The Wharf-Madison Beach Hotel
The Wharf-Madison Beach Hotel

The Wharf-Madison Beach Hotel

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.madisonbeachhotel.com/
  • Phone: 2032451404x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 2:30pm

    Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

    Breakfast: Daily: 7:00am - 10:00am

    Brunch: Sunday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
  • Payment Options:
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Brendan Dion
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Guests have the unique opportunity to use the Resorts private Beach when planning their Event. Exquisite timeless design elements prove this Venue to be among the State's most coveted wedding Destinations. A expansive ball room affords spectacular views of Long Island Sound and outdoor Decks may offer a great chance to cool off while taking in nature's Beauty. Comfortable elegance is the theme in private event Spaces of variable sizes. The atmosphere in this Resort is one of genuine Hospitality which will be remembered for times to come.....

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Amtrak, Shoreline EAST.
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
A word from The Wharf-Madison Beach Hotel
The Wharf Restaurant is located inside the newly constructed Madison Beach Hotel. Enjoy the natural beauty of Long Island Sound while seated in the comfortably elegant dining room or covered porch. Classic New England dishes are prepared with a fresh innovative flair. A collectors wine list with rare wines from hard to find vintages will please even the most discerning palette. Come and experience the genuine hospitality that is the foundation of our service!
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The Wharf-Madison Beach Hotel reviews from OpenTable diners
77 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (64)great for outdoor dining (56)special occasion (31)great for lunch (27)romantic (27)great for brunch (17)good for groups (15)fit for foodies (14)notable wine list (12)neighborhood gem (11)vibrant bar scene (10)kid-friendly (7)hot spot (7)late-night find (6)Show More
  • Nice spot
    Seaview
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Good food - inexpensive lobster all cracked - yummy salad, great martini
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food good; service needs work
    mcos
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The patio has a lovely view and was quieter than inside, even though there weren't many diners in there, just a noisy bar. We were seated, orders taken and food arrived promptly. We had to ask for butter or olive oil for the very nice, warm rolls. Portions were small to adequate, not large. There was no salt and pepper on the table and our waitress was nowhere to be found to request them and a second glass of wine. Eventually another waitress assisted us with both. Our waitress reappeared to assure us we weren't abandoned but clearly we had been. Dessert was fair to good. The others courses were nicely prepared and tasty.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great beach spot!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    If you are looking for a good place to eat on the water- this is the place!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I indicated that I would like a table on the terrace. Since we were told it would be a 30 -40 minute wait we opted to sit inside with the understanding that they would move us outside "even if it was just for dessert". Before we even ordered many tables started to empty but the hostess who said there was a waiting list had apparently neglected to put us on her written list since it was on the computer. And seemed to have forgotten who we were and what she had promised. Our iced tea never arrived until we had been seated over 20 minutes. My husband's sandwich fell apart when he picked it up so he had to eat it with a fork. The fries were cold. I would never recommend them to anyone nor return.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, but a few surprises
    Louisiana606
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Four of us (two couples ages 68-78) had reservations for lunch. We wanted to eat outside, but the tables available were in the sun. Although the dining room was not at all full, we had trouble hearing each other...and despite our ages we are not hard of hearing. There were at least 2 flies buzzing around our food the whole time. The wait staff was pretty nonchalant about getting to us and we had long waits. The food was good, the view was lovely. We have enjoyed going for cocktails and sitting outside, but wouldn't do lunch or dinner inside again. We live in CT only in the summer.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Absolutely Outstanding
    DSTravel
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    My husband and I stayed at the Inn ~ fantastically charming ~ and met friends for a wonderful dinner. We began with cocktails, which we took to a seated area on the lawn and continued with a lovely walk in the back yard to the river. The wine list was very good and everyone enjoyed their meals. The staff was most accommodating ~ I do not do carbs, and the waitress was so helpful with immediatly suggesting a combination of two meals which was excellent! Yummy-looking desserts were enjoyed by some. The bartender was also very helpful and fun to chat with. We would love to return!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Beautiful setting for anniversary dinner. We got a free dessert because they knew it was our anniversary. The hotel has a fire outside with smores on Sunday night.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Madison Hotel Beach Club
    FlipkaVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    So disappointed with this restaurant. Noise level was very high, food was mediocre, with small positions. Our dinners had to be sent back because they were so under cooked. Waitstaff was very poorly trained. Certainly not a high end dining experience.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • No outdoor reservations
    nick
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    This place is all about the view. When we arrived we were told that our reservations didn't apply to outdoor dining. It would have been nice to be aware of that beforehand. The food is mediocre and expensive. Our sever was excellent , even though the food was blah.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Disappointing
    Juniper
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I requested to sit on the outdoor porch when I made my reservation on Open Table but upon my arrival was told there would be a 45 minute wait. The hostess also indicated outdoor seating was not honored for reservations as it was available on a first come first served basis only. My guest and I were seated at an outdoor "bar" which was not comfortable for conversation although the view was very nice. The meal (lunch) took more than 45 minutes to arrive from ordering time and there was no information provided by management or waitstaff about the ridiculous delay. The food was very unexceptional. I would not recommend the Madison Beach Hotel for lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lunch last Saturday
    madisonbeach2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Food was outstanding and served in a timely manner. Valle parking was very courteous and efficient. Was hoping when waitress dropped wine glass and it broke at my friends feet and they had to move to have it swept, they would have at least offered her a complementary wine, but it never occurred to the waitress.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent!
    Shell
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Great dining experience I would highly recommend this restaurant
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular view from balcony
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    If you can get on the balcony, the view is spectacular and it is quiet enough to easily carry on a conversation. If you have to dine inside, be prepared to raise your voice to be heard over the lively bar scene. The food is reasonably priced, well presented, but not as good as I would have expected from such a classy restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BB2571014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We were pleasantly surprised after reading some of the mixed reviews. The food was excellent, compliments to the Chef. The service was outstanding we only waited 10-15 minutes for our reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My girlfriend and I had been to this place a number of times. This particular evening was a special occasion, as I planned on proposing to her. The evening turned out perfect, largely due to the courteous staff, great food, and scenic views. Truly a night to remember!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Can't beat the view!
    TonyDiner
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    My wife and I ate at the Wharf at the Madison Beach Hotel for our regular weekend night out and the beautiful scenic view of the water made it feel like a romantic weekend away. We had a nice table on the porch overlooking the beachfront. The food was really good as well. I had the cod with a side order of polenta and my wife had the salmon and there were no leftovers for either of us. Our waiter was a bit slow and clumsy and not particularly engaging but the ambiance and food outweighed the less than stellar service. I definitely recommend the Wharf.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great location - horrible overall!
    BGDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The views are fantastic! The staff is inexperienced and dumb! Horrible hostess didn't honor our OpenTable reservation. Finally got a table on the patio. Interior dining is like being on an old smelly cruise ship!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Enjoyed the staff and ambience. I wanted seafood for lunch, scallops and so ordered the appetizer with scallops, shrimp, bacon. FYI: the bacon overpowed the mildseafood...............too thickly cut and way too salty. I went away tasting only bacon. would not order again. I love bacon but the next morning I had to decline bacon with my eggs as the taste was STILL with me from the day before.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Waterfront Gem
    maggiedinesout
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Enjoyed three wonderful meals at the Wharf-- breakfast, lunch and dinner. Beautiful setting on Madison Beach, attentive service and delicious food. Great selection of local provisions beautifully presented. Portions were generous, but not over done. Although a hotel restaurant, appears to be very popular with the locals.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fenway
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Food on floor when I pulled my chair out, no spoon with soup. had to ask for one and was given a teaspoon, had to ask for crackers, horseradish ,slow service, even though the dining room was almost empty, waitress was not friendly at all or available, had to flag down busboy. Only thing outstanding was the view, not worth the money.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • AMAZING VIEWS AND GREAT FOOD!!! :)
    meme
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    I enjoy this place every time I visit!! Love..love love the amazing outdoor dining while overlooking the beach and Long Island Sound from a distance!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food and service
    Suezq2014
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We had crab cakes and the calamari to start loved it!! Dinner was the lobster shrimp carbonara out of this world. Hanger steak not so much. Desserts excellent my fav strawberry shortcake . Staff couldn't have been more attentive and so polite!!!! Loved loved loved it will be back my new favorite
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice lunch
    MellVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We enjoyed a pleasant meal on the deck, admiring the Long Island Sound views. I was happy to have some healthy lunch options opting for a mixed green salad with grilled chicken. My son really enjoyed his calamari.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • connie
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    This is one of my favorite place during all seasons.....The view, the service, romantic, just a beautiful spot to forget your troubles. I have told many about this location and have brought many friends here, because it has such a unique feeling of relaxation.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, 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 LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Appetizer was good, but entree was "meh" (I had the arctic char). Dessert was very standard (I ordered coconut cake that had been refrigerated for quite some time and was dry and tasteless. My companion had the strawberry shortcake which was the same. The bench seats around the edge of the dining room are too low for the tables. Our server was excellent and since we requested to open the window, she let us - although she knew it would probably "screw up the air conditioning" - which I appreciated. And the view is to die for. Too bad it's full of people from Madison!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hotel Overnight Stay Remarks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Booked overnight stay based on company sponsored visit over a year ago. At that time, did not recall any issues. The hotel is in beautiful location and the views are wonderful apparently from every room. BUT - when you start to pay a premium, there are certain basics you should not have to call service for - even if service is quick: no face cloths in room; used coffee/tea pod left in brewer; only one coffee mug in room. Are those small issues - yes; BUT for a hotel of Madison Beach caliber, kind of sad. My husband and I travel quite a bit and have never experienced such simple lapses. Yes, even when we have stopped at the occasionally 'Motel 8' variety! Was told at Front Desk the hotel had received a late delivery???
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very slow service
    Rick
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    the restaurant wasn't very full yet we still waited about 45 minutes for our food. they didn't even give us bread while we waited. food was ok. restaurant was very cold. great location.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • best desserts on the shoreline
    seekerofsweets
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    It is rare to find a restaurant that devotes time and effort to fabulous desserts. The finely created delicacies at The Wharf rank with the best. Profiteroles filled with lemon curd gelato and surrounded by fresh raspberries, a chocolate cremeux with sweet and salty touches - beautiful to look at and delicious, very seasonally appropriate and classy with contemporary touches. Go for the view and dessert, but make sure to have their housemade gelato! What a find.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tipntop
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Father's Day was our first time going to the Wharf for brunch, and it was a delightful experience. We have dined at the Wharf many times for lunch, dinner, and special occasions and have never been disappointed. The brunch is by far the best anywhere in New England, and we cannot wait to go back. Excellent food presentation, friendly staff, and attention to detail made our day. Thank you!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Madison Beach Hotel
    Chaz
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Great food, service, music, view and atmosphere! A great place to go for brunch with the family.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 85th birthday fun
    Delicious2me
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    MY Parents live in the town but we don't go out as a family frequently. Everyone except parents live 4 plus hours away from this venue so we had never been here .Wedding reception was in process but didn't affect our dining experience. Looked like a lovely wedding... The servers and waitstaff were very accommodating and allowed us to linger over cocktails, dinner and coffee ,dessert. We ordered cocktails, from raw bar and each one of us had some seafood dish. Thankyou for helping make my fathers birthday a low-key pleasant affair.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anonymous
    Buster
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Best location on the coast. Food is great. Service is marginal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mislead
    Disappointed
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    In preparation to go to diner, I reviewed the Madison Hotel / restaurant web site menu. When we were seated in the restaurant were handed a menu that was very different than the one on the web site. Different in a negative way. Instead of lobster they had 4 different hamburgers (???). And, other interesting dishes detailed on the web site were not on the restaurant menu, nor were they available. Even dessert; the web site had old fashion root beer and cream soda floats - not on the menu AND when asked if we could get one I was told that they could not make one! Overall food quality was mediocre.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • CeCe
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Great food, service and water views. Wonderful dining experience.
    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.
  • Great LI views, good food
    JPM0713VIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The views of the sound are great, food was good, service, just Ok. Service reminds me of a club; inexperienced staff, littler to no adult supervision. Getting seated, with reservations was awkward, hostess was more interested in he conversation with her colleague than the arrival of guests; even though we were waiting for the other half of our party; no server approached for at least 10 minutes. The server seemed way over his head looking after us, super rushed and inattentive. A failed serving carafe of wine pour into a glass resulted in a spill, nice try to impress the young lady at the table. A fellow who appeared to be a manager was delivering food and he did a flyby glance at tables, never stopped to see how everything was.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food/poor service
    MadK
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    I met some friends from Greenwich for lunch and suggested Madison a Beach a Hotel. They loved the location however we waited so long to order we figured we had been forgotten (which I think we had). Embarrassed, I had to flag down a waitress to take our order. The hostess then came over to apologize and gave us free drinks, which we appreciated. However when the bill came the free drinks weren't on there and we had to have the bill corrected. I still love The Wharf and everyone has a bad day, but it made a bad impression on my friends.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • thefoodgroup
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Great views of the sound. Very good service, very friendly waitress. Food was delicious and reasonable priced. We live in the area and will return with family and friends.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food great service
    jimd
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Enjoyed everything during recent visit on a Friday evening. Menu was somewhat limited yet there were diverse choices. Everyone enjoyed their meals. Drinks were generous. Service was prompt, efficient, professional and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome location!
    eatsleeprepeat
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Outstanding food and the location really is amazing! Can't wait to go back again! :)
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 38 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 210 reviews are from the The Wharf-Madison Beach Hotel reviews archive.
  • still good
    MPMSVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We keep going back--service is improving. The continues to be excellent and the wine choice very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate