White Dog Cafe - Wayne
White Dog Cafe - Wayne

White Dog Cafe - Wayne

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.whitedog.com/
  • Phone: (610) 225-3700
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30 am - 2:30 pm

    Dinner Sunday: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Monday - Thursday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Friday - Saturday 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

    Happy Hour: Monday- Friday 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Zach Grainda
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, 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

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: For the convenience of our guests White Dog Cafe offers a complimentary valet service during lunch hours Monday through Friday.
A word from White Dog Cafe - Wayne
The White Dog Cafe is known for it's unusual blend of award winning contemporary American cuisine, civic engagement and environmental sustainability. We only use the finest ingredients from farms that practice sustainable farming methods and all of our seafood comes from sustainable sources, while our wine list includes quality varietals from american vineyards.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
White Dog Cafe - Wayne reviews from OpenTable diners
478 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (298)neighborhood gem (241)special occasion (206)great for lunch (182)great for brunch (166)great for outdoor dining (160)hot spot (133)good for groups (131)romantic (99)vibrant bar scene (88)notable wine list (51)kid-friendly (32)late-night find (20)scenic view (10)Show More
  • White dog cafe- consistently great
    RichardVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We ate at White dog café several times and always enjoyed our dinner. Food quality is excellent, service without exception is very attentive . Definitely will be back again.!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    The food was really good! I would return just for the Tuna tartare. The mushroom soup was silky and flavorful. Filet dish was tasty, good smoky flavor and the mushroom risotto was really good as well. We ordered the creme brûlée and baked Alaska for dessert and the were just ok. The service was just ok.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • White Dog Cafe review
    Ruth
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We enjoy dining at the White Dog Café. It is an excellent place to eat with friends. We will return. The service is terrific and informative. The food was delicious. Ruth Small
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    BrynMawr
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We have eaten many times at White Dog in Wayne since it opened. The food has been consistently excellent and the service has been friendly and professional. The menu changed and perhaps also the chef? We had a server we have never had before (we go enough to know the servers well). The server was confused about the menu and struggled to describe the specials. The new food items we tried (new calamari, cheese gratin, special entries) were tasteless and bland. This restaurant is higher priced but used to also have high value. Three of us left Saturday with a bill for nearly $300 dollars feeling like we had been to a fast casual restaurant in terms of quality. We agreed that the other restaurants in the area will be experiencing a surge in business given the "new" White Dog.... sadly.
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  • Excellent atmosphere and menu!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Wonderful menu selections, and your wait staff and hostesses were so polite and welcoming. I will definitely return and recommend this to anyone traveling to the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food and
    Chipfan
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    This was our first visit to the White Dog and we re
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thought I would like it, but I loved it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    The decor and ambiance was unique and classy. The service was perfect. We had reservations but waited at the bar for a few minutes for a table to become available. It was obviously very busy for dinner so no ones fault. The bar was nice and vibrant, we were able to get seats and did not mind at all. The hostess brought us a complimentary cheese plate for having to wait once we were seated which was not necessary but certainly very nice! We were going to order that anyway ;) The food was fantastic. My fiance ordered the hummus which i wasn't going to do because there were so many other interesting things on the menu, but it was absolutely delicious! Overall great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DPLLKLVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Another wonderful night at the White Dog Cafe. I tried the new trout entree and my wife had the magi magi--both were fresh and exciting. Both appetizers were delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous once again! Food & service-outstanding!
    Susan
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    We ordered the calamari and baked au gratin appetizers - superb! My husband once again ordered the pork chop - his favorite! I ordered the torellini - fabulous! And we shared the apple cheesecake. We LOVE this place. The food and service are superior!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dinner; dessert needs attention
    Almond
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Overall, my wife and I had a very good experience on Friday evening. Our server, Nicole, was very personable. Our entrees--the salmon and trout--were well-prepared, flavorful, and attractively plated. The only disappointment was the Baked Alaska which seemed to be frozen solid.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it for dinner, but didn't enjoy Sunday Brunch
    Tablefor4
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    White Dog Cafe in Wayne has been a favorite for dinners for several years - refined decor, excellent food, have always had a good time there. So when I was trying to think of a place for a special Sunday brunch, I thought it would be terrific. I was disappointed. We were seated in a large back room that I had never been in before. The room was bright (I prefer the subdued lighting in other locations in the restaurant), the hostess was confused about where she would seat us, the room felt crowded, and the limited number of items on the menu did not appeal. Service was fine; that was the only area where I had no complaint. It was not the special brunch experience I was looking for. I know there are places in the area where I can find the type of brunch I want, I will just have to look elsewhere next time.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best in our area
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    I took a friend to brunch on Sunday to celebrate her birthday. The food, as usual, was very good. Our server was pleasant and very attentive and had good suggestions. She had me try 3 wines before I decided on a selection which was so thoughtful. The White Merlot was a wine I had not tried before and perfect for my meal. I will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eggs Benedict
    Flowers13VIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    I ordered eggs Benedict & they came out hard boiled! Quite a disappointment! I sent them back & the correction was made! Now they were good! My favorite Brunch!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The DOG is HEALTHY and BARKING FINE
    DRHBRVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The White Dog, Wayne, has been progressively finding its stride. We first came here shortly after opening and remember waiting, despite reservations, for a good 30 minutes. This time, despite a similar crowd, we were seated quickly. The atmosphere in all rooms is pleasant and with great dog pics and statues throughout. Service was pleasant and competent. Food was excellent from a super calamari app. to the mushroom soup, to the tortellini to a tender, generous sized pork chop and MahiMahi. Good selection of wines by the glass/bottle as well as dessert selection completed a strong meal. For many on the Main Line, this restaurant is becoming a top dog. Count me in that group.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Christine
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We were seated in the back room with the masses. Tables were extremely close and felt as though you could not hold a personal conversation. Felt like I should just ask the table next to us to join us. Service was good and we did have reservations and were seated immediately. Felt the menu selection was very limited and overpriced. Managers and bus help were very efficient in removing plates and checking on us.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Be on time
    Date12
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    When you plan to dine here make sure your whole party is present or you will not be seated until everybody arrives, especially on a Fri or Sat.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maple bacon brussel sprouts!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    The maple glazed roasted brussel sprouts with bacon was phenomenal !!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    European
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    The service and food were wonderful. It is refreshing to go to a place where you know that the quality of the food is top notch. It is great that the White Dog cafe supports local, organic agriculture. The menu is creative. Great prices. The restaurant design is contrived. The interior designer went crazy making it look rustic and "farmlike" even though it is just in a business building on Lancaster avenue. If it were a real barn, fine, but here it comes off totally fake. A simple, clean, modern interior would be more appropriate. Seating is too close. The couple at the table next to us were so close we could follow every word of their conversation. It was almost as if they were sitting with us. Other people seemed very uncomfortable in the high backed chairs at the little round table. Again--too contrived.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dining experience
    foodfan
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    My friend and I share the same birthday so we went out to celebrate. The experience was excellent in all categories. The reception was prompt and friendly. The waiter was efficient, friendly and able to describe the menu items and how certain dishes were prepared. Service was prompt but we never felt rushed or intruded upon. The presentation of all of the dishes was beautiful and the portions were ample. Dessert was delicious and the pastry chef went to the extra effort to write Happy Birthday in chocolate in a very artistic way on the dessert plates and personally brought them to us. The food, ambience and service were all terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Wife's Birthday Dinner
    Philly
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    We sat in the area with books hanging from the ceiling. This gave us a view of the bar and vice versa..this might trouble some people. The service of our waiter (Hershel) was excellent. Several appetizers were complimentary due to the fact it was a birthday celebration.. hint, hint. We had three different entrees, all were exquisite. Appetizers including a scallop dish and tuna tartar, again were excellent. Truly a memorable dining experience to go with the special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • KJMC
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Everyone enjoyed their meal. Great service, great food Have been here on several occasions and have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely and yummy!
    Happydiners
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    ~ We've gone three times in three weeks--lunch each time. A party of 10 the first time, and then just as a couple. ~ Both the mushroom soup and the five onion soup were spectacular. Best on the entree menu for us was the butternut squash tortellini (with crispy prosciutto, wonderful sauteed mushrooms, and a sage Parmesan sauce). The lunch sized portion was just right. Great freshly baked hot rolls. ~ Very pretty restaurant. Some intimate corners, some open spaces for parties. Banquette with botanical drawings with barn board on the walls one room then a different but pleasant decor in the next room. Very well done. ~ Locally- sourced ingredients, attentive waitstaff, and a very varied menu means that we'll be going back often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall good
    MjsmdVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    I find food here better than Philly White Dog. Setting is very nice and comfortable. The 2 burgers at the table were tasty but overcooked. I liked the pasta. Its a good meal but never exceptional or fit for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice place but food was boring
    bradshaw
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Really great ambiance and excellent service. But, the food was basically very bland. The farm to table aspect is very good but taste needs to come first.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovefood
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We had reservations made on open table for 1pm, but there was still about a 25 minute wait. My friend and I ended up grabbing seats at the bar, which was great! I've been here before for dinner and/or drinks and it's always been a great time. This was my first brunch experience and the food was fantastic, but the staff seemed a little overwhelmed....it happens. Everyone walks in at once so it's a mad dash to get things situated.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Overcrowded bar and waiting area. Host/ hostess staff invited our group to get a drink while we waited for our reserved table to become available (30minute wait). Diners at the bar seemed perturbed by those of us waiting to be reaching over their shoulders to order/ collect a drink, (rightly so) and standing at their backs. There ought to be a designated server to take orders from those waiting, or a designated space at the bar for customers to place an order at the bar.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DPLLKLVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Great as usual--loved the monkfish special and the grilled romaine salad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    luv2dine
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Felt at home, ambiance screams casual elegance reminding me of my grandmother's den. Food was impeccable, wine pairing suggestions were right on! Staff was friendly and accommodating!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistency
    Sky173
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The White Dog never fails to please. Whether just a quick stop at the bar or a Friday night outing for Happy Hour and a meal, or a more comprehensive lunch or dinner get-together, you're always assured a good outcome. Food choices are diverse, novel, changed seasonally and consistently delicious. The level of Service rendered indicates the ownership and management place a priority on training. Servers are attentive, knowledgeable and pleasant without being over-bearing and calling everyone "guys." I always look forward to a White Dog outing and am glad it's so close to home!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Service was very good. Great overall experience. Will definitely return.
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    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A new favourite spot!
    UKOK
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Lucky to have found this place by accident really as we don't live in the area. We asked in a nearby health store for a recommendation for dinner. Now we have been twice and will certainly return on our next trip. It's just delightful. Very charming. I knew the University City cafe many years ago too. Happy Days!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Wonderful!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    My family and I recently had dinner at the White Dog and as usual it was just about perfect! Our waiter was very efficient, knowledgeable and friendly. All of our entrees were excellent - we ordered duck, striped bass and mahi mahi. All were creatively served and delicious. This has become our "go to" restaurant when in Philadelphia.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • But it was so good the first time?
    JerryS
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    This is our third visit to the White Dog Cafe in Wayne. The first time it was exceptional. We went on a Sunday night and enjoyed the food, the ambiance and the service. The second time was also a Sunday night, and the experience was repeated. So, when we had a chance to visit on a Wednesday night we looked forward to it. What a difference! It was so noisy that we could not converse across the table without shouting. When the waiter came, we could not hear when he recited the specials. When the food was served, although the three of us at the table had different entrees, none of us finished his/her dinner. The food was just barely edible, and we were all greatly disappointed. I doubt that we will schedule a return visit.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Comfortable...
    Diner1
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    ...Once you get to a table. We've been there a number of times and the food selection is unique, very tasty and presentation is well done. My biggest beef is the bar service. I don't know what it is but the bartenders never seem to look up (#1 thing for a good bartender is to keep their head up and observe who needs what IMO). When they do look up they seem to peer right through you. After they take your order our barkeep kept getting distracted by other activity and eventually had to come back to me to retake the order. Very annoying. I've given the bar 3 tries and I'm done with that. Otherwise I'd recommend The White Dog highly.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bravo for Brunch
    johnbosphl
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Fine brunch, whether traditional eggs or brioche French toast with fruit! Local fare; complimentary breads (carrot cake/bread - -wow!). Don't just order coffee - try the hot chocolate or hot cider! Service is first rate, too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent local seasonal food
    2gals
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    This is my niece's favorite spot so when we came to visit her at Bryn Mawr, we brought her here. We were absolutely charmed by the atmosphere, terrific service, unique menu choices and superb food. The autumn salad was so unusual and delicious! and very healthy. My niece loves the rigatoni. And plenty of gluten free options for my husband. My main course (salmon) was perfect and the bread pudding for desert was incredible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience
    DeboVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Delicious lunch and attentive service. Especially like the beautiful decor. Definitely want to go back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beverly's Lunch
    howard2VIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Other than a small wobbly table, this was a pleasant lunch. We both had omelets, ordered different ways, and both came as ordered! Would certainly return...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Lunch
    LocalFoodLoverVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Had a nice meal and was able to sit at the bar and got 10% off my lunch! Relaxing and great service. Accommodated my specifications for the meal and was taken care of throughout the meal. Recommend this place for anyone passing through the area. At least stop in for a drink and some of mushroom soup!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special dining
    helzVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Whatever meal you choose, it will be a wonderful experience. Everything is delicious and creative. Service is also special. They aim to please!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.