Urbana Restaurant
Urbana Restaurant

Urbana Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.urbanadc.com/
  • Phone: 2029566650x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00AM - 10:30AM; Breakfast: Saturday - Sunday: 8:00AM - 11:00AM; Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am - 3:00pm; Weekend Brunch: Saturday - Sunday 7:00AM - 3:00PM; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00PM - 10:00PM; Dinner: Friday and Saturday 5:00PM - 11:00PM; Happy Hour: 4:00PM - 7:00PM.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean, French
  • Executive Chef: Ethan McKee
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Urbana Restaurant and Wine Bar has a range of private dining spaces which can seat 12 guests privately and up to 40 guests semi-privately. Our 12-seat Private Dining Room features wall-to-wall velvet curtains and two frosted glass walls. Two sliding glass doors open for a view into the restaurant's Main Dining Room or close for complete privacy. Our restaurant itself is available for private buy-outs for up to 200 guests. For additional information please call 202.956.6650.
  • Special Events: Come join us for Happy Hour Monday - Friday from 4pm - 7pm. We offer $4 Yuengling and Peroni. $5 House red, white and sparkling wines. $6 Ketel One mixed drinks. $7 Mark & Stormy. $1 oysters and $8 pizzas.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 21st St NW
  • Public Transit: Metro: Red Line, Dupont Circle
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking
A word from Urbana Restaurant
Urbana is a refined casual neighborhood restaurant with an innovative design, high energy bar, and bustling social atmosphere. Our cuisine is coastal Mediterranean with influences of Italy and Provence using local ingredients and 100% sustainable seafood. Our service is professional, yet relaxed and we strive to make each guest a guest for life by welcoming them into our inviting environment and providing them with a great meal at a reasonable price.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
Urbana Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
57 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
74% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (22)good for groups (15)great for brunch (13)romantic (12)neighborhood gem (10)notable wine list (10)special occasion (9)vibrant bar scene (8)hot spot (6)great for lunch (4)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (2)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • Newly renovated …
    BillVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    This restaurant just went through a major renovation and the ambiance is wonderful. The menu has also been changed featuring more pastas. Everything we had was delicious and the service was first-rate.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • There are better choices in town!
    DCDiner
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Poor service, OK but certainly not great food. To top it off it is very expensive. I have eaten here many times over the years. I used to think it was great. But the last three or four times it has been disappointing to out right not good. All three at my table felt the same way. We have learned our lesson. There are certainly many better choices in town. Almost any place on 14th street (if you can get in).
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Even better, if that is possible
    DCMide
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I used to go to Urbana before their remodel for happy hour, brunch and basically anytime I got the chance. I met a friend there for "a quick drink" and didn't leave until they closed. I was surprised to see that they had remodeled but the place was even better - the bartenders are awesome and the drinks are fantastic. When I had friends in town, I decided to take them here for dinner and it did not disappoint. After I got over the initial shock that everything on the menu had changed, we ordered a mix of courses and shared amongst our group. Our server was a mix of humor and efficiency and the manager came to see us as they ran out of a couple of our orders. He offered us other things on the menu gratis! Flavors Galore, excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Its a hotel restaurant...
    MontyB
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    ...so expectations were low. Urbanna is attached to the Hotel Palomar. Noise level was fine and conversation was easy. We had the red snapper crudo and the king salmon crudo, and both were well prepared. For mains we enjoyed the pork chop, which was, well, a pork chop and the pork cheek muzzaluna, which was very tasty. Wine list was ok, with a limited number of selections also available by the glass and resonably priced. The service left something to be desired. We felt basically ignored by the waiter who spent a lot of time chatting with an attractive young couple seated near us. A water refill would be nice, you know? OK if you need a quick meal at the hotel but nothing I would return for.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New and improved
    DCFineDiner
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Ate here for my boyfriend's birthday dinner not two nights after it reopened after being under renovations for several months. Wonderful experience - the Squid Ink Bucatini was incredible. The dessert paired with a 10-year aged port wine. Waitress was super sweet. Will be back again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Waiting for mediocre food
    RrrrVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    After waiting at the crowded bar for more than 20 minutes after our reservation time, we were subjected to overly salty and overly rich food. Why there was a wait is not clear. There were numerous tables available in the dining room. The pasta was overcooked and way too rich and the fish was also overcooked and way too salty. I was very much looking forward to dining at Urbana, based on its reputation. It seems like the makeover of the restaurant has not been kind to the food.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My worst dining experience ever
    Nobana
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The service was the worst. The staff smiled at us but we never felt welcome there. The snarky waiter who ignored us the whole night to the just ok food. I still regret giving an ok tip. The waiter didn't even come over to refill out glasses of water. Well go to Urbana at your own risk.
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  • Great food
    pxrocks
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Food was very tasty, nicely varied. Octopus was delicious.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday brunch
    diningarounddc
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This place was not the hopping, open-air brunch place that pulls you in from the street. BUT it was a well designed, sleek restaurant tucked under the side walk with delicious food and $16 bottomless belinis (in four tasty flavors.)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food, Stellar Service
    nicolesixx66
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Everything we ordered turned out perfect. The appetizers to the salad, to the entrée and then the dessert. The waiter also recommended a fabulous wine. We had been in DC on work travel for about a week and had dined at some well rated fine dining places. This place was great as the quality of food was same as all the super expensive places, but the prices were broad in range, accommodating pretty wide range of budgets. The homemade noodles were especially awesome! The Octopus was a total hit, as well! Service also stood out to us. Our waiter and all the wait staff were so accommodating and friendly and really knew the food and the wine well. It really made the place stand out as our best dining experience we had in the DC area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Class
    Cowboy26
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    From the moment I reserved a table I felt like Urbana really cares about their customers. A friendly reminder phone call was very nice. The overall experience was excellent. Food, service, and ambiance exceeded expectations. Would recommend to someone looking for a special night out
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food. But don't go late.
    ThomasWayne
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The food at Urbana is wonderful; our table of four shared a variety of starter and entree plates, including: beet&carrot salad, kale&frisse salad, spring pea soup, charred brussel sprouts, gnocchi, mussels, spinach pappardelle, and kale pizza, and we enjoyed all of them. Unfortunately, our reservation was at 9pm, and we felt rushed through our dinners since our server cleared individual plates as soon as each of us was done without waiting for the whole table to be done, our server didn't offer dessert, and we were surrounded by Urbana workers doing their end-of-night cleaning and and table resetting as we were trying to enjoy our dinners. In addition, we waited at an empty host stand for a bit when we arrived.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary dinner
    Zman
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Had a delicious dinner with my wife for our wedding anniversary here last weekend. Tapas style with the option for some regular size meals. The service was fantastic and the food was incredible. Portions sizes are small as the food is high quality so expect to order multiple plates but you should not be dissapointed. Kid friendly as well with some pizza on the menu. Overall we had a great meal and enjoyed our time there
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steak Special Worth the Trip
    George
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Went last night for dinner with the lady. Specialty cocktails were truly delicious, great Italian wines on the list and the food was solid. Beet salad, tagliatelle pasta and cauliflower were very good. The steak special, however, was excellent. It was a Ny strip with these perfectly cooked French beans. It made the night. Thanks for a great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not as impressed as they are
    booklovertx
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I found it more pretentious than it deserved to be. Three-piece charcuterie, for example, was $15 - and the tasso was so fatty that we couldn't eat it. We were told that dishes are designed so that each person eats 3-4, which meant that the gnocchi was $2/noodle. It wasn't that good! Pastas were good, though overpriced and not consistent in size (mine was a fine size for an entree). Desert donuts no better than if I had gone to Dunkin. Disappointing anniversary dinner - won't return.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • EmilyVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Amazing as always! Definitely my favorite place to brunch in DC. The food is fantastic, the service is great and the bottomless Bellinis are the #1 reason I keep coming back!
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Service, Average Food
    DupontDiners
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We went in for happy hour and for dinner service. We never made it to dinner despite being there for over an hour. We got in around 5:30 and took a seat at one of the booths just outside the bar. We got our own menus and it was 15 minutes before a server stopped by. We ordered a bottle of white wine, calamari, and mussels. After dropping off our wine, the server said she would get us a chiller for it, and did 10 minutes later. The calamari came quickly, but was average. The mussels came about 20 minutes later, without anyone checking in on us. Again, the mussels weren't bad, but we have had better. We asked a manager more bread that never came and had to ask twice for our check. We saw three managers and countless staff standing around.
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  • Great Happy Hour food
    Leahrhee
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Really enjoyed the happy hour specials on food. The calamari was a massive portion (and delicious) for only $5. The pizzas were phenomenal as well. The cocktails were good but I wouldn't pay more than the $7 happy hour price for them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • restaurant in Dupont Circle area
    DolceVita
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Loved the idea of small plates for sharing, similar to a tapas bar. The restaurant also had a good selection of cocktails and wine list. The location the restaurant was ideal, near Dupont Circle. However it is located at a lower level and did not look too inviting from outside. Once you go in, the ambiance changes completely
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good and unusual tapas
    elaine
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Delightful restaurant with tapas menu. We are vegetarians and a very nice selection of tasty treats. Lovely, a bit dark, great service.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tapa style Unique Finds
    AsaMc
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    This restaurant offers tapa style (small portions) of some unique meals ranging from pizza to hanger steak and seafood. The beet salad was a standout. Location is just couple blocks off Dupont circle and bar was packed appears to be a popular after work stop. It is quite vibrant so not for those desiring a quiet setting.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Very very good value. Food was very good but the service was just okay. Not bad, but just fair. Would come back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Special night
    Kitikatinhi
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    We came on a special night for us, and Urbana rolled out the red carpet! The food was delicious, service was top-notch, best table in the place...the evening staff even hand wrote a card for us. If you want something special, THIS is the place.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    ArgonautVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Service was great. Ian, our server, explained the choices, provided recommendations, paced the delivery of the small plates. Was available when needed, but unobtrusive. A great evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Brunch was really great with my family. The build your own bellini for an affordable price was great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 32 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 997 reviews are from the Urbana Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Good but Expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Although the food was very good at Urbana, don't go unless you are prepared to buy three or more dishes. A single dish is akin to a 'side' order at a normal restaurant, so if you hope to get a full meal at Urbana, be ready to spend some money! Their alcohol list is extensive, but also fairly pricey. Review the menu online before you decide to go or not.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable wedding planning meal
    SandySpringMichael
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Delightful service and selection for our first visit for an early evening meal with another couple to discuss preparations for wedding. Each of the four of us took turns choosing first, then second course from a diverse and tasty menu.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Incredible food, great service
    boscabello
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I went to Urbana for dinner with my girlfriend, and this was perhaps the most enjoyable dining experience we have had in 2 and a half years! The food was among the best we have tasted, the service was great, the atmosphere was intimate but lively. The gnocchi was particularly good, as were the desserts - apple tart tatin and the chocolate bomba. Overall, this place comes highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and cocktails!
    Jimmy
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Ranked in the top two for all the restaurants during our week long stay in DC!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot for a business lunch
    Creed
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Recently, while staying at the adjacent hotel, I scheduled a business lunch at the Urbana. The restaurant provided an excellent atmosphere and food options. The food was very good and the service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    The environment is great, waiter was friendly and attentive, but the food was not very good. I had the chicken dish, but was more like two chicken wings attached to what was supposed to be another piece of chicken over smashed, unseasoned potatoes. I'll probably give it another shot, but was mediocre for what seemingly was a slow night.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Under. Whelmed.
    PintxoHunter
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Cassoulet was tasteless. Octopus was dry and mostly charred. Service was amateurish and lastly, tables for two are too large so I had to speak very loudly to be heard. Place was nice looking though so I have to say it was poor execution on food and service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable Visit
    WestenderVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    My wife and I eat out a lot but this is our first time at Urbana. It's a tapas restaurant and there are plenty of imaginative dishes to choose from. We enjoyed all of them but none stood out as a show-stopper. We didn't think the price-to-value ratio made it likely that we'll hurry back although we'd not rule it out when we're in the area. The décor, ambience, and service made it a nice visit.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    The food was great, and what excellent servers and staff! Nice variety - could be a few more choices for brunch time for my 16 yr old's liking. If I wasn't driving I would've loved to have tried the champagne and fruit juice option. Next time! An added note that I found prices reasonable for the size and quality of food selections.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Far Exceeded My Expectations
    Onekemi
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    A colleague and I were looking for a local restaurant that served a good food and had a good cocktail/wine list and we found that in Urbana. Because of its "small plate" concept, we ordered several dishes and shared them. From the flatbread and charcuterie, to our individual "plates" of venison and beef short ribs and lastly the pear cake, we were both delighted with our food and the service we received. My only complaint would be the noise level. It was very hard to have a conversation with my colleague in the dining room because of the conversations coming from the bar (which was a good distance away from us). The price was also extremely reasonable and a great value for the amounts of food (and drinks) we consumed! I will come back!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second to none
    DefConBrunch
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    The bottomless bellinis were made with a fantastically tangy Spanish cava and a choice of peach, orange, or strawberry puree. The eggs benedict had a wonderful Hollandaise sauce with some of the best potatoes I've ever had at a restaurant. The locale is a little loud, but that's because it's popular and a bit echo-y.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and Service!
    RogCon
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Pleasant surprise after having really poor service at other well known D.C. "hotel" restaurants. Tapa size plates and a great selection of food! Our waiter was excellent in directing us as to portion size and recommendations. Being tapa's the wait staff has to stay on top of the timing of bringing the food out and checking on things and they have it down pat! Highly recommend this restaurant even if your staying in another hotel! We will be back when in D.C.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, bad service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Went for brunch. The food was pretty good, but the service was absolutely terrible. We had a reservation, but had to wait 15-20 minutes after we were seated before anyone even came over to fill our water glasses. I'm usually pretty lenient on servers, but there are really only two explanations for the poor service at Urbana: 1) they're understaffed, or 2) the servers are just inattentive, slow, and just plain bad at their job.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never disappoints
    fitfoodie
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Dinner here was fantastic. Our server wasn't very knowledgeable about the wine list, but when we had more detailed questions, he sent over the manager who was able to help us and provided great service. Very well done/ nice save!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Urbana
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    The environment wasn't noisy even though the bar was full, the restaurant part is a bit removed. The food was very good, lots of small plates, with creative touches. The roasted brussel sprouts with pancetta were delicious, also a really good polenta & mushroom small plate with just the right amount of kick. My husband had a risotto with grilled baby octopus both rich band delicious. Dessert tart tatin was pretty good but the pannacota was even better! Service was good, wine list seemed nice though we had wine by the glass. A good experience !
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.