tequila, Burro Colada, complimentary tortilla chips ( warm and the thicker kind) with a generous sized bowl of their own salsa. neither of us eat meat so we shared: “CHOLO” CORN COB (Outstanding!), ROASTED MUSHROOM & SPINACH FUNDIDO, KALE & PLANTAIN ; Dessert: Burro Chullos, and Cantalope Sorbet, coffee.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun Friendly And Good Food
    stealtheldorado
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My date was delayed an hour (uggh) but I had a great time. The food was terrific. The service was fast. The atmosphere was energetic. Highly recommend it. Sadly no wifi which I could have used to kill time.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty Upscale Latin
    MMFoodie
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    A nice summer evening with the walls opened to bustling Davis Square. The menu was filled will different flavors, and the appetizers are worth sampling, even if you don't usually order them. The drinks were well prepared, the alcohol was not watered down with mixer as many places do for Margaritas. I would recommend the Pushcart Chicken for an entree. The Carne Asada was basically a grilled steak and boring in flavor. The accompanying watercress for the steak was a mess on the plate and was too balled up to make sense with a fork in polite company.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Specialty Mexican
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The vegetarian options are great! There aren't a ton, but suplimenting with apps is good. They have inventive Mexican food, which winds up costing a bit more than any other Mexican place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yummy
    jenuphoto
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    i thought the taco portions were small - tacos by nature are small - but would have expected 2 instead of one for the price. but really really good. would go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Margaritas in Davis
    JDN014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Best margaritas in Davis Square, hands down. The food is delicious, too. Especially the guacamole.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Night to Remember
    Tablefor8
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    A table for 8 with 4 separate checks. Sounds like a difficult assignment, but our waitress took it in stride. We made our reservations online just a day in advance then received a confirmation call asking if this was a special occasion. Nice personal touch! The table was centrally located near the open air windows and we were treated like rock stars. The service was outstanding! The menu selections are unique, and selecting just one dish is difficult. We come back because the food is excellent. The drink menu is just as enticing as the food menu. My mango margarita was a winner, and the habanero shrimp taco calls me back. This place is a gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Forgotten Reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I made a reservation 3 wks in advance for 8pm on 8/1 for 8. Someone called me the day of to confirm. When we arrived the 2 ladies at the front desk told me the table was almost ready and she would let us know when they were ready to seat us. We waited for over 20 minutes and then realized that another group was seated at the front center high top table the front desk had told me they were clearing for us. WHA? I thought since we arrived first, were ready AND had a reservation for the correct time we would be seated 1st, and at the idea table. I asked the front desk what happened and she said "it was a mix up, there's some confusion but we are clearing a table for you now". We weren't seated until 8:38 at a scrunched table in the back.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 112 ratings-only reviews submitted since August 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 376 reviews are from the The Painted Burro reviews archive.
  • Know what to order
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Nachos were tasty, and given the size of the serving, they were a bargain. The Oaxaca cheese grits, while inexpensive were without taste. My wife had an excellent short rib taco; and I had an excellent fried oyster taco that was a "special" offering for the day. The tasteless grits did not prevent a higher rating from me; but the tamale did. At $11 the single tamale, advertised as containing duck leg was way overpriced. There were, at most two tablespoons of duck contained at one end of the tamale. I enjoy tamales for their pronounced corn taste. Like the grits, this tamale lacked a strong taste of corn. Coincidence? Go for the nachos and some tacos; and you will have a meal worthier of a 4 or 5 star review.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love their take on Mexican!
    ksgshmoopsVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Looooove their tacos, pork carnival and shrimp are great. Mahi Mahi was nice but lacked a little flavor, as did the guacamole. Drinks were tasty and strong, highly recommend the cucumber. So refreshing! The gran Partida is great too.love dining here, and esp love that they have their own parking lot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A fine time
    AverageVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Very good food and service. Great Sangria. I would recommend the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love the tacos and the tequila
    tracyVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Such great choices here keeps us coming back! Love Painted Burro and their specialty oyster taco available this outing was so yum! Chip & guac + Salad appetizer + Three tacos + Margarita = Too much food! Lucky we could bring it home and enjoy it again. This is definitely a favorite of both my husband and me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Food was very good, drinks were excellent. Service was very good. Dining room a bit busy and loud - just what I expected - would certainly return.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic