Three Seasons
Three Seasons

Three Seasons

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.threeseasonsrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6508380353x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Happy Hour - 4:30pm - 6:30pm Monday - Friday
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Pan-Asian, Vietnamese, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Hung Le
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: Groups of 50 or more can reserve all or part of the restaurant exclusively for their group. Please call restaurant for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Tessa Nguyen 6508580353x

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Three Seasons
Known for their astounding repertoire of fresh spring rolls and collective small plates, Three Seasons Restaurant has quickly become the dining experience of choice among those who know. Founders Chef Hung Le and Tessa Nguyen bring their concept of fresh premium ingredients combined with innovative food presentation to downtown Palo Alto. The result is an unprecedented and thoroughly addictive spin on traditional Vietnamese flavors. The flagship Three Seasons, in San Francisco's trendy Marina District, has earned the distinction as one of the most acclaimed Vietnamese restaurants in the Bay Area since its inception over three years ago.
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Three Seasons reviews from OpenTable diners
66 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (37)fit for foodies (19)good for groups (19)great for lunch (18)neighborhood gem (17)special occasion (13)romantic (5)vibrant bar scene (5)hot spot (5)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (3)notable wine list (3)late-night find (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Wonderful vibe
    LeahVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Three seasons always had solidly good food, pleasant atmosphere, and a great staff. I have been on a few occasions and have never been disappointed.
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday celebration
    scallops4me
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The evening was great because the waitress knew it was "all about the birthday girl", pouring heavily of a fantastic wine Altamura Sangiovese 2009. I got the Tamarind prawns and they were fabulous. The curry and the basil chicken was also good. The birthday dessert was lovely fried bananas covered in coconut with coconut ice cream. We really enjoyed the evening, the ambiance and connivence of great food in our Palo Alto neigborhood.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Disappointed Return Visit
    mynickname
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The food as usual was good. Two Big disappointments: 1. All the seating inside the premises have now changed to ONLY high chairs. This seating was physically uncomfortable for half of our party. On requesting normal height seating, the two hostesses were pretty blase about the matter. And although we saw patrons at the upper level, this apparently was not presented as an option to our party. Very likely we may not visit this restaurant again just on this count. 2. The lighting is now also changed to VERY DIM. I do not think any of the members of our party were able to do justice to adequate menu selection in that lighting All in all, very disappointed since we have had good experiences on all our past visits.
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  • Incredibly overpriced, food bland
    MaggiemdVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I remember three seasons in the city and was looking forward to trying this restaurant. We ordered the shaking beef, noodles and fresh spring rolls and out food was $70, with drinks it was over $100. The slaking beef was bland and small. The noodles were bland and the shrimp was over cooked and dry. The price for the size and quality of the mean was surprising.
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  • Pricey Vietnamese
    TrnrmomVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Although there was nothing wrong with food, service or ambience, the prices for Vietnamese noodles were a bit out of line. There was nothing special about the ingredients, but you are paying for the atmosphere & the location. Cold noodles, soup noodles and traditional spring rolls were all well done, however.
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    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great outdoor dining
    palyeaterVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    we sat outside under an umbrella during a hot palo alto day. got the salmon entree with green beans and rice. the salmon was over cooked and a bit dry which was a little bit of a bummer - but the service was great and the food is usually really delicious.
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    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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  • Handsome architecture
    BillC
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    This is a good local Vietnamese restaurant, not as expensive as nearby Tamarine, but vastly more noisy. The food is good and the service swift. As with most places to eat, it is noisy. It is popular on weekdays with tech folks, mostly men. But go for the handsome architecture, for it once was a Palo Alto bank, and good wood and a stained glass ceiling are worth an admiring look.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kayskornerVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Loved all of our food: Green Papaya Salad, Shaking Beef, Garlic Noodles and the divine Vietnamese coffee. Edgar, our server was wonderful and attentive. We love coming here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trendy Vietnamese
    AHreviewVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Three Seasons is really good. This was my 3rd visit and I never had anything I didn't like. We ate outside which was quiet and private. Inside is beautiful and sometimes has music, which I like. We had 5 dishes tapas style this time, which was plenty for 2. The mango shrimp salad tasted wonderful, and was colorful, ample, and crunchy. I love cashews and basil in a salad. We also had roast duck in little yeast dough steamed buns that were outstanding, and skewered pork kebabs that were succulent and tender. They have a lovely dessert menu and were glad we indulged with the ginger creme brulee. I highly recommend Three Seasons.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Good atmosphere, not worth the cost
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Food was decent but not for the price. For 2 of us with NO DRINKS it was $110 including tip.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great time!
    ebuenaVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Used a travelzoo voucher for this visit. Service was great and the food was delicious
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    special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Great fun
    MsAzuma
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Good food, great wait staff, awesome live music, fun crowd. That night was grand!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed return customer
    Icook
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We have eaten at Three Seasons several times in the past. This time we found the seating uninteresting (a greasy smell inside sent us outside to face a bare concrete wall). The food was significantly poorer in quality than before (flavorless undercooked bok choy, for example) arriving as small expensive portions. The service was slow even though the restaurant was not crowded. We will not return.
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  • Pleasant Dining.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    It was a pleasant dining experience. We ordered two appetizers, seafood potstickers and happy buns which is pao with peking duck. It was good but the peking duck was meager. The potstickers were nice but it came to us slightly warm - it would have been nice if it were hot. It seems that it was not freshly made. We also ordered the grilled prawns with garlic noodles - ok - the prawns were sadly overcooked. We ordered chilean seabass and that was very nice and the bok choy was pretty good. For dessert we ordered sticky rice and mango - sticky rice was delicious. Our waitress Caitlin was very nice - no complaints there.
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  • Too noisy with construction nearby
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We sat outdoor and cannot hear our conversation as the loud noise from jackhammer nearby that was non-stop during lunchtime. When the sun came out, we asked to move indoor but was told that there was a private party going on. But when I pick up the bill from the cashier, there was no party at all. In fact, there were lots of empty tables and only about 3 small tables were occupied.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too many tempting items on the menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We sat outside so there was very little noise, and since it's not on the street there is no traffic going by. Highlight of our meal was the Thai snapper, a whole fish fried with crispy skin and succulent flesh and presented not lying down but as if it were swimming and turning. The salad with grapefruit pieces and cashews was also a hit. Sadly we did not order the lamb chops but we did get the "Happy Buns", duck in a steamed bun with the fixings of Peking Duck inside – very satisfying. We lamented the disappearance of the Muscadet from the wine list but enjoyed the Sylvaner from Alsace instead, and at only $36 a bargain.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Service Okay Food
    huginnmuninn
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We were seated immediately with the OpenTable Reservation. We were a party of 4 and ordered Crab Wallets, Shrimp roll and Happy Buns. The appetizers took 10 mins and were just perfect. For main course, we ordered Lamb, Snapper and Shaking Beef with Garlic Noodles - straight out of the Foursquare recommendations. They were out of snapper so we ordered the Sea Bass instead. The dishes were all winners. But, the servings are very small for most Americans. 2 of us had to go for pizza after.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful flavors
    RosalieGVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Sat outside on tall stools on a warm weeknight. Spring rolls good. Little chops delicious. Many choices and many plates to share. Always like the wonderful flavors of Three Seasons' food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jessie
    Jessie
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Service was great - the food was fairly good but not all items were that great. The pork baby back ribs were definitely good and worth ordering. The hamachi shots were decent but not amazing.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Some nice dishes
    PaloAltoDiner
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Fun flavors, artfully presented. BBQ Pork Ribs were especially tender. Soft Shell Crab roll was delicious; I'd order that again. Duck roll was tasty. Prawn and mango roll was interesting, but a bit too sweet. Papaya salad was nice, but a little too much green papaya and not enough counterbalance. The chicken salad was surprisingly yummy with many different flavors. The catfish was a little dry and bland. Udon noodles had a good mixture of tofu and vegetables, but the mushroom broth was pretty light. Ginger creme brulee and the chocolate lava cake were both delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • PAJanVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We enjoyed a casual family dinner here and were very happy with the food and service. The appetizers, papaya salad, ribs and sticky rice dessert were all delicious. I felt they could do more to improve the ambience. The balcony is nice--but the rail was right at eye-level so we couldn't see the room below.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 45 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 655 reviews are from the Three Seasons reviews archive.
  • Tis the Seasons....
    SwankieVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    A special birthday was made even better with the delicious small plates at this absolutely beautiful restaurant in downtown Palo Alto. Excellent service also in a bit of a hideaway location. Really enjoyed this place and would definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • Reliable favorite
    jdlocal
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Lunch was quiet and leisurely, giving us time to eat everything we ordered. Artichoke soup (or was it asparagus?) was excellent. Duck rolls and eggplant dish very satisfying. Crisp tofu not as crisp as expected, but tasty without such strong flavors as to be unsuitable for appetizer. Seafood potstickers less interesting than expected. I'm ready to go again.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointment!
    SusanneVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    We had dined at Three Seasons with a large group several months ago and thought the food and service was wonderful. When we went back on our own, the service was still very good but almost everything we ordered was overcooked and tough and almost inedible. The only dish that came out well was the Barbeque Pork Satay. We were particularly disappointed in the Crab Purses (overcooked and very dry) and the Garlic Noodles and Shrimp (the noodles were okay but the shrimp was inedible). We've scratched Three Seasons off our list!
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  • Hidden Gem
    HungryVIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Literally a hidden gem in overbooked Palo Alto, Three Seasons offers high quality, truly delicious dishes in a nice environment only one door in off University Ave. I'm a big fan of the Slanted Door in SF, and found the green papaya salad even better here, and the shaking beef so tender and delicious. Definitely coming back often, especially as my other favorites in PA are usually booked at least one week in advance and impossible to get into. Hope I didn't ruin this now for myself -- but the management and chef definitely deserve the applause. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot
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  • Fun date night!
    Nelliott
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    My boyfriend and I came here for dinner after he picked me up from the airport and it was the perfect place to unwind with a fabulous selection of wine, apps, and entrees. We made a reservation just a few minutes before we showed up and they seated us immediately, upstairs was a fun place to people watch and take in the unique atmosphere. Seating anywhere else in the restaurant as well as outside would offer an equally great experience. Our server Gabriele was so nice and had some great recommendations for us. We enjoyed the energy and ambiance and will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice space, food could be better
    RAMCC
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    If you're looking for traditional and tasty Vietnamese food, maybe look elsewhere. We took our family here for dinner this weekend. The building is lovely with a grand domed ceiling and good people watching potential from the balconies. The bar was buzzing with a Friday night crowd. The food however was overpriced for what it was. The fresh duck spring rolls were the highlight. Everything else was either deep fried to within an inch of its life or not sharp and flavorsome enough- overall a bland Americanised take on Vietnamese cooking. There was nothing especially bad about the experience, but having said that, nothing standout either. I don't think we'll be back.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great food and ambiance
    pickyeater
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Never too crowded or noisy, Three Seasons is an old standby that you might forget. But the curry chicken is simply outstanding, and the old building is so pretty and light inside, that we return over and over
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    LynieRVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Really enjoyed the food, service and ambience. Not sure if we would dine here without a discount deal...it is a bit pricey but very tasty. Had a travelzoo voucher that was a great deal!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Three Seasons
    Didi
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Our service was poor, shaking beef meat was chewy, chicken satay was dry, garlic noodles were bland and the app with calamari was sitting in oil? It was not a good dining experience.
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  • Appearances were deceiving
    LuvGoodService
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    This was our first time there. I was scoping out the place since I send groups of 10 to 14 from my workplace to local restaurants every week. The good: Beautiful setting, food is fresh, tasty, artfully presented, and busboys were excellent. The bad and the ugly: Hostesses (2) and our waiter were awful. The worst service we've had in many years. Completely inattentive, unaware and uninterested that we had not been approached by a waiter for the first 15 minutes minutes, or when we wanted to order another side, or when we wanted our check. Restrooms were gross and not looked after, and it was 6:30 pm! Definitely not going back and not sending anyone from my workplace there. We want to nominate them for one of those restaurant stakeout shows!
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  • Fun date night
    FoodFiend
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    First time eating at Three Seasons; Popular place, lively atmosphere. Food was tasty and enjoyed by all; one MSG-sensitive diner got a headache the next day, so unsure about MSG content. One dish arrived barely lukewarm; waitstaff was friendly but timing and frequency of check-ins may have suffered due to how busy the restaurant was. Great cocktails. Go more for the lively ambiance than anything else!
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    great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food
    JaneVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Particular like the shaking beef and shrimp and garlic noodles. Spring role were excellent. For dessert we had a fried banana and warm mango- both terrific.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ScottishHippieVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Beautiful place, attentive service, but very overpriced food for the portion size and simplicity of the flavors and ingredients. Don't come hungry if you're on a budget.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed!
    Foodie
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Service was just okay, food seemed overpriced for a shrimp noodle entree ($28 and greasy), small hot pot of catfish ($36, no rice included) and never noticed this before on previous visits. Nonetheless, not what I remember of the restaurant; prices seemed more expensive, staff scarce and not as attentive (hostess included), and the quality of food was less than expected. Even the main floor seating had changed; all tables were high tops. Sad that service and quality lacked as we drove from San Francisco just for dinner at Three Seasons.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • candyVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    as always, great food! Love their seafood potstickers and great selection of vegetarian dishes, a few new items on the menu, liked their prawns and vegetables and great service as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They've changed their recipes
    pastalvrVIP
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    We went for our anniversary dinner and was hoping to have some of our favorites dishes. They took the Baked Apple off their drink menu...they changed the crispy calamari recipe to now incorporate turmeric powder, and the soft shell crab roll just wasn't the same and fell apart . Our server did not really write anything down so she missed part of our order and she was more interested in getting a drink for herself than getting our drinks. Our food came out before our drinks...needless to say, we didn't stay for the rest of dinner. We left and went around the corner for better food and better service.
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    Great for Lunch
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  • candyVIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    As always food and service was great! Love their crispy egg rolls and seafood pot stickers!
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    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    LOVE the foods we ordered! Staff were accommodating with my 3 kids (2 kids & 1 newborn) and gave us a spacious table upstairs. Nice ambiance too.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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  • Food quality has gone down..
    BiggerEyesVIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Inspite of being a beautiful restaurant with good service, the food seems to suffer from declining quality.. Since we were in a large group, we got to sample a number of dishes, and while everything was OK, nothing stood out the way it used to. The portions seem to keep getting smaller, so I don't see either value or taste, just a nice place to hang out with friends..
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic