Tipple & Brine

Tipple & Brine

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Phone: (818) 528-2550
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Michael Williams
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Van Nuys Blvd
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Tipple & Brine
Tipple & Brine is a neighborhood oyster bar focused on providing sustainable, seasonal, and the overall best available products in a sophisticated, but casual environment. We strive to exceed our guests' expectations by providing exceptional service, freshly prepared food offerings, craft cocktails, local beers, small production wines.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Tipple & Brine reviews from OpenTable diners
114 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.8
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
72% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (64)neighborhood gem (52)hot spot (40)vibrant bar scene (37)good for groups (24)late-night find (14)special occasion (13)romantic (9)notable wine list (3)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (2)great for outdoor dining (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Neighborhood gem
    Dmonacola
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The food, cocktails, atmosphere and service was amazing. We loved everything we ordered. I highly recommend having a date night or a night out with a group of friends.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • stilesVIP
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Was looking forward to eating here. Arrived 6:35 and left at 8:45 - much too long. The oyster shukker needs a review course in how to open oysters in a timely fashion. We ordered a dozen of 3 types. They were out of one of the three, the Miyagis were so salty they were uneatable (oysters are not that salty) but the waiter replaced them with Thorndikes and they were great. But we had to wait an eternity. The appetizers were really good and then we sat and sat. Finally we said we were leaving. They comped us for everything! - not necessary but a very nice gesture. We probably will not be back.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • New Find in the Valley
    GP13
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Friends recommended Tipple & Brine to us and we had a very nice time there. Oysters were fresh, cold and just right. Short ribs were tasty and very tender. The carrot cake dessert was unique and one of my wife's favorite desserts. The house music was a bit loud and would have been more appropriate post 9 or 10pm, but seemed a little out of place for an earlier dinner. Try the toasts and the sides, all interesting and flavorful.
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    hot spot, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    Westlafoodie
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I love everything about Tipple & Brine except the noise level. It is a lively restaurant, great food, cocktails, wine list. Exceptional service. We were celebrating a birthday which our server picked up on. At the end of our meal we were given the most delicious carrot cake I've ever had. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    A little bit dark for my taste (you can hardly enjoy the visual part of what you are eating and drinking) but the good was great.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food terrible service
    puzzle1001
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Food is great but our service was horrible. Drinks were constantly empty, servers impossible to find. We ordered a bunch of appetizers to share, they brought them out one at a time instead of all at once and didn't even ask us if that's what we wanted. Servers dropped off food so quickly we couldn't even order more food, much less ask them to bring out the food all at once. The restaurant was not even full. Will not be returning.
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  • Disappointed
    Disappointed
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Went to dinner with friends, hoping that this would be the perfect restaurant between our two houses to meet up at. Though the food was tasty and the ambiance was to our liking the service was terrible (after promising us our drinks for 10 minutes the waiter only showed up with two out of the four, and five minutes later we finally gave up and went to the bar to secure the other two: one entree came with the appetizers, then two of the other meals showed up timely, with the last one arriving another 10 minutes later). Wine list was sketchy ( no Sauvignon Blanc or Cabernet Sauvignon) and yet the bill included the cost for a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc. Doubt that I could convince my friends to return even if I was willing
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  • Good, but I wanted it to be better
    KTownFoodie
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Went after reading on Zagat that it was one of the 15 best new restaurants in LA. Some of the food recommended was the cauliflower which was amazing, the gulf shrimp dish was also really supurb. The muscles however, were so-so. Fennel and muscles isn't my thing and over done in this town but unfortunately, the muscles were also not very flavorful. Braised greens - 2.5. Not great. I went here specifically for the oysters, which I would give a 3. The oysters that night came from either the pacific northwest, or Virginia? The Virginia oysters weren't great. Gotta have Northern Atlantic Oysters on your bar to be taken seriously. The Valley desperately needs a place like this wants to be, unfortunately Triple & Brine isn't there yet.
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    hot spot
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  • Don't waste your time or money
    Love2DineOutVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    We decided to try this restaurant on Monday night for $1.00 oyster night. The oysters were the fishiest oysters we have EVER eaten. We also ordered cosmopolitans to drink. They were the smallest drinks we've ever seen and we thought that perhaps they were there happy hour size/price. No! $9.00 each! We were stymied. Unable to enjoy the horrible oysters, we ordered the chicken pancetta, and the Seabass dishes. They were okay but nothing to write home about. But the worst part of the evening was the lack of service. We couldn't find our server anytime we needed anything. When our water glasses became empty we had to beg someone to fill them, every time - it was just the worst experience in a restaurant that we've had in years.
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  • Solid
    Jono
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Came here on a Wednesday night for dinner with the Mrs. First off, excellent service. Attentive but not nagging. Good cocktails, good beer. Food was great. Anyplace that has bone marrow on the menu is starting off on the right foot. For the quality of the food, price is very reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must try restaurant.
    luvfood23
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    This restaurant experience was amazing. We had the most amazing server, I wish I remembered his name, but his recommendations were spot on and the drinks were incredible. I cannot wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Food! - but overpriced
    SandJ
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Tough decision as to whether I'd go back or not. I think for a special occasion I might. The food is utterly interesting and delicious and creative. Someone took some time to get the combination and ingredients perfect! I had to order several "small plates" of delicious food to get enough to be full, which was quite costly. Sherri
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not for me
    JanieVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    It is not for me, but I know plenty of people who like this restaurant. It is just not my kind of food and the drinks were lightly poured. I like a full meal and a full drink. Service was good, the seating comfortable and it is very hip. Again just not my style.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wow!
    Travels2dineVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Excellent and unique food selections. Healthy, fun combinations and great sharing!! We had the brussels sprouts….awesome; and the shrimp and uni dishes. Can't wait to go again!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Food is to acidic
    ameliacat
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Very nice, but food is to acidic. I know that "brine" means acidic but it does not have to be to that level.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not very good
    lovemyfood
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Been here before for drinks and enjoyed so decided to come for dinner for wife's birthday. Big mistake. Tried the oysters. Beware oyster lovers, no traditional sauce or horseradish. Their sauce was a ginger sauce that was too much. When asked for cocktail sauce, it was overloaded with liquid smoke. Had one of the oysters myself and it tasted like bath water. ^ oysters and we left 2 over. The Orata (whitefish) is brought with tail and head included. Some might like that presentation, but not me. Worse than that, it was full of bones. For the limited positive, my daughter's flat iron steak was tasty and the brussel spouts were great although the mayo could have been left off. For a $130 meal, I expect more.
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  • Great local spot
    vnyum
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I'm happy to see more fine dining come to the Valley. We will definitely be returning to Tipple & Brine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Neighborhood Hang
    FoodieforLife
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Fun, great food choices, short ribs & scallops ... tasty! Servers very nice and energetic ... crowded but comfortable. Definitely ask for a booth, most comfortable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Great tastes!
    AndreaVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Very much enjoyed Tipple & Brine. I'm an adventurous eater but there are many things I don't enjoy or can't eat due to some food allergies. Tipple & Brine's combinations are unusual and when first reading the menu I wasn't sure if I'd like the food. But, it was delicious -- especially the brussels sprouts, clams and short ribs. The small plates are great to share so if dining with 4, you can try a lot of items. And, since I just decided to give oysters another try, I found the chef's selection really good! We had an early reservation so it wasn't too crowded or noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot!
    Iwantmore
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Each dish that came out was a delightful surprise. One of the dishes we ordered had A LOT going on, but boy did it work! There was so much more to choose from. The dessert menu could've had a bit more to select from, but the carrot cake was as delish as the server said it would be! Overall, al very yummy experience. Yes, we'll be returning! p.s. Cute bartender
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A unique restaurant in Sherman Oaks
    SparkytheDVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Most SO restaurants are safe and so boring/mediocre that T&B is a refreshing change. We love oysters and unique small plates and this fits the bill without battling traffic to get over the Hill. We ordered 2 doz oysters and enjoyed them (although a wider choice of dressings, including horseradish would have been nice), followed by the Urchin on toast, Kale salad, Heirloom tomato salad, fried oysters, seared scallops and everything was delicious. This was our third enjoyable visit. Only downside was that service was spotty all 3 times (long waits for some dishes/drinks, then too rushed). Also, if you don't have moderately adventurous diners with you, the menu offerings are rather slim (our teen daughter refuses to go with us again).
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not the Valley's Connie & Ted's
    MarkBVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Had been reading rave reviews, so decided to try $1 Oyster Monday. First, the $1 oysters are not the best quality. For those, you still pay regular price. Second, they are so busy, even getting a dozen is very difficult. We waited 45 minutes. Before we got them, we'd tried to order a 2nd dozen as there were 4 of us. By the time those came, we were through dining for the evening and we sent them back. Still, they showed up on our check, which was courteously corrected. The staff was friendly, but the service was very slow and disjointed. The food we ate after the oysters was good, but not great (whole orata fish was the best), and the noise level was crazy over the top. Based on the buzz, I was hoping for a lot more.
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  • A big disappointment
    LocalGirl
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The service was bad and very unprofessional. In an empty room, we were tucked away into the back, given our side dish of Brussels sprouts before any food or drink, had to repeatedly ask for bread, the rest of the food arrived out of normal order, and everything had too much vinegar or salt. The pork belly and lentils were fine, but the bone marrow consisted of 1/2 of one small shank . Doesn't live up to the hype.
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    vibrant bar scene
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  • Total find
    Wishtheyhadbetterscotch
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I don't think place is nearly as new as it was to me BUT the place is a total diamond in the rough! Fantastic architecture with a real sense of place and style. Clientele is mixed so nice variety of people watching, easy access and good valet parking... food was pretty good and cocktails were pretty good. The ambience is what held us there. Absolutely worth a trial run....
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    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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  • Oysters good but
    JUMBOVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    a little overpriced @ $3.50 ea. Everywhere else $3.00. i found the food to be quite salty. i.e. brine I guess that is why they call it that. I would go back but not rushing.
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    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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  • Jv
    JoevVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Service was good. Food was not good. Drinks were poorly made.nice ambiance. Would never go back.
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  • Are there too many small plates?
    NotJonathanGold
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Food was mostly small plates, a bunch of eclectic choices, but the whole experience lacked focus. (I tried to order the short rib on Sunday night, but they were out.) Some very good tastes and some only average, but the dishes all seemed complicated and not uniformly yummy. Don't know if I would go back, and would recommend to a friend only with reservations. Music was loud, but I liked the room - sort of woodsy and rustic.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Hit or miss
    Food2loveVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We have been here a couple of times and our third visit seemed an epic fail. We ordered at least 5 dishes and two failed. The gulf shrimp was rubbery and overlooked and replace of we ordered the pork belly which was then dry and over salted . I guess you can say the best thing on the menu is their veg. Drinks are good but over priced . Nice ambiance. Would only return once me u changes.
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    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Whats4Dinner
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We were ignored for about 20 minutes after sitting. Servers scurried by while the restaurant appeared to still be preparing to open. We finally got a server's attention & ordered 1 doz. ea. of 2 types of oysters and cocktails. Another 10-15 min, still no water, no drinks. Eventually, drinks arrived followed by oysters that were labeled w/a flag indicating the tray had 3 types of oysters. The served grabbed the flag and said that was not correct. We noted the oysters all appeared different, but he insisted they were all the same. We ate them but cancelled the second order and asked for a check. An irritated manager came over to tell us she was taking the order we cancelled off the check. No apology, no attempt to make things right.
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  • TASTIN' IT!
    EightOneGreat
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    JUST AMAZING FOOD -- and in the Valley to boot! The Whole Cauliflower head and brussels sprouts were mindblowing. We had a delightful, informed server; other runners and buss staff were overworked and way too late with bread and extras needed for our meal. At least our dessert coffees were comped due to being late. The oddest thing was that the desserts actually dimmed my experience! The praline-studded carrot cake was amazing but I think the closest a carrot ever got to that cake was waving from the pantry! The Prezel/Chocolate/salted caramel pudding sounded great, but was too overwhelming and kinda killed the buzz from all the great savory foods. A lifetime first for me! Regardless of the small hiccups, I will certainly be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • Neighborhood gem
    ScarlaVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    This was our fourth visit -- the food is comparable to anything on the west side, the staff is welcoming and professional, and the vibe is lively and fun. We've been waiting for a restaurant like this in the neighborhood!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • Lots to Consider
    castaway
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    If you are hungry, and don't want to spend an arm and a leg, do not go here. The Oysters are excellent, do not get the Chef's special--fun place. They charge for bread! And, I ordered a drink that had no alcohol in it and they ended up charging more than a regular drink! Not a terrible night, but for the money, it doesn't hold up.
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    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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  • hmmm
    JennaVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The food is very ecelctic but, good for what it is. A bit pricey in my opinion for what you get. The servive itself was outstanding!!
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    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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  • Not for Friday night happy hour!
    GoldenLeica
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Actually, a hot spot for young people on a Friday night. But impossible to have a conversation for anyone else. We had a party of 5 and couldn't hear each other talk. Service was great. Food was great, especially the oysters. Cocktails were fantastic. But after our entree we went across the street to Coldstone Creamery for ice cream and a chance to talk. I hope that Richard's next restaurant is a bit quieter. Nonetheless, this restaurant is a great success! Better than it's predecessor!
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    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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  • Unusual food
    AndyVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Small menu, far from the norm in selection. Very loud bar scene, difficult to hear conversation at a table.
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  • Oyster house w/o flavor
    koverr
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Went expecting yummy oysters to slurp down with a cold beer. Didn't happen. The types, which I've had before, we're indistinguishable from each other. Sad. The mignonette was pure vinegar, no shallots, just chunks of pepper. No flavor Sad. beer was good. My wife had the Brussels sprouts, too much vinegar as well. Sat at the bar, usually a good place for quick service. The bartender was too friendly and never took our entire order with several attempts. We had to work hard to get his attention again. The other bar staff were busy chatting with each other and did not look to see if patrons wanted anything.
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  • Great food, incredibly loud
    grumpy
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The food here is imaginative and really sensational. But the noise level is so loud you can not talk across the table.
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  • Not 4 vegan vegetarian pescetarians
    venzocritic
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Not for vegan, vegetarian or pescetarian. Everything has some sort of animal fat. Duck or pork! The lobster terrain tastes just like Hotdog. Steamed clams has chorizo & the grits are not good at all. Kale salad left me an after taste of some heavy animal fat. The best thing was the cauliflower! Just nice olive oil! The service was minus-ok, the lady was really nice and cheerful but seemed not to pay much attention. Mixed up the order. When we asked for the check and got our change back she didn't bring it complete, we needed about 51 cents back but never got them. I fell that was not nice neither appropriate! I except all my money back even if later i decided to leave the coins behind, that is for me to decide not for the waitress.
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  • Awesome Sherman Oaks Date spot
    Nicksnick717
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    All of the food is pretty much Tapas style. We had the chef's dozen oysters, 1 veggie, 1 appetizer type plate, and 1 entree type plate and we're pretty impressed by the food quality. It was on par with finer dining establishments that prix fixe multi course serve. The alcohol selection was okay. The only thing that was a little annoying was the moose levels. Overall, great place for the locale.
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  • LOUD, but delicious...
    wildriceVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I'm personally a little tired of all these restaurants that you can barely hear what your tablemates are saying. If we wanted to go to a bar with loud music, then we would go to a bar with loud music. But, when you want to go out for a nice dinner, have a lovely conversation, and eat really yummy food, then we would appreciate your turning the music down!!! We were a party of 5, and not particularly "needy", but our waitress kept disappearing for very loooooong stretches of time. Several times we had to ask the busboy or another server for something. The food, however, was delicious and didn't disappoint.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.