Wilf's Restaurant & Bar
Wilf's Restaurant & Bar

Wilf's Restaurant & Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.wilfsrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 5032230070
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30AM - 3:00PM Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00PM - Closing Casual Bar Menu 3:00PM - closing
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, American, Vegetarian / Vegan
  • Executive Chef: Deb Serkoian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Parties for 2 to 2,000! Gatherings mark some of life's most important and intimate moments. Wilfs starts with the basics. We ask our clients to provide several key words to describe the atmosphere they want to create and then Wilfs works toward expressing their vision.

    Wilfs uses only the freshest ingredients from our Northwest area, organic and hormone-free whenever possible, and can provide vegan and vegetarian options as well. Wilfs is proud to be a "sustainable" company of the Northwest.
  • Private Party Facilities: Wilfs is the perfect venue for all your dining events from 5-150. Our expert staff can create the most exquiste event from start to finish; a simple lunch, cocktail reception to a sit-down dinner. Classic American cuisine, with a Northwest twist, 'Mad Men' cocktails, jazz entertainment...at Wilfs.
  • Private Party Contact: Candace 8778794450
  • Entertainment: Jazz notes from the piano drift through the dining room as the gracious waitstaff care for our guests. Wilfs has the proud reputation as one the best spots to hear Portland's jazz artists perform, and if you are lucky, national artists may "sit-in" or be relaxing to the music, just like you! Entertainment is nightly Wednesday through Saturday. Check our website for our current entertainment calendar. www.wilfsrestaurant.com
  • Special Events: The entire restaurant or Union Station Lobby...it's yours for the asking! Weddings, rehearsal dinners, retirement or holiday party, let us create your dream. Food, libations, music, flowers, photo booth, whatever you need.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: NW Irving
  • Public Transit: Wilfs is located on the Max light rail line, our stop is designated "Union Station" on NW 5th & 6th Avenues. For Rose Quarter events: dine with us before the event, pick up the light rail on NW 6th, you're just 3 minutes from the Rose Quarter, the first stop. Quick and easy.(Yellow & Green line)
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Wilfs has a limited number of RESERVED stalls in the lot across the street from Union Station, marked "Wilfs Reserved." All other stalls are 'pay to park'. Additional street parking available, free after 7pm.
A word from Wilf's Restaurant & Bar
Located in the 1898 renovated Union Station, just minutes from the Pearl and downtown Portland. Our cozy red wing back chairs provide guests with an intimate escape from the world. 'Mad Men' atmopshere best describes the lounge and it's modern take on classic cocktails, while listening to the best jazz, performed up-close and personal. Chef Deb Serkoian and expert staff prepare local and regional dishes with a modern twist. Award winning caesar salad, Steak Diane, fresh local seafood, wide selection of appetizers and a great burger or reuben, as well. Parties and events for 2 to 2000, call Candace to begin your planning, just a few questions away from creating what you need...lunch, dinner, receptions and more. Opentable reservations are for the 'dining room' only, and for 'dinner menu' only. Reservations for our 'lounge' area are not accepted through Opentable, there is an additional cover charge for music Wednesday through Saturday. Thank you for your consideration of this policy.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Wilf's Restaurant & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
37 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (21)special occasion (21)fit for foodies (11)neighborhood gem (11)late-night find (9)notable wine list (8)vibrant bar scene (4)good for groups (3)great for lunch (3)hot spot (2)great for brunch (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • very pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Husband's salmon was very expensive and disappointing because it was dry and the rice was under cooked.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wilf's Above Par
    Byrdsnest
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Attentive staff very knowledgeable about the food and it's history. Extensive wine list. We had Steak Diane and Bananas Foster prepared table side, a rare treat now days, and very delicious. Waiter told us the history of the food names as he was preparing each dish. Jazz in the evening sets the right mood for a cozy evening out.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining experience
    TheFab2
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We celebrated our 46th anniversary at Wilf 's. We were treated with special attention and care from the moment we arrived. We chose a booth in the bar so we could also enjoy the jazz trio after dinner. The Laura Cunard Trio was fabulous. The Steak Diane was excellent and prepared flambé at the table with a flourish and story of Diane to boot. Service was exceptional and everything from the spicy strawberry marguerita to the ice box cake for dessert was to die for. One of our best dining experiences in Portland. The fact Wilfs is located at Union Station makes it even more quaint. Highly recommend for dining and jazz.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is good...but
    Rich
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The atmosphere is very nice, service is great and the sustainable and local food source is a nice bonus. Unfortunately it is very pricey and the serving size is pretty small, and would not be able to go here without the $50 Groupon. After my bread and entree, I left hungry.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Music
    jdjazzfoodie
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I am a Jazz fan... I am so glad to see that this place features live jazz music. Live music is really what's key here. The staff was friendly enough, but not great. The food was fine, but not great. We had to send one meal back... too much raw garlic... phew! I want to see Wilf's succeed. They need to learn a few things about the volume of the music, it could have been a wee bit softer. The staff needs to pay attention to the customers and the cook needs to take a few lessons in salt and garlic subtlety... Other thank that, its a cool place!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    trytopleaseme
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had been told the Wilfs was great for jazz dancing. The jazz artist was not jazzy and there was no dance area. Then the service was lackluster and slow. Host was nice enough to accommodate our request to be moved from the lounge tables, which were really not suitable for dinner, to a dinner table with view of band (still charged $8 per person cover). The food was good enough but maybe not so good to bring us back, especially with the $37 cost of the pan seared salmon. Our Groupon discount coupon was a bust. Only saved about $10 after they added an almost 30% mandatory gratuity (surprise) with Groupon. Would not have given that much tip for the slow service. Oh, and the margaritas we ordered were more like fruit juice than anything else.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tonight this is a mixed review
    JmsfoVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I'm a regular and a fan of Wilf's. The setting is cozy, comforable, inviting. The jazz is always great. The service can be mixed; started out well with the Bartender waiting on me at a quiet time. As it got busier, the service was sporatic. Was served a drink and the glass was cracked (pretty obviously too). Tonight I thought it was a bit too pricey for what they delivered. I would still recommend Wilf's but some improvement in delivery would be welcomed.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful place for dinner
    Wolfram
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Very nice, relaxing atmosphere - much classier than one would expect in a train station. Food was excellent. Salad was outstanding. Scallops - the day's special - were a bit salty for our taste, but otherwise great. A highlight for dessert were the Cherries Jubilee, which are flambéed tableside as the waiter explains how they are prepared and their historical origin. When using discounts such as Groupon, note that an automatic 19% gratuity is added. This is clearly stated on the menu (and is understandable, as some may forget that the tip should be based on the total before discounts). This may come as a surprise to some, as Groupon fails to note this on their website ... but the excellent service definitely merits a tip at this level.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Dining Experience
    afoolswisdom
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We went to Wilf's for our 7th Anniversary. It was a wonderful. The food was all locally grown, beautifully prepared, and tasted super fresh. Our server was entertaining and very pleasant. We utilized Wilf's for our reception for our wedding 7 years ago. It is still as wonderful now as it was then. I daresay it has gotten better. Great place located in downtown Portland if you are looking for some place with some history and a great ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Peterd
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Good quality music at a level that you can hear but still have a conversation. Wait staff was very good and friendly. We were a party of 4, with each person having something different and we we were all pleased with the food.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    kvb1
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    For us this is a once a year deal as it is too spendy for us otherwise. But we definitely enjoy the food. The mushroom bread pudding is completely amazing and our favorite item there. The service is always spot on.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What a great find!
    DesiDiner
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I'm only sorry I hadn't found this place sooner. The service was fabulous. The food was absolutely delicious. The Jazz music took me back to another era. I loved that you could focus on the music or just sit and talk with friends without it being too loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Judy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Best Long Islands EVER! Excellent service. Good food. Nothing else to say. Thank you, Judy
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  • Good food.
    tnile
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My son and I went there to watch a few of the local musicians. I had never been there before, but the food was great and the service good. All and all we had a great time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful dinner,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We ate here our last night in Portland, and it did not disappoint. The service was exceptional, food was wonderful. We had ordered some dishes that were prepared table-side, which added to the ambiance. This is a great place, whether special occasion or drop in for drinks and music - which by the way was very nice. The jazz was good, and noise level wasn't so loud that we couldn't have a conversation while dining. Can't wait to come back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MamaBear
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The best scallops I've ever had. Attentive servers. Best lemondrop I'd ever had also.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very unique experience
    FromSeattle
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The Wilf's offers a truly romantic setting with live jazz music in downtown Portland, a walking distance for most hotels yet away from the traffic background noise. From the moment, we walked in, my date and I were treated like VIP's and catered for with courtesy and thoughtfulness. I highly recommend the Cafe Diablo (for two people) that John, the Maitre D, will prepare at your table with panache and a sense of humor.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Music was great
    luv2eat
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The music was great and a nice add. The food was average and priced about 2x what it should have been. Next time I will stick to the bar menu.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great old style continental
    FoodLuvr
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Classic food in a classic setting. There is a place for these old style restaurants, even in the midst of the foodie revolution going on in Portland. The live jazz is excellent. As old restaurants go, it looks a little worn, but the sense of history really enhances the experience. They serve classics like tableside preparation of Caesar salad and cherries jubilee. I had both, they were excellent. Service is top notch as well.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible Host, Good food
    foodiepdx
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    The host at Wilf's is super attentive and considerate. Our food was delicious, especially the homemade feta/jalepeno bread! The only negative on food was that the desserts seemed small despite regular prices ($9 for a mini-creme brulee) - have seen bigger dishes at same prices elsewhere. But we got some complimentary chocolate almonds for our anniversary (Why we were out) so that was nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So-so
    Quicksdraw
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Well over priced for adequate food. The service was very good and the waiter friendly. The chairs were uncomfortable and dirty (food smears on the cloth). We all heard the waiter tell us the special was a certain cut of steak smothered in crab meat... Obviously he was mistaken as the steak had a dollop of a bleu cheese concoction on top. I think there's better restaurants in Portland for the price.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • It was ok
    Food4life
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    First thing we noticed we were the youngest couple in the place(I'm 52 ) average was probably 70 plus. Music was fine old not to loud. Wilfs is little run down the chairs were old and tattered. No excitement among staff. The ceaser salad was good made at the table. I had the special a Rib Eye steak with a Cajun spice is was ok not much flavor. My girlfriend had the seafood trio Scallops,shrimp and crab good flavor. Overall disappointed with the menu. Probably wouldn't recommend to friend who was foodie.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Entertainment
    pdxdinerVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    So much fun to have a cocktail and intimate entertainment. The band and singer were terrific. Dinner was quite good. I will return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We came for the music...
    giddyupgo
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We came for the music, and the food was great too. This was our 10th Anniversary celebration, and we enjoyed a fabulous meal. Several friends were there to listen to the music too, so we stayed late and had a great time!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 13 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 255 reviews are from the Wilf's Restaurant & Bar reviews archive.
  • Table Side Performance!
    WebfunkVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Caesar Salad, Steak Diane and Bananas a Foster all prepared at the table while the story of where these dishes started is shared.. Very nice!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a bit pretentious
    gottalovher
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    the food was fine -- but we are not there to be 'educated' about food.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wilf's Dinner w/ band and singer
    willowaussie
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    We totally enjoyed Ron Steen, Joe and Jan Koenig. They were all wonderful. We loved the fact that the we could see outside as the curtains were up on the windows and the sunset was pretty as it was a beautiful sunny day. I have not been to Wilf's for many years. Last time they had a piano bar. Wonderful atmosphere and the service was fantastic. The food was not that good for the price we had to pay. Would have probably been better off with appetizers. There was no chicken on the dinner menu which is pretty much all I can eat. French Onion soup was very good though. I had Steak Diane and my husband had a Seafood Noodle mix, which was not much for him so he ate the rest of my meal. Dessert was fine.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • jazz night out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    my wife and I wanted a place to go to have a few drinks and listen to some nice jazz. Wilf's was the place. We enjoyed the atmosphere and the music of Devin Phillips.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    live4food
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Service was outstanding. Great Ambience. Loved the tableside service (i.e. Steak Diane). Food was good. Would definitely return again.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Evening at Wilfs
    Whippet
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    We enjoyed the evening out at Wilfs. The service for our group of five was excellent and attentive. The menu is expensive, but given the table side presentation and prep of the food (the superb Steak Diane is prepared table side) it is worth the expense. The waiters are intelligent and can be entertaining in their own right. We enjoyed a table next to the lounge and were impressed with the Tony Pacini Trio. The dinner and music being a compliment to the evening. And the dessert menu was unique.. the Orange Creme Brulee was a gem! We will be back for more LIVE music and will try the lounge menu.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our new favorite place!
    Pammy
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    This past weekend, we took my parents, who were visiting from Ohio, out to eat after attending an event. To this day, I don't remember a better meal, better service or a dinner that we are still all talking about. The waitstaff are professional, personable, fun, helpful and all of this comes with a very relaxed ambience. They take great care in ensuring that everything that can be done to enhance your experience is done. I have lived in Portland since the early 90's, and truly think that Wilf's is one of Portland's top five restaurants.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Super Experience
    Eater10000VIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We brought several friends this time. As usual, we shared the mushroom bread pudding, which is remarkable. For appetizers, we all tried salads and one had the french onion soup. For entrees, we tried much of the entrees. The favorites were the pasta, salmon & steak diane (made tableside). Overall, the experience was very good, particularly with a live jazz band playing in the bar.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An old-school gem
    MichelleG
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Wilf's is a perfect example of Mad Men era style with a modern update. The classic style and service are enhanced by forward-thinking chefs who use locally sourced and sustainable ingredients. The menu has been updated to include separate vegan and vegetarian menus. The service is always friendly and the table side prep of certain items is a fun option. The bar menu is also notable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    Cind
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Great service! Very attentive staff. Food was excellent as well as its presentation.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but far too expensive.
    AbrahamNR
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    The food is good, the service is exceptional. But with even the small little food cart offering "organic, sustainable food made from scratch" there really is no reason to pay these exorbitant prices, because frankly, while the food here is good, there are numerous places in this city where the quality of the food is much better. This is a place for the 0.001%.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GRRRRREAT
    hadditt
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    I went for the March dining special. It was wonderful. The service is SUPERB....I went to the restroom and came back to find the waiter had retreived my napkin from the floor and folded it back in its proper place beside my plate.....WOW. The food was all fresh and locally raised...YUM YUM
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old Style Elegance
    Taffy
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    From the comfortable high backed chairs to the flaming Steak Diane Wilf's is leisurely dining as it used to be. The wait staff are attentive and personable. The menu, wine list and cocktail list offer a variety of food and drink. The onion soup and Truffle Bread Pudding are excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a Surprise
    CheesySwissWife
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    I booked this restaurant for our anniversary dinner and was surprised at what a gem it was. I did my research and I was skeptical with the location of the old Union Square building but the food, ambiance (live music), wait staff and menu was a night to remember!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tom Grant the reason to go
    BWMBW
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    We enjoyed some nice, but overpriced food @ Wilfs. Our main reason for going was to listen to Tom Grant at the piano which was lovely. Service was o.k., not great.
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  • Geat date night!
    Logolfgir
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Wonderful dinner, service and private concert by Michael Allen Harrison and Julianna Johnson, who could ask for more?
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.