wink
wink

wink

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://winkrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 5124828868
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: open at 6:00pm Dinner: Thursday - Saturday: open at 5:30pm Wine Bar Opens at 5:00pm daily Closed on Sundays
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French / American, Vegetarian / Vegan, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Mark Paul & Stewart Scruggs
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Ample parking! 75 spaces between 3 lots...
A word from wink
How many of the great moments of your life were experienced at a table over a meal with friends and family? Dinner at wink is like coming to big dinner party where great food, quality ingredients, and Austin hospitality set the stage for yet another memorable experience at table. Wink happily embraces omnivores, vegetarians, vegans, pescetarians, and special dietary issues based on what we have in our larder! "The way we eat represents our most profound engagement with the natural world." - Michael Pollan
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
wink reviews from OpenTable diners
141 reviews since May 18, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (107)special occasion (106)romantic (77)notable wine list (77)neighborhood gem (70)hot spot (14)good for groups (7)late-night find (7)great for lunch (5)great for brunch (3)vibrant bar scene (3)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • One of the best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    One of the best dining experiences I've ever had. Phenomenal food and service.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I love that they offer a great custom menu for vegetarians so that my husband who is not a vegetarian and I both could enjoy the 5-course tasting menu with wine pairings. The food and wine are always amazing and love that there is such care taken for local sourcing and creativity of the dishes. Truly our favorite!
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • see below
    visitor
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The quality of food remains very very good. The service was OK. I particularly enjoyed the scallop appetizer
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food - service mediocre
    stanho
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Pacing of the food was great for the 1st half of our tasting menu, then it slowed WAY DOWN to the point of becoming ridiculous for the rest of the meal.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trendy and Tasty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Exotic menu filled with outside the box ideas of great meals
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    DisillusionedeaterVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I am not sure why it took us so long to try Wink but we loved it! I found the menu vast although my husband does not eat seafood or small game so he was limited to the hanger steak (which was excellent) and the venison. Everything about it was five starts. Best sushi I've had (appetizer). Rave....
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Local fave
    Txlnghrnsgrl
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Love the restaurant and the fact that everything is fresh. Such a neighborhood gem!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    It was a birthday celebration. The staff definitely made it a memorable experience. The presentation was great. The desserts were to die for. Our waiter suggested the cheesecake and it was a winner. I would definitely go back.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food but....
    Jwake
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I'm going to start by saying that if a restaurant is to be judged by the food alone then wink is an institution. However, eating out is an experience and food alone is not to be judged. My girlfriend and I arrived 30 minutes before our reservation to grab a drink before dinner and were escorted over to the bar by a manager type fellow. He was nice and friendly and told us that our table would be ready shortly. My gf is not the most experienced wine drinker and doesn't use the "proper" terms but it's up to the staff to recognize these things and accommodate. I've worked in the service industry for 10 years and know not to correct guests. Our table ended up being available an hour after the reservation as well. Food was great though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing as usual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Wink is our go-to when we want a beautiful, creative tasting menu with stunning wine pairings and fun, knowledgable service. We've been there many times and never been disappointed. Co-owner Mark is a warm and delightful host - and he's the genius behind the wine pairings. This time the standouts were the luscious foie gras with pumpernickel bread pudding, fried apples, purslane, and maple gastrique, as well as the gorgeous striped bass with sunchokes, baby eggplant, long beans, oyster mushrooms, and tikka masala. Mark introduced us to an outstanding Australian tawny port we can't wait to drink again. Fantastic evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent choice for dinner
    Ihatenicknames
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Wink is an excellent choice for a romantic dinner. The seating area is small but does not feel crowded. The food is delicious and definitely outside of the normal Texas barbecue/Tex-Mex fare. The service was excellent as well. Our server was knowledgeable about the food and wine pairings, prompt but not overbearing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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  • Still the best menu in Austin
    austindiner
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Wink remains top cuisine for this town that is still in growing pains when it comes to the restaurant scene. Wink is number one for creative farm-to-table offerings. It also has the most experienced and pleasant wait staff, who know the daily menu inside and out. They also know the beautiful, reasonably-priced wines. I hosted two dinners for out-of-town associates recently and, to a person, they were wowed.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Paula Webber-McNatt
    RawMilkChick
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Everything was totally awesome! My 13y/o son Mark & I had the 5 course dinner & I had wine parings. Chef Mark Paul was generous with his time for us allowing pictures in the kitchen with him & my Mark. Granted my son has a sophisticated palate & thoroughly enjoyed each course of our dinner, but his dad is a gourmet chef & he told me that each course was the best ever (don't tell dad). I love protein fed natural forage & local produce & Wink didn't disappoint. Can't wait to plan a trip to Austin so I can eat at Wink again.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Whatever is Your Pleasure
    LBFFPVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Came recently for a small dinner with a friend. We each had two smaller plates. I ordered one glass of Muscadet to mesh with the hamachi and seared foie gras. My friend, driving and dieting, eschewed a glass until she was offered a half pour. Meal was a delight. Flipping the menu (where things are ordered from smaller portions to larger) there were two great sounding tasting menus. Another time!
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Great food -- Even better service!
    TrulyAmazingJem
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food was great but the service was superb! Non-pretentious or stuffy -- the staff made you feel right at home while serving you a wide array of culinary delights. We loved it and will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food find in Austin
    JayfromHermosaVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Went there Friday night while visiting family! What a great restaurant. Everything the four of us had was incredible. Expertly prepared, interesting choices on the menu. I absolutely loved this place! Great service as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Oohlala
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    An overall delightful evening. We were able to visit, the service was present but not overbearing. Food was delicious and fresh.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great dining experience
    Foodie007
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We went to Wink for my wife's birthday. They took good care of us, and the food was excellent. We had the duck breast and the lamb chops. Both dishes were great. It's a small & intimate place, is set back from the main road (so you'll have to make an extra effort to find it), and has a nice atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • slow service takes the edge off
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We've dined at Wink before and found both the food and the service outstanding. This time the food was very good, but the very slow service and slightly rushed/hassled demeanor of our server detracted a great deal from the dining experience. The food wasn't outstanding enough to make the long wait worth while.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date Night
    BMelson
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    This was a great place, new to my wife and I, though several friends had suggested the erstaurant to us before. I really enjoyed teh waitstaff and of course, the food! They have a rotating menu filled with local ingredients sourced from places all around the Austin area. Great spot for an intimate date or just to get a fantastic bite to eat. The prices are very reasonably given the quality and diversity of the food as well as its presentation.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Tasting Menu Never Disappoints
    JerryE
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This was our third visit to Wink. We were greeted cheerfully upon arrival. The seven course tasting menu with wine is superb. Each dish was delicious and artfully plated. Our wait person, JoJo, described each course and commented on the wine pairing. An excellent evening. We will be back.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Great food, atmosphere and service
    Foodluver1
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Absolutely would return to Wink! The food was awesome, the ambiance was fabulous and service with a smile! You won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New favorite restaurant in Austin
    Afrankl22
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We were treated like royalty. Food was excellent, entire staff was attentive and friendly, and the ambiance was intimate. We immediately booked another group dinner with the host before we left. New favorite place in Austin!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Treat
    Peeps
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    SO thrilled we dined here for our anniversary. From the moment we were greeted by Alex to walking out the door , we enjoyed the experience. The staff are personable and knowledgeable and each morsel of food Delicious. Look forward to going back soon, especially for the duck!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    jandb
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The service and food were just great. At first it seemed too loud but as time went on and other diners left, it was much easier to converse. (Our reservation was at 8:45 so the place was really full and the table next to us had a very loud talker.)
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We had a group of four people and were trying to decide if we wanted to do the 5-course meal. In the end we decided to each order an appetizer and an entree and share everything. Our waiter was great by bringing out each dish separately and pairing the like foods with different wines throughout the meal. Everything was fantastic and the owner even thanked us by name when we left.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • whickums
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I was impressed that as we were leaving another employee of the restaurant (I believe his name was Mark?) stopped us at the door, shook our hand and thanked us for coming in. I had not experienced that before and it made us feel a little bit special. The food was very good, particularly the scallop entree that I had- excellent combination of flavors. It's very cozy and nicely decorated. Great date spot, just a little spendy.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    zesasVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Had the 5 courses tasting menu. Food was very good but the highlight was definitely the wine pairing. Great original finds. Every single wine was unique on its own but a perfect match to the dish. Excellent job!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • meh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Don't get me wrong, the food was good and they do seem to be very accommodating to dietary restrictions; however, something just really missed the spot about wink. I think they are just trying too hard and are no different than many of the other restaurants in the Austin scene. I wouln't go back nor would I highly recommend it.
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  • Wink rocks!!
    Sandy
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Once again, an incredible dining experience -- delightful and fabulous cuisine and friendly and professional staff. They make you feel like they are inviting you into their home. Love to treat my out-of-town friends.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Birthday
    Hoping
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I chose WINK as the place to celebrate my friend's 60th birthday because I knew it would be perfect. From the moment you enter the place you feel you are among friends. After greetings and a bit of catching up the experience begins. You start with an amuse bouche while perusing the menu and wine list. All questions about the food and wine pairings are expertly answered. We decided on the five course tasting menu. I had tried the seven course tasting menu on a previous occasion and decided that five courses were the right amount of food. Each course was as delightful as the last. And because you never feel rushed, you are free to enjoy and appreciate each course at your own pace which only enhances the entire experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very small portions
    yummy
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    I ordered the large scallops for $33. The plate came with 3 quarter-sized scallops. I found the food salty and incredibly overpriced. I did not expect huge serving portions, but $11 for a scallop seems rather outrageous. The desserts were good. That is why I gave the restaurant two stars overall.
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  • Not exactly American food thank god
    Cosmicdancer87
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The profile for this joint says American fusion or something. I thought it was great. Less American more fusion in my opinion. It might have been just what I had but there were a lot of interesting middle eastern/Asia minor flavors in my dishes. The use of things like paneer for example. It was a great space to have a place like that squeezed in there. Hidden from the street. Plus very nice waiters. The only thing I thought was strange was their wasn't much of a flow to the menu. No apps to salads to entrees. They were all just smashed on the same paper and it made me feel like I had to order everything at once. Other then that it was great.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner at Wink
    lizzard777
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Another anniversary celebration at Wink. We went for the 5 course chef dinner with wine pairing. The food was outstanding and the pairings perfect. We did throw in a 6th course, however. They had octopus on the menu for the first time. It was outstanding. Unusual preparation in that it had some hot peppers in the sauce. It was a great addition to the menu. I hope they continue to offer it. Service is always wonderful. We had Dickey this time. Deborah is also wonderful. We have never had bad service at Wink. It is small and cozy. Once inside you don't even feel like you are in a little shopping center. If you want great food and service at a place that is consistently good, I recommend Wink.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Portion size
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Granted the they warn you, but portions are small. That doesn't bother me. However, they are overpriced for the quality/value received. We had a second dinner later that night.
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  • Good find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    My wife bought a voucher on Restaurant.com. I was not expecting much, but it was delicious. It's definitely a foodie place with great farm to table fare!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Paul
    Paul
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We have eaten at Wink Restaurant several times per year over the last four years, usually for special occasions, and have always enjoyed the experience. The menu varies depending on what is available locally, the food is prepared properly, and the service is exceptional and friendly. The restaurant is always willing to address dietary needs of its customers. I highly recommend this restaurant.
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very noisy, but food is worth it
    ArchyMitty
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Attentive, knowledgeable, professional service. We loved the scallops. foie gras, rabbit confit, lamb. All outstanding! We would return, but with earplugs!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect evening! Phenomenal staff!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Food was fabulous and the service was even better! We were there to celebrate a birthday and they went out of their way to make the evening memorable. The lemon curd dessert was one of the best things we have ever tasted...so save room! Highly recommend and will visit again the next time we are in Austin!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best special occasion restaurant
    winberiesVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    best special occasion restaurant ever. we spent almost 3 hours for our anniversary dinner . i highly recommend the 5 course chef tasting with wine pairings. our waiter was tremendous. he changed some of the wine pairings to what he thought would be a better pairing and his choices were excellent. its a very small intimate setting type of restaurant. i had never heard of this place till i read reviews of another restaurant and the reviews kept saying not as good as Wink.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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