The Twisted Tail
The Twisted Tail

The Twisted Tail

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thetwistedtail.com/
  • Phone: 2155582471x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm; Brunch: Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Sunday: 10:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Southern
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The Twisted Tail is a bar, restaurant and live music hall that can accommodate intimate groups of 12 or larger parties up to 200 people. The bi-level space features three distinct areas: an expansive dining room with a Bourbon Bar, the Club Room with cozy fireplaces and a shuffleboard table, and the Juke Joint where musical acts perform.
    Whether you"re planning a corporate event, birthday party, business meeting, reception, baby shower or holiday party, we can make it memorable for your guests. Our menus and various spaces can be customized to fit your crowd. We offer a wealth of dining, or cocktailing, options as well as other amenities such as audiovisual equipment and live entertainment.
  • Private Party Contact: Danielle Fisher 2155582471x
  • Entertainment: Live Blues Music Wednesday - Sunday.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between South and Lombard
  • Public Transit: Metered street parking is available in front of the restaurant. The closest available parking garage is located on Lombard Street between 2nd and 3rd.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Metered street parking is available in front of the restaurant. The closest available parking garage is located on Lombard Street between 2nd and 3rd.
A word from The Twisted Tail
The Twisted Tail is a bi-level restaurant, bar and live music venue featuring a charcoal-fired grill, a wealth of bourbon selections and the rollicking ambiance of a "juke joint" (or old school Southern music hall). The inventive menu highlights ingredients in their simplest form, flame broiled over live coals for rich, authentic flavor.

Inside a warm, welcoming dining space makes The Twisted Tail South Street’s best place to catch a band - and a bite.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
The Twisted Tail reviews from OpenTable diners
61 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (28)neighborhood gem (26)vibrant bar scene (22)good for groups (21)late-night find (19)great for brunch (15)great for outdoor dining (14)special occasion (14)hot spot (13)great for lunch (11)romantic (10)notable wine list (5)kid-friendly (4)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Fantastic
    Chaz
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    How about fantastic and great food! Presentation was fun and innovative. Will go back again soon
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Philly spot
    foodlover
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    It was my first time in Philly and this spot was recommended because I Love bourbon and southern food. I was not disappointed. The Phunk Band was great and the mint juleps were fantastic. I will be visiting again.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprising Find
    timidpalate
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Went for a birthday dinner. The short rib was so tender if you stared long enough it would just fall apart. I'm not an 'out-of-the-box' eater but I tried farro and didn't hate it. The Negroni was spectacular!!! Highly recommend going.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • one of a kind
    thebonus
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    gastro great with New Orleans flair. awesome ambiance with unique sophisticated earthy rough edge. staffed with folks who want to be there in each professional capacity I.cluding musicians who love and live their trade. excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and whiskey selection
    metallichyk
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I have been to the Twisted Tail several times for brunch and have enjoyed myself and my meal each time I went. This past weekend I decided to bring my boyfriend there for his birthday dinner, and we were not disappointed. The Prix Fixe option allowed us to try a variety of different dishes and each course was more delicious than the last. (We chose pork sausage and octopus for our grilled options, crawfish mac and cheese and crab cakes for our appetizer, Scallop Cassoulet and Braised Short Rib for our entrees and Strawberry Shortcake and Beignets for dessert) I highly highly recommend each of the dishes, but definitely explore this fabulous menu (of food and whiskey) for yourself!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Twisted Tail is a must!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    If you're in Philly, then you must go to the Twisted Tail! The menu has something for everyone. The Tuna Tartar; Crawfish Mac and Cheese; Scallops Cassoulet are absolutely phenomenal. The service is very friendly and not overbearing. While we were there another table was having a whiskey tasting. They were having such a good time that it made me want to give it a try. In a town that's full of great places to eat, this is definitely a favorite. Can't wait to go back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic Find
    SteelerFan
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We took a chance on this restaurant and it was well worth it. We did the fixed prix for dinner, which was a great deal and a great way to taste many menu items. The first two courses were a bit large and I was worried that the entree would be big too but it was actually fairly small. This was good because it meant room for dessert. Dessert was a bit disappointing compared to the other courses. Definitely going back and recommending to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great menu
    WCGuy
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Quite frankly, I expected more barbecue but the food was great. The waitress did a really nice job of not bugging us too much but coming over at the right time. It got a little loud but that was because they had a band upstairs that we went to listen to after dinner. They were fantastic. Highly recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • anthonyastroman
    Anthonyastroman
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    I did not order an entry but the bar choice as well as the appetizers were really innovative and tasty. Good drink menu as well as beer selection. If you have any trouble hearing do not sit at a table. You will not be able to converse with person directly across from you. Sitting att the bar works well. Really good food and presented well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very accommodating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We had diners with some tricky dietary needs and the staff was extremely accommodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small plates were perfect!
    ceds
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We had dinner here before heading to Penn's Landing for the concert and fireworks, and decided to share a few small plates rather than have an entrée. This wound up being a great choice! Each plate was delicious, and our server ordered them so that 2 came out together as an appetizer, than the rest as dinner. We also had one of the flights of bourbon, which was a fun way to taste something new. Overall, a great experience
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place!
    LadyChamps
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    If you want a great cocktail and great food, live music and casual crowd--GO HERE! I highly recommend. The food was great, I had the octopus appetizer which was the best octopus I've ever had! My only complaint was that the veggie burger really wasn't a burger. I probably would have ordered something else if I had known that it was pieces of grilled veggies with carmelized onions in a flatbread. True vegetarians would have loved it though and the flavor was really great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Highlight of our Philly Trip
    HappyDinerVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The food was interesting and extremely well prepared. I contacted the restaurant ahead of time to ask if they could accommodate special dietary needs--they rose to the occasion 1000%! We had fantastic food. The Harvest Veggie Burger is unique & delicious. Charcoal grilled asparagus & corn were similarly good. Although many restaurants treat our dietary needs as a bother, the Twisted Tail worked hard to make sure we felt pampered & left with belts filled with some if the best food we've ever had. We'll definitely return on our next trip to Philly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Drink confusion, good food
    JackieVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    One server was knowledgeable about their drinks, the other not so much, which made ordering a bit confusing. Food was good but extremely difficult to eat.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The best I have experienced
    firstmeal
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    I'm wasn't sure what to expect, however my experience was over the top. Before I finished my meal I was looking forward to returning soon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Just For Dinner
    MyFairLadyVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    This was our second trip to The Twisted Tail and we decided to try them for brunch. We loved brunch just as much as we loved dinner. The brunch menu is diverse and a nice balance of what you would consider breakfast and lunch dishes. We started with the pigs in a puff to share and it was a great brunch appetizer. For brunch entrees we had the steak and eggs. The steak was seasoned and cooked to perfection. The eggs were light and fluffy. We also had the sweet potato waffle and chicken. It was the best chicken and waffles I have ever had. The waffle was beyond tasty, the chicken fried perfectly and the syrup and grilled pineapple added a nice new twist on a southern classic.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A real juke joint!!!
    2forreal
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    My family had a great time. There were 10 of us with 2 children under 12. The were kid friendly. My children had a ball. We will be returning real soon. Thanks for a great Fathers Day.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good, not great
    MichaelVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Despite having reservations we were sat in the (empty, dark) upstairs bar, but we asked and were nicely moved back into the restaurant downstairs. Service was fine, though a bit unpersonal. Good beer selection, particularly with Beer Week going on, and my Old Fashioned was strong and terrific. Appetizers were delicious--the bbq ribs and ham were spectacular, and the complimentary popcorn was great too. The entrees were just okay at best: fairly dry salmon without much "glaze" and limp-skinned fried chicken with two sweet potato "fries". Not offensive, but certainly, for us, not worth $22+ per when you can better and more for less around town in a more relaxed atmosphere. Which, there is definitely some South Street crowd spillover here.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • food was not good
    angela
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    In philly you have to have good food to survive as a restaurant. The food here was bland and not worth the money. There is nothing special about this place.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MMmmmm. MMMMmmmmm Mmmmmmmmmmm
    MahoganyMama
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    The food hear is delicious!!!! It takes a while for the food to come out but it is sooooooo worth it!!!! The manager Daniel is AWESOME!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved the food and drinks
    Timm
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Food and drinks were excellent. Generous portion of scallops, done perfectly. Wanted to try the famous cornbread, so we ordered it ... but it never came out! Live music in the bar area was great ... but the volume could have been reduced by about half.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    This was our first time at Twisted Tail and I can't wait to return. We asked for a table close to the door because one of our party has a leg brace and the first table inside was ours. The food is great. The pulled pork Empanadas, pork belly and tuna tartar were to die for. If you order nothing else, you MUST get the crawfish mac and cheese. And the staff takes any criticism very seriously. An order of shrimp and grits came out a little cold and was sent back. Not only did they remake the dish the manager came over to apologize with another order of Empanadas!! The shrimp was cooked perfectly and the grits just melted in your mouth. This is a definite must when dining in Philly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best first date spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The service was fantastic with great food recommendations. Additionally it was quite and with some of the best food I have ever heard. My corn bread, which was the best I have ever had, got cold after a while so I asked them to heat it up. A few minutes they came back with a new one and complimentary baked beans just because the Cheif wanted to. Excellent.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Twisted Tail is great. I have been here several times and will return. The whisk(e)y list is one of the best. Some of the food portions are a little small (like the octopus being one single tentacle...come on it's bait, don't skimp on it) and the pacing can be off on the courses. But overall, I highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BourbonTrailer
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Notable bourbon list. Great live music. Great deserts.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic bourbon list!
    Matt
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Great food, fun ambiance and fantastic bourbon list! Server knew her bourbon and was able to talk me (a relatively knowledgeable whiskey drinker) through the bourbon list. They had some fantastic rare off-menu bottles and will do custom flights if they're not busy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect night out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We started with the infused Pineaplle Tequila on the rocks which was a wonderful drink. We continued with several appetizers and the cheddar cheese tasting, all delicious. I am a huge mac and chesse fan so I had to order the crawfish mac and cheese. The mac and chees part was among the best I have had in the area, however the dish could have used more crawfish. Our group had the fried chiken in the bag and the scallops. All were delicious. My only issue is that they did not have alot of side dishes and were unable to substitute a vegetable for the sweet potato fries. After dinner we headed upstairs, found a seat and enjoyed some great live blues music. A perfect night
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Southern Style Cooking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Ribs were falling off the bone; best sweet potato fries I have ever tasted and crab cakes were delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Brunch
    SullyVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    GREAT Place to Celebrate Mother's Day! Food was excellent, service impeccable, and just a wonderful place!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good foood
    CoolEarl
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This place is a gem. Good food, good drinks including large selection of beers and great bourbons. Good music on weekends.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Music/Food
    dcwarpath
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We ate in the upstairs bar in order to see the band playing that night. Twisted Tail is mainly a blues spot. Near the band was loud, but you can find tables in the back. Downstairs is a different a quieter vibe if that is not your thing. Good beers and food. Lots of Whiskey and Bourbon as well...
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love it
    HappyMeals
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I've been twice, once on a weeknight and once on a Saturday. Both times, service was amazing and the food was delicious. The drinks are unique and quite good, and the staff are a lot of fun. They are very attentive and pay attention to special requests. I was going out with a friend on his one day in the city - he was on a very short leave from Afghanistan, and the hostess put us at a nice quiet table and the waiter was very attentive. I'm very pleased and will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun but Loud!
    MSoup
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Had a great time and the food was good, we were seated near the bar and it was extremely loud. We couldn't even carry on a conversation without yelling across the table. Upstairs music was great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 137 reviews are from the The Twisted Tail reviews archive.
  • Disappointed
    Gmdesign
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Date night so decided to go to twisted since their menu selection looked good. Service was really good and it's not bad for bringing a date for relaxed atmosphere kind of date. The worst part about the place was the food. I had the pulled pork empanadas with the short rib for my meal. My date had the flat iron steak. The empanadas had zero taste and I just happen to use a fork for part of one to pull it apart which I am glad I did since there was something inside that sorta looked like a small heart. Really gross and def lost my appetite after that. The short rib was tasteless, no seasoning on anything that we ordered( I tried hers too). The staff was friendly and it was sorta busy but not packed. Expensive ! So I won't be going back!
    Special Features:
    Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • PERFECT!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    This is a MUST TRY!!! Most amazing dining experience I've ever had!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easter Brunch
    Foodie14
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Four of us went for Easter Brunch. I ordered the steak and sunny side eggs, the eggs looked fake, like something that comes in a child's play kitchen and had no flavor. The steak was cooked at medium well but there was blood running on the plate. The steak was also hard to cut because it was full of fat. I've had a better steak from Longhorn. The bacon in the BLT was chewy and slimy. My family said they enjoyed the turkey sandwich and the chicken sandwich. The fries were the best part. Everyone enjoyed the dessert, and that's the reason for the extra stars.
    Special Features:
    Late-Night Find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Cool! Great Food!
    AmandaBVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We stopped by for dinner on a Saturday evening and shared several small plates and appetizers. Everything we tried from the Grill was exceptional, especially the most tender octopus I've tasted in years. The ribs were perfect - juicy and falling off the bone. We will be back to try the full sized entrees in the near future and have already book brunch here with friends coming in from out of town. The building is really cool - all brickwork and dim lighting. The staff were all super friendly and helpful. I would not hesitate to recommend to anyone who was to try something different for a very reasonable price.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad table
    daisyray
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We were seated in the back by the kitchen despite having a reservation and many empty tables.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Staff
    HappyDadVIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Twisted Tail's staff has gone above and beyond on two occasions when I've dined there with my toddler daughter. They're very understanding about the messiness of a young eater, and they've gone off menu a couple times to accommodate her immature palette. One manager even made an unbidden run to Wawa to get her apple juice. Beyond their friendliness with our baby, the food represents an interesting "twist" on typical comfort fare, and the bourbon list provides many options for interested imbibers. We'll be going back for the great staff, excellent food, and substantial drink options.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food & Setting, A Tad Pricy
    Ricky
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    The restaurant itself was beautiful and the food was delicious, but it will definitely cost you if you're looking for a full meal. We unfortunately missed the live music, but I feel like that would have been a ton of fun at this place.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate