Wine Cellar Restaurant
Wine Cellar Restaurant

Wine Cellar Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.winecellarrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6057182675
  • Hours of Operation:


    Dinner: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 3:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday:3:30pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    closed Sunday and Monday
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Contemporary European, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Pamela Light
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Main Street
  • Public Transit: During summer season the City runs a Trolley, the stop is half a block away
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is ample free street parking downtown as well as free parking in the evenings at a corner street lot or the city ramp, each only a short 1/2 block away.
A word from Wine Cellar Restaurant
Wine Cellar Restaurant, established in 2001, features European and Californian Cuisine. We are located in a 100 year old building in the heart of Historic Downtown Rapid City 1/2 block from the City Centre "Main Street Square" .



Relax in our intimate restaurant at our wine bar, in the main dining room, the cozy indoor back alley or seasonal sidewalk patio. Our talented Chefs will prepare your food to order using the freshest seasonal ingredients including fresh wild-caught seafood. All deserts are house made such as our signature "bittersweet chocolate flourless cake". The wine list changes regularly so that we may offer new wines to our guests as we discover them! About 50 of our wines are available by the glass and taste and we have an exceptional reserve/library/vertical list as well. The beer menu has a variety of the best domestics and imports including seasonal favorites



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Wine Cellar Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
29 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (19)romantic (17)notable wine list (17)fit for foodies (16)neighborhood gem (12)great for outdoor dining (6)late-night find (2)great for lunch (2)scenic view (1)hot spot (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Highly Recommended
    food4life
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Our dinner at the Wine Cellar was a highlight of our trip & stay in downtown Rapid City! What a charming spot in an adorable city. Food was absolutely delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I will be back!
    Katb26
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Dined here by myself late one Friday night. Food was fantastic! Filet perfectly cooked. Respectable wine menu. Peaceful atmosphere considering I was alone. Staff very friendly and attentive. Do not leave without having the chocolate cake! Little gem in beautiful downtown Rapid City!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awful service
    Kay23
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My husband and I were going to have dinner here , except we sat for almost 20 minutes and no one came over to take our drink order in these 20 minutes, so we just got up and left. We went around the corner got sat and ordered food and drinks within 7 minutes.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice Dining Experience
    AlandSueVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    My wife and I had a delightful dinner at the Wine Cellar restaurant in Rapid City, SD. We were seated in a romantic, private area toward the rear of the restaurant, with attractive draping separating the tables. Our server was very wine-knowledgeable, and suggested an Argentinean blend that we enjoyed. My wife had the lasagna special that was featured that evening, and I had the lasagna from the regular menu for comparison. Both were excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SADDVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Trying to find that one great restaurant in Rapid CIty. Comes close. Took friends from out of town. Service excellent. Food a 7 to 7.5. CHeese plate skimpy on cheese. Rest of entrees were very good.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • magnificent
    Happyhusband
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food was awesome, service was kind and friendly. Although this restaurant was a little pricey the food was outstanding. Wine has never been one of my choices for drinking, but thanks to our lovely hostess helping us find the perfect one, I'm in love with it. Overall my experience with this coy, and mind easing go to restaurant for a romantic dinner with the wife. Gets two thumbs up!
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Celebration
    Nancy
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We were on vacation in South Dakota and made reservations at the Wine Celler to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The wine list is extensive and the menu had a lot to choose from. We had the warmed figs stuffed with brie and drizzled with a raspberry sauce. Our entree was the puff pastry with chicken. This came with fresh vegetables, green beans and carrots. We finished with a terramisu. The service was great, very attentive and the two creative chefs came to the table to meet us and thank us for coming there. The price for four of us was $120.00. Oh, by the way, the homemade bread and the bacon spread were great too. The Wine Cellar has outdoor dining also.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • happy diners!
    PLJEVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Perfect...the food, the wine, the evening....we enjoyed porcini lasagna (to die for), beef tenderloin tacos...(not your ordinary tacos: grilled filet, red wine demi, gorgonzola, house-made flour tortillas, SO GOOD), creamy risotto and a hand trimmed filet mignon...everything was prepared to perfection and the presentation was beautiful! We come often....!! Right here in Rapid City SD....such a great restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food
    Nomad
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food was wonderful, the wine was wonderful. The service was awful. I had to flag someone down to get another glass of wine and we sat there for 15 minutes without getting bread. My husband sat there for 10 minutes with an empty iced tea glass and had to flag someone down for that also. It was our 10 year anniversary and it took so long to get our food that we didn't even stay for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Out of town visit.
    Jeff
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Here for the motorcycle rally and wanted a nice restaurant. Came across Wine Cellar and had an excellent experience. Ate outside. Good food and service. Good value.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow and expensive
    Vacationer2014
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    At 7 pm on a Thursday, the place wasn't busy. A bit of a strange menu but I guess that is the California influence they advertise. I thought the entrees were overpriced. The salmon was $29 and a filet was $42. Pricey for Rapid City. All in our party opted for appetizers and small plates. I would recommend checking the menu carefully before dining here. The scallops were good but the tenderloin skewer was undercooked and didn't have much flavor. It was a two hour meal that could have been 90 minutes without being rushed. The service was slow and the meal prep was forty minutes.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wine Cellar visit
    cellar1sttimer
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I went to the Wine Cellar my first night in South Dakota. It had a nice wine list and interesting food. I was with my Portuguese grandson. We split scallop skewers (which were ok), champagne risotto (yummy) and vegetable lasagna which was delicious. There was only one waitress and a big party outside and one other table inside. So service was a little slow but not out of line. It was cozy and nice. A very good start to our vacation. We had a 9:00 reservation and appreciated their late hours. ;-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite
    DRoger
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The food is fantastic and the service is always great. Jme is the best and has a team that is dedicated to knowing the food and the wine list in order for your night at The Wine Cellar to be exceptional for you and your guests. If you want huge portions of average food as fast as possible, this is
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dining
    EAFF
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    This was our best meal in Rapid City. The food was delicious, the desserts out of this world and just a great dining experience. Would recommend this restaurant to everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Price/Value
    PJL922
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    We were generally very happy with the quality of the food. The forest mushroom bruschetta was wonderful. Our waitress was both a complete novice and untrained although she tried hard. My wife had the swordfish special which consisted of one small skewer of fish served over unseasoned jasmine rice Price=$42!!!. After complaining, it was reduced in half; however, the restaurant was overpriced across the board.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best dining in Rapid City
    FrequentdinerVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    A group of 6 of us dined at the wine cellar recently. Our server was prompt, friendly, knowledgeable and had an outstanding recommendation of a French Cab Franc. The entire dinner was excellent from innovative appetizers through dessert and French press coffee. We will definitely return! (Reservations are highly recommended).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Enjoyable
    HornedFrog73
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    I have entertained clients at Wine Cellar on numerous occasions, and have always found the experience thoroughly enjoyable. The special entrees are generally very appetizing and good value. The deserts are also usually fantastic! The wine list is broad, so you can spend as much as you like, or be conservative and still enjoy a nice selection. I would recommend the place to anyone looking for a really nice, and sometimes unique, meal. It is also well liked by the locals.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Great Meal
    BlackHillsDiner
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    This is getting repetitive! Once again, we had a great meal at The Wine Cellar. We've dined here about a dozen or more times and have found all of our experiences at The Wine Cellar to all be outstanding. This time, my wife and I enjoyed a wonderful dining experience with two friends, one of whom was visiting us from Virginia (and who was HIGHLY impressed). Wine, appetizers, entrees, and post-dinner coffee and dessert all hit the spot. Service provided by Jme (yes, that's how she spells her first name!) was prompt and friendly, with a spot-on wine recommendation. This is definitely one of the top four or five restaurants in Rapid City, hands-down. (Moreover, my visiting friend is gluten-intolerant, and he was well-accommodated here.)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfection
    Flamingoes
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Manager is amazing! Great knowledge of wine. Food is outstanding and the atmosphere the best!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 10 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 52 reviews are from the Wine Cellar Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Just right
    Eatonian
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Food was great, staff was friendly and competent. A really nice evening for dinner and conversation. The wine selection was really excellent for this part of the country.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Thankfulness
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    My favorite resturant in Rapid. I try not to make it an only "special occasion" spot. This perticuler visit was a with a small group of woman. The server was helpful on what dishes paired well together and was accommodating to the requests of one of the woman with different needs. I have had this server almost every time I have been to the wine cellar and she is spectacular every time. The meals do take longer than at a chain resturant, but they should. Food is made to order and it allows you and your group to have great conversations. I have recently moved but can't wait to come back. I haven't found a resturant any where else that matches the ambience and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little noisy and a bit pricey
    Cavg22
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The food was very expensive for the amount you actually received.The bread they give you after your salad was literally croutons (2 of them) and then you get some sort of spread with it. I was very disappointed as I live bread. You can tell they hand make everything and are trying to be high end, however portion sizes are very small and the "bread" isn't really bread you would get at any other restaurant. While the food was good, I would like to try something else the next time we are in Rapid. Nice service though. It was noise in the alley way, though they did offer to move us. Wine and cocktail menu was pretty skimpy as they don't have their own bar.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant Surprise Found by Accident
    RedGrapes
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We're on a 'round the USA retirement celebration trip. We stopped 2 nights in Rapid City SD so we could site-see. We got in town around dinner time, and being hungry decided to check on line for local fare. We absolutely do not eat fast food and had time for a full sit-down dinner. The on line ad for Wine Cellar was appealing, and it's in a hip part of the city-upbeat and snazzy. When we arrived, it took a few minutes to be recognized, but it's a small, boutique restaurant, so no big deal. Then we waited another 5-6 minutes before we got our menus, then another 5 minutes to get our water. But once we got settled, we got all the attention we needed. The meals, beer and wine-excellent! He had Swissed Chicken, I had Beef Tenderloin.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, service and atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Excellent dinner with my three adult daughters. Reasonably priced- with wine averaged $30/person. Did ask for the music to be turned down. It was a bit loud for the atmosphere I thought.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • one of our favorite dining
    KDMAG
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    one of our favorite dining spots food is always good/fresh many choices for entrée's, great service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful as always
    StephaneVIP
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    Wine cellar is a consistently great reataurant with unique creative food offerings and excellent and changing wine lists. The service is excellent 98% of the time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice for a romantic dinner
    Cliff
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    Good atmosphere, great wine and great food. A must try for those in Rapid City
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine's Day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    This is the cutest restaurant I have been to in Rapid. There's tables and a bar in the front that's perfect for a dinner out, or even just wine and dessert. But there's also a more intimate dining area in the back, where all the tables are separated by cloth, so you have the perfect amount of privacy for date night or an anniversary, without being cut off from the rest of the restaurant. The food was absolutely incredible. I went for Valentine's Day, and they created a special menu for the that weekend. It was so good, that we wished we could order one of everything just to take home with us. I can't to go back and try their regular menu. If it's even half as good as that night, then it's still the best menu in town.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but expensive
    ValentinesTreat
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Overall, it is an amazing restaurant. The large plate was a very small portion of food and was about $40 for the plate. The food tasted great, and it was a great experience
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience
    dhmosquito
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We've once again enjoyed a wonderful meal the Wine Cellar Restaurant. We were greeted promptly and warmly, with fine service throughout, and had great food that was quite delectable. The chef seems to have a creative touch with his/her cookery, and of the dozen or more times we've dined here, we've never been disappointed. The wine list is extensive, as one might expect of a dining establishment with this name. We had a superb Valentine's Day dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    This was a little too expensive for our tastes. It would be nice if the prices were on line
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food and service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Excellent food and service. I appreciated the informed servers and chef regarding Gluten free food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently excellent
    StephaneVIP
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    This restaurant is always excellent. The service is top notch, the food is creative and high quality. The ambience is very nice, overall one of the best restaurants in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The restaurant provided a
    secretdiners
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    The restaurant provided a quaint atmosphere. The food provided unique flavors and was delicious. The staff were very friendly ans helpful in selecting a wine that would work for a table full of different tastes. They provide complimentary soup shots and their soup was excellent. The plates averaged in the mid 20 range. Very enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • real food!
    PLJEVIP
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    Right here in Rapid City, SD…real food! We eat here often! They prepare our food when we order so it is as fresh as making it at home (but you're not!) whether we feel like a light dinner of small plates or their (delicious) european pizzas with a beer or a perfect full dinner and a good bottle of wine (nice wist!!) we can get it here! And the desserts…well, they are out of this world…so don't skip that part!! If you live in Rapid City…this is the place to become a regular! If you're passing through….EAT here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unexpected find
    MarkandSandra
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    Coming from Denver, we are a little spoiled with dining options and had just average expectations for this little restaurant. They really exceeded those, both with the food quality and the service! We highly recommend this little gem to anyone who wants a delicious meal and an attentive staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rapid City Wow!
    DivDavRus
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    We surprised ourselves with The Wine Cellar Restaurant. The food and service were impeccable! We had the small and large plate seasonal specials and they were made to perfection. This wine list was primarily west coast wines, with many good choices. Their service was stellar! Their 'back alley' is a charming and intimate spot, however the one table at the end of the 'alley' has become too noisy from a new neighbor's refrigerant compressor. It could be workable for some, but not for us. The server graciously apologized and moved us to another table. The best part of their service is their 'slow-food' serving pace. We never felt rushed. We will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, beautiful presentati
    cg2dogs
    Dined on 11/19/2013
    Great service, beautiful presentation, delicious food! Our favorite restaurant in Rapid City for all occasions. Thankful they are here to serve us!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • returning diner
    PLJEVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    what a great evening (again)…the staff is knowledgeable and attentive, the food is outstanding from the small plates (personal favorite tonight was the house-made butternut squash ravioli) to the entrees…tonight I had the salmon and it was perfect, with a cherry almond sauce that made me want seconds! We shared a bottle of exceptional wine with our dinner and finished w/2 individual size bottles of champagne (how fun!) while we shared a house recommended bittersweet chocolate flourless cake, oh wow!!…need I say more? This place needs to be visited many times a month! I can't wait to go back :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    We were promtly greeted at the door by Jme, the manager, and provided menus quickly, but from that point the service went downhill. It was 15 mins before our wine order was taken; 10 mins later to have it served. Once the dinner order was placed it took 50 mins for the first appetizers to make an appearence. Not sure what was occuring in the kitchen but this is totally unacceptable nor was an explanation provided. The food was semi well prepared, the scallops were cooked beautifully, the salmon to be prepared medium rare yet when served was over cooked but not sent back due to fear it would take forever to get it redone, and the buffalo skweers were overcooked. Hope this was an service/cooking aberation because this place has potential
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate