Urchin Bistrot
Urchin Bistrot

Urchin Bistrot

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.urchinbistrot.com/
  • Phone: 4158611844
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm-11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French
  • Executive Chef: Michael Morrison
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Susan Johnston 4158611844

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 17th Street
  • Public Transit: 33 Muni Bus stops at 18th and Valencia Closest BART stop is 16th and Mission Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Urchin Bistrot
Experience Urchin Bistrot in the heart of the Mission. Chefs Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani have crafted a neighborhood casual destination. This 100 seat modern French bistro serves updated classics along with a modern twist. The cuisine is market-driven with a vibrant cocktail program and an inspired wine list. Serving dinner nightly, Urchin features an ala carte menu in addition to a 4 course prix fixe menu. Urchin welcomes large parties and hosts private events up to 90 guests.
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Urchin Bistrot reviews from OpenTable diners
138 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (106)neighborhood gem (67)hot spot (47)special occasion (36)notable wine list (30)vibrant bar scene (27)romantic (25)good for groups (18)late-night find (10)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • great time
    Justin
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Great new place in the Mission. Loved the food and the service was amazing. Our waiter was very helpful with suggestions and very attentive. Food came out very fast and was delicious. Overall a great meal and great time.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • letdown
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    I had noted that the reservation was for a birthday dinner and made an effort to tell the server, but they didn't do anything to add to the celebration. Overall the food was lacking in depth, although the tripe stew was very tasty. Otherwise, the liver mousse & marrow sandwich were mediocre, and I could have made the lamb cassoulet at home.
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  • Good bistro dining!
    NIBBLER
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I very enjoyable dining experience. The atmosphere , service , and food are all well done. The service is knowledgeable, efficient ,and friendly while the food is well prepared and delicious , true to the Bistro fare. A good addition to the Valencia St restaurant group and to San Francisco in general.
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    fit for foodies
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  • KismetVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    It was our second time here and the food was just great. Wine and Service as well. Such a lovely spot !
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing experience
    JasmineVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We ordered 7 dishes between the two of us: devil's egg, duck liver, beef tartare, ratatouille, urchin spaghettini, and vanilla malt ice cream. And loved every single one of them! That is rare. And service was amazing; our server really made it a wonderful experience for us. I will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had to try
    Ljacesapair
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    I will say that I tried the deviled egg which is rather dear at $6 for a half but,... This was my second experience with Uni and I loved it. The first time I tried Uni was in a Japanese sushi restaurant and it became a never to do again experience. urchin taught me what great Uni can be. The bean soup was nice , the beef entree ok, and desert disappointing. The one other highlight was the amuse Bouche of duck liver. Extraordinaire
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  • Urchin Experience
    JimsOpinion
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Food is overall very good but they need to do some fine tuning. Lamb was mediocre, but my friend's roasted chicken was wonderful. You have to pay for bread which seems unnecessary given the relatively high cost of entrees and cocktails. Service was very good and friendly. I will go back to see if there are improvements.
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Urchin lives up to Terra & Ame !
    DrTRLVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Our first visit to Urchin and we were very impressed! Their gougère was freshly baked and delicious. The white bean soup with lamb sausage and truffle oil was outstanding and the classic French bistro steak-frites worth the visit on its own! The frites were hot, crispy, plentiful and perfectly salted. The steak was well seasoned and cooked exactly as I ordered it. My companion enjoyed the grilled shrimp special almost as much. We shared the Bete Noir dessert and felt the very rich chocolate cake would have benefited from being served with a rather more strongly flavored and bigger scoop of coffee/toffee ice cream! Service was friendly and attentive but not intrusive. We will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Underwhelmend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Sadly underwhelmed with Urichin Bistrot. I made a reservation over a week in advance and was sat in a corner with a fire extinguisher as our view. Our service was poor and inattentive. The urchin dish was good but a bit too fishy for me. Cocktails had nice presentation but lacked flavorful taste. Steak tartar was the only dish I enjoyed. Definitely disappointed.
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  • Big Deal On Valencia
    NapafoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Terrific spot on a street marred by dives and me-too restaurants. This place is a treat for discriminating foodies. Old style French bistro classics refreshed and touched by a master in the kitchen. Subtle treatment and respect of local ingredients. Sweet and knowledgeable staff that aims to please without the attitude that comes in less sophisticated places. A gift to the Mission district.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New and Welcome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I was alone in the City following an early concert. I had a mid-evening reservation and was promptly seated upstairs. It is a space I know from its prior incarnations, and the re-do is a nice change. I especially liked the duck hearts and the tomato-based tripe dish plus the glass of Malbec. The service is a little off (a perfectly nice waiter tried to deliver a chicken dish I hadn't ordered and belonged at the adjacent table). The clientele was mixed--young and older. Mid-evening Valencia is awash in strollers and 20-somethings waiting for club entrances--a nice vibe. I'll be back, and the next time I'll bring friends. (I know both Terra in St. Helena and Ame, quality there and here.)
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another winner!
    PaulVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    In the tradition of Terra and Ame, Hiro and Lissa have created another winner of a restaurant. Urchin Bistro has some of the most creative and satisfying food we've had recently. Their takes and twists on traditional bistro fare make for a really enjoyable meal. The deviled egg with uni and ikura is addictive. The space has been completely revamped and has a modern, comfortable vibe. A short, but very good wine list and excellent service at the bar and at the table. Great prices too. Not to be missed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best dining experience
    Shelly18
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    This is one of the best dining experienes I have had in recent memory! Started with a drink downstairs at the bar and then moved upstairs for dinner. The tables were close together but it was not uncomfortable - and was easy to check out what everyone else was eating (and ask for their recommendations)! Our server was great - very knowledgeable, attentive and gave good advice. Started with the duck liver mousse, moved onto the steak frittes and then shared some cheese - all was outstanding. Already planning a return visit.....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Skip
    SkipVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Just open 6 weeks, urchin Bistro is a great find that operates like it has been open for years From appetizer through dessert, the food was superb and the service we had by server, John Paul was excellent. Urchin Bistrot is a true find in the neighborhood. We'll be back ! And Justin, as the maitre d', does a fine job.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Maybe it's Me
    BobGVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    I don't get the "Urchin" name and theme. I keep seeing the little girl on the Les Mis poster. The Mussel Saffron Soup as appetizer was excellent, as was the Mousse. The Spaghettini was popular among other reviewers, so we decided to try it. I'm thinking Pasta Carbonara without the bacon...good but not great, and those little fellows stuck on top seemed like an afterthought.. The upstairs dining is a rather dull venue. The service was fine and the prices are good.
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  • Creative and uncomplicated food
    vadim
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Two of us had a very good dinner at Urchin. Wines by the glass were really interesting, especially a Catalan kitchen-sink blend of Macabeu, Vermentino and Sauvignon Blanc. Deviled egg was great, seamlessly blending in salmon eggs and sea urchin. Beef tartare shined with its remoulade douce, though fried oysters didn't at all work as its accompaniment. Spagettini with egg yolk and sea urchin were just that - as straightforward as it gets, but who needs anything else with perfectly-al-dente pasta? Hanger steak, cooked rare (and that war really rare) was remarkably flavorful, though the traditional fries were not above fast-food level We ran out of capacity before getting to deserts, so no comment in that department
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • A French Bistro wtihout the French
    LaGremelina
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Trendy by somebody's book..maybe..Hmm..food, yes..quite good..a radicchio salad and lamb stew...but grossly overpriced..and then they have you paying for the BREAD (!)..ambiance..cold interior/lacking in any real 'french bistro charm' --and if the $$ dollar sign assigned meant...reasonable -- for the appetizer, main course and a 1/2 bottle of wine, a cup of coffee an the bread $95 with the tip mama mia..is THIS the new San Francisco where there is more money than taste?
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • upstairs downstairs
    AdubVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Try to be seated in the downstairs room. It truly feels like a different restaurant. Upstairs is low ceilinged, and the decor is a bunch of old mirrors, not in keeping with the very of the moment downstairs.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 3 on Thursday
    mlvjr
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We had a great meal, and if you are up for trying something "different" try the duck hearts. The service was friendly, and our server was nice enough to chase us down the block to let us know we had forgotten our credit cards. We all three agree Urchin Bistrot is a great addition to the many restaurants in the Mission.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SusieZVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Nice menu, generous portions, well executed. Service very cordial and welcoming. We were seated upstairs, and it's a bit bleak - not festive or warm. Allow time for parking - valet service not yet available.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Hiro Sone Restaurant in SF
    JBay
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I like Hiro Sone's restaurants (Terra, Ame). Urchin Bistrot brings a casual California-style bistro to the Valencia. A menu focused on great quality takes on classic dishes (vs a broad menu). Even the cocktails are fresh takes on classics. Bar scene (ground floor) is very lively but the upstairs dining area is calm. Service was great and the manager coming to ask how the meal was is first class. I will return
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good neighborhood dinner
    luv2eat
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    This is a great neighborhood dinner spot. A little expensive for casual dining. Fantastic salads. The tomato salad with the olive tapenade was delightful. (and I don't like olives) I had the sea urchin pasta. very good. I'm glad to be able to have this pasta in another location other than La Ciccia where I can't seem to get a reservation these days.
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    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • Good food & service, limited menu
    DaveInSF
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Food quality is top-notch, but the menu is limited, and many of the items are unorthodox, for example spagatini with sea urchin.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • limited menu limited imagination
    YalekVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Menu is simple have only handful of choices. The food is just ok. If this restaurant was open 12 years ago, it would make it. I am not sure now
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  • Dining that lives up to SF standard
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Urchin Bistrot was simply amazing. I dined here on my first night in San Francisco and I was pleased with my entire experience. My bartender was very attentive and suggested cocktails based on spirits and flavors that I typically enjoy, and the cocktail he crafted was perfect. I ordered their appetizer special which was tripe and meatballs with a breadcrumb topping. I'm not the biggest fan of tripe but it was a unique dish that I appreciated because the chefs are obviously not afraid of experimenting with their cuisine. For my main dish I ordered the Hiro Sandwich, which was simply but the best thing I've eaten all year. I highly recommend Urchin Bistrot.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • A French Gem in the Mission
    ClandestineEpicure
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    It's been a long time since I've been to a restaurant where I thought I got value for money. Some plates are even worth splitting... Also, I keep wanting to go back because there are still things on the menu that I want to try. The urchin deviled egg seems pricey at $6 for a half egg, but it's a great couple of bites. The gougiere is more like a dense popover with baked cheese, delicious. The smoked trout is very lightly so, more like a carpaccio. They need to rethink the garlic mussels as the time we had them they were too small. But the liver pate is delicious and the toasts are the most perfect little croutons you will find in the Bay Area. All mains are strong including a best in class steak frites and sublime lamb cassoulet.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Dinner
    VinoA
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Four of us went to celebrate a Birthday. Nice cocktails. Corkage $20. Tried several appetizers. Standout was the pork Rillettes. The entrees our group had was the Urchin pasta (very good), Lamb Cassoulet (very strong lamb taste I prefer a traditional version) and steak frites (fries were excellent steak too gamy for my taste. The service was very good.
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    hot spot, special occasion
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  • High hopes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I suppose I had really high hopes, but certain dishes did not reach my expectation. I don't know if it was the combination of the urchin spaghettini or lamb casselout, but the lamb lacked seasoning and was really gamey. The urchin spaghettini was probably better eaten alone as the urchin was really fishy.
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    good for groups
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  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Great gastropub food. Quite rich and decadent! Good wine menu
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    fit for foodies
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    This is a great addition to the SF restaurant scene. Reception was particularly cordial and the service was skilled and warm. It was encouraging to find the new owners working the restaurant and greeting guests. I am eager to return.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful !
    KismetVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Great, great place to have just a snack or a meal. It was late and we only had one Prix Fixe,1 ocean trout and 2 gougeres. It all was wonderful. Ocean trout was lightly smoked and had capers. Gougeres were warm and delicious. The prix fix had an amuse bouche ,tomato salad with green beans, ocean trout baked and lamb shoulder. Then you can pick a dessert from the menu, all that for $ 50.00. Amazing ! Will come back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great start
    GreatVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Given that the place is less than a month open and already getting excellent reviews we felt lucky to catch a reservation. We are so pleased we did. The place is arm and attractive although the Mission is too far away for my comfort. The food was excellent-- we shred the heavenly duck mousse so light it almost floats away unless weighted down by the excellent tangerine jam and crostinis. The steak frites were excellent although more filet than entrecôte. Our Willamette Valley Pint Noir was excellent and our knowledgeable waiter from Portland knew all about its year of harvest and the rapid work required because of that year's weather. e think this place has a great future and hope to come back.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Disappointing
    sfeaterVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Spaghettini was meh. Very salty. Good texture. Baked mussels were ok. Nothing was great. Nice wine and cocktails and really great service. Whatever...Really hoped for more.
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    notable wine list
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  • Great New Restaurant
    BillBVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Last night I had dinner at Urchin Bistrot with a group of friends. We had the Baked Mussels, Steak Tartare, Duck Liver Mousse, Spaghettini with Sea Urchin, Lamb Cassoulet and Scallops. All were very good, but the best was the Spaghettini with Sea Urchin and Yolk The service was excellent. For a new restaurant everything seems to be running smoothly. I will definitely return to this restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Off to a great start
    AredubVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Four of us had a great meal at Urchin. We each ordered something different, and everyone was happy. The service was fantastic. I was shocked at the end to find that we'd spent 4 hours there. We were having such a great time that we didn't even notice.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great!
    JRthewinoVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    For being so new, they are doing an amazing job here with the food. With so many great options it was hard to decide what to get. Everything was very well done. Can't wait to return!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The mussels apprtizer is not really a mussels but clams; too sufficient- just a taste; waste of money, but good-- the rest wow!!! excellent
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    late-night find
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  • Coco
    Neighborhood101
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I have eaten here twice and the food was wonderful. The sea urchin Spagettini was a real delicious surprise. We shared a bowl as an appetizer even though it is a main course because we were all eager to try it. It was delicious. The wild salmon was full of interesting favors due to the vegetables and pardon peppers cooked with the vegetables. My friends had the fried oysters, mussels and heirloom tomato salad which we shared. Everything was excellent and the desserts were also good. The wine list was good and well priced. You could have a very nice wine list by glass or bottle. My friends loved their cocktails. Fun design and not so noisy, you could hear each other, a rare pleasure in a restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GregVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    good, traditional french bistro food. service was good, but seemed confused.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a Great Start for a new spot!
    PandaBear
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My friend and I both had the "Urchin Fixe" (an amuse bouche plus 4 courses for $50). It was an excellent value. The amuse was light and delicious (a protein on a toast point), the white bean soup with lamb sausage and truffles was satisfying (though it needed some acid or texture variation I think), the scallops were tender and flavorful (and seared to perfection in a yummy beurre blanc), and the quail was FABULOUS. They cook the quail quite rare, which (it turns out) was the right decision, and the chanterelle mushrooms were packed with flavor and set off by a gorgeous jus. My dessert was the chocolate bete noire cake with toffee coffee ice cream; it was excellent, and the portion was HUGE. Service was very attentive & knowledgeable.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate