Topo's 403
Topo's 403

Topo's 403

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.topos403.com/
  • Phone: (812) 676-8676
  • Hours of Operation:


    Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Greek
  • Executive Chef: Chef George Pavlopoulos
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 8th St
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Small private parking lot and handicapped access behind the building, access from 8th St or 9th St. Large public parking garage (3 hours free) on N. Walnut between 7th & 8th Sts. Metered street parking available on all nearby streets.
A word from Topo's 403
Topo's 403 serves a fresh greek and mediterranean inspired menu of mezedes, salads, soups, entrees, and desserts. Housed in a beautifully restored 1870s townhouse, the atmosphere lends a lively yet intimate vibe throughout the dining rooms, full bar service, and large outdoor patio. Private dining and special event spaces available as well.
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Topo's 403 reviews from OpenTable diners
24 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.7
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (15)romantic (12)neighborhood gem (12)fit for foodies (11)good for groups (6)great for outdoor dining (6)notable wine list (3)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Outstanding ambiance, okay food
    LaurelTree
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Topos 403 is in a beautifully restored historic house filled with artwork. Live jazz adds to the ambiance, though it can be a little loud and difficult for conversation. The bar is excellent and the service and presentation is top notch. However, the food is just okay. There wasn't a lot of flavor to the steak, and pairing it with fries is a little weird. I love the ambiance so much that I will go back, but I'd like to see them work on their menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service and great food.
    otterladyVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Contrary to some prior negative reviews, our experience at Topos on 11/8 was very good. Service was prompt, efficient, and very pleasant. One of us liked his entree less than I did hence the 4 stars. The donut dessert was beyond wonderful, and the martini with the Kahlua and Rum Chata was a dessert in itself! We will definitely return to Topos!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dining pleasure at Topos 403
    Cleveland3food
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Awesome appetizers and dessert. Friendly and attentive staff. If you are looking for vintage charm with a modern Greek inspired menu, this is the place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dining
    StevieD111
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We had an excellent meal, excellent service and loved the ambiance and setting. We're sure to return and I'll have no qualms highly recommending to anyone asking about where to eat in Bloomington.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful restored home
    Notreallyahoosier
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Enjoying the house contributed to the experience-which was warm and friendly with a sophisticated menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unprepared
    JamesVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We arrived right on time, and our table for 3 was in the bar right beside the very loud jazz band. They moved us to an 8-top in the hallway. Our entree arrived in 10 minutes, and after 30 minutes or appetizers never arrived.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointment
    BouludSlam
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Topos403 is now our former favorite restaurant and one we probably won't visit again anytime soon. Both entrees incredibly salty. Chef (make that cook) tells the waitress to say "sorry". This is the second time in a row when I've complained about my meal and was given the brush-off. Ambiance is pleasant, but one can't eat ambiance. It is just not worth the money.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Food and service problems this time
    laggVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We are used to very slow service, even when the restaurant is not busy. This time was no exception. However, the food is usually piping hot and tasty. This time, the soup was barely lukewarm when it arrived. The server did not return to ask about it and by the time she returned with the entrees, it was stone cold and I was not interested in eating it any more. We had a scallops special and the fish, which tasted fine but which were not piping hot. The restaurant is always extremely cold, year round, so perhaps the food cooled off before we received it. Our coffee and desserts were fine. We were concerned when the musician arrived and sat inches away from our table, but he did not begin his performance by the time we finished dinner.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Appalling
    taylorboatVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Worst restaurant experience ever. Food was uneven. Service was atrocious. We had to go back downstairs to get a server, then had to find our own silverware. When the food was delivered we asked for salt and pepper. We got it when our plates were cleared. Desserts were delivered in pieces over half an hour, and a pastry had raw batter in the center. The grilled sea bass wasn't grilled and was overcooked. The waitress was pleasant but utterly incompetent. She kept apologizing for "miscommunications" and how busy they were. Less than a quarter of the tables were full. I've had some bad meals and poor service, but nothing was as bad as this. The table next to us had similarly horrid service and mediocre food.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Utter Satisfaction
    CherylBlossom
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Set in an old house, this Bloomington restaurant quietly neighbors bars and apartments away from the main square. The interior is soothing blue gray and white with gorgeous dark wood accents. The bar and eating areas are well combined and the whole ambience is romantic and urban, with the comfort of a living room feel. They have ample space for small groups and large groups depending on your needs. The food is incredible. The portion sizes are just right. The food is hot and fresh. The flavors are rich but delicately wielded. The bar is extensive. The selection is changing with the seasons... It's everything you want in a contemporary restaurant with just enough Greek flair. Please try it the next time you are in Bloomington.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Home run for Topo's
    BtownMom
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The party to welcome the new IU baseball coach was perfect. Creative menu in his honor. Attentive service. Great atmosphere on the patio. Delicious food. The Greek coach should know he has come to the right place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Delight in an Old House
    LynnJ
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Topos has been around awhile, but I had missed it. We were seated outside on a beautiful evening, which did put us near the middle of Walnut Avenue but that was our choice. We were frankly delighted with all our food. My wife and daughter and two friends had a leisurely meal with wine and lots of tasting each other's plates. So we enjoyed a fair sampling of the varied menu and all of us were pleased. We had one vegetarian with us and there were plenty of options which were interesting and savory. If you liked Rail before its passing you may enjoy trying Topos. Our service was very pleasant and attentive and our meal was well paced, not swift, well paced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small Plates a Delight
    npguy
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    At Topos, we decided to eschew the entrees and explore the rest of the menu. The starters/small plates were outstanding, especially the Devils on Horseback and the beets. The Greek specialties were also the best in town. The cold soup was to die for and the deserts was very good. Very well made cocktails as well. Wine list was quite unique with a nice selection of Greek and Lebanese wines.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great experience
    Sk92
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The portions for the food and cocktails were a little small, but the atmosphere and service were excellent. They did not skimp on the wine however! I had a fantastic Malbec and plenty of it. I should also say that the quality of the food was wonderful. The portions just left me a little empty. Get the rib eye if you're very hungry.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awful does not describe.
    jessiebr
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We sat there for 2 hours, received 1 round of drinks, 1 of 4 appetizers that we ordered and none of our entrees. At the end, as we'd thrown in the towel and just decided to settle up for what we'd received and take off, our waiter dared to explain that we'd never ordered entrees. This is after an entire conversation with him about how much he enjoyed the entree I was, in fact, ordering. And he'd taken our menus. And we'd waited an additional hour. The manager didn't even apologize. I'm still stunned. And regret handing over any money at all.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Odd evening with great food
    BarbVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We went on a Friday evening for an earlier dinner. The restaurant had already run out of spanakopita and shortly thereafter, lamb. Kind of odd for an upscale Greek restaurant. That said, my daughter and I ordered a meal of tapas, many of which our waiter recommended. They were exquisite combinations of Greek traditional ingredients and the chef's imagination. Our waiter was attentive and helpful, even though it was clear that the evening was a restauranteur's nightmare. I'd give it another shot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 8 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 124 reviews are from the Topo's 403 reviews archive.
  • A Great Evening!
    PC2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Topo's. The service was great, the building is set up very well and the atmosphere and setting was so very enjoyable. The food was excellent, There was great music in the background, and we really didn't want the evening to end. There was a nice twist to the traditional Greek cuisine by adding just the right amount of elegance. We are already looking forward to the next visit to Topo's 403!!! Well done!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's the building!
    theprofessorVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    What a fine use for such a beautiful old building. Close enough to the center of town but far enough away you can actually park on a (side)street. Greek style, after the doc. Excellent service, good bar, variety of dining spaces. Unrushed. The appetizers are the best. Main courses not as exciting.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Scallops!
    BtownMom
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Another fine dinner. And great soup, too. Outstanding service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Wonderful
    PlymouthScott
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The meal was memorable for the food and the company. All of the recommendations from the staff and the owner were spot on. We can't wait to come back and enjoy Topo's 403 again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food and improved service
    laggVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Our food was very good, and the service was greatly improved over previous visits. Luckily we finished before the live music started, which is too loud for the space and prevents conversation. A continuing problem: it was VERY COLD in the dining areas, especially with large vents directly under the tables!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SWALLOW
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Good food, a tad pricey, nice surroundings although the live music was a bit loud.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Over-rated
    kaelis
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    My wife and I went to Topos to celebrate her birthday on a Thursday evening. We'd been looking forward to going for some time – ever since we'd heard about the restaurant opening a year or so ago. We were incredibly disappointed. She had an eggplant dish that the server highly recommended. It was bland and overcooked. I had the lamb burger. To Topos' credit, they prepared it just ask I asked (rare), but the quality of meat was poor and the entire thing was quite poorly prepared, flavorless, and under-seasoned. We lucked out with half-off drinks, but even they were not terribly original (still good, though). We won't go again and won't recommend it.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • delicious food
    Jfood2
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Wonderful food. Always fresh and full of flavor. High class atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, elegant dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Our first visit to Topo's 403 was excellent. My wife's spanakopita was perfectly prepared with a tasty sauce. And my lentil soup was hearty and smooth with a splash of sour cream and drizzled clarified butter. The seared tuna loin with spice rub and fingerling potatoes was outstanding. The flavourful juice added to the taste of the tuna without overwhelming it. The ambience of the old house was terrific. A small Brazilian jazz group was the piece de resistance that completed our experience.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Intimate dining and savory tastes
    missmarie
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    This was my first time at Topos. The interior was decadent and intimate with lovely Spanish guitar playing in background. We sat at in a small narrow like hallway to the side of the main dining space. Our server was personable, friendly, and knowledgeable of the items on the menu that we had questions about. We shared an appetizer of the dates stuffed with soft cheese and wrapped in thinly sliced meat, which was delicious. Entrees came out quickly: moussaka and the smoked lamb special. I had both, which were savory and delicious, with appropriate portion sizes. The dessert of the doughnut like cakes with dipping sauces were warm, crunchy, soft, delectable, and fit to satisfy any sweet tooth!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cool place, good food
    copernicus2013
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    This restaurant is located in the historic Topologos Building, which explains its name. Dining areas are spread over various rooms. We had a table in the main dining room, where the noise level was moderate. The menu has several Greek specialties. We selected the avgolomono soup for starters, strip steak for entrees, all with a bottle of wine from Southwest France, and baklava and Turkish coffee for desert. The food was well prepared and tastefully presented. The staff was friendly and accommodating. It made for a fine dining experience.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • consistently good
    ipeguyVIP
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    We had salads and moussaka and loukoumades for dessert. Everything was good as usual.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overpriced and mediocre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    My fiance and I recently ate at Topos 403 and were not particularly impressed. The pros: The atmosphere; it is beautifully decorated, and on Saturday nights they have lovely Spanish guitar. The cons: The price, the portions, and the food quality. First, it's pretty expensive. Because the entrees are about $25, you end up spending a lot. The portions are also pretty pitiful. My fiance ordered moussaka, and what came was about the size of (and just as filling as) a bowl of cereal. Third, there is the food quality. Both entrees (moussaka and tuna) were mediocre and flavorless. The two things that were actually recommended (the fries and the donuts) were alright, but nothing to write home about. All in all, we spent $65 for an average meal.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mixed
    Greekling
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    The house is lovely, the food was wonderful, and our server was very cheerful, but I have a few complaints. (1) The alcohol was slow in coming. I had to ask twice for our wine orders. (2) the tables for two are quite small, especially when one orders several small plates. (3) the front room has too many tables. As a result, I was less than two feet away from the musician. He is an excellent guitarist and a very nice man, but I felt cramped and was sometimes unable to hear my companion over the music. (4) Finally, why are there so few Greek wines on the wine list. And no retsina?
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOUD
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    When I made the reservation I did not know there would be a jazz quintet. To be honest, the music was wonderful and I would have enjoyed it if I had been in the next room or the room down the hall. Being 10 feet from the musicians, the music was more oppressive than pleasant. We were dining with friends. We met before dinner for drinks. This is good, because we certainly could not converse at the table. Had this been my first visit to Topo's it would have been my last visit. In fairness to the restaurant, we did not ask to be moved. My friends didn't seem as bothered as I was, and I think no one wanted to suggest moving. Of course, after the music started no one could suggest anything.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine's Dinner
    Mandy
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I have dined there several times over the past few months and it was an excellent choice for Valentines Dinner. My boyfriend and I were joined last minute by another couple and Topos Staff had no problem making room for them. We had a fantastic time. The food was incredible as always.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is good...but, wow, expensive
    Rustyd100
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    -Attended Topos for Valentines Day. -Given limited menu with meal total price elevated 20% more than regular menu. Not publicized on website beforehand. -Very little Greek cuisine offered. -No bread or other "immediate gratification" food offered (except for 6 olives). -No side dish with meal. I had a 3oz red snapper on a shallow bed of mashed potatoes. -Desserts were cheaply made and nothing special. -No mints or other special touch at end of meal. -Had two drinks from bar. They were good, and added $15 to bill. -Total bill with 20% tip: $165 for two. -We went home mildly hungry. We could eat wonderful food at the Farm or the Uptown twice...Little Tibet or Gratzies three times..and Bloomingfoods buffet 20 times for that much money.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Topo is Tops!
    Mousie
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Recently dined their for Valentine's Day--bitter cold and snowy outside, warm and inviting inside. The service is perfect: professional and gracious. The food was divine: I had oysters and grilled trout, my husband had salad and steak. All prepared perfectly. My new favorite restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-Valentine night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    Confusion on the reservation. We had changed from 2 to 4 was corrected . Sitting near the music would have left talking completely out. Fortunately, we were seated in the rear where both music and conversation happened. Service was immediate and very good, even if a bit hovering. Very knowledgeable bartender was our server and knew the wines very well as well as custom drinks. One ordered the pork chop which was unremarkable, our other guest got tuna, which was ordered much more done than delivered. Nevertheless it was top drawer. Our two others ordered scallops which were fantastic, but the potatoes were cold and, while delicious, probably were less than a tablespoon, as were the peppers. The bill for the four of us was $228+.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Nice Treat
    duendein
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    Very good food. Not cheap. In a gorgeous old brick house. Dining room a little cold on a winter night.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still a mixed bag
    laggVIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Food was good as usual, though the potatoes in the moussaka were not cooked long enough and were still hard. Luckily we were in a back room, because once the live jazz music started it was very hard to talk. The service was still very inattentive and uneven, despite the fact that we told them we were headed to a performance and were the only people there when we arrived. It is very frustrating because this restaurant is convenient and has a good menu and is in an interesting setting. If only they could get their act together and train the wait staff to provide better service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friday night jazz
    btowndiner
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    The new jazz place for Bloomington. Fun time. Good food and drink. Great staff.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I really like Topo's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    At the time of this writing (12/30/2013), I consider Topo's to be my favorite middle-to-high-end Bloomington restaurant. (OK, there aren't really any high-end places in Blooomington, but there are some good ones.) The service is better than, say, Scholar's Inn Bakehouse. The noise level and ambience are better than Scholar's Inn, The Farm, and Finch's. The food is as good as that at Truffle's or Scholar's Inn, and better than at Finch's and The Farm. The service is better than all those places, too, except for Finch's, which also has good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The place was very beautiful.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    The place was very beautiful. We were seated in a very private area, which was perfect. The service was very good. The wine we chose was very good and the coffee was excellent. The food was pretty bad. Sorry to have to say, but not very good food. Sad, but true.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet