The Wellington
The Wellington

The Wellington

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thewellingtonsd.com/
  • Phone: 6192956001x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner:
    TUES. - THURS: 5:00pm - 9:30pm,
    FRI. - SAT: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    SUN. - MON: •Closed for Regular Dinner Service•
    •Available for Private Events•
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Miguel Valdez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Please Contact us for Parties of 15 to 35.
  • Private Party Contact: Kelsey Doonan, Event Coordinator 8889863561
  • Entertainment: Come enjoy our weekly live entertainment from 7-9pm

    Tuesday: Fred Benedetti- masterful solo jazz guitar
    Wednesday: Tom Greisgraber- incredible Chapman Stick
    Thursday:Sarah Maisel on jazz uke & Paul Tillery on stand-up base

    Reservations are strongly recommended.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Falcon
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from The Wellington
The Wellington boasts an exclusive, elegant, classic feel. The venue is often characterized as a fusion of New York cocktail lounge & San Francisco supper club ambiance.. The look suggests 2 a.m. at a private club of the 1920s where high rollers, musicians & socialites rendezvoused to celebrate luxurious vices. A flock of assorted chandeliers flies at various heights from the peaked ceiling and behind the five seat bar, glass shelves filled with fine liquors gleam in front of sparkling mirrors.

The Wellington's Menu is rooted in respectful, savvy reworkings of classic dishes. Perfectly charred steaks, crispy Duck Confit & of course Beef Wellington are the kinds of dishes that grace the menu. The Wellington offers a martini list awash in creativity and perfect wine pairings with over 40 choices, both domestic and international.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
The Wellington reviews from OpenTable diners
36 reviews since April 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
77% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (24)special occasion (20)neighborhood gem (16)fit for foodies (10)notable wine list (5)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • My new favorite!!
    Ginger468
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food and service were awesome!! I had the Namesake dish (the beef Wellington) and it did not disappoint! My husband enjoyed his filet as well. We went with another couple (who also loved their food) and we agreed this place is great for date night....or double date in this case. It is a smaller restaurant so not great for large groups but the Wellington is an excellent choice for a romantic or intimate setting. There are not a ton of seats so a reservation is probably a good idea. I can't wait to come back again and again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Can't wait to go back!
    MarioAnnetti
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We've made beef wellington at home several times but it doesn't compare to the meal we had here. Cooked and seasoned to perfection. Top notch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • they've changed
    joerockt
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Unfortunately, they changed the menu, offer less sauces and only one side dish. Hoping the mac and cheese didnt change i ordered it. It did. It was nothing like it used to be. It was dry and bland. So disappointed as this was our go to treat place and sadly we will not be back. Why do restaurants do this??
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  • Lack Luster....
    SteakLover1234
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    After eating at The Wellington numerous times, my latest experience was not nearly as good as my previous dinners there. It seemed as though the restaurant is almost struggling to stay open. There was noticeable decline in the overall appearance of the restaurant in part by a missing pendant light shade with just a cord and bulb hanging down above the bar, the broken soda machine behind the bar and both loose tabletops and chairs in use on the restaurant floor. It seems the attention to detail from my previous visits there have fallen off making The Wellington "just an average" dining place now. The service and food were good, but not anywhere near what they were before or what would allow me to call This place a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bar needs work.
    artshellVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The restaurant was so dark that it was hard to read the menu! To top that off the type on the menu was small, which made it impossible to read in the dark. Bartender on duty seemed clueless. Asked for a Pimm's No1 Cup with soda. He asked me twice if I wanted Sprite or Club Soda. Duhhhh. Soda at a bar is CLUB SODA. I mean really. If I asked for Scotch and Soda, then would he have poured Scotch and Sprite? WOW.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great, yet again!
    SteakLover
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We live in LA, but make a point to eat at The Wellington each and every time we are in San Diego. This time, it was as great as always. Excellent service and steaks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing!!
    redgriffin
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    My mom took me for my birthday and we had a wonderful time. I've wanted to try beef wellington since first seeing it on Hells Kitchen and I think they can give Gordon Ramsey a run for his money! Everything there is farm to table and you can taste the quality behind everything they serve. We even had on opportunity to meet the chef, she was so nice! I just can't say enough good things about the restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wow!
    leesy
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    If you have the pleasure of eating here make sure you get Brad as your server as he was a gem! Everything from start to finish was excellent from service, to drinks to food. My son wanted to celebrate his high school graduation here hoping to try beef Wellington and it didn't disappoint. I strongly recommend this place to others. It's small so make a reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Amazing ombience, fantastic service. Ordered Wellington and pastry was slightly overcooked, sent it back and they did a decent job fixing it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love local restaurants, but...
    Luvgoingout
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Food - Wedge salad on menu said iceberg lettuce wedge - came with cut up butter lettuce, spouse's romaine lettuce salad was limp, the vegetables the waiter said came with the meal were entirely different when served. Steak was good. Service - good, but did wonder why 3 employees visited by the bar cash register most of evening. Also prices on menu through Open Table site do not match those on restaurant menu. This restaurant is losing its cache. Too bad.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Neighborhood Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We love this neighborhood gem in Mission Hills. We are always pleased with the food, ambience, and service. The only restaurant in town with impeccable lighting, delicious grass-fed filets and martinis shaken to perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good steak great ambiance and music
    pecabraVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    The food was good, the service was great, the live music added to the experience, there were only customers on 2 or 3 tables. I will go back for the cheese plate, steak and dessert.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lives Up To Their Name
    Provencal
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I happened upon this place when looking for a place to have a nice dinner for a trip to San Diego. I have been trying to find a good beef wellington and with a name like The Wellington, I had to give it a shot. It was a bit difficult to find and there isn't a parking lot but past that, the interior is beautiful, our server was absolutely wonderful, friendly, knowledgable, and just the right about of attentive. The wellington was everything I had hoped it would be, delicious, a great portion, and cooked perfectly. There is really nothing negative that could be said about the whole experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Interesting place
    chasjack
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Food was very good, space was small, very dark, and quiet but not really romantic. I'll go back for the food, with a flashlight.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 22 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 303 reviews are from the The Wellington reviews archive.
  • Earned it's Name
    CuteCouple
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    The Beef Wellington showed why they named the restaurant after it. The service was very attentive and the manager made my wife's birthday special.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beef Wellington…enough said
    foodie4life
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    I had a craving for beef wellington and this place hit the spot. Warning….it's really DIM inside, although it makes for a nice, romantic ambiance. It took a while to get used to the darkness, but it made it a little hard to read the menu LOL. I had to use my cellphone light to read it. I ate there on a weekday so parking wasn't bad at all. I was able to park right in front of the restaurant. All in all, I was very satisfied with the service and the food.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food good atmisphere .
    Doboy
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    I took my wife and daughter for dinner and we had a great time . both my daughter and I had the Medallions and they were excellent. not a very large portion but felling. My wife had the Lasagna and she liked it very much. Service was very good, and the Cheese cake is out the park. John
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very cool
    JohnSVIP
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    Very small but intimate and fun. Be sure to make a reservation
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The wait staff and manager
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    The wait staff and manager could not have been more attentive. They made our 35th wedding anniversary dinner so special. They even toasted us with champagne and free desserts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One big flaw in a great evening
    Conflicted
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    The Wellington is within walking distance of our home in Mission Hills, and it's a nice place for a decent local steak dinner. Our party was on time for our reservation but the table was slow to leave, so we ended up starting at the bar where the host comp'd our drinks. The waiter was attentive and very polite. Solid five stars for service! The salad was tasty and the entre (Ribeye with au poivre sauce) was delicious, but the vegetable side dish (spinach, broccolini and other green vegetables) were so salty you couldn't eat them. Others in our party had delicious fish and the beef Wellington was very good. We'll likely try this place again. Their service has certainly earned them a second chance.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always delicious.
    mcurielVIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    One of my favorite places in San Diego. Had filet mignon which never disappoints. Only place in San Diego where I will eat meat. Loved the chimichuri sauce. Tried my husband's beef wellington, and I may have to order it next time. Ordered banana creme pie which is also perfect, and also ordered lemon cheese cake. So good too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Left without eating
    JohnMonika
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    My lady friend and I have eated here before so we decided to go back. We had requested a booth so that we could sit next to each other, but they wanted to sit us in a table where we would have to sit across from each other so we left.
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  • Service great! Food..not so much
    ChrisB
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    We had read some mixed reviews but we really wanted to go out for a nice steak dinner. I'm not a steak eater so I opted for the fish special that I was assured was delicious. It was so overcooked that I mentioned it to my waiter. The chef made me a new entree that was only slightly less over cooked. I didn't say anything but they took it off my bill. So, I give them props for trying to make it right and being sensitive to their guests' experience. My husband's meal was very good but my son had the rib eye and he was definitely not overly enthusiastic about it. The atmosphere is lovely in the very small restaurant but don't go for the food.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Staff service impeccable!
    Justuraveragejoe
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Honestly the food was not memorable and I am not a foodie! However, the ambience and staff were perfect for a romantic date. The cocktails were delicious too!
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    This restaurant is tiny, only 10 tables in all so it was very cozy. Came here for San Diego restaurant week so enjoyed 3 courses for dinner. I had the short rib crostini for appetizer, beef Wellington for main course (excellent!), and orange creme brulee for dessert. The service was really good and made the experience really enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • intimate
    DinningDuo
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    Intimate dark and not overly noisy. I had the Wellington . It was not what I expected A large piece of steak that was akward to eat with the pastry The root veggie mix threw me for a loop as I believe there were turnips in the mix. The house salad was ok, however there really Is no dignified way to eat pomegranate airls. I don't enjoy swallowing them nor chewing them, gasp spit them out at such a high end eatery. It left me pushing them around my plate. My date had the ribeye with chimichurri sauce. It was delicious and flavorful. Wellington was nice for restaurant week. However I don't see my self returning all the time.
    Special Features:
    romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not what I expected
    FoodyVIP
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    My friend and I had dinner there last night for restaurant week, we had ordered the beef wellington and the stuffed porkloin,we both didnt like our food...the beef filet in the wellington tasted like liver coz it wasn't cooked right,and the puff pastry tasted too doughy,the stuffed porkloin was dry .We liked the sauteed kale and the foccacia bread though, and the servers were really nice.We didnt bother to complain to return our food to get something else coz they had limited choices and those two were the ones that we preferred to get...the wellington is afterall their specialty..The braised beef appetizer was ok, wouldve been better without the goat cheese coz I'm not a fan of it,the orange marmalade blended well with the flavors though.
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  • The not so great best dish
    FoodSuperStarVIP
    Dined on 1/21/2014
    I was really excited to have my first Beef Wellington and thought this would be a great place to try it for the first time. Had the Beef Wellington their signature dish and it was just a flat out failure. Dough was under cooked and the filet mignon tasted like ground beef. What a waste of a filet, you would have never known that it was. My filet was medium as opposed to medium rare. Service was good the appetizers were good as well.
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  • Perfect
    Patty
    Dined on 1/21/2014
    I have been here on a few occasions and have never been disapointed. The food is consistently delicious, the service unpretentious and personal. It is one of the few places I enjoy going to for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must for date night!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    Out of all the fancy restaurants we've tried out for special occasions, this place comes in as one of my top 3 favorites. The atmosphere is super intimate& romantic but with class&style appropriate to impress my man. The food is memorable, especially the considering value of the 3-course dinner. We always recommend this as a fun alternative to the typical steak dinner restaurant. Just come hungry! Most of all, the service was superb. We had Vasilios: Attentive, enthusiastic, and he makes MEAN drinks!! A must for all!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite place
    CarlF
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Where I go for a perfect cocktail and a great steak with wonderful sides. A small, cozy setting and attentive service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the try
    EatAlittle
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    We were craving a beef Wellignton and this is clearly the place to go. That's what we all ordered so I can't comment about the other food. Wellignton was excellent. They had a special with salad and dessert which was a better deal than ordering a la carte. Wellignton was served with Brocolli and Carrots. Carrots were good but broccoli was a bit too cooked and fairly smothered in salty soy sauce like sauce. Small intimate place. Service was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Choice for a special evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    We took some friends to The Wellington to celebrate their anniversary; chose the place based on recommendation from others. We were NOT disappointed!! The food was delicious; presentation was pleasant; drinks were good. Flow of the meal was smooth from one course to the next. Our server, Katie, was great! She answered all our questions about the menu; she was very professional throughout the evening; and she handled the back-and-forth banter that made for a fun evening for all of us!!! We definitely look forward to returning to The Wellington another time! PS-Warning--MUST have reservations as the restaurant is small; we saw several people come in who had to be turned away! But again the staff was cordial and pleasant to them as well
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GRASS-FED FILETS!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    Wellington, thank you a thousand times over for having grassfed filet mignon on your menu. I cook this at home about once a week because I cannot find it at any restaurants. However when my husband and I want to go out for a nice steak it's so good to know we can count on you. We came with a small group on Saturday night and had one of the best dining-out experiences we've had in a long time. Everything was prepared to perfection and my beautiful grass- fed filet was cooled medium rare as I requested. My husband and I live in Mission Hills, close enough to walk, so we are very very happy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It didn't disappoint! Awesome!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    We went for a romantic dinner and chose the signature dish - Beef Wellington. It was a great choice. The waiter was extremely helpful and friendly. The whole experience was a hit. If you're looking for a small, romantic, dimly lit, and nicely decorated restaurant where you can actually hear yourself talk, and with excellent food, The Wellington will be a hit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little Gem
    shelleyj
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Very small, intimate. Nicely decorated. Good, friendly, knowledgable service. Great food. The live entertainment was wonderful. The music did not over power the space so one could enjoy them and still converse. Definitely not a spot for kids due to size and gourmet quality food. No Mac n cheese or chicken strips there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved our experience. Can't
    Lala
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    Loved our experience. Can't remember his name, but our waiter (pre-med student) was wonderful. Was also treated to some special extras, i.e. Blood orange truffles, after dinner aperitif). Also had our teenager with us and they were very welcoming to him as well. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Declining experience - a real shame
    bigmikey909
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    I've eaten at this establishment several times over the years and have to say that my recent experience might be my last - a shame because the food here is very good. Dinner here took over 2 hours for a group of 5, which normally isn't a problem except that most of the time we felt we were being ignored by the staff while there was a couple in the corner being treated like VIPs. I always boast about how good this place was to friends and suggest we visit on special occasions such as birthdays or holiday dinners. Based on this last experience I feel like I misled everyone about the quality of this place and probably won't be able to convince folks to come back - not sure I'd want to try that anyway. More detail in my Yelp review
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  • Not so great drinks, food & service
    day34
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Friendly staff but not very knowledgeable of the menu. The steaks were ok but not great. Overcooked a bit. They didn't have a few items that they had on the menu and it was early (6pm). Also, we asked for a specific table against the wall and they said no because they ''thought' that they were all taken for later reservations. We had a reservation and it was empty when we arrived. For the price, I wouldn't recommend it. They need to do some repairs to the walls-patch and paint. It certainly wasn't as upscale as I think they perceive it to be. Really small inside and heard the group next to us talking over our own conversation.
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  • Although small, very impressive.
    Xtine
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    Walking right in, the room was dimly lit but sparkled all over from crystal chandeliers, candles, mirrors, etc., it's immediately mesmerizing. After realizing its a mirror and not an additional room, it starts to sink in that the place is the size of a two car garage. Very quaint. It gives a feeling of exclusiveness. Our server was immaculate. She was there when needed, recommendations, made us laugh, changed our wine glasses between red & white. Service was perfect, honestly. I ordered the duck, LOVED IT. I love duck. Everyone else had beef wellingtons and NY strips. No complaints. It's a wonderful secret gem. I wish I could have enjoyed a martini, just didn't order one. Please try The Wellington Steak & Martini Lounge yourself :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.