Whisknladle
Whisknladle

Whisknladle

  • Dining Style: Home Style
  • Website: http://www.whisknladle.com/
  • Phone: 8585517575
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch -- Monday Through Friday 1130am-3pm
    Brunch -- Saturday & Sunday 10am-3pm
    Sunset Menu Daily --- 3pm-5pm
    Dinner Monday Through Friday 5pm-9pm
    Dinner Friday & Saturday 5pm-10pm
    Happy Hour Daily 3pm-7pm (bar and lounge only)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, American
  • Executive Chef: Ryan Johnston
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Special Events: events@whisknladle.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Herchel
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Validated parking also available up to 2 hours at Hotel Parisi on Hershel Street
A word from Whisknladle
Nationally acclaimed restaurant Whisknladle is located in the heart of beautiful downtown La Jolla, minutes from the La Jolla Cove and local beaches. Renowned for its French, Italian & Spanish inspired fare, Whisknladle’s menu changes daily to reflect the best of San Diego’s local bounty. Celebrated as the “Best Restaurant – Worldwide” by Conde Nast Traveler in 2008, Whisknladle has maintained its reputation for exceptional service, artisanal food and handcrafted cocktails over the years. In 2012, Whisknladle was named “Best Farm-to-Table” restaurant by San Diego Citybeat readers and “Best Chef” by San Diego Home & Garden magazine.

Whisknladle serves lunch & dinner daily, as well as brunch on the weekends. It’s happy hour menu offered daily in the bar from 3 to 7 p.m. and includes the restaurant’s award-winning $4 tapas, $5 sangria & $8 handcrafted and signature cocktails.

For more information, please visit us at www.whisknladle.com.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Whisknladle reviews from OpenTable diners
162 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (116)neighborhood gem (94)great for outdoor dining (81)special occasion (65)hot spot (50)romantic (47)great for lunch (32)notable wine list (30)good for groups (27)vibrant bar scene (24)great for brunch (24)kid-friendly (13)late-night find (7)scenic view (4)Show More
  • Service that shined!
    CookingPartnersVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    The evening started off great with excellent service provided by our waitress - Valerie. During our meal, several different staff members checked in to make sure we were enjoying everything. The salads and beef dished were quite tasty, too. The head chef also stopped by our table to thank us for buying the kitchen staff a round of beer. We'll definitely be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mari
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Our waitress was absolutely great! The place is beautiful, it has a character. To top it all, the food is also amazing. A bit at the higher end of pricing but worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cocktails are wonderful
    fromHouston
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    My wife and I had a light dinner, flat bread and pear salad, both of which were wonderful, which we enjoyed with cocktails instead of wine. The cocktails were so good, we came back the following day to try another. I highly recommend the "natures remedy". Service was appropriately fast and very friendly
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthdays are Fun!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Group birthday celebration. Service fantastic, menu is very eclectic and different. We all tried different entrees, everyone seemed to enjoy what they had. The birthday girl said she had a fantastic time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Such a lovely dining experience...
    Beachlife09
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    My boyfriend and I made reservations for restaurant week and I loved that they allowed you to select 3 courses from the regular menu. The food was so delicious. Our server was very sweet and provided us with her recommendations for selecting from the menu. Great atmosphere, very modern.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    PammyLuvs2eatVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    From the moment we walked in to Whisknladle, we felt special. The service was fantastic, the wait staff friendly, and the ambience intimate. We participated in Restaurant Week and we had a terrific meal. Enjoyed everything from the yummy flatbread, scallops and salmon, to the yummy chocolate torte and pannna cotta for dessert! We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too expensive
    CarolDiego
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    For a $45 Restaurant week choice, I didn't think it was that great. I expect to be wow'd!! Our server, Patrick, was great. Very informative and attentive. He knew his stuff. I had the Fried Chicken. It was served with a corn muffin soaked in honey butter. Does that sound decadent and yummy? It was!! The highlight to my meal was the side vegetable. I little prickly green called Agretti (aka Monks beard) they dip it in a house made buttermilk that was yummy!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • didn't live up to expectations
    johndcook
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    I came here for Restaurant Week after eating at Prepkitchen, with high expectations. Unfortunately I was let down. The farm salad was good, if not amazing. For entree, I had scallops which had some a topping of some kind that I didn't care for, and soft carrots that lacked a lot of flavor. Dessert was the caramel popcorn parfait which was very good as long as you ate every piece together. By them selves the whipped cream and the ice cream were too salty, and when I had finished the caramel popcorn, there was a bit of ice cream left that I didn't finish
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    Andrew
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We were lucky enough to make our reservation during restaurant week. Everything we had was spectacular and the service was friendly as could be. One of our servers offered to move our table away from a nearby group for some privacy without us asking, which was very kind. Whisknladle is a must for anyone traveling to La Jolla.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place!
    dinendash
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Everything about Whisknladle was fantastic! The quiche was probably the best thing we had but everything was amazing. The only thing i would say i feel like was missing were more options on the menu. Having said that, everything on the menu was perfect
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not as good as it used to be
    tankie22
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We went to Whisknladle last year for our anniversary and had a great dining experience so I made a reservation to back this year to celebrate again. The menu, food, and experience was just not as satisfying as it was in 2013. The menu lacked creativity, and there were only 1-2 options that looked appealing. I chose the salmon and felt like I could have cooked the same dish at home, given enough butter. There are only a few restaurants in San Diego that I feel satisfied with after I get $200 bill. Whisknladle was one of them, but not anymore.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dineallover
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Charming location, decent food, comfortable booth seating, slippery chairs
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent drinks & service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Came in for SDRW, the drinks and service were the highlight of my experience. The food left a little to be desired. May be back for drinks.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Relaxing and Enjoyable
    Rachel
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Came here for restaurant week and definitely felt we got our $45 dollars worth of food. We sat at the restaurant for about 3 hours and it did not feel like that long at all. Great service with explanation of all the food choices and always having our glasses filled. Would highly recommend to try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding Experience
    SOYUMMIE
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    One of the best meals in quite some time. Excellent service by Rob and amazing food by the chef. You can tell the General Manager really knows what he is doing and keeps a wonderful excitement amongst his staff. I will definitely be back and look forward to trying all of the items that I missed. Well done Whisknladle and thank you for a top notch evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our favorite place to go
    1234
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This restaurant prices its self each time we go. We love it! The service is always top notch the price is reasonable for what you get as well. The cutting board is to die for and the drinks are great too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely outdoor dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    A comfortable setting for outdoor dining with excellent food and a knowledgeable staff. My husband and I were neither hurried nor ignored. I hope to go back soon. I am also looking forward to their new Italian endeavor, which is in process. These folks know now to make a seamless experience for the diner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, questionable service
    Damanda89
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Great food, questionable service for lunch, dinner service was amazing
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing and Memorable
    PatT
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    My fiancé and I recently celebrated our engagement with our group of friends at Whisknladle. The service by far was the most memorable and amazing part of the dining experience. The waitress and staff were able to make great recommendations for dinner and drinks, which were all delicious. They also took part in our big day and celebrated with us. It made the evening even more magical. I can't thank them enough for the experience and we hope to celebrate our future anniversaries at this fine establishment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Chilquiles
    ChofasLJVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I love their chilaquiles. Its worth making sure to reserve the day before to get in. Yummy!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • VERRRRY INTERRRRESTING MENU
    RLVegas
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Such a comfortable casual spot for a great lunch or great dinner because of the very interesting menu. I can't say enough about the service here. Top notch. Nothing is a bother to the servers who all have wonderful friendly attitude. Work your way thru the wine list and the menu to understand why its such a fascinating place to try new food excursions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food good, bring wine
    NanciVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The food was very good but the wine selection was lacking. I recommend that you bring your own bottle of good wine. Service was excellent.
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  • On the Regular Rotation
    RDOGGfoodiestyle
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Have eaten here many times and it always hits the spot. Menu is diverse, yet simple. Cocktails and wine list are reasonable and focused. Whiskn'ladle, along with Market, are our two primary 'date nights'. Just depends on whether we want to travel into La Jolla or not. This is a worthy target any night of the week. And brunch is great as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing farm to table food!
    Scott
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Pros: wonderful food, very high quality, farm to table, eclectic menu, excellent bar with diverse specialty cocktails, great service, knowledgeable, helpful staff, modern ambience, upscale without being pretentious or overly formal. Cons: a bit expensive, but well worth the cost if you enjoy good food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Foodie70
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    What a gem of a restaurant ! Food is delicious and service was outstanding. We ordered several appetizers and they were all delicious. The Buratta appetizer was our favorite. Entrees were great. We were so pleased we felt we had to treat the chefs to a round of beers which is an option on the dessert menu. Too bad we don't live in La Jolla, we probably would have dinner there often.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • High Marks: Foodie Fun in La Jolla
    JenLovesFood
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Terrific meal (mostly) w/ LA friend on Sat. Vincent Delaporte, Sancere 2013 was excellent accompaniment. Shared/tasted several courses. Gazpacho was delicious (surprise, it was served hot): complex layers of flavor, enhanced by droplets of EVOO. 'Summer Salad' perfectly embodied its name. The Stuffed Quail - tricky to split - worth the effort. Stuffing was a tad too compacted & bland. Two entrees followed: 1. fried chicken 2. octopus pasta, both bit over zealous use of salt. Not withstanding, chicken was cooked to perfection, as was the crusty, crispy dredge concoction encasing the bird. Seafood in the pasta was excellent; flavors in the sauce were appropriately intense. But, pasta, a bit too dense & the sauce, a bit too thick.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Experience
    EugeKVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Went here for a special date. Perfect. Server, Nicholas, was polite, super with recommendations and all-around took good care of us. Food was fantastic - Mussels, house-made tagliatelle, Salmon, all phenomenal and cooked to perfection. Dessert too - funny because we ordered the ricotta cheesecake without even reading the full description. It came out covered in peaches... I have a peach allergy, and Nicholas was more than happy to get us another dessert at no cost to us. Ordered the ice cream sandwich, which was killer. We were there for nearly 3.5 hours before noticing we were 2 hours past close. No one said a word to us, forced us out or even batted an eye. And very warm on our way out. All-in all, I give this place an A+. Go immediately.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    After enjoying a full day of La Jolla activities we sat at Whisk for a bite to eat. Tapa's in the bar were delightful as well as our cocktails. After being seated in the dining room we started dinner with the Burrata which was a perfect share for 2 hungry people. Our entree's arrived with perfect timing and we were much more than impressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food, Fun Drinks
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The cocktail list was fun…we all tried different ones and had a taste of each others. All were very good. The food was excellent. We ordered to share so we could all try a number of items. Portions are a good size. So, unless you're a big eater, just an entree is sufficient for one or an appetizer and entree to share for two people. You definitely want to save room for dessert. There wasn't one thing we didn't like. I'd go back and order all the same things or something new to try something different. Either way, I'm sure I won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PERFECT COMBINATION
    RLVegas
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    When you get a knowledgeable waiter and a fascinating interesting menu mixed with great service you have the perfect combination for a wonderful dining experience. We were 8 and did shared apps and then 8 different entrees. That juggling feat pulled off without problem by very speedy waiter & his busser team. Restaurant handled a last minute request to add 2 persons and move dinner rez forward by 1 hour without blinking ! A topnotch casual night out to be recommended to everybody. Whisk is a definite winner
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Experience
    seanksg
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We managed to snag the last reservation available according to opentable just a few hours before we arrived. The service was excellent, and the drinks/food were awesome. I had the local yellowtail, which was prepared perfectly (although this visit taught me that yellowtail isn't my favorite fish). My girlfriend had the quail, which was absolutely phenomenal. I also had an old fashioned that was delicious. Whisknladle is a bit pricy, but not more than you'd expect for a place in San Diego, and it is well-worth the money.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Place to eat
    NPfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had great service and great food. We had the steak and the yellowtail family style. This is were the put the plate in the middle and you share it. What a great idea. Make sure you buy the cooks a round of beer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Happy Hour
    OutInSD
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Returned for happy hour after a great dinner with a friend and were absolutely in love again! The bartenders were so nice and entertaining! We had some of their small plates - Patatas Bravas (told they were most popular) 5 stars! Potatoes with a little spice Wings- "Vietnamese style" tender and slightly sweet .. So good! For drinks we had a couple of $5 sangrias ... Can't beat it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    SaraKB
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We were in town from Scottsdale and were looking for a good restaurant that had some seafood and farm to table fare. We found everything we wanted in this restaurant. Plus the service was exceptional. Our friends, who moved to Pt. Loma three years ago had never heard of it. But they loved it and said they would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • good food and wine
    star
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We enjoyed having dinner with wine at Whisknladle. We had Pork rib and clam pasta. They were so good.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food.
    Dave
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food was excellent, and the service was very good. The noise level was perhaps a bit high for us, but overall it was great and we will visit again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding dinner!
    OutInSD
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    From the minute we walked in the door, everything was amazing. The staff, the food, the drinks and the ambiance were all exceptional. Our waiter took care of every detail of our meal- his timing was perfect which each course. I had the scallops and my husband had the steak, both cooked perfectly and great flavors. We finished with the chocolate olive oil cake... YUM!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rainy Day Brunch!
    SanDiegoServerVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Perfect spot for a brunch stop! The rain didn't stop this place from performing. From the hostess to our server, everyone was on point. My omelette was cooked to perfection! We loved our drinks, was a almost perfect brunch besides the rain. Parking can be a bit difficult, but nothing to be discouraged about.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food! but not enough
    JuanitaM
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Everything we had was fantastic. I am a light eater so I was fine with the portions. But my husband left not quite full. We had mussel appetizer w/bread, I had NY steak entree, he had salmon. Even after dessert, he he wasn't full. It would have been nice to maybe have a little scoop of rice pilaf or a couple small red potatoes along with the salmon portion. Service was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice ambiance/service; just ok food
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Had a nice lunch on patio with friends with friendly and attentive service. Totally enjoyed ambiance. However, food was just okay. Had caesar salad with shrimp which consisted of romaine lettuce leaves drenched in dressing and stacked in an ungracious pile with four minuscule shrimp. Taste of dressing and shrimp was nice but presentation and size/quality of shrimp for price was underwhelming. Would also be nice if bread was warm and came with herbal oil or something interesting. Friends did enjoy their dishes so will give restaurant another chance, probably for dinner.
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