Vellum - Ann Arbor
Vellum - Ann Arbor

Vellum - Ann Arbor

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.vellumrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 7349294929x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Mon.-Sat. 5:30-10:30, Sun. 5:30-9:30
    Happy Hour: Daily 4-7pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jeffrey Sartor
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Caroline Dunbar 7349294929x
  • Special Events: Happy Hour 4-7pm, daily

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Washington
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Vellum - Ann Arbor
An American restaurant in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor, we strive to provide a sense of craftsmanship and harmony for our patrons that will emanate throughout the entire dining experience. We serve contemporary and seasonal American fare in a setting that combines striking Italianate architecture with timeless furnishings. In addition, the bar & lounge make for a perfect spot for drinks and late-night desserts.
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Vellum - Ann Arbor reviews from OpenTable diners
80 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
77% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (40)special occasion (37)notable wine list (24)romantic (20)neighborhood gem (16)good for groups (15)great for outdoor dining (13)vibrant bar scene (8)hot spot (6)late-night find (3)great for lunch (3)great for brunch (2)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • come back, peter
    Trina
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    after several months of fudging -- "Peter is in Greece! Peter is traveling the world for even lovelier foods!" -- Vellum finally admits that he's left. Sadly, it shows. The food is a bit worse, the fabulous deserts are gone altogether, and the place is emptying out.... it's a shame, I loved Vellum.
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  • Vellum
    Neigh
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I was really excited to dine at Vellum. I heard great things and decided to go for a special occasion. Unfortunately things were not what we expected. The service was incredibly slow. The waitress didn't take our entree order until after we got our appetizers, and it took a very long time for the entrees to come. There was a hair on the appetizer and they gave cold bread on butcher paper after the appetizers were eaten as well. The poor service kind of hung over the whole meal. The food was cooked well with generous portions, but nothing special or unique. We were ready to run out before dessert, feeling pretty bummed out about the whole experience. There was nothing that made us excited about our experience there. Live and learn!
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  • Exceptional!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    From presentation to the satisfaction your taste buds thank you for! Vellum is a one of a kind gem. The food is exceptional and thoughtfully prepared for a very enjoyable dining experience. When you can take a bite of food and your eyes pop open and your jaw about drops and you get this "Wow" affect, you know you are being blessed with an uncomparable treat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not what it was
    a2bcd
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Originally this was the destination place for that special occasion. Extra-ordinary and creative menu and outstanding classy service. Menu is now much more informal and pedestrian. Very nice place, but not what I would recommend to people looking for a place to celebrate .
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • hijack
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We sat in the front, taking advantage of the happy hour. Beautiful windows with streeet scene. Great happy hour wines. Food was outstanding, especially the beets, brussel sprouts and spicy sausage pasta. Blue berry pie was nice though we found the crust a bit dense, not flaky enough. Service was extremely attentive and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible, Never Again
    JohnZ
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I was hoping for a great experience after reading a lot of reviews. Unfortunately, the overall experience was horrible, and I will not be going back. Notes from my evening: 1. It took the waitress nearly 20 minutes to serve a glass of wine. When the pour came back, it was a ridiculously small amount. 2. We ordered a cheese plate, a slim selection of only two cheeses. 3. After waiting nearly 30 mintues for my food, it came out cold. The chef reheated it for me , but likely in the microwave, since it very quickly lost its heat again. 4. The original bill was apparently not correct. The waitress "corrected" the amount for me, adding another $15 to my bill without first telling me. She ran my card and did not bring back a new itemized receipt.
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  • keithandrebecca
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Incredibly mediocre food. Pork in the pork confit tacos was so SALTY.The crab cakes so forgettable.The bartender had the most idiotic answer for an ingredient in a cocktail but then they have an interesting cocktail menu trying to keep up with the current interest in mixologist-type cocktails. The answer to "what is fenugreek glom me syrup like" was "sweet." It's like she didn't even KNOW what it's like. And the cocktail was overwhelming lemony-I couldn't finish it. And they were out of three of five beers on tap. The two white wines I tried were awful. Sauvignon Blanc is usually a safe wine to order. It was AWFUL. It must be bottle that would go for $8, and they are selling it for 11/glass. They have no local or any kind of food claims.
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  • Great
    MJCASRoma
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The service was great. I requested the chefs table or a table upstairs looking out to State Street. Since we went on a Tuesday, the upstairs was closed, and there was no chefs table. The FOH manager greeted us (as well as a hostess) at the front door and addressed the issue for us immediately. Service was pretty good and the food was excellent. I have no issue with the pricing at all, it was great. The Sea Bass was the best thing on the menu that I had, and we had a bunch. The carrot cake for dessert was very good as well. We drank and ate pretty heavily and walked out with a tab under $300.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ann Arbor Ambience
    kerncamp
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Lovely exposed brick restaurant with good continental menu options and outdoor seating.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vellum - Ann Arbor
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I had the risotto and my husband had the pork sandwich with triple cooked fries...the couple sitting next to us recommended them both. We weren't disappointed. Delicious
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent meal
    Ami22
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We had an excellent meal, the menu has a nice variety of small plates as well as entrees. Our cocktails were absolutely delicious with wonderful presentation. Our service was also outstanding with very nice suggestions from our waiter as well as being very attentive. Highly recommend Vellum.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful meal
    HelenVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had a fabulous meal. This was our second visit. I love the Brussels Sprouts. They are delicious!!!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never better ahi tuna
    HelenVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The ahi tuna was like butter. It was amazing. I loved the kale salad and the Brussels sprouts. The silverware thing is a little wierd along with the bread on the paper. But I would definitely go back agsin!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre service, mediocre food
    Oakheart
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I generally avoid eating on Main since they tend to be overpriced. Vellum came with a good rec, so I made a reservation on OpenTable. When we got there, it was slammed and guess what... they lost our reservation. Although I had the confirmation email, hostess told us it would be a 1 Hr wait. After making a fuss the hostess begrudgingly sat us. Ok, these things happen, but your first response should be to seat a customer who had a reservation. Our waiter was polite, but not very helpful. Clearly knew nothing about wine and just offered that we could taste whatever glass we wanted before getting a pour. The small plates we ordered were quite good, but the entrees were meh. And the bill was 10% more than far better restaurants in the area.
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  • Best burger in Ann Arbor
    LondonycVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Do not miss the bacon jam!!!!! Brussels sprouts are divine.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good service&ambiance, okay value
    goinout
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The ambiance of the restaurant is great. We had a group of seven and Vellum accommodated this well, including very attentive service. Overall everyone seemed pleased with the drinks but disappointed in the food. The prices were steep for what you get and it wasn't anything spectacular. The fried brussel sprouts were tasty.
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    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place to sit and chat.
    new2A2
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Many places in A2 are too noisy to have a reasonable conversation. Not Vellum. Wonderful atmosphere and not too loud. Food was very good and service was quite attentive (maybe slightly too attentive but it's hard to complain about great service). One person in our party of 3 thought the prices were high but the other two thought they were as expected for downtown A2. It would be nice to see food deals included in the happy hour.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Good food but...
    Roberto
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The food was quite tasty and well portioned. The service was a bit odd…apparently they don't give out silverware until the dishes arrive. But if not everyone ordered salad or appetizer and we wanted to share, there were no forks, etc. Bread and butter delivered but again no knives, and a sparse portion of butter. The wine was poured for me (male) to taste, and it was quite good but the server poured me a glass and set the bottle down without pouring any for the remaining guests (two women).
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Deliciously prepared food
    A2Diner
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Positives: The food. Mac 'n cheese with good balance of cheeses and just enough to be delicious without overwhelming. Best salmon I have tried in this town--crusty on the outside, perfectly (but not overly!) done on the inside. Interesting twist on the Risotto without deadly bland seasoning that sometimes characterizes it. The dessert I'd skip in the future--strawberry shortcake--just okay which was a disappointment given the quality of the other menu items. Negatives: The presentation. Examples: the bread comes in a tiny paper that looks cheap, the Mac 'n Cheese came in a ramekin with no plate under it so if something toppled, it went directly onto the table
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Glad we tried it!
    de45n
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    We had never heard of this restaurant until I looked on Open Table. All of the reviews looked good and so we booked a table. The décor was charming and staff was friendly. They had a good size wine and beer list, which was nice. We tried a few of the small plates and were not disappointed. I will definitely dine here again.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vellum - excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    First time Vellum diner - the restaurant was excellent in every way. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere, service and ambiance. The food was fantastic and the short rib to die for. There was a nice selection of wines and great beer selection. The menu was varied and we both liked the small plate selection which would be great for late night dining and drinks. Being on Main Street adds to the energetic atmosphere and we both are looking forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meals, but lackluster dessert
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I have dined here 3 times now - first meal was blah, 2nd meal was AMAZING, 3rd meal was really good. But for all 3, the desserts were so-so, to downright inedible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • restaurant week
    yup13
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    enjoyed sitting outdoors for a restaurant week dinner for two. the waiter appeared flustered and busy but did his best to visit our table several times. he did neglect to mention that dessert was not include in the prix fixe and was an extra charge (and we missed the fine print on the menu) so it was a bit of a surprise when the bill came. He comped one of the two desserts, which was convenient because the brownie i received was so dry and crumbly that i would not have paid for it anyway. kale salad and brussels sprouts were delicious. pork was too salty. overall a positive experience, and i imagine it would be even better outside of restaurant week.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Way too much chile in the Kale salad. I think it is a bit too hot if a bite of Kale salad causes throat to close up. When this was mentioned to the waitress, the response was that the description of the salad included the word chile. The pork tenderloin was great; however, many of the other sides and main courses were average.
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  • Well executed menu
    Sassafras
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    During restaurant week: Pea-mint soup absolutely incredible! Fried beets still managed to seem healthy...highly reco for an appetizer to share. Mushroom tart delish, but the crust was a bit crackerlike. Black garlic gnocchi were the best gnocchi I've ever had!!! I hope that's always on the menu. Caesar salad was good but not great.....we're always searching for a great caesar and this one was about 3/4 there, just needs some addit tweaking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, service not up to par
    mimia2VIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We were a group of 6 and all of our dinners were superb. The service did not match the food. When I arrived, I was told by the hostess that I was the first of our group of 6 and I waited for others to arrive. With 4, we asked to be seated and another hostess checked and could not find our reservation (although the first had found it easily) and they hurried to set up a table for us. We waited some time for the rest of our party, only to discover with a call that they were waiting for us at a table upstairs, and had been there since before I arrived. Our server was lovely but could not make wine recommendations, didn't bring bread, served some in a course while others waited, was not in sight for long periods of time.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mushrooms
    OldMan
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    The regular dinner menu is by far better than the restaurant week menu. A little heavy on the Kale but the mushrooms on all of our dishes were amazing. We tried a simple Riesling that wowed us all. Georg Albrect Schneier 2012 Niersteiner Hipping
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    special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highs and lows
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Dined here during Restaurant Week. The kale salad and the gnocchi were very good. The bar dessert might have been good if the brownie hadn't been so dry. Service was spotty - we had a long wait before our waitress came to get our order, but after that the food came out at a reasonable pace. It felt like they may have been understaffed. The most annoying thing about the whole experience was the noise level - my dinner companion and I had to shout at each other in order to have a conversation. Most unpleasant.
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  • Food and wine was great
    Yukko
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    I went there for dinner with my friends. Food was very impressive great. If you loves European food difinetely I will recomend you. There is one thing disappointed me was service. She seems like not polite and knowledge is not enough to recommend wine.
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    special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice "restaurant week" menu
    ike2389
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Went for dinner during restaurant week. Nice selection. Parsnip cakes were very good, as was the mushroom tart and salad.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Good food, bad service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    The food was very good, not the best I've had, but very good. The service was pretty terrible. We were ordering off the restaurant week menu, and they were clearly unhappy about that. At one point they tried to clear my wife's plate while she was still eating to bring out the next course. Things got a bit better when we ordered dessert and coffee, but overall we were really unimpressed with the service - probably some of the worst I've had anywhere.
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  • Terrific meal
    TomH
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Wonderful service and a wonderful meal. Highly recommend Vellum.
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  • goodeats
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    This was my groups first dining experience at vellum's. The food was imaginative and very good, the wait staff were knowledgeable and helpful, the noise level for our table upstairs in an alcove area was moderate.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food location and service
    foodlover123
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Many people I know still haven't tried Vellum yet (despite it being conveniently located on Main Street!) Their happy hour specials are amazing and the food, wine/cocktails, and service are consistently excellent.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Restaurant Week tryout
    BethVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Tables are small and the dining space is very open. Greeting and service was friendly and eager to serve. I ordered the RW menu. Food was very hot and fresh, with good timing on service. We were unimpressed with tastes of most of the dishes. Individually, the flavors were good, but I would have ordered differently if the descriptions on the menu didn't leave out that the gnocchi is FRIED. When I see gnocchi on a menu, and it doesn't mention that it's prepared any other way, I would expect to be safe to assume the dumplings are steamed or boiled. Ruined my meal with heavy greasy brussel sprouts first, then fried gnocchi for main dish and dessert was macerated strawberries. It was all just too heavy. I will give it a second try, later.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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  • Vellum
    Kate
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Vellum has really come along since it opened, the service has improved and the food is very reliable- I am hooked on the Tagliatelle with bay scallops. My only complaint would be that on almost every visit they have been out of at least one wine we tried to order. This really isn't a big deal unless you have your heart set on something specific. They do have a fair wine menu and it would be nice if they began offering wine flights with their meals. My other complaint is that drinks come very very slowly, not the wine but any mixed cocktail. It really is a great place to taste new dishes, and if you want something familiar, the burgers and fries are absolutely wonderful. We are looking forward to trying brunch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best mushroom multiple-course ever!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Five courses, all with mushroom bases. Great if you like mushrooms, and we do!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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  • Birthday Dinner
    SpartanMike
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Vellum has been on our list to try for while. After reading some of the negative reviews, we were a bit hesitant. As it turned out, we were very happy with the service and the food was very good. We love beets and their roasted beets are awesome! They were out of the wine we originally selected, but our server suggested another that was more than appropriate. It was my wife's birthday and the server provided a free dessert that all three of us could share--passion fruit frozen custard with berries-- very rich and delicious. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to friends.
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  • Great food, Awful Service
    Claymore
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Food was excellent. The ambiance is not "energetic", it's a cacophony where you have to yell to be heard. We ended up seated inches from a table full of loud drunks, and booming-voice guy did all the talking. Starters arrived and were delicious. Chose a wine. Staff returned with "we don't have that one"; Ordered an alternative;"we don't have that one either", but then the sommelier salvaged the situation with a nice suggestion (Aglianico). Finishing appetizers, I ordered another wine to go with the entrees.... "We don't have that one" then disappeared to return with a completely inappropriate bottle when we were mostly done eating. Great food, awful service, Too many competent alternatives in town to tolerate.
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  • mushroom tasting menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Dinner was excellent. We also ordered the win pairing to go with the dinner. The waitress was excellent.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.