Vault 164
Vault 164

Vault 164

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.vault164.com/
  • Phone: (650) 348-8164
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am-4:00pm

    Dinner: Mon-Thurs 4:00pm-9:30pm
    Dinner: Fri-Sat 5:00pm-10::30pm

    Dinner: Sun 5:00pm-9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Gerardo Garcia
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 2nd Avenue
  • Public Transit: CalTrans stops just blocks from us
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Night Valet available in front of the restaurant - Monday through Saturday, from 5:30 pm

    For daytime parking, there are numerous lots and parking on nearby streets
A word from Vault 164
Welcome to Vault 164, located in the heart of downtown San Mateo. Set in the old Crocker Bank on the corner of 2nd and B, the décor uses many of the building"s antique vault pieces sprinkled throughout the dining room and bar. We feature an eclectic and contemporary American cuisine. Stop by and enjoy our bourbon and maple glazed pork chop, served on sweet potato mash, or a savory Caramelized Onion, Applewood Smoked Bacon, and Cambozola Cheese Flatbread. We offer a wide range of aged steaks and whole roasted chicken, fresh pasta, and unique salads. Our bar is great place to meet friends or watch a game, and it features a variety of classic and new cocktails, handmade to perfection, a large selection of beers on tap, and over 20 wines by the glass.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Vault 164 reviews from OpenTable diners
130 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (61)neighborhood gem (53)good for groups (45)special occasion (37)vibrant bar scene (35)great for lunch (28)hot spot (23)notable wine list (20)romantic (19)kid-friendly (11)late-night find (9)great for brunch (6)great for outdoor dining (3)Show More
  • Tables
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    We sat at a booth, but the chairs were positioned far back from table to the point I had to lean far over to eat and have a conversation with my wife. It was our anniversary and I had put that in the special comment section on Open Table when making the reservation, but no one at the restaurant made any comment about it. No big deal..just thought that is why Open Table asked for special occasion?
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere but food is just ok
    Flores1124
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    The atmosphere at The Vault gets four stars but the food, sadly, is only two- three stars. The best part of my meal was the salad (butter lettuce with poached pears). The seared tuna entree was just ok, not much flavor and certainly not worth $28. My husband got the chicken which was better. Our son tried the grilled cheese which was made for adults with thick bread and fancy cheese...he only tried one bite. If I do come here again, I will stick with wine and appetizers. It is unfortunate that The Vault doesn't offer tastier options because it has the potential to be great. 31st and Union is a much better option if you are looking for dinner in Downtown San Mateo. For a splurge, go to AllSpice (on the level of SF restaurants).
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    JojofoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Food was fantastic. Started off with the Brussels sprout chips. Even if you don't lije Brussels sprouts you must try these. I had the spaghetti squash primavera and it was delicious. The service was over the top. My first time here but will definitely go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slightly Salty
    Getinmybelly
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    The menu reads very well and will have your mouth watering. However there is discord when the food is received. The brussel sprout chips and calamari were over salted for my taste. Despite the lackluster first impression I would definitely give this place another chance.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and Service
    LVVisitorVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    I brought a few friends who ate at The Vault for the first time. They really enjoyed the food and service. Rosalie was our service person and she was great. Very helpful and personable. One of my friends wants to go back and try some other items on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • dinewithmeVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Vault 164 was just ok. Food was warm but not hot. Came out very quickly which made me wonder if it was cooked to order?
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MM2014
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Great food and wine. Nice location. A little noisy, but fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Cosmopolitan Dining in Downtown...
    tretower57
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    The Vault offers a lively, sophisticated atmosphere, housed in vintage converted bank chic, whose substantial vault door is displayed horizontally upon entering. The wine selection is varied and interesting without being excessive or overwhelming. We shared the ahi tuna tower & taro chips and both found it fresh & delicious. Two of us sampled main dish salads. I had salmon/quinoa and was very pleased with the generous portion of salmon & perfect balance of component greens, dressing, and quinoa. My husband enjoyed his bone-in ribeye (as did our dog, who got the leftovers!). Our one guest loved his roast chicken --juicy and nicely seasoned. Desserts: crême brûlée strawberries & cream, chocolate torte, and Irish Coffee all hit their mark.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Eats!
    Foodie24
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I found Vault 164 a refreshing place to have dinner. They have a pretty good drink menu, featuring things like blackberry mojitos and cucumber vodka special. The menu is reasonable good. We had crab cakes and ahi tuna for appetizers. We thought the ahi tuna was decent, however, it just had to much going on with avocados and cucumbers hiding to much of the ahi tuna flavor. Our main course were good seared ahi and spicy giant prawns. We would definitely go again to try other things on the menu. Overall, I think it's a great addition to the San Mateo dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place
    foodwinelvr
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The food, drinks & service are excellent but, not crazy about how the tables are set up. The lump crab & artichoke dip is EXCELLENT!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food Great service
    SMFoodie
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We were able to get reservations quickly on a Friday night and enjoy an early dinner without the noisy crowd. I ordered the short ribs over mashed potatoes. Portion was generous but the short ribs were dry. My daughter had the Cajun shrimp which was also a large portion with great flavors. Fried banana dessert was yummy too. Prices are on the high side with the average entree around $25. The bill was $92 including tip, for two drinks, an appetizer, two entrees and one dessert. The waitress was great so all in all we enjoyed our visit to Vault 164.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Go with the Scampi Risotto
    Chris
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Unique venue- oldest building in San Mateo. Service was amazingly fast. Local parking is a hassle.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Appetizers
    Piccata
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We had a delicious dinner here the other night, but the appetizers were outstanding! We shared two: the Brussels Sprout Chips and the Bacon Wrapped Dates. Many restaurants do the Bacon Wrapped Dates, but these were really well prepared. The bacon was crispy, the dates were soft, and the goat cheese was so fresh and creamy that my husband, who doesn't usually care for goat cheese, loved them. The Balsamic glaze perfectly added a touch of tart to the sweet/savory combo. I like brussels sprouts very much, but I've never had them like this before. I'll be back for more!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, very loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Perhaps it could be because we were seated by the kitchen entrance but between the hardwood floors, plain walls and a kitchen dividing wall that doesn't go to the ceiling (who thought this was a good sound barrier?), this was a very loud place for dinner. The food was really excellent and our server was thorough, if not too knowledgeable about drink questions, but the noise level was kind of a major letdown. Suggest asking for a place far from the bar/kitchen and maybe it'll be quieter if that matters to you.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Oh so good!
    Carol
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We live in a different state but took some friends for a thank you dinner. None of us had been to Vault 164. It was a wonderful experience. Everyone in other reviews I read raved about the brussel sprouts chips. I hate brussel sprouts but loved the chips. Each of ordered something different and we all loved our food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • leese
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    absolutely delicious food, friendly service, only wish they used tablecloths
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Anniversary dinner
    Ckgee
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We were celebrating our 16th anniversary and had a scrumptious meal! K checked in at Facebook and we got our free brussel chips appetizer. Calamari was good. B got the kids skirt steak and was delicious...a ton of fries and broccolini. T ordered the kids sliders...ton of fries. They had pink lemonade that we thought came with the meal but we ended up paying $1.50 each which the waiter forgot to tell us. K got the pork chops which was tender and tasty...with kale/bacon/sweet potato mash. I got the maple cedar salmon with veggies which was yummy! Kids got ice cream sundae/gummy worms...good but were full. We got a free sundae plus ordered the baked Alaskan with coffee ice cream and brownie which was cool to see the flame but was a lot to eat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't do it.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    It may look nice from the outside but the food gets worse with every visit.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    pir8te
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    A great place for larger groups nice selection something for everyone all excellent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Booked for my Boss, Dinner Meeting
    jenzmale
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    I made a reservation at Vault 164 for my boss for a business dinner. She said the restaurant was very cool, decorated with themed items (vault door, etc...) from when the building was a bank. She enjoyed the food and said she would come back. I had the pleasure of speaking to 2 of the hosts at the restaurant and both were very kind and accommodating. My boss was running quite late and not only did they keep her reservation, but they contacted me and asked me to let her know not to worry and that they would save a table for her.
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  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Food and drinks are excellent. Dessert as well. Make sure to check in on Facebook for your free order of brussel sprout chips. They are amazing! Everything is flavorful, staff is super friendly. Can't go wrong.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Sadly since it's opening Vault's food has gone down hill. Dessert still great. The meal itself was extremely disappointing.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique
    LouBVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Unique but very tasty menu selections with good atmosphere and service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice place for Business Dinner
    Huma
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Had a team meeting / dinner - perfect table for catching up and having conversations. Solid bar - but could have used a few more bar tenders - good beer selection (including Racer 5). Food was very good and our waitress did a very nice job.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • KrumbsfromKovVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Had wonderful seasonal salads and entrees (mushroom risotto & skirt steak) were tasty and perfectly presented. Service is alway very good here and bar scene is vibrant, although crowded at times. Curious George for dessert was shared by my wife and me--two thumbs up.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, manager brad rude
    Teeta
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Ordered seabass without tomatoes , add Brussels sprouts and a side of miso sauce. Came back with no couscous, and no miso. Waiting. Food cold. Brad manager said he couldn't get a side of miso because he would have to make another piece of fish in order to do so. So , he rudely said, "fine! I'll make another fish and eat that so you can have a side of miso." Super uncomfortable. He came back and apologized, and gave us a dessert and compt my meal, but the night was just awkward. Other than feeling horrible, the food was good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Was very pleasantly surprised by this local gem. Ambiance was really nice and the food was great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everybody's Happy!
    GFSueVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    This place has something for everyone and the food is good so Everyone's Happy! We had an excellent server, Tanya, who took care of our every need. The service has greatly improved each time I eat here. They even knew how to make a French 75 the correct way! I'm definitely going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Yummmm...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We had a family dinner there and were blown away! We ordered the Crab Dip, Ahi and Brussels Sprouts as an appetizer for the table. Every thing was delicious! Their entrees are a great size and almost big enough to share! We will be back for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Place
    Foodie24
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I was really expecting better food here. Their menu looked great with a lots to choice from. I had the skirt steak from their special of the evening. I asked for medium and it was over cooked for me. I like seeing red in my steaks and this didn't even bleed! The only thing I can say is they have very good service. I'll have to try it one more time before I cross it off my list.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • xvraptor
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Came for an early dinner with the family. Started with crabcakes and the brussel sprout chips (free if you check-in on facebook and is stated on the menu). Crabcakes were decent though the brussel sprout chips were the clear winner between the two, albeit a bit salty. Ironically, the service was slower at the start (only 2 other parties) compared to when the dining room was full. Entrees ordered: filet mignon, the special of the day filet mignon chop steak (aka burger in the shape of a steak), maple salmon, and the chilean sea bass. Both fish dishes came out juicy while the steaks came out more well done than requested. The family definitely enjoyed the food even with the over done steaks and we would come back for a special occasion
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A find!
    Alwaysawinner
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I had heard good reports about Vault 164 and was pleasantly surprised that they were not exaggerated. The atmosphere is charming and old world - quite fascinating menu description of the conversion of the space from an old bank building. Our waiter, Kevin, was fantastic and the food was wonderful. Prices are reasonable and it was an overall great experience - especially pleasing as I was with out-of-town company and they were very impressed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal!
    FlfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Started with the Brussels sprouts which were flavorful and crispy. The bacon wrapped medjool dates with goat cheese and balsamic glaze were yummy, melt in your mouth treats. Sliced skirt steak was thick, very tender, and delicious. Cooked perfectly and they were agreeable to change sides. Would definitely return. Service was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AWESOME!
    Lobie
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Had another great experience for our group birthday luncheon. service was great too!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty food, good atmosphere service
    luvfoodVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We had an early dinner. Service was quick & courteous. We started with the Brussels Sprout Chips. Entrees ordered were Sea Scallops & Ahi Tuna. Both were prepared perfectly. Although, I thought it was a touch on the salty side. For dessert we shared the Baked Alaska which is pretty unique. The chocolate brownie was very chocolaty & the meringue topping flambe was a nice touch. It was a very enjoyable dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Annoying Dessert Menu
    ChowhoundVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The menu said baked Alaska, but it was not baked and instead of meringue, they smothered the ice cream in marshmallow goo. Yuck. My wife ordered key lime pie. First off, it didn't look like pie, and second, it didn't have much flavor. The salmon chowder soup was very good, but the entrees were just so-so. We won't be going back.
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  • 4eats
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Vault 164 is a real gem. We were celebrating a special occasion & all of our guests enjoyed their menu choices.(Rave Reviews)!! I have never been disappointed in anything I have ordered at the Vault. Obviously our party shares my feelings. Kudos to the chef & the entire staff. Our server, Rosalee was, as always superior.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Good Restaurant
    HonestFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Very good in every way. No particular area excels, but this was only a first visit. One area of criticism I would mention here (and for most restaurants) include the following: - too much salt, especially on the brussel sprouts chips (can remove 90% of the salt and it will taste better) - too much sugar in the salad dressing - too much salad dressing overwhelmed the natural flavors (can easily remove 95% of the dressing) Chilean Sea Bass was cooked almost to perfection. A tad sweeter than I prefer, but the temperature and texture were spot on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Break into the Vault for Great Food
    jimoriVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Stopped by for lunch @ Vault 164 and my lunch of Flat Steak Cobb Salad was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • we come every movie night!
    Roadhouse1
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Love this place! The food is unbelievable. Brussel sprout chips, flank steak and heirloom tomatoes, kale and quinoa salad. Great wine selection. This place is killing it, plus the menu rotates so we get to have different entrées everytime.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.