Village Cafe Lafayette
Village Cafe Lafayette

Village Cafe Lafayette

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.villagecafelafayette.com/
  • Phone: 3379818085
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
    Sunday Brunch (Seasonal): 10:30am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Jeremy Conner
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Available starting November 1st 2010 Village Cafe" will offer private dining that will seat up to 40, or cocktail reception for 70.
  • Private Party Contact: Ben Leger 3379818085
  • Special Events: Private Dining Room can host up to 75 guests for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, business meetings, etc.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Richland
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking is available on street in front of restaurant and lot in rear of the restaurant.
A word from Village Cafe Lafayette
At Village Café our goal is to serve the finest food in all of Acadiana. We offer a casual dining experience five days a week, Tuesday-Saturday, during the lunch hour, which includes daily specials. We also have special menu for Sunday brunch. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, with most tables encircled by walls filled with a wide array of wines at every price point, as well as specialty beers and liquors.

As night begins to fall, the café takes on a more dimly lit upscale ambiance, with white table cloths draped over the wood tables to enhance the dining experience.

Make no mistake, however, that we remain a relaxed dining spot at all times. We cater to the most casual guest but also attract anyone seeking a more elegant experience. From the River Ranch crowd, which often walks to the restaurant, to those driving in from St. Landry, Iberia, St. Martin parishes and all spots in between, everyone feels welcome no matter what time of day they visit us.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Village Cafe Lafayette reviews from OpenTable diners
7 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.9
  • Food4.9
    Service4.9
  • Ambiance4.9
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
notable wine list (6)fit for foodies (5)neighborhood gem (5)special occasion (4)romantic (4)great for outdoor dining (2)great for lunch (2)late-night find (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My wife and I had dinner here a few weeks ago and it was excellent. The food was delicious and the our server was outstanding. Hope to go back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a new discovery
    broberts
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I rarely go in river ranch, so I hadn't noticed the village cafe. A friend at work heard me talk about how I love little cafes in Europe and asked if I had been to the village cafe. I told her no, and she described it to me. My husband and I tried it, and it was wonderful. He looked at me and said "this is my kind of place". We also appreciate that we were able to make reservations, which is not common enough in Lafayette, in our opinion.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Attention to details...
    GeorgeVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Our waiter, Al is the best. From the the time he greets you at the door until the time he walks you out he makes you feel welcomed. Al's attention to detail is greatly appreciated,from making sure the table has the correct flatware, to pouring the wine, and explaining the menu. The manger, David this night also did a great job in seeing that everything ran smoothly. We order the specials of the night, the fish entree and the bone in pork chop which were fantastic. The mixed berry cobbler with vanilla ice cream for dessert and cappuccino was a great ending to our dining experience. Kuddos to Chef Jeremy Conner and his staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 4 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.8
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance4.8
    • Service4.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 80 reviews are from the Village Cafe Lafayette reviews archive.
  • A Relaxing Dinner on the Patio
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We enjoyed a relaxing Friday evening with a wonderful meal, delicious wine, and fantastic service. Even though they usually seat people with reservations inside, ask to be seated outside and enjoy the view of the lovely neighborhood instead. David was our waiter this evening; he is excellent! I highly recommend their apple salad, and I always enjoy the Louisiana Stuffed Fish. Afterward, we walked over to Pour to listen to some music and have a nightcap.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Must try!!
    Michelle22
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    This quaint little restaurant had the most delicious food. Soft shell crab, duck, stuffed fish, and apple walnut salad were so fresh. Brought my husband and teenage daughters. Everything was amazing. We ate indoors but outdoor seating is also available. We will definitely be back again without the kids next time. Two side walls are decorated with bottles of wine that give it an interesting atmosphere. Had the Hess Cabernet and thoroughly enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Online Reservations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    At first we were upset as we made our reservation online and specifically requested an outdoor table and when I called to confirm, we were told that the online system automatically places you inside. If this is the case, I feel as if someone should have called to let us know.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Mother's Day brunch
    lulu
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This is a lovely small restaurant with very good food and good service. The salad with apples and Gorgonzola was delicious. When in Lafayette I would definitely return. It's in the upscale River Ranch development and is one of the better restaurants in Lafayette. I would recommend it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious meal!
    Vicki
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Very nice atmosphere. Have been before, and always good, but this trip the meal was really excellent. I love Escargot and it was prepared differently than I have ever had them. They were Shallot and Herb Sauteed and served on a Baguette w/ Pernod Butter & melted Jarlsberg. Tender and delicious! For my Entree, I had Snapper with Feta, Grape Tomatoes, artichoke hearts, green onions and Risotto. Just wonderful! My sweetheart loved their popular salad of Mixed Greens. Apple, Pecans and Bleu Cheese & Smoky Bacon Dressing and almost licked the plate of his Entree of stuffed Pompano Pan-Seared w/Lump Crab Stuffing, grilled Squash & Lemon Crab Butter Sauce - Wow! Too full for dessert, but left happy & satisfied!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Jewel
    nolafoodie
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I went to Village Café for the second time this weekend. The first time I went to dinner at night and the food and the ambiance was fabulous. This weekend I went for lunch and again, I was not disappointed. We had a group of 5 and everyone loved all the dishes we got. The ambiance, service and drinks were equally outstanding. I'd highly recommend this restaurant to someone who appreciates really good food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious food in Lafayette
    JAGJR
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    My associates and I had dinner at this French bistro and thoroughly enjoyed all that we ate. One of my friends said her chicken & pasta dish was the best she's ever eaten. I even talked my friends into trying the steak tartar and they were surprised at how delicious it was. The Village Café Lafayette will be the restaurant I dine at on my next business trip to Lafayette.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food...with a price
    LafayetteReturnee
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Nice little restaurant in River Ranch. We knew it was pricey going in, but it was a special occasion. The food was outstanding (loved the stuffed fish) and the staff was very friendly all around. I wouldn't dine there every week, but I will go back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    LolliVIP
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    Had the snapper and big apple salad and both were delectable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Everything
    ChrisA
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Easily some of the best food in the area. Spectacular service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, atmosphere, and service
    chickadee2
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    We were sat in a corner near the walls stocked high with wine, which gives the restaurant a lovely atmosphere. We ordered some cocktails,which were wonderful, and shared 2 appetizers, 1 was the shrimp bowl and the other was the steak tartare with truffle fries. Both were great although the shrimp were my favorite. The truffle fries didn't taste much like truffle fries, more like regular out of the freezer fries. My friend and I shared the duck and mushroom risotto, which was very good. My other friend had the snapper with pecorinno risotto. Thiswas spectacular. I almost wished I had gotten that. The service was also excellent. The waitress Lisa was knowledgeable and friendly and knew exactly what she was doing. I would recommend her.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was just ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    My wife and I really enjoyed the atmosphere. The service was good, but the waitress seemed a little uninformed about the menu. My wife's steak was good, but the rabbit I had was oversmoked and too salty. However, I will go back and give it a second chance.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quality Food and Service
    liv2eat
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Village Cafe has top notch food. Every bite is quality and bursting with flavor. You will not be let down. Also of note is their cocktail list. Such yummy creations. I have not had any wine yet because I am in love with Corpse Reviver #2 on the cocktail list. Service is very wonderful. And the manager, I'm assuming he's the manager, greets every table and asks how we like the food. Very nice. You definitely leave full, but this is a pricey place. I enjoy quality over quantity, but for us middle-class folks, this is definitely a special occasion place. I really appreciate Village Cafe participating in the Groupon deals. I've purchased two.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Charming Neighborhood Restaurant
    Cajunaire705
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    I purchased a Livingsocial deal for VIllage Cafe to check it out for a birthday dinner. The restaurant is small and cozy for a couple's night out. The cocktail selection was great and the tuna roll appetizer was delicious. We both had the NY strip which had quite a bit of fat on it for a $38 steak but we still enjoyed the plate as a whole. Overall, it was a nice experience and the staff was very attentive and friendly.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still awesome
    Toni
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    We drive 4 hours to shop in Lafayette, stay at River Ranch and dine at The Village. It is charming, with friendly, but professionally trained servers. The food has been consistently delicious and creative for the past several years, it has never disappointed . Looking forward to our next dining experience at this wonderful place
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My first visit. Excellenet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/3/2013
    My first visit. Excellenet service, food and wine. No question, I will return on my next visit to Broussard.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No more dinners here for me
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/12/2013
    I'm done with this place for dinner. My ($40) filet was cold, my friend's ($38) stuffed fish was mediocre. We also had salads, a before dinner drink, a glass of house wine, and a after dinner drink. Our bill for this less than satisfactory meal was $159 before the tip. We could have gone to Ruth's Chris for less, had better ambiance, and a much better meal.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful birthday present.
    JMSHICK
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    We dined early and were welcomed even with a hungry toddler. We ordered appitizer and daughter's food first and enjoyed the friendly staff keeping her entertained. The BBQ shrimp appitizer is to die for, and theoreer if chicken tenders for our daughter came with beautiful fresh fruit. The staff was attentive and helpful, even playing pickup with our daughter. We had help pairing wines with dinner and the wines suggested were excellent compliments. The scallops and rabbit were some of the best we've ever had, and the chocolate bread pudding capped off an extraordinary dining experience. We are already planning a return visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food, staff, and event
    TylerT
    Dined on 9/16/2013
    We had a wonderful time at Village Cafe last Monday night. The event featured local foods and the meals were amazing! I am definitely going to go back as I like the chefs values and his beautiful and tasty entrees. The drinks were fabulous, as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    service was prompt and friendly the spinach salad was large and fresh the lump crabmeat martini was very fresh with a mild remoulade dressing highly recommend for lunch or dinner - excellent kitchen and wait staff pleasant location with convenient parking
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    Even though I had a reservation, I was unable to get a table in the dining room. Food was good .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistent......
    Higg3
    Dined on 7/11/2013
    You can count on Village Cafe for a quality, consistent dining occasion !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, menu changes every
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/16/2013
    Good food, menu changes every few weeks,,, but VERY expensive for the Lafayette market. Dinner for two with a tip and with a modest wine was almost $200. This may be the highest price restaurant in the area.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We have had ocasion to dine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/12/2013
    We have had ocasion to dine at the Village Cafe, this was our first lunch venue. The meal was excellent and all enjoyed thier fare.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is a place for a great
    coachbobVIP
    Dined on 1/11/2013
    This is a place for a great lunch and I would add a star for lunch. The dinner menu is different in an eclectic way, but the same salads are available for lunch and the lunch offerings aren't so dependent on sauces. The reuben is good enough to order again. Specialty chips served to every table with roasted tomatoe dipping sauce are excellent. The gumbo is very good, as is the salmon, but other dishes are sauced up and too rich for my taste. However, it may be perfect for other folks. There are MANY wine choices across a wide range of prices. This alone is a good reason to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • All around great dining experience!
    Nick
    Dined on 11/23/2012
    All around great dining experience! Attentive staff, wonderful food, and a great wine selection with a great and personable sommelier.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/2/2012
    We celebrated our wedding anniversary here. The food was amazing! The wine list was a bit overwhelming but we were recommended a Pinot noir that was phenomenal with our meal! We were greeted with champagne when we were seated since they knew it was our anniversary. We will definitely be going here again. We always try to find a non commercialize restaurant with amazing food and this is one of them!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is a great place.....If
    Toni
    Dined on 11/1/2012
    This is a great place.....If I had one complaint, it would be the weak Apple Salad....not real cold, kind of wilty lettuce and one drop of salad dressing....Other than that, the food is really delish , the atmosphere is good and the service excellent. Ask for David. We will always return to The Village Cafe in Lafayette
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • the best dining we have had
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/10/2012
    the best dining we have had in Lafayette very attentive service we ate the special of the evening - drum - most delicate we will be abck soon ...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I have to say that the Village
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/5/2012
    I have to say that the Village Cafe far exceeded my expectations. I took a wonderful woman there for a first date and was a little worried, due to the fact that I am from Houston, and had to make arrangements for a first date with a woman from Lafayette, based on online research. The food was impeccable, the service was over the top, and the atmosphere was perfect for romantic evening. I strongly recommend Village Cafe to anyone who appreciates fine wine and dining.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food but overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/27/2012
    Good food, great service, but waaaaay overpriced. Two adults and one child, two steaks, one monkfish, two drinks, a Sprite, a (split) salad and 3 deserts totaled over $200.00 C'mon guys, it's a former neighborhood store and sandwich shop, about 15 years old. The "ambiance" is minimal. The menu is limited. My prediction,,,, if the don't make major changes,,, soon,,, they will be gone.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was wonderful: light
    nativeneworleanianVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2012
    Food was wonderful: light and inventive. Every person at the table "cleaned" their plate! A true gem in Lafayette!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Memorable Evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/25/2012
    My wife and I celebrated our anniversary here for dinner. I booked the reservation through "Open Table". I requested "special treatment" for this event... We were delighted to receive complimentary glasses of champagne and unique appetizers from the chef. Then, we ordered the Fois Gras (Fat Liver) appetizer which is absolutely exceptional. The wine selection here is top notch! The food and dessert was great! The waitstaff is knowledgeable and attentive! We will dine here again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My wife and I have dined there
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/18/2012
    My wife and I have dined there three times as of now, and every time is special. The updated menu with the freshest of ingredients, the extensive wine list with exquisite pairings all make for a wonderful meal! The deserts are also spectacular.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Village Cafe is everything
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/11/2012
    Village Cafe is everything you search for in a restaurant and more. The food is amazing and the service is excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very elegant restruant. Quiet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/31/2012
    Very elegant restruant. Quiet relaxing atmosphere. The food and service was exceptional. I highly recommend Village Cafe for a first date or an anniversary.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great Saturday lunch with friends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/28/2012
    The restaurant was perfect fr my high school classmates gathering. The service was superb and the food was very good. We loved the desserts especially.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet