Verjus Restaurant
Verjus Restaurant

Verjus Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://verjusrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 9733788990x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 12:00pm - 2:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:30pm - 8:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 12:00pm - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Charles Tutino
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Please inquire for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Jane Witkin 9733788990x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Rutgers Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Verjus Restaurant
Owned by Chef Charles Tutino and his wife, Jane Witkin, Verjus serves contemporary French/New American cuisine in a stylish, understated dining room decorated with works by local artists. The menu changes daily and seasonally, taking advantage of local markets and direct sourcing whenever possible. Verjus has a full bar and a list of excellent wines, primarily French and American, at surprisingly low prices. Verjus also features an extensive line of single malt scotches.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary French
Verjus Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
59 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelQuiet
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (41)special occasion (39)neighborhood gem (33)romantic (21)notable wine list (18)great for brunch (13)great for lunch (11)good for groups (8)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (1)hot spot (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • ehhh....the profiteroles were great
    Bobby
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Went to Verjus based on good reviews on open table and was underwhelmed. The profiteroles for dessert however, were special. Really good. The food was good, not great, but didn't really seem to be a very French experience. Yes they had escargot and beef bourguignon, but otherwise it was all rather similar to what you could get in a non-French restaurant (crab cakes, salmon, scallops, etc). The food was nicely prepared but not very memorable. The wine was good and well priced however the wait staff is very young and wasn't helpful at all in guiding either the food or wine selection. When I asked about a particular wine the response I got was 'a lot of people order that'. The restaurant decor is quite boring and there isn't much ambiance.
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  • Family French
    raygunVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great French cuisine with a family atmosphere and a personal touch from Jane, the hostess and co-owner. The first time I've seen a good French restaurant that has paper tablecloths and crayons for the kids to draw. What a great idea to introduce kids to French cuisine. My only disappointments were no blue cheese olives for martinis ( a pet peeve of mine) and an unimpressive duck confit rillette salad. My beef bourguignonne entree and creme caramel dessert were stellar. My wife enjoyed her pork entree also. We went on a Friday night for the bistro menu. I am eager to return and sample the a la carte menu which has more options.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • soeaterVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We love Verjus. Charlie's food is consistently excellent and Jane and the staff are warm and welcoming. On this latest visit we tried the French Bistro night. It's nice to get a slight twist on the regular menu. I had the escargot to start and then the skate with lentils, my husband had the duck confit rillette and the bouef bourgingone - all delicious. The beef was meltingly tender - no need for a knife. Chocolate mousse for each for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent choice
    FRZFOODVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We have been here several times and enjoy the food and service every time! If you have not eaten here yet. Go for it.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ERuby
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Delicious food, welcoming service, caring hosts. We will be back.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Food Fit for Foodies
    FlushingFirstTimers
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We dined on a Sunday evening so the restaurant was particularly quiet with only 3 other tables filled when we began our dining experience. the service and the food were fabulous. We started with heirloom tomatoes with 2 different cheese. the variously colored tomatoes were very flavorful as was the cheese. the dandilion salad was inventive and distinctive. the salmon and hangar steak entrees were perfectly done with young tender green beans and beluga black lentils. the hangar steal was seared on the surface adding a wonderful flavor to the perfectly medium rare meat.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • A surprise in Maplewood
    OfficeWorkerVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had never been here before but were pleasantly surprised. Enjoyable meal in a pleasant white-table cloth setting. Menu had a lot of seafood selections but also duck and beef. Broad wine list with many moderately priced selections. We will be going back!
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Foodaficionados
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Outstanding French cuisine. Owned by husband and wife team. Escargots is to die for! The scallops with light pasta and mushroom sauce was excellent. Chicken with tarragon was outstanding as well! Great desserts! Attentive service. Definitely will return again! This is a hidden gem!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First rate
    Foodie
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Relatively quiet with excellent food. A perfect place for a special occasion.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive for the food quality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Expensive for the quality of the food, food was good but should be great for the price. Service was very good. Need to replace the paper table cloth with linen, paper was very annoying
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    notable wine list
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  • Consistently great
    LanieVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Verjus is consistently excellent in it's quality of food. It menu is always different with a small selection of entrees that still offers enough variety to suit all tastes. It is our go-to place for great food. The wine list offers a great selection and good value.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Good but can use improvement
    Goph
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We enjoyed coming into the restaurant and it was very welcoming and friendly. However it took a very very long time for a waiter to come get our orders and even a longer time to actually get the food, an hour and 45 minutes to get the main course. Appetizers were great. The main courses were uneven: good veal, good beef, but I would forgo the salmon. They made a mistake with our order as we didn't get the duck we ordered and instead we got the salmon (double whammy) but by then it was late enough that we decided not to wait for the duck. The staff notified the owner and she graciously and on her own comped us not only for the salmon but also for our second bottle of excellent wine. She also apologized and was quite lovely about it.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Partymom
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We keep coming back for great food, great drinks and a wonderful waite staff!! See you again soon...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent experience.
    NicholasName
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Great food and calm atmosphere. Wine is reasonably priced. Just be patient, it's a petite operation.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent meal whenever you go!
    RaeJohnVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    You will always have excellent food and a fun time whenever you go. Warm, friendly reception.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    chefed
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    After reading so many glowing reviews maybe my expectations for Verjus were too high. I expected to be wowed, and I wasn't. The hosts are lovely people. She affable and charming, he with an acerbic wit, but not in a bad way. The service is slow. The room is old looking and dated, not charming at all. Could really use an update. The menu is very limited. The Roasted tomato soup was very tasty and not ordinary at all. My duck was not crispy and too well done. My wife loved her snails and the sauce with them, didn't care much for overcooked scallops but like the pasta and sauce with them. My daughter's food was nothing extraordinary. To me, Verjus seemed past its prime. The wine list is short but I found a very reasonably priced excellent red.
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  • Always Pleases
    Lovediningout
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We have been to Verjus many times over the years. We have never had a bad experience. The food is prepared with love and skill. The drinks are excellent. The wine list short and to the point, with no outrageous pricing. And our hostess with the mostest makes it such a pleasure.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • An exceptional dining experience!!!
    TioPeteVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Excellent food, appetizers, cocktails, wine,s desserts and service. What more could you ask for!!!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb...every time.
    RaeJohnVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    One of the best restaurants in the state, and my all time favorite -- lunch, dinner, brunch -- anytime.
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Excellent
    Linda
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We dined at verjus on a Friday with their special pre fixe shore night dinner. It was excellent. My husband and I both had the jersey sweet corn chowder for our appetizer. It was piping hot and delicious. Warm corn bread, biscuits and rolls also started out the meal. Yummy! For my main corse, I had the lobster oregenata, served in the shell. It was split so easier to eat. The meat was sweet and delicious. It was accompanied by verjus fries (to die for) and squash. My husband had the bluefish, verjus fries and squash. He loved his meal as well. We both had blueberry crepes for dessert which were delicious. Can't wait to go back again. I have to have those verjus fries again.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Impeccable Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    The food is impeccable. Jane, the hostess, is lovely.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RaeJohnVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Every meal at Verjus is wonderful. It is our go-to restaurant, and we are always glad we dined there.
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    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Always Great Meal
    vidaliaVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Loved having a dinner with friends at Verjus. Jane, co-owner and hostess, is wonderful. Drinks a very agreeable pear martini and great glasses of wine to each person's particular taste. The food was delicious. We shared the silky smooth duck pate, presented with cornichons, mustard, and other treats, as an appetizer. Always a treat - if you love pate - and always a silky joy to the taste buds. The salmon main dish accompanied by lentils was cheered by two of our group. Every crumb was gone... The beef bourguignon was fabulous. This was served on a mound of buttery mashed potatoes lightly enveloped with a lovely gravy. So sad that we were too full to try a dessert this evening.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Donnie
    Donnie
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We had brunch at Verjus. Food was very good but it took forever to get our food. Maybe short=staffed in kitchen? Would try again but not for brunch.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love2dine
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I enjoyed the restaurant the food and the service was superb I already recommend it to a few of my friends.
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must try
    Carl
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Great straight- forward cooking. You can order anything and not be disappointed. One of the few restaurants left that still adheres to the fundamentals of cooking/ classic service.
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Low Key, But Great Meal
    AllOvrThePlace
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We chose this restaurant based on its reviews and the fact it was a cuisine a little out of the ordinary, ie NOT Italian or Asian. We were bringing in guests from Australia and thought it would be more interesting for them. The food was great and the winelist was good, too. The decor is quite non-descript, but the space is very clean and straightforward. Bar seemed well stocked. While the service while a bit slow it was a good thing for us because it gave plenty of time to visit with our friends.
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    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Our third time and it has been excellent each time!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Friendly, low- key gourmet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    The food here is really fresh and delicious. The asparagus salad was a stand-out, but all was excellent. Also, the coffee is very good! It is a quiet, lovely place to enjoy food and good conversation. The service was unintrusive and courteous.
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    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our favorites
    egluvttodinetoo
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We enjoyed their recent theme night, Summer Beach (others are Bistro, American Regional - i.e., prix fix menu choices) We return several times a year
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good lunch
    MontclairFoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Food was quite tasty... I eespecially enjoyed the twice baked potatoes!
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    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
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  • The following 540 reviews are from the Verjus Restaurant reviews archive.
  • A Delight Each and Every Time!
    DeliciousVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    VerJus is a favorite of ours. The food is consistently wonderful. If there's a soup on the menu, try it---they never disappoint. The entrees are classic and comfortable. Wonderfully sourced ingredients make this place hands-down one of the best around town (or around all of NJ). Plus, no ones makes a smoother martini than Jane.
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch
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  • Terrific food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    We went to Verjus for a three generation birthday celebration for my mother. The food was fabulous, the wine was delicious, and we enjoyed getting to know the proprietors. Loved everything - we had the escargot, duck terrine appetizers and sauerbraten, softshell crab amandine and peking duck entrees.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • A Truly Elegant Brunch
    cmac7
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    This is our "go to" place for Sunday brunch. This time the standouts were ... everything. The beet soup was great, the salads were wonderful and the entrees were terrific. The service is friendly and paced just right so you're not waiting for your food yet you don't feel like you're getting the bum's rush. It was just under $100 for brunch for three with two drinks, well worth it for the excellent food and service.
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    great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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  • Gret food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    If you enjoy a leisurely dining experience with a great wait staff and superb food, then Verjus is the place for you. The owners are friendly and very solicitous. The food was as anticipated...great, and the wine selection was also good. The wait staff was friendly and courteous. There is a private parking lot adjacent to the restaurant. I would most definitely go back.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Somewhat hidden neighborhood gem.
    Carolyn
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    As many have noted, Verjus is somewhat out of the main way in Maplewood, not in the Village but on Springfield Ave. It is rather nondescript on the outside, but comfortable and attractive enough inside. The food is outstanding and the service was excellent, at least the night we went there. The owner spoke with us for quite a while and she was delightful. Verjus is only a couple of blocks from where we live, and yet we had never been there (in 8 years). Now that we have broken the ice though, we'll be back!
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent find in Maplewood
    FleaVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Passed this place for years and can't believe it took me this long to stop. Delicious, generous portions. Attentive servers. Gracious host. Brunch was delightful. Raspberry Bellini, duck terrine, crab cakes with no fillers all thumbs up.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy
    Ann286
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Verjus is simple food cooked expertly. A French bistro menu, the moules frites (mussels and fries), I had were perfect. Tender with the right amount of sauce, a wine, garlic concoction of beauty. Thank goodness the hostess came over and offered a little extra warm bread to dip in the sauce. The bowl was clean when it returned to the kitchen. My husband enjoyed everything that came across his plate. The best ending was the crepe with apricot. The apricots were tart and fresh and a perfect balance to the sweetness of the crepe and cream it was served with. Verjus is a place I always look forward to visiting and hope to go again soon.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always delightful
    DelishVIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Ver Jus is a lovely restaurant. The food is excellent and beautifully presented. The acoustics are such that quiet conversation is possible even when large groups are in the room.
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    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always outstanding
    JagrVIP
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    We have been coming here for a number of years and the food is consistently excellent. The roast chicken was perfectly cooked. Mu friend had the scallops and they were fabulous. Whatever we have ordered has been skillfully prepared and delicious. This is one of the best restaurants in the area.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.