The Rotunda at Neiman Marcus - San Francisco
The Rotunda at Neiman Marcus - San Francisco

The Rotunda at Neiman Marcus - San Francisco

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.neimanmarcus.com/store/info/restaurant.jhtml?rest=200010
  • Phone: (415) 249-2720
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday 11:00am - 4:00pm


    Monday - Thursday 11:00am - 4:00pm


    Friday - Saturday 11:00am - 5:00pm


    Afternoon Tea 2:30pm - 4:00pm Sunday - Thursday


    Afternoon Tea 2:30pm - 5:00pm Friday - Saturday

  • Payment Options: AMEX,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Grant Schley
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: The Rotunda specializes in evening events including wedding receptions, corporate and convention dinners, cocktail parties, rehearsal dinners and holiday parties. Holiday parties are especially beautiful with the four story Neiman Marcus Holiday Tree rising up through the restaurant. The floor to ceiling windows offer guests an intimate bird's eye view of Union Square.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Geary Street
  • Public Transit:
    - Powell Street BART station.

    - #30 Stockton Bus (Stockton/Geary stop going south, Kearney/Geary stop going north).

    - #38 Geary Bus (Stockton/O'Farrell stop going east, Geary/Stockton stop going west).
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Choose from 3 conveniently located garages.



    - Union Square Garage

    - Ellis-O'Farrell Garage

    - Sutter-Stockton Garage
A word from The Rotunda at Neiman Marcus - San Francisco
We invite you to take part in a time honored San Francisco tradition and lunch at the Rotunda at Neiman Marcus. This spectacular restaurant sits underneath a stunning glass dome constructed of more than 2500 pieces of colored glass. The room curves around a central atrium four stories above the entrance. Be sure to request a cozy private booth or a window seat overlooking historic Union Square. Indulge in a glass of bubbles while noshing on our signature Lobster Club or savor delicate sweets and tea sandwiches with our Afternoon Tea.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
The Rotunda at Neiman Marcus - San Francisco reviews from OpenTable diners
266 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (199)scenic view (142)special occasion (135)great for brunch (88)fit for foodies (88)romantic (56)neighborhood gem (38)good for groups (36)hot spot (34)notable wine list (22)kid-friendly (17)vibrant bar scene (8)late-night find (2)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • Love the Rotunda!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    This is the perfect place to lunch and spend an afternoon gabbing with the girls. Food was delicious, our server was great, and the ambience can't be beat.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a good restaurant for shopping .
    anonymousVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    the crab louis was delicious so was the burrata and beet salad.. the seating by the window is always great on a bright day.. can't wait to go back..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view and service
    EWW55
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    The Rotunda is a place you go for the grand view of Union Square and obviously the Rotunda. Service - Excellent, attentive and detailed. Drinks - Excellent, Pumpkin Mojito Food - Very Good, the salmon and black cod were well made. The popovers were excellent served with a strawberry creme. The lobster bisque and the deviled eggs were good. Overall - Recommend
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go for the Ambiance
    AnnArbor
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Booked a reservation requesting a window seat for afternoon tea for a birthday. Ambiance: First of all the ambiance and view is spectacular. Simply romantic especially at a window seat. Service: the service was excellent and attentive never waited long for anything. They we're accommodating for my window seat request, nut allergy, and even brought a surprise out for the birthday! Never felt rushed, Jonathan the waiter was excellent and really made sure that everyone was happy. Food: Some of the breading was dry for the sandwiches but the deserts and everything else was great. Tea: Not loose - we had tea packets so kinda disappointing for the "Tea experience" Overall: Such a wonderful experience especially being in union square I highly recommend this for tourists and those not local to SF since parking and getting around might be difficult for them. Neiman Marcus lives up to its reputation to make sure that you are take care. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ladies who lunch and more
    Margaret
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Great spot for special celebrations, specifically for women. Perfect for engagement, wedding, baby, new job, birthdays, any occasion you want to celebrate with your female friends and relatives. Or just because you are feeling fancy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always outstanding!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    We always look forward to and enjoy our lunches at the Rotunda. Food and service are always excellent. The lobster club is always a delight and the seasonal squash ravioli was divine! Desserts are always a treat. We can count on a lovely experience every time--that is why we return often!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Afternoon Tea
    Oahu
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Beautiful resteraunt, awesome views, attentive service. The food was not a good experience, I expected over the top which I feel was not even close to what I was served. The scones were bland, when I bit into my salmon I should not hear anything cracking in my mouth...I did and to find a way to remove it from my mouth in a gracious way added to the whole bad experience. The popovers were amazing so points for that, otherwise skip tea and have a nice lunch instead.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SF landmark for lunch and afternoon tea
    maria
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    I really love this place, esp. After the closure of the Compass Rose Tea Room at the St Francis..how elegant it is to enjoy afternoon tea, champagne and a small bite or lunch after one has shopped!!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Union Square Gem
    NMRotundaVIP
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    I have had lunch at The Rotunda many times. I am writing a review for the first time because my visit on Monday was so special. My college roommate was in town for my birthday, and I knew she'd love the ceiling, the window table, the view of the square, the friendly service, and most importantly, the delicious food. If you go, make a reservation early and request a window table. You will have an experience like no other. It was perfect in every way. I'm already planning a lunch date for January.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shopping Break
    Micah
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Great place to take a snack break while shopping. I really enjoy the seasonal cocktails! Make reservations because the wait is often ridiculous.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite lunch spot on Union Square
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    This is one of our all-time favorite lunch spots. The popovers are Devine! Lobster bisque is the best, the lobster sandwich too. Get a seat on the out ring and watch the shoppers!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Afternoon Tea
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    A lovely experience with delicious teas and food selections. Excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Love The Rotunda
    JosieKVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Perfect setting for a festive and delicious lunch. The best ever popovers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overrated SF tradition
    Cacgce
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Took my daughter on our shopping spree, has been on our list for years. Great service! We ordered salmon and soup. Food was bland esp. Veggies and quinoa with salmon. As you would expect pretentious, old school crowd. Felt like I want back in the 80's. Chef was roaming around trying to sell his cookbook. Glad we went one time to,say we have been. Doubt we will return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • cvlovesfood
    cvlovesfood
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Love the lobster club sandwich. Love the popover. Love the seating near the laylight.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great ambiance, under the great Dome, circular
    Jan99VIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    seating with a great view of Union Square. Right after being seated, the server brought us this soothing Chicken Consomne with a small puff pastry. A great way to start a meal. Then they brought their great Popovers with strawberry butter. The Lobster Bisque was wonderful, as well as the our seafood entrees. Service and food were both outstanding. I would definitely be back. I would like to schedule brunch when there is a trunk show, or during the holidays.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • special place
    Sipper
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    I try to make it in each time I'm in SF, just feels special for lunch. Best to go on a weekday, weekends are crowded with people wearing flip flops and t shirts. This diminishes the experience for everyone unfortunately. Also, make a reservation, even if its 15 min from that time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for lunch and tea!
    trvllvr
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The Rotunda is an on-going favorite spot for lunch and tea. LOVE the lobster club!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great lunch
    CityCat
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Love that we were able to duck in from the hustle and bustle of the city and shopping for a lovely and delicious lunch. The popovers are my favorite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely place for a ladies' lunch
    lccmomVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Beautiful setting, lovely food and excellent service. I especially liked he hot popovers and strawberry butter served before the meal. I was also impressed by the fact that they provided me with a copy of the recipe.....nice touch!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unhappy experience
    Carl
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Was unhappy with my reservatio. Asked for a soecial table and was tld that all the table next to the window were reserved . EVEN though i made my reservation from overseas more than two weeks befofre the date
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Treasure in Many Ways
    AnnK
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    The crab and shrimp Louie was fresh and delicious but very light on avocado. I counted three small pieces. Seems strange for such a nice restaurant and for such a heady price. If I order it again, I will have to ask for extra avocado. This is my only criticism. Otherwise, the ambiance is spectacular and the service first class. Don't be intimated by dress though....it just doesn't happen. I fully expected some were in jeans here. This is somewhat disappointing to me but that's casual San Francisco at work.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Server
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    There was a server who wasn't our server, but I had tried to get his attention to see if he could locate our server to order something more. Very rudely, he walks by quickly, doesn't even bother stopping and snaps, "You'll have to wait for your server!" I was caught off guard and thought to myself, "Did he just snap at me?" The elder couple next to us immediately chimed in and said, "That man was extremely rude!" Luckily another server walked by and was more than willing to be helpful. Maybe a review on how to treat diners is in order for that particular server.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • thankskd
    thankskdVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Neiman Marcus Rotunda was as pleasant viewing and superb eating as one could wish. So far, the best grilled or baked salmon I have eaten in San Francisco. The Rotunda has just completed a full renovation (except for its historic glass ceiling) which allows the lovely San Francisco light to enter the rotunda and glimmer in a most elegant fashion. I especially appreciate Open Table because of the ease in obtaining a reservation at the Rotunda; from long years of experience I know how difficult it is to obtain a table without a long wait.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A delightful dining experience.
    NonicknameVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Combining The Rotunda's great location and wonderful view with their truly outstanding food and service will be another highlight in one's San Francisco experience. From appetizers to salads to entrees, the choices are many and excellent. Even their simple hamburger is very far from "simple"; it is a juicy, flavorful, fully garnished, truly delicious selection (and, in my opinion, the best hamburger in the bay area!!). We have been to The Rotunda often, and always look forward to our visits.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All time best ever SF lunch spot!!
    Fooddiva
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Every time I come to San Francisco with friends we have lunch on the window at The Rotunda & it's always perfect!! The lobster bisque incredible!!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the popovers!!!
    Luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    My first stop when arriving in San Francisco! The restaurant is beautiful, great service, delicious food, & amazing popovers! Not to be missed! Raphael & Rodney were courteous & pleasant! Thanks for a lovely lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something seemed off...
    Happy2Share
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Having dined at the Rotunda many times in the past, my wife and I were very disappointed with our latest visit. The people at the front desk were not very accommodating although we had made reservations, the menu has gone downhill and the new cocktail menu was a little too creative. Our initial server was not very helpful although halfway through a more experienced person took over and at least sympathized with us. We felt the food preparation and presentation was uninspired. All in all, we were very disappointed and will think twice before trying the Rotunda again.
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  • Reception service very poor
    comstockVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    There was no reception line when I entered the restaurant five minutes prior to my reservation time. As I got within three feet of the two receptionists, the gentleman initiated a conversation with his colleague and just left me standing until he had finished. No apology was forthcoming from said gentleman who asked a colleague to show me to my table. My guest, who arrived soon after, was told that I had not checked in. She was not shown to my table but was told to stand by the entrance. Had I not called my guest on her cell after waiting for fifteeen minutes my lunch gathering would have been completely ruined by such atrocious service. In contrast, the table service was excellent - courteous, unobtrusive and prompt.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    An excellant experience on my return visit to San Francisco. Would recommend it to everyone I know who will be visiting S.F. I live in Vancouver B.C. Canada so will spread the word . Bonnie Wudrick
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Take Your Parents to Lunch Day
    RonVinson
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    My mom was in town from NYC and I decided to take to a place with a nice atmosphere and great food. The food was impeccable and had an amazing view of Union Square. The service was excellent and the special drink choices were on point and refreshing for a beautiful. day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The most spectacular view in SF
    Tootie
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    It's always a pleasure to have lunch at The Rotunda at Neiman Marcus. This terrific locale was originally the Rotunda restaurant of the City of Paris department store. It retains the old world charm of a by-gone era. An extra special place to be while visiting San Francisco or for locals. 5 stars goes to the wait staff. Always cordial, pleasant with a genuine, sincere smiles.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    This is our special place! We have been coming here every Sunday or Saturday morning for lunch. The popovers with blueberry butter are heavenly!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Lunch Tradition
    Milton
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We come up on my wife's birthday, we love the pop-overs, she has the lobster club, I have the crab and shrimp salad. The staff treat her like a queen. We translate the inscription on the dome and after lunch, go to the 4th floor and look at the Christmas decorations. We then walk around each floor on our way down while my wife admires the fashions. Union Square is crowed with the Nike Women's marathoners, we stroll over Gumps and check out their Christmas Ornaments and then over to China Town - it is a perfect day and we've had the perfect lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Underwhelmed ...
    oneSTANdardVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I heard amazing things about the lobster club and could not wait to try. My enthusiasm was squashed as the lobster lacked seasoning, creaminess or sweetness others attested. The cod dish and burrata beet salad were tasty. The worst part was the shift change in our wait staff where the replacement, Pam, was like a ghost. In fact, the check was dropped off by another waiter and waited for 15 minutes for Pam to show up. The one-two punch of being underwhelmed by the lobster club and inattentive service will be my last.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Slipping in some areas
    Glanz
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Still an experience, but slipping in the service area. They use to provide a dramatic dessert for birthdays (with the birthday person name in chocolate on the plate rim and a fabulous large decoration), now you don't even get a candle, we asked for at least a candle and the waiter said they have none. We also reserved a table with a view well in advance for this special occasion but they did not have one ready for us and the wait for one was too long. The rest of the experience was wonderful as usual. The food is still very good and the ambiance was delightful as ever. I will go back, but hope they understand that people expect that little extra on the dessert in a place like this when it's a birthday or anniversary.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tired and over rated
    Huntergatherer
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The food is over priced and the decor just tired. Popovers are great but can't carry the experience
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Waiting for table is very long
    Amanda
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Hostess are not that great! They need to hire new staff.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Classic woman's lunch spot
    Dee1202
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Wonderful special occasion spot. Rated at 4 stars only because service was spotty.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grumpiest server at Sunday lunch :[
    groovedinerSF
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Normally I give The Rotunda dining experience 4 or 5 stars. This time, however, we had the worst service imaginable. Our waitress (Meghan Hanley) began her service without a smile, but a look of utter contempt. She rolled her eyes when I waved her over to take our order. When we asked about a Sunday brunch menu, she looked annoyed and curtly proclaimed "we've never offered Sunday brunch. ever." and walked away. Her whole demeanor screamed "I do not want to be here, I do not enjoy serving you, I hate my job." It truly ruined what would have been an otherwise pleasant and delicious meal of lobster bisque and lobster sandwich. Thanks to Dahn who saved the service experience at the end of the meal and apologized on behalf of the restaurant...
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    • Noise LevelModerate