Vintana Wine & Dine
Vintana Wine & Dine

Vintana Wine & Dine

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cohnrestaurants.com/vintana
  • Phone: 7607457777x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: 11:30am - 2:30pm daily;
    Dinner: 5:00pm nightly;
    Social Hour 2:30pm-6:30pm daily

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian
  • Executive Chef: Deborah Scott Deborah Scott
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Special Events: Please contact Krista Romberg, Director of Special Events at 760-745-7777 ext. 206.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: I-15 Freeway
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet available during dinner service.
A word from Vintana Wine & Dine
Located on the 3rd floor of the Lexus Centre of Escondido, Vintana offers a modern take on California Cuisine and picturesque views of the town and countryside.



Vintana boasts 17 foot high windows with sweeping views of the surrounding mountains and valleys and overlooking a fabulously lit dancing water fountain. The property features over 20,000 square feet of outdoor patio space for private events and over 8500 square feet of meeting and banquet space, making Vintana the perfect choice for your next event.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Vintana Wine & Dine reviews from OpenTable diners
368 reviews since April 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (268)scenic view (211)fit for foodies (176)notable wine list (175)romantic (155)great for outdoor dining (150)neighborhood gem (128)good for groups (118)great for lunch (115)vibrant bar scene (91)hot spot (73)great for brunch (38)late-night find (35)kid-friendly (11)Show More
  • Seriously Understaffed
    GaleVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I believe there must have been a no-show in the server ranks last night. Although there were plenty of hostesses, buss and runners visible our section (table 62/1) had a single prime server and he was seriously overwhelmed. Everything was very slow and the poor guy was obviously doing his best. Our guest (first time visitor) enjoyed the view and the food and fortunately we all enjoyed our conversation but as the hostess I was disappointed in the service. Food was much enjoyed and OMG....the deserts! Had to find somebody to ask about them but it was well worth it because the selection was very nice and the ice cream and sorbet trios were among the best deserts I've seen all summer!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Night Out!
    Hapy
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My husband and I took our best friends for their first time to Vintana's. We had a great time, and made sure they had the bacon wrapped dates...a big winner! With the extensive vodka menu, we had a great time trying to decide which vodka to try. It was a fun time and we are sure to return for happy hour soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food was exquisite! the environment absolutetly wonderful...service needs to improve.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunset at Vintana
    Lorett
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    What a great way to spend a summer evening on the Vintana outdoor patio. Great view and feel. Delicious menu..love the brie honey appetizer and the kung pao calamari and fried artichokes! They also can blacken a nice piece of salmon for you.. Nice friendly servers. I could stay here all night! Cheers.....to Vintana
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So nice!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We had a great time here celebrating our 5th Wedding Anniversary. Appetizer and main courses were really delicious! Server was attentive and helpful.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Interesting!
    escondidostyle
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    A restaurant on top of a car dealership............I was a little concerned. However, upon entering, and navigating our way to the appropriate place to check in for lunch, it was quite nice. The service was somewhat slow, even though, the restaurant was not crowded when we arrived. It would be several minutes between the time our order for drinks was taken, and the arrival of those drinks. (Same situation with the arrival of our food, drink refills, request for additional condiments, etc..) Our server, was very polite, patient, personable. However, overall, it was a nice dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous!
    MSTONEVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    From start to finish everything was perfect! Our waitress AJ was the best and made our evening special! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite special restaurant.
    LexusLynn1
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    It is my go to restaurant for fabulous lunches. Food is always great. White wine chilled for me is my only issue. I need it much colder than your norm. Working on getting list for Thursdays so I can call ahead. Ciara is my favorite server and when she isn't there, I ask for an upper booth. Will be back on the 28th!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprise
    MWK911
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Not every day that you find a great restaurant in a car dealership! Vintana is a very upscale restaurant, well laid out, with modern decor, with a large wine list and excellent menu options. My wife had the trio filets and I had the local boat scallops; both were all that one could ask for. Prepared and presented beautifully. We had preceded it with one-half dozen oysters and a Caesar salad (split between us). We were full! No room for dessert. Plan to return and would recommend it in a heartbeat.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good lunch, bad service
    jax3217VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    This was the third time we ate at Vintana, and the first time for a Sunday lunch. While the food was as good as usual, I have to say the service was less than stellar. The waiter was obviously burdened with several tables, and was slow taking our order and never came back to check on how things were, or to refill water, until we were finished. I hope this was an aberration.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Good food and prices for lunch. Service was average at best.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was plated well
    chicagogale
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I ordered the skirt steak, it was overcooked and very tough and chewy.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noisey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We were placed in a room east of the main restaurant which was way too noisey.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great but not so great
    bens993
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We have been here a few times. Chef Deborah Scott is a rockstar and we used to go to Kemo Sabe where she worked before. Being part of the Cohn group and with Deborah's reputation you would expect perfection. My wife got the seared Ahi which was great but the black rice which is usually so yummy was gummy :( My pork porterhouse was over cooked. Pork is supposed to be cooked to 140 degrees but mine was a little tough. I would go back as sometimes the kitchen can screw things up. Also this sounds funny but we sent our drinks back cause they were too strong. No Im not a complainer I just like a balance. Im not a teen anymore so I dont go for pure alcohol anymore. They took care of it so no big deal. The popovers were great!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vintana
    Sandi
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Five star dining in a unique setting. Who would ever to expect to walk into a Lexus dealer and find this gem sitting on the third floor? The view is incredible. There are two bars. One is half inside, half outside with a beautiful view, fire pits etc. Another is more of a lounge type bar, excellent if you arrive with no reservation and have to wait a while. The food is a cullinary delight. Lobster macaroni and cheese?? Incredible! The ambience of this restaurant and is like nothing I've ever seen before and the service was top notch. Loved it and can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Phenomenal Food
    trackyj
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We tried the deep fried artichoke hearts appetizer and loved it: the sour of the pickled hearts went well with the batter and the lemon caper aioli sauce. Our entrees were the macadamia and coconut crusted sea bass and the halibut special. Both were excellent -- well-balanced, good portions, interesting flavor combinations. I just wish there was more of the lime sauce with the sea bass; yes, it was that good. Would definitely return. Our server was friendly, knowledgeable about the menu, and was able to give good recommendations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I took my friend to lunch for her birthday and she loved it. She had the lobster mac and cheese and I had the skirts on fire salad. We loved both our meals. My friend had the lobster mac and cheese at 333 and was very disappointed that the lobster was no-existent. At Vintana there were 2 large pieces of lobster claw meat on the top of the mac & cheese and she was thrilled. Additionally they provided a complimentary banana bread pudding which was delicious. The cocktails and wine were lovely! We'll be back again! The only down side was that the waitress did not provide us with water promptly as requested. We had to ask at least 3 times.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A CRG Gem!
    1happybellyVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Vintana is always a great dining experience, the food, the wine, the service and ambiance. It is truly one of the Cohn Restaurant Group's gems an with Chef/Partner Deborah Scott at the helm you can't go wrong. I had two of the dishes she's known for the incredible lobster bisque and skirts on fire quesadilla (just the right amount of fire for me). That may have been a crazy combination but absolutely delicious on both counts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for business lunches
    insbizguy
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Nice quiet setting outdoors with just the right amount of attention by wait staff, excellent wine list and TERRIFIC food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We were celebrating two birthdays and the staff was just wonderful! There were 7 of us and they accommodated every request.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely dinner
    deealf
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We took our son who was newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes for dinner. Concerned about carbs and what he could eat I called Vintana and spoke to Shelly who is one of the managers. She went out of her way to find out approximate carbs in several of the menu items, suggested alternative vegetables and made a notation on our reservation to alert the waiter that their might me dietary changes. She called me back within 20 minutes with these suggestions. We had a lovely dinner that we totally enjoyed. My husband and I enjoyed the Tues special and our son had the filet mignon which he said was outstanding. It is our go to restaurant when we want a treat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Betsy
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I've been to Vintana four times now. First time was great. Since then, it's been progressively less stellar. For this visit, I was careful to add a note: "Celebrating 2 birthdays." When we checked in, the hostess mentioned the birthdays, so I know this message made it from the OpenTable reservation to the restaurant. Tables near us were acknowledged for their events with ice cream and candles and photos - not us. Not a single word. Service was exceptionally slow, food was simply okay, and the bill had to be rerun because it included incorrect items. Overall a very disappointing experience. I used to refer friends to this restaurant without reservation (no pun intended). Now? Not so sure...
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Local Jewel
    AtHisFeet
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    I love sitting outside in this gorgeous setting with the beautiful views, especially at dusk. Just wish they stayed open later than 9pm. But the staff are always very friendly and willing to stay well after close to allow the guests too finish their food and conversations. Love the free valet service and ambiance. Great fire pits and comfortable tables and lounge areas. This is definitely the top spot of Escondido!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not as good as it was
    ChefInFamily
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Been here many times and loved Vintana when it opened. This last visit with a party of nine was disappointing. Very slow to take drink orders and slow to get our drinks. Out of one of the wines I ordered and rarely came to refill wine glasses. Appetizers were good, arriving just a few seconds after drinks The seafood dishes were nice, although smaller portions than we remembered, but the meat entrees were not. The rib eye arrived overdone and was sent back, only to arrive late, rather raw and with so much finishing salt on it that it was just not good. The pork porterhouse was dry and had so much sweet glaze/crust on it that it overpowered the meat. For as much as dinner cost and the with the problems we had, don't think we'll come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service was lacking
    Crisco
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I already wrote a review on yelp which basically said that the service was terrible. We went on a Sunday night and although it was busy, it was certainly not packed. It took FOREVER for our waitress, Stephanie, to greet us, FOREVER to come back and take our order and when our food arrived, it didn't all come out at the same time, so the people that got their food politely waited for the rest to come while theirs got cold. We had been looking forward to trying this restaurant, but we will not be back. Love all the Cohn/Debra Scott restaurants except this one.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Vintana review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Food was great wine was great,service was so-so.Server seamed distracted like she had another place to go,ordered an appitizer,but it was not brought to the table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place service lacking
    sapphireVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We have been here several times and it really is a special spot. I was disappointed never recognized my husband's birthday after informing them when I made the reservation. Sounds silly, but it is always nice to have people recognize your birthday while eating at a nice restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Dinner Venue
    mrshurry
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    My husband and I enjoy dining in the evening at Vintana. The menu selections are always varied and innovative. Each time we have dined here, the service has been very good. We always make a reservation and ask for a window table to enjoy the night view of the fountains in front of the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date Night
    daric
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Outstanding venue, great food, super service, and reasonable prices. We were there for the Tuesday night special and the menu for the special was very good. excellent value for the money, and the food and presentation was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Happy 70th birthday
    lynda
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The "ladies who lunch" celebrated 2 significant birthdays at Vintana. One woman just turned 55 and the other is now 70! Vintana gave us two birthday treats...yummy bread pudding! (And...the shrimp with watermelon salad was delicious!)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    My wife and I went to your establishment for a wedding anniversary dinner. The restaurant created a nice, quite and romantic atmosphere in which we could enjoy ourselves and our server was excellent. The problem was the food. I found for the price, the food was not that great. My wife ordered a simple steak medium rare which showed up well done. We did send it back and the next attempt came back actually cold in the middle. Too rare. My wife did not eat it and we did not even take the leftovers home. We felt again, for the price of the meal, they should have nailed the steak. Will we go back? Probably, but for the bar and appetizers, not dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    My wife and I had a great time here. Highly recommended by people. The window view is amazing around 7:30pm. Great service and spectacular food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CAB67
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Fabulous food--the Cohen groups best restaurant in my opinion--if you don't mind the view of the parking lot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch was very tasty
    Bowlsnut
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    My first time to lunch at the Vintana and I was not disappointed. My party of 4 all ordered something different and everyone truly enjoyed their food. The ambiance is great and the view is pleasant. Will definitely be back to try something different on the lunch menu.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 20 year anniversary dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Food was wonderful, large portions and seasoned so expertly. Appetizer was sesame seed brie, wonderful presentation, was such a great balance of flavors. Main dish was Bruleed Pork Porterhouse , fig jam and pork belly brussel sprouts, sweet potato hash with prosciutto demi, and my wife had Chef Deborah's Chicken over blue cheese potato and green beans.. Server Aftan was great and attentive. Bar was stocked with the largest selection of Vodka's I've seen.The Cohn group has never let us down no matter the zip code of the restaurant.Fine dinning and beautiful cars, large selection of Vodka, great service and cutting edge Chef just doesn't get any better then that. Oh also they support local beer breweries' was good to see
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good meal
    SplinterVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Took a friend here who had never been. Really wanted "Skirts on Fire" (like at the old Kemo Sabe) but of course all they offer is the Skirts on Fire SALAD, so asked to have the meat on a separate plate and not sliced over the salad. This proved to be an excellent way to get an approximation of the old Skirts on Fire dish, and the remaining salad and sides were just fine without the meat. We finished up with the decadent Potted Brownie, and had this while finishing off a bottle of Coppala winery Pinot Noir. Good service and food, lovely venue, good conversation...what more can I ask for?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Meal disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Wife and I went for anniversary. Been there twice before on different occasions. It's a nice place with a nice atmosphere. The staff is very nice, well trained. Stick to the appetizers and drinks of your choice and you can't go wrong. The dinner plates are not all that exciting. If you enjoy a lot of salt, I mean enough that it crunches in your teeth with each bite, have the Rib eye.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner arrived too quickly.
    Beachgirl
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Our food was very tasty but the waiter brought our main course out too quickly. We weren't finished with our salads. We felt rushed. This is the second time that has happened to us.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodies Fun
    loubp
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Had a fabulous time with my fellow foodies. The bacon-wrapped filet melted in my mouth. Our server was amazing and the manager even stopped by and gave us his card. I think having dinner there is better than lunch as far as the ambience goes. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really good food, a bit pricey
    WIneLover
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The Ahi stack was fantastic as was the filet trio. The steak was cooked perfectly and the three small filets were enough to satisfy. The specialty cocktails were amazing and well worth the $7-9 charge. The appitizers at $ were a bit on the high side as were some of the entrees.12-18
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate