The White Horse Tavern
The White Horse Tavern

The White Horse Tavern

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.whitehorsenewport.com/
  • Phone: 4018493600x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 5:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Richard Silvia
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: For a unique way to celebrate a special occasion or just a night out with friends we have 3 private dining rooms that can accommodate 4-75 guests. Your guests will enjoy a specially prepared meal by our renowned chef, Rich Silvia. Our expert staff can assist in customizing your dining experience.
  • Private Party Contact: Amber Fraleigh 4018493600x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Farewell St
  • Public Transit: The White Horse Tavern is a quarter mile up Marlborough Street from the Newport Gateway and Visitors Center.

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Complimentary on-site parking available. On-street parking. Several private parking lots in immediate area.

A word from The White Horse Tavern
America's oldest tavern. National Historic Register structure. originally built in 1652 the property was converted to a tavern in 1673. Meticulously restored colonial rooms with wide plank floor and beamed ceilings offer candlelight dining by open fireplaces. Elegant yet casual dining of contemporary American cuisine. Voted most romantic restaurant in Rhode Island. Famous tavern room (bar) with fireplace. Unique. Romantic. Fun.

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The White Horse Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
129 reviews since April 29, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
79% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (77)romantic (64)fit for foodies (52)neighborhood gem (48)notable wine list (19)great for lunch (18)good for groups (16)great for brunch (16)great for outdoor dining (13)kid-friendly (5)scenic view (3)vibrant bar scene (3)late-night find (3)Show More
  • Continues to be a favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We are locals and enjoy bringing friends and guests to White Horse Tavern. The food is delicious, the staff friendly and knowledgeable, the colonial atmosphere is unique. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great old Tavern
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had Lunch --- their creative treatment of "standard" fair makes it special and noteworthy. This Old Historic tavern has appeal because of its place on the National Register but in order to maintain itself as a noteworthy destination they must and DO prepare present and serve excellent food offerings --- we're not talking gourmet - we're talking creative and well executed ! --- the staff is helpful friendly and attentive and I would recommend the White Horse to anyone.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food ok. Service not that much.
    Ororoina
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The service was not so careful; the set is old and nice; noise level quite high (mostly due to our table neighbours). Food not gret but ok
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible and terribly disappointing
    Pickyhubby
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I was so embarrassed to have people visit from out of town and have a such a bad meal. All the entrees came to the table luke warm and were barely mediocre even after they were reheated. I had never had a bad creme brûlée in my life, yet they managed to mess that up as well - forgot the vanilla - tasted like whipped cream inside. The building is very historic and pretty but it seems like that's all they have going for them, and they take advantage of it rather than creating an appropriate menu. Total disappointment - would not recommend it to anyone!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We wanted to eat here because of the historical background of this establishment. We enjoyed our dinner, and the service was very good. We ate inside, but there is outdoor patio dinning also. Nice small bar, and I wish we could have gone early to sit and have a drink there before being seated for dinner. One tip, on open table, we were only offered two times to dine, but I called the restaurant later, to ask if we could change the time, and they were very accommodating. So if the time you want is not offered, contact the restaurant directly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Don't change a thing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Lots of character in this centuries old tavern. Lobster bisque was very flavorful. Could have been a few degrees hotter for my taste but was quite good nonetheless. The rare ahi tuna entree was perfect and balanced well with the julienne squash & zucchini in a light lemony dressing. Wife had the striped bass and reported that it was delicious. The desserts were sinful. The silk cake, butterscotch bread pudding and the cheesecake rolls were shared among all and we couldn't pick a winner. 3 way tie for first. Service was excellent. Everyone made us feel welcome and seemed genuinely glad that we chose to dine with them. Will most certainly return.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We had a wonderful romantic dinner celebrating our anniversary. we plan on going back to celebrate my birthday in the fall.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trading on the past
    Newbie
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    As oldest tavern in US, certainly has historical significance and reputation. Wasn't full of patrons, but waited 20 minutes for refill of coffee and water at Sunday brunch. Overall, service was not up to standard of price of meal and reputation. Disappointing.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • White Horse Tavern
    Sheila
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Had not been to White Horse Tavern in quite a few years. Everything from the service to the food was excellent Menu had just enough choices and everything was fresh and delicious. Beautiful old tavern!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Rushhaus
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    For being theoldest Tavern in the US (1672) it did little to inform or permote this. The wait staff (bar maid most noticable knew next to nothing about the history of this old gem.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • continued excellence
    BerylVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Our return visit after a lot of years away from Newport was nothing short of fabulous! Food, service, and ambience were all outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Wonderful experience in historic setting with excellent food
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Truly Amazing
    TeacherDetective
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    To be honest, we went to the Tavern because of its historical significance - not thinking much about the potential food experience. However, we left all agreeing that it was one of the best meals we had ever eaten! Our appetizers were good - I would have liked a bit more seasoning for my Rhode Island mushrooms, but my husband's clam chowder and daughter's shrimp were excellent. The star, though, was the butter poached lobster! So amazing! I could have licked my plate for every drop of goodness. The chicken breast seemed equally tasty. Desserts were sinfully superb - bread pudding was especially well prepared and luscious. Overall, we felt we were given a modern food experience with careful attendance by the staff. Not to be missed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • White Horse Tavern August 2014
    Localnewporter123
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I am a local who took a guest around town for a week and not only was the beef Wellington and rib eye cooked to perfect, our waitstaff was courteous and right on top of our needs. My guest (and even myself) think this was our favorite part of our trip. The food and drinks were phenomenal.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Luv2doWIneVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Excellent meal here while visiting Newport this summer. Ask for a room in the rear for private dining for 4 or more people. We had a delicious meal, beautifully presented and efficient service. Highly recommend when visiting Newport. Not inexpensive but well worth the price. We will be returning when in the area again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thanks, Pepto Bismal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My husband ordered the pork dish. He said it was so tough that it was unedible. This was after a 35 minute wait to get our food, so he didn't want to get something else. Laster that night he had an upset stomach which may or may not have been related to the pork. They compted our dessert.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 5 stars
    LeighCooper
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My husband and I took some friends to this restaurant who were in from out of town. Everyone enjoyed dinner. The wine list was great and the desserts were fantastic. We're all excited to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The White Horse Tavern
    atopic
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Definitely a special dining experience. Our first visit several years ago was on Thanksgiving Day, and we still remember it as the best Thanksgiving meal we ever had. Our second visit lived up to the first: high quality ingredients, preparation and service. Plus, it offers a unique trip back in time, as one of the oldest taverns in America!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • White Horse always a good pick
    STEVEANDD
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    For some reason we usually go to WHT in the winter but we checked out the summer menu and decided to give it a go. We were not disappointed. My husband had the pan seared scallops and I had the statler chicken. Both dishes were fantastic. And John the bartender was fabulous. Glad we went!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great fish
    jcbohnVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We had swordfish and scallops - both very well prepared. Excellent staff, unobtrusive service, quiet so you could actually hold a conversation. Lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Back in time...
    Louis
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    A must while in Newport, away from the peers, quiet area, very old house that make you feels living an historical moment... Great service, good recommendations and charming. Would go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ambiance to spare
    nicknamenicknameVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The food was good and the ambiance was superb. Dimly lit and quiet, the place fairly reals of history.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Leisurely meal or inattentive?
    Disappointing
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I'll paraphrase the great adman David Ogilvy's advice on keeping clients happy: Pretend that each dinner is the only pebble on your beach. Second consecutive disappointing meal. The food is certainly good (not great), but the waitstaff isn't up to the task. To charge as much as they do, they need to pay more attention to their diners. There are too many other really good choices in Newport. And it's probably just me, but could diners please dress up just a little? And keep their elbows off the table? Please treat a meal at the White Horse Tavern as a special event.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Really the only issue we had was that it was soooooo quiet. We felt like we had to whisper. The service was wonderful and the food was delicious!
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    cell
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We had a fantastic time, the food, and the service was great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chef Ramsay Go Home
    Yadlig
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Chef Ramsay will find nothing to do in this establishment. I guess that's why they are the oldest dining spot in the USA(since 1672)!! If your in Newport RI, Don't Miss out o one of the best ever dining experiences!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Wonderful experience! Great food! Cannot wait to return so many more thing I'd love to try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding food and service.
    luv2travel
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed the restaurant. The food was well-prepared, the service was excellent, and the rich history of the Tavern was an added plus. Don't miss the duck egg appetizer!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special occasion
    1stAnniversary
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Went here for our anniversary while visiting Newport. Found the food to be good as well as the service. We aren't seafood eaters or seek out venison or rabbit as they were serving. My steak was delicious but my husbands was average. Overall, we weren't blown away and think its on the pricy side. Good experience but not fabulous.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Graduation dinner for 9 - wow!
    CAPTA
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We started with the lobster Mac & cheese appetizer, two were plenty and it is simply terrific. Lots of juicy lobster in a lovely cheese sauce with fresh asparagus and pasta shells. Magnificent! I had their signature Beef Wellington which is superb. Perfect, flaky crust with a very generous portion of tenderloin in a foie gras coating, most excellent. Very good wine list, service was timely. Dessert was sinful and delicious. The butterscotch bread pudding was a home run. I have eaten here before, many years ago, and bringing family and friends here for a celebration was extremely well-received. You get what you pay for, a memorable and wonderful dining experience. A bit pricey, but no problem for special occasions. We shall be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was okay
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    It was a little disappointing, because the food wasn't that great. The service was very slow even though there weren't many people dinning in at the time. You will be paying for the name and the history of the place rather than your food, unfortunately.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Did not live up to the hype
    NC123VIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Dark dining room. We started with a Duck Scotch Egg that was tasty but seemed a bit over cooked with a completely hard yolk. Next we had a Caesar salad and lobster bisque. The Caesar was marginal. But the bisque was terrible. It was a roux and sherry slurry that was luke warm and had zero lobster. One chunk that was hoped to be lobster turned out to be a floor lump. Entrees were the Tavern Burger, ordered medium, and the Pork Chop with Choirico Vinigrette. My wife's burger was way over cooked, ruining what seemed like a great burger while my pork chop was so undercooked I did not eat the whole thing. With the darkness, I thought my chop was medium which would have been perfect. But as I got closer to the bone it was completely raw.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Historic Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    This was our second time here and we'll definitely return. A bit over-attentive staff but that's better than non-attentive. The first time we ate of the regular menu and the meal was superb. This time we had the Wednesday burger night special and it was also excellent and quite reasonable priced. If the regular menu is too expensive go on burger night.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The history oozes out of the walls!
    Leslie
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    The food is really good, but the experience of sitting in the oldest tavern in the country is the best! The wait staff was attentive and the ambiance was fantastic. Great photos all around, and if you are reading about the history of Newport, you will see the White Horse Tavern mentioned many times with reference to trials in the early 1700's, held right here, and it just makes the meal complete!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Historic spot with up to date menu
    JaneVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    We headed here to celebrate a special occasion. There was a nice selection of entrees that would appeal to most people. We had a nightly special appetizer of grilled shrimp with paper thin sliced fingerling potatoes. The shrimp were outstanding, moist and large, and the potatoes were not greasy and very, very good. I had the scallops with, what I thought were roasted cauliflower and ramp. The veggies did not seem to be my idea of roasted and the portions were merely decorative with three very small pieces of cauliflower. The scallops were tasty. My husband had the lamb chops which were ample and nicely presented on a bed of red rice. The caramel bread pudding was an amazing way to conclude our meal. You have to try it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jz2467
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Historical spot in Newport, nice ambiance and great service. The food was mediocre.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • FANTASTIC Service
    NewportWHT
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    My father is handicapped, and although the restaurant had ample parking, the streets in the area were under construction, and we could not access the parking lot. Amber greeted me, and immediately made parking arrangements with a neighboring hotel. She also made sure all of my father's needs were met, and did so as if it were a normal day-to-day process. Our meal and drinks were fabulous, our server was charming, and the history in this tavern should not be missed. Anyone heading to Newport must experience this gem. I'm in the quality field, and this was the best service I've received this century!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, ok service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Food was good, service was ok. I asked our server what he recommended and he said the Lobster, the most expensive thing on the menu. Personally, I never trust servers that automatically recommend the most expensive thing on the menu. We could tell he just did not know what to say, perhaps because he does not know the menu very well. He also couldn't remember who ordered what when the food was ready. This seemed a bit silly, since there were not that many of us. However, the history and ambience are fantastic, so it's definitely worth a visit.
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  • Not the place it used to be
    NavyBlue72
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Before the 5 July dinner we have dinned there last in 1983. In 1983 it was a memorable experience with diners who were appropriately dressed and an impressive wine list. I wore a jacket but the restaurant required business casual. Aparently business casual now includes I was shorts and flip flops. I was surprised by the number of poorly dressed diners and felt out of place. Only one other person in the up stairs dinning room wore a jacket. The rest were mostly variants of beach attire. The food was pretty good but nothing to get exited about. The magic of going there was gone by the time we left. The White Horse has a great history but it is no longer the fine dining establishment that I once knew.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Historical Landmark
    gourmetgirlVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The White Horse Tavern is one of oldest taverns in the world with a rich history. It's a wonderful experience to be able to dine there. The food is fabulous and the service is wonderful. I had the caesar salad with homemade caesar dressing and whole anchovies if you want them - delicious! All of their entrees are amazing, but I had their signature dish, Beef Wellington in a puff pastry with foie gras. The filet was tender and the red wine reduction they served it with was delicious. My nephew ordered for dessert the fried cheesecake bites, rolled in cinnamon sugar, served with caramel - it was amazing! Great night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet