Vellum - Ann Arbor
Vellum - Ann Arbor

Vellum - Ann Arbor

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.vellumrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (734) 929-4929
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Vellum - Ann Arbor reviews from OpenTable diners
68 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (31)special occasion (24)good for groups (21)neighborhood gem (18)notable wine list (16)romantic (14)vibrant bar scene (8)hot spot (8)great for lunch (3)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (1)great for brunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Great wine list, but very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Great wine list, but very disappointed with food. Ordered a $35 steak you expect to have it cooked the way you requested. Didn't want to send back because it took an hour for our meal to arrive. Our wait staff was very attentive though. I figured a feature in Wine Enthusiast magazine I would have received better food. Sadly disappointed.
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  • Evening with friends - Great option
    FriendswithFood
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Vellum had a classy, unique atmosphere. My friends & I enjoyed the food and service. The tables were a tad close to one another - not the end of the world, just a little cozy. Would certainly visit Vellum again in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New favorite retaurant
    honeymooner4ever
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Fantastic service and food. Amazing dinner cooked to perfection. Great about accommodating variations on the menu. The staff is knowledgeable and attentive without being smothering. My water glass was never less than half full. They handled a large family party and then an intimate dinner for two for me both with ease. I give this restaurant my highest recommendation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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  • One of the best in Ann Arbor!
    MGoBlueVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Went for date night on a Friday night and was seated upstairs. The service was great and the food was exceptional. It is all very high quality. I loved the pasta and my date loved his steak. We also started with a salad (small was big enough to split!) and the tartare appetizer. Great drinks, great atmosphere - we will definitely be back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good experience.
    Marcia
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    The food here is excellent. If you go, do ask to be seated in Ryan's section. The overall pace of service can be slow, but the food is worth it and Ryan will be attentive, welcoming, knowledgeable, and just plain fun. We always leave happy and content.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Innovative dining in Ann Arbor
    SeniorVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Vellum has something for everyone at your table - from marvelous burgers to intricate gourmet offerings. Combined with an excellent and knowledgeable wait staff the restaurant is a winner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best scallop dish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    I ordered the taglietelle with scallops and it is my favorite preparation of scallops to date. The pasta was tender and cooked perfectly. The scallops melted in my mouth and the sauce was very light, but flavorful. Everyone else at my table also enjoyed their food as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    SugarHigh
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    This wasn't my first time at Vellum and it definitely won't be my last! Their pork belly skewers are phenomenal and their sauce compliments it nicely. All of their fresh pastas are delicious as well! And that cherry dessert... You better get it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday celebration
    Lynn
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    The server was excellent and attentive. We were there to celebrate a birthday. My daughter was given a free drink (very nice) to celebrate. The appetizers were very good, entrees and desert were presented very nicely and the flavor was great. The food to the table was a bit slow and the noise level was louder than i would have liked but all in all it was a great experience and we would return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • keeps getting better
    Trina
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Vellum's coming into its own. The food keeps improving, service is fast, menu changes often. Waitstaff is a bit too overeager -- difficult to have a private conversation if someone's at your table every three minutes to check how you're doing. I wish restaurants would teach an eye contact model..... hover nearby, if your guests want something, they'll let you know.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The best meal I've had in Ann Arbor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Seriously mind-blowingly good. The cheese plate (awesome camembert), the wine, the fried beets ... even the polenta served under the diver scallops was divine. We will be back and it won't be long before we are!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun night out
    mimi
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We met friends there on Saturday evening after making a reservation the day before. The food was yummy and there were lots of budget-friendly wine options on the menu (menu is by the glass, but you can also request a bottle). Our server was friendly and helpful. I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice
    hj71
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Steak salad was great. Their caramel dessert is awesome. I loved the design of silverware and dishes. I liked the interior and ambience on the second floor. It is one of the best restaurants on Main Street of Ann Arbor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely, sophisticated place
    KeepingUp
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    This was our second trip to Vellum, each time taking someone more used to more sophisticated cities (San Francisco, Boston, New York) who felt Ann Arbor just didn't match up. Vellum is relatively new, and is working hard to be as sophisticated as the best of them. The menu is small but varies according to what's fresh, and presentation and seasoning are excellent. The service could not have been better; frequent but non-intrusive inquiries about the food, water replenished often, table cleared again unobtrusively. We enjoyed fish this time, sea bass and divers scallops, nicely prepared and decent portions. This will remain a good choice for entertaining out-of-towners and for special occasions for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Vellum is a good restaurant in Ann Arbor, but we didn't find anything outstanding or spectacular. The booths are awkward behind the bar, where we sat, and the food was solid without being anything to rave about. The burger tries a little too hard and is not as good as the burgers at either Raven next door or Felix across the street--and Vellum's ambiance is more pretentious than its counter-parts without really delivering on that vibe.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was very good. Service
    delta2016
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    Food was very good. Service was even better. Our waitress, Cam, was friendly, energetic, and did a great job.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelmed
    Regnemm1
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Underwhelmed – Food very average. Other restaurants in the area more impressive.
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  • Fabulous meal and great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    I loved the feel and the decor- simple but really comfortably elegant-lots of wood and zen like atmosphere- great wine list, nice bar, not too many tables which allowed the service to be remarkably good. We are quite particular and the dishes were excellent. We each had the baked chicken which was unusually prepared and extremely tender- one of us doesn't usually eat chicken and ate every bite. Seasonal vegetables were also out of this world. The foie gras was quite light and had a wonderful pomegranate drizzle. The desserts are amazing- one was a delectable combination of white and dark chocolates. The ambiance was relaxed but the attention to detail was representative of fine dining. Next time in Ann Arbor we will absolutely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Inconsistent service
    VRinA2VIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Aside for excellent food, Vellum, reliably delivers in the inconsistence of service. It must be hard to find good waitstaff in Ann Arbor.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • celebrate!
    rickVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    A very interesting menu; most palettes with find something that will please them. Some moderately priced wines not available elsewhere. A welcome addition to the Ann Arbor fine dining scene. We will probably return before the next occasion for a celebration rolls around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Ann Arbor Surprise!
    A2Diner
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We'd read the reviews and had a sample at the Michigan Theatre at a members gathering but neither did Vellum justice. From the ease of reservation on short notice to the wait staff to the food with a few tweaks for my non-cheese loving husband..this is an Ann Arbor gem. We did a Tasting with an out of town friend who was duly impressed. Seafood and meat were offered and tried at our table. We preferred the seafood offerings but enjoyed the meat as well. On a non-surprisingly snowy night, the soup appetizer offered was a little slice of heaven-smooth, creamy and flavorful. Our servers knowledge of the menu and wine pairings was incredible. We'll return again ourselves and with company we want to impress.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Server was incredibly short
    Megcrstn92
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Server was incredibly short with us, menu selections were overpriced, and below expectations... Unsure that we will return
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  • Valentines at Vellum
    aafoodies
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We were caught by the email describing the prix fixe menu being offered for Valentines. Although there were both 3 and 5 course versions, we went with the 3 because the 2 extra courses (soup and poached egg) had no other options and (very surprisingly) there were only 2 choices for the appetizer and the main compared to many more for the shorter menu. Our food was wonderful and the portions good sized. We've only eaten there once before so we couldn't tell if they'd added extra seating for the holiday, but the tables were very close together. Our only disappointment was that they had run out (!) of the Merlot that they offered by the glass. Apparently no one was willing to chose another comparable Merlot from the wine list to offer.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad Management Attitude
    tkrk
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Management made my husband and I move from a corner table to another table set in the middle of 2 very-adjacent tables, even though both tables are identical in terms of size. The man gave the flimsy excuse that the corner table was reserved for 1.5 hours while the table we moved to was for 2 hours. In the end, we walked out of there within 1.25 hours. The food was good, but not so great to make up for this attitude problem.
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  • Best of Ann Arbor
    mamaynar
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    Vellum is the best in Ann Arbor. A relaxed & classy decor foreshadows the evening to come. Vellum never rushes; one needs to savor everything offered. The kale salad was fantastic. The lamb shank and new york strip were both cooked to perfection and accompanied by delectable sides. The dessert (a surprise, it was my birthday) was brought out later once we finished our wine, which I saw as great attention to detail and timing. I would not have been able to appreciate the delicious dessert just moments after my meal. I am shocked that anyone could rate this restaurant less than 5 stars. The only possibility is if the diner is more interested in rushed, low quality food sans any sort of experience, in which case I would suggest TGI Fridays.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food; room for improvement
    kxsd
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    This was our second trip to Vellum. We had previously been for Restaurant Week in 2013, which was a hectic and negative experience (I never consider Restaurant Weeks to be a way to gauge a restaurant's quality). The beer and wine menu was large and reasonably priced. Our server was very attentive and good, and the courses came out timed well and were all quite delicious. One complaint that carries over between visits is the arrangement of the seating in relation to the kitchen. I've been seated in tables down the middle aisle on both occasions, and both times servers/employees rushing in and out of the kitchen have bumped into me 10-15 times during each visit. It's annoying, but not a meal ruiner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good
    a2mom
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    We had a great night. The staff were friendly and the food was great. Good wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New restaurant with growing pains
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    We'd eaten at Vellum soon after they opened and had a wonderful experience (delicious food, great service, great atmosphere). This time, we were surprised (and not pleasantly) by the chaotic atmosphere and sketchy service. I guess the Vellum folks should be happy because the place was very busy (and very loud upstairs where we ate). Our server was clearly overwhelmed and not happy. The food itself is tasty, but we won't be back until we get word that they've figured out how to handle their popularity.
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    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Management needs to step up.
    Local
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Most of the food was good but the tagliatele with sausage had pulled pork in it . If they were out of sausage they should have told me. The ribs were so overcooked and dry we sent them back. The kitchen should never let these things happen. I wonder if Mgt. has empowered them to make these decisions. We sat upstairs so I understand that could slow things down but it took too long for anyone to come to our table after we were seated and also to get our drinks, I got the impression the server was not well trained. For such a nice place the staff seemed like amateurs. I worked in a couple Ann Arbor restaurants when I was a student so I'm pretty understanding of how tough the job can be, but this was disappointing.
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  • Work in progress
    AAFan
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    We chose Vellum based on enthusiastic Yelp reviews. It had exceptional ambiance, service, and food presentation, and an excellent wine list. As well, the chef had extended the prix fixe Restaurant Menu into the weekend, providing good value. The presentation of the food, however, led us to anticipate equally lovely flavor and seasoning, and this was not the case; rather, the meal was fairly ordinary, and while I appreciate any restaurant's effort to push back against the "super-sizing" of portions, neither did I anticipate that the side dishes and dessert would be "amuse-boȗche" size rather than full courses. I would recommend the restaurant as promising and pleasant, with the expectation that it will mature into a neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was extremely slow.
    Tank
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Service was extremely slow. 7:30 reservation and did not leave till 10:30. This was not by choice. First it took 15 minutes after being seated to get our drink orders then another 15 to get them. Finally we placed our orders at it took at least 15mins between each of 3 courses. Nice place, nice people but very slow service. Overall drinks and food were good with the exception that everyone's mash potatoes were cold and veggies undercooked.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vellum reliably delivers
    VRinA2VIP
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Having dined at Vellum several times, with every subsequent visit I keep asking myself: Why am I not dining here more often? Service improved since initial visits, and flavor parings in the dishes remain excellent. Will definitely be back, more often than thus far.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing wine list, great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    To help us select a wine, our server opened a bottle of xarel-lo he thought we'd enjoy. He was completely right. Everything was delicious, but it was the wine and the service that made Vellum stand out. They were amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great vibe and fantastic service
    CHRISTYVIP
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    We had a fabulous dinner there during Restaurant Week. The food was tasty (small portion size was a good thing for us). We especially enjoyed the cocktails (clever, interesting, well-made) and our conversations with the bartender while waiting for our table. We also had fantastic service from Ryan at the table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vellum
    Duck
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    New-ish restaurant on Ann Arbor's Main street. Excellent food- not weird but really tasty. The entire group will make it back soon. Loved the old exposed brick interior, lighting, etc. A very nice addition to the AA dining scene.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Interesting
    LondonycVIP
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    Not terrible, not amazing. I'd give it another try, restaurant week might not be the best way to judge?!
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great as always
    A2JetSet
    Dined on 1/13/2014
    We always have a great time at Vellum and this was no exception. Fabulous restaurant week menu, outstanding wine list, excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another up-scale AA restaurant
    CaliDiners
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    The food was good, the service was a let-down for the price. The host especially was just unfriendly (with a reservation and a relatively empty restaurant, it still took us 20 minutes to be seated). It took the bartender 15 minutes to make my cocktail.
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  • No service No food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    I would not recommend Vellum to anyone. Something clearly went wrong on the night that I visited, but in short in 1.5 hours, we had only received 1 drink and 1 appetizer. Our dinners (salads and side of vegetables) never arrived. In fact, our server never asked us for a second drink to tried to explain what was taking so long. After 1.5 hours, I asked the hostess to speak with the manager..she said I would have to get in line, apparently others were experiencing this. The manager never came, I think he was dodging the customers waiting for him. Eventually found my server, paid for the drinks and left. I can't really rate the food except for the appetizer, since our dinner never came, but the corn tart wasn't something to make me come back.
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  • Total Disappointment
    OBoyT
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Don't be fooled by the cozy couches and friendly host. Save yourself the time & energy...Eat elsewhere! Ann Arbor has a number of restaurants with better food and better service. Featured drinks - Ended up being pretty gross. Food experienced (similar to tasting menu) - Bland, boring and in the case of lobster & shrimp over cooked. Pace of the evening - Inexcusably slow...45 minutes before we had drinks, 2 hours to receive entrees. Service - Poor, she was nice enough but was not informed about the menu and generally avoided her section as all tables were very unhappy with the pace of the evening. Management - Made excuses but never owned up to the poor dining experience. We will not return and will not recommend.
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